Hypnotherapy Diploma Course Nottingham

  • Would you like to make a real difference to people’s lives?
  • Are you fed up with working so hard you have no time to enjoy life?
  • Would you want an exciting and interesting profession?
  • Would you want to dictate your own hours?
  • Would you want to enjoy what you do?
  • Are you looking for a new career?
  • Are you ready to make a change now?

Imagine you were instrumental in helping just one other human being to change their life for the better so dramatically that they said something like: I really didn’t realise how wonderful just being alive could be! As a hypnotherapist you will not be helping just one person, but hundreds – perhaps even thousands – to that same sense of liberation and well-being. ~ David Newton, Director and Global Senior Course Lecturer CPHT

If this sounds inspiring, exciting or interesting then a career in clinical hypnotherapy could be right for you.


What it means to have a career as a practicing hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy is considered to be one of the fastest growing professions in the UK with many opportunities to work in diverse settings such as mental health, pregnancy and childbirth, weight management to career development and sport performance.

When you look through your social media feed or your newspaper, you’ll see so many more stories about people using hypnotherapy to help them recover from mental challenges or physical setback, get over performance nerves, have an enjoyable birth or win a gold medal and so much more.

There has never been a better time to look at a career in clinical hypnotherapy and CPHT has enabled many hundreds of people, just like you, to become a successful professional hypnotherapist, at the forefront of the hypnotherapy profession in the UK. If you want to set up in practice either full time or part time, you’ve come to the right place because CPHT specialises in producing highly effective practitioners who thrive in business and in practice.

Gain professional, nationally recognised, qualifications you can be proud of

The Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) Course is a lively, enjoyable and practical ten month part-time course, designed so you can go successfully, confidently and competently into private practice as soon as you graduate.

The course and qualification

  • 120 supported group learning classroom hours
  • 10 months part-time (1 weekend a month)
  • Study, reading and practice between classes (5+ per week)
  • Work with volunteers and clients with real issues
  • Complete a written portfolio (HPD only)
  • No exams – competence is by assessment throughout the course

Successful completion of required elements gives you the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD), the only nationally accredited (NCFE*) hypnotherapy qualification in the UK and the Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH).  These qualifications allow you to join the most prestigious governing bodies in the UK, allow you membership to organisations that consult with government about health policy and ensure you are eligible for public liability insurance to work with clients.

Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) is a UK based, nationwide (and now international) hypnotherapy training body providing the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD), the Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH), the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD) and a comprehensive schedule of CPD (continued professional development) day and weekend courses and workshops. Training with CPHT not only helps you start a new profession, it helps you progress professionally and keep you up to date opportunities to help you stay at the forefront of professional learning, practise and standards in the UK.

*HPD has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 4 using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptions.


In delivering well over 150 successful Hypnotherapy in practice Diploma (HPD) courses across the UK and beyond, we know what is important to our students, which means you can confidently invest in your training and qualification with CPHT.

The fees to gain both your Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) and Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) are £2760 inclusive of training, assessment and external verification, but what most students really want to know is exactly what your training includes, what you can expect to get from us and how we make it as affordable as possible for you.

What you can expect from your investment

  • 120 hours of supported classroom based learning
  • Affordable payment options, which don’t cost any more than paying up front
  • Full course notes available online, with logins that never run out
  • Training based on the up to date researched information in the fields of neuroscience, therapy and hypnosis
  • Proof about what hypnosis, hypnotherapy and solution focused hypnotherapy is and why it works
  • Course notes and teaching that is reviewed and updated regularly according to the latest findings in neuroscience and therapy, to keep you at the forefront of the profession
  • Experienced and currently practising hypnotherapists as lecturers, who understand what it takes to become a successful hypnotherapist in today’s therapy and business climate
  • Highly experienced and inspiring guest lecturers for specialist course modules, such as marketing and sport performance
  • Access throughout the month to your lecturers, for support and to answer questions
  • A network of schools, so that you can make up any missed time (due to illness etc) easily and without interruption to your learning
  • Help you with the administration of being a hypnotherapist* – insurance, governing body membership etc
  • An independently accredited and assessed qualification (the HPD), that only 20% of the UK’s hypnotherapists have.  You will be the benchmark of the profession and the assessment fee is included
  • On graduation you will be an already experienced therapist with people referring you and giving you testimonials
  • Your training is highly practical, delivered in a safe, motivational and enjoyable environment
  • A full CPD (Continued Professional Development) programme to support your future learning and professional requirements
  • The only training and qualification to give you access into the level 5 Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, the highest recognised and accredited hypnotherapy qualification in the UK currently
  • A peer group and support of a nationwide network of like minded solution focused hypnotherapists when you engage in peer support, supervision, CPD and online forums
  • Training that is designed specifically to get you set up as a clinical hypnotherapist in private practice, confidently, safely and competently


