Hypnosis and hypnotherapy courses in the UK

The UK's best hypnosis and hypnotherapy training courses are listed here. Use the table to compare details of different courses to find the one that is right for you. In-depth information for each course is given below.

ProviderEntry CriteriaCourses OfferedLengthCostLocation(s)
Annette Brown School of Hypnotherapy Non-selective Diploma
20 days
1 day
Lytham, Lancashire
BSCAH Health professionals only Foundation
Advanced Professional Diploma / BSc Conversion
3 x 2 days
4 x 2 day
Birmingham, Chelmsford, Ireland, London, Warrington, Yorkshire
Hypnosis Unit UK Health professionals only Introduction
3 days
10 days
14 days
HypnoTC: The Hypnotherapy Training Company Non-selective Introduction / Taster day
Practitioner Training (Cert)
CPD / Masterclass
1 day
20 days
London, International
Hypnotic Solutions Training Non-selective Full practitioner training 2 x 8 days £1795-
International College of Clinical Hypnosis Practitioners (ICCHP) Non-selective Certificate
Online Certificate
Online Diploma
Online Theory Course
12 days
12 days
London, International
John Dewar School Of Hypnotherapy Non-selective Introduction
1/2 day
14 days
1 day
Leamington Spa, Various
Manchester College Of Coaching And Hypnotherapy (UK) Non-selective Certificate
Full practitioner training
8 days
10 days
18 days
Edinburgh, Manchester, Peak district
National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy Graduate-level or equivalent Foundation
Advanced Diploma
8 days
16 days
10 days
London, Manchester, Falkirk, Leicester, Oxford
Past Life Regression Academy Non-selective Foundation Certificate
Diploma in Regression Therapy
4 days
16 days
Swindon, London, Dorset
UK and Internationally
Transformations School Of Clinical Hypnosis Non-selective Diploma 20 days £2000 Nottingham
UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Non-selective Certificate

World Federation Of Hypnotherapists Approved Qualification Diploma 8 x 2 days £1200 Kirkby (in Ashfield) Nottinghamshire
Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training Non-selective Taster days
Foundation level
Practitioner level
CPD courses
1 day
8 days
20 days
West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire


Courses offered: Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP Practitioner; CPD days

Course structure: Annette Brown School of Hypnotherapy offers a complete programme of accredited training. The course is over 10 months, one weekend each month. Altogether you will complete 130 school hours (20 days) plus home study and will take ten months to complete. Each student learns practical hypnotherapy skills, it is an essential part of all ABSH hypnosis course. The presentation of hypnotherapeutic techniques will be followed by demonstrations on class students and each student will be required to practice each skill in small groups to gain experience of working with both receptive and resistant subjects. We will practice each training day to take you from being inexperienced to an experienced and confident upcoming practitioner. Practice sessions will always be overseen by myself.

Course content: History of Hypnotherapy. Professional Code of Conduct. Performance and Ethics. Ethical practice. What can hypnosis achieve and what are the limitations? Client’s present health, mental state, illnesses and disabilities. Psychology. Communication, the professional relationship and the environment. The conscious and subconscious processes. Induction techniques. The therapeutic process. Intervention methods. Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). The first session. Smoking cessation. Pain management. Weight loss. Anxiety, stress and phobia. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Practice management. Reflective practice, continuous professional development and supervision.
CPD days on tinnitus, five element profiling, hypno-coaching, high blood pressure

Locations: Lytham, Lancashire

Cost: £2,150 or Early Bird £1,950 (Including all materials, lunch and refreshments); CPD days £100

Entry criteria: Open to everyone

Accreditation: The GHSC is the validating body for the practitioner diploma exam. The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) are the UK’s largest and most prominent organisations within the field of Hypnotherapy. Together they present an exemplary model for the simultaneous protection of the public and the provision of practitioner credibility and services. The GHSC is responsible for overseeing the criteria for the ongoing registration of individual practitioners within the GHR.

What makes this course unique: The ABSH Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP diploma give you all the skills, procedures, knowledge and confidence to instantly begin working and seeing your own clients with expert hypnotherapy and neurolinguistics programming (NLP) skills. On completion and accreditation of this course, you and your practice will become an associated member of the Annette Brown School of Hypnotherapy, and your business will be placed on the associated members page on the website.

