What is hypnotherapy?
Unfortunately there is no standard answer for what hypnotherapy or hypnosis are. You can find the explanation offered by the Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Council (CNHC) below.
I would simply describe it as a natural and safe vehicle for achieving rapid change. If you are considering hypnotherapy and would like to find out more then please get in touch and I will answer your questions. I have answered many frequently asked questions here.
You can find a list of some of the things that I have helped others with here.
What is The CNHC?
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up in 2008 with government funding and support.
The key purpose of CNHC is to act in the public interest and enable proper public accountability of the complementary therapists that it registers. CNHC acts in the public interest by:
- keeping a register of practitioners who meet national standards of practice in their work
- setting the standards that practitioners need to meet to get onto and then stay on the register
- requiring CNHC registered practitioners to keep to our strict Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
- investigating complaints about alleged breaches of the Code
- imposing disciplinary sanctions that mirror those of the statutory healthcare regulators
How the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council describes hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.
Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal.
It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bedwetting, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.
Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy.
You can check whether a hypnotherapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing hypnotherapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.