NGH Code of Ethics


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The Code of Ethics
of the National Guild of Hypnotists
Revised January 2012
The National Guild of Hypnotists requires its members to conform to the following ethical principles,
and shall hold members accountable for any departure from these principles, which may include revocation of membership.

A. Client Welfare: Members shall make the physical and mental well-being of each client a prime consideration. 
B. Client Safety: Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client. 
C. Practice Limits: Members shall use hypnotism strictly within the limits of their training and competence and in conformity to the laws of their state. 
D. Advertising: Members shall be truthful in their advertising. 
E. Credentials: Members shall always be honest about the nature of their titles and degrees when referring to them to the general public, the media, and within the confines of our profession. 
F. Complementary Practice: Members shall neither diagnose, treat nor prescribe for clients regarding issues related to medical or mental health conditions.  Members shall work with clients only with the intent to enhance the client's own natural restorative and coping abilities, and will make no therapeutic claims. 
G. Reasonable Practice: Members shall withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional.  Members shall provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional. 
H. Colleagues: Members shall treat hypnotist colleagues without public defamation. 
Copyright © 2005-2012, The National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Coach William C. Smith, Board Certified Hypnotist

As an NGH Board Certified Hypnotist, I follow the NGH Code of Ethics and treat every client with courtesy, respect, and professionalism in my Dallas / Fort Worth Hypnosis office.

You’ll notice that I use the title Consulting Hypnotist.  I’m sometimes asked what the difference is between a Hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist.  It depends on the job titles approved by different states and how the state classifies them.  In some states it doesn’t matter.  And in some states, such as Texas, the title Hypnotherapist is applied to those in the medical field – doctor, nurse, physical therapist, mental health professionals, chiropractors, even attorneys.

Although I do work in the more common areas of helping people to reduce / manage weight, stop smoking, and manage stress, I have acquired certifications and advanced training in many other areas as well.  As a professional Hypnotist, I have proudly developed the reputation of being an expert in many other areas.  The majority of my practice is doing Sports Hypnosis for high school, college, and professional athletes and  I also do a lot of work with sales and business professionals.  

In my practice, I combine several tools to help my clients get from where they are to where they want to be – Hypnosis, NLP, Alpha Process Coaching, Logic, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and guided imagery and creativity.



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