Hypnotherapy training for psychologists

Whether you’re currently studying psychology, have a psychology degree from years ago (that you don’t use!) or are a practising, registered psychologist and you want to learn hypnosis and hypnotherapy then this training in cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is likely to be the best fit for you.

“My goal is to be a clinical psychologist. The diploma has developed my applied skill set, so I can practice as an accredited therapist and progress my career.”
Scott, Psychology Undergraduate, University Westminster and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.


Why Psychologists take our diploma…

  • BPS approved (as CPD for Psychologists
  • Evidence-based approach: what we teach is based on experimental and clinical research into hypnosis, which is surprisingly extensive (view a PubMed search “hypnotherapy”)
  • A vocational qualification that incorporates 50% practical learning
  • Supports career progression and develops applied skills set for Psychology graduates looking to proceed to clinical practice.
  • Get practicing as an accredited therapist quickly
  • Highly regulated training provider, certified by correct bodies and strict on professional supervision
  • Fast track training option available or space out your learning.
  • Affordable 12 month payment plan available for the Full Diploma.
  • Our next course starts on September 8th. Look here find out more or to see more dates

1/ Currently studying?

You don’t need to wait to finish your degree to get well trained in effective skills to help others and start a private practice. This vocational training is in-depth, rigorous and efficient (no unnecessary theory – the focus is on what you need to know to make choices with your clients). 

2/ Registered psychologist  – and want to move into private practice?

If you are a registered psychologist and wondering how to get into private practice this training will quickly give you a wide range of effective, evidence-based techniques and assessment methods that will give you the confidence and knowledge to get into private practice. Plus, lots of solid business advice and guidance.

3/ In training to be a clinical/counselling psychologist? 

If you are in training and looking to become a clinical, counselling, forensic or educational psychologist this course is going to massively increase your skill set  – allowing you be more creative and flexible when working with clients, and getting ahead of the competition (it is undeniably very competitive out there!).

4/ Unused degree?

Many course participants have a psychology degree from their distant past and then found themselves in HR or marketing, yet dream of using their psychology degree more directly in helping others live their lives more fully by overcoming overcome fears and old patterns.
In this course you can get out your old degree, dust it down and bring it up to date with modern theory and skills that are all evidence-based – and then get out there helping others.


Why add hypnosis to your clinical skills as a psychologist?

  • Generally clients view therapists who know how to use hypnosis as more expert than those of equivalent professional qualification who don’t know how to use hypnosis
  • Clients who believe hypnosis would help and would like to experience hypnotherapy arrive with a self-fulfilling prophecy for achieving their goals in therapy
  • Research shows that adding hypnosis to CBT appears to improve outcomes (Kirsch 1997, Alladin 2007)
  • Teaching self-hypnosis to clients increases their repertoire of coping skills (Golden, Dowd & Freidberg, 1987)
  • Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are particularly helpful for relaxation and pain control (Montgomery 2000, Jenson 2011)
  • Hypnosis is a way to “supercharge” imagery work in CBT or other psychotherapy models – creating vivid “as-if-real” type imagining
  • In the UK hypnosis has a strong reputation; the public generally have a positive view of hypnotherapy and the British media consistently publish stories about the positive effects of hypnosis
  • There are more searches for “hypnotherapy” than “psychotherapy” in the UK (Google Trends)


Why is this hypnotherapy training so suitable for psychologists?

