Accredited Hypnotherapy Training Course
CPHT’s accredited Hypnotherapy Diploma Course will equip you to become an effective and business-ready solution focused hypnotherapist. Whether you have prior experience as a helping professional or are looking to completely change your career, you can graduate with all the necessary skills and knowledge you need to begin your career immediately.
Successful completion of the course and your accompanying portfolio leads to awards of Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) and the NCFE accredited Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD).
The course is highly practical, which enables reflective practice. You’ll be taught the theory, skills and techniques first in a comfortable and supportive classroom environment. In the weeks between modules, you will implement what you learn in the classroom. Starting with friends and family, you’ll do more as your experience and confidence grow.
Very quickly you’ll be helping members of the public overcome some significant personal difficulties. It is whilst gaining this experience that you truly get to understand the powerful impact your work can have on your clients. You’ll build experience, maintain learning momentum and start to build the foundations of your hypnotherapy business as you train. All whilst being strongly supported by your Lecturers.
For future and practising Hypnotherapists who want to be at the forefront of the hypnotherapy profession, the classroom learning of this diploma level course will cover all elements of the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy model. Including solution focused questioning, neuroscience, how and who you can help, how to work with the various conditions, practical exercises and of course hypnosis. To ensure our graduates are business-ready the course also includes marketing, business basics and extensive reflective practice.
Why should you choose CPHT?
Who is the course suitable for?
We do not look for any particular kind of experience or any specific qualifications when people apply for our Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course. As a result, we get people from a very wide range of backgrounds. It is, of course, important to have an interest in Hypnotherapy and a desire to help people make positive changes in their lives, however no previous experience or qualifications are required.
People looking to retrain & start a new career
Some of our students are looking to change careers completely, others would like to be a part-time Hypnotherapist whilst maintaining their current job. The course is a commitment but is part-time. Some students have time to devote to the course and use this to get their hypnotherapy practices completely set up and running by the time they graduate. Others take a more measured approach as they work around work and/or family commitments.
Professionals looking to add a new skill set
Are you already a talking therapist a physical therapist or a coach? Do you already work with people but in a different way? Many of our students are looking to add additional skills to their current offering or improve their ability to work with people in their current working environment.
What will you learn on our Hypnotherapy course?
Once you have attended all ten modules and met the requirements of the course, you will be awarded the Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) by CPHT.
To be awarded your Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence during the course. The Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma is awarded by the NCH (the largest Hypnotherapy Association in the UK) and it has been externally accredited and verified by the NCFE (an awarding body in the UK) as being the equivalent of a level four qualification on the educational and qualification framework.
During this module you will be introduced to hypnotherapy and learn what it is and what it can help with. You will learn all about solution focused hypnotherapy, how it developed and about its founder, David Newton. You’ll start to understand how the brain creates the symptoms of anxiety, depression and anger. The EEG is a useful tool to show you what happens in the brain, when a person is in trance. You’ll experience trance yourself and practice it on other students. There will be a few practical exercises to get your brain working and help you understand what your clients experience. This module will give you the materials and confidence to begin practicing on volunteers when you get home.
This second module will see your knowledge of neuroscience increase and help you to understand more about why we do, what we do. You’ll be introduced to the format of a typical solution focused hypnotherapy session and learn how to best explain how the brain works to your clients. You’ll learn what information to collect from your hypnotherapy clients so that you help them effectively. An introduction to GDPR requirements will ensure that the information of your clients remains safe. You’ll get involved in some more practical exercises and practice giving and receiving trance with your fellow students. You’ll enjoy hearing about the experiences of your fellow students with their clients and they will enjoy hearing all about yours.
In module 3, you’ll learn more about solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and how it underpins the psychological element of how we work. You’ll practice using scaling and the miracle question to help your volunteers make plans, so they can take small steps towards their goal. You’ll understand the importance of metaphors in all that we do and learn how to create your own in a group exercise. You’ll listen to a successful case study to help you learn how a typical client makes progress. One more exercise this month will help you see how to personalise your explanation of the brain for your volunteers. As usual you will be sharing your experiences of working with clients with the group and hearing about those of your fellow students.
Mental health is the theme for this module, understanding what it is and how you can help people with theirs. You’ll be introduced to CORP, the largest research programme in the UK for hypnotherapy and given a discount code to allow you to download it for less and experience it for yourself. This module also sees the introduction of the portfolio for the ‘Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma’ (HPD). We will give you guidance on how to complete it and the type of case studies you’ll need to evidence it. You will be introduced to free/cheap marketing this month, to help you find the volunteers you’ll need for your case studies. Some students will be carrying out their first practical assessment this month, this too will be helpful as evidence for the portfolio. As usual you will be hearing about the experiences of working with clients, from your fellow students and sharing your experiences too.
