Calling all Hypnotherapists, Life Coaches, Parenting Coaches and Wellness Coaches

– Don’t look now but the road is about to get bumpy.

I don’t like to listen to the news, don’t keep up on politics, mainly because it’s depressing. Luckily I have great people around me, namely Cat Wilson who has her finger on the pulse of the coaching and hypnotherapy communities.

Recently, an amendment was introduced to House Bill 2303 in the Oregon State Legislature. If this amendment passes as written, it could adversely affect you, as it limits the practice of hypnotherapy and coaching as well as other alternative practitioners in the State of Oregon.

Cat and her partner attended a Senate Hearing and testified last Tuesday with a group of awesome people. They didn’t know such awesomeness was coming and they got it delayed. They vote again in Salem May 30 at 1:00 pm.

I have to assume that I am not the only one who didn’t know this was coming down the pike so time is of the essence!

From the desk of Cat Wilson:

This post is an emergency request for you to step up and contact your legislative representative immediately.

The proposed amendment to HB 2303 requested by Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward and Chair Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson adds Hypnotherapists, Life Coaches, Parenting and Wellness Coaches, etc. to a list of professions categorized as “alternative behavioral health practitioners.”

It affects coaches and alternative practitioners working in behavior change. The bill regulates these groups by potentially requiring them to meet a set of standards, requirements, and register with a state board on an annual basis, pay fees, require them to work for a state agency or or be supervised by a mental health counselor. The requirements would be developed by Oregon Health Licensing Office to determine qualifications, training, experience, and level of education. Planning to their discretion.

Considering the urgency and potential impact, we are asking you to contact your senator and representative in the Oregon State Legislature to ensure this matter gets your input. Ask your legislators to encourage removal of the language regarding Hypnotherapists, Life, Parenting and Wellness Coaches from the amendment.

Have you a sense of the urgency? You should! This is a fast-moving legislation. It would make a difference for your telephone call or letter to your district’s senator and representative, to ensure that your input is heard and registered. Attached are a script you can speak to, and letter you can customize and send.

Hypnotherapist or Coach Phone Script: Read it, customize it and reach out by telephone.

Hypnotherapist or Coach Letter Template: Customize your letter to your senator/rep.


  1. Legislation can be found here.
  2. Proposed amendment to House Bill 2303 can be found here.
  3. Contact information for your senator and representative can be found here.

The author of the proposed amendment is Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward; the current Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Care is Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson. We encourage practitioners in their districts to set up personal calls, letters, and meetings to express concerns and discuss the nature of your profession in hypnotherapy or coaching, in relation to your focus on client-centered work.


– OHA: If you are a member of Oregon Hypnotherapy Association reach out to OHA’s President Genviev Martin Bernard at Or 503-887-8034.
– NGH; If you are a member of National Guild of Hypnotists reach out to Rev. C. Scot Giles at

– ICF: If you are a member of the ICF, Oregon’s president Sara Graves at or 503-309-7515.

I put this out for your consideration. Sitting back and doing nothing may end our professions as you know it. Writing the letter and emailing, not worrying about perfection, may save your future. If there is anything I can help you with, please email me at or contact me on cellphone at 503-816-5104.

Thank you for taking action today!
Enthusiastically yours,

Thank you Cat for doing all the heavy lifting. I’ve got my letter done and emailed off to a number of people. I’m sure with all the coaches and hypnotherapist we have in Oregon sending in letters/email/calls as well, the legislature will have to see reason. OK, so, I’m an optimist!