500,000 people accessed Clinical Hypnotherapy in the UK in one year alone. Note this is not the number of Hypnotherapists in the Uk but the number of people accessing Hypnotherapy services. I would estimate there may be between 7000 to 10,000 Hypnotherapists in the UK. One needs to be mindful that until 2010 Hypnotherapy was completely unregulated in the UK and now it is Voluntary Regulated. I would hope the general public become more aware that they should only be accessing Hypnotherapists that are on the CNHC Register. I am also concerned at the proliferation of Training Courses for Hypnotherapy. It is essential that there are minimum occupational standards and standardised criteria. Only in this manner will Hypnotherapy be able to maintain standards and recognition of worth.
That shows you that Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and NLP are continuing to grow. One area that does concern me is the number of Downloads that are being made available. For sure Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Downloads can be helpful if they are well made.However, that said, they cannot replace highly skilled Hypnotherapists.
Many people it would seem are tempted to Download therapy but I have found that many people I have talked to do not listen to the Download on any consistent basis. Others have found that the voice or music on the Downloads does not suit them.
These criticisms aside what a Download cannot do is interact with you the client. There can be no History Take, there can be no Meta Questioning or Hypno Analysis. There can be no tailored Hypnotherapy in a Download. A Download can provide Suggestion Therapy but as any competent Hypnotherapist will tell you Suggestion Therapy is only useful for minor issues.
I suggest that if you want to use a Download you do so after having some sessions with a fully qualified and competent plus resourceful Clinical Hypnotherapist. They can then also point you in the right direction and recommend well made, carefully crafted Hypnotherapy Downloads that can further one's ability to make significant therapeutic change.
The sessions with the Clinical Hypnotherapist can include tailored therapy to get to the root cause of the Presenting Issue and then the Downloads can be used to reinforce change.
I personally do not produce Downloads at present but I can recommend some very good producers. However, I professionally would never recommend Downloads as a way to overcome any significant psychological issue.
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Douglas Clark Master of Hypnotherapy