  • We teach an evidence-based approach – everything is based on experimental and clinical research. 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.
  • We teach a non-state model of hypnosis – aligned with the experimental research and a more ‘scientific/sceptical’ (rather than ‘magical’) model of hypnosis. We don’t teach hypnosis as being in a “trance”.
  • We are realistic about what hypnosis can and can’t do (no wild claims)
  • We teach a “cognitive behavioural model” of hypnosis and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy – the integration of hypnosis with CBT and mindfulness. There’s a long history between hypnosis and behavioural therapy, and then hypnosis and cognitive therapy.
  • In many courses the lack of evidence for wild claims, undefined terms (like “trance” or “the subconscious mind”) will run hard against your years of education and training in psychology. You won’t find any “woolly thinking” or pop psychology on this course.
  • Consistently the highest satisfaction ratings from course participants are those with a background in psychology – from current psychology undergraduates, to NHS Clinical Psychologists, from those doing their PhDs to lecturers, and yes, even one Professor of Psychology; they like the rigour of the approach, the referencing to academic articles and the depth and breadth of theory and understanding that the trainers bring.
  • The core textbooks for the course are serious and substantial clinical textbooks. 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)


So what is the training course?

This is an intensive 21 day training course in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. It’s spread into three 7-day blocks – each resulting in a Certificate award. Complete all three Certificate courses, plus a written assessment and you’ll gain an externally verified Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy that is recognised and accepted by the main hypnotherapy organisations. Plus, the training is approved by the BPS.

Read more about the 21 day hypnotherapy diploma training here.

What does it cover?

  • Self-Hypnosis skills training
  • Basic Hypnotherapy skills
  • Pain Control hypnotherapy (and non-hypnotic methods)
  • The integration of hypnosis with cognitive and behavioural techniques:
    1. Stress Inoculation Training (Meichenbaum), [Stage 2 course]
    2. Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety (Clark, Wells and Beck) [Stage 3 course]
    3. Exposure and Desensitation approaches (Wolpe, Lazarus), [Stage 2 course]
    4. Tension Control and Applied Relaxation (Jacobson, Benson, Ost, Borkovec), [Stage 2 course]
    5. Habit Reversal Training (Nunn and Azrin) [Stage 2 course]
    6. Aversion Therapy, Thought Stopping, Paradoxical Intention (Salter, Frankl etc) [Stage 2 course]
    7. Mindfulness Approaches (Perls, Kabat Zinn, Hayes et al) [All three stages]
    8. Problem Solving Therapy (Nezu, Nezu & D’Zurilla) [Stage 3 course]
    9. The role & use of imagery in Cognitive Therapy (& in Hypno-CBT) [Stage 2 & Stage 3 Course]
    10. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Ellis)  [Stage 3 Course]
    11. 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

How much is it?

Usually £2990 (incl VAT).
However students get a 15% discount and BPS members get a 10% discount. Plus we have 10% discount Early Bird Rates available and payment plans.
Although you can’t combine all those discounts, sorry!

When are the courses?

We teach this programme many times each year. The next course starts Saturday September 8th 2018. Click here for more dates.

Where is the training held?

In North London at the Clayton Crown Hotel; 2 minutes from Cricklewood Train Station and 4 minutes from Junction 1 of the M1/North Circular. Click here for more information about our venue.

Who are the trainers?

The main course tutors are Mark Davis and Lorna Cordwell – both experienced hypnotherapists. Mark has a 30 year background in psychology, philosophy and meditation. Lorna has been a registered hypno-psychotherapist (UKCP) for 25 years.  Joining them are a range of assistant teachers  – all have a strong psychological approach and are practising therapists using the system taught.

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 Testimonials from psychologists who’ve taken the course

“Really helped me to debunk myths about hypnotherapy and increased my confidence in it’s therapeutic utility”

“I’m a psychiatrist from Turkey. I came here to learn about the combination of CBT and hypnotherapy. When I arrived here I met Mark, I liked him – he teaches very well, and he’s also a knowledgeable person. So I’d recommend to people who want to learn about hypnotherapy and CBT in combination that you attend this course.”

“All of the knowledge presented was so relevant, engaging and intellectually stimulating – and I know will prove invaluable in my life in general and most specifically when I open my therapy practice.

I highly recommend everyone take this course, whether you have a background in hypnosis or not, whether you intend a practice or not, all of the information and practical skills developed in this course are essential life skills. Everyone should understand the workings and power of their own mind.”

