A SCARBOROUGH hypnotherapist has become one of the first in the country to achieve a new national standard of excellence for his therapy.
Alan Gray, of Scarborough Hypnotherapy in Falsgrave Road, has been registered by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the UK regulator for complementary healthcare.
The recognition places him at the forefront of a national drive to provide a benchmark for standards and safety for the public.
Practitioners registered with the CNHC meet national occupational standards and abide by a rigorous code of conduct, performance and ethics.
Mr Gray said: “Achieving registration is not only great news for me and my clients, but a vital step for hypnotherapy.
“This is the time of year when many people are struggling to keep up their New Year resolutions. The most popular uses for hypnotherapy are stress and anxiety-related conditions, weight control, irritable bowel syndrome, sexual issues, many phobias and addictive behaviours such as smoking and alcohol abuse.”
Hypnotherapy is one of 11 disciplines now recognised by the CNHC. Members of the public can search the council’s register to find practitioners in their local area.
More than 40,000 searches were carried out last year.
By providing a verification of standards, the organisation allows GPs, hospitals, private healthcare providers and insurance companies to refer patients to hypnotherapy practitioners or to make hypnotherapy more readily available in health centres, clinics, doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.