How to Find a Qualified Hypnotherapist

Finding the Right Hypnotherapist

I have decided I would like to try hypnotherapy and now I am looking for someone qualified to work with. How do I find a qualified hypnotherapist?

Does that sound like you?

This article will help you consider the right questions to ask yourself and what you should be looking for in a hypnotherapist.

Where to Find a Qualified Hypnotherapist

There are lots of directories online where you can find qualified hypnotherapists. You need to think about which of those directories are reputable and allow you to search according to your needs. You can search on the NCH, the GHR, the QCHPA or the Hypnotherapy Directory, among others. Most qualified hypnotherapists are registered with at least one of these or other organisations. Therapists agree to follow the codes of ethics and conduct, and must have qualified through a recognised or accredited school.

You can find all of the links below.

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association (QCHPA)

Hypnotherapy Directory 

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)


You can search by location or specialism. If you would like to work online, the location is less important, but do consider time zones. Hypnotherapists will often list their qualifications, which I will discuss below.

What Are My Hypnotherapist’s Qualifications?

You might see lots of letters after a person’s name and wonder what those qualifications actually mean? I can use the following letters to show my hypnotherapy qualifications:

Dip C Hyp = Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy/Clinical Hypnotherapy

HPD = Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma

MPrac NLP = Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming

You may also see the following:

MNCH (Reg) = Member of National Council of Hypnotherapy. To become a member they must have gained the HPD qualification through an accredited school.

MNCH (Acc) = Accredited member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy. These hypnotherapists have gained their HPD through an accredited school, need to have been in practice for 3 years and have completed 300 client hours.

Is My Hypnotherapist Insured?

The hypnotherapist you choose to work with should have professional indemnity and public liability insurance. This is in place to protect both parties. It adds another layer of protection for you as the consumer. If the hypnotherapist is working with your child who is under 18, they should have a DBS certificate too. Most professional hypnotherapists will have a contract for you to fill in and return. The contract should explain exactly what is included for the price and their terms and conditions of working together.

How to Choose Which Therapist is Right for You

This is a critical question in ensuring that you have the best chance of success. I always advise clients to speak to a potential hypnotherapist on the phone or by video call. The relationship between you and your hypnotherapist is critical to the success of the work you do together. I would say always trust your gut. You need to like the person and feel that you can trust them. If you don’t feel comfortable, keep looking. You will find the right hypnotherapist for you.


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