Choosing a Hypnotherapist

When choosing a Hypnotherapist in your area, it is important to ensure that you feel comfortable with their approach as well as being satisfied they are suitably qualified and insured. The Hypnotherapy profession in the UK is self-regulating at present, so the quality of Hypnotherapists and Hypnotherapy organisations can vary enormously.

At the Hypnotherapy Register, we only list practitioners who are regulated by the Department of Health endorsed CNHC register or who are full members of the professional associations recognised by the CNHC – that is, those organisations who are not tied to a particular training school, who demand from their member a high standard of training, adherence to a code of ethics, who have a disciplinary procedure, and who require their members to maintain professional indemnity insurance.

For a list of those organisations which we currently recognise, please click here.

The Which? Guide to Complementary therapies offers the following advice on choosing a practitioner:

A good practitioner will:

  • welcome any questions you might have and answer them fully
  • give a full explanation of all the procedures involved in the treatment and tell you how you might feel afterwards
  • tell you how much treatment will cost and give you a rough estimate of how many treatment session you may need to have
  • have had adequate training, not have trained through a correspondence course, and belong to a recognised organisation
  • not guarantee recovery and will tell you if he or she cannot help you
  • have full professional indemnity insurance
  • not over-charge

A bad practitioner will:

  • be rude, arrogant or offended when you ask questions
  • promise to cure your condition (responsible practitioners, on the other hand, know that a cure cannot be guaranteed and that no medicine or therapy is 100 per cent effective)
  • promise cures for specific conditions (responsible practitioners will say no more than that the treatment they are administering is sometimes successful in cases such as yours)
  • tell you to stop seeing a doctor and/or to stop taking your medication
  • not listen to you or take a full case history – or conversely take a prying, salacious interest in your personal life
  • not take notes
  • rubbish the work of other therapists and doctors
  • make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable
  • tell you a lot of mumbo-jumbo
  • charge far more (or far less) than other practitioners

Important: We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the listing information, so you are urged to use common sense and prudence in selecting a Hypnotherapy practitioner and to double check the credentials and membership status of a practitioner with their Hypnotherapy Association. Please refer to our Terms of Use for more information.

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