A hypnotherapist’s scope of practice involves vocational and avocational self-improvement counseling. As a hypnotherapist, I address issues that do not qualify as medical, emotional, or psychological disorders — the little things that people struggle with daily. Typical would be those self-improvement issues central to the New Year’s Resolutions one makes and fails to achieve each year.
Improving sports performance, increasing confidence and motivation, addressing a fear of public speaking, stopping smoking, and more are specialties of a hypnotherapist. Unlike psychotherapists, psychologists, and medical doctors, the hypnotherapist is a professional specifically trained to work in these personal self-improvement areas.
As a hypnotherapist I work through referral from dentists, medical doctors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, with issues beyond the scope of vocational and avocational self-improvement counseling. This is because California Business and Professions Code 2908 exempts persons using hypnotic techniques from the psychology licensing act when they are working by way of referral from persons licensed to practice psychology, dentistry, or medicine.
Please note that psychological, dental, and medical referrals are commonplace to my practice.
With this in mind, I have asterisked below those areas where a medical or psychological referral is or may be required.
A partial list of issues I work with:
*Requires, or may require, a medical or psychological referral. Hypnotherapists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat medical or psychological conditions.