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GHSC/ CNHC Accredited Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy


Registration now open for March 2022 and October 2022

Full course fee £2700 (flexible payment options available).

All courses developed and delivered by Dr. Claire Jack

You’ll attend weekly live zoom classes. This course is only online in name and is as friendly, supportive and hands on as ever! Maximum 20 students to ensure hands-on learning.

1-2-1 business start up advice so that you can earn a profitable living upon graduation

Meets the Regulated Qualifications Framework across the UK at the following levels (which are required for CNHC registration) – Level 4 (England & Wales), Level 6 (Northern Ireland), Level 7 (Scotland).

Meets CNCH core curriculum requirements of: 450 learning hours in total, including 120 hours of zoom based teaching (equivalent to face-to-face teaching).

Register with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) 

You’ll also receive…

  • Certificate in NLP-Hypnotherapy

  • Certificate in Mindfulness-Hypnotherapy

  • GHR recognised peer course supervision for three months following registration

  • 30% off all CPD courses, including our exclusively trademarked courses including: KidsMatters®, HypnoIBS®, HypnoMenopause® and Somasense®

  • Personal support and an emphasis on hands on practice 



When you're new to any career, it's hard to get your head around accreditation. Like other professions, hypnotherapy has professional bodies which you can become a member of. Not only do these bodies show your client you have undertaken rigorous training, which is particularly important if you plan to work with organisations such as the NHS and charities, they also provide you with professional protection. I am very happy to have a chat with anyone who wants to find out more about accreditation as I have had so many students who have undertaken previous training only to find out their accreditation counts for nothing in the wider world. The GHSC is an umbrella body which ties up with national qualifying bodies throughout the UK. The CNHC was established by the government to ensure a level of professionally for complementary therapists in the UK. Whether it's this course or another, please ensure you are undertaking a course which is GHSC Accredited and will allow you to register with the CNHC. Do you need to undertake a fully externally accredited course? Legally, the answer is no. And legally, any training provider can establish their own accrediting body. If you want to earn a qualification which is of the highest industry standard, and ensures you've covered everything you need to know to work with clients safely and ethically, you need to ensure you've undertaken a CNHC accredited course. Please contact me if you would like to discuss accreditation before registering. 


Your New Career

What would it really mean to you to retrain as a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist? Can you imagine, for a moment, undertaking a journey where you’ll not only learn how to help others but will deepen your understanding of yourself? Becoming a hypnotherapist is about so much more than learning techniques over a few days. During the Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy you will learn how to become a confident, ethical practitioner and will receive completely personalised advice on how to establish your hypnotherapy business. The Academy of the Inner Mind (AIM) is an internationally recognised hypnotherapy training provider. Our Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy provides you with comprehensive, hands on training and is a fully externally accredited course (please scroll down for accreditation details) with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC). GHSC courses meet strict learning outcomes and allow you to register with the only government accredited body for complementary therapists – the CNHC and the General Hypnotherapy Register which is the UK’s largest professional hypnotherapy membership body.

Hypnotherapy is increasingly recognised by healthcare professionals and therapists including GPs, psychologists and counsellors as a therapeutic approach for the management of anxiety, chronic illness and behavioural issues and Dr. Claire Jack has been involved in a project with the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow anaesthesiology department. One area of great demand is in Children’s hypnotherapy and the AIM offers a trademarked, internationally recognised training course – Kidsmatters®  – which AIM students can access at a reduced rate. Two other areas which are currently in huge demand are IBS and menopause, and specialised training is available in the form of Hypnomenopause® and HypnoIBS®. If you want to make hypnotherapy your full time career, you’ve come to the right place! 

What does the course cover?
The Diploma course is approximately 120 hours classroom study. You are also required to read in between sessions, practice with volunteers and case studies and complete examinations including an open book exam, business plan and real life case studies to a total of 450 hours. The case studies are absolutely crucial in learning your skills and developing your confidence. The Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy explores a range of approaches, including solution focused, psychodynamic and CBT approaches to hypnotherapy. This provides you with an integrated approach which means you can respond to the precise requirements of your clients without limiting yourself to a single mode of working. Learning hypnotherapy ‘skills’ is only a part of the Diploma. Just as important, and covered in detail on the course, is how to set up your business and start making a living as soon as you qualify. To make sure you're ready to set up a successful business as soon as you've qualified, you'll receive a 1-2-1 business coaching session with Claire. 

