Finding a hypnotherapist

How do you find a hypnotherapist who you can trust


CNHC registered hypnotherapist


Seeking help for emotional problems can sometimes seem like a minefield and can actually be a little stressful. There are lots of hypnotherapists in the UK, most of whom belong to a governing body of sorts. These governing bodies make sure that the hypnotherapist is adhering to guidelines set out by that organisation so that you get the most ethical and professional therapist.

Help in finding a hypnotherapist?

The most important piece of information I can give you here is that hypnotherapy is self regulated, which does mean that a person can train in a very short amount of time, sometimes a weekend, or even taking an online course and then qualify at a hypnotherapist. There is no face to face learning or supervision.

That person can then set themselves up as a hypnotherapist. And this, I feel, is not professional and doesn’t have the clients best interests at heart, how can you be aware of certain psychological conditions if you don’t know what to look for. How would you spot Bipolar disorder or other personality disorders without having the proper training.

A great way of looking for a seal of approval when looking for a hypnotherapist is to look for the CNHC mark of quality.

The Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council is a regulatory body that was inaugurated with support and funding from the Government. It is the only body set up solely for complimentary therapies by the government to place the publics best interests at heart. Approximately, 1 in 5 members of the public will seek out complimentary therapy for a problem they have, so to have a governing body looking after the public and helping them choose wisely the correct practitioner for them, is really very important. It only lists practitioners who are correctly trained, qualified and insured.

Always check that the hypnotherapist has public liability and professional indemnity insurance in place.

I took part in a recent study at the CNHC to find out more about the public awareness of alternative therapies and here is the result.

  • 70% of people recently questioned did not know that anyone could practice as a complimentary therapist in the UK without any training, qualifications and insurance!
  • When they were made aware of this situation, 88% said they would look for a CNHC registered practitioner in the future.

The CNHC is a nationwide register for complimentary therapists who have met nationally agreed standards, and I am one of them.

The people registered are allowed to use the CNHC quality mark on their websites and promotional materials and as a CNHC campaigner, I am helping raise public awareness. The CNHC is there to make all the checks needed so that you don’t have to.

All CNHC therapists have met the national standards and abide by a strict code of conduct.

In 2010 the GP bulletin issued by the Department of health stated:

“GP’s are asked to recommend patients who are seeking complimentary therapies to consult with practitioners registered with the CNHC, where the CNHC registers the professional discipline concerned” (In my instance, hypnotherapy).

The National Cancer Action Team Evidence Guide for complimentary Healthcare includes the following statement:

“The complimentary and natural Healthcare Council is the regulatory body recommended by the Department of Health”

Don’t leave it to chance! Make sure that your therapist meets all the criteria mentioned above. You wouldn’t go to see a surgeon for an operation in their own home… Your mental health is equally important as your physical health.

If you have any questions about the CNHC or my involvement as a ‘Local Champion’ then please contact me and I will be really glad to answer all of your questions.

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