Hypnotherapy Training


Want to a become an Accredited Hypnotherapist?
We’ll train you and show you how!

Our Hypnotherapy Courses: The Evidence-Based Approach to Hypnotherapy Training
This modern, integrative approach to hypnotherapy, CBT and mindfulness (Hypno-CBT®) will put you in a strong position to start a new career, or complement your existing therapy practice.

Our hypnotherapy training courses are designed for people new to therapy, those switching careers and also for experienced therapists and coaches wishing to add hypnosis, mindfulness and CBT to their current therapy practice.

Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy Training: We’ve championed an “evidence-based” approach for over 15 years, and all the course content is based on experimental research into the nature of hypnosis and clinical research into the effectiveness of hypnosis, particularly in combination with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


BPS Approved Courses: Our hypnotherapy courses are the only externally verified hypnotherapy courses approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre. (but you don’t need a qualification in psychology to take our courses!)

Next Diploma training: starts 4th February 2019 (more dates here)


Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
– Become a fully registered Hypnotherapist!

clinical hypnotherapy training course ukThis three week Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is acknowledged as one of the leading training programmes in the field. Psychiatrists and psychologists travel from around the world to take this training.This award is recognised by the major hypnotherapy organisations (NCH, GHR) and the award is verified by a government regulated examinations body (NCFE) at NVQ Level 4. The course is also approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre*.

The training course includes learning all the nuts and bolts of doing basic and advanced hypnosis PLUS foundational training in cognitive behavioural therapy and, most importantly, how to integrate hypnosis with CBT and mindfulness using our proprietary approach: Hypno-CBT®.  You’ll learn a wide range of techniques (our “toolbox” of 35 different interventions to draw from), how to assess client problems, create working models of the problem and design treatment plans.

The apphypnotherapy training course contentroach draws upon mindfulness, hypnotic suggestibility and imagery, behavioural science, cognitive therapy, neuromuscular relaxation, attention training as well as Eastern philosophy and practices from Yoga and Buddhism.

Science-Based and Evidence-Based
The course takes a scientific approach and is based on known models of human change/learning (e.g. classical and operant conditioning, social learning theory). You won’t be tapping on any meridians in this course!
Also an “evidence-based approach” means that we are drawing on experimental research into hypnosis (there is LOTS of it) and clinical research into what actually works. All research cited is from studies published in academic journals.
We make it all simple and understandable (just as you would for clients). If you’ve taken or are taking a degree in psychology – then this is the course for you.

International Reputation
This is the only training anywhere in the world that offers this thorough integration of hypnosis, CBT and mindfulness. Our training in London attracts psychologists and psychiatrists from around the world. We also offer the training programme in China (currently Beijing) where Mark, the college principal, has presented as a keynote speaker at the annual psychology conference.

Designed for novices AND experienced therapists.
You don’t need to be a psychologist to take this course!  Most people taking the course are not therapists or psychologists, or even a have a degree in psychology. Being deeply motivated to help others, eager to learn evidence-based techniques and ideas – and having a well grounded personality is all you need to bring.

Manuals, online resources and post course business support
Each course has a 300 page manual and an online-resources section with powerpoints, videos of each day, forms, scripts, articles and much more. Post course support is available through online groups, social events, CPD and business mentoring.

Diploma Structure and Course Stages

hypnotherapy diploma course structureThe Hypnotherapy 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 of the diploma.

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)

PLUS: written assessment (28 questions, 12 months to complete).

Fast Track Training or take it slower
We’ve been teaching this course for 15 years and it’s been constantly refined by input from attendees and mental health professionals. The outcome is an efficient, effective training with 21 days of intensive classroom training. You can take a fast track training ( 21 days over 8 weeks) or spread that over 18-24 months.

Note: After completing the course you can continue to gain a second qualification, the Diploma in Stress Management and Resilience Building, accredited by ISMA (The International Stress Management Association).

Next Hypnotherapy Diploma training starts: Monday 4th February 2019, London
(more dates here)


>> Read more about the Diploma training course >>          Book now!

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


OR – start with:
Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnosis (7-days – Stage 1)

The one week Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnosis course gives you a solid foundation in modern hypnosis and hypnotherapy (based on experimental and clinical research). This course forms the first stage of our renowned three-week Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy training programme.

