Online Diploma Course in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Our next Online Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy course starts 15 JANUARY 2019!


There are 10 spaces per intake. And only 1 intake every 2 months.


Book the January 2020 Online Diploma here

This is the full online version of our 21-day Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
This online hypnotherapy course is designed as a complete hypnotherapy training that’s equivalent to the current classroom training.

Unique features of the Online Hypnotherapy Course

  • Extensive one-to-one tutoring (15 hours – worth £900)
  • Blended Learning (ability to choose to attend some of the classroom training)
  • Leads to the same qualification as the classroom training: Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
  • Full practitioner training leading to professional membership of ACCPH and REBHP
  • Created from edited videos of the LIVE CLASSROOM TRAINING (you will feel you are in the room)
  • Take the training in your own time, in your own home
  • No need to arrange time off work, miss weekends or travel across the country (or across the world)

We have carefully designed this online hypnotherapy training course to be equivalent to the classroom training. In particular, the College wants to be assured that those who train online are just as skilled, knowledgeable and competent as those who have taken the classroom training.  As experienced adult education providers, when creating this online training programme we wanted to be confident that those taking the online hypnotherapy diploma are able to practice safely and effectively as hypnotherapists.

In order to make our online hypnotherapy training as engaging and effective as the live training, we have introduced extensive one-to-one tutoring – a total of 15 hours (worth £900). This provides more personal tutor one-to-one contact time than in the actual classroom training.  Tutors will check learning, answer questions, set assignments, listen to and review recordings of practice sessions with volunteer clients, help you set and meet your goals for the training. All online hypnotherapy course tutors are in practice as Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists and have been personally selected by Mark R. Davis, the College Principal.

Full list of features

    • Videos of the live training – edited into discreet modules
    • Additional demonstration videos
    • Downloadable audios of all lectures
    • Full course manuals
    • Extensive one-to-one tutoring (15 hours)
    • Course powerpoints to support each module
    • Additional materials
    • All courses exercises and practicals
    • Advice on getting insurance and volunteers to practice with

Online Diploma Accreditation

Key information about the professional accreditation and membership options with this Diploma (you can read more in our Frequently Asked Questions below).

  • This online hypnotherapy course will lead to the NCFE awarded Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
  • It is a full practitioner training – leading you to be join professional organisations, get insurance and open a professional hypnotherapy practice
  • Professional Membership of ACCPH and REBHP  (because there are no classroom training hours it does not meet requirements to join GHR/ NCH or CNHC  – which require 120 classroom hours), however we have setup alternative professional membership options
  • Note: in our experience, there is little consequence as to which professional register you join – and the difference between professional membership of ACCPH and REBHP vs GHR or NCH or CNHC is probably minimal to zero to non-existent.
  • However after a period of time, no longer than 3 years in practice, you will be able to apply to join GHR, NCH or CNHC. If you have had some alternative hypnotherapy, NLP or counselling/coaching/psychotherapy training then this 3-year requirement may be reduced.

Here is a short video by The College Principal and Lead Trainer, Mark Davis, on the high quality training you receive when you embark on the online hypnotherapy training programme of the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Should you have any further questions please see our FAQs below or contact The College.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Online Hypnotherapy Diploma

There are no prerequisites for taking this course. We have designed the course to ensure that students with no prior knowledge of psychology and/or therapy can take this course with the confidence that they will receive all the information and training that is required to become, with practice, competent Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists.

Although, a significant number of those who choose to train with us come from psychotherapy backgrounds. As a comprehensive stand-alone training, the online course provides therapists the opportunity to integrate our evidence-based Hypno-CBT© approach into their existing practices.

Dr Jonathan Pointer, Chartered Psychotherapist and Psychologist, gave the following testimonial:

"As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I highly recommend this course because I know it will deeply enhance an applied psychologist's range of effective interventions across a wide variety of client issues.”
-- Dr Jonathan Pointer,

In our experience, people who have previously trained in hypnotherapy specifically can be some of the hardest to train, as they have to unlearn a lot of unevidenced ideas that there were taught (and invested in) on other courses. Previously trained hypnotherapists often retrain with us as they felt a degree of uncertainty about the hypnotherapy they were practising.