In this module, we focus almost exclusively on phobias. You will learn the difference between a simple and complex phobia and the different way of dealing with each. PTSD is a form of extreme phobia and we will talk about how best to help people with this condition too. Our approach for simple phobias uses an adaptation of the NLP Rewind/Reframe technique. The Rewind & Reframe techniques will each be explained, then demonstrated. You will practice the Rewind on other students and complete a Reframe exercise in small groups. We will learn about your experiences with clients this month and some students will be carrying out their first practical assessment. Another NLP technique that you’ll learn about this month is the Swish technique, great for people who have an interview, exam or test coming up.
In module 6 we learn all about the different behavioural styles people display and how you can build rapport with your clients. You will learn how to help people to stop smoking or vaping in just one session. An introduction to working with children and safeguarding are also topics that we cover in module 6. Chronic pain is a condition that can be helped by hypnotherapy and you’ll learn how in this module too. Our second marketing session looks at websites and what should be included in yours when you’re ready to make a start. A few more students will complete their first practical assessments this module and we will continue to find out about your experiences with clients.
During module 7, you will learn all about the neuroscience of obesity and how you will be able to help clients to lose weight. You will receive the latest research into hypnotherapy and how it has been shown to help with various conditions including some physical illnesses. Understanding how placebo works and how it can help clients, is an area that you’ll spend time discovering in module 7 too. GDPR is something that was introduced in module 2, now you’ll learn more about what you need to do to ensure compliance with current guidelines. Another opportunity to experience trance while practicing the miracle question on each other will present itself. The final students completing their first practical assessments will be filmed and we will also enjoy hearing about the progress of your clients. After this module you’ll be able to charge half price with your clients.
In the eighth module you will learn how to help clients who want to improve their performance, whether this is acting, singing, driving, sports or any other area. You’ll learn how to help clients who suffer from OCD. You’ll gain an understanding of analytical techniques. You’ll be given information on how to apply the latest research in your therapy sessions with clients. This will help them to understand how best to support their recovery. We will learn all about your experiences with clients but in a new format this module, as we get closer to qualification. You’ll get the opportunity to tell us about a case study you’re proud of. You’ll receive information on the requirements of continuous professional development that apply after qualification and details of the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD). You’ll look at another case study and learn how to forecast their recovery based on essential information. As usual there are practical exercises for you to get involved with.
In module 9 you’ll learn all about the best type of paid-for advertising to use, if you want to promote your new business, with our third marketing session of the course. You’ll hear from one of last year’s graduates who will come in to tell you about their first year in practice. They will focus on what they did right and what they wish they’d done differently. They will also answer any questions you may have, as you prepare to start your own business. You will be reminded about what goes on in the brain while a client is in trance and you will get the chance to talk about one of your successful case studies. Listening to your work with clients will be in the new format again this month, mirroring that of a typical group supervision session, which you’ll also learn more about. As usual there will be a least one practical exercise this month, this one will see you enjoying trance again.
Graduation is the theme of this module, making sure that you have everything you need to qualify with confidence. Some final case studies from the last few students. Practical exercises that will help you to prepare for giving talks to local organisations, while practicing your knowledge at the same time. There will be some last-minute accounts pointers to ensure you know where to go for more detailed information. Finally, a lovely buffet with some bubbly to celebrate the presentation of your Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy!
How much does hypnotherapy training cost?
Single One Off Payment
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Monthly Payment Plan
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10 payments over 10 months
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How much time will I need to invest?
In order to provide the very best teaching and support possible the course includes 120 hours face to face teaching in the classroom (terms and conditions apply). During this time the theory and knowledge of the various techniques and the science behind all parts of solution focused hypnotherapy are discussed, and you are given the opportunity to practice the skills in a safe environment. The 120 hours are usually delivered over one weekend a month each month, for ten months. Some schools also do weekday courses.
As a guide, for the commitment required, the total qualification time is approximately 450 hours across the ten-month hypnotherapy course. This includes classroom time, time for seeing clients, reading and time to complete the portfolio.
How do you apply and what happens next?
1. Choose which school is the most easily accessible for you.
2. If you have any questions you would like to ask your Senior Lecturer team before applying please look up their contact details on the appropriate school page.