Making your training affordable

Training, assessment and external verification is £2760.00, but many students take advantage of our monthly instalment offer to spread the cost over 10 months.

After successful interview a 10% non refundable deposit is required to secure your place on the course.  After that you can pay in full on the first day of the month your course begins or you can choose to pay a further 9 monthly payments on the first of each month. We make it easy to pay; you can pay via debit or credit card, cash, cheque, bank transfer or standing order.

*Additional Costs (Unless otherwise stated to be applicable by Month 3) to support your future profession and training

When you are in practice you will be required to have public liability insurance and because your training is practical you will start seeing volunteers and clients from the outset of the course. We connect you with insurers who offer correct levels of insurance for students and generally the cost is £30-£40 for a year’s insurance.

It is a requirement that students join the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) as a student member. The cost is £20 and your details will appear on their website register. This cost is offset subsequently when upgrading to full membership costing £40.00 rather than £60.00.

CPHT is a research oriented training provider and we have our own research programme, CORP. Students will become part of the research programme after Module 6 (i.e. after 6 months). In module 6 students will be instructed in installing the software onto a windows tablet/laptop. CPHT will provide students with access to the CORP research programme for just £1 for the first twelve months, after which it will need to be renewed annually. The cost or registration is £36.00 and is renewable annually. The first year’s registration fee will be paid by your school.

Inspiring Learning Environments

Your training with CPHT should be a highly enjoyable experience in a positive learning space.  We are delighted to be running our Nottingham training from Nottingham Westminster Hotel.  With easy access to major road networks, public transport and plenty of parking the venue is convenient for everyone.

Class sizes range from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 20 and most courses have around 12 to 14 students, ensuring plenty individual attention and support.  The classroom is deliberately designed to be supportive, engaging and positive, with your lecturers adept at facilitating an enjoyable and productive environment.  We encourage varied interaction and encourage our students to create a supportive peer group during the course.  Many of our students make friends and colleagues for life on our courses.


Your Training Dates

Your course runs one weekend a month on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  To enhance your learning and retention you have a morning and afternoon break and a full hour for lunch.

Put these dates in your diary now
19/20th Sept 2020
17/18th  Oct
21/22nd Nov
19/20th Dec
23/24th Jan 2021
20/21st Feb
20/21st Mar
24/25th Apr
15/16th May
19/20th June – Graduation

Nottingham Westminster Hotel,
312 Mansfield Road


What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern, and well researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time. Working with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, the Solution Focused Hypnotherapist looks at what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.

The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. The Hypnotherapist asks the client to consider their preferred future, for instance, what would be better if the problem had improved? What would have changed? This enables the client’s possible solutions to become more apparent and worked towards. Hypnosis itself reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through relaxation and visualisation, allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that encourages a shift in perspective.

Through working with the client, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with many mental and physical health challenges and you can expect to have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of conditions; these are some of the most common conditions people will want help for

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Low Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems and insomnia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessions (OCD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Addiction
  • Weight Control
  • Fear and Phobias
  • Public Speaking
  • Exam pressure
  • Pain management
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tinnitus
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sport performance
  • Smoking
  • Habits
  • Disordered or fussy eating
  • Sexual problems
  • Headaches
  • Chronic pain management
  • Illness and palliative support
  • Health anxiety
  • Social phobia
  • Relationship problems
  • Skin problems
  • Arthritis
  • Concentration
  • Memory
  • Relaxation
  • Blushing
  • Shyness
  • Fertility
  • Childbirth
  • Bereavement
  • Stammering
  • Motivation
  • Work performance
  • Interviews
  • Self-actualisation
  • Personal growth
  • Fulfilment

What would it feel like to help someone deal with any one of these issues?


