Important Information from
National Guild of Hypnotists
National Federation of Hypnotists 
OPEIU Local 104
June 18, 2014

NGH Communications Department
National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc.
Dear Colleagues:

Over the past two months a letter has been circulating among our Canadian members titled "Stop Psychotherapy Takeover."

The letter makes several alarming statements and logical leaps about the effect of the new Psychotherapy College on your right to practice. Among the claims made is that "it is patently obvious that the idea is to eliminate the availability of alternative therapies for normal human disturbances and to centralize control of the treatment and assessment of same in the hands of psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatry." No evidence for this statement is offered and it appears to be based on an alarmist reading of the definition of psychotherapy. The letter also mentions a special fund to raise money for some sort of political campaign.

The National Guild of Hypnotists regards the opinions expressed in that letter as mistaken.

During 2011-12 we engaged in extensive negotiation with the Transitional Council for the Psychotherapy College using the lobbyist services of Jeffrey Lyons and Associates. As part of the hearings, and in all testimony of legislative intent, we received assurances that the Psychotherapy College did not intend to regulate the practice of Consulting Hypnotism as defined by the National Guild of Hypnotists. There have been subsequent meetings between the Guild's Ontario Ambassador, Georgina Cannon and Ms. Joyce Rowlands of the Ontario Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council that have confirmed this intent.

The party named in the letter is not a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. She appears to represent those hypnotic practitioners who actually believe their training should allow them to practice medical or mental health care. It has been our position for a long time that only those who possess other licensable credentials in medical or mental health should make such a claim.

It has been our practice for more than a decade to advise members not to call themselves "hypnotherapists" nor what they do "hypnotherapy." Instead, we recommend adoption of our recommended title, "Certified Consulting Hypnotist."

We urge strict conformity with the National Guild of Hypnotists Recommended Standards of Practice and our Recommended Terminology for Hypnotic Practice. The Standards and Terminology avoid even the appearance of conflict with the practice of psychotherapy.

We are confident that our members who follow this advice will be able to practice in Ontario without difficulty. Remember, that the official description of Consulting Hypnotism is "Consulting Hypnotists help ordinary, everyday people with ordinary, everyday problems using individual hypnotic techniques." These are not matters that will be regulated by the Psychology College.

The letter being circulated is critical of the Guild's position on this matter, saying that our position would have the effect of "...severely reducing a member's ability to earn a living using hypnosis."

We regard this statement as nonsense. Guild members have been practicing under Guild Standards and using Guild Terminology in the United States for more than a decade with no adverse impact that we can determine. Indeed, the profession is growing strongly.

While the party circulating this letter is free to attempt to persuade the Ontario government to change it's position about who may offer medical or mental health services. We do not think such a campaign is necessary and are dubious about its chance of success.

Here are the links to a copy of the 2012 email sent to members about this matter and a Question & Answer document. We hope these will answer any additional concerns you may have. In addition, we have also linked the current version of the NGH Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Recommended Terminology.

-2012 Ontario Email
-2012 Ontario Questions & Answers
-2013 NGH Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice & Recommended Terminology

National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc.
National Federation of Hypnotists, Local 104