What makes this course different?
As an accredited GHSC course provider, the Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy meets all GHSC requirements. Over and above this, we place a huge emphasis on training students to be confident, ethical practitioners. Unlike many training providers, our group courses are small enough to ensure that every student receives personal attention and support. This ensures that every single student can practice techniques and therapeutic skills such as listening and analysing and will receive the personal attention and support of Dr. Claire Jack, who has led research teams and taught at Scotland’s top universities as well as running a thriving hypnotherapy practice. It also ensures a safe, supportive student environment. Studying at the Academy of the Inner Mind means that you are choosing a course which is continually updated to reflect cutting edge advances in research and development within the field of hypnotherapy.



Module 1

During Module 1, in addition to meeting your classmates and having the opportunity to meet up in small breakout sessions, you will be introduced to hypnotherapy. You’ll learn what hypnosis is and why hypnotherapy is an effective therapeutic approach for many clients. After looking at the history of hypnotherapy, you’ll learn about the anatomy and physiology of hypnosis. This course is as much about self-development as it is about learning techniques, and you can start your self-development journey by beginning to consider your motivation for becoming a hypnotherapist (which forms the basis of one of the assignments).

  • Exploration of terms used in hypnosis

  • Your motivation for becoming a hypnotherapist

  • Brain hemispheres

  • History of hypnotherapy

  • Autonomic nervous system

  • Vagus nerve

  • Default Mode Network

Module 2

Module 2 takes you from theory into practice and you will learn how to hypnotise somebody, in addition to having the opportunity (in small breakout sessions) to take your classmate into a state of hypnosis and safely bring them back to normal wakefulness. You’ll learn how to create a “safe place” for client use and how to deepen hypnotic states. 

  • What is a hypnotic induction?

  • Overview of different types of induction and when to apply them

  • Fractionation

  • Deepeners

  • Establishing a safe place

  • Trance termination

Module 3

Being a hypnotherapist is about so much more than learning how to hypnotise someone or apply techniques. People are coming to your for therapy, and you need to know how to prepare for issues which may occur during therapy, such as transference, in addition to being able to create a supportive, respectful and safe therapeutic space for your client. The emphasis on developing a great therapeutic relationship in modules 3 and 4, and on continually revisiting this issue, is partly what sets this course aside from shorter or online courses. 

  • Establishing and maintaining client rapport

  • Establishing effective communication through utilisation

  • Listening skills

  • Acceptance, empathy and congruence

  • Pre-session contact

  • Initial contact forms – data protection, client background, medical history

  • Confidentality

  • Client-therapist boundaries

  • Transference and counter-transference

  • Implied and informed consent

  • Contraindications

  • Working with other healthcare professionals

  • Signposting clients

  • Physical surrounds

  • Explaining processes to clients

  • Evaluation methods

  • Fee structure and number of sessions

Module 4

During this module, you will continue to learn how to work with clients, in addition to learning some incredibly effective hypnotherapeutic tools, including post-hypnotic suggestions. You'll learn how to use the Solution Focused Miracle Question, in conjunction with SMART goals to help your clients get the best from therapy and how to set your fees and structure your sessions. 

  • Session structure

  • Goal setting

  • Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS)

  • Solution focused miracle question

  • Solution focused scaling

  • Testing for susceptibility – formal and informal

  • Diagnostic trance

  • Post-hypnotic suggestions

  • Including client in session plan

  • Feedback forms and meta-communication

  • Legal considerations

  • Online therapy

Module 5

Although hypnotherapy involves a particular way of working with clients, it certainly doesn’t exist in a therapeutic vacuum. There are three dominant therapeutic modalities: person centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Each of these has something different to offer your clients and learning about them adds depth and understanding to your hypnotherapy practice. For instance, Hypno-CBT provides a fantastic way to work with limiting beliefs, whilst psychodynamic hypnotherapy may involve looking at more detail into a client’s past experiences. After providing a brief overview of these different approaches, we look at how they can successfully be combined with hypnotherapy.

  • Developing a person centred framework

  • History of person centred therapy

  • Empathy, congruence and acceptance

  • Developing a psychodynamic framework

  • Inner child therapy

  • History of psychodynamic therapy

  • Regression

  • False memories

Module 6

Following on from our overview of person centred and psychodynamic approaches, we look at CBT. CBT is not only a fantastic approach generally; with the addition of hypnosis it can be taken to a whole new level. You’ll also learn how to assess the needs of your clients and combine the different approaches into a sensitive, responsive, pluralistic therapeutic approach.