Courses offered: Foundation in hypnosis; Advanced professional diploma

Course structure: Foundation course is 3 x weekend training and is a theoretical and practical training in hypnosis; Advanced professional diploma is run in conjunction with Birmingham City University and is a 4 x weekend course with advanced theoretical and practical content.

Course content: BSCAH courses are run by 'branches' in different localities, and trainers and content will vary slightly by locality. For full details follow this link to the BSCAH website and click on 'Training'

Locations: Birmingham, Chelmsford, Ireland, London, Warrington, Yorkshire

Cost: Foundation £500-750 depending on location; Advanced diploma £2800

Entry criteria: Only open to registered health professionals (doctors, dentists, psychologists)

Accreditation: International Society of Hypnosis, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis

Courses offered: Introduction to hypnosis (3 days); Certificate (Level I - 8 days); Certificate (Level II - 10 days); Diploma (14 days)

Course structure: A mixture of theory and practical training sessions conducted at weekends. Training provides students with the knowledge and skills to use hypnosis professionally.

Course content: All students must complete foundation modules for a basic grounding in hypnosis. Additional modules focus on specific problems (e.g. gastric problems, pain, PTSD), or client groups (e.g. adults, or children & adolescents)

Location: University College London

Established: 1990 (as UCL Hypnosis Unit)

Cost: Introduction (£545), Certificate (£1450), Diploma (£2540)

Entry criteria: Only open to qualified health professionals (doctors, dentists, psychologists)

Accreditation: International Society of Hypnosis, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis

Courses offered: Free Introduction/Taster Day (1 days); Practitioner training: NGH Hypnotherapy Certificate (10 weekends over 9-10 months); CPD/Masterclasses (various)

Course structure: Our practitioner-level training (the NGH Hypnotherapy Certificate course) is 10 full weekends, 9am-5pm, over a period of 9-10 months (guideline).

Course content:  The NGH Hypnotherapy Certificate course is outlined HERE in the 'Course Syllabus' section.

Locations: London and International

Accreditation: Our practitioner-level hypnotherapy certificate course is externally accredited and validated by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC/GHR), the British Institute of Hypnotherapy and NLP (BIH) AND the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). The course meets and exceeds the UK Core Curriculum requirements for quality hypnotherapy training and is a truly international qualification, recognised in 80+ countries. We are also a Central Register of Stop Smoking Therapists (CRSST) affiliated training school, an associate member of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) and upon qualification, graduates of our certificate course are eligible to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Costs: International practitioner training (NGH Hypnotherapy Certificate) £2795

Entrance requirements: No previous knowledge/training required, however all students:

  • must be aged 18 or over
  • should be sufficiently fluent in spoken and written English
  • should have no history of criminal convictions which might reflect upon their suitability to practice as a therapist
  • must be in suitable mental health for training (without a history of psychotic symptoms or current mental health issues)

What makes this course unique: Our principal trainers come from very different backgrounds in the hypnosis world. Dr Kate Beaven-Marks is one of the UK's most highly qualified hypnotherapists: she uses hypnotherapy on the wards in a London teaching hospital as well as being on the CNHC's profession-specific board for hypnotherapy. Rory Z Fulcher is from a less academic background: with experience as a stage & street hypnotist he has authored books and DVDs upon the subjects of rapid hypnosis and hypnotic entertainment as well as hypnotherapy. This effective combination of diverse and engaging trainers, alongside a tried-and-tested course format (NGH Certificate), means that you are getting the very best hypnotherapy training available and a hands-on, practical, and fun learning experience.

Courses offered: Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Course structure: Accredited Diploma Course: 16 days classroom training split into 2 modules of 8 days, plus home study and assignments.

Course content: Training in how to hypnotise, how to carry out sessions, scripts, hypno-analysis and much more. Specific training in working with stress, phobias, smoking cessation, weight control, and emotional issues.

Costs: Practitioner Level Diploma Course £1995 but discounts given to those who book early.

Entrance requirements: No previous knowledge or training required. Students need to be aged 18 or over, be of good mental health, and be sufficiently fluent in spoken and written English. There is some reading to be done prior to attending the course.

Established: 2006

Accreditation: The course has been externally accredited and validated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK). It has also been accredited by the National Guild of Hypnotists (USA). We are a Central Register of Stop Smoking Therapists (CRSST) affiliated training school. Those qualifying are eligible to join the General Hypnotherapy Register and be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

What makes this course unique: 16 days fast-track training in London by an experienced practising hypnotherapist and trainer. 120 hours training split into 2 modules, each of 8 days. Includes 1 year's membership of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Small class size means individual attention.

