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Scope of practice


In California, hypnotherapy is for vocational and avocational (self-improvement) counseling, and as complementary treatment to healing arts services licensed by the State.  Included in that section, the law entitles a hypnotherapist to work outside the areas of vocational, avocational self-improvement, provided that they receive a referral from persons licensed to practice psychology, dentistry, or medicine.


California does not have an explicit statute or regulation requiring licensure for hypnotists or hypnotherapy.  California Business and Professions Code 2908 exempts “persons using hypnotic techniques” from the psychology licensing act to do “vocational or avocational self-improvement” as long as they “do not treat emotional or mental disorders.”


Section 2908 also exempts “persons using hypnotic techniques” when they are working under referral “of persons licensed to practice psychology, dentistry, or medicine.”


If you require a medical referral, we will address this in our free consultation before our work together can commence. If you desire to quit smoking or lose 25 pounds (or less) using hypnosis, you do not require a medical referral. 


If you have a diagnosed mental illness classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  or are coming to hypnotherapy to help relieve pain related to a medical health issue (such as migraines and including dental anxiety), please consult your primary care physician or specialist for a referral before making an appointment with a hypnotherapist.



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