Friday, 2 January 2015

Can I call myself a hypnotherapist?

Can I call myself a hypnotherapist?

As the Government tightens its guidelines for therapies hypnotherapy, among others, has come under scrutiny and now comes under the Complimentary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). In the last couple of months it has been upgraded from a voluntary registration body and it won’t be long before titles such as ‘Hypnotherapy Practitioner’ ‘Clinical Hypnotherapist’ and Hypnotherapist’ become protected terms meaning you could risk prosecution who you do not hold the appropriate accreditation.

There are a number of organisations out there still offering ‘postal hypnosis training courses’ and some even claiming accreditation for hypnotherapy qualifications given as part of NLP courses etc. but these accreditations, if they exist at all, are for organisations that are not even UK based!

What are the requirements in the UK?

In order to be eligible for accreditation to Hypnosis Practitioner Status within the UK framework of hypnotherapy qualifications, and therefore eligible for CNHC registration, it is essential that you undertake a course of study that provides no less than 120 hours of face-to-face classroom-based training with a requirement of 450 hours in total. For more details of how these hours are made up please visit