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“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


Click HERE for our follow on blog relating to tutors


Mark Redfearn Hypnotherapy Case Study ~ Chris Fleet's Devon School Of Hypnotherapy
Testimonial Mark Redfearn ~ Chris Fleet's Devon School Of Hypnotherapy. Mark gained a Diploma In Hypnotherapy & now has started his own Hypnotherapy business
Liz Hornby & Her Diploma In Hypnotherapy From The Devon School Of Hypnotherapy
Gain A Diploma In Hypnotherapy, Alison De Matos With Chris Fleet's Devon School Of Hypnotherapy for Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy

Mark Redfearn Hypnotherapy Case Study

Mark Redfearn, Case Study ~ Chris Fleet's Devon School Of Hypnotherapy. Gained Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy & started his own business.

Mark Redfearn Hypnotherapy Case Study

Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy

Before Starting His Own Hypnotherapy Services


Testimonial Mark Redfearn ~ Chris Fleet's Devon School Of Hypnotherapy. Mark gained a Diploma In Hypnotherapy & now has started his own Hypnotherapy business
Our Mark Redfearn Hypnotherapy Case Study is an inspiring story describing how despite having to look after his son at home, he managed to study and pass the Diploma In Hypnotherapy Training Course with a high grade and then go onto start his own successful hypnotherapy business alongside his other taxi driving business.

It Was Just Before Christmas

It was just before Christmas, a couple of years ago, and Mark rang to say he was interested in learning about hypnotherapy and hypnosis and to learn how it could help people with life affecting conditions.
But, before signing up on our course, he wanted to know more about the training and how it would work.
Meeting in a nice pub and, over a pint, we discussed the Diploma In Hypnotherapy Course and I was able to answer all his questions.
The Diploma course comprises 10 modules over 10 months and Mark, due to life pressures, had one major concern about missing a module, or part of the course, and whether he would be able to catch up. He also enquired about further training after the course finished.
But, more than anything, though, I think he wanted to make sure I was someone he could get on with.
That is a massive thing for anyone considering a training course.
If you don’t like or get on with your trainer then it’s going to be a tough time for both the trainee and the trainer.


Mark Is A Single Parent

Mark is a single parent and this responsibility limited his working hours around school hours and school terms.
At the time of our meeting, he was working as a taxi driver and as a trained masseuse. Both allowed him to work flexibly around bringing up his son.
We discussed the possibility of adding hypnotherapy into his working week; the fact that Mark would be able to earn an extra £120 a week, just for seeing a couple of clients per week certainly seemed appealing to him.
But, above all else, he liked the idea of helping other people improve their lives and he could see hypnotherapy as a great way of doing just that.
He is that sort of person.


Mark Signed Up For The Course

He signed up for the Diploma In Hypnotherapy Course and he took to it straight away.
It was obvious after the first weekend that it was something that his demeanour and manner was well suited to. He has a calm and a relaxed nature and, above all, he is someone you feel you could trust.
Following a good start, Mark started to encounter a few problems.
Part way through the second module, Mark received a phone call saying that his son had been taken ill. Mark had to leave half way through the first day of the module.
The next day he returned but, unfortunately, he was called away again.
From a technical point of view, that is not necessarily a problem because the minimum classroom hours required for the full Diploma In Hypnotherapy Course is 120 hours and our course includes a minimum of 160 hours.
But from a practical point of view, Mark was missing a vital part of the training.


Mark Is Not The First Person To Have Experienced This Problem

Mark is not the first person to experience this problem and he will not be the last.
It is easy to fix.
At The Devon School Of Hypnotherapy, if we know that someone is going to be absent for one day of a module, we can include the practical part of the training into the day that they are present and they can catch up on the theory later.
Alternatively, if they are going to be away for the whole module, then I am happy to catch up with them 1-2-1 training, at a later time (obviously within reason).
We helped Mark catch by coming in extra, one evening. He lives about 15 miles from the School, so this was possible.
For anyone, living further away, it is possible to carry out the training via Skype.

Mark Considered Deferring The Course

At one stage, Mark’s home life was getting in the way of his training and he even considered deferring the course for a year.
But thankfully, he decided to carry on and, after a while, he began to fly through the course.
He just got it.

