HYPNOTHERAPY is any form of “talking treatment” in which hypnosis is added to achieve quicker and more permanent results.
PROFESSIONAL REGULATION. Because the “talking therapies” are not legally regulated, anyone can call themselves a psychotherapist or hypnotherapist. Moreover, anyone can set up a training school to teach these subjects. Many people who describe themselves as “hypnotherapists” have only done very brief training courses, often “distance learning” courses with no opportunity for supervised practice. This low standard of training leaves practitioners unprepared for the complexity of real peoples’ problems, leading to a high turnover of therapists as they realise the inadequacy of their own knowledge and technique. I am entitled to call myself as hypnotherapist and also a psychotherapist, because I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) . The UKCP comprises several Colleges, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and Hypno-psychotherapy. All these Colleges have equal standing within the UKCP, and are required to meet the same professional and educational standards. My work and training involves much more than inducing and deepening the hypnotic trance. To help clients with their complex problems it is essential to understand the underlying “mechanisms” of the mind. All genuine professions are built on a foundation of detailed in-depth knowledge, which should be based on scientific research wherever this is available.
MY APPROACH TO HYPNOTHERAPY. Effective hypnotherapy needs an individual approach, because every client is different. In my Plymouth hypnotherapy practice I always begin by discussing with the client what they want to change about themselves. Most clients’ problems can be seen as “vicious circles” where a problem feeds on and perpetuates itself. For instance, lack of confidence cause people to avoid new experiences, and this avoidance prevents confidence from being developed. My job is to identify the weak point in the client’s set of problems- the point where changes can most easily be made. Of course, results will vary from person to person as with any therapy. In my experience the difference between success and failure is mostly down to the client’s level of motivation, which is why no therapist or doctor can ever guarantee success.