Embarking on a new career is exciting. It also involves a commitment from you in terms of time, finances and personal input. Here are some of the questions you might have about the course, career opportunities and practical considerations. Please just get in touch using the contact form or book a call if there’s anything else you want to know.
Q: Is this course fully accredited?
A: This is one of the most important questions you need to consider when you’re choosing your course. I have had so many students who have invested considerable sums only to realise that their qualification carries no weight in the wider world. Legally, you don’t need to have any accreditation to work as a hypnotherapist. Professionally, ethically and if you want to attract clients, it’s an absolute must. Whilst anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist – and whilst any course provider can invent their own accrediting body – unless you do a course which is externally accredited by a respected, long-standing body which has links to the wider therapy and academic world, your accreditation means nothing. This course allows you to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, a professional organisation which was established at government level to regulate complementary therapies, including hypnotherapy. It also meets the requirements of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC), an umbrella body which ensures that courses meet core curriculum which correspond to national frameworks throughout the UK. Whichever course you’re considering, the bottom line is, you want a course which meets CNHC/ GHSC core curriculum requirements. This course also allows you to register with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), the UK’s largest hypnotherapy professional body. Some courses only allow you to register with the GHR. If you want to ensure you’re doing a course which opens up all opportunities and ensures the highest level of quality, you need to do a course which also allows you to register with the CNHC.
Q: Why does accreditation matter?
A: If you undertake a CNHC accredited course, you are ensured that the course you’re doing meets their core curriculum requirements. These requirements have been drawn up, by a highly respected external body, to ensure that you study the right topics and experience the right type of teaching to ensure you can confidently and ethically work with clients. Without this accreditation, a course provider can teach you anything they want, at a level they want to. You have no quality assurance. Secondly, referrals for hypnotherapy clients sometimes come through NHS professionals, including GPs and psychologists. The CNHC is recognised within the NHS and can be a useful source of referrals. Thirdly, clients are increasingly more aware of seeking out the best professional they can. A quick search on the internet will reveal that they want to look for a fully qualified therapist. Finally, some hypnotherapy directories, therapy room hire and insurance providers will only allow you to use their services if you have the right level of qualification.
Q: I’ve seen another CNHC accredited course which is much longer/ shorter than this course. Why is that?
A: Firstly, check that the course is actually CNHC accredited. Some “fast track” courses are GHR accredited, but lack CNHC accreditation. Secondly, what’s important is that you are covering the course hours and putting in the practice with your case studies, in addition to studying for your assignments. Some course providers choose to meet monthly, some weekly and some may have a different meeting structure. I feel that meeting weekly helps students to keep momentum and keeps the subject fresh in their minds. If you need to miss the occasional day, that’s fine. And if you prefer to take advantage of the six months following the course to complete your assignments, that’s fine too. This is not a fast tracked or short course, but with the weekly meetings, it is completed earlier than some other courses of a similar level.
Q: How can I do hands-on practice via zoom?
A: When Covid-19 first appeared, I was in the middle of running a course. Like many others, I panicked and wondered whether the course would be as enjoyable and effective in the zoom classrooms. From client feedback, I discovered the courses were more enjoyable and effective than ever. A huge advantage is that, instead of practicing in small groups in the space of a couple of rooms, zoom breakout rooms provide the perfect level of privacy for small group practice. It also makes it far easier for me to provide feedback on small group practice.
Q: Do I need to have any previous qualifications to study this course?
A: Our students come from a very wide range of backgrounds and have included everyone from Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors to people with absolutely no experience in the field. All you need is an enthusiasm for hypnotherapy. No prior level of academic achievement is required and the emphasis of the course is on hands-on, practical learning.
Q: How long does the course take (and what happens if I miss a zoom meeting)?
A: You are asked to attend the majority of the weekly zoom meetings. If you need to miss a meeting, for whatever reason, that’s fine. In line with CNHC core curriculum requirements, the course takes 450 hours in total. 120 hours include zoom meetings and the rest of the hours are made up with assignments, case studies and additional reading and research. You can work on your assignments and additional reading whilst undertaking the course and be ready to register with the GHR/ CNHC soon after completing the course, or you can take your time. You have up to six months following the end of the course to submit your assignments.
Q: I have additional learning requirements. Will I manage the course?
A: The course is taught in a variety of ways. In addition to the weekly zoom meetings, you are provided with a hard copy of course materials and you also have access to extensive online materials, including PowerPoints, video demonstrations and further written materials. If you have difficulties writing assignments or need any other methods of assessment, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Q: What working opportunities are there for me?
A: Since working in the field of hypnotherapy, for the last 15 years, I have witnessed huge positive developments. Along with a growth in mindfulness and mind-body work, there has been a huge growth of interest in hypnotherapy. Referrals from GPs and opportunities to work with the NHS have increased, and with people increasingly starting their search for hypnotherapists online, there is a growing awareness of hypnotherapy’s role in treating conditions such as IBS and menopause. Most hypnotherapists work privately and there are more opportunities than ever. In addition to working locally, many hypnotherapists specialise in particular areas of interest, and have the potential to work with international clients. Hypnotherapists who specialise often charge in the region of £120-£150 per session, and hypnotherapists offering a general practice tend to charge between £75 and £120 per session.
Q: Will I be working with a course tutor?
A: I personally teach and support all students. For this reason, I only ever have a maximum of 15 students per course. I have a background in research and teaching at the highest level, having worked at some of Scotland’s top universities, including the University of St. Andrews. I can ensure that you receive quality teaching by personally delivering the courses. The only time a tutor may take over a lesson is in the case of illness. In addition to myself, and in line with CNHC requirements, all assignments are marked by an external examiner who is also a qualified hypnotherapist.
Q: How can I sign up?
A: It’s advisable to arrange a phone call to discuss the course so that you can ask any questions and ensure it’s 100% the right course for you. Alternatively, you can contact me here and I will reply by email. Please book your call now or use the contact form.