The C.N.H.C. Hypnotherapy Regulation Scam

The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council CNHC launched its Hypnotherapy Register yesterday (to protect the public).  They would have you believe that those Hypnotherapist on their list are competent and safe. It’s a SCAM!

Maggie Dunn, Chief Executive of the CNHC, said: “Members of the public will soon be able to search the CNHC register for hypnotherapists who are properly trained, qualified and insured. Registration with the CNHC demonstrates that practitioners have met national standards and abide by a rigorous code of conduct, giving confidence to the public.

First, we must assume that Hypnotherapists are a threat to the public – patently untrue.  They are, however, fast becoming a threat to the big pharmaceutical companies, as more and more people say, ‘No’ to the drugs.  It is estimated that spending on complementary therapies is in the region £200 million per annum.

If we take the assumption of threat to the public onboard, why is it that Ian Cambray-Smith, who introduced this to the UKCHO board, said that the keyword was ‘Inclusivity’.  If many Hypnotherapists are dangerous, why are they included?  If we are to include them all, how high can any standards be? Not very.

Also, CNHC state, ‘Registration is CURRENTLY voluntary.’  So, how real is the threat to the public and how long before they exert the strangle hold, forcing Hypnotherapists to join?  ‘Although the scheme will initially be voluntary, it is hoped that all practitioners will be forced to join or lose business‘ – The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies.

Once this is achieved, they can run the ruse of ‘Protecting the Title’, prohibiting those who do not join from using the term Hypnotherapist.  It’s a ruse because, under Common Law, it has not enforceable.

Now, in the US, there is a law prohibiting a person from growing their own vegetables and sharing them with a neighbour – The Food Safety Modernization Act 2010 – S510.  It is to, er, protect the public… who can eat unlabelled GM food, and poison like Aspartame, quite happily.  It’s real purpose?  To protect the big companies. Why? Small farming is the fastest-growing sector in the US. Got it?

How can protecting the UK public be a priority, when the government silences NHS whistleblowers with ‘gagging’ clauses? Something is wrong with this picture.

Oh, by the way, CNHC will tell you that they are only a REGULATING body. They do not set the standards for Hypnotherapy and, as such, have a ‘Profession Specific Board for Hypnotherapy’ which will advise them on all things Hypnotherapy. The four members of this board were selected by the Hypnotherapy Regulatory Forum.

1.     How many Hypnotherapists were asked their opinion as to which members to select? Hands up, none of you.

2.     Half the board are not, and never have been, practising Hypnotherapists.

3.     One member runs a register that any hypnotherapist can join, provided they pay the fee. Now, there’s inclusivity with absolutely no quality.

4.     The other two members do not know how the members of my professional body work.

In 1992, I was at Regents College, London, speaking with Bill Atkinson-Ball, the founder of The Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy, and my mentor. There were moves afoot to assess and regulate Hypnotherapists. Bill said, ‘Who’s going to assess us?’  Point being – other Hypnotherapists really have no idea about how we work. I know this is true from my co-presenting workshops to myriad Hypnotherapy organisations, who watched in awe as we presented Bill’s techniques.  Bill’s question was relevant then, and is really pertinent now.

CNHC advises Hypnotherapists: ‘Registration with CNHC provides you with a nationally recognised quality mark for your work.’

This is a lie. What quality is there in inclusivity?  UKCHO has sold out its members. UKCHO’s sole purpose was to work toward Voluntary Self Regulation. Well, voluntary for the moment, but we are NOT being self-regulated, we are being railroaded.  We are being regulated by box-tickers, not Hypnotherapists.

I sit on UKCHO’s Executive Committee and have been voicing my concerns for nearly a year. Response? Not remotely interested.