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“Hypnotherapist” Arrested In Florida for Representing Herself as a “Dr.”

Posted Under: Hypnosis Blog,Hypnosis News

Hypnosis in the NewsThis is about an article that ran in the St. Petersburg Times, where they report that "Rovhana, 46, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with three counts each of unlicensed practice of a health care professional and unlicensed practice as a psychologist."

I think that all practicing hypnosis professionals should read this article and take heed. There are many things to learn from it, and the experience that this individual is experiencing at the hands of "the law" and "the media".


Just off the top of my head I notice that:

  1. This reporter made an error that put’s the details of the whole story in doubt, that being, the person she calls "Dave Damon" is really "Dr. Dwight Damon" the president of the National Guild of Hypnotists. (Please reporter, get the details right. I wonder what else you got wrong.)

  2. We need to not look or act like something we are not. She is not a medical or psychological professional, but from what the article says (and I’m not so sure about the reliability of the report) that the police believe that she crossed the line.

  3. She held out at "PhD" as a qualification, when she should not have, and even worse she was only a "candidate" rather than a recipient of that "degree". I put "degree" in quotes because I do not know if that "PhD" was from a properly accredited program or not.

I’m sure there are more important lessons to be gained from this "news article". What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Here is a link to the original article http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/odessa-woman-practicing-as-hypnotherapist-was-unlicensed-police-say/1089104.

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