Courses offered: Practioners Certificate, Practitioners Diploma, Online Practitioners Certificate & Diploma, Free On-line Theory Course

Course structure: Certificate = 12 Days, Practitioners Diploma = 12 Days.

Course content: Broad based and comprehensive course covering all theoretical and practical aspects of all of the different hypnotherapy approaches (behavioural, psychodynamic, indirect/conversational, cognitive behavioural, evidence-based and integrative hypnotherapy practices). See website for more details

Costs: Certificate £1495, Practitioners Diploma £1495, Online Practitioners Certificate & Diploma £695 each, On-line Theory Course £Free

Entrance requirements: Over 18 years old

Established: 2011

Accreditation: UK General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC), International Hypnotherapy Register (IHR), International Certification Council (ICC).

What makes this course unique: The ICCHP offers a comprehensive hypnotherapy programme with a range of study options to students needs. We provide a flexible approach to learning therapeutic hypnosis. Both class-room based and online learning options are available. We are always student focused, offering an online student learning and practice community, with global student and graduate forums where students can share and pool their knowledge and experience. Our online learning portal, accessible for those undertaking both classroom and online learning is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed by computer, tablet or smart-phone. Our aim to ensure that students graduate as confident hypnotherapists, happy utilising their hypnotherapy skills to effect positive change in their clients.

Courses offered: Introduction, Hypnotherapist Practitioner Diploma, CPD

Course structure: The practitioner diploma is run over 14 full days on an intensive basis or over 7 months attending one weekend each month. All teaching is classroom based.

Course content: How to hypnotise clients with a variety of trance inductions; Trance termination; Post Hypnotic Suggestion; Rapport skills; Communication with the Conscious and Subconscious; How to negotiate with the subconscious part[s]; How the subconscious may answer without speech; Language patterns; Using Metaphors; Age regression & progression; Assessment; Design a treatment plan; Risk; Evaluation; Maintaining a professional relationship; Record keeping; EMDR; NLP techniques; Weight issues; Stop smoking; Phobias; Pain; IBS; Stress; Working with children; How to market your business; GHSC & CNHC code of ethics

Costs: Introduction £Free, Practitioners Diploma £2195, CPD £100-£165

Entrance requirements: Non-selective

Established: 2006

Accreditation: GHSc. (General Hypnotherapy Standards Council), ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors Coaches and Hypnotherapists), CNCH (Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council), GSMTS (Guild for Stress Management & Trauma Specialists)

What makes this course unique: My course is designed to take you from novice to practitioner with a full understanding of how to treat clients. It is a very hands on practical experience. Apart from the theoretical content the bulk of our time is spent with me explaining techniques then demonstrating with a volunteer, you watch and then it is time for students to pair up and practice. Practice makes perfect! We make this learning experience fun, you will laugh and might even cry but it will be a very enjoyable experience. Refreshments and lunch are provided every day, plus there is in excess of £850.00 of extras thrown in (see my web site for full details). These extra awards make you eligible to describe yourself as a specialist on certain subjects. Included is a full marketing getting started plan. In other words everything you need to get going.

Courses offered: Certificate, Diploma, combination of both gives Practitioner Status

Course length: Certificate, 8 days (4 x Weekends), Diploma, 10 days (5 x Weekends)

Cost: Certificate £685; Diploma £890; Full Practitioner Training £1575

Course structure: Theory and skills based over 9 modular weekends, face to face teaching supplemented by reading and case studies

Course content: counselling and coaching skills, psychological theory, NLP, induction techniques, parts therapy, regression including past life and future progression, clinical conditions including obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions, phobias, etc. Certificate Syllabus. Diploma Syllabus.

Locations: Edinburgh, Manchester, Peak district

Established: 2010

Entry criteria: Non-selective

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, Hypnotherapy Association. International Hypnosis Association, International Institute of Professional Coaches and Hypnotherapists

What makes this course unique: Hazel Thomson, founder of MCCH has woven her extensive training and experience into the syllabus by including the techniques of Ernest Rossi, David Grove and Tania Prince. A Certificate in Life Coaching and training in EFT are included within the programme. MCCH put emphasis on acquiring practical skills and gives guidance on business set up. Modular Payment Options

Courses offered: Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (with NLP)

Entrance requirements: None, open to everyone

Costs: £2750 (including food and accomodation)

Location: Residential in Scotland - available for all UK students

Courses offered: Foundation, Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma

Breakdown of course structure: First three stages are one weekend a month. Advanced Diploma involves different elements including live training and online courses. Training is at masters level but there is also a strong emphasis on practical training to enable you to utilise all you learn in practice.

