Your entry point into a career in hypno-psychotherapy

Stage One Details

This is the foundation of the NCHP-A training, and serves as a necessary prerequisite to Stage Two, the Certificate course.

The aim of Stage One is to give students knowledge of hypnosis and to train them to be efficient in inducing the hypnotic state, and in its management. The emphasis is on practical training, but because hypnosis involves human behaviour, and in order to establish an understanding of various theoretical concepts and principles, certain psychological factors need to be considered. A study of these factors, therefore, forms part of the Stage One course.

The course involves a minimum of 100 hours of attendance at one of the tuition venues (actual duration varies from time to time and is kept up to date in the latest edition of our Prospectus).  These 100 hours are usually spread over five weekends at monthly intervals during which time, in addition to practical tuition, opportunities are available for students to discuss with their tutors any problems that they have encountered during the intervening weeks.

Tutors will demonstrate the various techniques and there will be plenty of practical exercises for students to practise the hypnotic techniques in the safety of the training environment.  Students wishing to practice hypnotic techniques on family and friends between weekends are encouraged to take out insurance cover. 


Work covered in Stage One is drawn from:

  • Ethical issues relating to the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy
  • Fundamental principles of hypnosis/hypnotherapy
  • Contra-indications to hypnosis and Basic medical considerations
  • Tests for hypnotic suggestibility  
  • Preparing the subject for hypnosis 
  • The importance of semantics in hypnosis 
  • Hypnotic induction techniques
  • Hypnotic deepening techniques 
  • Termination of hypnosis 
  • The use of post-hypnotic suggestions
  • Some psychological principles applicable to hypnosis
  • Preparation and use of audio-therapy tapes
  • Aspects of practice management 

Also during Stage One, students are taught how to use hypnosis to help people alter certain behaviour patterns, such as smoking and overeating, and to assist people with such problems as examination or driving test nerves, insomnia, improving or restoring sporting competence, and other anxiety related states.

Students are introduced on Stage One to the NCHP-A integrative approach to therapy. Various methods of inducing hypnosis are taught, with the intention that students develop a flexible approach to therapy. The NCHP feels it is important for a wide range of techniques to be taught as no single approach will suit all clients or, indeed, all therapists. All clients bring some expectations with them to therapy so, while the Ericksonian approach, for instance, may be very effective for some clients, others will respond much better to the more traditional methods of inducing hypnosis (like the young boy, with very set ideas, who insisted a therapist produce a pocket watch and chain to swing before his eyes).

The basic premise behind the NCHP-A approach is that the therapy should be adapted to fit the client rather than the client being forced to adapt to the therapy. This flexible, eclectic approach is followed through in later stages of training to give students a broad-based psychotherapeutic framework.

Students wishing to proceed onto Stage Two are required to complete successfully, a portfolio of learning and a self-development journal. It is emphasised that completion of stage one should not be interpreted as endorsing the establishment of a professional practice after only initial training.


Stage One Course Outline (see prospectus for more details)

30 Open University specific points at Level 2

The following is an overview of the topics covered on each weekend of the Stage One course. Demonstrations and practicals are arranged as appropriate throughout the course.

Please note: Audio or video recording of course sessions is not permitted.

Weekend One:

  • How to Hypnotise
  • Ethics and Confidentiality Hypnosis
  • An historical and theoretical background
  • NCHP-A definition of hypnosis 
  • Six stages of a hypnotherapy session
  • Inductions
  • Termination of a hypnotherapy session
  • Basic medical considerations and contra-indications to hypnosis
  • Abreactions
  • The mind in overview

Weekend Two:

  • Hypnotherapy
  •  Self-hypnosis
  • Deepening of hypnosis
  • Eye closure experiment (suggestibility test)
  • Shorter induction techniques
  • Ideo-motor response work (IMR)
  • CRC therapy (Calmness + Relaxation = Confidence)
  • The making and use of therapy tapes (audio tapes)

Weekend Three:

  • Brookhouse's 3 Ss plus more 
  • Smoking
  • Slimming
  • Stress
  • Anxiety 

 Weekend Four:

  • Introduction to psychotherapy process
  • Listening skills
  • Introduction to 'schools' - Humanistic Psychodynamic etc
  • Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy
  • Fiona's Bubble technique as an introduction to use of metaphor
  • Metaphor usage in hypno-psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • How psychotherapy works

Weekend Five:

  • Counselling Basics
  • Revision for test
  • Reinforcement of previous work
  • A seminar on launching, marketing and growing a hypnotherapy practice addressing smoking cessation and stress management through relaxation
  • Basic Counselling role play and practice
  • Arrangements for practical and theory testing and assessment (exams etc.)
In accordance with UKCP requirements, and consistent with NCHP practice over the years, stage one also concerns itself with ethical issues, which are addressed again throughout the course, and as a discrete topic.