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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hypnotherapy providing vital support for anxiety

Although not formally recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical hypnotherapy continues to be a modality offered to its members by the national charity Anxiety UK.

Anxiety UK can boast more than 45 years of making a difference to the everyday lives of those affected by anxiety and has won a number of high profile awards, including the Queen’s Award for  Voluntary Service for its dedication to those affected by anxiety.

London-based practitioner David Corr who has been working with Anxiety UK for a number of years - and is now a member of the charity’s board of trustees - is keen to encourage more clinical hypnotherapists who are interested in supporting Anxiety UK to consider volunteering some of their time to the charity.

A key piece of work that David has been undertaking in recent months is an evaluation of clinical outcome data which demonstrates the genuine and positive impact therapist are having on clients’ lives.

“The project is gathering valuable evidence of the benefits of therapy, especially hypnotherapy, and the preliminary data is highly encouraging,” explains David.

“However, we need to broaden the availability of Anxiety UK approved therapists so we have a stronger offer across all parts of the UK and a larger evidence base of the successful outcomes we can deliver,” he added.

The application process to become an Anxiety UK approved therapist involves providing two professional references and a short telephone interview that covers various topics including referral, assessment methods, clinical technique and confidentiality issues.

If successful you will be approved by Anxiety UK and able to receive referrals as part of the UK wide scheme which helps patients on low income to find qualified and accredited therapists to assist them.

David Corr says: “Providing therapy support at an affordable rate enables a wider range of clients to access therapy who might not otherwise be able to afford it and that’s important to the charity and the many therapists who support it.”

If you are interested in applying to Anxiety UK you can find more details here – http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk/

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Author: Dave Smithson of Anxiety UK, a user-led charity with more than forty years’ experience in supporting those living with anxiety. Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with these conditions by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including fast access to reduced cost 1:1 therapy services. The Anxiety UK helpline alone receives over 13,000 calls a year from people suffering from phobias and anxiety disorders.  The charity provides support to people with any anxiety condition, or specific phobia such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights - in fact, any fear that stops people from living their lives to the full. For more information, visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk

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