  • Developing a CBT framework

  • History of CBT

  • Combining CBT with hypnosis

  • Combining CBT with NLP anchoring

  • Developing a pluralistic client framework

Module 7

When most people think of hypnotherapy, what comes to mind is someone delivering positive suggestions in a very direct manner. In fact, hypnotherapy is far more complex than this and encompasses all the senses in a very experiential manner. When it comes to suggestions, there are two approaches within hypnotherapy: Ericksonian and Authoritarian. It’s important to know how, why and when to use both of these effective, and often complementary, approaches. 

  • Matching different approaches to different clients

  • History of Ericksonian hypnotherapy

  • Ericksonian language

  • Metaphors and storytelling

  • Ericksonian philosophy

  • Clean language and David Grove’s metaphor work

Module 8

Following on from our exploration of the Ericksonian approach, we explore the authoritarian, or direct approach in hypnotherapy. We also explore how to ensure your clients get the best from therapy when they’re not in session and, to this end, explore self-hypnosis and self-help. 

  • History of authoritarian hypnotherapy

  • Application of authoritarian hypnotherapy

  • Use of positive and direct language

  • Mechanistic approach

  • Self-help

  • Self-hypnosis

Module 9

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an approach which can rapidly help people reframe their experience and create positive change. Although it’s an effective approach on its own, combined with hypnotherapy it is particularly powerful. After completing this course, you will emerge with a Certificate in NLP-Hypnotherapy.

  • History of NLP

  • NLP Philosophy

  • Modalities and submodalities

  • Rapid transformation

  • Future pacing

  • Parts therapy

Module 10

Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and with good reason. Learning to accept oneself with self-compassion represents a radical departure from how most of us think about the issues we face in life. Hypnosis and mindfulness marry beautifully in creating a powerfully gentle way for clients to deal with a range of issues. 

  • History of mindfulness

  • Neurology of mindfulness

  • Mindfulness principles and philosophy

  • How and when to use mindfulness with clients

Module 11

Weight loss. Weight loss is one of the most in-demand areas in hypnotherapy. Weight loss is far more complex than it might seem on the surface. People’s eating habits are often closely tied with coping mechanisms, self-esteem and emotional responses. Hypnotherapy has the capacity to help people find the motivation to take control and tackle some of the deep rooted reasons for their current eating habits. 

Module 12

Smoking. Like weight loss, smoking is another very in-demand service. Smoking tends to be very habit based, and hypnotherapy can help give people the resolve to stop smoking in addition to helping them break the habits they have become so used to. Incorporating techniques such as parts therapy can help people find the strength to overcome that part of them which finds it hard to stop. 

Module 13

Addictions. Addictive behaviour is often rooted in past experiences and unhelpful coping mechanisms. When it comes to alcohol or substance abuse, the addiction itself becomes highly physical. Hypnotherapy can help people explore their beliefs underpinning their addictions, help resolve past trauma, create harmony with their bodies and regain motivation and focus. 

Module 14

Phobias. There are two kinds of phobias: simple and complex. Whilst simple phobias often develop in childhood and are attached to an object, or thing, complex phobias are often social in nature and may be thought of in terms of social anxiety. In this module, we look at the treatment of simple phobias which can usually be treated in a single session. 

Module 15 

Anxiety. Anxiety is a debilitating condition which many of us will face during our lifetimes. Because it’s such a physical, as well as mental, condition, hypnotherapy can help people deal with this condition at a mind-body level. Using the pluralistic approach covered in the first half of the course, you can design a programme around the complexities of your client’s condition.

Module 16

Depression. As with anxiety, depression is a very physical as well as mental condition. Depression is characterised by unhelpful thought patterns, and hypnotherapy can help people reframe their world view as they begin to see themselves once again as a valuable and precious person.

Module 17

Chronic pain. Rather than seeing chronic pain in terms of the part of the body which is affected, hypnotherapy provides the opportunity to adopt a holistic approach to chronic pain management. Because our thoughts are so intimately entwined with our physical experience, hypnotherapy can help resolve past trauma, promote healthier management solutions and allow our clients to experience a sense of comfort and release which may have eluded them for some time.

Module 18

Business management. So many potentially wonderful therapists out there find it hard to establish a business. This is usually down to a combination of two things: lack of confidence and lack of skills. In this module, and throughout the course, we explore what you need to know to quickly establish a successful business. This is backed up by your 1-2-1 business coaching session. 

Unique selling point (USP)



Fee structure

Where to operate from 

Group work

Sales funnels

Social media


Diversified income streams

Proactive targeting

Supervision and Continuing Professional Development


GHSC/ CNHC Accredited Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy March 2022 

This course requires attendance at online zoom meetings. For further details about course dates, fees and to register please click here


GHSC/ CNHC Accredited Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy

This course requires attendance at online zoom meetings. For further details about course dates, fees and to register please click here