Hypnotherapy Diploma Course

The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

“This course provides an excellent, well-informed and broad basis for practising cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy in a professional and effective manner.
I highly recommend it.”
 Karen Carr, Professor of Psychology, Cranfield University

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If you’re interested in becoming a professional hypnotherapist, this is the place to look. The UK College runs a special hypnotherapy diploma award called the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, based on mainstream peer-reviewed research on hypnosis and psychotherapy. This course has been running for nearly a decade and is well-known in the hypnotherapy field. The Diploma is externally accredited by NCFE, a national examining body, at Level 4 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.

This is the only externally verified training course available that is approved by The British Psychological Society as CPD for psychologists.

Watch these videos to understand the content of each course (Stage) in the Diploma:

The training programme was carefully designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the main hypnotherapy registers and to lead to registration as a hypnotherapy practitioner. It is externally accredited and recognised by several of the leading organisations in the field including:

Also, after joining GHR or NCH you can become a registered therapist with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

Read more about accreditation here


Who is the hypnotherapy diploma for?

The diploma is designed to provide those new to therapy with the clinical skills, knowledge and a highly accredited diploma that will enable them to set up in practice as a professional hypnotherapist. This course is also popular with psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and life coaches looking to add hypnotherapy to their existing skills. See our certificate course page for information on the first, foundational, stage of this accredited training programme.

If you’ve studied or practice psychology then you probably find the course very accessible and aligned with mainstream psychology theories and concepts. However you don’t need a background in psychology to attend!

View video interviews with:
Health Professionals

Students are not required to have any previous experience or training in therapy. In fact, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many go on to be successful hypnotherapists in private practice.

Click on the names below to view the websites of these therapists we’ve trained:
Gillian Winguard  ¦ Richard Hughes  ¦ Tim Grimwade
Clem and Margaret Turner
 ¦ Pam Newbury 
Caroline Brown  ¦ Louise Levy ¦ Jasminka Letzas
Andras Keleti  ¦ Dr Rosie Freedman  ¦  Tony Bruno
Philip Makatrevicz  ¦  Patti Hemmings  ¦  Hui Bee Teh
Ana Stephanovic  ¦  Ian Johnson
Amanda Walsh  ¦ Fabio Del Peiro  ¦  Dave Philp
Helen Gormley  ¦   ¦  Dr Clare Mingins
Felicity Campbell  ¦  Paul Winterbottom  ¦  Bill Merrington


Hypnotherapy Diploma Course: Content & Syllabus

Cognitive Behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH – also sometimes called Cognitive Hypnotherapy) is a popular topic of research in current scientific journals in the field. There is a growing body of evidence that adding hypnosis to cognitive behavioural therapy improves outcomes.

This is a vocational award and so our training focuses on practical face-to-face classroom exercises and group learning with written assessment following completion of the classroom training.

The classroom training is structured into three stages: view the diploma course structure here.

The Stage 1 course focuses on the core skills of a hypnotherapist, while the Stage 2 course covers more behavioural therapy and interventions in hypnotherapy and Stage 3 introduces cognitive approaches and techniques.

The training provides a thorough grounding in modern Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and covers much of traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – but with a special focus on imagery techniques, imaginal exposure, relaxation training and integrating hypnosis into CBT and mindfulness-based approaches. The course teaches a wide range of techniques, a “toolbox” of 35 different techniques, that the therapist then draws up on as needed.
Read more about the Hypno-CBT® Toolbox here.

The course teaches a very thorough integration of hypnosis with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including mindfulness) and is not simply some “CBT plus hypnosis”. Students are trained in the basic theory and skills, while learning basic case conceptualisation and treatment design.

Approximately 50 per cent of the course time is dedicated to practical exercises (acting either as therapist or client, or in group work).


“A very feasible and relevant integration of hypnotherapy and CBT”
Dr Anthony Dimech, psychiatrist


The Stage 1 course can also be taken as a standalone certificate course – and you can read more about the Stage 1 Certificate Course here.

