Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course

Practitioner Hypno-Psychotherapy Course by PSI Training

Hypnotherapy, Brief Psychotherapy, NLP and Solution-Focused Counselling – one of the most comprehensive diplomas on offer

Accredited by the GHSC

Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course

toither tenOur Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course consists of over 450 hours of study including 120 hours of classroom instruction in addition to home study, therapy, assignments, exercises and case work.

This is a full diploma by PSI Training, leading to qualification as a Practitioner in Hypno-Psychotherapy. Graduates are eligible for registration at Practitioner status within both the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and the professional’s voluntary regulator, the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC). You will be eligible for a General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP), which is awarded by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) to suitably qualified practitioners who meet the criteria for Practitioner level registration. This course is of a higher level that some Diplomas (of less than 450 hours study) which lead to only Affiliate status with the GHSC and is therefore not eligible for inclusion within the GHR.

Classroom instruction will consist of a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and participatory exercises. The taught course and final examination comprises 20 days in total, typically spaced over either ten weekends or six weekends and two 4-day weekends (Friday to Monday inclusive). Other options are available, including intensive weekday courses. Please call for more details.

Student progress will be individually monitored allowing both the student and tutors to ensure that appropriate levels of learning are maintained. Students of our Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course, will be advised if the tutors feel that they need to put in further work in any areas or where additional support and help may be required.

Home study is a mandatory part of the course. This comprises of several reading assignments, self-study courses including Introductory Physiology and Basic Psychology and course set-books, details of which are included within the prospectus. In addition, there will be further assignments, exercises and case work.

The qualifications will only be available to those students who have satisfactorily completed the course. The Institute’s Diploma, enabling students to join a professional association, obtain insurance and practise (under supervision), will be issued upon a satisfactory assessment.

The Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course assessment will be based on:

three written case histories;

a specimen piece of practical work; and

a one hour written examination.

The assessment will be to NVQ standard and students will be entitled to re-sit individual modules if necessary.  An External Assessor may be present. Full feedback will be given.

All graduates who intend to practice will be expected to join a professional association, obtain appropriate insurance and adhere to a professional code of ethics. It is a mandatory requirement for GHR Registered Practitioners to engage in supervision (either one-to-one or group led), for a minimum of two hours in any three month period during their first two years of practice, although we recommend supervision be on-going.  Failure to comply may result in the withdrawal of the Diploma qualification.

The Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course content may vary from time to time to reflect the latest developments in the field and the changing requirements of students. PSI Training reserve the right to do this without prior notification.

Practitioners, once qualified, will be encouraged to continue to study on the Advanced Workshops. Many professional associations will insist on a minimum amount of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training to maintain membership. These workshops cover a variety of more specialised subject areas and are available to anyone with a background in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, enabling them to enhance their abilities and to analyse and devise strategies for more complex problems.

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

Based on the work of Milton Erickson, this is the fastest growing field of hypnotherapy. Its principle characteristics are that it is resource-based, client-centred and utilises non-directive (permissive) techniques for induction and therapy. Hypnotherapy is a fast, safe therapy using the power of the unconscious mind to effect changes in behaviours, thinking and feelings that clients wish to see.

Brief Psychotherapy

Brief Psychotherapy comprises a family of therapies with  common features. They are all ‘objective-oriented’. Brief Psychotherapy is a fast, effective approach to human behavioural change using the power of the client’s imagination and a well-proven and eclectic methodology which includes elements of Gestalt; NLP; Transactional Analysis; Rational-Emotive Therapy; and Psycho-Semantics.

Solution-Focused Counselling

This is a pro-active form of counselling that assists the client in identifying what changes they need in their life with the emphasis on helping them find the resources that are required to achieve these changes. Therapists avoid lengthy analysis of  the client’s past by concentrating on how their problems occur in the present and  what sort of changes they would like in the future.

Practitioner Training

Our professional Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course is open to anyone with the commitment to carry-out the course of study.

Graduates of the Practitioner Diploma Course will possess all the skills necessary to establish themselves as independent practitioners (working under clinical supervision) and be eligible to join a professional association, obtain insurance and be admitted to a national register.

They will know how to:

1) be able to apply the fundamental techniques of information-gathering;

2) be able to define the changes the client requires;

3) be confident in the utilisation of a variety of trance inductions and standard trance phenomena;

4) be able to select, from the intervention techniques taught, appropriate treatment for a wide range of client problems;

5) be able to assess the success, or otherwise, of an intervention.

The essence of the PSI approach is that therapy should be a ‘seamless’ progression from initial meeting with the client to the moment the client leaves with a solution. This structured approach enables students to move effortlessly from information-gathering through therapeutic intervention to problem resolution.

Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course students will be required to undergo at least three sessions of therapy themselves, partly to understand the ‘client’s eye view’ and partly to ensure that any latent problems are dealt with, before beginning practise.

