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, experiential 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.
  • Interest free 12 month payment plan available for the Full Diploma.

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?

NOTE: the following fees are for the live webcast Diploma courses which are taking place instead of the Diploma courses in London.

You can read more information the changes to our courses due to Covid-19 here

The full price is £2650 (incl VAT).
However students get a 15% discount and BPS members get a 10% discount. Plus we have a 10-month payment plan options available.
Although you can’t combine all those discounts, sorry!

When are the courses?

We teach this programme many times each year. The next one starts on Monday 30th March.

Where is the training held?

NOTE: the Diploma course is now being run as a live webcast training due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can read more information about this here

Who are the trainers?

The main course tutor is Mark Davis. Mark is a BPS Graduate Member and has a 30 year background in psychology, philosophy and meditation.
Mark still sees clients in Camden and Central London – and uses the approach taught on the course.
Mark is joined by six other trainers. Many of whom have a background in psychology and all of whom embody and practice the evidence-based, science-based psychological approach taught during the training.
Read more about the teaching team here.

Book now!

 Testimonials from psychologists who’ve taken the course

Chris Beale

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

Chris Beale
Psychologist (Australia)

Dr Attila Soykan

“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.”

Dr Attila Soykan
Psychiatrist (Turkey)

Frank Canavan

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

Frank Canavan
Clinical Psychologist - Pain Specialist

Scott Oxlade

“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!”

Scott Oxlade
Psychology student

Carolyne Ash-Brazier

“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.”

Carolyne Ash-Brazier

Paul Davies

“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.”


Paul Davies
Clinical Psychologist

Professor Karen Carr

“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.”

Karen Carr
Professor of Psychology at Cranfield University

Dr Rosie Freedman

“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.”

Rosie Freedman DPsych, CPsychol

Sharlene Raston

“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.”

Sharlene Raston
Therapist & Psychometrist

Caroline Linton

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.”

Caroline Linton MB ChB, MRCPsych
Retired Doctor and Psychiatrist

Elizabeth Floyer

“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.”

Elizabeth Floyer, MSc
Coping With Kids Ltd
Self-employed trainer and manager

Yasemin Cal

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

Yasemin Cal
Clinical Psychologist (Germany), MClinPsychol

Carolyne Ash-Brazier

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

Carolyne Ash-Brazier

Dr Mentwab Wuhib

“The group exercises and one-on-one exercises were very helpful and important instilling a sense of personal confidence and understanding of the process of hypnosis. Excellent presentation of materials. I liked the use of evidence-based data and interventions. Good variety of methods used to learn materials – videos, books etc. I found the presenter, Mark, to be knowledgeable, approachable and likeable.”

Dr. Mentwab Wuhib, PhD
Counselling Psychologist