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Welcome to the NACHP website.

The UK charity representing the interests of the general public and all three professions of clinical psychotherapy.​

What is hypnotherapy?

Is it safe to see a hypnotherapist? Will you ‘go under’ and be made to do things against your will? Read more about hypnotherapy. You may be surprised.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy doesn’t just take a single approach to providing help. In fact, there are many different forms of psychotherapy. Find out more here.

Are you depressed...or stressed? Find out the difference.

According to a a number of surveys, two thirds of us believe we suffer from depression.

But often, when we think we are depressed, in many cases it may instead be stress-related conditions. Depression is a serious condition and it needs comprehensive treatment – but stress can also be a serious risk to health.

So it’s important to know which you are suffering from so that you can get the right treatment.

The symptoms of both depression and stress can be similar, so how can you tell whether you are depressed or stressed? Here are the main factors of each condition:

Top 10 signs of stress

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability or Impatience or frustration
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of sense of humour
  • Excessive caffeine/alcohol intake, smoking or eating
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Tired
  • Headaches, aching muscles
  • Skin problems (acne or eczema)
  • Feeling worthless or a failure

Top 10 signs of depression

  • Decreased interest or enjoyment in activities
  • Feeling that life overwhelms you, the simplest tasks become impossible
  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Abnormal sleep patterns (requiring more sleep or unable to sleep)
  • Feeling persistent fatigue
  • Feeling worthless or a failure
  • Inability to concentrate on tasks, reading etc
  • Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or irritability
  • Thoughts of self harm

Latest News: NHS to offer therapy for depression before medication under new NICE guidelines.

Under new draft guidance, the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is recommending a ‘menu of treatment options’ that should be offered to patients by GPs and health professionals before medication is considered.

At the moment, people suffering from mild depression are usually offered antidepressants as a first-line treatment. However, NICE are now advising doctors that patients with ‘less severe depression’ should be involved in conversation about what would treatment would suit them best. Alternatives to medication could include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other psychological interventions, counselling, mindfulness or meditation.

The NACHP has long recognised that when dealing with depression, therapy can often be more effective than pharmacological treatments.

If you are suffering from depression, talk to your GP and discuss ways in which alternatives to medication can be effective as a treatment. You can also contact one of our qualified clinical psychotherapists to discuss how they could help you overcome your depression. Find a therapist near you by clicking on the ‘Find Therapists‘ menu.

IMPORTANT: Counselling, hypnotherapy or psychotherapy is not a substitute for medical care. If you feel unwell you are advised to consult a doctor.

A diagnosis of depression is usually determined by the duration, frequency and intensity of the symptoms. If you have experienced 3 or more of these symptoms for a period of at least 3 weeks it may not necessarily mean that you are suffering from depression, but seek further advice from your GP.

How to recover from depression

Presented by Dr Michael Yapko PhD, former international President of NACHP​ and leading expert on the treatment of depression.

Dr. Michael Yapko is a clinical psychologist residing in California. He is internationally recognized for his work in developing strategic, outcome-focused psychotherapies, the advanced clinical applications of hypnosis, and active, short-term non-pharmacological treatments of depression. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States. This one-hour public lecture was conducted in Melbourne, Australia was recorded as part of a series of talks sponsored by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). 

This video is provided for information purposes only. If you feel unwell, you are advised to consult your GP.

‘Psychological therapy is more effective than drugs to beat IBS’ says new research

New research has shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tailored specifically for IBS and delivered over the telephone or through an interactive website is more effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS than current standard care, which is usually drug-based. These results could make a real difference to patients with IBS who currently have very limited access to CBT in a resource constrained NHS.
Dr Hazel Everitt
The research was led by Dr Hazel Everitt, Associate Professor in General Practice at the University of Southampton. Dr Everitt commented: “We previously knew that face-to-face CBT sessions could be helpful for treating IBS and this type of treatment is recommended in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s guidelines. However, in my experience as a GP, I have found that availability is extremely limited.” In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the University of Southampton and King’s College London carried out a trial involving 558 patients who had ongoing significant IBS symptoms despite having tried other IBS treatments for at least a year.
Professor Moss-Morris
Rona Moss-Morris, Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine and Trudie Chalder, Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from King’s College London, developed the IBS specific CBT programmes, which both involve 8 treatment sessions but differing amounts of therapist input. The findings, published in the journal GUT, show that those who received either form of CBT were more likely to report significant improvement in severity of symptoms and impact on their work and life after 12 months of treatment compared to those who only received current standard IBS treatments. Dr Everitt added: “The fact that both telephone and web based CBT sessions were shown to be effective treatments is a really important and exciting discovery. Patients are able to undertake these treatments at a time convenient to them, without having to travel to clinics.’’ Professor Moss-Morris said: “The most important next step is for these tailored CBT treatments to be made more widely available. Professor Trudie Chalder and I are currently training NHS therapists at pre-existing Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services, so that more people suffering from IBS can access these treatments quickly. We are also working with a commercial partner to bring web-based CBT to the NHS and other parts of the world.” The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The research team is now working towards making the therapy widely available in the NHS. Two patients who took part in the trial had this to say:
Laura: “There’s no other way of putting it: this trial has changed my life. I’d had symptoms for as long as I can remember, but was diagnosed officially around the age of 13. Everything used to revolve around my IBS, not by choice but through fear of being caught out by my symptoms. Now, at 31 years old, I barely think about it because I’m symptom-free 98% of the time. I admit I was sceptical at first, because I couldn’t see how changing my mindset could have a direct affect on my bowel habits, but I was surprised to notice improvements within the first couple of weeks. I’ve spent my whole life avoiding certain foods, restaurants and situations thinking I was controlling my IBS when I was actually adding fuel to the flame. The CBT techniques I learned and the information I was given in this trial gave me real control in a healthy, manageable way. I can’t thank the researchers enough for exploring the potential of this treatment for IBS. I hope many more people are given the opportunity to benefit from it.”
Jill:“IBS has a profound affect on my life for many years and medication had little or no effect. The urgent need to go to the toilet had a major impact on my life. My job entailed a considerable amount of driving and my route was planned to allow “loo stops”. I was having to cancel events at the last minute and felt that I was letting friends down. Wherever I went I checked, subconsciously, where the nearest toilets were! “IBS affected my life and that of my family for decades.“My involvement with the ACTIB trial has made me aware of the psychological effect of my IBS. I feel that, to a great extent, I can manage the condition and I have minimised the impact of IBS on my life, without the cost of medication or medical consultations. IBS is not controlling my life.”
Previous studies have shown that hypnotherapy can also be an effective treatment for IBS. Find an NACHP therapist closest to you to see if she/he offers therapy for IBS. Just go to our ‘Find Therapists’ page and key in your City/Town or County.

Is your local hypnotherapist registered?
Find out about the CNHC register here.

By registering with the CNHC*, complementary health practitioners demonstrate to the general public and to other healthcare providers that they meet UK-wide standards of practice in their work. (*Other registers covering hypnotherapy are available.)