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**Hypnotherapy and Hypnotherapist titles and the National Guild of Hypnotists
In 2006 the National Guild of Hypnotists leadership accepted "Certified Consulting Hypnotist" as our primary credential. Having established the title of "Certified Consulting Hypnotist" we feel that our standards of practice and code of ethics cover this title which is unique to our professional practitioners.
Recently in 2015 we decided to issue "Hypnotherapist" certification only if the applicant is already a licensed health practitioner. Applicants who are not residents of, or practicing in, the United States may receive membership certification with titles that are acceptable in their countries.
Division 30 of the American Psychological Association had defined Hypnotherapy as "The use of hypnosis in the treatment of a medical or psychological disorder or concern." What is significant in that definition is that, as a medical or psychological treatment, hypnotherapy would require a healthcare license in almost all states in the US.
However, with Division 30 of the American Psychological Association recently publishing an authoritative set of definitions concerning hypnotic practice (International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 63(1): 1-9, 2015) NGH has decided to go one step further and confer training and membership certificates in the United States only for the following categories: "Certified Hypnotist" or "Certified Consulting Hypnotist."