“So much more than I was expecting. Not only helpful for my future practice also a pretty transformational experience for me! (And this is just Stage 1). The teaching style is superb. I loved the focus on practical application – Mark always brought it back from “academia” to “how will you use this as a therapist?”.  I am genuinely so pleased to have found this course.
The agenda for each day was also excellently paced. Really can’t praise it enough.
Very impressed and pleased I signed up. Thank you.”

Stage 1

“An excellent course confirming that I will pursue this area of practice.  I thoroughly enjoyed the week, appreciating the balance of theory and practice. I plan to use hypnotherapy and look forward to attending Stage 2 soon. Excellent teaching style, building positive learning experience each day.”

“The script writing exercise alone was worth the price of the whole course!

Recommend this to anyone interesting in training as a hypnotherapist – also I’d recommend it to anyone interested in working with other people therapeutically – or anyone who just wants to be blown away with new understandings!”

“Evidence-based, rational, pragmatic, serious, common-sense. Intelligent approach. Mark is an excellent, very engaging instructor.”

“The two days have been an in-depth, informative, educational, inspirational journey.

I feel really positive about being a new non-smoker following this training. The course has given be practical tools to help support myself and others in the future. I have been shocked at the facts and very grateful I have found this specific training module.

I would highly recommend this workshop as it is so comprehensive and offers bare facts and practical tools to become a great therapist and support oneself and others to live a longer, happier and healthier life. Thank you!”

“Excellent course – I’d thoroughly recommend to any clinical hypnotherapist who wants to create a thorough, bespoke training package to enhance their practice. CBH, evidence-based approach to smoking cessation taught with knowledge and generosity by Mark.”

“Another great, interesting, useful and really well-delivered course – thanks so much. Looking forward to putting into practice,

I would recommend this workshop to others without reservation – it was excellent! I’d strongly recommend this workshop to anyone in practice with an interest in delivering smoking cessation programmes.”

“Excellent theoretical foundations allied to very good practical and practice sessions.”

“I have been struck again and again at the level of quality of this training when I see what else is out there.

I really believe this is the best hypnotherapy training out there.”

“I discovered and continue to learn more and more about myself. I continue to be astounded by how much continued practicals have helped me.

This course teaches you not only how to be a therapist but how to be a better version of yourself, how to be a better human – making you a better therapist.”

“The detail and information given was precise and able to be used in a  professional context.

The course was very professional and helpful for a novice starting their own practice. Detailed and practical. I loved it all!”

“Mark’s energy and dedication makes the material easy and enjoyable to learn and digest.

Such a wonderful and knowledgable course. I’ve learnt so much.”

“I have found the course so interesting, educational and challenging (in a positive, self-development way). I feel that I have grown as a person, becoming more self-aware with a stronger ability to help others.

A brilliant course that I would recommend to everyone – extremely enjoyable and interesting.”

“I chose to take the workshop because low self esteem is so pervasive and debilitating – I wanted it to build on my skills.

It’s a fantastic course: really informative, Daniel is great. It’s a fascinating and important topic. So glad I could come, thank you.”

“A very full and comprehensive workshop with a wealth of materials.”

“A very logical and well-explained treatment rationale. Excellent knowledge base. Evidence based. Use of objective measures.”

“One of the most high-quality courses I’ve seen here in the UK. One word to describe the course – professional.”

“Mark’s charisma and presence made the course totally relatable, understandable, accessible and instilled desire to proceed in my profession.

The course is evidence-based, professional and demystifies the profession – it instils self-efficacy in the person.”


“I enjoyed both days very much – it was very informative and I learned a lot, as well as gaining some new ideas about smoking cessation therapy and how I will move forward.”

“I was impressed with Mark’s enthusiasm for both hypnotherapy and for teaching when he trained on a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy course I attended. So I later sought his help with one-to-one training in treating insomnia. His professional and detailed knowledge of the subject was greatly impressive, and he provided detailed and helpful resources as well as a great deal of encouragement. It was worth travelling from Estonia for that one day of one-to-one training.”

