Whilst it may seem complex at first, the path to becoming a therapist with us is a process just like everything else.
Let us guide you through it step-by-step, explaining the ins and outs, how it all breaks down and of course how it all comes together.
This page is a clear overview of all the facts you need to make your decision in a resource that you can return to when you need to remind yourself of the map and the waypoints.
Think of it like an FAQ page but in a logical order, an overview that takes you through the entire journey from beginning to end.
Choosing Your Pathway
We offer five pathways which may seem confusing if it’s the first time that you’re considering an alternative future as a therapist.
You don’t need to feel under pressure to make a career-defining choice at this point because you may or may not not know what type of therapist you want to become.
In either case, our system is designed so that you can’t make the wrong choice, let us explain why.
There are three final career titles on offer:
- Hypno-psychotherapeutic counsellor
- Hypno-psychotherapist (or integrative psychotherapist if you prefer that title)
The key to our pathways is that they all start in the same way, so you can enrol without worrying about making the wrong choice initially.
With that pressure off, there is another advantage to our educational system, you can pause or end your study at any of those three destinations to suit you and your circumstances.
Or, you can pause for a while and then continue later. Our system is completely flexible because we recognise that circumstances can change, and so can people.
So, if you’re unsure about whether you want to study for one year (to hypnotherapist level), three years (to psychotherapeutic counsellor level) or four years (to psychotherapist level), you can still begin and make your choices on the way as we guide you through the process.
You can compare the three types of therapy work on this pageTypes of Therapy We Teach
If you are already a hypnotherapist and want to add psychotherapy and UKCP accreditation, we have ways of doing this also. You just join our modular system part-way along (and as with all our pathways, progress is flexible).
There are four Stages in our training pathways:
- Stage 1 (5 months) – here we teach you about hypnosis as a therapeutic tool and how to understand, create and manage the hypnotic state.
- Stage 2 (8 months) we add psychotherapeutic theory and practice to the skills you learned on Stage 1 and you begin therapeutic work. At the end of Stage 2 (12 months training) you can qualify as a hypnotherapist and begin to generate income in practice.
- Stage 3 (7 months) – in this Stage we study depth psychology and the theories that underpin more advanced techniques and understanding. On completing Stage 3 you qualify as a hypno-psychotherapist.
- Stage 4 – at this point you have left the formal classroom setting and work independently (online and with your supervisor) to complete your training. At the successful completion of Stage 4, you become a UKCP psychotherapist.
Students beginning training with no prior qualification begin at Stage 1 and can leave the process at either the end of Stage 2 (13 months total) as a hypnotherapist, or at the end of Stage 4 as a psychotherapeutic counsellor (3 years total) or psychotherapist (4 years total), depending on choice along the way.
Students who already have a hypnotherapy qualification or some accredited prior learning (APL) usually join at the beginning of Stage 3, and at the end of Stage 4 qualify as a psychotherapeutic counsellor or psychotherapist, depending on choice along the way. These applications can vary in terms of total study time (depending on APL) and if you choose this route, we will discuss this with you on an individual basis.
So the short answer is to make a start at Stage 1 if you have no prior experience/qualification and contact us to discuss if you have. You can change direction once you have begun and we are always happy to help you decide which route fits you best and support you in that choice.
The Application Process
The most important step is to begin the application process as soon as you are ready. We limit our intake to a maximum of 20 students per cohort in order that we can deliver the best level of one-to-one tutor contact and practical training throughout. This means that if applications are delayed and once a cohort is full, we cannot potentially offer you a place until the next intake.
Our short application form (on this website) asks you to indicate which pathway you are applying for, this is not fixed in stone at this point.
If you have specific questions that aren’t answered on this page before you apply, there is an enquiry form for that purpose.
The intake process is designed to do several things:
- It helps us to regulate intake and places in advance so that as many potential students as possible get access to the training they want.
- It allows us to answer your questions about the college and the training and to guide you if you are unsure.
- It enables us both to decide if the college and the training are a good fit for your requirements.
Once you submit your application, the process works as follows:
- We will always acknowledge your application within 48 hours by email, please do check your spam and junk filters for our response if it doesn’t appear.
- In our reply, we will invite you to let us have some good times/days to schedule an informal telephone/Zoom/Skype chat to deal with the three points above so please have some time options ready. If your application includes APL requests you may be asked to complete an APL form so that we can map across your prior learning to our taught content.
- If you are happy to proceed then an interview will be arranged.
- If your application is successful, you will be asked to submit scans/photos of any required certificates.
- You will then receive a confirmation email to acknowledge that your place on the course has been reserved.
- We will contact you two months prior to the start of your training to confirm details and begin the onboarding process with you or if you are taking a place on a Stage starting within two months we will begin the onboarding process immediately .
Preparing for Your Interview
- The science of therapy – learning the theory and technical competencies of practising therapy
- The art of therapy – learning how to fit the methods and models to the individual client
- The personal developmental journey – the self-reflective work on ourselves that underpins the process of becoming a therapist
Please don’t worry about being new to the concepts we explore, we don’t expect you to be familiar with, or competent in theory. After all, this is probably why you have chosen to train in the first place. We are more interested in who you are and what you want.
The interview usually lasts between half an hour and an hour and is a relatively informal enjoyable process for us (two senior members of the admissions team at NCHP) and you. Remember, as therapists we are at home making people feel comfortable, at ease and facilitating communication.
The Onboarding Process
If you do have any questions you can always contact our Director of Student Experience, Carlie Fairbrother who will be happy to help.
The message is that you don’t need to worry, we have it all in hand and we look forward to receiving your application.Apply