What’s in Your Pathway and What Will You Study?

Stage 1 Pathway to hypnotherapy for counsellors and psychotherapists The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy


The aim of Stage 1 (which makes up your pathway) is to give you knowledge of hypnosis as a clinical tool and to train you to be efficient in inducing the hypnotic state, and in its management.

The emphasis is on practical training with relevant theory, this pathway involves 56 hours of attendance at one of our tuition venues spread over four weekends at monthly intervals.

Stage 1 builds confidence, congruence and focuses on both the art and science of using hypnosis in a clinical setting. By the end of this stage, you will have the skills that will allow you to use hypnosis in the clinical setting and know how and when to use it as a tool in your counselling or psychotherapy practice.

You could then move onto Stage 2 on either our hypno-psychotherapeutic counselling or hypno-psychotherapy pathways if you wanted to further your study.

What You Are Taught

Tutors will demonstrate the various techniques and there will be plenty of practical exercises for you to practice the hypnotic techniques in the safety of the training environment. Non-commercial practice between weekends is encouraged to help you build clinical confidence.

During Stage 1 you are taught how to use hypnosis to help people alter unwanted behavioural patterns and belief systems, issues arising from stress, anxiety and self-esteem and to work with enhancing performance.

You are introduced on Stage 1 to our integrative approach to therapy. Various methods of inducing hypnosis are taught, with the intention that you develop a flexible approach, we believe it is important for a wide range of techniques to be taught as no single approach will suit all clients or, indeed, all therapists.

Our Approach

All clients bring some expectations to therapy, while the permissive approach, may be effective for some clients, others will respond much better to traditional methods of inducing hypnotic trance.

Our belief is that therapy should be adapted to fit the client rather than the client being forced to adapt to the therapy. This flexible, eclectic approach is followed through in our later stages of training (if you were to choose to progress) to give you a broad-based psychotherapeutic framework.

There are two essays (1500 words each) and SCARF (your self-reflective professional development log) to complete.

The Four Modules of Your Pathway:

Module 1 - Understanding, Creating and Using Hypnosis

  • Creating the hypnotic relationship
  • Definitions of hypnosis
  • Confidence in hypnosis
  • Congruence in hypnosis
  • Connection in hypnosis
  • Hypnotic inductions
  • Introduction to ethics

Module 2 - The Art and Science of Hypnosis

  • Fear of failure
  • Information gathering
  • Deepening of hypnosis
  • Ego strengthening
  • Ideo-motor responses (IMR)
  • The science of hypnosis

Module 3 - Person-Centred Hypnotherapy

  • The history of hypnosis
  • Pacing and leading in trance
  • Framing and reframing
  • The use and science of suggestion
  • Direct hypnosis
  • Hypnotic strategies with stress

Module 4 - Creative Applications of Hypnosis in Therapy

  • Creativity. responsiveness and clarity
  • Indirect suggestion
  • Creating and using metaphors
  • Utilisation
  • Introduction to Ericksonian therapy
  • Hypnotic strategies with anxiety

Practical Applications of Hypnosis in Therapy

  • Introduction to stress and anxiety related issues
  • Using hypnosis with stress and anxiety
  • Therapist self care

Stage 1 at a Glance

Hours of Attendance:

  • 70 over  five weekends

Mode of Study:

  • Face to face tuition
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group practical exercises
  • Additional online videos lectures
  • Self-study


  • 2 x 1500 word essays and SCARF
  • Continuous assessment by tutors

What Next?

  • Successful completion allows continuation onto another of our stages or exit with the additional clinical tools you have