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How to choose a hypnotherapist

In brief
            1. Check the practitioner is on an accredited register overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.
            2. Check they are fully insured to practice.
            3. Check if they have a current, DBS check.
            4. Ask if they use the same scripts for all their clients, or offer a bespoke treatment plan.
            5. Contact several therapists and interview them before you decide on one.
            6. Remember if its not working with this one, find another.

No surprises here, but not all hypnotherapists are the same. Sifting through the numbers of therapies and therapists available can be just as hard as dealing with an issue. Here I offer some pointers to make life a little easier in the choosing.

The NHS

The National Health Service recognises the benefits that hypnotherapy can bring to a variety of patients. Their advice is for all patients to ensure that the therapist they choose is part of an accredited register. What does that mean?

Here are two relevant examples of what this means. Doctors are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Both these registers are overseen by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) ensuring the public of the highest professional, educational standards and technical competency in their respective areas of expertise.

Accredited Register

As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist in clinical practice, I am registered with and accountable to the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). An accredited register over seen by, you guessed it, the Professional Standards Authority.

Finding your healthcare professional through an accredited register assures you peace of mind knowing they are vetted. They have undergone professional & educational training & achieved technical competence in their field.

If in the highly unlikely event that you need to make a complaint, there is a Statutory Body that you can contact; the Professional Standards Authority.

Insurance & DBS

Checking that the practitioner holds current professional and liability insurance is also a good thing to do.
Is it important to you that the professional you engage has no current criminal convictions or allegations of inappropriate behaviour? If it is you could also ensure the practitioner has a current DBS check in place.

I am also registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse and Specialist Practitioner, that means I have a current and clear DBS.

Bespoke or Scripted

Some practitioners are trained in the use of scripts. And they have a place. Here is an example of how this works.

Client A attends a therapy session to deal with anxiety. The therapist picks script number 36 entitled ‘Anxiety’. The therapist reads the script, and the client leaves. The client may attend a follow up session.

Client B attends a therapy session to deal with anxiety. The therapist picks script number 36 entitled ‘Anxiety’. The therapist reads the script, and the client leaves. The client may attend a follow up session.

In my clinical practice as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist no two clients are treated in the same way. Although client A and B may share the same diagnosis, they experience their symptoms and effects of anxiety in a unique way. 

So, I believe that treatment should be unique, bespoke, and tailored to the individual. I do use scripts, but they are written for each and every client individually. And only as part of a programme of treatment.

Shop around

Contact several therapists before you decide to commit to one. Please always remember, if the therapeutic relationship is not working, you can end the contract and find another therapist at any time. 

In brief

  1. Check the practitioner is on an accredited register overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.
  2. Check they are fully insured to practice.
  3. Check if they have a current, DBS check.
  4. Ask if they use the same scripts for all their clients, or offer a bespoke treatment plan.
  5. Contact several therapists and interview them before you decide on one.
  6. Remember if its not working with this one, find another.

No surprises here, but not all hypnotherapists are the same. Sifting through the numbers of therapies and therapists available can be just as hard as dealing with an issue. Here I offer some pointers to make life a little easier in the choosing.

The NHS

The National Health Service recognises the benefits that hypnotherapy can bring to a variety of patients. Their advice is for all patients to ensure that the therapist they choose is part of an accredited register. What does that mean?

Here are two relevant examples of what this means. Doctors are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Both these registers are overseen by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) ensuring the public of the highest professional, educational standards and technical competency in their respective areas of expertise.

Accredited Register

As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist in clinical practice, I am registered with and accountable to the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). An accredited register over seen by, you guessed it, the Professional Standards Authority.

Finding your healthcare professional through an accredited register assures you peace of mind knowing they are vetted. They have undergone professional & educational training & achieved technical competence in their field.

If in the highly unlikely event that you need to make a complaint, there is a Statutory Body that you can contact; the Professional Standards Authority.

Insurance & DBS

Checking that the practitioner holds current professional and liability insurance is also a good thing to do.
Is it important to you that the professional you engage has no current criminal convictions or allegations of inappropriate behaviour? If it is you could also ensure the practitioner has a current DBS check in place.

I am also registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse and Specialist Practitioner, that means I have a current and clear DBS.

Bespoke or Scripted

Some practitioners are trained in the use of scripts. And they have a place. Here is an example of how this works.

Client A attends a therapy session to deal with anxiety. The therapist picks script number 36 entitled ‘Anxiety’. The therapist reads the script, and the client leaves. The client may attend a follow up session.

Client B attends a therapy session to deal with anxiety. The therapist picks script number 36 entitled ‘Anxiety’. The therapist reads the script, and the client leaves. The client may attend a follow up session.

In my clinical practice as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist no two clients are treated in the same way. Although client A and B may share the same diagnosis, they experience their symptoms and effects of anxiety in a unique way. 

So, I believe that treatment should be unique, bespoke, and tailored to the individual. I do use scripts, but they are written for each and every client individually. And only as part of a programme of treatment.

Shop around

Contact several therapists before you decide to commit to one. Please always remember, if the therapeutic relationship is not working, you can end the contract and find another therapist at any time.