Professional. Ethical. Accredited.

The NACHP represents the interests of the general public in the education and training of counsellors, hypnotherapists and psychotherapists.

About the NACHP

The NACHP (National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists) is the only registered charity in the UK that represents the interests of the general public and all three professions of clinical psychotherapy: counselling, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.

Our History

The National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (NACHP) was created as an unincorporated Association on 1st January 1993 when the Society of Advanced Psychotherapy Practitioners (founded 1981) merged with the National Association of Hypnotists and Psychotherapists (founded 1977). NAHP Members were graduates of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and SAPP Members were graduates of the National School of Hypnosis and Advanced Psychotherapy. Run by a Council of Members under a Chairman, all of who worked voluntarily, the NACHP operated as an unincorporated Association for ten years. Then, in March 2002 the Members voted for the NACHP to become an incorporated Company and to pursue charitable status in order to fulfil a more important role within the therapy sector. On 1st January 2003 the old Association was closed and the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists Limited commenced trading. On 11th June 2003 the NACHP became a Registered Charity.

Our Charitable Objectives

The aims of the NACHP under its charitable status are:
‘To advance the education for the benefit of the public by the publication of knowledge and best practice in the area of clinical psychotherapy and associated health care.’

Our mission, in this regard, is:

  • To establish and maintain high standards of training and practice for Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and
    Psychotherapists including the introduction of minimum acceptable levels of training.In the case of hypnotherapy, these levels are approved and monitored by CNHC.
  • To ensure all NACHP therapists are suitably qualified, ethical therapists belonging to an Association which will act on their behalf in the furtherance of their profession.
  • To protect the public by issuing a full Code of Ethics, including a set of clearly defined complaints and disciplinary procedures, to be observed by all NACHP therapists.
  • To promote the profession to the public, the media and the medical and allied professions.
  • To promote and encourage in-service education for Members of the NACHP.
  • To lobby, where relevant, government and other bodies to further the cause of ethical, professional and skilful therapists.

Chair and Trustee

James Hammond

James is the Chair of the NACHP (appointed in 2003) and currently sole Trustee. He qualified as a Clinical Psychotherapist in 1995 and ran a highly successful practice until 2008. James’ experience includes mentoring and workshops led by the world-renowned clinical psychologist Dr Michael Yapko PHD, the former International President of the NACHP. James is also one of the UK’s leading business advisors, specialising in sales, marketing and branding and has written an international best-selling book on the subject. He conducts workshops on behalf of the NACHP for therapists looking to grow their professional practice.C