5th December 2013 | News Archive

Funded hypnotherapy services in GP surgeries and mental health care

CNHC registered hypnotherapist Ruth Farrow is providing hypnotherapy for patients in two funded services in her local area. One with her local GPs, the other alongside a local mental health charity.

In her work with GPs Ruth began one day a week at her local GP surgery, seeing six patients a day. Due to another two surgeries making the request for the service this has now been extended to three days a week. All patients are referred from doctors or nurses at the surgeries and Ruth sees people with a range of symptoms including anxiety, sleep problems, migraines, weight issues and those dealing with bereavement.

Ruth says: “The service started with my local GP having a small pot of funding to try out a new complementary therapy. When this ended the surgery continued to provide the service with the hope that the local clinical commissioning group would extend funding. This is now being approved as we move forward into the New Year.”

The service is evaluated and Ruth provides the surgeries with Generalised Anxiety Disorder Assessment (GAD 7) scores and feedback forms completed by the patients each week.

Ruth also worked alongside local mental health charity, Changes. Having started as a volunteer she worked with the charity to gain funding from the National Lottery and Awards for All to provide hypnotherapy to clients who self-refer or are sign-posted from other mental health agencies. The service is free to service users.

Of her CNHC registration Ruth says: “I am so grateful for my CNHC registration which has enabled me to have a much stronger emphasis on the therapy I deliver and provide assurance of my standards to these service providers.” 

[photo: Ruth Farrow]