A Message from the President

I am very proud to be a hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapists provide amazing and unique services that can help so many people in so many exciting ways.

As President of the Hypnotherapists Union Local 472, my goals are to maintain an active and strong membership, guard and protect our ability to do the work we do, provide well-respected certifications, increase public awareness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and expand the number of clients out there who will try and benefit from our services.

We are committed to excellence. The standards for AFL-CIO hypnotherapy certification are among the most stringent in the profession, assuring our clients they are working with a professional who has achieved quality education and training.

Our union is part of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (more than 125,000 members) and the AFL-CIO (more than 12 million members). That gives us some political muscle to act if our profession is threatened by any proposed laws or regulations.

Did you know?

  1. In the summer of 2010, a law was passed in Indiana that eliminated a testing and licensing program there that had made it difficult to be a hypnotherapist there for the past 13 years. Our union was active in lobbying and getting this important law passed.
  2. In July of 2010, a hypnotherapist in South Carolina was threatened with a $10,000 fine and a cease and desist order, because she allegedly was practicing hypnotherapy and counseling without a psychology license. Our union has been monitoring the situation.
  3. In October of 2010, a hypnotherapist in Florida was denied a business license unless he could show he was a licensed healing arts practitioner (like a doctor or psychologist) or unless he could show he was acting under the direct supervision of a doctor or psychologist. Our union is monitoring the situation, believes this is based on an incorrect interpretation of Florida law regarding hypnosis, and is assessing how we can react.

I encourage you to join our union. Together, we can protect our profession. Together, we will march into an even more exciting future for our profession.


Bruce Bonnett, C.Ht., President
Hypnotherapists Union Local 472

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