We consistently receive feedback from those with prior hypnotherapy training that learning the evidence-based, cognitive behavioural model of hypnosis enabled them to feel confident in their hypnotherapy practice.
By taking the online training and completing the required Case Studies and written assessment, you will receive exactly the same qualification as the live classroom training: our Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – verified and awarded by a government regulated qualification accreditation organisation, NCFE. You will therefore be a fully registered hypnotherapist with an accredited and recognised qualification. You will be able to get insurance and open a practice!

This training course is also approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre – as appropriate CPD (continuing professional development) for registered psychologists. It is also accredited by two professional hypnotherapy organisations, ACCPH and REBHP.

As experienced educators and trainers, we gave ourselves the remit to design an online course that matched the level of training of the live classroom Diploma. We are very excited that we can now offer aspiring hypnotherapists worldwide a qualification to start practising and helping others change.
[The CNHC is a voluntary register for alternative and complementary therapists, including hypnotherapists. This register has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority, PSA, a branch of the government that oversees the nine statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom. The PSA also provide “Approval” to professional organisations that are voluntary self-regulators for their profession, i.e. where there is no law or statute regarding that profession – which is the case for hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling.
The Department of Health has supported CNHC and provided guidance to the NHS that if a doctor wants to refer a patient to complementary therapist they should use someone from the CNHC register.
Below we discuss the issue regarding the online training not meeting CNHC requirements and how this might impact practising as a hypnotherapist without a CNHC membership.]

The online training course does not meet the requirements for CNHC membership due to CNHC’s strict requirement of 120 classroom hours training. As adult educators and trainers who are careful and circumspect in our training of new therapists, we believe our online training programme has key innovative elements that address the somewhat restrictive and archaic requirements to be in a classroom for 120 hours.

Historically, we have always supported the 120 classroom hour training requirement for new therapists (indeed, we were involved in the discussions that set up these standards) – and we have always encouraged new therapists to join CNHC/GHR/NCH organisations on this basis. However, technology has developed since the requirement was created. It is increasingly clear that it is restrictive and unnecessarily discriminatory, since many people are prevented from taking their chosen training (e.g. because of geography).

It is entirely possible to provide both training, monitoring and one-to-one, in-depth guidance from a distance. For example, as part of the Online Diploma you will work closely with a dedicated coach and will be required to record a sample of your practice sessions with a volunteer and send these to your tutor - your tutor will review them with you and give you feedback. In a sense, this is providing more focused one-to-one guidance than you might receive in a classroom training.

The online training and completion of the assessment leads to the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – and this qualification, gained through online not classroom training, is recognised by two professional membership organisations, ACCPH and REBHP (disclosure: REBHP is a private register owned by Mindease Limited who also own The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy). Once you are awarded the qualification you will be able to become a registered member of these organisations, have a professional listing in their directories and be able to use their organisational logos on your website and promotional materials.

After 3 years in practice you will be able to join the CNHC, GHR or NCH (two organisations under the CNHC umbrella). Membership can possibly be attained quicker than this in some scenarios, although you will probably see this as an unnecessary expense if you have successfully built your practice by then.
In terms of business practice, the impact of being a member (having their logos on your website and being on their registers) of these alternative professional organisations (ACCPH and REBHP) vs being a member of GHR/NCH/CNHC is likely to be minimal to non-existent.

We do not say this lightly but from many years of experience with our therapists and helping them to build their practices. In terms of running a successful business, it is far more important that a prospective hypnotherapist chooses a training course that they will resonate with and which will give them the confidence and skills to be successful. No amount of certificates, logos or accredited memberships can make you a skilled and effective therapist. Developing true confidence and an established skillset that allows you to problem-solve creatively and help with a wide range of client issues will have far more business impact than a narrow skillset and moderate confidence but "the right memberships."

We believe that the very slight disadvantage of not being a member of NCH, GHR or CNHC can easily be overcome many times by therapeutic clarity, confidence and skills - and supported by a website, and demeanour and personal presentation that demonstrate confidence, warmth and professionalism.