PSI training combines three complementary components, each of which can be used independently of the others. These elements are: Ericksonian Hypnotherapy; Brief Psychotherapy and Solution-Focused Counselling. They are taught as an integrated model but in such a way that they can be used independently.

Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course Content

Below is a brief outline of the topics covered within the Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course. For more information or a prospectus, please get in touch.

The course content may vary from time to time to reflect the latest developments in the field and the changing requirements of students. PSI reserve the right to do this without prior notification.

Working With Clients

Evaluating client needs

Explaining possibilities and constraints

Explaining client responsibilities

Fee structure

Background of Hypnosis

History of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Explanations of Trance

Common Myths

Platform Skills

Sensory Acuity

Minimal Cues

Predicates & Metaphors




Sensory Modalities

Building Rapport


Response Attentiveness: signs

Matching and Mirroring

Pacing & Leading

Yes Set

‘Method School of Rapport Building’

Ideo-Motor (IMR) & Ideo-Sensory (ISR) Responses

Information Gathering

Listening with the ‘third ear’

Language patterns in diagnosis

Standard history taking

Informal information gathering

Ecology check

Sorting information

Three forms of ‘stuckness’

‘Molecular’ nature of problems

Micro-dynamics of problems

Emotions as composites

Functional purpose of problem

Identifying Resources

Identifying Outcomes

Advanced Linguistics

Conscious/Unconscious Language Patterns

Social foundations of Hypnotic Language

Clean language skills

Ericksonian Inductions


Implied Directives

Non-specific language

Conscious/Unconscious Disassociation

Open-ended Suggestions

Double & Triple Binds

Not knowing/not doing

Covering all possibilities

Suggestive questions

Contingent suggestions

Apposition of Opposites

Discharging resistance with expressive negatives

Binds of comparable alternatives

Conscious/unconscious double-binds

Confusional suggestions

Interspersal technique

Hypnotic phrasing

Formal & informal anchoring

Handling failure to respond

Mind-Body Interaction

The Limbic System

The Endocrine System

The Autonomic Nervous System

The Immune System

Basic Pharmocology

Setting Up In Practice

Professional Ethics

Referring on




Professional Associations

Record Keeping/GDPR

Co-operation/Communication with the medical world

Clinical supervision/peervision

Legal issues

Theoretical Basis

Structure of Experience

Conceptual Devices

Principles of Solution-Focused Counselling

The Psycho-Semantic Model

Definitions of Trance State

Response Attentiveness

Rapport Building

Learning & Memory

Associative memory

Sensing & Perception

Synaptic clefts/neurotransmitters

Right/Left Hemispheres

Unconscious/Conscious split

Non-verbal (unconscious) communication

Pattern Breaking/Pattern Making

Association/ Dissociation

State-Dependent Memory

Basic Trance Inductions

Direct/Indirect Trance Inductions

Metaphor and Guided Imagery

Progressive Relaxation Technique

Confusional Techniques

Rehearsal Technique

Minimalist Validation Technique

Ideo-Sensory Pacing Technique

Eye Gaze & Reciprocal Eye Gaze Techniques

Arm Levitation

Deepening trance

Self-hypnosis (& teaching self-hypnosis)

Advanced Techniques

Video Technique (a Multi-purpose tool)

Advanced deepening techniques

Fractionation techniques

Somnambulistic Trance

Developing Deep Trance Phenomena

Future pacing (PSI version)

Somatic Metaphor (PSI technique)

Hypnotic healing

Metaphor: analysis and construction


Parts Therapy

Transactional Analysis

Hypnotic Phenomena/Interventions

Age regression

Pseudo-Orientation in Time

Time Distortion

Automatic Writing

Positive/Negative Hallucinations

Post-Hypnotic Commands

Abreactions: Uses & Abuses



Glove Anaesthesia & Pain Management

Behavioural Strategies (including habit control)

NLP Interventions

Sub-modality work

Swish 1 (PSI version)

Swish 2 (PSI version)

V-K Disassociation (PSI version)

Changing Personal History

New Behaviour Generator

Time Lines (PSI version)


Neurosis vs. Psychosis: Diagnostic Classifications

Personality Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Affective Disorders

Somatoform Disorders

Dissociative Disorders

Psycho-Sexual Disorders

Eating Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Support & Encouragement

For many, embarking on a Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Course such as this, with a view to setting yourself up in business as a hypno-psychotherapist once qualified, can be hugely exciting and rewarding but also maybe daunting and challenging too!

We’ve been there and want you to know that if you enrol on a course with us, we’re there to give you a helping hand every step of the way, not just during the course but after it too. Contact us by email or phone and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Reach Us

For further details or a prospectus, please get in touch.


PSI Training,

1 The Banks,

Grimstead Road,

Whaddon, Salisbury,

Wiltshire, SP5 3EE

01722 238395


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