  • It’s fascinating journey of self-discovery, a revelation of the mysteries of human experience and an exploration of human potential.
  • It’s a standalone training for psychologists and psychotherapists who want to add some basic hypnosis to their practice.
  • And it’s a great way to “try it out” if you’re not sure yet about the whole training Diploma programme Next course starts: Monday February 4th 2019, London    (more dates here)

>> Read more about the Certificate Course >>          Book now!


Student Interviews (their experience of the training)

Interview: Dr Matt Warner, London Air Ambulance.

Watch interviews with specialists from the following areas: psychologists, health professionals, those new to therapy, business coaches, pain specialists, counsellors & psychotherapists, working with young people/education and medical professionals

Self-Hypnosis Workshop (One-Day Taster)
– try us out or just come to learn the power of your mind!

Test the water? Interested to learn about hypnosis and the mysteries of the mind?
The perfect place to begin is with our Self-Hypnosis Skills Training Workshop. This empowering, one day training in self-hypnosis can be taken as a stand-alone workshop or as the first day of our hypnotherapy course. Come along, learn self-hypnosis, learn how to harness the power of your mind and imagination – and come meet our trainers.
Next Self-Hypnosis Workshop: Monday February 4th 2019, London

Book the Self-Hypnosis workshop now!


Already Trained as a Hypnotherapist?

If you’re already a trained hypnotherapist and would like to learn Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and become an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist (including “Hypno-CBT®” licensed) then we have several options available.

Read about the Conversion Course CPD options

Train Now, Pay Later…

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We offer a monthly payment plan for our training courses to help spread the cost. These are interest free but there is a small administrative charge for the payment plan. You can pay by standing order or credit card.

Questions? Comments?

We know it’s pretty confusing working out which hypnotherapy course to take. Different qualifications, accreditations etc… We’re happy to give you some practical advice and general information on choosing a course. Our FAQ page offers lots of good information and advice on choosing a course.

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About the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy – est. 2003.
Hypnotherapy Courses at The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy is one of the world’s leading accredited hypnotherapy training schools specialising in teaching evidence-based hypnosis. Established since 2003 the College has championed an evidence-based approach and has led the way in providing hypnotherapy courses based on a cognitive-behavioural model and developing Hypno-CBT® – our own proprietary integration of hypnosis and CBT. Our Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy provides a complete professional training, leading to a fully accredited award.

Our hypnotherapy courses:

  • The 7 day intensive training blocks allow you to complete your training in a focused and efficient way.
  • Our certificate and diploma courses are recognised by some of the UK’s leading therapy organisations.
  • Our trainers are highly-experienced, fully-qualified therapists who still maintain busy private practices.
  • Lessons focus on practical skills training under the close supervision of our trainers.
  • You will learn how to think like a therapist – assessing client issues, designing and delivering treatment plans.
  • We specialise in evidence-based and cognitive-behavioural approaches to hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy – integrated with mindfulness.
  • Our Hypno-CBT® model represents a cutting edge approach to integrating hypnosis, mindfulness and CBT.  There is good evidence that adding hypnosis to CBT improves outcomes over CBT alone. We integrate Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
  • We teach a wide range of techniques for “unsticking” clients and creating positive change (Read about the Toolbox of 35 Techniques)
  • Trainers draw upon modern psychotherapy theory and practice (CBT, Hypnosis, ACT) and also philosophy and practices from Western (Stoic) Applied Philosophy, Buddhist psychology and Yoga Philosophy..
  • Interest-free payment plans and Early Bird discounts are available for our courses.
  • We provide excellent post course support and online resources  – see our Student Support section
  • And more… read the article “35 Reasons to Train with The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy” Programme

Questions? Comments?

Call us on 0207 112 9040 or send us an enquiry here.


Hypnotherapy training in London locations

Generally we offer our hypnotherapy training courses in London (Central or North London), with typical course locations including Islington, Old Street, Kings Cross, Regents Park and Primrose Hill.

Hypnotherapy training in Manchester (2019)

We will be offering our Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy training programme and courses in Manchester towards the end of 2019 More information coming soon!
You can read more and register your interest in the hypnotherapy training in Manchester here.

Are you a hypnotherapy institute or hypnosis academy?

No. We don’t call ourselves a hypnotherapy training institute or a hypnotherapy academy (or Hypnosis Academy) because those terms have special regulations covering their use and potentially can be misleading to the public.

