Frequently asked questions
Hypnotherapy training FAQs
These are the questions we are most often asked. If you have others, please contact us
Numbers at our Taster events are kept very small, usually around four people, occasionally up to six at very busy times. This allows plenty of time for individual attention and to answer any questions you might have. There is no hard sell and no obligation to sign up for other courses. Because numbers are so limited, we ask for £10 as a way of ensuring that those who have a genuine interest in the topic can get the places. If you decide to sign up for one of our longer courses we deduct the £10 from your deposit, making the taster day effectively free.
How do you assess your students?
The Training Standards 2019, under which we are accredited, set out how students should be assessed. It says that you need to be evaluated on both your practical skills and your theoretical knowledge and that although some of this can be carried out by observation and feedback, it must also include case studies and exams.
At YHT we look at both homework and what you do in the classroom. Your tutor is primarily responsible for marking your work and monitoring your progress, but some of your written work and some of your practical work in the classroom will also be reviewed by a suitably qualified person who has not otherwise been involved in your training. This 'second opinion' acts as a kind of quality control for both you and your tutor, and you can meet our most regular independent assessors on the 'tutors' page of this site.
In our experience, being assessed in any way can be a worrying thought, especially if you haven’t taken any kind of test for some time. But imagine you were going to see a therapist; you would certainly want to know that they had proved that they had reached a good standard of skill and knowledge before being given a professional qualification. Your clients will be just the same. If you still have questions, please contact us.
Why do different hypnotherapy schools give different qualifications?
Most accrediting bodies accredit a variety of courses developed by the school themselves, on condition that they meet the requirements of the voluntary regulations. These certificates/awards will all have different names because there would be a copyright issue if they took one that was already in use by another school. A few accrediting bodies write a course themselves and authorise a number of schools to run it. All these schools will issue certificates showing the same qualification/award. I hope you can see from this that the exact name of your qualification doesn't matter as much as whether the course is designed around the Voluntary Regulations. For more on this topic and others, please send for our free ebook 'How to become a hypnotherapist'.
What's all this about Voluntary Regulations?
In the UK hypnotherapy is subject to a voluntary regulation agreement, which means it's there but you don't have to work - or train - within it. This is why you will have seen so many different courses offering to train you as a hypnotherapist, some of which are much shorter than others. Some are even distance learning.
We work within the voluntary regulations and our accreditation is based on compliance to the most recent (2019) version of the Training Standards. Our graduates can register with the CNHC after training if they wish to do so. (Some courses are still accredited under an older version of the Standards, and cannot offer this.)
Although this is a voluntary system, adhering to the latest training standards gives us a framework to decide what we teach and how we teach it. In other words, it provides accountability. For more on this topic and others, please send for our free ebook 'How to become a hypnotherapist'.
Other courses I've found take much less time, isn't that easier?
As a hypnotherapist, you are working with people's emotional and psychological well-being. A weekend course and a book of hypnotherapy scripts do not mean you can do this safely, effectively or professionally. The therapists that brief courses turn out may sometimes help people, just as a 'cowboy' plumber might occasionally fix a tap. But would you knowingly call one in? Or, more to the point, would you want to become one? If you were the client, would you want to see a therapist who had trained as quickly and cheaply as possible or one who had invested time, money and effort in a thorough understanding of the field?
Many hypnotherapists find a lot of their clients come by word of mouth, and that means being good at what you do. If you want a therapy business that will grow, become successful and genuinely help the people you work with you need to provide a top-class, professional service. And that means investing in top-class, professional training with no shortcuts.
For more on this topic and others, please send for our free ebook 'How to become a hypnotherapist'.
Can other study be counted towards my hypnotherapy training?
It's a lot of money, will I be able to make it back?
We recognise that for many of our students, their training represents a significant investment. Fees include 20 full days of training, unlimited telephone and email support throughout the course, a textbook and entry into an externally validated specialist qualification worth up to £100. We also offer continued support when you are qualified in terms of supervision and advice, and discounts off CPD training. We feel we offer pretty good value for money.
You need to invest in any type of business before it can be launched but you'll obviously want to recoup it at some point. As with all self-employment, your hypnotherapy practice will be what you make it, and no one can promise you a particular level of success. But have a look at this article on working as a hypnotherapist which offers some independent facts and figures about potential earnings and working in the complementary therapy industry. It's a bit out of date but the most recent we could find, and will at least give you some ideas.
Can I get help with the fees?
Unfortunately, the grants, loans and incentives offered for training vary all the time and they often depend on your circumstances, how old you are, if and how long you’ve been out of work, and where you live, so it’s not possible for us to keep up with them all. http://www.dwp.gov.uk/adviser/updates/new-enterprise-allowance tells you about one scheme, https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support has links to quite a few different options. Sometimes employers can help towards fees as part of your ongoing professional development. Otherwise, contact your local Job Centre who may have more up-to-date information about what support that is available, and perhaps also your local council, to see if they offer any incentives to those setting up businesses in your area.
How should I choose a hypnotherapy training course?
Don't rush into the first / cheapest / nearest course you find. This training is going to form the bedrock of your new career and it's worth making sure you have the best one for you.
Make a wishlist and don't be afraid to ask questions. Look for the same information about each course you consider so you can compare them like for like. Have a spreadsheet! And send for our free ebook 'How to become a hypnotherapist' which will give you a (reasonably) disinterested list of factors to consider.
- It is accredited by a variety of professional bodies and fully compliant with the most up-to-date version of the voluntary regulations
- It offers the added bonus of being able to advertise yourself as a specialist, with an additional qualification over and above your basic practitioner's diploma, from day one of your new career
- Our tutor is an experienced and well-respected therapist, running a successful practice as well as teaching, a published author, hypnotherapy conference speaker, and editor of the Hypnotherapy Journal
- We believe the quality of the therapists we train is more important than quantity. We don't have numerous classes churning out huge numbers of therapists as quickly as possible, we have a limited number of small classes with lots of individual attention. The maximum number of students in a class is nine.
- Our curriculum is based on the practicalities of running a therapy business. It starts by making you a good hypnotist and a good communicator, then goes on to cover the most common reasons people seek out hypnotherapists in depth, and offer an introduction to some specialist areas. In other words, it teaches you what you need to know to be a successful professional therapist.
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