Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training Course

The Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training Course is accredited by ACCPH and will allow you to practice as a qualified hypnotherapist on completion of the course. It has all the content of the National Occupational Standards and Core Curriculum.

The course is completed over 6 weekends 4 weeks apart.

The hypnotherapy skills you will learn are listed below.

You will complete much of the theory at home. A significant amount of teaching time will be on hypnotherapy practical.

Benefits of this Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

  • Different income streams – clinical hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Cressinghams discounted insurance scheme
  • Accredited membership of the professional body  ACCPH. And the full range of benefits these offer their member.
  • Your first year of membership of ACCPH is included FREE
  • 1 year full back-up and support after graduation

How do you learn on the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course ?

Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training course

We go from basics – on Day 1 we assume you have no hypnotherapy or psychology skills at all. That is how we prefer it. We start you off on basic Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner skills. After some days of training we move up to higher level work. Your are training gives you every skill, technique, template and protocol you need. You will learn all that you need for the ACCPH accreditation and so much more on top.

You are not overburdened with loads of out-of-date psychological theory. You get everything you need to be a Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner.

On your first day you will experience a hypnotic trance. You will learn how to hypnotise other people on the course – and do it. You will be hypnotised by a fellow student on weekend 1. Not weeks into the course. On the first Sunday you will be using a basic metaphor hypnotherapy script to your ‘client’.

This course moves fast and to CCH Practice Makes Perfect. To us PMP is one of our mantras.

What you get on the Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

You will be teaching of some theory during the course. But quite a lot of the classroom time for demonstrations and your practice time. Much of the theory is home study in your own time from the 20 manuals and recordings provided. These videos are from previous courses; so it is as if you were in that lesson as part of the group.

They are the equal to about 6 weekends worth of live previous hypnotherapy training. Plus 2 weekends of the NLP Practitioner course. So all-in-all you get about of 16 days of training to watch as many times as you like.

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

The first manual is ready printed and put in a folder and presented to you on the first day. All other manuals are as pdf’s. You can print them or follow on a tablet or laptop.

The NLP manual is not printed as much of this work is home study.

Demonstrations – you will to take part at some point. You will also have to take part in student practice. Being hypnotised by a fellow student part of the course. As is hypnotising them. You are observed during these sessions.

Why this Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course is different to most others?

This Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training Course is our own. Being written by Richard Wain, for Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy. We do not teach a ‘bought in’ course written by someone else years ago.

The course is revised all the time. Until recently this course had 15 modules we now have 20 due to being rewritten and much more content added.

What you will learn on this Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner course?

  • Introduction to the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards. Also Learning Outcomes for Hypnotherapy

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    Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

  • History of hypnosis and hypnotherapy
  • Professional Ethics
  • Conscious/Unconscious Communication Patterns
  • Hypnosis Myths
  • Introduction to Classical Suggestion Therapy Regression/Analytical, Solution Focused and other forms of hypnotherapy
  • Suggestibility Test
  • Trance work: Working in trance and trance inductions. Many types including Confusion and Sensory Overload, Rapid and Progressive Relaxation techniques, etc.
  • Indirect Hypnosis Principles
  • Deepening
  • Guided Imagery
  • Direct and Indirect suggestion
  • Basic Rapport Skills in detail in the NLP part of the course
  • 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 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
  • Reflective practice
  • Setting up and running a practice
  • and so much more, there is too much to list on this page
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Metaphors, story-telling and internal ‘psycho-drama’


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Metaphors and stories form part of the Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training Course

Clinical hypnotherapy Practitioner - metaphors and story telling


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

Old World” view. The hypnotherapist reads the client a story. This incorporates one or more carefully constructed metaphors. The client’s unconscious mind examines the metaphor for parallels in their own life. Unconsciously they apply the insights to make changes in their own behaviour or beliefs.

“New World” view. The hypnotherapist 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. They often do not need 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. This NLP Practitioner training is based on the parts of NLP useful for therapy. It is really a Therapeutic NLP Practitioner course. The way NLP was designed to be used.

In the 1950s, Milton H. Erickson developed a radically different approach to hypnotism. Which has become known as Ericksonian Hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Erickson made use of an informal conversational approach with many clients. But within it was 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. These 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 many things. Please visit the course page for full details.

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Assessments Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

There is no final exam at the end of the this Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioners course. Assessment is throughout the course by direct observation of your performance. Also through your homework answers and recordings. Most module have written assessments to complete.

You will have to complete some practice sessions at home and provide these for marking. One of these must be a complete therapy session with a practice client. You will have feedback throughout the course. If you are having problems they will discuss them with you – we want you to pass. Diplomas are only awarded after you have completed all the module questions

You will not get your qualification until all coursework is to the required standard. The time limit on this course is 12 months but do not use this as an excuse to not complete homework and assessments. Once you get behind it becomes more difficult to complete the work required.

Please keep a portfolio of your assessment recordings, scripts and question answers. This is for possible moderation by a representative of GHR or ACCPH.

This portfolio should be digital not paper based.

Course dates:

12 days - 90 hours of classroom teaching and around 225 hours of home study. Approx. 315 hours in total.

2019/2020:  HP19-2

November 23-24; (3 weeks) December 14-15;  January 18-19;  February 15-16; March 15-16;  April 11-12 (Easter weekend).

2020:  HP20-1

July 25-26;  August 22-23;  September 19-20;  October 17-18;  November 14-15;  December 12-13.

If you are taking this as part of a combination programme, you must complete it to take the next course.

Course times:



Crown House, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DZ

Your Investment:

Level 4: Combined programme Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner with NLP Practitioner

Standard Price £1,195.

Special single payment offer £995


Deposit £195 and 5 monthly payments of £200 payable on the first day of each weekend of the course. £1,195


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