Anahat Education Group, Inc., The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, the International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists and Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples are pleased to announce another victory in the free and open practice of Hypnotherapy. It was recently brought to our attention that Collier County, Florida had a misinterpretation of Florida Hypnosis Law, in that they were requiring Hypnotherapists to have a physician sign a sworn affidavit to supervise a Hypnotherapist who was practicing therapeutic hypnosis. This was a misunderstanding of the Florida Hypnosis Statutes that they were enforcing quite diligently. Our offices refused to accept this limitation on our legal right to practice our occupation and we especially would not allow graduates from State-Licensed schools to be refused the right to practice the profession that they were legally trained in.

 

Peter Williams, CCHt of Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples, along with the help of, Ms. Gina Faulk, contacted the County and explained the statutes governing the practice of hypnosis in Florida. Through multiple talks with the Tax Collector’s Office and an ultimate meeting with Ms. Carolyn Francis Office Manager and Mr. Rob Stonburner Deputy Tax Collector, Mr. Williams was able to convince them of a new proposal that would satisfy the County’s' need to following the guidelines of the Statute while satisfying our position that all trained Hypnotist/Hypnotherapists should be free to practice Hypnosis and or Hypnotherapy within the scope of their training within the guidelines stipulated by the Florida's Statute. This was to be brought before the County Attorney and/or Department of Health. On Wednesday, September 19th, Mr. Williams again contacted the Collier County office for a verdict on this matter. Our organization wishes to thank the offices of Collier County for being willing to hear our case and for taking matters to a place of resolution. The verdict came back in the affirmative for the free and open practice of Hypnotherapy based upon an accurate and fair interpretation of Florida Hypnosis Law. We thank Ms. Francis and Mr. Stonburner for their courtesy in hosting this meeting, professionalism, open-mindedness, and for their time.

 

The Florida Hypnosis Statutes require that qualified Hypnotherapists who intend to practice “therapeutic hypnosis” are required to have the prescription, referral, supervision or direction from the appropriate licensed practitioner of the healing arts. This does not mean that said practitioner must be a physician and that this physician must sign a sworn affidavit saying that he or she will supervise the Hypnotherapist. The new change acknowledges that a Hypnotherapist who is qualified to practice therapeutic hypnosis will sign an affidavit stating:

 

The Florida Hypnosis Statutes require that qualified Hypnotherapists who intend to practice “therapeutic hypnosis” are required to have the prescription, referral, supervision or direction from the appropriate licensed practitioner of the healing arts. This does not mean that said practitioner must be a physician and that this physician must sign a sworn affidavit saying that he or she will supervise the Hypnotherapist. The new change acknowledges that a Hypnotherapist who is qualified to practice therapeutic hypnosis will sign an affidavit that reads:

 

“Certificate that applicant, requesting a business tax receipt to practice therapeutic hypnosis, has knowledge of and will comply with applicable law.

 

The undersigned, ________________________ (Applicant), hereby requests a business tax receipt for the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes at: _______________________________ and certified that:

 

 

1. Applicant has read and understands Chapter 485, Florida Statutes, also known as the “Hypnosis Law”.

 

2 Applicant intends to engage in the practice of therapeutic hypnosis.

 

3. Applicant is a “qualified person” (as defined in Chapter 485, Florida Statutes).

 

4. Applicant will, under penalty of law, abide by Chapter 485, Florida Statutes.

 

Date____________________ Signature of Applicant ___________________________”

 

This change is in alignment with the licensing of the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy by the Florida Department of Education to offer legitimate career diplomas for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, who are trained by State-Licensed schools in medical, dental and therapeutic hypnosis. Under Florida Hypnosis Law, the referring practitioner must deem that the Hypnotherapist practicing therapeutic hypnosis is “qualified” to do so. A significant part of helping to have Collier County change their understanding of the law was to help them to understand that Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists who are graduates from State-Licensed schools are qualified to practice therapeutic hypnosis within the scope of their training and under Florida Hypnosis Law.

 

The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy was the first school in Florida to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education to offer career diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy as a postsecondary vocational institute. We have worked hard to protect our profession and wish to thank Mr. Peter C Williams, Founder and Director of Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples, and our new Naples Externship Location Administrator, for his hard work, attention to details, diligence and commitment to seeing this matter to its resolution. This resolution through Peter’s hard work will undoubtedly resonate throughout Florida’s Cities and Counties and may also affect the practice of Hypnotherapy throughout the Country. We'd also like to thank our COO, Ms. Gina Faulk for her contributions and insight, and to Collier County Tax Collector's Office for allowing practitioners of our occupation to practice Hypnotherapy to the full extent of their training and credentials.

For those who are interested in understanding Florida Hypnosis Law in greater depth, please visit Anahat Education Group’s webpage at:www.FloridaHypnosisLaw.com. Here you can read other blog articles and PDF Documents about the law and our work with it. You will also see a video on this page explaining exactly what this law is and our legal right to practice our occupation within it.

 

It is important to remember that many schools are not licensed to offer true career diplomas in Hypnotherapy and many States, Counties and Cities have worked to restrict the practice of Hypnotherapy to protect the public from unlicensed schools and poorly trained and unqualified practitioners. Collier County acknowledged our high-educational standards and system of credentialing and made the necessary changes to allow qualified practitioner to engage in Clinical Hypnotherapy as our graduates are clearly trained and certified to do.

 

Sincerely,

Matthew Brownstein, CHt

CEO, Anahat Education Group, Inc.

President, International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists

Executive Director, Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy