Level 3 Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training Courses

Level 3: Hypnotherapy Practitioner with NLP Practitioner

This module can be purchased as a stand-alone Level 3 Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course or as the foundation for the Level 4 Responsive Hypnotherapy course.

The course is taught over 5 weekends, every 4 weeks.

The whole content of this Hypnotherapy Practitioner and Metaphors skills is built around the requirements of the National Occupational Standards and Core Curriculum. The hypnotherapy skills you will learn are listed below.

Please understand that much of the theory will be completed at home and the teaching time will mainly be spent on practical.

On your first day you will experience a hypnotic trance and will learn how to hypnotise other people on the course – and do it. You will be hypnotised by a fellow student on day 1. Not weeks into the course.

You will do the same on day 2 but by then you will be reading a basic metaphor script to your ‘client’. This course moves fast and to CCH Practice Makes Perfect. To us PMP is one of our mantras.


What you will learn on this Hypnotherapy Practitioner course

  • Introduction to the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards and Learning Outcomes for Hypnotherapy
  • Professional Ethics
  • Conscious/Unconscious Communication Patterns
  • Hypnosis Myths
  • Introduction to Classical Suggestion Therapy, Regression/Analytical, Solution Focused and other forms of hypnotherapy
  • Suggestibility Tests
  • Trance work: Working in Trance and Trance Inductions; many types including Confusion and Sensory Overload, Rapid and Progressive Relaxation techniques
  • Indirect Hypnosis Principles
  • Deepening
  • Guided Imagery
  • Direct and Indirect suggestion
  • Basic Rapport Skills
  • The Hypnotic Voice
  • Contra-indications of Hypnosis – psychosis and schizophrenia, etc.
  • Time distortion
  • Information gathering and client note taking
  • Asking the right questions and listening to the answers given
  • Trance phenomena and how to utilise them
  • Dissociation Techniques
  • Elicitation and Therapeutic use of Hypnotic Phenomena
  • Post Hypnotic Suggestion
  • “Yes” “Yes” Feedback loops
  • Identifying negative Beliefs and Values
  • The Mind-Body-(Spirit) connection; Psychosomatic problems,  Psycho-sexual problems, IBS, eczema, etc
  • Interventions; Weight Change, Stress and Anger Management, Smoking Cessation, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias, Habit Eradication, etc.
  • Improving Performance
  • Self-hypnosis – and so much more, there is too much to list on this page

Metaphors, story-telling and internal ‘psycho-drama’  

Metaphors and ‘story telling’ are very important aspects of hypnotherapy.

“Old World” view: The hypnotherapy practitioner tells the client a story incorporating one or more carefully constructed metaphors. The client’s unconscious mind examines the metaphor for parallels in their own life. They then unconsciously apply the insights to make changes in their own behaviour or beliefs.

“New World” view: The hypnotherapy practitioner tells the client a story using one or more personally specific ‘metaphors’. The client’s whole mind works within the story and is able to make instant changes in their behaviour or beliefs, living, feeling and enjoying the changes straight away.

Many stories may be weird to the conscious mind. Stories may be just one paragraph or much longer. A metaphor, when delivered as a story may be applied to a wide variety of situations but they must allow the client to find their own solution.

Metaphor Delivery

A metaphor may be delivered while the client is in or out of trance and often does not require a formal induction: most clients go into trance spontaneously during the telling.

Indirect: In an indirect metaphor the client simply hears a story unfold and listens as the metaphor develops.

Direct: In a direct metaphor the client is the main protagonist and takes an active role in dealing with the metaphor environment.

Metaphor Types

Metaphors can be classified into broad categories.

  • Revelation Metaphor
  • Idyll Metaphor
  • Control Metaphor
  • Action Metaphor
  • Reframe Metaphor
  • Fantasy Metaphors
  • Anthropomorphic Metaphor
  • Introspection Metaphor
  • Equivalence Metaphor
  • Multi-level Metaphor


Level 3 NLP Practitioner Course

This module is a significant part of the Hypnotherapy Practitioner course.

