Hypnotherapy Practitioner

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will equip the successful graduate to practice as a fully-qualified practitioner of psychodynamic hypnotherapy as a psychotherapeutic and stress-trauma resolution discipline.

The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course has been designed for those who wish to become thoroughly familiar with hypnotherapeutic techniques and to acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge in order to treat clients for stressful-traumatic manifestations and psychological ailments. This demanding course will also be invaluable for enhancing your own self-understanding and personal insight.

As your studies progress the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will allow you to deepen your understanding of hypnotherapy and, in particular, the hypno-analytic process in order to equip you to handle even the most distressing instances of human suffering with confidence and certainty of professional success when aspiring to full-time practice.

Course Structure

Course attendance will be for 10 weekends over the time-span of a 12-month period plus the completion of a number of written and practical assignments – including a case-study portfolio. An attendance record of a minimum of 90% at seminars will be expected although absence in exceptional circumstances will be considered sympathetically and, of course, accommodated accordingly.

The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will consist of a series of seminars during which time you will have ample opportunity both to see demonstrations of treatment methodology and to practice your newly-acquired skills adequately. Delegates will also be introduced to numerous case-study examples in order to assist the learning process and to demystify the prospect of working in professional practice. Written and practical course assignments will be an integral feature of the course which will enable you to consolidate your learning. Full course notes and handout material will be supplied to all delegates.

All participants of the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will, of course, also be required to undergo personal analytical hypnotherapy before embarking on a career in the analytical therapeutic profession in order to be able to practice safely, professionally and ethically in accordance with accepted psychotherapeutic practice. The issue of your professional practice diploma will, therefore, be dependent on your successfully completing your own personal therapy either before or during the course.

Course Qualification

The successful graduate of the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will receive a professional Practising Certificate as the Diploma in Analytical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (designatory initials DAHP) which can be displayed in the practitioner’s consulting room.

A graduate of the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will be entitled to free unlimited telephone supervision for life with Jacquelyne Morison following successful completion of the course.

A trainee who successfully completes the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will be eligible for membership of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) which has become the UK’s largest professional association for hypnotherapy practitioners currently acknowledged by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – the body initially funded by the Department of Health to regulate the alternative therapy profession. Graduates can, therefore, be assured of acquiring professional recognition and having access to a nationwide referral service for prospective clients.


The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course has been assessed and validated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) whose criteria is demanding and prestigious both for the trainee and the course provider.

Anyone qualifying on the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course will be eligible to take an MA in Clinical Hypnosis with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen if you wish to extend your studies of hypnotherapy.

Course Outline

Understanding Therapeutic Hypnosis

Historical overview of hypnotherapy
The purpose & benefits of therapeutic hypnosis

Becoming a Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy as an alternative profession
The role of the practitioner
Professional codes of conduct, standards of practice & legal requirements
Practitioner-client commitment & duty of client-care
Client confidentiality & sanctuary
Creating the ideal therapeutic environment
Effective client communication – setting boundaries & fostering rapport
Confidential case-notetaking & record-keeping
Client needs-assessment, evaluation & monitoring

Hypnotherapeutic Methodology

The role of hypnosis in therapeutic intervention
Inducing, deepening & terminating trance states
Direct & permissive approaches to therapeutic intervention
Physical & mental relaxation
Metaphors & guided imagery
Suggestion & post-hypnotic suggestion
Self-hypnosis & meditative states
Free association, pinpointing & ideomotor questioning
Time-line techniques
Inner child techniques
Inner advisor techniques

Understanding Psychological Distress

The fight-flight-freeze response to stress
The physiological effects of stress
Distress & symptom manifestation

Treatment Regimes & Strategies

Stress management
Weight management
Smoking cessation
Pain management
Confidence boosting & performance enhancement
Fear & anxiety disorders – anxiety, phobias, habit disorders & personality disorders
Guilt & shame disorders
Sorrow & grief disorders – grief, bereavement & depressive disorders
Anger & rage disorders
Psychosomatic disorders
Dysfunctional relationships
Post-traumatic stress – nature & effect
Childhood abuse, neglect, abandonment – nature & effect

Psychodynamic Methodology

The hypno-analytic approach
The client-practitioner relationship
Investigative methodologies & permissive intervention
Therapeutic enquiry & strategic planning
Client questioning & profiling
Psychodynamic philosophies – psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, individual psychology, ego-state therapy & object-relations psychology
Humanistic philosophies – client-centred therapy, existential therapy & gestalt therapy
Cognitive philosophies – cognitive therapy, reality therapy & rational-emotive behaviour therapy
Gold counselling
Metaphysical philosophies – past-life regression
Somatic & cellular psychotherapy

Working with the Unconscious Mind

Working with the distressed client
Perception, cathartic disclosure, insight & resolution
Memory processes & memory access
Defensive strategies
Dreams & symbolic imagery
Personality structure theories
Personality development theories
Current-life & past-life regression techniques

Practice Management

Working in professional practice
Supervision & personal therapy
Practice management & promotion

Recommended Reading

Books by Jacquelyne Morison:
Creative Analytical Hypnotherapy
Analytical Hypnotherapy Volume 1: Theoretical Principles
Analytical Hypnotherapy Volume 2: Practical Applications
The Truly Dynamic Therapist

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