A Short Profile of Hypnotherapy Licensure in Israel

In Israel, only physicians, dentists, and psychologists who complete an accredited licensing process may practice hypnosis. This study examines the characteristics of hypnotherapists compared to nonhypnotherapists in the same discipline. All hypnotherapists in Israel were compared to nonhypnotherapist health professionals. There are more subspecialists among hypnotists, and the most common specialties were psychiatry, pediatric dentistry, and clinical psychology. These findings imply self-sorting of hypnotists, as a result of the regulation in Israel. Licensure of hypnotherapists could be useful in other countries, by comprehensive follow-up of all licensed hypnotists, and by improving public and health professional perceptions of the field and its relevance to clinical practice