Basic Ericksonian language patterns are learned within the NLP Practitioner training as part of the whole course. This NLP Practitioner training is based on the parts of NLP useful for therapy. It is really a Therapeutic NLP Practitioner course.

In the 1950s, Milton H. Erickson developed a radically different approach to hypnotism, which has subsequently become known as Ericksonian hypnotherapy or Neo-Ericksonian hypnotherapy. Erickson made use of an informal conversational approach with many clients and complex language patterns, and therapeutic strategies. The effects of which are rapid and very powerful.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy uses indirect suggestions as they are much harder to resist, since they are frequently not recognised by the conscious mind as suggestions. This is because they are usually disguised as stories or metaphors.

From the Therapeutic NLP Practitioner course we will learn the importance of:

  • Anchoring
  • Calibration Skills
  • Change Personal History
  • Circle of Excellence
  • Conversational Hypnosis
  • Decision Conditioning
  • Embedded Commands
  • Ericksonian Language Patterns
  • Eye Accessing Cues
  • Future Pacing
  • Logical Levels
  • Matching & Mirroring
  • Mapping Across
  • Maps & Filters
  • Meta Model
  • Meta Programs
  • Milton Model
  • Modelling
  • Nested Loops
  • Parts Work
  • Pattern Interrupts and Symptom Scrambling Techniques
  • Perceptual Positions
  • Reframing
  • Representational Systems
  • Six Step Reframing and newer versions
  • Sensory Acuity
  • Sleight of Mouth Patterns
  • State Elicitation
  • Swish Patterns
  • Time Based Therapy
  • Visual-kinaesthetic Dissociation
  • Visual Squash ……plus much more.

Full details of this course is to be found on the website.

What you get on the Clinical Hypnotherapy course

You will be taught some theory during the course but the classroom time is designed to be mainly for demonstrations and your practice time. Much of the theory is to be completed in your own time from the 2 manuals and recordings provided. These are from previous courses; so it is as if you were in that lesson as part of the group being taught.

These videos are the equivalent of about 8 days worth of live previous training – 4 days of these videos is the NLP Practitioner course. So all-in-all you get the equivalent of 14 days of training.

The videos will be provided on a flash or external drive. This will also include pdfs’ of the manuals, pdf’s of scripts for many problems and an assortment of ‘Bonus’ items that will be of use to you.

All manuals are printed and put in a folder and is given to you on the first day. There are 3 manuals that totals over 350 A4 pages.

Demonstrations – you will be expected to take part. You will also have to take part in student practice; being hypnotised by a fellow student – this will be observed.

Course duration:

5 weekends, (4 weeks apart). 120 hours face to face teaching. Plus approx. 330 hours of guided learning at home. Although we finish the teaching in 5 months you have a further 7 months to complete all coursework.

Course times:

9.30am – 5.00pm. Breaks and lunch at suitable times



Dates 2017:

Level 3 Hypnotherapy Practitioner and NLP Practitioner: July 1-2 and 29-30; August 26-27; September 23-24 and October 21-23.

Your Investment: Level 3 Hypnotherapy Practitioner with NLP Practitioner

Very Limited Special Offer £995 as a single payment.

Instalment Plan

Deposit £345. Plus 5 monthly payments of £150. Total £1,095. First payment will be on Day 1 of the course

When you go to the payment page the price shown is the deposit only.

If you wish to pay the full amount please call 01322 401388 to book your place. Please do not buy through the shop payment page. You will be able to pay by bank transfer, PayPal Send Money or cheque. For your security we no longer take card payments over the phone.


Course Accreditation by ACCPH

At the end of this Clinical Hypnotherapy course successful learners will receive a Diploma from ACCPH and one from Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy.

Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy has undergone a quality check to ensure that they and the courses/programmes offered, meet specific quality criteria as required by ACCPH. The learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against descriptors published by OFQUAL,  ODLQC and other organisations to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. The completion of this course does not lead to an OFQUAL, ODLQC qualification. The course itself has been created by Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy to meet the specific requirements of their students and those of ACCPH.  

ACCPHs’ accreditation involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by their inspectors to ensure the minimum quality is met at all times.  A regular review of Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy and their courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. 

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