ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL HYPNOTHERAPY
CODE OF ETHICS
AAPH Code of Ethics and Professional Standards apply to
practicing hypnotherapists and other multidisciplinary
group professionals. All members must adhere to the Code
and Standards established.
AAPH members are dedicated to the enhancement, dignity
and potential of hypnotherapy and the uniqueness of each
individual, thus striving for continual professional advancement
in the field.
AAPH members pledge:
1. Either claims nor implies professional
qualifications exceeding those possessed by them and is
responsible for correcting any misrepresentations.
2. Confidentiality between hypnotherapist
and client is maintained, unless unlawful issues dictates
3. The hypnotherpist is aware of the
intimacy of the client relationship and maintains respect
of the client and avoids engaging in activities, which
activities may include, but are not limited to, those
of a sexual nature, that seek to meet the hypnotherapist's
personal needs at the expense of that client.
4. In some cases, if an individual is
already in a counseling relationship with another professional,
the hypnotherapist does not enter into a counseling relationship
without first contacting and receiving approval of that
5. When the client's condition indicates
that there is a clear and imminent danger to the client
or others, the hypnotherapist must take reasonable personal
action or inform responsible authorities. Consultation
with other professionals must be used when possible.
6. The hypnotherapist must inform the
client of the purposes, goals, techniques, rules of procedure
and limitations that may affect the relationship at or
before the time that the hypnotherapy relationship is
7. If the hypnotherapist determines an
inability to be of professional assistance to the client,
the hypnotherapist must either avoid initiating the counseling
relationship or immediately terminate the relationship.
8. The hypnotherapy counseling relationship
must be one in which client adaptability and growth toward
self-direction are encouraged and cultivated. The hypnotherapist
must maintain this role consistently and not become a
decision maker for the client or create a dependency.
9. The hypnotherapist describes all fees,
sliding scale, or pro-bono schedule to all clients.