He Has Common Sense And Desire To Help Others

In many ways, he is similar to me; neither of us are straight ‘A’ grade University students (I spent my early working years on building sites), but we both have common sense and a desire to help others.
These ingredients are fundamentally important and, with these in place, the course then becomes relatively simple.
The penultimate module of the course consists of a practical text.
Mark was very calm and relaxed in a situation which may have phased a more competent hypnotherapist, but he passed both sets of exams (practical and written) with ease, scoring more than 90%.

Mark Is Doing Well Now

Routinely, I like to catch up with students on a regular basis and recently he told me he was doing very well as a fully qualified hypnotherapist.
He is still working as a taxi driver BUT now instead of using his taxi service just as a means of income, he is using it as a means to advertise his hypnotherapy skills and to spread the word about his new business …
Meeting many people gives him the ability and opportunity to say “Hi, I’m xxxxx … and I’ve just trained as a hypnotherapist”
Approximately one third of the population will have no interest, one third won’t care, but one third will be fascinated and intrigued.
It’s that 33% that may spread the word about him and may even use his services.


Mark Is On His Way To Cracking It.

I’m confident that in a short space of time, more and more people will become aware of his hypnotherapy services and he will reach a tipping point where he earns more money doing his part time job than his full-time job.

When your part time job is something that you love and pays more than your full time job, you know you’ve cracked it ...



Chris Fleet, top UK accredited Hypnotherapist & Hypnotherapy Trainer for Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy

Final Word From Chris Fleet

Mark, like many students, did find parts of the Diploma In Hypnotherapy Course challenging, particularly when he had to miss parts due to his son not being well.  But he was able to catch up and ultimately flourished, finishing with a good grade.


The Courses Are Designed To Allow Time For The Students

The courses are designed to be flexible when students find certain parts challenging and even when time is lost due to personal circumstances, as in Mark's case.
The big advantage of studying in a small group, everyone works to support each other.
My goal is always to make sure everyone can work successfully towards to gaining their qualification, whatever their personal circumstances are.    


If You Wish To Know More

If you would like to know more about my courses, I offer a FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATION at my Devon Clinic, by SKYPE or by 'phone, whichever is best for you.
Then, I would be able to explain everything fully for you and be able to answer all your questions.
Please book your FREE CONSULTATION by ringing 01803 500300, emailing chris@fleethypnosis.com or by contacting me below:

Read About Other Successful Students

Alison DeMatos Hypnotherapist, ex student from The Devon School Of Hypnotherapy. Qualified with Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy
Alison De Matos, Case Study

Alison De Matos ~ Case Study

Alison De Matos

Hypnotherapy Case Study

Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy

Before Starting Her Own Hypnotherapy Practice

Alison De Matos studied hypnotherapy a couple of years ago at The Devon School Of Hypnotherapy.  She gained both the Certificate and Diploma In Hypnotherapy.
She subsequently went on to open her own Hypnotherapy Practice, Alison De Matos Hypnotherapy in Devon and now specialises in weight loss.
This is her story, as written by Hypnotherapist Chris Fleet.

Alison De Matos & Chris Fleet's Devon School Of Hypnotherapy for Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy


“I loved the course and Chris was highly supportive and learner centred. At times I found it challenging, in a good way, as Chris has high standards and suddenly all my learning clicked into place”  

Alison De Matos


Hypnotherapy Was New For Alison

Hypnotherapy and hypnosis was completely new to Alison.  Previously she had a background of corporate management working for the British Red Cross. 
Prior to attending The Devon School Of Hypnotherapy, Alison did her homework, researching hypnotherapy and hypnosis extensively and the courses that were available. She said she chose course as was impressed by the contents and the qualification gained. 

Alison Took The Certificate In Hypnotherapy Course

Alison was a little nervous, initially, but she was also very excited to be attending her first hypnotherapy training class. 
She took and passed the Certificate In Hypnotherapy Course.
This is essentially a ‘taster’ course and an introduction to hypnotherapy.  It also forms the first module for the accredited Diploma In Hypnotherapy Course.
The content for this Course involves both written theory and practical work.  As part of the practical work, students are taught how to put others into hypnosis and Alison learned how to achieve this, but I am sure she will not mind me saying that she did not set the world alight.
Alison also found some of the written theory work challenging but she showed determination and gained her certificate.
Learning hypnosis and hypnotherapy was completely different to the management world that she had worked in previously and I had the strong feeling that she would not wish to pursue any further training in hypnotherapy.