“The course provides an excellent, well-informed and broad basis for practising cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy in a professional and effective manner. I highly recommend it.”

“Thank you for all the facts, figures, materials and studies provided. The motivation and momentum that this workshop was taught with was inspiring.

I would definitely recommend this workshop to others – the flow of the course was excellent, and we were given all the extra materials we asked for. A huge (and sensitive) topic very well packaged.”

“I liked the variety of comprehensive materials given to use in practice, as well as hearing core examples of how the programme works in practice.

I would definitely recommend this workshop to others interested in delivering smoking cessation – it’s a very good and comprehensive workshop that can be put into practice very quickly.”

“I found it a fantastic course and truly enjoyed the knowledgable lectures that appeared to hold a strong position on the theories they teach which helped me understand the theories in more depth.

I would recommend this course as it is very rich, covers important topics and I truly believe it has provided me with the strongest and biggest step into becoming a therapist.

I came all the way from Mozambique to do this course and I am highly excited to have come to the realisation that I have made the best choice I could have possible made. I feel more knowledgable, much more confident, and am looking forward to stages 2 and 3.”

“I enjoyed the clear and concise approach of the course, the fact that professionalism in the practice was constantly encouraged, and the sources to back up what is taught. I also liked the self-hypnosis exercises (so you can experience yourself what you will do with clients) as well as the positive, hard-working atmosphere.

A lot of information is covered that encourages confidence in the exercises for yourself and clients.”

Stage 1:

“The way the information is presented both by the tutors and the manual is excellent. I also liked the relaxed atmosphere in the ‘classroom’.

I found the scripts very beneficial and relevant to the role I hope to occupy soon. The course is very well presented in every way, exactly what I was hoping for as a novice.”

Stage 2:

“It was very professionally presented, thorough and enjoyable.”


“The balance of practicals, lectures and discussion is just right – there’s lots of practical work. I liked that we were immersed in techniques from day one. All elements of the course were extremely beneficial in equal measure.

I would recommend this course to others because its teaching of evidence-based therapy is delivered so well, with informative content, theoretically and practically. Mark is a fabulous trainer and infectious in his enthusiasm.

I have learnt skills and gained confidence to take forward to stages 2 and 3 and into my own practice (note the confidence in that statement!)”

“There is nothing I have not liked about the course. It has been fantastic in every way and even exceeded my expectations. It was detailed, intense, personal with a perfect group of people – the best thing I have ever done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”


Stage 1:

“I enjoyed the whole experience but particularly the first practical session when I discovered I could do it! I also enjoyed the structure of the course that build the pieces of the jigsaw then brings everything together to achieve an overall understanding. This, for me, is essential and has been very rewarding. Full marks for an engaging, informed and positive experience. Bring on stages 2 and 3!”

Stage 2:

“It was very informative, and although I can’t compare directly as I have never done an alternate course, my gut feeling is this is ‘the one’. This would also be evidenced by the high number of professionals attending from all over the world!”

“I have really enjoyed the course. The structure, substance and information has been excellent. The delivery by the tutors and helpers has been a real asset. It was informative, well delivered, professional – everything that I had been looking for in a hypnotherapy course.

If you are intending to do or thinking about doing a course in hypnotherapy I would certainly give this course my approval and endorse it totally.”

“Better than my expectations – thank you!

The CBT integration with hypnosis gives practical tools and techniques to put straight into use.”

Stage 2

“The course was excellent overall. It covered a great deal with really valuable experience learning. It was great to put theory I learnt years ago into practice.

I would highly recommend this course – it’s broad-based, evidence-based, confidence-building and good fun. Excellent resources are provided as well as signposting to further reading, with a manageable bite-sized choice of topics.”

