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Hypnotherapy Training UK – Psychotherapy Training UK

Course Structure


Training with the National College may be undertaken on a part-time basis by combining weekend attendance for practical tuition and lectures at one of the tuition venues, together with a programme of home study, the ideal method for students with domestic and/or work commitments.

Each weekend consists of some eleven hours of practical instruction in the application of therapeutic techniques, combined with lectures on the various theories involved. Starting at 9:30am each day and finishing at 5:15pm, gives 230 hours of class contact for the first three stages of the training up to Diploma level with an additional 325 hours for Stage 4 (Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy) totaling 555 class contact hours for the full 4 year programme.

The total number of study hours required to complete the course varies depending on what prior knowledge a student brings to the course. However, monitoring of past students’ study patterns suggests that for a student with little prior knowledge of hypnosis, psychotherapy or psychology, total study hours up to UKCP registration level may amount to 1,800 hours over a four year period.

Stage One – Foundation Course (click to expand)

Work covered on Stage One is drawn from:

  • Ethical issues relating to the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy
  • Fundamental principles of hypnosis/ hypnotherapy
  • Tests for hypnotic suggestibility
  • Preparing the subject for hypnosis
  • The importance of semantics in the use of hypnosis
  • Hypnotic induction techniques
  • Hypnotic deepening techniques
  • Termination of hypnosis
  • The use of post-hypnotic suggestions
  • Some psychological principles applicable to hypnosis
  • Also during Stage One, students are taught how to use hypnosis to help people alter certain behaviour patterns, such as smoking and overeating, and to assist people with such problems as examination or driving test nerves, insomnia, improving or restoring sporting competence, and other anxiety related states.

Assessment by: continuous tutorial assessment, completion of four 800-1000 word essays.

Successful examinees are eligible to apply for Stage Two training.

For more detailed information on stage one, click here

Stage Two – Certificate Course (click to expand)

A: Theories of psychotherapy

We consider our course to be a Humanistic and Integrative Hypno-Psychotherapy/Hypnotherapy programme and as such in the Certificate Stage, we introduce students to the folloiwng approaches which we consider to be relevant to this discipline.

Humanistic: Includes an examination of the theory and practice of humanistic psychotherapy, with particular reference to Carl Rogers’ work. The Gestalt approach to therapy is also covered (in the Diploma Stage).

Solution Focused Therapy: This is a type of talking therapy based upon social constructionist philosophy. It focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on historical problem(s) that made them seek help. The approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. The therapist/counselor uses respectful curiosity to invite the client to envision their preferred future. Then therapist and client start attending to any moves that direction, whether these be small increments or larger changes. To support this, questions are asked about the client’s story, strengths and resources; and especially, about any exceptions to client-perceived problems.

Mind Body Therapy: This is the utilisation of hypnosis to assist clients work on issues relating to the body, including but not exclisively pain and physical issues with a psychological components.

Ericksonian Techniques: A complete weekend is devoted to a Foundation Course on aspects of the contribution of Milton H Erickson.

During the course emphasis is placed upon the application of both the theory covered in the lectures and the practical skills acquired. Thus, for instance, students are presented with actual case histories, and by means of class and group discussion, are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the formulation of treatments.

B: Additional hypno-psychotherapy techniques

  • The recognition and treatment of psychological disorders
  • Practical counselling
  • Techniques in hypno-psychotherapy, e.g.:
    • Hypno-analysis
    • Regression therapy
    • Desensitisation techniques

As in Stage One, there are demonstrations by tutors and plenty of practical sessions for students to try out the various techniques themselves. Throughout the course, topics such as Ethics, Human Development and Sexuality are covered.

Assessment by: continuous tutorial assessment, three x 3,500 word essays, a seven session case study with appropriate recordings, which is designed to assess practical competence, and a specific ethics module to assess ethical competency.

Award: Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy – CHP(NC)

Successful examinees are eligible to apply for Membership of the National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
For more detailed information on Stage Two click here

Stage Three – Diploma Course (click to expand)

Outline of syllabus: Further psychotherapeutic schools of thought including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural

Assessment by: continuous tutorial assessment, a theorertical essay, and a 10-12,000 word dissertation

Award: Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy – DHP(NC)

Successful examinees are eligible to apply for Membership of the National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

For more detailed information on Stage Three, click here

Further Training

Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy – ADHP (NC)

Awarded to those NCHP graduates who fulfil the requirements for recommendation to membership of the UKCP’s National Register of Psychotherapists OR for those who have completed the UKCP requirements from another hypno-psychotherapy school and have completed the NCHP Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy and/or NLP Psychotherapy Diploma, and a competency interview.

Those who are awarded the ADHP(NC) are entitled to apply for Fellowship of the National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

For details of gaining UKCP Registration click here


The National College courses are structured in accordance with the needs of two groups of people. These are:-

  • People who wish to embark on a new career in adult hypno-psychotherapy, and require a recognised training to assist them to achieve their goal.
  • People who, although not wishing to enter practice, may wish to pursue their serious interest in the subject within the context of a recognised training programme.
  • Two further considerations have influenced the structure of the training.
  • The Academic Board is aware that many applicants, although having an interest in hypno-psychotherapy, have little experience in its use.

Many applicants, although being able to meet the educational standards required to gain enrolment, may not have had the opportunity for many years to engage in serious study, and they will require a gradual reintroduction to a learning environment.

With these points in mind, the National College courses commence with practical instruction, the academic content of the course being introduced gradually. Therefore, once having gained enrolment, if a student is prepared to follow the training and instruction provided, then he or she will experience little or no difficulty.

In addition, students and/or prospective students may be referred to an appropriate course in Psychology to preface, supplement or complement their regular National College training.

Personal development is not central to National College training, though it forms an important corollary, with self therapy being a compulsory component for UKCP Registration.

The National College's course tutors act as trainers, rather than as therapists (whilst all are, of course, qualified as such). The training schedule does not allow for course time to be taken up with individual therapy. In the event that personal issues arise during training (including reluctance to participate in course practical work) which require therapeutic intervention, the course tutor will refer the individual concerned to the National College so that a competent therapist can be recommended. Where necessary, and as advised by the course tutor, training may be interrupted until such time as the therapist selected recommends resumption.

We hope that this policy is seen as demonstrating a proper concern for the individual, balanced by our contractual commitment to deliver courses of training