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Hypnotherapy Diploma Course

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The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy:
A fully accredited practitioner training programme

If you’re interested in becoming a professional hypnotherapist, this is the place to look.

The UK College runs a special hypnotherapy diploma award called the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, based on mainstream peer-reviewed research on hypnosis and psychotherapy – and designed to meet and exceed all the professional requirements to be a registered hypnotherapist.

This course has been running for over 15 years and is well-known in the hypnotherapy field and internationally.

This externally verified hypnotherapy training course is approved by The British Psychological Society as CPD for psychologists.

The Diploma is externally accredited by NCFE, a non-profit, government-regulated, national examining body, at Level 4 using a national framework’s level descriptors.

The Diploma is accepted by all the main professional hypnotherapy organisations.

Starting a new career?

The diploma is designed to provide those new to therapy with the clinical skills, knowledge and a highly accredited diploma that will enable them to set up in practice as a professional hypnotherapist.

Or adding to your skill set?

This course is also popular with psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and life coaches looking to add hypnotherapy to their existing skills.

Re-use that psychology degree!

If you’ve studied or practice psychology then you’ll find the course a really good fit as it’s aligned with mainstream psychology theories and concepts. And of course it’s based on experimental and clinical research.

However you don’t need a background in psychology to take this course.

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 many go on to be successful hypnotherapists in private practice.


The training programme was carefully designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the main hypnotherapy registers and to lead to registration as a hypnotherapy practitioner.

It is externally accredited and recognised by several of the leading organisations in the field including:

After joining GHR or NCH you can become a registered hypnotherapist with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Both CNHC and FHT are Accredited Registers with the Professional Standards Authority.
Read more about accreditation hereCountdown Widgets. 

Hypnotherapy Diploma Course:
Content and Syllabus

Cognitive Behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH – also sometimes called Cognitive Hypnotherapy) is a popular topic of research in current scientific journals in the field.

There is a growing body of evidence  which shows that adding hypnosis to cognitive behavioural therapy improves outcomes.

It might be slick to say that adding hypnosis “turbocharges” CBT – but in many ways this is true.

The combination of relaxation, focused attention, increased suggestibility, vivid imagery and emotional intensity available in hypnosis – creates change more quickly and at deeper and broader levels than “talking therapies”.

Just how hypnosis creates change at the level “of the unconscious” is something we tackle from a sound psychologically informed approach focused on the role of imagery in changing the underlying schemas and non-conscious processes that make up our experience of the world and our abilities.

Vocationally Focused Hypnotherapy Training!

This is a vocational award and so our training focuses on practical face-to-face classroom exercises and group learning with written assessment following completion of the classroom training.

Far too many courses, in our opinion, fill you up with theories and knowledge which have no relevance to the skills you need to have and the choices you need to make in the therapy room with your client!

Our “spiral learning” approach takes you step by step through a key piece of theory, practical application experience of that concept (in therapist-client pairs), debrief & discussion – and then another chunk of theory, experiential practice, debrief and discussion.

We spiral around onto the same core concepts and themes so that you being to develop a clear, deep, well-integrated way of thinking about therapy and client problems.

By the end of the course you will have probably conducted over 30 therapist-client sessions (and received about as many too!)

So you leave the training experienced, knowledgeable, skilled and clear about the key concepts and tasks in hypnotherapy.

Not sure yet if hypnotherapy is right for you?

Come to our free Hypnotherapy Taster Evening via Zoom.

The next one is happening on Thursday 16th September at 7.30pm BST (if you can’t make it you will receive a recording).

Experience the Hypno-CBT approach and get your questions answered in this free, no-strings-attached session.

Diploma Course Content

The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy covers the domains of hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapies and mindfulness.

The relative proportions of these in the curriculum are presented in the chart. However these are NOT presented as disparate topics – but rather presented as an integrated view of human experience.

We see hypnosis and mindfulness as being at opposite ends of a spectrum with focused attention and hypnotic response to a thought on one end – and detached observation of a thought (mindfulness) on the other.

The course covers a lot of basic CBT theory, knowledge and skills – and shows you how to enhance CBT through the addition of hypnosis and/or mindfulness.

The structure of the training

The 3 Stages of the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

The Hypnotherapy Diploma training is divided into the following three stages, each of which is repeated several times a year.

