Psychotherapy is a most effective approach when dealing with personal or behavioural problems. Within this field there are numerous modalities, each of them successful with a large number of people and presenting problems. Apart from the chosen model of therapy, the relationship and level of rapport between client and therapist is what, above all, determines a successful outcome, as also is the client’s degree of commitment to the process. IICHP graduates have studied various models of cognitive and humanistic models of psychotherapy as well as client-centred counselling skills.

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes and for behavioural change. IICHP Members often use Ericksonian, non-directive hypnosis. To further empower them between sessions, clients are taught self-hypnosis techniques.

Hypnosis is successful in dealing with a wide variety of physical, behavioural and psychological problems including: insomnia, stress-management, habit control, menstrual problems, morning sickness, childbirth and weight control.

Hypnosis is contraindicated for psychosis and severe clinical depression unless the client is specifically referred by a psychiatrist or physician. Where indicated, therapists are happy to work in partnership with the client’s own doctor or psychiatrist.

NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) is often defined as the study of the structure of subjective experience. In practice it makes use of the way we code information received through the senses and the way we use language to describe how we experience this information. Based on how our thoughts, feelings, behaviour and language are interlinked, the concepts of NLP are used both remedially and generatively. In combination with hypnosis and other psychotherapeutic processes NLP is an extremely powerful method of brief therapy. It is particularly useful in dealing with trauma, issues of abuse and emotion release as well as low self esteem, communication, performance enhancement and social skills.

TFT (Thought Field Therapy) is an extremely effective brief intervention developed by clinical psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan. It makes use of the body’s energy system to deal with trauma, PTSD, phobias, performance anxiety and a wide range of anxiety-related conditions and as an adjunct to more mainstream interventions.

The Therapeutic Relationship

In each of these modes of therapy, as with all forms of psychotherapy, the level of rapport achieved between client and therapist is crucial to the effectiveness of the therapy. A mutual respect and trust must exist in the therapeutic relationship. In cases of difficulty in achieving such a relationship, or if a presenting problem lies outside of his or her area of specialisation, the therapist will recommend referral to someone more suitably qualified.

Referrals policy

Medical referrals are welcomed, and therapists will send regular progress reports to the GP. Such reports are sent only in the case of a medical referral and with the patient’s approval.

Client Safety

IICHP members subscribe to a code of ethics & practice, carry public liability and professional indemnity insurance and are subject to standard complaints and disciplinary procedures.


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