About QCH: Why I trained in Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy


Full disclosure: As a QCH therapist myself, I’m obviously biased on this topic :). But I’ll go ahead and tell you why I chose this approach to therapy, and why I continue to think it’s one of the most effective approaches available.

For the last two decades Quest Institute has positioned itself at the forefront of therapy and coaching, with the development and continued growth of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH).

In a nutshell, QCH is a cutting-edge, evidence-based approach that integrates many of the most effective approaches from the world of therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, hypnotherapy and coaching.

To really understand QCH, first you need to realise that it’s built around a core philosophy: Learn from everyone else, do whatever works best and drop what doesn’t.

In that sense it’s kind of a meta-therapy that adapts to the latest developments, riding the continuous wave of progress.

Of course this is much easier said than done, and sometimes it’s hard to know what’s progress and what isn’t. But I believe this mindset still produces a far more up-to-date, effective and adaptable practitioner than many other approaches, which may cement themselves their own philosophy and approach, possibly becoming defensive to change.

But does QCH actually work?

Of course QCH practitioners can point to thousands of successful cases from their own practise (I myself was successfully treated for stress and anxiety, including chronic pain, hypochondria and other symptoms by a QCH therapist).

But what about solid empirical evidence? A pilot study released in the double blind peer-reviewed Mental Health Review Journal in 2015 gave strong results:

Using a team of QCH therapists, clients with anxiety and depression were assessed using the same outcome measures currently used to assess the effectiveness of talking therapies within the NHS. The pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015.

It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves improved after an average of 4 sessions. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT). To our knowledge, this is the only hypnotherapy approach to have been validated in this way. For further information concerning the research project and pilot study released in the Mental Health Review Journal please visit the evidence-based therapy research page.

At just shy of 20 years old, QCH remains a relatively new approach and research tends to lag many years behind. Multiple research projects are currently underway, so in time QCH will have increased empirical underpinning.

For more information, here’s a quick 3-minute video explaining more about QCH therapy:

And if you’re keen to get into the details of QCH therapy, check out the three core books of the Quest Institute syllabus:

If you’re interested in learning more about QCH as applied to anxiety and stress specifically, check out my free download Overcome anxiety & stress by changing how your mind works to learn more now.

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