The majority of the US has little or no direct regulation over the practice of Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy. 

Laws for operating a business still apply, for example Truth in Advertising, Insurance requirements, Unfair business practices, etc. 

There is currently no agreement across the profession as to what hypnosis is, how it works, or necessary training or education to become a competent hypnotist. This is both good and bad news. 

The good news is that hypnotists are free to learn hypnosis as they choose, then open a practice with minimal regulation and requirements. The only states that have specific requirements are : Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington State. 

The bad news is that because there is little oversight, it's possible to open a hynosis practice without sufficient professional training. This is often the case with weekend courses, or online training. While both can produce competent hypnotists (primarily because anything is possible), it is unlikely to produce competent, professional hypnotists that will open thriving practices. 

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What else should I be doing when I first open my practice? 

I recommend the following :

  • Join a professional organization, I highly recommend the National Guild of Hypnotists. They are the oldest and largest hypnosis organization and they have an amazing yearly convention in August that brings together some of the worlds leading hypnotists and the latest information in the profession. There are other organizations as well that you can easily find by searching online.
  • Join the National Federation of Hypnotists Union. The union protects our right to practice hypnosis.
  • Obtain General and Professional liability insurance. Ask Me  if you have questions about this.
  • Obtain a State  business license  and also ones for counties and cities if they are required where you do business.
  • Include an Information Disclosure to all clients.

If you have other questions on becoming a hypnotherapist  please ask me, I'd be happy to answer them. And on that note, here's another related question I get asked all the time :

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What's the Difference Between a Hypnotist, and Hypnotherapist?

The short answer is “it depends”. 

At one time these may have meant different things but today they are basically interchangeable. 

However, differing laws in each US state govern the titles that can or cannot legally be used by hypnotism professionals.

To read the full answer, check out an article I wrote for Cascade Hypnosis Center's website called What’s the Difference Between an Hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist? 

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