“There was in-depth theory and lots of references to follow up on, as well as lots of practicals and opportunities to discuss and evaluate learning from this.

The course is very well taught, evidence-based, and provides plenty of opportunity to develop practical skills – this created a safe and developmental (well-structured) learning environment.”

“I think the course gives a good grounding in the theory and how to apply it. Personally I have found it empowering.

I really enjoyed the course and got exactly what I needed and wanted from it. I feel I have gained lots of new skills and strategies for working with clients (and on myself).”

Stage 1:

“The course was a very positive opportunity to extend my knowledge and to acquire new skills. Although I initially questioned whether hypnotherapy was for me, I was reassured by the evidence-based approach and concept of skills training. The course is very honest and open about a complex subject.”

Stage 2:

“I am glad to be liberated from a psycho-analytic approach or non-directive approach. It was good to see why these are not helpful as I had previously been led to believe.

I would definitely recommend this course to others – it’s very engaging, and there’s lots of practice. It’s focused on application within a practice, and is therefore practical and effective. I have heard of many of these techniques before but now I understand how to apply them. Thank you.”

“The course is professional, well presented, clear. I learnt a lot about myself. It provided a new way of gaining insight through hypnotherapy – I was surprised by fears, issues, etc. But best of all was learning ways to deal with them: great mechanisms to liberate self and others.

This is a superb, high-standard, well-taught professional training. I searched for many years and definitely chose the best training. It is accessible for all levels of competence and complete beginners. Thank you so much.”

“A thoroughly well put together course with effective trainers who know the subject and more importantly know as respect the boundaries of the subject.

It has changed my perception of hypnosis, for the better.”

“It is fascinating. Great for personal development, regardless of whether you end up practicing. I feel I can use this to help myself.

I enjoyed gaining the confidence to ‘do’ hypnosis on others (inductions, basic scripts, emerging). I also liked the evidence-based approach, and the honesty regarding what hypnotherapy can and cannot do. I have gained a thorough understanding of the power of suggestion, and I enjoyed the group Q&A sessions – it felt like a safe environment to ask questions.”


“An excellent introduction and overview of hypnotherapy, I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel confident in all aspects of self-hypnosis.

Excellent structure, very thorough and enjoyable with good balance of class discussion, theory and practice.”


“Lovely working atmosphere, a lot of practice possibilities, interesting exercises.”

“I am astounded by what I have learned. It has been intense, but so rewarding.

I would recommend this course to others as it is a fast-track training. I particularly liked gaining an understanding of what hypnosis is and isn’t, as well as the repeated opportunities to practice and experience.”

“A fantastic course with lots of insights, new skills and a handbook – plus an incredible skilled tutor.”

“Daniel is incredibly knowledgable and generous with that knowledge. He brings a lightness of touch and humour to heavy topics.

I particularly liked the thorough grounding in neuroscience – I love seeing how cutting-edge science and old wisdom are converging.”

“Daniel is a great, enthusiastic and engaging presenter – the whole series of workshops has been informative and interesting to attend.”

“Excellent workshop focusing upon Evidence Based Therapy. A very specialised course! A requirement for trauma based therapists.”

“A great course, well taught.”

“High quality content, excellently presented, brilliant for developing skills.”

“It is a fantastic course. I have really enjoyed it and I have noticed a big change in myself.

The teaching style is very enthusiastic and interesting – I loved it.”

“The entire course was extremely informative and provided many tools to enable me to successfully function as a great hypnotherapist and help many people.”

“A really useful course that gives great insight and understanding into the vital assessment and conceptualisation element of CBH. A must for any therapist who wants to be professional and excellent in their clinical work.”

“A fantastic course which provides a sound underpinning base of knowledge for preparation, practice and personal development.”

“A very powerful experience both personally and professionally.

A great community of diverse experience and backgrounds and an extremely knowledgeable and skilled team delivering the training. Thank you all.”

“Excellent course – fast, furious and completely effective.”