The Stage 1 Course focuses on essential nuts and bolts of  hypnosis and the core skills of a hypnotherapist.
(Many people tell us that this 7 Day Stage 1 course covers MORE information and in more depth than 20 day hypnotherapy training courses they have taken with other training providers.)

(See our certificate course page for more detailed information on the Stage 1 Course.)

With solid understanding and skills in hypnosis established the Stage 2 Course follows on by focusing on Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Behaviour Therapy techniques and approaches integrated with hypnosis).  In this course we focus on helping clients change behaviour as the key target for making change (and using hypnosis to help achieve that).

The Stage 3 Course covers Cognitive Hypnotherapy (Cognitive Therapy approaches and techniques integrated with hypnosis). In this course we are learning how to focus in on client’s thoughts, beliefs, rules and assumptions as the key target for making change – and how to use hypnosis to help “restructure” thoughts and beliefs (known as “cognitive restructuring”).

The training provides a thorough grounding in modern Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and covers much of mainstream Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

However in addition to classical CBT there is a special focus on imagery techniques, imaginal exposure, relaxation training and a deep integration of CBT+Hypnosis+Mindfulness, moreover we have created several special integrative techniques (hypnosis+CBT+Mindfulness) that are unique to our Hypno-CBT® approach.

Moreover the influence of both Greek philosophy, Yoga & Buddhist psychology/philosophy adds an experiential depth and a philosophical/spiritual dimension which enables therapists to engage their clients with deeper issues of life purpose and creating a meaningful well-lived life deeply alive to the power of the present moment and all that it contains.

Diploma Format Options

We now have four different ways you can take the Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:


  • 7 days in the classroom for each stage
  • Course venue in London



  • Live webcasts held by trainers
  • Webcasts take place on set dates
  • 7 days for each stage

Online with Tutor

  • Study edited course footage at your own pace
  • 15 hours of 1-to-1 tutoring


  • Study edited course footage at your own pace
  • Suitable for those who are already certified

Learn a Toolbox of 35 Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy Techniques

The course teaches a wide range of techniques, a “toolbox” of 35 different techniques, that the therapist then draws up on as needed; developing real flexibility as a therapist.
Read about the Hypno-CBT® Toolbox here.

The course teaches a deep, and nearly seamless, integration of hypnosis with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including mindfulness). It is not simply some “CBT plus hypnosis”.

(It’s important to understand that “trance-based” models of hypnosis are not very compatible with CBT, but “non-state” models of hypnosis are very aligned with CBT).

Students are trained in the theory and skills, while learning basic case conceptualisation and treatment design.

Instead of simply delivering Script A for issue A and Script B for issue B (paint by numbers hypnotherapy)

Or ‘shot-gunning’ (just using the MOST powerful technique you know – then if that doesn’t work switch to another technique!)…

Our approach has you really thinking like a therapist, gathering information, understanding what is maintaining the problem (why hasn’t the problem gone away? what maintains it?)  – and then collaboratively, shoulder-to-shoulder with the client, designing and agreeing a treatment plan.


Not too much theory!

Approximately 50 per cent of the course time is dedicated to practical exercises (acting either as therapist or client, or in group work).

You can watch these videos to understand the content of each course (Stage) in the Diploma.

The Stage 1 course can also be taken as a standalone certificate course – and you can read more about the Stage 1 Certificate Course here.

In Stages 2 and 3 the course integrates hypnosis with a wide variety of cognitive and behavioural approaches and techniques, including:

  • Stress Inoculation Training (Meichenbaum), [Stage 2 course – Behavioural Hypnotherapy]
  • Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety (Clark, Wells and Beck) [Stage 3 course – Cognitive Hypnotherapy]
  • Exposure and Desensitation approaches (Wolpe, Lazarus), [Stage 2 course – Behavioural Hypnotherapy]
  • Tension Control and Applied Relaxation (Jacobson, Benson, Ost, Borkovec), [Stage 2 course]
  • Habit Reversal Training (Nunn and Azrin) [Stage 2 course]
  • Aversion Therapy/Stimulus Reconditioning, Thought Stopping, Paradoxical Intention (Salter, Frankl etc) [Stage 2 course]
  • Mindfulness Approaches (Perls, Kabat Zinn, Hayes et al) [All three stages]
  • Problem Solving Therapy (Nezu, Nezu & D’Zurilla) [Stage 3 course]
  • The role & use of imagery in Cognitive Therapy (& in Hypno-CBT) [Stage 2 & Stage 3 Course]
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Ellis)  [Stage 3 Course – Cognitive Hypnotherapy]
  • Assertiveness Training, Authentic Self-Expression and Social Anxiety Models (Salter, Lazarus, Clark & Wells). [Stage 2 & Stage 3 courses]

The 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)

Hypnotherapy Diploma Trainers

Click here for information on the college’s trainers.

