May I Call Myself Dr. (Name) if my Degree Is Not Related to the Service I Offer?
I have a Ph.D. and license in counseling. Recently I sent out an announcement for a yoga class I will be teaching. The state of Colorado says I should not teach yoga as “Dr. (Name)”. How can I convince them I can?
——–– Kevin S., Ph.D., L.P.C., C.M.T., I.K.Y.T.A., Counseling, Yoga Therapy, Integrative Health & Healing
Dear Dr. Kevin, How to Use a Doctorate with your Name
Your Ph.D. is in a field not related to the service you are offering.
A couple of typical practices I observe in the USA come to mind:
Professionals use with their name the degrees pertinent to their profession service. The degrees and certifications are provided for the benefit of the public so the public can quickly evaluate your credentials.
Here’s what I mean by pertinent. A pastor who would be the Reverend (Full Name) & Pastor (Name) at church on Sundays, would not use the Reverend (Full Name) & Pastor (Name) when teaching English Monday through Friday, at the local high school. That he or she is the Reverend might be mentioned in a complete biography or introduction. It just isn’t part of his/her name at school.
So, I can see if you are using ‘Dr. (Name)’ when offering a class in yoga, and your doctorate is not directly to the service you are offering, say a doctorate physical therapy or kinesthetics …. it would be confusing to me … and the state officials must think it is misleading to the public.
– Robert Hickey How to Use a Doctorate with Your Name