Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Training Since 1977

The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy has been offering respected, evidenced based and independently accredited Hypnotherapy Training, Hypnosis Training and Psychotherapy Training since 1977. This makes the National College one of the longest established and most respected hypnotherapy/hypno-psychotherapy training institutes in the world.   The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy provides Hypnotherapy Training, Hypnosis Training, and Psychotherapy Training at venues in:


Meaningful Professional Accreditation

The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy has meaningful external accreditation, notably with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, European Association for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy.   Potential students should be mindful of organisations claiming to award a Psychotherapy or Hypno-Psychotherapy qualification. A legitimate psychotherapy qualification in the UK is generally accredited by UKCP (which we are), BACP, BABCP and/or BCP. The term hypno-Psychotherapy was created within UKCP to be a means of differentiating between, hypnotherapy qualifications and the 4 year Masters Degree Level qualifications awarded to psychotherapists who use hypnosis as the vehicle for psychotherapy delivery.


The Principal and Managing Director have been involved with every major initiative within the hypnotherapy profession since 1991 including the creation of the externally accredited Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma for the National Council for Hypnotherapy. The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, is accredited with the National Council for Hypnotherapy and do offer the HPD, as free option for our students. However, our Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy is equivalent in terms of gaining membership of the NCH and exceeds the academic level of the HPD. The National College supports the position that all hypnotherapy qualifications should have meaningful external accreditation.


Some enquirers have asked why the National College is not affiliated with certain “Hypnotherapy Organisations”. It is our policy that we will only align ourselves with organisations which have meaningful and verifiable means of accreditation. The profession has many organisations which will give you a certificate for a fee. We, as one of the oldest schools of professional hypnosis and psychotherapy, believe that we should take a leadership position with this and not support bodies which have only been created to give out meaningless credentials and to turn a profit for its owners. Click here for further information on accreditation.


To download an enrolment form click Word HERE and an application formWord HERE


Meaningful Academic Recognition

The National College has a direct arrangement with Bath Spa University. Holders of the ADHP(NC) can apply for their MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice with APL for all but the research methods module and dissertation.


The National College has been made aware of some other hypnotherapy schools being unclear about their status regarding UK Universities. Some schools rent facilities at prestigious UK universities without making it clear that the qualification that they are awarding is not from the university in question. Please be sure to ask, if you are considering another training organisation, if they actually have an academic partnership with the university where they are renting rooms, or check on the Universities own website.


Key Points to Consider

When considering training in hypnotherapy and/or psychotherapy, consider these points when making your decision, the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy is:

  • Oldest Training Institute for Hypnotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy in the UK (Est 1977)
  • Graduates of the certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses will be eligible to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). For more information see www.cnhc.org.uk
  • Recognised direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University (Advanced Diploma Graduates ONLY)

Latest News from National College:

Click here for the latest news from National College: UPDATE National College is re-accredited by the European Association for Psychotherapy for an additional 7 years.


Contact Information

Telephone: 0845 2578735 / 0207 831 8801   Postal address #7 23-24 Great James St, London, WC1n 3ES Email General Information: enquiries@nchp.org.uk  

We maintain offices and clinics in:

  • Central London
  • Greater Manchester

23 Reasons to Train with Us

We have been training professionals for 39 consecutive years (Longer than any other organisation in the UK). Many of the top therapists and trainers in the UK began their career at the National College.

Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine, validated post graduate programme (ADHP recipients are eligible for direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University with 90 Credits APL).

We are 100% committed to the highest standards of training so that you are fully prepared for the challenges of professional practice

The National College is the only UK training organisation which is authorised the offer the European Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis through the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. We are also one of only two European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes with the European Association for Psychotherapy We should really be the International College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy as we have graduates all over the world. We are an outward thinking organisation which looks out to the world for opportunities. Our Principal is the International Officer of UKCP and its representative to the Board of the EAP. We will continue to engage to ensure that our graduates have a future in a post-Brexit Europe.

Within the National College we have a philosophy that ensures that all tutors are full-time practitioners in addition to their training. By this we mean that they derive their primary income from seeing clients: this ensures that they "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk". You will find that we often have examples of current clients to tell you about that illustrate theoretical points. There are some trainers who set up a school because they can't make it as practitioners. Would you want to be trained by them?

