About the National Hypnotherapy Society
The National Hypnotherapy Society is a Learned Society whose primary purpose is the advancement of the knowledge of hypnotherapy and the fostering of professional hypnotherapy expertise through training, accreditation and continued professional development of our members. The Society seeks to contribute to public wellbeing both through the use of hypnotherapy and by ensuring that hypnotherapists are safe, competent and ethical in practice. The Society is a Not For Profit Company.
The Society has a cooperation agreement with the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, which means that our members are eligible to join the Royal Society at appropriate grades.
Our belief is that hypnotherapy is not a stand-alone therapy but one that fits within the wider community of 'talking therapies'. This is reflected within our membership grades where we award the highest grades to those of our members who have qualifications and experience in counselling and psychotherapy as well as hypnotherapy. We believe that this combination of skills enables a practitioner to offer the best possible service to their clients.
We support and promote counselling and counsellors, offering a wide variety of benefits to our members and training organisations. We also play a role in ensuring that the best interests of the clients of hypnotherapy are protected. We acknowledge that we have a duty of care to the public.
Our ethos is that hypnotherapy is not a stand-alone therapy; it is best regarded as a valuable and relevant 'talking therapy'. Unique among hypnotherapy associations in the UK we recognise hypnotherapy as a counselling modality.
We acknowledge and encourage the diversity, creativity and range of training options that currently exist in our profession.
We seek to involve, encourage and work in partnership with our members at all levels – we believe this is the only appropriate way of running a hypnotherapy organisation.
The HS continues to play a significant role in all aspects of hypnotherapy and related therapies and to welcome members, trainers and members of the public seeking the services of an appropriate professional.
We are the fastest growing professional organisation for practising hypnotherapists in the UK today. Furthermore, although we offer full facilities for the accreditation of Training Schools and Courses, the Society remains completely independent from such training — an essential prerequisite for any professional body.