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Q. Why choose somebody registered with professional bodies?


A. APHP The APHP is not merely a general hypnotherapy register, or simply a directory of hypnotherapists in the UK. Each of the members is known to have received thorough training in hypnosis and hypnotherapy, is competent and conscientious and abides by the code of ethics set by the association.


REBHP The Register for Evidence-based Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy adhere to strict entry criteria for qualified hypnotherapists.


UKCHO The Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations, in consultation with the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health, are working towards promoting the profession and practice of Hypnotherapy in the UK. The APHP is listed on the UKCHO member organisations site at UKCHO.


NRCP The National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors.


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Q. How does Sue Smith manage her caseload of clients professionally?


A. Sue participates in regular supervision updates with the Croft Academy, and has been mentored and trained by the following institutions:-


• Christian Pankhurst who won the U.K Coach of the year award in 2009

• Donald Robertson at the UK College of Hypnotherapy

• Steve Burgess Lionheart training

• Carole Wan and Alan Cooper Life Solutions

• Terence Watts from the Essex Institute

• Devin Hastings Institute of Advanced Communication Skills Minnesota

• Professor Keith Hearne from the European College of Hypnotherapy.

  • Mndfullness Diploma from the Centre of Excellence U.K

Q. How do you choose a Hypnotherapist?


A. Before choosing a hypnotherapist, check that they have trained with a professional establishment in the UK recognised by the APHP, and hold recognised qualifications such as the Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy.


Additionally it is important that they are registered with independent professional bodies such as the APHP, NCH, NRPC, CNHC, REBHP, GHR, or UCKCHO etc, and receiving regular CPD. Also they may have undertaken specialist training in other areas, such as regression, inner child, smoking cessation, weight management etc. Some therapists have more practical experience and may work in a professional clinic alongside other psychotherapists.

Q. What evidence is there that the therapies Sue Smith uses can be beneficial?


A. Various pieces of evidence are listed below:


• Hypnotherapy is recognised by the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)

• Unique National Registration Number on the ukcho site is:- 80196. CNCH reg: 000485-L10

• "Research Evidence consistently favours a combination of hypnotherapy and cognitive therapies, and eclecticism over other modalities of psychotherapy". (Smith & Glass 1980 Smith et al. and review of research literature by Irving Kirsch 1995 review of 18 different studies involving 577 participants).

• In total there are over 11,000 studies showing positive benefits using hypnotherapy as an intervention.

• "CBT combined with Hypnotherapy has a synergistic effect and showed even greater benefit". (Kirsch et al. 1999:4)

Q. Can you give me more information about stress supplied by the UK Health and Safety Executive and ACAS:


• Left untreated Stress can lead to depression. There were 250,000 claims costing over £600m for stress related illnesses in 2006. Currently 530 companies a day go to tribunal. In some cases a trip to the G.P. or counselling can help, but your staff can now choose this confidential service including, hypnotherapy, CBT or EFT which are none invasive methods, with great success. This gives your company the diversity required in offering your staff support in this area and protection from expensive litigation. Use of the iWAM test can help detect stress and conflict in an organisation or at a personal level. Hypnotherapy combined with CBT is proven to be twice as effective as all other forms of psychotherapy with most psychological problems.

• “Hypnotherapy and CBT combined have superior rates of success compared to any other method in well conducted published studies”.

• "All Organisations should develop a mental health policy". (Royal College of Psychiatrists)

• "Organisations should provide for not only the physical safety but mental wellbeing of staff to avoid costly litigation". (House of Lords in recent years).

• "All employers should have policies and procedures in place necessary to address work-related stress", (Dr James Wallace from the National Health & Safety Co.)