HPD and DSFH course overview

The philosophy of the teaching of David Newton is to constantly be looking for the best of the best and to stay abreast of current findings in neuroscience and therapy. The course structure is based predominantly on the work and experience of David Newton, with the addition of valuable writing and experience of other experienced practitioners and specialists. It is predominantly Solution Focused but you will learn the very best of NLP and CBT.

The study materials for the course have been prepared and selected by David Newton and his team and your complete course notes are accessible via the online student portal. Extra study materials will be provided in class. You will learn about hypnotherapy, in theory and plenty of practice, and how to be an effective psychotherapist.  You learning is supported both in class and between training weekends; your lecturers are available for support and advice so that you can safely practice in your own time and will expect you to seek confirmation if you are ever unsure or would like to discuss a case.

No experience or prior qualification is necessary because the training programme is designed and written to give you a thorough and sound knowledge of the application of ethical clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy, even if you have no previous experience of the field. However, we attract a wide variety of people from every background and profession including nurses, doctors and psychologists, who all recognise the powerful and practical application of solution focused hypnotherapy.

The tuition programme is modular and covers all that you need to start finding success very early on in training and you will be encouraged to see as many volunteer clients as you can during your training.

Course Content Overview

  • Hypnosis – Literally everything you need to know and the confidence to use it effectively and safely
  • Defining Hypnotherapy – Pre Erickson, Erickson and post Erickson. CBT, NLP and SFBT
  • The origins of psychology
  • The perspectives in psychology and the fields of psychology
  • How the mind works –
  • The ‘Intellectual’ brain and the primitive ’emotional’ brain
  • The creation of depression, anxiety and anger
  • Neuroscience and its applications
  • A view inside the brain
    • brain imaging equipment demonstration in class
    • what the brain looks like in trance
    • what the brain looks like in stress/creative/positive states
  • The clinical setting – how therapy progresses
  • How to help people quickly and comfortably with symptoms associated with depression and anxiety
  • How to deal successfully and effectively with fears, phobias and PTSD
  • Language patterns
  • The use of metaphor
  • The use of modern techniques including:
  • Scaling
  • The miracle question
  • Rewind
  • How to alleviate pain
  • Anti-smoking therapy
  • Dealing with habits and substance abuse
  • An overview of analytical techniques
  • Dealing with all forms of difficulties caused by anxiety including: addictions, anger, blood pressure, blushing, lack of confidence, insomnia, IBS, relationship difficulties, migraine, nail biting, nightmares, obsessions (OCD), panic attacks, skin disorders etc.
  • Personality – personality groups, how to recognise them and how to work with them in therapy
  • Marketing

Methods of Hypnotherapy

As a student you will become familiar and confident in the two main methods of therapy used to aid clients

Suggestion Therapy; a traditional treatment used to help with straightforward problems such as smoking, pre-test nerves, nail-biting etc. It makes use of the mind’s heightened awareness and susceptibility to suggestions in order to make changes. You will learn on the course all you need to know about this therapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy; we look at what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.  The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past.  The Hypnotherapist asks the client to consider their preferred future – what would be better if the problem had improved and what would have changed.

Based on the pioneering work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, solution focused hypnotherapy has its roots in solution focused brief therapy the hypnosis itself reduces anxiety simply through relaxation and visualisation, allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that encourages a shift in perspective in the treatment room and beyond.


Standards of Teaching

When learning a new skill, the quality of the training you receive is very important, because that is the foundation on which your new career will rest. This means the content of the course, the integrity of the course and the standard of teaching must all be the ‘gold’ standard.

Your hypnotherapy training is delivered by lecturers who are successful, practising solution focused hypnotherapists in their own right, and receive training for a minimum of a year prior in order to lecture for CPHT.

Each school adheres to the strict guidelines from National Council of Hypnotherapy, the governing body and awarding body for your qualification, to have two lecturers per course, in order to maintain teaching standards.

In addition, you will have access to other senior professionals who will present lectures and talks, ensuring your expertise will be as well-rounded as possible.

When there are too many teachers, maintaining a guaranteed quality of tuition is as difficult for a hypnotherapy school as it is in the ‘standard’ educational system. On the other hand, having only one tutor or one who no longer practises, you may find you acquire a somewhat narrow view or outmoded view of the subject, hindering your future development.

