The British Institute (BIH) was established in 1984.It’s two primary aims today, are to offer information for the public, who are searching for help with health and well-being issues and looking for a suitable practitioner to help them.Secondly, to organise and monitor a register of practitioners; those who are qualified, insured and competent to use a range of skills primarily Hypnotherapy and NLP, in an ethical and professional manner.

Professional Hypnotherapy Provision in UK today

As a registering organisation, the BIH is a member of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)formed in 1997.UKCHO established guidelines for standards and worked toward Voluntary Regulation from 2000-2010.

The profession of Hypnotherapy in the UK today, is now independently regulated by the Complementary & Natural Health Care Council(CNHC).BIH practitioner members are qualified, insured and committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional competence.Accordingly, the BIH Code of Conduct & Ethics together with the Complaints & Disciplinary Procedures are in place to ensure the Public have recourse if necessary.

BIH Practitioner Membership -

The criteria for membership with the BIH, depends upon the quality and level of training to practitioner status.For the newly qualified practitioner, supervision is also required for at least the first 3 years so that the nature of the work with clients can be monitored, (maintaining confidentiality of clients).All BIH members hold Professional Indemnity Insurance in place as a condition of their membership.Many offer their Professional Profile and this really helps in the process of finding a suitable practitioner.The CNHC stipulates regular Continued Professional Development as a condition of membership with them, so does the BIH.

Warning. The BIH wishes to disassociate itself from any email, or other correspondence which you may receive claiming that the British Institute of Hypnotherapy is under new ownership. Any such claim is entirely fictitious and should be totally disregarded..

The British Institute is a long established unique non profit making association of hypnotherapists/psychotherapists and (Neuro Linguistic Programming) NLP practitioners who are committed to the highest standards of ethical practice and  professional competence, and are completely independent of all training organisations or school registers.  Fundamental to the policies  of the BIH are the concepts of holistic health care and self help. The Institute accordingly seeks to establish links, not only with orthodox medicine but also with representatives of other complementary practices. For example see Internet Health Library at www.internethealthlibrary.com It is BIH policy to pursue the principle of ensuring that our members have had access to adequate training initially and to promote ongoing training for those members who are already in practice.



The British Institute of Hypnotherapy is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Balens Limited, 2 Nimrod House, Sandy’s Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1JJ, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.


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