Course content: We cover the syllabus required by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (Foundation and Certificate) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy College of Hypno-Psychotherapists (through to Advanced Diploma). More information

Location: London, Manchester, Falkirk, Leicester, Oxford

Established: 1977

Cost: £720, £1440, £900, flexible

Entry criteria: Our course is at masters level and students need to ensure they are capable of working at that level

Accreditation: Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, Open University, National Council for Hypnotherapy, European Association of Psychotherapy, National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness

What makes this course unique: The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy is the oldest school of hypnotherapy in the UK. Founded in 1977, we have been training hypnotherapists and psychotherapists for 39 consecutive years and have trained many who have gone on to found their own schools. We have meaningful academic recognition through Bath Spa University and meaningful external accreditation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy. The course is structured incorporating the highest educational standards, indeed the Principal did the first post graduate university study into the dynamics of hypnotherapy training in 1998. He and the Managing Director have a total of over 50 years clinical and 38 years teaching experience. The have also authored between them 6 books on a range of subjects relevant to the ethical practise of hypnotherapy.

Courses offered: Hypnosis Foundation (4 days); Advanced Hypnosis (4 days); Diploma in Regression Therapy (16 days); Between Lives Spiritual Regression (4 days)

Breakdown of course structure: Intensive practical 4 day workshops with reading assignments and practice sessions after each workshop.

Course content: Training, both practical and theoretical, covers rapport building, management of the hypnotic state, suggestion therapy, current life regression, past life regression, spiritual transformation, body therapy, inner child regression, management of catharsis, releasing intrusive energy, interviewing clients, introduction to psychopathology, setting up a therapy business, between lives regression.

Location: Foundation - Swindon, London, Italy, France, Romania, Singapore, USA; Diploma - Wiltshire, Italy, France, Romania, USA

Established: 2002

Cost: Foundation (including supervision) £550; Diploma (including supervision) £2000

Entry criteria: Non-selective

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, International board of Regression Therapy, Earth Association of Regression Therapy

What makes this course unique: It covers the best of traditional clinical hypnotherapy with transpersonal spiritual transformation.

Courses offered: Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Coaching (full practitioner training)

Course structure: One weekend per month for 10 months, including demonstrations and practical sessions

Course content: We include everything from the basics up to the most advanced techniques in the field of hypnotherapy, e.g. regression therapy, inner child healing, parts integration therapy. Also, leading-edge mind coaching strategies for peak performance. NLP techniques: rewind, anchoring, swish etc. The science behind how hypnotherapy works: the stress response, memory, mind-body link. Setting up in practice and marketing.

Course length: 20 days (120 hours of classroom time)

Location: Nottingham

Established: 2007

Cost: £2000, considerable discounts for early bookings

Entry criteria: Non-selective

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council

What makes this course unique: We only work with small groups (between 6 and 8 students) and our classroom sessions are informal. We offer a book lending scheme for students. Once qualified you can become a member of our peer group and can attend our regular peer support meetings.

Courses offered: Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Breakdown of course structure: Certificate Course - 7 Day Intensive Training (Saturday to Friday 10am to 6pm); Diploma Course - 21 Days - in three stages of 7 Days each (Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3)

Course content: Certificate: this course is mainly focused on basic hypnotherapy assessment, hypnotic induction, and the use of suggestion. The course is based on the cognitive-behavioural model of hypnosis - and therefore what you learn lends itself very well to being integrated with cognitive behavioural therapy.

Diploma: Training focuses on practical face-to-face classroom exercises and group learning. Stage one focuses on the core skills of a hypnotherapist whereas stage 2 deals with behavioural psychology and interventions in hypnotherapy. Stage 3 addresses cognitive concepts and techniques. The whole training covers much of traditional cognitive behavioural therapy but with a special focus on imagery techniques, imaginal exposure, relaxation training, and integrating hypnosis into CBT. Students are trained in the basic theory and skills - and also learn basic case conceptualisation and treatment design. 

