The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) defines psychotherapy as a talking therapy that "helps people with emotional, social or mental health problems... Sessions with a trained psychotherapist offer an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your issues. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential, so you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional well-being... clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way.”
Hypno-psychotherapy is the clinical application of hypnosis to enhance psychotherapy. It is a branch of Psychotherapy recognised by the UKCP. Hypno-psychotherapists should be trained at masters degree level and are trained to deal with deep psychological issues and psychiatric illness. As a member of the UKCP I have been trained to this level.