Hypnosis and the NHS

You may have seen some reports last week about a press release from the Royal Society of Medicine about the potential benefits of hypnosis.  Jacky Owens of the RSM said:
“Conditions such as depression, pain and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affect millions of people in the UK and a great cost to the NHS.  But hypnosis can often work where other treatments have been unsuccessful.”
The RSM warn about ‘unregulated people’ who they refer to as ‘cowboys’.  Well, to reassure you, I am member of the National Council of Hypnotherapists and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.  I am committed to my continuous professional development and my practice is supervised and insured.
If you are choosing a therapist it is important that you feel confident in their integrity and their ability to help you.  Look at their websites and phone around 2 or 3 to find out:
  • Does the therapist welcome any questions and answer them fully?
  • Is the therapist qualified and insured?
  • Not guarantee recovery and tell you if she/he can’t help?
  • Are they open about their fees?
If not, find someone who does meet these criteria.