What happens in your hypnosis classes?

When you come to study hypnosis with us or learn hypnotherapy you’ll be immersed in a very rich and intensive learning environment. Typically 40% to 50% of the classroom time is spent on practical exercises as therapist or as client. By the conclusion of our hypnosis course you will have had extensive experience as a therapist and also as a client receiving hypnotherapy. Hypnosis education should involve a mix of theory, practice, experience, discussion and reflection.
The qualification we offer is a vocational qualification – and therefore the course is primarily focused on practical (applied) knowledge and skills, although some background knowledge and theory is required.

What about hypnosis certification?

There aren’t any laws in the UK controlling who can call themselves a hypnotherapist or hypnotist. However the profession has broadly agreed on sme standards and our Hypnotherapy Diploma training meets all those requirements for certification (accreditation) so that you can be a certified hypnotherapist (accredited hypnotherapist or “accredited clinical hypnotherapist”)
This means that our hypnotherapy training course is recognised and accredited by the leading hypnotherapy organisations – allowing you to join as an “accredited clinical hypnotherapist” (or “accredited clinical hypnotist”) once you have completed the clinical hypnotherapy training and also completed and passed your written assessment.

Do you teach Ericksonian hypnotherapy, NLP training or hypnoanalysis (regression hypnotherapy) courses?

In our hypnosis courses we have in depth discussions on Ericksonian hypnotherapy, NLP and hypnoanalysis – and you’ll experience doing positive regression hypnotherapy. However our training is focused on teaching “evidence-based hypnotherapy” and therefore tends to focus on cognitive-behavioural methods rather than other approaches. This is simply due to the depth of the evidence-base for cognitive and behavioural methods. Ericksonian hypnotherapy, NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and hypnoanalysis (regression) don’t have a very strong evidence-base to support them, despite the claims made by many trainers. In addition they have quite different models of human psychology and the problems that occur (e.g. in mental health disorders), making it hard to blend these into an integrative therapy model.  Of course there are many interesting ideas in Milton Erickson’s approach to psychotherapy. We spend some time distinguishing between Milton Erickson’s actual work vs “Ericksonian hypnotherapy” (mainly developed by his biographers) vs  approaches like NLP.  The evidence-based approach is applied to considering Eriksonian hypnotherapy – both his actual work vs the apparent myth making, experimental research into Ericksonian indirect suggestions and clinical evidence for Ericksonian hypnotherapy.

In the same way we look at the development of hypnoanalysis and consider both theoretical and effectiveness issues. Hypnoanalysis training is popular but overall hypnoanalysis lacks a strong evidence-base and also hypno-analytical methods raise concerns around safety to which we pay great attention.
While we cover Ericksonian hypnotherapy, hypnoanalysis training, as right now there is little evidence of their effectiveness.

Where are your hypnotherapy training UK Locations?

Currently we offer hypnotherapy training in London. However we will be holding our diploma training course in Manchester towards the end of 2018. More information coming soon.
You can read more here and register your interest for the hypnotherapy training in Manchester.

What do I need to do to train to be a hypnotherapist?

You need to complete a hypnotherapy course with a minimum of 120 classroom contact hours and then complete home study (approximately 330 hours – but this varies by individual) and a written assessment. These are the generally agreed minimum standards for our profession and to become a professional hypnotherapist.

Do you offer “clinical hypnotherapy training” or “training in clinical hypnosis”?

The term “clinical hypnotherapy” (or “clinical hypnosis” or even “medical hypnosis”) really means hypnotherapy for any conditions for which a client might visit a clinic. So these terms might apply more to utilising hypnotherapy to alleviate physical, mental or emotional distress (as opposed to using hypnotherapy for performance improvement or creativity). In this regard we do offer training in “clinical hypnotherapy” and “clinical hypnosis”. However hypnotherapists need to be aware of their sphere of competence and the client issues that they are qualified and competent to help with, and be aware of which issues need to be referred to someone with the proper level of medical or psychiatric training.

Medical Hypnosis: Medical hypnosis training usually covers issues such as skin problems, psychosomatic disorders, stress related disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, tinnitus, insomnia, back pain and other chronic pain issues, quitting smoking, pre and post operative support, cancer treatment support, menopausal symptom support, weight loss, alcohol reduction, healthy lifestyle etc.