In Stages 2 and 3 the course integrates hypnosis with a wide variety of cognitive and behavioural approaches and techniques, including:

  • Stress Inoculation Training (Meichenbaum), [Stage 2 course]
  • Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety (Clark, Wells and Beck) [Stage 3 course]
  • Exposure and Desensitation approaches (Wolpe, Lazarus), [Stage 2 course]
  • Tension Control and Applied Relaxation (Jacobson, Benson, Ost, Borkovec), [Stage 2 course]
  • Habit Reversal Training (Nunn and Azrin) [Stage 2 course]
  • Aversion Therapy, Thought Stopping, Paradoxical Intention (Salter, Frankl etc) [Stage 2 course]
  • Mindfulness Approaches (Perls, Kabat Zinn, Hayes et al) [All three stages]
  • Problem Solving Therapy (Nezu, Nezu & D’Zurilla) [Stage 3 course]
  • The role & use of imagery in Cognitive Therapy (& in Hypno-CBT) [Stage 2 & Stage 3 Course]
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Ellis)  [Stage 3 Course]
  • Assertiveness Training, Authentic Self-Expression and Social Anxiety Models (Salter, Lazarus, Clark & Wells). [Stage 2 & Stage 3 courses]

See the full “toolbox” of techniques that are covered in the course here:
The Hypno-CBT® Toolbox

Why take an “Evidence-Based” Training course?
Reading this article will give you a good idea of what research tells us about hypnosis and how can use this to inform and educate our clients.

Main textbooks for the course are:

  • Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis 4th Edition – edited by Michael Heap
  • The Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy by Donald Robertson (2012)
  • Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis by Kirsch and Lynn (2006)

 “This course is an ‘instruction manual’ for your mind which everyone should receive” – Priscilla, Engineer, Switzerland.

Attendance and Course Dates

The Diploma training is divided into the following three stages, each of which is repeated several times a year. They can be taken close together or spread over a year, giving you complete flexibility when planning your training.

*Stage 1: Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnosis (7 days)
This stage must be completed before progressing on to stage 2.

Stage 2: Certificate in Behavioural Hypnotherapy (7 days)
This stage must be completed before progressing on to stage 3 of the diploma.

Stage 3:  Certificate in Cognitive Hypnotherapy (7 days)


*Note: The foundation certificate can also be taken as a standalone course for qualified therapists (psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs etc) interesting in adding some basic hypnotherapy to their existing practice, and an attendance certificate will be provided. It is mainly focused on basic hypnotherapy assessment, hypnotic induction, and the use of suggestion; presenting a rounded foundational training in traditional hypnotherapy. Click here for details…

All courses in 2018 will take place at The Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood, NW2 3ED
Click here for more venue details

Next Diploma training starts:
Monday 16th April 2018, 10am to 6pm (places still available)
View more dates here



The award itself is verified by NCFE, a government regulated national examining and awarding body, and is graded at Level 4 on the national Qualifications Credit Framework.
Read more about NCFE accreditation here

The diploma training is accredited by The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH), The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy (REBHP).

The diploma training course is also approved by The British Psychological Society for the purposes of continuing professional development for psychologists.

Click here for further information on course accreditation.

Hypnotherapy Diploma Trainers

Click here for information on the college’s trainers.

Fees and Bookings
View Diploma fees and payment options here (pop-up).

Click here for more information fees and to book your place.

Entry Requirements

  • Students attending the hypnotherapy diploma course must be aged 18 or over
  • Students should have no history of criminal convictions or sanctions by professional organisations that might reflect upon their suitability to practice as a therapist
  • Students should be sufficiently fluent in spoken English to engage with English-speaking clients
  • Students must be in suitable mental health for training, e.g., without a history of psychotic symptoms or current mental health problems of a serious nature, that may impair their ability to act as a therapist.

Hypnotherapy Diploma Course Handbook

You can download the current edition of the course handbook for the hypnotherapy diploma award from the link below:

UK College Course Handbook

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

The term “cognitive hypnotherapy” was first used by Professor E. Thomas Dowd as the title of his book Cognitive Hypnotherapy (with a forward by Aaron T Beck)  and by Dr Assen Aladdin, PhD (in 1994 in an academic article), and later in his book “Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Emotional Disorders“). Dr Alladin has said that the term “cognitive hypnotherapy” was used as “cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy” was considered too long and cumbersome. Therefore the CBH diploma training is a training in cognitive hypnotherapy – as far as this term is used by mainstream clinicians and researchers  – however this is not to be confused with the use of the term “cognitive hypnotherapy” within the NLP community.