My Accreditation and Professional Memberships
I am one of a relatively few practitioners of hypnotherapy who is UKCP Registered and who abides by the stringent Codes of Ethics and Practice of this national governing body for psychotherapy. I am also registered with the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness (NSHP) and abide by the Codes of Practice and Ethics of this governing body. As such, I am also eligible to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) – the approved register of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I carry full Indemnity Insurance and abide by the regulatory demands of the UKCP and NSHP as far as ongoing Continuing Professional Development and regular Supervision of my client work.
Regulation and Supervision of Hypnotherapists
Whilst UK governments have increasingly stressed the need for psychological/psychotherapy services to be statutory regulated for public protection, unfortunately, hypnotherapy continues to be an unregulated profession – anyone can set up in practice as a hypnotherapist without any training or supervision. Whilst some well-known UK hypnotherapy regulatory bodies require hypnotherapists’ work to be supervised for only the first few years of practice, all practising members of UKCP are required to continue to undertake regular, ongoing supervision with a trained Supervisor for as long as they are working with clients. This ensures that high standards of ethical practice are maintained by UKCP Registered therapists. Within this supervisory requirement, the supervisor and supervisee meet at regular intervals to discuss issues that arise during the supervisee’s client work. All discussion is treated as confidential and full anonymity of clients is preserved. When choosing a hypno-psychotherapist who is regulated by UKCP, you can be confident that you will receive the highest standard of ethical treatment.
National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
I am a member of the National Society of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, which is a member of the Hypno-Psychotherapy section of the UKCP. NSHP members are strictly regulated both by the organisation and by UKCP for standards of practice, training, ethics and continuing professional development.
Who are the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy?
The National College is one of a handful of colleges offering evidence-based, accredited psychotherapy which both incorporates clinical hypnosis while reaching the high standards of training accepted and accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) – the national governing body for psychotherapy. NCHP training has been independently accredited since 1977: consequently, National College study is recognised by the Open University and Bath Spa University. The College is also a European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute – one of only two training organisations in the UK accredited by the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP). The College is also an organisational member of UKCP, which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority – the watchdog for all mainstream medical, dental and nursing organisations in the UK.
Who are UKCP?
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a registered charity which aims to create a well regulated, broadly based psychotherapy profession. UKCP expects its Member Organisations to adhere to and apply guidelines for standards of training and ethical practice intended for the protection of the public. As a leading national register of Hypno-Psychotherapists, the NSHP, like the National College, is a member of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of the UKCP.