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The National Society of Hypnosis,Psychotherapy and Mindfulness: Professional Register and Association


The Executive Committee of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness is pleased to welcome you NSHPMto our website. It is hoped that prospective and existing clients will find this site a useful resource in learning more about hypno-psychotherapy hypnotherapy and Mindfulness and finding ethically trained practitioners from our registers to assist them with a variety of psychological and emotional issues.

This site provides hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and Mindfulness registers for the UK as well as throughout the world. There is a difference between hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy, in that ethical hypnotherapists train for one year and undertake 450 hours of tuition in that time, whilst hypno-psychotheapists train over a minimum of 4 years and undertake 1800 of Masters Degree level tuition. The vast majority of members have been trained by the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy , the National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy which have trained hypnotherapists and hypno-psychotherapists since 1977 and 1980 respectively. Our Mindfulness Members are mainly from the National College of Clinical Mindfulness. You can rest assured that those therapists found on our hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and Mindfulness registers have been trained to the highest standards with many also being accredited by such bodies at the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the European Association for Psychotherapy, and the European Association of Hypno-Psychotherapy. Our members are also eligible for the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC).

Hypnotherapy is the clinical application of hypnosis to assist clients to resolve problems arising from habits, maladaptive behaviours, pain (under medical supervision) and psychosomatic medical conditions. It can also be used to assist clients in maximising potential in settings such as work and sport. Hypnotherapists should be trained to a level 4 NVQ equivalent standard. Hypnotherapists are not trained to deal with deep psychological issues or psychiatric illness!

Psychotherapy is defined by UKCP (2009) as a process “to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way.”

Hypno-Psychotherapy originates in procedures and practices discovered and recorded over the last three hundred years. The first formal exploration and beneficial application of hypnotic phenomena began in the 1750’s. Increasing awareness, over the last 100 years, of the pervasiveness and importance in human experience of what are now more appropriately described as ‘altered state phenomena’ has led to huge shifts in theoretical understanding, convergence with discoveries emerging from modern neuro-science and much increased consistency in application. This has been accompanied by the creation of a substantial scientific literature.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

If you are interested in membership, please contact the office at

I hope that you will find the site useful






Fiona Biddle, MSc, FNSHP(Hon)

Co-Founder & Chair , National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness

UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor 


CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority’s demanding standards. All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark. General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.

CNHC has agreed that the National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register in order to gain the CNHC quality mark. Members wishing to register should click HERE for a registration form.

To find out more about the CNHC call 0207 6531971, email or


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