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Frequently Asked Questions – Train to be a Hypnotherapist

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FAQ about Hypnotherapy Training
& How to Train to be Hypnotherapist

Find answers to all your questions about hypnotherapy training and how to train to be hypnotherapist. Topics covered include our unique approach, course format, payments and booking and questions about accreditation, how to become a hypnotherapist, training to be a hypnotherapist and much more.
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  1. Questions About our Approach
  2. Questions About Course Format
  3. Questions About Payment & Booking
  4. Questions About Accreditation and Practice

Questions about our approach

What approach to hypnotherapy do you use and why?

The UK College has always adopted a cognitive-behavioural approach to hypnotherapy.  That means we draw mainly upon modern research on hypnosis that emphasises the role of cognition and other ordinary psychological factors in determining responses to hypnosis.  We also draw upon elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) as this, unsurprisingly, is the therapeutic approach most compatible with the cognitive-behavioural model of hypnosis.
When you train to be a hypnotherapist you will find it very grounding and confidence-building to know that what you are learning is based on extensive experimental and clinical research.

What do you mean by ‘evidence-based hypnotherapy’? Is training based on research carried out by the college?

It means we do our best to base our teaching upon a critical reading of contemporary research published independently in the main scientific journals of the hypnosis field, such as the International Journal for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH).  We also draw upon recognised empirically-supported treatments (ESTs), such as CBT, and integrate elements of these approaches with hypnotherapy.  Likewise, our courses explicitly refer to various modern textbooks which present a credible evidence-based approach, such as Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach (2006) by Lynn and Kirsch.

If you are looking to switch careers by training to be a hypnotherapist, then an approach that is strongly evidence-based will give you a solid grounding and confidence right from the start.

If you’re already a psychotherapist or have a degree in psychology, then you know how important it is to have an evidence-base for your approach and techniques.ghts this problem of class. Despite his low social status, the peasant Sancho is wise and thoughtful. Likewise, the lowly goatherds and shepherds often appear as philosophers. In contrast, the cosmopolitan or aristocratic characters like the Duke and Duchess are often frivolous and unkind. Cervantes’s emphasis on these disparities between class and worth is a primary reason that Don Quixote was such a revolutionary work in its time.

What is the difference between cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy and CBT? Can I call myself a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist if I have your diploma?

No. Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy is a modality of hypnotherapy and not classed as a full CBT training. Both approaches share similar theories and concepts and therefore complement each other well. Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy also assimilates certain evidence-based techniques from CBT. Similarly, another major modality of hypnotherapy, “hypno-analysis”, draws upon theories, concepts, and techniques from psychoanalysis. However, this is a hypnotherapy diploma and not a full CBT practitioner training. You will, nevertheless, learn a lot about CBT and “the cognitive behavioural approach” to psychotherapy during the training.

Do you teach Ericksonian hypnotherapy?

No. Our training has always adopted an evidence-based orientation and Ericksonian methods lack sufficient support from research on hypnotherapy. Our college is known for adopting a predominantly cognitive-behavioural orientation and “scientific” (or at least a semi-scientific) approach to teaching hypnotherapy. We hold as an ideal the “scientist-practitioner”.

In contrast, it is acknowledged by leading researchers that “…Ericksonians are clinicians who have little use for scientific facts”. (Weitzenhoffer, The Practice Of Hypnotism, p.593)

Moreover some of the indirect and covert techniques of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, for example the idea of inducing hypnosis without the client being aware, would not be compatible with the fundamental collaborative principles of the client-therapist relationship in cognitive behavioural approaches.

Do you teach NLP techniques?

No. Despite the claims made for NLP there is a notable lack of evidence demonstrating the approach and techniques of NLP as effective. We believe that therapists have a duty to use the best interventions available and therefore we teach methods that have demonstrated reliable evidence of effectiveness.

Do you teach past-life regression as part of the diploma?

No. Past-life regression is a “new age” technique and not normally considered part of mainstream clinical hypnotherapy. It is not included, for example, in the official National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy published by Skills for Health. Our college adopts an evidence-based orientation and past-life regression lacks sufficient support from research to be considered part of this approach. Interestingly it is not a meditation, mental health or enlightenment  practice in yoga, Hinduism or Buddhism, and it is deemed impossible to break through to memories of past lives until a very advanced level of spiritual development, just preceding enlightment, has been attained.

Perhaps some of the most notable features of hypnosis are the vivid imaginary experiences that clients can experience, imagination that is experienced “as if real”. Indeed one of the leading researchers in hypnosis, T.R Sarbin, called hypnosis “believed-in-imaginings”. Experiences of past lives (or alien abductions) have been shown to be influenced by cultural beliefs (subjects from Canada recalled human past lives, subjects from South Korea recalled animal past lives).

Therefore unless you are the Buddha, who just before his enlightenment was able to remember his past lives over 91 eons (each eon is the life of the solar system), it is likely that any “past life memories” induced under hypnosis are simply “believed-in-imaginings”. They may appear to be extremely vivid and with strong emotion attached, however this is a particular feature of the imagination during hypnosis.

