Welcome, to the British Institute of Hypnotherapy & NLP. My name is Stephanie Kirke. My role as the Executive Director involves working with a small team to ensure that the organisation effectively represents the best of what our profession has to offer, here in the UK.
The professional standards of our practitioner members are monitored both in terms of their initial training and then measured against best practise when qualified. Only students qualifying from BIH accredited training courses are offered membership. A practitioner qualified by any other route, is asked to supply evidence of training to at least our minimum standards. ALL practitioners need to have relevant and adequate insurance in place and a solid record of Continued Professional Development. ALL BIH practitioners renewing their annual membership, need to give evidence of insurance and the mandatory annual CPD before renewal is accepted.
Since qualifying as a hypnotherapy practitioner in 1992, I have served in a variety of roles within the profession, which includes Director of Supervision for National Council for Hypnotherapy, (NCH) and the National Association of Counselling, Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy(NACHP). Chair of the NCH and Chair of UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) (2003-4). Currently, I serve as the Complaints Officer on the Executive of UKCHO. This experience has been invaluable in terms of achieving the highest of professional standards of practise myself. Leading by example is essential for any profession but especially so when it comes to working with vulnerable people.
I hope you can find a suitable practitioner from our membership listing – if you have any concerns about our profession do contact me at the office – I will gladly find some time to speak with you.
Stephanie Kirke MSc., AccHypSup., DipCAH, HPD, MBPsyS., MBIH, MHA, MNGH
BIH Executive Director