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Is my Hypnotherapist any Good?

People are often amazed when they hear about the many success stories attributed to the use of hypnotherapy, not only the common things that people know about, such as dealing with anxiety and confidence, fears and phobias, weight loss and smoking cessation, but successes with other less know issues such as IBS, depression, eating disorders, unexplained infertility and IVF, sports performance and many more.

A common question that Garry Coles, Hypnotherapy specialist at The Odiham Clinic is often asked is, ‘is hypnotherapy safe and how do I know that the practitioner is qualified and competent?’ Hypnotherapy, when carried out by a trained and qualified practitioner, is perfectly safe. Sadly though, the hypnotherapy industry is unregulated in the UK, so you need to know how to find a good practitioner.

Things are improving

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) is the independent government-appointed body that oversees the work of the statutory medical, health and care regulators, including the General Medical Council (GMC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Since March 2012 the Professional Standards Authority has also been able to accredit registers of health and care occupations that are not regulated by law (including hypnotherapy). The GMC has amended its referral guidelines to include practitioners who are on an Accredited Register as it recognises that practitioners on an Accredited Register are competent and safe.

Better Qualified

Garry can confirm that in addition to being on an Accredited Register, (held by Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)). He is also one of only a handful of practitioners in the UK to have been awarded a MSc in Clinical Hypnotherapy, so you won’t find a more qualified hypnotherapist anywhere! In fact he is now in demand to present and lecture on specialist hypnotherapy subjects worldwide, being a regular speaker at events such as Hypnothoughts Live in Las Vegas, HypnoBiz in New York and the UK Hypnosis Convention in London.

In addition to that, Garry has recently been voted (for the second time) by his peers in the hypnotherapy industry onto the Profession Specific Board of the CNHC. He advises the board on training and ethics amongst other things and oversees malpractice disciplinary proceedings if required. Garry was also one of the team of three that devised the basic training ‘core curriculum’ for the hypnotherapy industry for training organisations to adopt if they wanted their students to be able to join the CNHC once qualified.

Therefore, you can have full confidence, that you will receive a safe and professional service if you decide to come and see him at The Odiham Clinic