If you sign up with us, your hypnotherapy trainer will be Debbie Waller, a respected author and speaker as well as a therapist and tutor. Debbie is also the Founder and Principal of Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training.

At YHT, we choose not to have dozens of classes, venues, or tutors, because we feel the quality of our training and the plentiful individual support we can offer our students, is better when things are kept smaller and personal.

When you sign up with us, you know exactly who you’ll be learning from. And you have ample opportunity to meet or speak to Debbie before the first day of the course. But we also have a number of assessors and supporters who will help you on your way to graduation. Most of them are YHT graduates themselves, so they can offer just the right support.

Debbie Waller, hypnotherapy trainer

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My name is Debbie Waller and when you sign up with YHT, I will be your class tutor. You can contact me at any time with questions, before or during your time as a YHT student.

I fell into hypnotherapy more or less by accident but now can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s a fantastic way to earn a living, and so rewarding to start other people off on the same path. I still have a busy therapy practice which runs alongside the school, as I feel it’s important I am ‘at the coal face’ working as a therapist while I am teaching.

And in whatever time that leaves, I’m an author – I edit, publish and write for Hypnotherapy Training and Practitioner online magazine, co-authored the Hypnotherapy Handbook, and more recently published my own books, Their Worlds, Your Words (2016), The Hypnotherapist’s Companion (2020) and The Metaphor Toolbox (2022)*. I was also the editor of the NCH Hypnotherapy Journal for three years. The picture is me speaking at the UK Hypnosis Convention in London.

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I am a regular speaker at similar events, and have also spoken at the UK Well Women Summit on aspects of neurodiversity.

Well-qualified as both a therapist and a trainer, I am one of just a handful of instructors in the UK awarded Approved Hypnotherapy Instructor status by the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. At the time of writing this, there were just five of us listed in Europe!

I had 15 years of experience as a voluntary advisor/counsellor for a national charity and was awarded a First Class degree from Leeds Metropolitan University before becoming qualified as a Hypnotherapist and Stress Management Coach early in 2003.

Since then I have run a busy hypnotherapy and stress management practice, working both with one-to-one clients, businesses and groups in West and North Yorkshire. I have also designed and run self-hypnosis and meditation classes for Selby Council's adult education department.

I then taught hypnotherapy for a large UK therapy training organisation for three years, taking many students to the practitioner level, before establishing Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training and becoming the Senior Trainer of this course. I still carry out the majority of the training  - we are not a huge school with dozens of classes taught by different people but like to keep things personal and focused on our students rather than on admin! All this ensures that you have the highest quality learning experience possible.

I am registered with the GHR as an Advanced Hypnotherapy Practitioner, and as a Fellow with the ACCPH, the highest level of membership available in both cases. I've completed a Certificate in Clinical Supervision that's approved by the BPS (British Psychological Society), the only UK psychology and psychotherapy body established by Royal Charter and one of the primary national leads in determining national recommendations on clinical supervision across a range of groups and helping professions.

You'll find me on the UK Register of Learning Providers, UKPRN: 10035241.

My professional memberships include

  • General Hypnotherapy Register (Advanced Practitioner, Accredited Trainer, Supervisor)
  • ACCPH (Fellow, Accredited Trainer, supervisor)
  • International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • National Smoking Cessation Institute
  • Central Register of Stop Smoking Therapists
  • Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (Accredited Member, supervisor)
  • International Board of Certified Trainers

My professional qualifications include


    • BA (Hons), First Class, in Humanities and Social Studies (Psychology/Literature), Leeds Metropolitan University
    • Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy from Sunnycoast Hypnotherapy Training
    • Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice, from the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
    • Certified Professional Hypnotist from the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy (USA)
    • Advanced Diploma of Professional Stress Management, at Distinction level, from the College of Integrated Therapies
    • Hypnotherapy Diploma from Wakefield School of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
    • Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from Wakefield School of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
    • Hypnotension Practitioner from Briteframe Ltd
    • Corporate Stress Consultant from the Mindcare Organisation, UK
    • Certificate in Assertiveness Training from the College of Integrated Therapies
    • Diploma in Smoking Cessation Therapy from the College of Integrated Therapies
    • Anxiety Specialist, UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences
    • Certificate in IBS treatment by Gut Oriented Metaphor
    • Diploma in Anger Management at Distinction level, from the College of Integrated Therapies
    • Blast Technique, EMDR, PTSD & Trauma Certificate, from Warwickshire School of Hypnotherapy
    • EMDR Therapy Training Certification For Trauma & PTSD from Imagine Solutions

Training and Supervision:

    • Certified Hypnotherapy Instructor from the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists
    • Train the Trainer (ILM endorsed)
    • Certified Therapy Teacher Diploma from Gladden Therapy Training
    • International Board of Certified Trainers accreditation
    • Essential Supervision Skills (British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision)
    • Teacher training - how to teach online
    • Take your teaching online (OU Badged course)

Other tutors

From time to time we invite guest tutors and speakers when they have specialist knowledge that would benefit our students. Our regulars include:

David Waller – how to make your own audios, IT support

Karen Hayward – Mental Health First Aid

You are also likely to meet more of our more experienced graduates, many of whom are now supervisors. They offer 121 support and feedback to students undergoing practical assessments.

Meet Our Independent Assessors

Under the Core Curriculum, some of your work – practical and theoretical – must be marked by someone other than your tutor. We have two observed exercises during your year with us, and an exam at the end of the course to meet this criterion. Meet our senior independent assessors below.

Lynne Cole

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Lynne Cole is a qualified and experienced therapist. Having had an interest in psychology from a very early age she followed a passion for communicating, connecting and helping others. She has worked as a support volunteer for the hospice and went on to open her own therapeutic practice in January 2012. 

Before her practice, she was a training manager in a cooperative business supporting others whilst they gained knowledge. Implementing intervention strategies for those who were achieving below their personal target. Supporting employees with personal difficulties and mental health. 

Lynne trained with YHT and along with her other qualifications works interactively with clients presenting issues and emerging needs.

Lynne runs a busy therapy practice working with one-to-clients and groups, and is a freelance consultant working with a range of public sectors. As there is always something new to learn working in this field, she makes a regular commitment to ongoing professional development.

Brian Turner

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I am a fully qualified and practising hypnotherapist and therapeutic supervisor. I am an accredited registrant of the National Hypnotherapy Society (BT00X820) and also registered as a member of the GHR. Before entering the world of hypnotherapy, I spent nine years in education with a variety of different roles. I’m an active learner, who has always sought to pass on my enthusiasm for learning. I run accredited CPD courses, alone and co-operatively with others, to actively pass on the learning bug. My goal is to encourage others to seek new knowledge to better themselves in whatever profession may suit them. I am the author of ‘Lessons Learned in the Therapy Business‘, which is based on the knowledge I have gathered over my years in practice.

As with any of my roles in providing therapeutic education, I see myself as a facilitator rather than a provider. I seek to help individuals better themselves whilst maintaining the highest possible standards. And to give students the confidence to practice effectively in the therapeutic field.

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