Does the diploma training cover specific treatments e.g., for smoking cessation/weight loss/IBS etc?

The diploma focuses on teaching effective techniques for treating the widest range of problems and therefore mainly focuses on stress and anxiety, the most common presenting problem in hypnotherapy. In addition we cover pain control, goal setting, motivation, basic habit control, assertiveness and problem solving. We also run separate workshops on more specific topics which build upon the core skills learned during the diploma training.
Specific issues, such as smoking, weight loss and insomnia, require both detailed specialist knowledge AND require anxiety and stress aspects of those issues to be addressed. Thus the course focuses on teaching the core skills (treating/coping with anxiety and stress) that can then be used in a wide variety of presenting issues.

How successful is hypnotherapy compared to other forms of therapy?

Hypnotherapy is one of the most evidence-based interventions available in the field of psychological therapy. It is supported by a broad range of research spanning a period of over 150 years, including modern meta-analysis, systematic reviews, laboratory experiments, brain imaging data, and individual clinical trials. The International Journal for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH) is an excellent source of hypnosis research material, and a free subscription is available to REBHP Members. A brief summary table of the studies on hypnotherapy is available here:
Brief Review of Empirically Supported Treatments

Questions about the course format

Why is it possible to do your course in such a short period of time when others take a year or more?
Can you really train to be a hypnotherapist in 3 months?

Basically, our course is equivalent to a typical one-year hypnotherapy diploma but it’s compressed into intensive modules you can attend over consecutive days – the total number of classroom hours (136 classroom hours) is actually greater than on many “one-year” courses. Many course attendees prefer this concentrated way of learning.

If you choose to train to be a hypnotherapist you’ll find most hypnotherapy training courses require approximately 120-150 hours of classroom training. Our course runs “intensively” over three seven-day blocks, whereas other courses may require one or two days of attendance each month. We are required to meet the same standard of training, but we have chosen to do so in a shorter space of time because that format is more popular with students who do not wish to travel each month, or who want to complete their qualification without delays between each module.

We are also experienced in adult education and have been refining this training programme for over 15 years.  It’s reasonable to state this is one of the most highly concentrated training programmes available.

I am already qualified in Hypnotherapy. Can I start the diploma at stage 2 or 3 and miss out stage 1?

If you are a registered hypnotherapist with NCH, GHR or CNHC then we do offer an APL (Accredited Prior Learning) option to join on Stage 2. You can either just complete Stage 2 and receive a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy or continue to complete Stage 3 to achieve the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

Note: if you have been trained in Ericksonian, NLP or some other approaches you may find our approach quite a considerable adjustment in thinking and style of therapy. Therefore we require some pre-course reading in order to join at Stage 2. You can read more about this option here: Conversion Course and APL route.

Is there anything that you recommend I read in preparation for my training course?

Yes. Preparatory reading is not essential, although we do suggest that you read some material if you have time before the start of your course. The main textbook we suggest reading is the current edition (4th Edition) of Hartland’s Medical & Dental Hypnosis by Heap & Aravind.
(Note: the 3rd Edition is NOT suitable preparatory reading – this book was considerably re-written with the modern view on hypnosis in the 4th Edition).

How much time should I leave between each stage of training?

That depends on your circumstances. If you are familiar with the subject already and feel confident that you’re able to keep up with the course then you can complete the stages of training close together, and train to be a hypnotherapist more quickly. Alternatively, if you feel that you need more time to digest the course material and do background reading then you may space the stages out more, e.g., over a period of 18 months. The training programme was specifically designed to allow complete flexibility in this regard to suit different students’ needs.

Probably 50% of students like to take the “fast-track” approach of completing the training course quickly (often within 3-4 months).

Do all the courses include practical exercises?

Yes.  We know that students value practical experience and so we have always sought to include as much practical skills training as possible within our courses, while recognising the need for covering the essential information.  On average 50% of the course time is spent conducting practicals – either as the hypnotherapist or receiving hypnotherapy as the client. We provide recommended reading and online materials as well as the assessment for most of our courses so that more classroom time can be invested in practical work. In addition for each “Stage” of the course there is a daily group practical that the group practices – this might be a specific mindfulness exercise or muscle tension release, this is practised everyday for about 15 minutes with consequent discussion. Everyone experiences how much this is particular “skill” is developed during that particular 7 day course – this is essential both for the personal development of the person training to be a hypnotherapist (as these exercises will help considerably in “being present” for the client) – AND they help us understand the impact of regular practice when encouraging clients to practice, or listen to recordings,  between sessions.

NOTE: if you are taking the Online Diploma or training via live webcast, we have thought about how to facilitate practicals during your training.

There will be online sessions focused specifically on practical exercises, facilitated by a course trainer. You will have the chance to break out into pairs online with your fellow trainees to practice the exercises and have a debrief and Q&A with a course trainer afterwards. You can also read our post about how to conduct case studies during this time here.

What if I miss a day of the course?