In addition we have developed our own special Hypno-CBT® Techniques, powerful and elegant integrations of cognitive behavioural therapy with hypnosis and mindfulness, which inform the course including:

  • Hypno-CBT® Script Writing Process
  • Hypno-CBT® ABC Triple Exposure Hypnotherapy
  • Hypno-CBT® Tension Release Breathing Method
  • Hypno-CBT® Core Self Model
  • Hypno-CBT® Unlearning Self-Consciousness Model and Technique (Movie Camera of Awareness)

See the full “toolbox” of techniques that are covered in the course here:
The Hypno-CBT® Toolbox

Why take an “Evidence-Based” Training course?

Firstly, we have an ethical duty to not just believe deeply in our own methods but to have scientific evidence that they work.

(Belief alone, without evidence, is the domain of religion and the faith healer. Whereas a healthcare practitioner we are making claims to know something that is based on evidence).

Secondly, if you are switching career, you want to be sure that what you are doing is based on solid research and is regarded as current “best practice” by professionals.

When you start your therapy practice on the solid foundation of evidence it gives you an immediate confidence boost.

In addition you appear highly credible and professional – to clients – AND to doctors and other medical professionals who might want to refer clients to a professional hypnotherapist they can trust.

Evidence-based practice is not meant to replace clinical skill and experience but to supplement and inform it.  The interests of the client are paramount.

Every client, however, has the right to expect a high standard of care from their therapist.  That includes the expectation that the therapist should be informed with regard to research in his or her field, and basing his or her actions upon a considered interpretation of credible scientific research.

“…. there is an implicit contract between practitioners in psychology and psychiatry and the clients who seek their help.  This involves the assumption that the techniques of mental health specialists are based on scientific grounds. ”   (Singer, 1974: 5)

Reading this article will give you a good idea of what research tells us about hypnosis and how we can use this to inform and educate our clients.

Key Features of the Diploma

  • Extensive, professionally printed course materials (three 250 page course manuals plus over 1200 printed PowerPoint slides) – shipped to your home. Shipping is free if you are in the UK. For printed material shipped outside of the UK, please ask for a shipping quote.
  • Leads to the qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
  • Full practitioner training: leading to professional registration, ability to obtain insurance and start practising as a hypnotherapist
  • Take the training in your own  home (Webcast, Online & Self-Led Formats)
  • Learn how to do therapy online (Webcast & Online formats)
  • You are enrolled as a student of the college for a period of 12 months, have full access to all course materials, discussion forums and online support.  

Entry requirements

  • Students attending the hypnotherapy diploma course must be aged 18 or over
  • Students should have no history of criminal convictions or sanctions by professional organisations that might reflect upon their suitability to practice as a therapist
  • Students should be sufficiently 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, that may impair their ability to act as a therapist.

Click here to view our Course Eligibility Criteria.

Hypnotherapy Diploma Course Handbook

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

UK College Course Handbook

Fees and booking

We have 12-month payment plans available and also longer-term student loans (interest-free).

Other offers and discounts: contact us to find out of there are any current offers or discounts available.

Become an effective, accredited hypnotherapist

“Cognitive Hypnotherapy”

The term “cognitive hypnotherapy” was first used in a 1994 Special Edition of The Journal of Psychotherapy, with a series of articles on “Cognitive Hypnotherapy” by leading psychotherapists including Daniel Aroaz and Dr Assen Alladin. Professor E Thomas Dowd used it as the title of his book Cognitive Hypnotherapy (with a forward by Aaron T Beck). And the term appeared later in the book “Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Emotional Disorders” by Dr Assen Alladin. Dr Alladin has said that the term “cognitive hypnotherapy” was used rather than “cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy” as the latter was considered too long and cumbersome. Therefore the CBH diploma course is a training in “cognitive hypnotherapy” – as far as this term is used by mainstream clinicians and researchers. However this is not to be confused with the use of the term “cognitive hypnotherapy” within the NLP and lay hypnotherapy community who have appropriated the term without reference to its origins and meaning in mainstream psychological research.
Read this article on What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy? Where does Cognitive Hypnotherapy come from?