The Ethics of my Practice


“I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know” Hippocratic Oath, Modern Version.


I take ethics within my practice and the ethics of the Hypnotherapy profession in general, very seriously. Whilst it can seem a dull and dusty subject, it is the rules that give you, and the general public, genuine protection when encountering the therapeutic or complementary medical world.

Coming from a medical background, taking the Hippocratic Oath and being ethically accountable to the General Medical Council, I have ‘grown up’ as a practitioner being accountable to the most rigorous ethical standards.

In the world of psychological therapy, there are certain ethical standards that need to be even more rigorously applied, for example, the boundaries of the relationship need to be more clearly defined in a Client-Therapist relationship compared to a Doctor-Patient relationship. For example, it wouldn’t be considered unethical neccessarily for your orthopaedic surgeon who had fixed your broken leg to become your golf buddy, where as it would be so for your therapist.

It’s important to be aware that the title 'Hypnotherapist' is not a regulated profession in law at this present time, like other health professions e.g. Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Art Therapist. This mean that anyone can market them self as a Hypnotherapist, with little or even no training, and all registration with professional organisations is entirely voluntary.

It’s also important to be aware that many Hypnotherapy trainings are very brief, just a few days, and that it’s increasingly possible to get a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy online by distance learning with no face-to-face training.

Codes of Ethics of Practice

To demonstrate commitment to a high level of ethical conduct, and to provide you with independent regulation of my practice, I am a member of UK professional bodies of high standing within the profession. This is to provide you with peace of mind that my conduct is both accountable and honourable.

I adhere to the Codes of Ethics and Conduct of all the professional bodies to which I belong including the General Medical Council and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.  Where there is conflict, the strictest standard is observed. The main codes are listed at the bottom of this page.

Continuing Professional Development

I undertake more than the annual requirement for continuing professional development.


Clinical Supervision

As required in the codes of ethical practice, I undergo continuous regular clinical supervision to ensure your best care and success.


What does it mean to have Full Registration with the General Medical Council?

Despite no longer working as a medical doctor in the NHS system, I maintain full registration with the General Medical Council. This means that you can be certain there has never been any complaint or disciplinary action brought against me.  If you like, this is your assurance I was not ‘struck off’!,  but positively chose to leave conventional medicine because of my passion and experience that so much healing can be done without medication or side effects. I remembered the line in the Hippocratic Oath that states:

“I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.”

If you have any questions about the ethics of my practice or any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.


General Medical Council
National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council


Dr Emma Rae Rhead Hypnotherapy
Safe, Effective Hypnotherapy with a Qualified Medical Doctor
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
Hypnotherapy Chester, Hypnotherapy Harley Street London, Hypnotherapy Liverpool