3. Please carefully complete the online Contact us form, making sure your contact details are complete and correct.
4. A Senior Lecturer of the school you have applied for will contact you using the details you have submitted to arrange an interview.
You will have the chance to ask the lecturer in-depth questions about the training, your future qualifications and life as a solution focused hypnotherapist. A successful interview leads to an offer of a place on the course.
Want to speak to someone?
Simply find a school nearest to you and you can contact the lecturers directly – you’ll find the lead lecturer’s phone number and email there. Otherwise, visit our Contact us page, complete the form and leave us a message.
What our students say...
I have just qualified and in such a short space of time I cannot believe how much my life has completely changed .
This course was the best decision I ever made I knew I wanted to make career changes , little did I know my personal life would be come so much happier and that I would become a much better version of myself the person I actually wanted to be .
I choose the course and spent a lot of time researching other courses but CPHT was the only one that offered me what I was looking for a professional qualification at the end and a classroom setting and a actual tutor to have access to which was all available .
The training was very modern up to date neuroscience at times was hard but Gary the tutor is exceptional at teaching and his methods helped make it fun interesting and amazing and at the end I felt very knowledgable hypnotherapist .
I can’t praise him high enough .
Practice started quite early on and at first it felt daunting , but this too was the absolutely best thing ever I loved that in such a short space of time near the end of the course I was seeing paying clients .
I worked for the NHS for 10 years and as a result of how much I changed I decided to concentrate on my hypnotherapy practice . As I enjoyed so much helping others and seeing results in a short space of time .
It is an inspirational course run by a inspirational team of teachers . Thank you so much .
I never felt that my job as a dental nurse, was the making of me! There was something better and more rewarding for me out there, well I’ve found it!!
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy!!
I knew after the first weekend I was hooked and this IS my career path.
I will never look and back and wonder what if?? I know!! 😃🌈👍
I cannot recommend this course enough as an all round way to gain knowledge and skills to prepare you to develop your knowledge base, set up your own clinical practice and start your own business.
Anne and Alex, our tutors, are fantastic. They have a wealth of experience between them and have made the last 10 months of learning fun and so enjoyable. I’ll miss our monthly sessions together, but can’t wait to qualify next month and get my brand new business up and running.
I would thoroughly recommend CPHT Scotland to anyone who had a passion for helping others and who is looking for a change of career. Signing up for this course is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
Sarah Thomson Hypnotherapy
CPHT gives you the tools to be a confident Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy Practitioner and helps you create the foundations of your own future practice for you to build on after qualifying.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course in Glasgow and would recommend it to anyone thinking about hypnotherapy training in the future.
'what an inspiring bunch ' I go out of 2020 into 2021 as a different human being, more self assured , confident and truely ready to make a difference.
This course is science based and transforms your way of thinking about why we do what we do and what makes us think and behave the way we do.
A powerful and inspiring 10 months .
Don’t overthink it, just do it! You won’t regret it.... it’s absolutely fantastic!!!!
I've also been lucky enough to meet 3 fantastic ladies, and although the course has now sadly finished, we will stay in touch and continue to support each other.
Studied with CPHT in Manchester last year although delivered by different tutors the course was great and Cathy and Anne were involved. I’d have no hesitation in recommending doing the training with CPHT it’s life changing
A profound sense of empowerment was gained for me during the course and subsequently as a qualified clinical practitioner, which I now pass on to clients and watch the rewards this brings to me and my clients, life changing on both accounts.
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Is there any further development available after the HPD?
Further training opportunities once you've completed the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma:
Most frequent questions and answers
Each month there is an element of practical work, as part of your face to face training, where we can observe and advise students to improve their abilities.
You see volunteer clients, from the first weekend and throughout the course. After each session we ask you to spend a couple of minutes reflecting on that session in your client logs. This develops better self-awareness and gives you the opportunity to set achievable development goals for yourself.
Each month you receive group supervision and discuss, with your lecturers and peers, challenges and successes from the previous month. This keeps you and your volunteer clients safe and helps you reflect more effectively on your work as a practitioner.
A video presentation of your initial consultation, which you have 2-4 months to prepare for
A written portfolio of work, which you have several months to complete
8 written case histories and one case history presentation.
We support you to complete these elements including supporting those with additional needs e.g. written portfolio can be sent in as audio or video records. If you would like to discuss this further do make contact with the lecturer at the school you wish to train at, to have your questions answered.
The Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) qualification is a complete training, which means you can go from novice to level 4 professional hypnotherapist in 10 months.
