Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy Training

& Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Training

The UK College run a special hypnotherapy diploma award called the Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy, based on mainstream peer-reviewed research on hypnosis and psychotherapy.  This course has been running for about a decade and is well-known in the hypnotherapy field.  It was carefully designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the main hypnotherapy registers and to lead to registration as a hypnotherapy practitioner.

NOTE: we do not issue the diploma ourselves. The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is externally awarded by NCFE, a national awarding body who are regulated by OfQual (the government department that monitors examining and awarding bodies).

  • NCFE Awarded Level 4 Hypnotherapy Diploma
  • Accredited by The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
  • Accredited by The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy (REBHP)
  • Accredited by The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH)
  • Allows you to join The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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Who is the hypnotherapy diploma for?

The diploma is designed to provide complete beginners to the subject with a highly accredited qualification that will enable them to set up in practice as professional hypnotherapist. This course is also popular with psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and life-coaches looking to add hypnotherapy to their existing skills.  See our certificate course page for information on the first, foundational, stage of this accredited training programme.

IMPORTANT: the diploma is a vocational award not an educational qualification. Therefore the focus is on learning and developing the practical skills and knowledge required to conduct hypnotherapy sessions – rather than focusing on academic knowledge and theory

Students are not required to have any previous experience or training in therapy.  In fact, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and go on to be successful hypnotherapists in private practice. Have a look at these websites for some examples;

Clem and Margaret Turner ¦ Pam Newbury ¦ Gillian Wingard

Hypnotherapy Diploma Course: Content & Syllabus

Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) is a popular topic of research in current scientific journals in the field of hypnotherapy.

Training focuses on practical face-to-face classroom exercises and group learning with written assessment following completion of the classroom training. Stage one focuses on the core skills of a hypnotherapist whereas Stage 2 deals with behavioural psychology and interventions in hypnotherapy and Stage 3 addresses cognitive concepts and techniques. The whole training provides a thorough grounding in modern cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy.

The course mostly focuses on the cognitive behavioural approach to anxiety and stress: situational anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, general anxiety, panic attacks  – as well as seeing how the cognitive-behavioural model of stress and anxiety can be applied in a general way to most presenting issues (as most issues have anxiety/stress components).

Therefore the training gives you a set of broad and deep skills so you can help with a wide range of presenting issues. In this training we do not focus on specific issues such as Smoking Cessation, IBS, Insomnia etc. These are covered in CPD (continuing professional development) workshops where you build upon the basic skill set with more specialised knowledge and treatment programmes.

Learning to think like a therapist: we believe that many courses teach too many techniques on how to deal with each specific issue – but they fail to teach you how to think like a therapist. These “script driven” training programmes fail to train students in basic therapeutic skills and students fail to develop their core confidence as a therapist. We’ve carefully designed a series of lectures and practicals that systematically build your skills and confidence in every aspect of being a therapist.

This course can’t be improved.  I loved it! Thank you. (Itai,  London)

Cognitive Hypnotherapy or Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?

In it’s proper use the term “cognitive hypnotherapy” is synonymous with “cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy”.
(However the term has been appropriated by an NLP-based training school – which causes some confusion in the field!)
You can read more about the origins of the term and the confusion here: What Is Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Where Does It Come From?


Attendance and Course Dates

The Diploma training is divided into the following three stages, each of which is repeated several times a year, followed by a written assessment. They can be taken close together or spread over a year or more, giving you flexibility when planning your training. Each stage consists of seven days of classroom training. the total training is a 168 hours over 21 days. Classes run from 10.00am to 6.00pm each day.

Stage 1:  Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnosis
This stage is made up of seven days of training and must be completed before progressing on to stage 2. It can also be taken as a standalone course for therapists, and an attendance certificate will be provided.

Stage 2: Certificate in Behavioural Hypnotherapy
This stage is made up of seven days of classroom training. It must be completed before progressing on to stage 3 of the diploma. The focus on this course is more on behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy.

Stage 3: Certificate in Cognitive Hypnotherapy
This stage is made up of seven days of classroom training. The focus on this course is more on cognitive therapy and hypnotherapy

Written Assessment:
This is a 28 question written assessment that is completed at home (it is not an exam). You have 12 months to complete the written assessment after the course and can submit drafts at various stages for tutor feedback. You can read more about the assessment, the diploma and the questions in the Student Handbook. Please note there is an additional fee for the marking, tutor feedback and administration of the written assessment and subsequent awarding of the diploma. Currently the fee is £165.

Click here for forthcoming course dates.

The foundation certificate can also be completed as a stand-alone course for registered therapists interested in adding hypnosis to their existing practice. It is mainly focused on basic hypnotherapy assessment, hypnotic induction, and the use of suggestion; it presents a rounded basic training in traditional hypnotherapy. Click here for details…

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Hypnotherapy Diploma Trainers

Click here for information on the trainers for the UK College.


The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy training is accredited by The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), and The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy (REBHP).
Upon being awarded the Diploma and joining either NCH or GHR as a member you will be eligible to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – a government accredited voluntary regulatory body.

Click here for further information on course accreditation.

Fees and Bookings

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Hypnotherapy Diploma Course Handbook

You can download the current version of the course handbook for the hypnotherapy diploma award from the link below:

UK College Course Handbook 2018

Entry Requirements

  • Students attending the hypnotherapy diploma course must be at least 18 years old.
  • Students should have no history of criminal convictions or of sanctions by professional organisations which might reflect upon their suitability to practice as a hypnotherapist.
  • Students should be reasonably fluent in spoken English to engage with English-speaking clients.
  • Students must be in suitable mental health for training, e.g., without a history of psychotic symptoms or current mental health problems of a serious nature, which might affect their ability to act as a therapist..

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