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Welcome to the NACHP website.

The UK charity representing the interests of the general public and all three professions of clinical psychotherapy.​

What is hypnotherapy?

Is it safe to see a hypnotherapist? Will you ‘go under’ and be made to do things against your will? Read more about hypnotherapy. You may be surprised.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy doesn’t just take a single approach to providing help. In fact, there are many different forms of psychotherapy. Find out more here.

Are you depressed...or stressed? Find out the difference.

According to a a number of surveys, two thirds of us believe we suffer from depression.

But often, when we think we are depressed, in many cases it may instead be stress-related conditions. Depression is a serious condition and it needs comprehensive treatment – but stress can also be a serious risk to health.

So it’s important to know which you are suffering from so that you can get the right treatment.

The symptoms of both depression and stress can be similar, so how can you tell whether you are depressed or stressed? Here are the main factors of each condition:

Top 10 signs of stress

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability or Impatience or frustration
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of sense of humour
  • Excessive caffeine/alcohol intake, smoking or eating
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Tired
  • Headaches, aching muscles
  • Skin problems (acne or eczema)
  • Feeling worthless or a failure

Top 10 signs of depression

  • Decreased interest or enjoyment in activities
  • Feeling that life overwhelms you, the simplest tasks become impossible
  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Abnormal sleep patterns (requiring more sleep or unable to sleep)
  • Feeling persistent fatigue
  • Feeling worthless or a failure
  • Inability to concentrate on tasks, reading etc
  • Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or irritability
  • Thoughts of self harm

IMPORTANT: Counselling, hypnotherapy or psychotherapy is not a substitute for medical care. If you feel unwell you are advised to consult a doctor.

A diagnosis of depression is usually determined by the duration, frequency and intensity of the symptoms. If you have experienced 3 or more of these symptoms for a period of at least 3 weeks it may not necessarily mean that you are suffering from depression, but seek further advice from your GP.

How to recover from depression

Presented by Dr Michael Yapko PhD, former international President of NACHP​ and leading expert on the treatment of depression.

Dr. Michael Yapko is a clinical psychologist residing in California. He is internationally recognized for his work in developing strategic, outcome-focused psychotherapies, the advanced clinical applications of hypnosis, and active, short-term non-pharmacological treatments of depression. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States. This one-hour public lecture was conducted in Melbourne, Australia was recorded as part of a series of talks sponsored by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). 

This video is provided for information purposes only. If you feel unwell, you are advised to consult your GP.

Is your local hypnotherapist registered?
Find out about the CNHC register here.

The NACHP requires its Hypnotherapy Members to register with CNHC.