Here are my hypnotherapy qualifications to show that I’m properly qualified.
Did you know that anybody can legally work as a hypnotherapist with no qualifications or training at all? I’ve written a page about that and what all the letters after a hypnotherapists name mean.
This is obviously concerning so when I became a hypnotherapist I made sure to be trained properly and gain professional qualifications.
This page demonstrates the training I have had and I’ll tell you what to look out for when choosing a therapist (if for some reason you don’t want to see me!).
My hypnotherapy qualifications
My main qualification is my Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) which only 1 in 4 hypnotherapists have.
The HPD is known as the gold standard of hypnotherapy qualifications because it’s externally awarded by a government approved scheme.
It shows I have put lots of effort into training and have proven that I know what I’m doing. I am very proud of being awarded this qualification.
To gain an HPD you must:
- Attend classroom based courses for at least 120 hours. These courses themselves are checked by external verifiers to meet strict minimum standards set by the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy)
- Do 450 hours of work consisting of study, practise and research
- Answer 80 questions about hypnosis (I wrote 30,000 words!)
- Submit 4 case studies showing you working with real clients and how you have helped them (1 of them with recorded audio)
- Have your work checked by a supervisor who then has their work checked by an assessor who then has their work checked by another assessor!
These are strict rules and going through all of that shows you that I am serious about this profession.
My memberships and certificates
I am a member of the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy).
I have passed an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is a criminal records check that used to be called the CRB check.
Here are some of my certificates but I never stop learning. I attend supervision days each year where I discuss my work with a very experienced hypnotherapist to get feedback and help.
I also constantly train to keep my skills up to date.
My college diploma and NLP qualifications
This is my diploma in clinical hypnotherapy which was awarded to me by Central England College.
This is the first course I took to become a hypnotherapist, the one I passed before gaining my HPD. The course involved several different modules which each form part of the diploma.
Here are some more details about each modules qualification .
Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy looks at how you think and how those thoughts and the emotions you feel affect your actions. You may have heard of CBT, well CBH is the same thing with a rocket attached to it!
Adding hypnosis to the mix can greatly increase the efficiency of the therapy and what can take months in CBT could be done in just a few hours with CBH.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is like an instruction manual for the mind. I understand the way your mind works, how it thinks and how bad thinking patterns can trap you.
Think you’re stuck in your dead-end job? So did I until I learnt NLP and you can read the whole story of that journey below.
Life coaching allows you to set clear, achievable targets to achieve whatever realistic goals you set for yourself.
Want a better job? More money? Just don’t know where to go and what to do in your life? That’s where my NLP life coaching helps!
This can be done separately to my hypnotherapy or used after you have overcome a problem that has held you back for years.
Solution focused hypnotherapy concentrates on looking forward and finding a solution rather than looking back into the past to find out what caused a problem. There’s nothing wrong with looking back and sometimes that may be what’s needed but it’s sometimes good to focus on the future and what you want rather than worrying about what has happened in the past.
I’ve trained in techniques to elicit information from people in an ethical and friendly way which often reveals far more to me than you realise! Don’t worry, you won’t be giving away your secrets but the way in which you talk to me tells me a lot more than just the words you use.
(The word focused can be spelt with one s or two so it’s up you which you prefer!)
Ericksonian hypnotherapy is the style of hypnosis that I like the most. It’s named after Milton Erickson who is one of the greatest hypnotherapists of all time. Crippled as a boy by polio, he was told by doctors that he’d never walk again and would die within weeks. He refused to accept that and used to power of his mind to not only live to an old age but to change the lives of thousands.
Rapid inductions allow you to enter hypnosis quickly, usually in under 4 minutes. We use these from your second session onward, if you want to, and some instant inductions even induce hypnosis instantly.
See my page on hypnotic inductions for more details.