“I want to train as a hypnotherapist”

“I want to train to be a hypnotherapist but there are so many out there, how do I know where to go?”

This is a common question many people come to us with and so we have decided to write a blog to answer as much as we can relating to training to become a hypnotherapist. If we have missed something, please get in touch so we can add it.

Hypnotherapy Titles

This one confuses a lot of people. Typically, we get asked; what is the difference between a hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist? The truth, absolutely nothing. A hypnotherapist uses psychotherapy techniques and hypnosis to enhance the effectiveness of the session. A clinical hypnotherapist is a regular hypnotherapist that uses hypnotherapy for clinical reasons (treatment of medical conditions such as pain, anxiety, depression and addiction). This is not to say that regular hypnotherapists are not doing the same, they are but without the label.

To take it out of context; let’s say you bought a branded cereal and a budget one. In a blind taste test, would you really be able to taste the difference? Probably not, and that is the difference between a hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist-one has a fancy name, the other does not.

Note: Hypnotherapy is an unregulated profession in the UK with the exception of hypnosis for entertainment purposes or “stage hypnosis” (hypnotism Act 1952), so technically you can call yourself what you like.


Course Titles

There are a whole host of schools and educational facilities out there offering an array of hypnosis and hypnotherapy training ranging from one day to one year. Are you looking for self-study or a training centre? Are you looking to zone in on a specific area or broaden your horizon? Are you looking for a hobby or a change of career? Whichever it is the main difference in these courses is what you get at the end-do you want a certificate of achievement or do you want a nationally recognised qualification with real practical value?

For example; a one-day hypnotherapy or hypnosis course (regardless of accreditation level) will give you valuable skills in learning about your subconscious but it will not teach you the art and science of becoming a professional hypnotherapist.

The level of course you chose depends entirely on how far you wish to take your training.


The Devon School of Hypnotherapy offers four levels of training;

  Self-Hypnosis -A one day course that teaches you the inner workings of your mind. During this course you will also be taught introductory Cognitive Behavioral   Therapy or CBT and how to talk to yourself in a positive manner.

  Certificate in Hypnotherapy (Sometimes known at Hyp Cert) –A two-day course, typically over one weekend. This course will teach you how to put someone in   and out of hypnosis in a safely. The majority of this course is practical teaching you the different types of inductions from gentle permissive through to more   dramatic ‘snap’ or instant.

  Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Sometimes known as Dip Hyp, GQHP) – A ten-month course, typically one weekend per month. This course contains practical,   theory and written content including setting up and maintaining your own practice. Successful completion of this course enables you to practice as a fully qualified   hypnotherapist with registration to professional bodies. This course is regulated and accredited by the GHSC, Brittan’s hypnotherapy governing body.

  Continued Professional Development (known as CPD) – One off annual training sessions held throughout the year for qualified hypnotherapists to enable   them to develop and maintain professional levels of conduct, enhance skillsets, and remain up to date with the laws relating to hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy   practice.


Should you choose to be a professional hypnotherapist it is important to remember that your training must be accredited and recognised by the professional governing bodies.



  1. Is the course/training externally accredited?

As mentioned above, accreditation really depends on how far you would like to take your training. If your aim is to become a professional hypnotherapist, professionally accredited training is a must.

The main UK accreditation body for hypnotherapy is the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

Here at The Devon School of Hypnotherapy our Diploma course holds accreditation from both the GHSC and GHR.

GHR - The General Hypnotherapy Registry, Acknowledged Supervisor, Chris Fleet, Devon School Of Hypnotherapy
GHSC - The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, accredited practitioner, Chris Fleet, Devon School Of Hypnotherapy


  1. Does the course meet the core curriculum requirements?

The Diploma in Hypnotherapy requires 450 hours of training as noted in section 12 of the core curriculum. This is to include 120 guided learning hours-this means in-house training/training with a tutor.

The Devon School of Hypnotherapy offers 170 hours of in-house training-30% more than recommended to ensure students gain the best skill set possible.

You can download the PDF Core Curriculum here


  1. Does it blend with the real world?

Are the skills (theory and practical) relevant to today’s world? There is no value in learning out of date methods that are only relatable to generations past. Ask the provider to give you real time examples of how their course relates directly to modern life-do they work with modern addictions such as smartphones and shopping? Do they tackle smoking and food related issues? Do they promote growth and self-worth? And if so, how?

Here is a short case study example form our tutor relating to smoking and parts therapy.


  1. Course Length

We know that the core requirement is 450 hours but over what time length? The answer to this question is not straight forward.

Scenario One: 7-Day Intensive Accredited Diploma course

It ticks all the boxes, it is accredited, covers all the required modules, tests and hours. Congratulations, you are now a fully qualified hypnotherapist! How much of what you were taught on Monday morning are you remembering Sunday night?

Very short intensive courses are a quick way to gain a qualification, but the reality is that you are unlikely to retain much information.


Scenario Two: 5 Year Degree in Hypnotherapy

Less than 1% (yes, that is correct), of hypnotherapists in practice have a degree in hypnotherapy. For some having that degree is very important but for the vast majority the ability, confidence and competence to actually help others far outweighs the ability to write a good academic paper.

In essence, the answer is up to you. The time scale really depends on you the learner and how much time you have to give to learning hypnotherapy.

  1. Does it teach to you adapt?

A hundred people can present to you with the same problem with a thousand different causes and effects. Does this course only teach set scripts, or do they teach you how to adapt them to benefit the individual?


  1. Are there tests or exams?

Does the course require you to pass modules, tests and examinations, both written and practical? If the answer is no, then alarms bells should sound because these are vital components of the Diploma in hypnotherapy. A piece of paper to stating a qualification is just that, but physical evidence such as a learner’s practical journal of progress, modules and examinations passed contain proof not only of knowledge but of experience.


  1. What sets them aside from everyone else?

What aspect of their course stands taller than all the others out there? It could be; Location, digital /telephone/1-1 support, accreditations, results and success rates, feedback, Learner style, post qualification support, CPD training, feedback, perhaps they keep in touch or send clients to help you get started. It does not matter which aspect makes them stand out to you as long as they have all of their credentials in place you can be sure of what you are signing up for is a genuine, value for money course.

You can check the validation of Hypnotherapy schools and tutors on the GHSC website

Here are ours;

The Devon School of Hypnotherapy

Tutor Chris Fleet


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