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GHSC Accredited Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy

  • GHSC Accredited & meets NOS requirements

  • Live zoom training 

  • Emphasis on hands-on practice

  • Registration with GHR

  • Evidence-based, clinically proven approach developed by Dr. Claire Jack

  • Class sizes limited to maximum of 20 students

  • Free 3 months post-course supervision

  • Certificate in NLP

  • Certificate in Mindfulness 

  • 1-2-1 Business Start-up meeting

  • Individual, personalised support from Dr. Claire Jack

  • Post-course support for one year

What makes this course different?

As my business grew, I had a choice. Hire tutors and take on more students. Or keep student numbers at a level which means that I can continue to offer the personal support and input that makes the difference from being "just another trainee" to being a valued part of our learning community. Maintaining class levels so that I can continue to provide the level of care and input which my students have become used to was an easy choice. I'm there for every student, in whatever capacity they require, as they start or continue their therapeutic journey. I share the tutoring with Deborah Craig, BSc Hons Psychology & Counselling, who trained with me several years ago and has a value set closely aligned with my own when it comes to providing the highest level of course possible. We're both practicing therapists and share our ongoing therapeutic experiences during teaching so that you emerge with a real idea of what it means to work as a therapist. 

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. Coming from an academic background, I place an emphasis on clinically proven, evidence based-approaches and ensure that students gain an understanding of practical approaches which are grounded in scientific theory. 


Fast-track (3-4 months)
1st October 2022-4th February 2023

Following an introductory weekend, live teaching will take place every Saturday with the exception of Christmas holidays.

Longer-term study (1 year)

1st October 2022 - 23rd September  2023

Following an introductory weekend, live teaching will take place 1 to 2 Saturdays per month.


Course fees & dates

*10% discount on courses when paid in full*
Your Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy fee is £3000. This includes everything including 1-2-1 business start-up meeting, extensive support, assignment marking and free supervision for three months following graduation. 
All courses can be paid for in instalments £300 per month. You can also pay for your course in a single payment (bringing the course fee to £2700).


You’ll attend live zoom classes. This course is only online in name and is as friendly, supportive and hands on as ever! The emphasis is always on offering you the support you need as you start, or add to, your therapeutic journey.

This course is externally accredited by GHSC as meeting the Regulated Qualifications Framework across the UK at the following levels – Level 4 (England & Wales), Level 6 (Northern Ireland), Level 7 (Scotland).

450 learning hours in total, including 120 hours of zoom based teaching (equivalent to face-to-face teaching).

You’ll also receive…

  • Certificate in NLP-Hypnotherapy (ACCPH Accredited CPD)

  • Certificate in Mindfulness-Hypnotherapy (ACCPH Accredited CPD)

  • Certificate in CBT-Hypnotherapy(ACCPH Accredited CPD)

  • 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 

  • Ongoing support for a year after qualifying



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, they also provide you with the opportunity to list on their registers and receive professional support in line with their guidelines.
The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) is an external body which ensures that course which are GHSC Accredited adhere to strict core curriculum requirements and are mapped onto National Occupational Standards.


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.

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®. 

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. This course places a considerable emphasis on getting your business up and running and after-care with our free peer supervision group. 

Establishing your business

Many people emerge from their hypnotherapy training with some great skills and...with no idea how to work confidently with clients or establish their business. Throughout the course, we explore how to set up a practice which reflects your values and which will allow you to earn a comfortable living. Your 1-2-1 with Claire helps you create a vision for your business and determine the practical steps which are required to bring that vision to life. 



Module 1 - Introduction to Hypnotherapy

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. You'll explore the competing theories of hypnosis, including the "state" and "non-state" theory and learn about those people who respond more, or less, to 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).

  • Introduction to hypnosis and hypnotherapy

  • Exploration of terms relevant to hypnotherapy

  • Conscious and unconscious mind

  • How does hypnotherapy work?

  • State theory

  • Non-state theory

  • The experience of hypnosis

  • How to tell when someone is hypnotized

  • Who can be hypnotized?

  • Ideomotor signaling

  • Accessing, using and referencing academic texts and journals 

Module 2 - Neuroscience and hypnotherapy

During this module, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the neurological and physiological changes which take place during hypnosis. We'll explore the science based evidence detailing the changes which occur in the brain when someone is hypnotised and look at how you can explain these neurological changes to your client in an accessible manner. 

  • Overview

  • Brainwaves

  • Default Mode Network

  • Brain Hemispheres

  • Autonomic Nervous System 

  • The vagus nerve

  • Neurons and mind-body connection

  • Neural pathways

  • History of hypnotherapy

Module 3 - Inductions, deepeners & trance termination

Module 3 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

Modules 4 & 5 - The therapeutic relationship (part 1 and 2)

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 this module, and on continually revisiting this issue, is partly what sets this course aside from shorter or online courses. 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.

  • Establishing and maintaining client rapport

  • Meta communication and client feedback

  • Active listening

  • Client and therapist boundaries

  • Transference and counter-transference

  • Client actions, reactions and interactions

  • Abreactions

  • Implied and informed consent

  • Signposting clients

  • Client cooperation and participation

  • Legal considerations

  • Working online

  • Client history and intake 

  • Goal setting

  • SUDS

  • Scaling system - solution focused questions and scaling

  • Post hypnotic suggestions

  • First session - confidentiality statement and initial contact form

  • Subsequent sessions - feeding back on what has occurred since previous session

  • Responding to developments from previous session

Module 6 - Hypnotherapy, person-centred and psychodynamic modalities

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 7 - CBT-hypnosis & NLP Anchoring

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 8 - Ericksonian hypnosis and the use of metaphor

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. 

  • Indirect versus direct approaches overview

  • Ericksonian/ indirect approaches in hypnotherapy

  • Metaphor

  • Clean language & David Grove

  • Open language

  • Permissive language

  • Therapeutic storytelling

  • Milton model language

Module 9 - Direct approaches & positive language

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. 

  • Direct/ authoritarian approach

  • Mechanistic techniques

  • Positive language 

  • Self-help

  • Self-hypnosis

Module 10 - NLP

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 11 - Mindfulness hypnotherapy

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 12 - Weight Loss

Weight loss is a complex issue and hypnotherapy can help people with their habits, emotional drivers for eating and the resolution of any past traumas which are connected to eating habits, in addition to increasing their confidence and motivation. 

Module 13 - Smoking & addiction

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. Addictions of all kinds are debilitating and hypnosis can help on a number of levels, from helping break habits to identifying the underlying drivers beneath addictive behaviours. 

Module 14 - 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 15 - Phobia

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 16 - Depression

Like anxiety, many of us will experience depression at some point in our lives and it's a condition which affects every part of a person's life. During this module we explore the causes of depression and how to work safely and ethically with clients who are clinically depressed. 

Module 17

Chronic pain

Chronic pain can be hard to diagnose and treat within a bio-medical framework. Many chronic pain sufferers seek out alternative and complementary treatments, including hypnotherapy. Chronic conditions often have a strong psychological component and hypnosis can help people manage their conditions in a variety of ways. 

Module 18

Creating your business.

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