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The American College of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Practice & Licensure Information

Information is current as of September 2013

Disclaimer

Information regarding any State laws for the practice of hypnosis/hypnotherapy are certainly subject to change. This information provided is based on research but one must understand that laws can change and new laws introduced at any time. If you have any specific questions regarding laws in your state of residence, please contact your specific state agency that governs the practice of hypnotherapy and/or counseling to pose your questions. If you are not sure of which agency to contact, you can do an internet search or you may want to contact the office of your Congressional representative to see if they might guide you to the correct agency.

Non-Regulated States

The following states do not regulate the practice of hypnosis:

Alabama
Delaware
Georgia
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Vermont
Virginia
Wisconsin

State with Possible Regulation

The following States likely have language which may prevent those who are not licensed health care/behavioral health professionals, from practicing hypnosis. The American College of Hypnotherapy & The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. requires that any candidate for certification be a licensed health care professional. Only licensed health care professionals can be accepted into our programs. However, it is strongly recommended that if you reside in any of the following states, you please contact your licensing board to ascertain if there are or are not any restrictions placed on the practice of hypnotism/hypnotherapy with your current license.

Alaska
Arkansas
Arizona
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
New York
Ohio
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
West Virginia
Wyoming
Ontario

States that have Regulations

The following states do have regulations in place for the practice of hypnosis. State laws vary from state to state and each one is unique. These states may require "registration" and have specific criteria that must be met to register. Or, these states may have laws which define who may or may not practice hypnosis. You will need to contact your state licensing agency to obtain further information.

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Idaho
Illinois
Minnesota
New Jersey
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Nevada
North Carolina
Rhode Island
Utah
Washington

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES

You may access this link for more information: State Laws

updated: July 2016