The National Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy (NHPR) in association with the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (ICHP) has sought protection of the following titles under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005:

  • Hypnotherapists
  • Hypno-Psychotherapists
  • Hypno-Analysts
  • Hypno-Counsellors

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the ICHP / NHPR are to promote the recognition of Hypnotherapy, Hypno-psychotherapy (Hypnoanalysis) as a distinct and separate profession.  

The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (ICHP) and the National Hypnotherapy / Psychotherapy Register (NHPR) are totally autonomous associations of like-minded therapists, ICHP Graduate members and suitably qualified ethical Hypno-psychotherapists.

They are dedicated to the professional and ethical use of eclectic Hypno-psychotherapy allied to the practice of psychoanalysis, hypno-analysis, and psychotherapy, for the treatment of nervous disorders and emotional problems.

Registered Therapists’ Qualifications

The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (ICHP) is Ireland’s longest established and most respected school of hypnosis and hypnotherapeutic techniques.

Therapists qualified through the ICHP have been trained to the highest standards and comply with all government regulations for proficiency, ethics and supervision.

All Hypnotherapists listed on the National Register have attained the Advanced Practical Diploma or equivalent level 6 in Hypnotherapy or Hypno-Psychotherapy as a minimum and many will also have attained Degrees and Masters Degrees.

Hypnotherapists are also accepted onto the National Register with qualifications from schools with equivalent training, such as Irish Hypnosis.

Purpose and Philosphy

The primary purpose of the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy and NHPR is the advancement of the art, science, spiritual, holistic, philosophy, and practice of ethical Hypno-psychotherapy as a therapy for the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering from nervous disorders and emotional problems.

The ICHP / NHPR exists to promote widespread personal empowerment through therapeutic techniques, and to promote the professional training of its members and education for the general public.

Hypnotherapy Terminology

A Hypnotist is a person who guides another into the relaxing state of hypnosis.

A Hypnotherapist is a trained therapist who uses a variety of  therapeutic techniques to help the client whilst they are in the state of hypnosis.

A Hypno-Psychotherapist is a Hypnotherapist who is trained in psychotherapy techniques and uses these techniques to help clients whilst they are in the state of hypnosis.

Quality Assurance Documents

The full set of Quality Assurance Documents for the NHPR are available to view online from