Banbury Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy or Psychotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy or Analytical Hypnotherapy? NLP or EFT? Counselling or Life Coaching? How do I choose a therapist?

So many questions, so little space!

The Paloma Centre, a UKCP regulated practice, has been practising in the Banbury area, here in the Cherwell Valley in Oxfordshire since 2001. At the Paloma Centre we practise all of the above therapies and life enhancing techniques, for more details of which go to our "Therapies Overview" page; what follows here may explain some of the important differences within the practise of hypno-psychotherapy.

Hypnotherapy (or therapy based upon the use of hypnosis) is a much misused term. For every ten people that contact The Paloma Centre requesting hypnotherapy we estimate that it is the most appropriate therapy for only three or four, rather than a more suitable therapy, such as CBT for example or other forms of psychotherapy. So why this difference?

Hypnotherapy tends to attract popular attention in the press as a “quick fix” as do some of the more modern techniques such as NLP and EFT and the whole family of Meridian Energy Therapies e.g TFT, EmoTrance etc. Psychotherapy on the other hand is generally regarded by the public as having more serious connotations and probably wrongly linked to mental illness of some kind and therefore has a more negative image. It comes down to popular perception.

Hypnosis (or Hypnotherapy) tends to deal with low level worries and anxiety, fears and phobia, fear of flying, self confidence and self esteem issues, ego strengthening and habits such as stop smoking, weight loss, nail biting, hair pulling etc.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a further development requiring specific training and is focused upon such issues as IBS, eating disorders, sleep disorders, trauma, addictive behaviour, addictions, panic attacks, pain management etc which may have a psychosomatic component in them. Be sure that your therapist has undertaken appropriate training before you begin any therapy. Not all hypnotherapists have this training and you should ask about this when first making contact.

Analytical Hypnotherapy requires different specialised training and can include regression techniques to deal with emotional disorders that may have their roots in childhood e.g. physical, mental or sexual abuse. Great care is necessary in any use of such powerful applications as this-life regression, and particularly past-life regression, and needs to be fully discussed with a therapist before being undertaken. Any discussion should include an explanation of what training and experience the therapist has in the use of such techniques.


Not all hypnotherapists have been trained in this or other analytical procedures, again, ask when first making contact with a therapist. Other issues that respond to analytical hypnotherapy are PTSD, sexual dysfunction, bed wetting in children.

Psychotherapy does not use hypnosis other than to relax people and as a vehicle to deliver suggestions which may be helpful to other aspects of therapy. Psychotherapy falls into various different categories, which are explained on our "Therapies Overview" page, and are used in the here-and–now with the conscious mind and are aimed at changing behaviour or beliefs which are causing concern to the client. The combination of psychology and hypnotherapy (hypno-psychotherapy) can be very powerful as both the conscious and unconscious mind can be brought to bear on any particular concern.

From this you will see that a basic training just in hypnosis does not equip a therapist to deal with a wide variety of issues. Here at The Paloma Centre in Banbury we practise what is called a holistic or “eclectic” approach which means that we take aspects of those therapies we believe are the most appropriate for any individual and blend them into a personalised programme for self development and healing. If all we had was Hypnosis, or Hypnotherapy, we would only have one tool in our toolkit. By using psychotherapy and clinical and analytical hypnotherapy, along with NLP, EFT and Life Coaching techniques we have many more tools in our tool kit to fix a much wider variety of people’s concerns. The Paloma Centre also adheres strictly to the guidelines of the regulatory body, the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).

Hypnotherapy in general is an unregulated practise and is likely to remain so (other than some self regulation which may appear). Psychotherapy is regulated by a number of bodies including the UKCP and Hypno-Psychotherapy is planned to be regulated by that same body shortly (Counselling is regulated by the BACP) and as such provide you, the user, with stronger certainties on the depth of training that your therapist has undertaken, and recourse in the event of an unsatisfactory experience. Always ask your therapist the following questions:

  • Where did you do your training?

  • How long did it take?

  • Is it post-graduate training or, if not, what level is it – NVQ?

  • Which regulatory body do you comply with, if any?

  • Are you insured to practise?

  • Can I see your insurance certificate please?

  • Do you receive regular supervision/mentoring of your case load?

  • Do you undertake regular CPD (Continuous Professional Development)?

Any reputable therapist will be pleased to satisfy you on these points. Always ring around and get a comparison and choose whoever you feel most comfortable with. Most therapists will belong to one or more of the following reputable bodies which expect minimum standards from their members – please note, these are membership organisations NOT regulatory bodies, for Regulatory bodies please see our Useful Links page, and nor is this intended to be a complete listing:

  • UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

  • MNRHP – Member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists

  • MBSCH – Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis

  • MNCH – Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy

  • MGHR – Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register

Look around, ask questions, compare training and experience (not just prices), check and then choose whoever you feel most comfortable with. If you have any questions by all means call us to gain understanding of any issue that you are not clear on – then enjoy your therapy and create a better life for yourself.