Location: London

Established: 2003

Cost: Certificate £695; Diploma £2199

Entry criteria: Open to anyone however:

  • Students must be aged 18 or over.
  • Students should have no history of criminal convictions or sanctions by professional organisations which might reflect upon their suitability to practice as a therapist.
  • Students should be sufficiently fluent in spoken English to engage with English-speaking clients.
  • Students must be in suitable mental health for training, e.g., without a history of psychotic symptoms or current mental health problems.

Accreditation: Certificate Course - approved as CPD by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre; Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy - the diploma is awarded externally by NCFE (government regulated national awarding body) and is a Level 4 Award. The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is accredited by The National Council of Hypnotherapy, The General Hypnotherapy Register, The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and The National Hypnotherapy Society.

Courses offered: Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Breakdown of course structure: 120 hours of class teaching, (8 weekends) plus home study. The theory and practical aspects of Hypnotherapy and useful add on therapies/tools are summarised in simple clear manuals; each one provided to be read before the relevant workshop. This means we can cover more ground in the class sessions and focus on practical training to build up skills and competencies. Our students quickly start to practise hypnotherapy techniques with fellow students and practice particular techniques at home on friends or family. The WFH has an extensive library available and there is recommended reading and homework given at the end of each manual. Towards the end of the course students practise full treatments with volunteers under supervision. Our aim is to make you feel confident and be fully competent to provide professional treatments as soon as you qualify.

Course content: Includes: understanding the mind and hypnosis; the history of hypnotherapy; building rapport; language patterns; Meta and Milton Models; various inductions; types of personality; Psychological theories; Timeline; childhood trauma; Regression; NLP; EFT; Parts therapy; working with children; All you need to know in order to set up a professional practise and give effective hypnotherapy treatments for weight loss, fears and phobias, past life regression, lack of confidence, depression, sports performance, panic attacks, child birth, stress relief, stop smoking, addictions, etc. See website for details.

Location: Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK

Established: 2015

Cost: Pay as you learn £1400; Pay in advance £1200

Entry criteria: Open to all. Referees are required.

Accreditation: A Diploma in Hypnotherapy qualifies you as a Consultant Hypnotherapist. You will also be automatically enrolled as a member of The World Federation of Hypnotherapists, with the entitlement to use the additional designations: MWFH (Member of the World Federation of Hypnotherapists), MSHA (Member of the Society of Hypno-Analysts).

What makes this course unique: This course is approved by the Hypnotherapy Association. The tutors are practising hypnotherapists, a husband and wife couple with over 10 years’ experience of Hypnotherapy and nearly 30 years’ experience of teaching. We have the backing and resources of the WFH and their officers to step in and provide specialist training. The class sizes are small and are run from their working home to minimise the price. The learning is informal, relaxed, fun and fascinating.

Courses offered: Taster Days (1 day); Foundation level (8 days); Practitioner level (20 days); CPD courses (various)

Course structure: Taster Days are held on selected Sundays over the year; Foundation and Practitioner courses can be taken either one weekend per month or half a day per week (midweek); CPD courses may be workshops or distance learning depending on topic.

Course content: Module: 1. Introduction to Hypnosis; 2. The therapeutic relationship and improving your hypnosis skills; 3. From hypnosis to hypnotherapy; 4. Working with stress and related issues; 5. Working with unwanted behavioural habits and smoking cessation; 6. Working with Confidence, Self esteem and Weight Control; 7. Analytical hypnotherapy; 8. Cognitive hypnotherapy and Working with health issues; 9. Working with relationship issues / Introduction to wider skills; 10. Business building and running a practice. See website for details.

Location: West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire

Established: 2011

Cost: Taster Days £10; Foundation level £1030; Practitioner level £2200; CPD courses vary; Substantial Early Bird discounts available

Entry criteria: Non-selective

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC), British Institute of Hypnotherapy and NLP (BIH), Complementary Medical Association (CMA), please see our website for a list of other bodies which recognise our training and expertise.

What makes this course unique: Our tutor, Debbie Waller, is a published author, highly experienced therapist and qualified trainer. You can train at weekends or midweek, whatever suits your busy lifestyle. Our curriculum is not only fully compliant with the voluntary regulations, it offers the added bonus of being able to advertise yourself as a specialist, with an external qualification in addition to our practitioner's diploma, from day one of your new career. The course itself is based on the practicalities of running a therapy business. It starts by making you a good hypnotist and a good communicator, goes on to an in-depth look at the most common issues people present to hypnotherapists, and finally offers an introduction to other more specialist areas. In other words, it teaches you what you need to know to be a successful professional therapist.