The National Council for Hypnotherapy have an Executive composed of elected Directors plus appointed Officers.
They work collaboratively with the public and members’ wellbeing a priority to maintain ethics and educational standards in Hypnotherapy, to encourage and enhance links with similar like-minded organisations and professions and to raise the standards of hypnotherapy in every possible way.
The National Council for Hypnotherapy, established in 1973.
Tracey Grist – Chairman
Tracey Grist MNCH (Acc), Sup (Hyp), HPD Assessor, NCH Supervisor and full-time Hypnotherapist, London.
Tracey came to Hypnotherapy via training in Life Coaching and Counselling, over the years Hypnotherapy became her primary tool for change work; accessing the subconscious via creativity, metaphor, clean language and gentle humour, she finds is the most effective way of working.
Tracey is passionate about our unity and ethical standards for practice, clear communication and providing the best possible benefits to members, she welcomes your thoughts, feedback and questions.
Sarah Whittaker – Director of Ethics & Supervision
Sarah Whittaker MNCH (Acc), Sup (Hyp)
I am an experienced NCH Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Supervisor with a special interest in anxiety related issues, panic attacks and phobias. I am based in Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Wales.
I passionately believe that a good ethical foundation and ongoing supervision, help to professionalise our field, providing a safe space for reflection, support and development. Equally supervision helps us to protect ourselves, our clients and the reputation of the NCH.
Should you have any questions or queries regarding NCH ethics please do get in touch here.
Mark Price – Director of Membership Resources
I became a qualified clinical hypnotherapist in 2005, a qualification I acquired while working as a Director for a world leading leisure company in the USA. On returning home to the UK I committed myself to improving my knowledge and skill as a hypnotherapist. In 2013 I made the decision to pursue my passion full time and opened my own practice which I still run today.
With a strong background in management, team building, events and creative production, combined with a true joy for people and their happiness, joining the NCH team would give me the opportunity to further my personal growth by giving back and supporting others who are following their passions.
Please feel free to email him here.
Lorraine McReight – Director of Development
Lorraine McReight was elected to the NCH board in March 2015. Lorraine is a full-time therapist and hypnotherapy tutor and is the principal of an NCH training school in London. Lorraine has been a therapist for nearly 25 years; first as a holistic therapist, then as a hypnotherapist. Before becoming a therapist, Lorraine was the owner of a training business and she remains passionate about training and personal development.
If you have any queries regarding CPD or peer groups, please get in touch.
Jo Hand – Director of Education
Jo Hand joined the Board as Director of Research in October 2018. She is a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP coach and her business is based in two locations, in Evesham and Alcester.
Jo is passionate about helping people to help themselves and to improve their well-being and quality of life. Before becoming a hypnotherapist, she worked in Senior Management in Libraries and Local Government for over 25 years and believes this helped her to develop a range of transferrable skills, knowledge and experience.
Jo believes that research, networking and sharing good practice is essential to developing the profession and individual NCH members. If you would like to discuss ways in which you think that research could help you, or if you know of any interesting research that could help others, please get in touch.
Marc Johnson – Director of Public Relations
Director of Finance – Position Vacant
Sue Pitman – Standards Officer
Sue Pitman is a member of the NCH Executive team and is a practising hypnotherapist with busy clinics in Cardiff, Barry and Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Sue has over twenty years experience in the legal profession and understands the importance of maintaining high ethical standards.
If you have any queries regarding ethical practice do get in touch here.
Karen Eeles – Training & Administration Officer
Karen Eeles MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH), Sup (Hyp)
Karen manages the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma and the Supervision in Practice Diploma Award on behalf of the awarding body, the NCFE. She works with the NCH schools to quality assure these awards, alongside assessors who oversee candidates who undertake the HPD (NCH) via the portfolio or discussion routes.
Prior to retraining as a hypnotherapist in 2011, Karen was a highly trained secretary who progressed over the years to becoming a Prince 2 Qualified Project Manager (IT and web based) and Business Process Analyst in the Finance & Legal sectors in the City.
Karen has experience of running small businesses as well as voluntary sector process in having spent 4 years as Vice Chair of a school governing board.
If you have any questions regarding hypnotherapy training, please do get in touch here.
David Harris – Technology Officer
David Harris supports NCH online systems and is an IT professional who has worked in PC, Network, and 3rd Line Server Support for Nationwide Building Society, BP, Gulf International Bank and Transport for London. Until recently he was the Surrey & South London Regional Leader for 4Networking.
David runs his own web design and hosting company specialising in WordPress and local SEO.
Yvette Lowery – Co-ordinator
Yvette Lowery is the NCH Administrator and Coordinator and has a small hypnotherapy practice specialising in stress management.
As a qualified NVQ Assessor Yvette works with a couple of schools in the role of Assessor, encouraging students to obtain their HPD and working with them to ensure their work is of a high standard. Yvette also looks after the NCH/NCFE Internal Verification process and enjoys building good relationships with our NCH accredited schools.
If you have any questions regarding administrative issues, please get in touch here.
Chris McFetridge – Designer
Chris McFetridge – MNCH (Reg)
Chris based in Northern Ireland and has a passion for the Visual Arts. He has consulted on a range of stage and screen productions and regularly contributes to the design of the NCH Journal.
Originally trained to utilise psychodynamic models of therapy, Chris now concentrates on Evidence-Based methodologies. He has a particular interest in Personal Development and Stress Management.
A graduate of Queens University Belfast and Ulster University, he holds a First Class (Hons.) Degree, Qualified Teacher Status and is a Board Certified Hypnotist. With over ten years of experience working in the Education Sector, he is currently pursuing a Masters exploring the application, and benefits, of mindfulness within all levels of education.
Debbie Waller – Journal Editor
Debbie Waller edits the NCH’s Hypnotherapy Journal.
Debbie ‘Came to hypnotherapy more or less by accident, but now can’t imagine myself doing anything else’. Having left school with no clear idea of what to do with her life she worked in the clerical civil service for a number of years, before becoming a Mum.
A degree followed and then a move into hypnotherapy. Since qualifying in 2003, Debbie has worked with one-to-one clients, specialising in stress and anxiety; undertaken seminars for local employers; trained hypnotherapists, and spoken at hypnotherapy conferences.
If you have interest in submitting an article, please contact Debbie here.