Hypno-Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Nicky Ward

BSc (Hons) Psych. ADHP. CSCT. BBRS

Hypnosis and hypno-psychotherapy

For over two hundred years the technique of hypnosis has been used in medicine to treat a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional disorders. It has long been recognised that hypnosis may successfully be combined with other approaches and techniques in counselling and psychotherapy. In 1997, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) formally endorsed the new term. hypno-psychotherapy, as ‘the branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis’.

Hypnosis and the mind
Hypno-psychotherapy, recognises that there are many ways of looking at how the mind works. Some people, for instance, take the view that our thoughts and actions are mainly affected by the way we look at the world and how it treats us. Others believe that we are mostly driven by our ‘subconscious’ mind, which is taken to be the store of all our past experiences and emotions. Whatever theory of the mind is applied, hypnosis can be integrated with appropriate psychotherapeutic approaches to help bring about positive changes.

Helping bring about change

Hypnosis customarily creates a deeply relaxed state in which mental stress and bodily tension are reduced. In this relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change. As such, client and therapist can safely work together, using an agreed approach, to enhance mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Hypno-psychotherapy can help to achieve positive and lasting results in:

Cessation of dependencies and habits

e.g.    Smoking                         Eating disorders                                  Weight Management                Nail-biting

 Management of stress related disorders

e.g.    Phobias                        Panic attacks                             Insomnia                        Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 Managing personal crises 

e.g.    Accident/trauma               Miscarriage               Bereavement                 Redundancy                  Divorce           Terminal illness

Optimising psychological well-being

e.g.    Stress                             Anxiety                                    Depression                      PTSD                       Alzheimer’s / Dementia

 Achieving personal growth

e.g.    Building/rebuilding self-esteem,   Resolving relationship difficulties,    Enhancing job/career satisfaction,  Improving sporting performance

Only a selection of the many challenges we face, as fallible human beings, are mentioned above.  There are many others and they can be discussed in strict confidence with the therapist.


Please note, however, that there are significant doubts about whether a medically oriented approach (i.e. diagnosis/treatment/cure) is applicable to the above ‘problems of living’, and that the presenting issue may reflect or cover additional issues


The initial consultation

Prior to any hypno-psychotherapy taking place there will be a consultation, or consultation period, where the issue or problem to be resolved is discussed and where the client has an opportunity to discuss the treatment approach, the number of recommended sessions and the likely cost.

Medical considerations

Few medical conditions contra-indicate the use of hypnosis, though in some cases liaison with the client’s medical practitioner may be appropriate.  Almost everyone who wishes to be hypnotised can achieve a level of relaxation sufficient to allow therapy to take place.

The hypnosis session

Generally speaking, during the hypnosis session itself, the client is invited to relax in an armchair or couch and is then guided into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.

In the hypnotic state

While in hypnosis, the client is still generally aware of their surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time.  No responsible therapist would attempt to hypnotise anyone against their will, or encourage an individual to act against their natural inclinations whilst in hypnosis.

After the hypnosis session

At the end of the hypnosis session, the client will be gently returned to the normal waking state.  Most new clients are surprised at how far away the reality of hypnotherapy is from any prior expectation of ‘mind control’, and find the experience deeply relaxing.

Training for hypnotherapists

At present, anybody can set up in practice as a hypnotherapist, without undergoing any formal training.  I was a member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (NRHP) for 16 years and also  with the UKCP(H) however due to costs I have also let that lapse.



I was trained to the syllabus requirements of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy(1997), and have training to UKCP standards.  The National College provides a thorough training in hypno-psychotherapy, with comprehensive coverage of hypnotherapeutic techniques integrated with a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.  The National College is the only institution of its kind externally accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education.  Such accreditation has been acknowledged by the Secretary of State for Education as the only public guarantee of standards in independent institutions of further and higher education in the UK.


United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

The UKCP is a registered charity, which aims to create a well regulated, broadly based psychotherapy profession.  UKCP expects its Member Organisations to adhere to and apply guidelines for standards of training and ethical practice intended for the protection of the public.  As a leading national register of Hypno-Psychotherapists, the NRHP, like the National College, is a member of the Hypno-psychotherapy Section of the UKCP.

UKCP members are strictly regulated in respect of:

Qualifications (and their disclosure on request)

Terms, conditions and methods of   treatment

Client confidentiality

Professional relationships

Research and publications

Practitioner competence

Personal and professional behaviour

Post-qualification supervision

I carry professional indemnity insurance.


National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy



BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology with the Open University.

ADHP – Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy .  Plus Certificate in using Hypno-Psychotherapy in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

CSCT Counselling Skills & Theory certificates.

NLP Master Practitioner tutored by McKenna, Breen and Bandler.

Master Practitioner Eating Disorders and Obesity including Nutritional interventions – National Centre for Eating Disorders, Nutrion Diploma : SNHS, Naturopathic Nutrition, SNHS Dip Advanced Nutrition.

LCCH: London College of Clinical Hypnosis: Virtual Gastric Band Surgery

NCFE – Certificate In Life Coaching

Hypnosis with PTSD – Geoff Ibbottson

Hypnosis for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias – Dr. Dan Nightingale

Plus many other CPD courses.



CThA –  Complementary Therapists Association

BBRS – British BrainWorking Research Society

Lapsed from 2013 – MNRHP, RAGPH, UKCP(H) United Kingdom Counselling and Psychotherapy (Hypnotherapy) Section registered, DTS – Dementia Therapy Specialists


Hypnotherapy. (Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, BWRT,  NLP, counselling, EFT, EMDR)

Initial Consultation              1½hr       £75

Therapy per session             1 hr         £60

Book 5 treatments and get 5th one free  £240


Quit Smoking Today  package     2hrs         £150

Phobia ‘Cure’ Course  Approx. 3 hours –  Saturday  by arrangement Individual £200, 2 People £150 each 3 People (max), £120 each. Please note a £50 non-refundable deposit per person is required for this course.    More info

Virtual Gastric Band Surgery Approx. 5 – 6 sessions – Total investment £500. Client must be committed to all sessions for this to work well.   A full medical history will be taken and the client will be advised if they are suitable before committing to this procedure before the payment is taken.  Initial consultation £75.00     Please call for more information 



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