How to choose your Hypnotherapy Training Course

So, you are thinking of re-training to become a hypnotherapist. You are looking for income that would work around the family, or fit around work whilst you train, and you like the idea of helping people and doing something you enjoy. Maybe you went to see a hypnotherapist and you thought you would like to help others in the same way.

Either way, you are now doing your research and trying to find the next step forward.

Here are a few points to look for when choosing your hypnotherapy training provider.

  • Are they research based?

There is little evidence around old fashioned tricks and hypnosis stage tactics, but there is lots of evidence on the more modern psychotherapy techniques based on neuroscience. Find a school that will train you on the most updated, research based methods, that work. You don’t want to be doing stage tricks with your clients, you want to be helping them to feel better, and building your confidence from seeing the results in your clients. At CPHT we use proven psychotherapy tools that work, and we have the ongoing research evidence to prove it.

  • How many of their ex-students went on to go into practice?

Do some research to find out how many hypnotherapists trained with the school, and who are now up and running. LinkedIn is good for this. Try a search for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training, or CPHT, and see how many across the UK are now busy running their own private practice.

  • How long will it be before you can start to practice with clients as a student?

Do they support you right from day one to get going? We encourage you from day one, so you are building your client base, and building your confidence right from the start. By the time you finish the course after 10 months, you can already have your practice up and running.

  • Do they provide a list of CPD (continuing professional development) courses for after you qualify?

As a professional therapist, you will be naturally interested and enthusiastic to develop your skills and develop yourself even further as you practice and grow. You will have a firm foundation from the course to start your own practice and work successfully with clients. We also run national CPD courses which include further ongoing training on a whole host of topics including pain, NLP advanced, CBT, medical hypnotherapy for use in hospitals, revision days, neuroscience, marketing, working with children, hypnobirthing, OCD … the list goes on !

  • Do they offer supervision whilst you train, to offer you advice on dealing with clients, and do they have a support group that meets after the course ends?

Supervision is included as part of the course to help you with setting up your business, and help you with client issues as you go. We have a supervision group that meets up for support after you qualify.

  • Do the tutors run their own busy clinics? 

You need the tutors to be running their own practice because they are fresh with the up to date knowledge you need. Your tutors will likely be setting your example when you start to practice. Debbie and Jane both run their own busy, successful practices and they love their work because of the job satisfaction this work brings.

We are CPHT Sheffield, we run our quality hypnotherapy classroom training course once a year starting in September. Our courses run one weekend per month, for 10 months. We are so proud of our newly trained solution focused hypnotherapists and we continue to support them throughout their careers.

I’m Debbie Daltrey, I’m on the right in the photo below. If you are interested in a new career and finding an organisation to support you, contact us for a chat or apply online at

Debbie and Jane

Senior Lecturers

CPHT Sheffield.