Level 5 Positive  Psychology Hypnotherapy

What Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy focuses on

Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy, (PPH), focuses on the positive events and influences in life, including:

  • Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)
  • Positive states and traits (like gratitude, resilience, and compassion)
  • Positive institutions (applying positive principles within entire organisations and institutions)

Positive Psychology is thinking about topics like character strengths, optimism, life satisfaction, happiness, well-being, gratitude, compassion (as well as self-compassion), self-esteem and self-confidence, hope, and elevation.

We use these in PPH to help people flourish, achieve flow and live their best lives.

During the course I will use the terms Flourish, Flourishing and Flow.

Take it as read that throughout the course I will not be dwelling on any negatives that clients may have.

The term positive emotions = pleasant emotions.

Negative emotions = unpleasant emotions.

The term positive behaviour = behaviour that is useful in achieving a desired outcome.

Negative behaviour = behaviour that is unhelpful in achieving an outcome.


Goals of Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy

Applying positive psychology to 'old school' hypnotherapy would be tricky if not impossible.

In general, the goals of positive psychology in coaching are as follows:

To positively impact the client’s life without dwelling on negatives. Below is a list of goals of PPH. A client does not have to work with all of them - just the ones they need.

  • The number one goal of hypnotherapy in general is to improve the client’s life, and positive psychology hypnotherapy is no different.
  • Increase the client’s experience and enjoyment of positive emotions.
  • Help clients recognise, accept and develop their strengths or talents.
  • Enhance the client’s goal-setting setting abilities.
  • Help build a sense of 'I can do it' into the client’s perspective.
  • Cultivate the client’s sense of happiness and well-being.
  • Develop resilience to the hard knocks of life
  • Help the client build and maintain healthy, positive relationships with them self and others.
  • Give the client strength to maintain an optimistic outlook.
  • Encourage the client learn to savour every positive moment.
  • Nurture a sense of gratitude in the client.


Positive Psychological Theories

In this section we will look at the following theories and consider their relevance in effective PPH:

  • Seligman’s PERMA Theory of Well-Being
  • Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Theory (PWBT)
  • Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory (SDT)
  • Franklin’s Thrive and Survive Theory (TST).
  • RAW

We will examine each of these in detail and which are best suited to Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy.


We have to define happiness and its relationship to well-being, flourish and resilience.

Happiness (AKA subjective well-being)

Usually defined as an amalgamation of

"life satisfaction and the experience of more positive emotions than negative emotions" (Compton & Hoffman, 2013).


Refer to the meeting of needs, especially finding a life purpose and realising one’s full potential.


Refers to a combination of thriving and life satisfaction, success, health/vitality, having pleasant emotions, self-efficacy and developing resilience.


Refers to a set of life skills that enable people to deal effectively with adversity (Padesky & Mooney, 2012).


Is all other psychology Negative Psychology?

We do not directly say the rest of psychology as negative psychology. Or do we in an indirect way? To many people psychology has come to mean to the study of the negative in people. Things that are abnormal, of what goes wrong in their life or their deepest fears and all the dark stuff we don't want to admit affects us.

It is about our negative emotional baggage and takes us back to open the wounds again and feel its pain. Yep - it is negative alright.



You must be a qualified hypnotherapist to addend this course. It is available as a combined course with the Hypnotherapy Practitioner course. Details of the combined course are HERE.

Benefits of the Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

  • Different income streams – clinical hypnotherapist and Positive Psychology 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


There is no final exam at the end of the this Positive Psychology 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 ACCPH.

This portfolio should be digital not paper based.

Study Hours: 

3 weekends a month apart - 45 hours, face-to-face tuition and around 200 hours of guided self study.

You will have to complete 15 practice sessions on guinea pigs or real clients

You must keep a portfolio of evidence - it may be looked at by ACCPH as a quality check.

You will have to complete write-ups on some of the sessions that show reflective practice.

Course dates:

2019/2020:  PPH19-20

November 9-10;  December 7-8;  January 11-12 

2020:  PPH20April

April 23-24;  May 23-24;  June 20-21 


Course times:



Crown House, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DZ

Your Investment:

Level 5: Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course £895

Special single payment price £795

Pay-as-you-go Plan

You only have to give a months notice to quit the course and there are no penalty fees to be paid.

Deposit £295.     Plus 3 monthly payments of £200.     Total £895.

Go to the payment gateway at the bottom of the page to purchase this course.

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Level 5 Programme Accreditation by ACCPH

At the end of this Level 5 Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy Programme

Logo of ACCPH

This course has been fully accredited by ACCPH

successful learners will receive a Diploma 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 5 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.  

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. 

ACCPH provides accreditation to a ‘qualification’ and gives recognition to a providers bespoke programmes, (training/courses) that fall outside the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

ACCPH will provide an ‘award’ of a certificate of completion.

ACCPH provides this service to a wide variety of training providers for their courses as there is no provision listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications .

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