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It really is a scam
by Zoe - November 2015

Poor quality. It's a big scam. Not accredited properly. I don't know why they don't more effort in to bringing their courses up to a higher standard instead of conning people

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  • General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
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  • National Council of Psychotherapists
  • The National Council of Psychotherapists, founded in 1971, is an organisation and a society that accredits course providers in the psychotherapy field. It is a national and international membership organisation with people working as hypnotherapists, counsellors, and psychotherapists and in other similar roles as its members.  Members are accepted on the basis of their qualifications and their ‘professionalism’. The National Council of Psychotherapists represents most schools in the field and offers ‘a wide variety of therapeutic approaches’. 

  • UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • A membership body, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) accredits and registers psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK.  The Council has more than 7,000 therapists and counsellors in practice listed and more than 75 training centres. Registered counsellors must go through an intensive postgraduate training in order to work with patients with mental illnesses. The UK Council for Psychotherapy awards the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) and trains psychotherapists to be qualified to practice in the region of Europe. 

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