A coach or hypnotherapist should inform you of your rights either on their website or on the forms you are asked to complete when you begin a relationship with them. These are usually taken from national or international certify organizations. If your coach or hypnotherapist does not share these, ask about them.
As a certified hypnotherapist of the National Guild of Hypnotists, I practice in accordance with its Code of Ethics and Standards as stated below:
A. Client Welfare: Members shall make the physical and mental well-being of each client a prime consideration.
B. Client Safety: Members shall not engage in verbal, physical or sexual abuse of any client.
C. Practice Limits: Members shall use hypnotism strictly within the limits of their training and competence and in conformity to the laws of their state.
D. Advertising: Members shall be truthful in their advertising.
E. Credentials: Members shall always be honest about the nature of their titles and degrees when referring to them to the general public, the media, and within the confines of our profession.
F. Complementary Practice: Members shall neither diagnose, treat nor prescribe for clients regarding issues related to medical or mental health conditions. Members shall work with clients only with the intent to enhance the client's own natural restorative and coping abilities, and will make no therapeutic claims.
G. Reasonable Practice: Members shall withhold non-referred hypnotic services if a client’s behavior, appearance or statements would lead a reasonable person to believe that the client should be evaluated by a licensed health care professional. Members shall provide services to such clients only after evaluation and with the approval of the licensed health care professional.
As a BCC certified coach I adhere to their code of ethics as stated here:
BCC certificate holder shall:
A.Conduct all occupational activities in a responsible manner.
B.Recognize the limitations of coaching practice and qualifications, and provide services only when qualified.
C. Protect the privacy of information obtained in the course of providing services, including electronic files and communications
D. Properly use occupational credentials, titles, and degrees; and provide accurate information concerning education, experience, qualifications and the performance of service.
E. Avoid coaching techniques that are harmful or have been shown to be ineffective.
F. Obtain a written coaching service agreement before initiating a coaching relationship.
G. Ensure that clients, sponsors and colleagues understand that coaching services are not counseling, therapy or psychotherapy service and avoid providing counseling therapy or psychotherapy.
I. Avoid conduct that could cause a conflict of interest.
J. Avoid inappropriate contact with a coaching client.
K. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is dishonest and unlawful.
L. Refrain from discrimination of any kind.
M. Avoid condoning and engaging in harassment, including unwelcomed comments, gestures or physical contact.
N. Maintain accurate records of coaching relations and retain for the legal requirement.
O. Disclose to appropriate authorities/agencies and sponsors when client appears to be a danger to themselves or others.