Illustrating the sheer amount of quackery out there, a man has managed to get his cat registered as a hypnotherapist:
The regulation of hypnotherapists in the UK is so lax that even a cat can become accredited, the BBC has found.
Chris Jackson, presenter of Inside Out in the North East and Cumbria, registered pet George with three industry bodies.
Each one accepted a certificate from the non-existent Society of Certified Advanced Mind Therapists as proof of George’s credentials.
In the UK, George was registered with the British Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (BBNLP), the United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists (UFH) and the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (PHPA).
The UFH welcomed the Inside Out investigation and admitted the mistake, which it said has since been corrected.
A PHPA spokesman said the organisation makes great effort to ensure every applicant is a fully-qualified hypnotherapist.
The BBNLP said it exists only to provide benefits to its members, not to check or certify credentials.
Why am I not in the least bit surprised? There’s just too much quackery out there. Want to find an accredited psychologist? Try the British Psychological Society. That way, you’ll avoid dealing with someone who got their credentials over the internet from the Upstairs Psychological College of Miami. Or a cat.