I Was Wrong

I was, however, very pleasantly surprised when Alison said that she wanted to continue and take the full Diploma In Hypnotherapy Course.
Like the Certificate course, the Diploma Course contains a combination of theory and practical work.  The initial modules are also relatively easy.
For the third module, pupils are asked to use their own imagination and initiative for some of hypnotherapy concepts.
Alison has a great imagination and much initiative, but she initially found some concepts a challenge to grasp.
One vital part of the hypnotherapy training is known as ‘fork in the path’ but, I think it is fair to say, that she struggled initially with this concept.
We talked this concept through, we walked it through, we drew it on the board and repeated it over and again – and then it fell into place.
The effort was worth it.
That was a turning point …

Alison DeMatos Hypnotherapist, ex student from The Devon School Of Hypnotherapy. Qualified with Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy

Alison Started To Flourish

Suddenly, Alison began to flourish, her voice became more confident, her body language subtly changed. She became a star pupil and whatever concept we put to her, she got it.
On gaining her Diploma In Hypnotherapy, she decided that she did not just want to work as a professional hypnotherapist but she started her own practice in Dawlish, Devon.
In the process of starting her own business, she sourced good offices to work from, built a professional looking website and has been busy networking with health professionals throughout the area.


Alison Specialises In Weight Loss

Alison now specialises in weight loss hypnotherapy and has people travel to see her specifically for weight loss.
She has also studied other talking therapies such as counselling and CBT and she has already earned back her investment in the course and is fast becoming well known in the area for the work she does.
And, for those not living locally in Devon, she now offers her hypnotherapy services via skype.


" ... A course outline is just words unless the content is delivered by a trainer who can bring a course alive, with rich experience, interesting and exciting content and most importantly get the best out of their learners in a supportive, encouraging way. I highly recommend this course as it exceeded all my expectations."      Ali De Matos


Her Business Is Growing

Alison’s hypnotherapy business is growing from strength to strength, as she helps people improve their lives.
If you wish to know more about Ali De Matos and the work she does, please view her website at the link below and please contact her – like myself, her consultations are free too.

Chris Fleet, top UK accredited Hypnotherapist & Hypnotherapy Trainer for Certificate In Hypnotherapy & Diploma In Hypnotherapy

Final Word From Chris Fleet

Alison said the course was challenging in places and several other students have said the same but, like Alison, all have conquered these challenges and all have succeeded in qualifying.
The courses are designed to allow time for students to grasp even the most challenging concepts included.
I am also a very patient and experienced trainer and know how to guide students through the harder parts of the courses.

If You Wish To Know More

If you would like to know more about my courses, I offer a FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATION at my Devon Clinic, by SKYPE or by 'phone, whichever is best for you.
Then, I would be able to explain everything fully for you and be able to answer all your questions.
Please book your FREE CONSULTATION by ringing 01803 500300, emailing chris@fleethypnosis.com or by contacting me below:

Things Money Simply Cannot Buy

Job satisfaction is such a major component of becoming a hypnotherapist. I got a phone call from the parents of a young chap who had a quite traumatic incident one day and was trapped in a train carriage for a period of time.

things money can't buySince then he struggled to go anywhere where there were doors that closed behind him. It was so bad that he couldn’t even make it through the office front door first time he saw me.

I didn’t have the heart to charge anything like full price and the end result was far better than money ever could have been.

SO how did this young lad get back on buses and trains again?

The first thing we did was go for a walk with his mum and him round to the local park where we talked about football. I asked him who his favourite players were and what position he played. I told him how rubbish I was and how I still try to play, he thought this was quite funny.

Signed up

Next time I saw him was a home visit we talked more about football. I got him to pretend that he was watching a game and the manager looked into the crowd and picked him out to come on a substitute. The crowd was singing his name as he scored an equaliser, and then the winner for his team.

He imagined the manager then asking him to sign a contract. The challenge was he had to go to a strange office to do it……..The next week he was happy to come to my office even if I had to leave the door wide open initially. The look of pride on his face when he showed his parents that he could shut himself in the office was worth so much more than money.

Later on, we walked to the train station which happens to be the end of a branch line. I spoke to the guard asking if he could step on and off the train to get used to it whilst the train was waiting at the station.

All in all, I saw him about four times.

Next thing I knew he was getting on and off trains and buses, going to new buildings and being a normal happy boy again.

Did I charge a fortune? No… over a period of 4 hours I charged less than I would for a full session under normal circumstances. Was it worth it? You bet it was – the letter in the post was better than anything money could buy.

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