(In some cases these memberships function as "confidence boosters" for novice therapists: "I don't feel I'm good enough unless....". In our experience, such issues are much better addressed through some personal development and work with your supervisor/coach than by getting a certificate of membership.)
As it says on the NHS website, hypnotherapy isn't usually available on the NHS, and even though there are NHS guidelines about hypnotherapy being effective for chronic IBS, anxiety and changing habits, it is rare that NHS provisioning allows for private hypnotherapists to get work from the NHS.

As many of our classroom-trained therapists will attest even as members of those organisations (GHR, NCH, CNHC), most have never had a GP referral nor work for the NHS directly. 99.5% of their clients are private and come in through word of mouth, internet searches or other marketing efforts made.

On the rare occasion that a referral is made, the guidelines are that the therapist should be CNHC registered - but this is not mandatory and there are no legal constraints regarding which hypnotherapist a doctor or consultant refers their patients to. Rather, GPs and consultants will refer their patients to anyone they have heard of as being a responsible and effective therapist practising an evidence-based approach.

And this is the key point: what is more important for referrals from medical and mental health professionals is an evidence-based, scientific approach as it aligns with clinical principles. CBT and mindfulness are also endorsed by the NHS as proven and effective – and our integrative Hypno-CBT® approach incorporates these.

To summarise, 95-99% of your work will be coming through prospective clients finding you themselves rather than NHS referrals. But in the event of a potential referral, in our experience, your evidence-based qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy will make you far more relevant to any doctor or consultant than whether or not you are CNHC Registered.

As point of note, you can register for CNHC membership after three years as our course meets the National Occupational Standards and the core curriculum for the discipline concerned. Click here for more information.
There are a number of exercises that the student is required to complete with a volunteer. The tutor/coach will listen to these and review the recordings and also ask questions to verify the learning and understanding of the student. In addition, the Case Studies and written assessment provide evidence that learning outcomes have been met.

The training is a vocational rather than academic training, and even the written assessment is not academically focused. It is focused on verifying that trainee therapists have the knowledge and skills to evaluate and make decisions in the therapy room with a client.
You should typically budget about £100-£150 for your initial textbooks (obviously you will want the best books on your library shelves as a professional therapist. Certain books on hypnosis and hypnotherapy are of much better quality than others - we can advise on this).

You can competently complete the course with just these three core textbooks:
- Hartland’s Medical & Dental Hypnosis: Fourth Edition (2001) by Heap & Aravind
- The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (in press) by Donald Robertson
- Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach (2006) by Lynn & Kirsch​ - currently out of print but available on Kindle.​

Like the classroom training, the online course also incurs an assessment fee of £195.
We teach CBT techniques alongside mindfulness, relaxation and hypnosis which will enable a student to work competently with sub-clinical issues.

We do cover CBT very well for a short training. We cover all the key CBT concepts and process aims, as well as a wide range of techniques based on the main learning theories in psychology (classical conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning, information processing).

Moreover, we teach more from CBT principles that a manualised approach. Thus, you learn the fundamentals of the CBT mindset and approach - and then how to be flexible and creative in designing treatment plans. We think that a focus on CBT fundamentals is the new direction that CBT is headed in.

Whilst you would not have a CBT qualification itself, the approach taken and techniques used (and the reasons for using the techniques) will be recognised by healthcare professionals trained in CBT. And again, for sub-clinical and mild mental health issues, the approach will be very much endorsed if viewed by fully accredited CBT psychotherapists.
There are 5 hours per stage of one-to-one tutoring, focused on key learning objectives, exercises and coaching discussions.

The one to one sessions aim to cover the following:

Onboarding and agreeing the personal goals and objectives of the student
Checking and reviewing learning
Ensuring learning objectives for each module have been met
Answering questions
Reviewing recordings of and feedback from practicals - and providing guidance/discussion
Providing guidance on additional study
Case Study supervision
Tutoring on assessment questions
Business coaching and advice
Personal coaching

All tutors have taken the Diploma, and are in private practice using our CBH model.
Yes - like the live classroom training, you are required to complete the Case Studies and written assessment questions.
Yes - you can see our programme of CPD workshops on our website.
There are only 10 places per intake for our Online Diploma, and there is a new intake every 2 months.

The next intake is for the training starting November 15th 2019 - payment needs to be made in full before November 8th 2019 to ensure your place.

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The Online Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Programme is open to an intake of 10 people every two months.


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