A Potential New Low for the Hypnotherapy Profession
For several days I have wrestled with whether or not to write about this story. I have in the end reluctantly decided to do so. In Florida a hypnotherapist who also allegedly is a high paid professional escort was charged with lewd or lascivious battery in having sex with a 14 year old boy. Whilst I am not going to moralise one way or the other when it comes to professional escorts who work with consenting adults. What I will moralise is how this makes the hypnotherapy profession look seedy and unethical.
The titles of the various articles of this story fail to mention the escort bit it is always “Brit Hypnotherapist” or “Hypnotherapist” arrested for having sex with a 14 year old boy. There is very little in any of these articles about her hypnotherapy practice, and her hypnotherapy practice website has since been taken down.
Codes of ethics for most professional bodies include a clause about how bringing the profession in to disrepute is a serious infringement. Now, of course, a criminal conviction would trump that, but if for some reason she is not convicted, I hope that her professional body, whichever one that is, will take appropriate action.