Our training programme avoids these potential difficulties by maintaining a central knowledge base through David Newton, the acknowledged creator of solution focused hypnotherapy who has in his career over 40,000 client hours and has only recently stopped practising and teaching now that he is in his mid seventies. However, he continues to supervise tuition, lecturers and practicing hypnotherapists and drives advances in the courses, updating material if new and better research becomes available.

Your lecturers and guest lecturers are specially selected to present lectures and talks, ensuring that your expertise will be as well-rounded as possible.

Postgraduate Support and Progression

As more and younger people become hypnotherapists in order to keep you motivated and moving forward, you must be able to see a clear route to progress your career.  At CPHT we believe the best way for someone to succeed and flourish is for them to be supported not just while they are training, but throughout their professional career.  This is why we designed our CPD programme, support proper formal supervision and created the Advanced Hypnotherapy diploma, currently the highest externally verified qualification in the UK.

As a practising clinical hypnotherapist and graduate of CPHT you will be expected to remain in formal supervision, both to maintain your own standards of therapy, wellbeing and learning and because it is a mandatory professional requirement for members of National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (ASFH).  Supervision is a highly valuable ongoing support for anyone working in the field of mental health and wellbeing and is part of your professional development within the profession, with the potential to move from registered to accredited status after three years in practice.

Whilst you are training however, your senior lecturers will act as your supervisors.

Once qualified you will have access to a fully and wide ranging Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program, delivered across multiple hubs across the UK.  This covers all aspects of therapy, practice and business and CPHT are unique in offering such a comprehensive list of topics and courses in house.  These are affordable, informative and enjoyable and specific CPDs make up the classroom learning element of the level 5 Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD).

Examples of the on-going CPD programme would be:

  • Neuroscience
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Fertility, Childbirth and Working with Children
  • Neuroscience and Obesity
  • Marketing for hypnotherapists
  • GDPR explained
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Hypnosis and Disease
  • Mindfulness


 Qualifications, Accreditation and Professional Membership

To be at the forefront of your new profession, formal qualification, an adherence to a code of ethics and a professional outlook are vital.  As a graduate clinical hypnotherapist you will be joining a fast growing profession that works very hard to ensure we are seen as mental health and wellbeing specialists; to do so external accreditation and connections with respected membership bodies are vital.

Upon successful graduation from the Practitioner course you will be awarded

  • Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) accredited by The Clifton Practice for the main professional organisations
  • Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) accredited by the NCFE (Level IV on NQF)

Your qualifications are accredited by

  • Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
    AfSFH’s aim is to increase the public’s awareness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits. The Association also provides information and advice to qualified hypnotherapists and those who are currently training as well as Register of all member Hypnotherapists who practise Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. It is a course requirement to register as a Student Member of AfSFH by month three of training. (see Fees Additional Costs)
  • National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
    The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) has been approved as an NCFE centre and the HPD has been accredited by the NCFE to guarantee that it is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation.
  • General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
    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 and together present an exemplary model for the simultaneous protection of the public and the provision of practitioner credibility and services. The GHR is a professional association and register of practising hypnotherapists, comprising in excess of 3,000 UK based individual practitioners, together with registered therapists in some 35 countries around the world.
  • NCFE
    When you successfully pass the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diplomac (HPD) you will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors). NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of the hypnotherapy training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to our hypnotherapy training courses which result in the ‘award’ of a certificate of achievement. This award does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. The NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • National Board for Modern Psychotherapy (NBMP)
    The National Board for Modern Psychotherapy was primarily set up to increase the public’s awareness of Modern Psychotherapy and its associated benefits. Modern Psychotherapists use the best available resources, including the latest understandings of the brain, the use of trance and measured outcomes on each session.

Upon successful completion of the HPD Course you are eligible for membership of the following bodies

  • Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
  • National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
  • General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) awarded by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
    Graduates of this course (HPD) will be eligible to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) also meets all the ‘Learning Outcomes’ of the “Complementary and Alternative Healthcare – Hypnotherapy” National Occupational Standards.
    For more information see cnhc.org.uk
  • National Board for Modern Psychotherapy (NBMP)

Graduates of the HPD Course are entitled to use the following professional letters after their name

 DSFH*: Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, equivalent to the USA ‘CHt.’
HPD**: Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma
AfSFH***: Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
MNCH(Reg)*** : Registered membership of the National Council for Hypnotherapy
GQHP***: General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice awarded by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
NBMP(Reg)*** : National Board for Modern Psychotherapy
CNCH***: Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

*Subject to successful graduation
**Subject to external accreditation
***Subject to membership

Graduates may also join the National Hypnotherapy Society (HS) after they have achieved HPD and the National Council for Psychotherapy (NCP) after they have registered with CNHC.


