A Little Information on How to Search for a Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy is the process of which the recipient is put into a trance like state (not sleep). This is used to conquer phobias and addictions. Phobias such agoraphobia and addictions, commonly quitting smoking. When in the trance like state the hypnotherapist uses the technique of suggestion to help you combat your fear or addiction. When looking for a hypnotherapist you should ensure that they are registered to particular registers, directories or associations.

These include The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners (NHSTA) and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) is the largest register of practising hypnotherapists. They are also the official body of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC), they currently represent over 180 separate professional practitioners and hypnotherapy training schools. The GHSC manage the standards that individual practitioners have to achieve, and for the assessment and validation of hypnotherapy training courses.

Both the GHR and GHSC are leading members of the Working Group for Hypnotherapy Regulation in which their principal aims are to act on agreed standards within hypnotherapy and bring the status of Voluntary Self-Regulation (VSR) to become officially recognised.

The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners as managed by an association of the NHS trust. This register is only put together and managed by NHS healthcare professionals. It is a list of therapists that practice in the field of complementary and alternative medicines. Complementary and alternative medicines are not necessarily prescribed for a recipient by a GP as significant funding is not readily available. The majority of the time this is due to lack of funding but, on the other hand, the Primary Care Trust (PCT) may not be willing to provide it.

The International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) is a major organisation for holistic practitioners. They are an organisation that specialise in various holistic treatments, these include medical practitioners, psychologists, clinical social workers, coaches, stress consultants, NLP practitioners, clergy, licensed massage therapists, hypnotists, hypnotherapists, biofeedback specialists, nutritionists, educators, mental health therapists, and substance abuse counselors. This is association in particular is a key organisation to be listed in as the instructors within this register are approved and/or licensed instructors.

The definition of a phobia is an irrational fear of a particular thing, in other words a strong fear. There are hundreds of phobias and these include:

  • Ablutophobia which is the fear of bathing, cleaning or washing.

  • Agoraphobia which is the fear of leaving a safe place.

  • Chromophobia which is the fear of bright colours.

  • Emetophobia which is the fear of being sick.

  • Heliophobia which is the fear of sunlight.

  • Mysophobia which is the fear of germs, contamination of germs.

These are just a few phobias that exist and they can either be psychological or non-psychological.

The definition of addiction of the continued use of a mind altering substance, dependency of a certain thing, whether that is a substance or activity. These include:

  • Alcohol abuse.

  • Drug abuse.

  • Exercise abuse.

  • Pornography

  • Gambling

These are the most common types of addiction.

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