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The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Hypno-CBT®) is our fully accredited, practitioner training course.

Course syllabus

The Diploma training provides a thorough grounding in modern cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, with a special focus on imagery techniques, imaginal exposure, relaxation training and integrating hypnosis into CBT.

Students are trained in basic theory, skills, case conceptualisation and treatment design. Approximately 40-50 per cent of the course time is dedicated to practical exercises.

The Diploma is divided into the following 3 Stages:

Stage 1: Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnosis (this can also be taken as a standalone Certificate course)

  • How to perform a variety of traditional hypnotic induction techniques, deepening techniques, and suggestion tests
  • How to word suggestions effectively and to understand the psychology of “classic” hypnotic suggestion
  • How to write a customised script for each client.
  • How to assess clients and prepare (“socialise”) them for hypnotherapy
  • The practical, ethical, and professional aspects of running a hypnotherapy practice
  • How to treat common stress and anxiety-related problems using hypnosis
  • How to integrate relaxation and meditation techniques with hypnosis
  • Essential self-hypnosis and “hypnotic skills training” exercises
  • Basic pain control techniques and designing a pain control self-hypnosis programme for a client
  • Basic cognitive-behavioural theory and practice in hypnotherapy
  • The history and theory of hypnosis, from an evidence-based perspective
  • How hypnotherapy integrates with modern evidence-based CBT and mindfulness
  • What scientific research says about hypnosis

Stage 2: Certificate in Behavioural Hypnotherapy

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Course outcome

At the end your training (once you have passed the assessment), you will be awarded the full practitioner qualification: Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy . This will allow you gain membership with professional bodies, obtain insurance and open your own practice as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. You will also be able to use the suffix Dip. CBH after your name.

The Diploma qualification is externally verified by government-regulated awarding body NCFE. It is a customised award benchmarked at Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (why is this important?).

Course formats

The Diploma course can be taken in one of three formats. See the feature table for these formats below:

Training experienceCourse streamed live on set dates via Zoom. Dynamic and interactive virtual 'classroom' experienceStudy at your own pace from pre-recorded course footage - rewatch as many times as you likeChoose a combination of webcast and online learning for each of the 3 Diploma Stages
PracticalsComplete practicals and exercises using Zoom Breakout Rooms in pairs with fellow trainees. And join twice weekly Zoom practise sessions.Complete practicals and exercises on yourself and also find a volunteer to work with as a practice 'client'. And join twice weekly Zoom practise sessions.A combination of live and at-home practicals. And join twice weekly Zoom practise sessions.
1-to-1 support2 hours of 1-to-1 case study support with a supervisor 15 hours 1-to-1 coaching plus 2 hours of case study support 5 hours of coaching per Online Stage chosen plus 2 hours of 1-to-1 case study support

Regardless of the format you choose your qualification will be the same: the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

Course duration

How long it takes to complete the training depends on the format you choose and your own circumstances.

Once you have completed all of the ‘classroom' training in your chosen format, you will need to complete your assessment (see below) before you receive your qualification.

It typically takes students between 6 months and 1 year to become qualified from when they start Stage 1. We have seen students do it in as little as 3-4 months.


The assessment process includes 26 written assessment questions submitted in your own time, and 3 supervised case studies. You will have 2 hours of 1-to-1 support with one of our supervisors to help with your case studies. The assessment fee is an additional £195 (read why here).

Course fees

The cost of your Diploma course depends on your chosen format. We also have interest-free 12-month payment plans, Early Bird Rates and discounts if you pay in full.

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Entry requirements

Trainees should be able to study comfortably at an educational level equivalent to 1st year undergraduate level (Level 4) – i.e. just above A-levels, although trainees are not required to have any previous training or experience in a therapy-related subject (or any subject).

Who is the course suitable for?

Our hypnotherapy courses are designed to work for those new to therapy as well as experienced therapists.

About two thirds of those on our courses are looking to switch careers and have their own business where they are in control of their time, doing meaningful work aligned with their values.

About one third of course participants are already therapists or coaches, psychologists or psychiatrists. The special combination of hypnosis, CBT and mindfulness creates a clear, powerful model that helps your clients make deeper and more long-lasting change. And it’s also a powerful addition to your business that can attract more clients, more business and will allow you to expand your services into new areas.

Read the full eligibility criteria here.

Tutors and support


All of the tutors and coaches have taken the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and run therapy practices either full-time or side by side with their academic or professional work. They all deeply embrace the Hypno-CBT® model and are able to teach and coach with wisdom, care, adaptability and creativity.

Support both during and after the course

We believe that strong ongoing support is vital part of a training course. Both during and after the course we aim to provide you with as much support as you need to feel confident in setting up and sustaining a successful practice.

In terms of direct support within the training course itself, you will receive 2 hours of 1-to-1 supervision to help with your case studies. If you choose the Online Diploma format, you will also receive a further 15 hours of 1-to-1 coaching (5 hours per Stage) to support your learning.

When you start your course you will also receive 12 months free membership to the Hypno-CBT® Professional Membership Hub. This thriving online network of professionals will provide you with invaluable insight and tips about how to become a successful practitioner, and you will also get the benefits of structured business support. See full list of hub features here.

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100% Money-Back Guarantee

As part of our philosophy as adult education providers, we have a no-risk guarantee on all our hypnotherapy courses: we will refund you 100% of the cost of your course if you are not satisfied.

You will have 30 days after your purchase or up to the end of Day 3/Module 3 of the Diploma (whichever comes first) to decide if you think the course does not deliver on its teaching quality or content. If you think so, we will give you all of your money back. Read more h