As regular readers may recall I have written a couple of times about an Edinburgh based hypnotherapist who was also acting as a high end call girl. Well after all the legal wrangling and her being convicted of sexual battery with a minor has been deported from the United States to the United Kingdom.
Now, obviously this is bad press for hypnotherapy and I do not intend to comment further on the legalities of the case. It does, however, bring a part of our code of ethics into focus:
1.10 The practitioner recognises that their behaviour outside their professional life may have an effect on the relationship with their clients and takes responsibility for working with these potential negative or positive effects to the benefit of the client.
Now, it is questionable that the therapist in question will be able to revive her practice on her return. But, she does have past clients and this is the reason for this part of the code of ethics. It is essential for hypnotherapists to treat their work like all other professions, and recognise that there are implications of their personal lives on their professional lives. This is entirely the responsibility of practitioner to ensure that they do all they can to ensure that their private conduct does not disgrace the profession as a whole.