In general, medical issues must be checked with a GP and the GP needs to agree with hypnotherapy as a treatment. For mental health issues most hypnotherapists are competent to help with “sub-clinical” issues – for example anxiety that doesn’t meet the criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis.

Therefore the term “clinical hypnotherapist” could possibly be seen as somewhat problematic (since it might seem to indicate competence with clinical issues rather than “sub-clinical” issues).
Similar concerns could apply with using the term “medical hypnotherapist” or offering “medical hypnosis” or “medical hypnotherapy” or “clinical hypnotist”.
Also “clinical hypnotherapy training” can make it appear that the training is limited to medical or mental health issues. In contrast, through the Hypno-CBT® diploma training course you will see the wide range of creative applications for our approach (you can view the range of techniques covered, the Hypno-CBT® Toolbox here). Once you understand the fundamentals and key drivers of anxiety and stress, and the underlying mechanisms of change, how change occurs, then you can really apply our cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy approach into so many areas beyond the “clinical” or “medical”.
So yes – clinical hypnotherapy training, medical hypnosis – and actually much more!

 Do you offer Accredited Hypnotherapy Courses?

Yes. Our accredited hypnotherapy course, or rather the Diploma that you are awarded, is accredited by The National Council of Hypnotherapy and The General Hypnotherapy Register. It is also accredited by The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. In addition the Diploma qualification is externally verified by a national awarding and examining body, NCFE, who have verified this hypnotherapy qualification as equivalent to NVQ Level 4.
You can read more about accredited hypnotherapy courses here.

Do you have any reviews of your courses?

Yes we do have reviews of our hypnotherapy courses – as well as workshop reviews.. We have formal evaluations on all of our courses and also testimonials and interviews from those attending our courses. You can read some of the testimonials here – also you can watch some videos with students talking about their experience of our hypnotherapy training courses.
If you’d like some information on the formal evaluations or reviews please contact us.
We also have lots of information on how to choose a hypnotherapy training or how to find a hypnotherapy teacher.

Is this the same as Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

In terms of the proper use of that term (as introduced by Tosi, Dowd and Alladin in their academic articles and books*) then what we teach is “cognitive hypnotherapy“.
As both Professor E. Thomas Dowd and Dr Assen Alladin have stated, the term “cognitive hypnotherapy” is simply a short version for “cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy” – which they consider a little too long-winded.
However one particular NLP-based approach taught in the UK has also been called “cognitive hypnotherapy”. This is unfortunate as it causes considerable confusion for the public and other therapists. This is because the NLP-based use of the term has no reference to the work of Albert Ellis or Aaron Beck, who formulated the initial model of cognitive therapy upon which “cognitive hypnotherapy” is based.

Do you offer a short training?

We offer a one week Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy or a three week Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy course.

Do you offer Advanced Hypnotherapy Courses or Training?

Terms like “Advanced Hypnotherapy” don’t really have any particular meaning or standards. The feedback we get is that our course is advanced hypnotherapy training compared to most others.
Unfortunately many people in our profession (and particularly those who teach NLP training courses) use language and titles in a fairly “loose way”. Hence you can become a Licensed “Master Practitioner in NLP” with just a nine day NLP training course!

Do you offer hypnotherapy training in York, Manchester or North England or Scotland?

We are just finalising plans for a three week Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course to be held in Manchester starting in Autumn 2019 and finishing in early 2020. Providing this goes well then we plan to hold a Hypnotherapy Diploma Course (Stage 1 & Stage 2 & Stage 3) each year. `either in York or Manchester, Leeds or Newcastle (or possibly Sheffield) , making training in evidence-based hypnotherapy much more available to those in Yorkshire, Sheffield, Cumbria, Lancashire, North West or North East England and Scotland.


*The term Cognitive Hypnotherapy  was first introduced in 1985 by Milne in an article in The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (Volume 13), then in the title of an article by Tosi in 1994 entitled Cognitive Hypnotherapy in Psychosomatic Illness (Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy) and by Alladin in an 1994 in an article on Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression. It was first appeared in a book title with the publication of Cognitive Hypnotherapy by Professor E. Thomas Dowd in 1999. In 2007 Dr Alladin published “Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression: An Evidence-Based Approach” and in 2008 “Cognitive Hypnotherapy: An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Emotional Disorders”.
In all of these cases the term has been introduced within the context of Cognitive Therapy as developed by Aaron T Beck.