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Hypnotherapy on the horizon? Read our 8 top tips

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Hypnotherapy, alongside other complementary therapies, is becoming ever more popular. If you are considering having hypnotherapy, are you sure you've done your homework with regards to the practitioner who is treating you?

Did you know that hypnotherapists are not regulated by law in the UK? Unlike doctors, nurses, dentists and many other healthcare practitioners, they are not overseen by a professional body unless they choose to register with one. So, what does this mean for you? In simple terms, it means that it's up to you to check who is treating you because there are no guarantees that someone else is doing it for you.

Is your hypnotherapist trained appropriately? Do they have insurance which covers you in case of an accident? What happens if you want to make a complaint?

How do you find the answers to these (and other questions)? Well, that’s where the Accredited Registers programme can help you out. Find or Check a Practitioner >

Accredited Registers exists to help you choose from a list of practitioners who have been thoroughly vetted. You can also be assured that everyone on one of the registers must:

  • Sign up to a code of ethics/conduct
  • Be insured to practise
  • Have appropriate training and qualifications for the treatments they offer
  • Demonstrate that they are continually learning and updating their skills and knowledge (also known as CPD)

8 ways to check who's treating you:

1: Choose a reputable therapist

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We suggest you always choose a practitioner from one of our Accredited Registers.

2: Ask as many questions as you like

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We encourage you to ask your therapist a few questions about their background and training to find out what you need to know.

3: Is hypnotherapy right for me?

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Don’t let anyone make you feel like you have to commit to something on the spot. Take your time to do your homework thoroughly.

4: Consider booking a consultation prior to your treatment

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A consultation is a good way to get a feel for the treatment. Reputable therapists are happy to offer consultations and if they're not, steer clear.

5: On medication? Always check with your GP first

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Complementary therapies are not intended to replace conventional medicine. If you have any concerns, check with your GP.

6: Does the treatment room look and feel professional?

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If your therapist's premises aren't clean and professional, don't feel pressured into receiving treatment. Expect high standards.


7: Got concerns? Don't be afraid to speak up

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If you feel uncomfortable at any point, say something. All practitioners on Accredited Registers sign up to a code of conduct.

8: Know your rights

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All Accredited Registers have a complaints process and all practitioners must have insurance in place to cover you if something goes wrong.

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Remember, no treatment is ever completely risk-free. But following this checklist should ensure your treatment is administered by a registered practitioner in a clinical environment.

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Find a practitioner near you today by checking these Accredited Registers

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is a voluntary regulator of complementary healthcare practitioners. They were established with Department of Health funding and support and their key purpose is to protect the public.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists is a professional association that operates a complementary healthcare therapist register for qualified, professional and insured therapists.

The National Hypnotherapy Society is a not for profit professional organisation whose purpose is to ensure that all of our registrants are safe, competent and ethical practitioners.

The Professional Standards Authority protect the public and help ensure their health and wellbeing so that you can choose a practitioner to meet your needs with confidence.