A psychotherapist practising at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital has become one of the first in the country to achieve a new national standard for hypnotherapy.
Paul Martin has been registered by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulator for complementary healthcare.
The recognition places him at the forefront of a national drive to provide a benchmark for standards and safety for the public. Practitioners registered with the CNHC meet national occupational standards and abide by a code of conduct for? performance and ethics.
Paul said “Achieving registration is not only great news for me and my clients, but a vital step for hypnotherapy”.
“This is the time of year when many people are struggling to keep up their New Year resolutions. The most popular uses for hypnotherapy are around stress and anxiety conditions, weight control and addictive behaviours such as smoking and alcohol abuse.” Paul, who is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other trauma focused therapies has provided a psychotherapy service from Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital since 2006.
Hypnotherapy is one of 11 disciplines now recognised by the CNHC. Members of the public can search the CHNC register to find practitioners in their local area. More than 40,000 searches were carried out last year.
By regulating standards, the CNHC helps GPs, hospitals, private healthcare providers and insurance companies to make an informed decision when referring patients to hypnotherapy practitioners.