As all talking therapies in the UK are currently unregulated by Government (new legislation is coming in 2011), it was one of my core values that the learning I undertook had to be governed by an official body (as so many courses are not).
After searching high and low I enrolled on the first UK accredited:
MA in Coaching and NLP at Kingston University.
In March 2010 I became a qualified Master Practitioner in NLP with the Lazarus Consultancy and I am constantly learning and developing my skills in the field http://www.thelazarus.com/
I am also accredited by INLPTA www.inlpta.co.uk
I have also gained my foundation in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Dip CBH)
In terms of credibility, the course is a customised award which is externally verified by NCFE www.ncfe.org.uk who are a government-recognised national awarding body, The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) http://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/ and The General Hypnotherapy Register http://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/ The Hypnotherapy Society http://www.hypnotherapysociety.com/ These are the largest professional hypnotherapy registers in the UK.
As part of my continued development and learning in the field I am in the process of completing my BSc in Psychology and upon completion will be continuing onto the Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.
I also hold full practitioner insurance. (details available on request)