We understand that some things just can’t be missed. The course is designed to allow for this. Students can miss up to a day at each stage and will be given reading and links to course materials to catch-up. The practical sessions are an essential part of the learning and we will support you to find ways to catch up on these. We several versions of the entire diploma training recorded and available by video and audio online – so you can always catch up a day that you have missed. In addition you can often arrange to retake a particular day that you have missed when the next course comes around (we run each course several times a year). There are certain training days, for example on pain control, where the experiential learning (yes you do learn to control your pain!) is essential to your confidence and skills as therapist helping clients with their pain.

Questions about payment and booking

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes. If you are taking the training via live webcast, you can pay the full fee of £2790 in a one-time payment or through a 10-month payment plan.

If you are taking the Online Diploma, you can pay the full fee of £2250 in a one-time payment or through a 3- or 10-month payment plan.

If you are taking the self-led online training, you can pay the £1295 in a one-time payment or through a 5- or 10-month payment plan.

I have already done your diploma, is there any discount for re-attending modules?

Yes. There is a 55% discount to re-attend the whole Diploma course.

What are the entry requirements for the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and to train to be a hypnotherapist?

You are not required to have any previous training or experience in a therapy-related subject.

Students must be aged 18 or over. Students should have no history of criminal convictions or sanctions by professional organisations which 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.

We ask that students are open to new information and have a learning attitude. Acceptance onto the course and on-going course attendance is at the discretion of the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

Read more about our Course Eligibility Criteria here.

Questions about Accreditation and Practice

Is your diploma recognised by the NHS? Will I get GP referrals?

The NHS do not recognise hypnotherapy diplomas. The Diploma is officially mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy published by Skills for Health, and correlated with the NHS Key Skills Framework. It is, however, currently unusual for clients receiving hypnotherapy to be funded by the NHS – although some hypnotherapists have arranged this.

Note: some hypnotherapists develop a good relationship with local GPs and consultants who may recommend hypnotherapy for their patients. The evidence-based approach and the integration with CBT should make hypnotherapists trained in our approach more likely to receive referrals from GPs and other health professionals.

Most hypnotherapy clients self-refer and pay for their own treatment privately.
On completing the course and being awarded the Diploma via webcast you will be eligible to join CNHC (The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)  – the Department of Health has advised GPs and the NHS to use practitioners registered with CNHC. If you are taking the Online Diploma course and concerned about membership with CNHC and the 120 ‘contact hours’ requirement, you can read more here.

Who are your courses recognised / accredited by?

The Foundation Certificate Course and the Diploma in CBH are recognised by the British Psychological Society’s Learning Centre for the purposes of continuing professional development (CPD). The full diploma is also recognised and accredited by The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy (REBHP) and The National Hypnotherapy Council (NHC). The Diploma is externally awarded, and has been verified as a Level 4 award, by NCFE, a government recognised national awarding body. Click here for further information on course accreditation and recognition.

When can I start seeing clients?

We strongly recommend that you do not begin to treat clients for payment until you have been accredited to do so by a professional body like NCH, GHR or REBHP. Unless you are already qualified and registered to practice in an similar profession like counselling, life coaching, psychotherapy, CBT, etc., you would normally be required to complete the Diploma training and the assessment in full before being accredited to practice hypnotherapy.
However, when you train to be a hypnotherapist on this programme,  part of the training now includes Case Studies. So you will be supervised as you work with your initial “practice clients” for your Case Studies.

How can I find out more about UK College graduates and how they have used their training?

The majority of our graduates set up in private practice once they have completed their diplomas and obtained professional insurance etc. Please see below for a few of our most successful graduates, and click on their names to view their websites.

Will I get any support once I have completed my training with the college?

Yes. The College will provide ongoing support for students who require help completing their assessment work.
1/ We run a series of one day CPD workshops to deepen your skills and knowledge.
2/ You receive 3 hours of free tutoring/supervision/business coaching with the Diploma (2 hours are required for your case studies) – and you book additional hours at nominal rates
3/ We also have an online community (only available to Diploma attendees) where lots of resources and help is available.
4/ In addition we occasionally offer Marketing & Practice Building workshops.

You may also obtain support from REBHP or other professional organisations. All practising hypnotherapists should have a clinical supervisor, whose role is to continually mentor and support you in direct relation to your practice with clients.

Will I get any advice on how to set up and market a therapy practice?

The Stage 1 training manual contains a short section with basic advice on practice-building. The Stage 3 course contains a very effective section on all the steps required to setup your practice and detailed advice on designing an effective website that engages prospective clients and ranks well in Google and other search engines. The College are also happy to provide advice and support in this area where necessary.
Also we have a community website and ongoing marketing workshops and advice.

Will I get help finding a supervisor?

Yes. The UK College has a list of approved supervisors. Also certain professional registers such as NCH and GHR maintain a database of approved supervisors and will provide members with support in finding a suitable supervisor.

Any other questions?

If you have any questions about our training courses and how to train to be a hypnotherapist or if you would like to request a prospectus, please feel free to contact us.