LEGAL STATUS OF SURROGATE PARTNER THERAPY
Although the profession may be controversial amongst those who don't fully understand it, surrogate partner therapy is legal as long as it is practiced in the triadic model, with oversight by a licensed clinical therapist. There are no federal or state laws addressing or prohibiting surrogate partner therapy, and there are currently no governmental organizations regulating this profession. State or federal licensing is not yet available for SPT practitioners.
Because there is no governmental licensing or regulation of surrogate partner therapy, any properly trained and certified surrogate will follow the guidelines and ethical code of the Surrogate Partner Collective (SPC) and the International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA). Nicole Ananda was trained and certified by Dr. Susan Kaye, co-founder of the Institute for Mind Body Therapy. Nicole's practice follows the guidelines and codes of SPC (which Nicole co-authored) & IPSA.
For more information, see the Surrogate Partner Collective's statement on the ethics and legality of surrogate partner therapy.