We believe it is vitally important that you see demonstrations of techniques and also get to practice. This gives you the confidence to practice with "real people" as soon as (if not before) you qualify. We say before, because you will be given permission to work with certain issues at certain points in your training. Not all trainers demonstrate, and not all give you a chance to practice and build your confidence.(ALL ours DO!)

On completion of the certificate course (stage two), graduates can join a range of professional bodies: the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (our regulator), the National Council for Hypnotherapy (a members’ co-operative with high standards, of which both our Principal and Managing Director are former chairs) and our own National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness. All you need to set up in professional practice with great support!

The National College course leads to registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy; it is essential that important that your career is protected by being registered with a leading professional association like the UKCP (requirements for registration are laid out here). Our Managing Director is an Honorary Fellow of UKCP (approx. 1% of registrants) and is chair of the UKCP Education, Training and Practice Committee. Through this link you can be sure that we keep at the forefront of all developments in the field.

We believe in creating a friendly learning environment in which students feel safe to express themselves and learn while building supportive peer relationships with fellow students.

All our tutors are experienced teachers, as well as being, themselves, National College trained and experienced practitioners.

Support from a long established well-staffed organisation throughout not only your training but also your whole career!

We actively enforce all our policies, including equal opportunities. We will make any reasonable adjustments to ensure that anyone can take our courses, if suitable, and we do not discriminate on any grounds. Any special leaning needs will be catered to if possible. For example, a student with dyslexia would be able to provide portfolio evidence in recorded rather than written form if they wished to do so. The learning environment is safe, confidential and supportive.

We encourage students to ask questions or make comments about the training at any stage and will do our best to meet your needs. There is a student representative on the Academic Board.

Ethical considerations are all important in a field where one is working with vulnerable people. We cover these in depth. Check with other schools as to which, if any, code of ethics they subscribe. They should be bound by a training code of ethics as well as teaching you one for practice.

The National College embraces modern technology; we provide our materials on a Kindle so that you have all that you need at your fingertips. Additionally, we are one of the first institutes in our field to use "online directed learning" as part of our advanced training.

We know that you want to know exactly what you will be learning, so we publish all the details of the structure of our courses including detailed learning outcomes. We also publish our external accreditation reports from UKCP, you can read our latest one here We want you to be sure you have made the right choice!

We train small groups of students, which we believe is important so that you get individual attention. Some schools have as many as 50 students in a class! We are also not limited to training in one location. We currently run courses in London, Manchester, Oxford and East Midlands (Leicester) in the UK and the Gold Coast (Australia) and Phoenix Arizona (USA)

Past students are welcome to re-attend any stage of their training FREE OF CHARGE (subject to available space) in the ten years following their primary training. This is just one of the ways we support our students. We believe that we are the only school of our type to offer this opportunity free of charge.

National College Hypnosis Training and Hypnotherapy Training courses adhere to the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy (the Principal and Managing Director were members of the working group who wrote these), and incorporate and Professional Occupational Standards produced by UKCP.

We do not take just anyone onto our courses. You will be interviewed to ensure that you are suitable for this profession of working with vulnerable people, and, very importantly, to ensure that the National College is right for you. If we feel that another course would be better for you (and this does happen), we will tell you, and advise you of who to approach.

Therapy is an "individual" process: we will encourage you to find your own way to be the best therapist you can be.

Our course also includes business/practice management. So often hypnotherapists and psychotherapists fall at the first hurdle because, while they may be wonderful at what they do, they don't know how to get the clients. The National College has a great depth of knowledge and experience in this area that you can draw on. All our tutors around the country are willing to share with you what works and what doesn't so that you can learn from our successes, and our mistakes!

Our complete Diploma Course is a genuine, validated post graduate programme (ADHP recipients are eligible for direct entry to the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University with 90 Credits APL.

Our Principal and MD have over 50 years’ clinical experience and our Principal has over 23 years’ experience in Hypnotherapy Training, Hypnosis Training and Psychotherapy Training. We have the experience to help guide you successfully in your new career.