Frequently asked Questions

Are there enough people who want hypnotherapy? With 1 in 4 adults in the UK suffering a mental health issue each year, 1 in 10 children and adolescents facing the same issues, long waiting lists and high failure rates for traditional therapy, if you only ever worked with anxiety and depression you would be busy.  However, when you consider the scope of the work do and the rise in popularity of hypnotherapy, you can be as busy as you choose to be.

Does hypnotherapy really work? Yes! Solution focused hypnotherapy is based on the latest findings of neuroscience, the best of modern therapy and the beneficial aspects of trance.  We have many hundreds of graduates, who have many testimonials and we run a research program to capture the success data of the work we do.

What qualifications do I need to get on the course? None.  Your life experience, a desire to learn and a desire to help people are the most important skills you need.  There is a level of academic work required, so please ask us if you are worried.  Be aware that many of our most successful graduates had not been in formal education for decades and still more had never thought of themselves as either academic or successful.

Can I pay in instalments? Yes.  We want to make this course as accessible as possible so we offer a payment plan at no extra cost to you. To secure your place on your chosen course you will pay a non-refundable 10% deposit and you can then spread the rest of the course cost over another 9 payments.

What if I change my mind about taking the course? In the unlikely event of you choosing to leave the course you will be charged only for the months you attended.  If you paid in full the remainder will be refunded.  You will not be able to claim back any additional insurance or professional fees incurred.

What happens if I can’t attend a weekend? We have a nationwide network of schools and if you are ill or know when you join that you will not be able to come to your CPHT school one weekend, speak to your tutor who will help arrange a catch up weekend at another one of our schools.

What if something really big happens and I can’t complete the course? We know that sometimes life really does get in the way; illness, family challenges and personal loss can all mean we no longer have the capacity to continue our studies.  In these circumstances you may defer your course until the next year and we invite you to re-do the weekends prior to leaving, with our compliments.

What qualifications and experience do my lecturers have? All CPHT lecturers are qualified and practising solution focused hypnotherapists.  Senior lecturers will have a supervision qualification and either have or be working towards their level 5 AHD.  Specialist lecturers will often have further specialist qualifications or experience in their chosen subject.

Is there any reading I can do before the course starts? There is an recommended reading list for the course, however, due to the extensive course notes not extra reading is required to pass your qualifications. We do not suggest any pre-reading, because your reading will be more valuable when it is in the context of the course.

Are there any higher qualifications I can go to take? You can go on to take the level 5 Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD) and, after three years in practice, study for your qualification in supervision.

Do you offer weekday classes at this venue? Not at this time; most of our students find weekends are the time they have free, or in the case of those with children, the time when childcare is more readily available.

How will I find volunteer clients? Our students are often amazed at how easy it is to find willing volunteers on which to practice.  In turn these willing volunteers recommend you to their friends and family and give you glowing testimonials, which you can share with potential new clients.

Are there exams or is it very academic? The HPD is a very practical course, without need for formal exams.  Your competency is based on assessment of your classroom work, meeting key learning and achievement stages and by completing a client log, based on your client caseload. The academic part of your qualification is completed through a portfolio of, usually written, work.  Although quite extensive, your knowledge and competency as a therapist is more important that how perfect your grammar and spelling is and you have several months to complete it.

How accessible is the building? Please contact the hotel directly on 03330 034257 to discuss your particular requirements.

What provision do you make for learning difficulties such as dyslexia? We work closely with everyone and have a number of solutions that we would happily talk you through.

Do you offer help with setting up a practice? No, but during the course offer lots of advice and experience, together with a dedicated specialist marketing module in month 4 that gives you plenty of time to gain your confidence before you graduate.

How do I apply? It’s very simple; fill in an application form and click send.  We will contact you to arrange an informal interview, to assess your suitability for the course and to confirm the course will deliver the outcomes you want to achieve.  On passing your interview we invite you to join the course and your 10% deposit secures your place.

Can I join now? Yes!  Click the button below send us an application.