Each month you’ll learn a new aspect of how to be a hypnotherapist. In the time between modules we expect you to practice what you have learnt. At the beginning of the following module, you have time to ask questions and get feedback on your practical work. In this way you build up your skills and confidence at a pace to suit you.
Whilst some hypnotherapy courses are delivered over even just a weekend, or self-led learning online, you’ll find this doesn’t give you the depth of learning or experience needed to make a living as a professional hypnotherapist. Experience shows us that to be a confident, competent, effective and safe hypnotherapist takes more than just a weekend or a condensed week or two of training.
Our students often say it is the fastest 10 months of their lives and that the support of professional and practising hypnotherapists, together with so much practical experience, is what gave them the confidence to start their practices on graduation.
Hypnotherapy courses vary greatly. Professional hypnotherapist training should teach you, to help, safely and effectively, with the issues and challenges you’ve learnt about. Your training should first and foremost be very practical, which is why on the CPHT Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma, you are expected to start seeing people from the beginning of your training.
However, to be truly effective, you’ll need your practical experience to be backed up by a thorough understanding of the model of hypnotherapy. You’ll need to be able to recognise and understand how to help with the common issues experienced by people seeking support from a hypnotherapist. And you’ll want to have the knowledge and understanding of how the brain, hypnosis and the psychotherapeutic element of your model of hypnotherapy works.
Not all hypnotherapy courses are set up like this, with many being taught very quickly with little or no practical work, sometimes online or even through self-directed distance learning. When you are just curious but don’t want to become an accredited professional hypnotherapist, this kind of training is a great way to enjoy learning about the theory of hypnosis.
If however, you want to become a professional hypnotherapist, you will need a broader understanding of both practical and theoretical knowledge, and the experience to back it up. This kind of training will give you the best grounding for your future career and is how the Hypnotherapy In Practice Diploma is designed.
There is no statutory regulation on hypnotherapy, counselling, or psychotherapy in the UK. However, just as with counselling and psychotherapy, you can be a hypnotherapist who adheres to strict codes of ethics through accredited training and professional associations. This gives our clients an assurance of the level of training and competence of the hypnotherapist and a redress system to access should something go wrong.
In order to be accredited this way, as a hypnotherapist, you’ll need to gain a certain level of education, training and experience. You’ll need to commit to a number of hours of professional supervision, training and adherence to a code of conduct.
Whilst there are many self-accrediting or unaccredited courses, the HPD is a nationally recognised award that is benchmarked against the Ofqual standards and accredited through the NCFE. This gives you the reassurance that you are training for a worthwhile qualification that is growing in acceptance, in recent years, with traditional medicine and health insurance companies.
If you want to become a hypnotherapist and have a career as a professional clinical hypnotherapist, you’ll want to do your research. There are a LOT of different training courses, offering many different types of hypnotherapy. You can learn over a single weekend or train for over a year. Courses are delivered online, distance or face to face learning. The choice can be overwhelming.
If you only want to learn a little bit about hypnosis, then a weekend course, even a taster day delivered online will be enough. However, would you really be happy offering hypnotherapy for anxiety, depression, weight management, OCD and many other clinical issues if you didn’t have in-depth learning and experience?
Clinical hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy, much like counselling, so to become a hypnotherapist you need thorough, evidence-based training that gives you a recognised qualification. Your training and qualification should be of a standard where you are eligible to join the respected hypnotherapy organisations and you can be insured for professional indemnity insurance.
You will want your training to give you enough practical experience so that you are competent, safe and confident enough to start practising as a professional hypnotherapist when you qualify. Your training should give you the basics in how to start and run a hypnotherapy practice as currently (2022) there are no employed positions as hypnotherapists.
If you want to become a hypnotherapist don’t just pick what looks quick, cheap and easy – pick what gives people the best and safest results and seems respected by the industry as a whole.
CPHT prides itself on the extensive post-graduate training options that we provide. These include:
- Continual professional development (CPD) courses of varying lengths. These are led by working therapists and experts in the field and provide further in-depth knowledge on topics such as fertility, working with children, bookkeeping, mindfulness, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to name but a few. Courses are delivered via live video conferencing or face to face sessions.
- The Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD). This qualification is provided only by the Clifton Practice and has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 5 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors). It is currently the highest Hypnotherapy qualification available in the UK.
- The Supervisor Diploma. This is also a level 5 diploma and trains experienced therapists to the level of being able to supervise others, helping them to grow as both therapists and business owners.