During my previous career in the nursing profession I saw the importance of belonging to a professional body with a code of ethics and standards. In hypnotherapy there is no legal obligation to belong to any register, however I choose to be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and to abide by their code of conduct. The NHS recommends the CNHC for people seeking alternative or complementary therapies.
I've trained in several methods of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Mesmerism with British, American and European institutes. One of my trainers, Dr Brent Geary, studied with Dr Milton Erickson who was the pioneer of modern hypnotherapy. I belong to the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis where I continue to attend workshops and meetings to share knowledge with professional colleagues including doctors, dentists, and psychologists.
Improving standards in the hypnotherapy profession requires that hypnotherapists should do their own research as well as learning from doctors and psychologists. At the University of Plymouth I researched the psychology of smoking. More recently I have researched the hypnotherapy profession in the UK, publishing my results in a map showing the distribution of hypnotherapists and a diagram showing how long most hypnotherapists have been practicing.