The Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy

Is this course for me?

This course is for anyone looking to expand their working practice with clients with long term health conditions, who are perhaps in chronic pain, or who have complex phobias or other concerns that are getting in the way of them living the best life for them. You do not need to be working in a hospital, this course is for everyone who wants to know how to work effectively with clients with complex needs.

The aim of the course:
The aim of this course is to enable you to perfect your skills as clinical hypnotherapists with clients facing significant health challenges, for instance:
  • living with chronic, persistent pain
  • helping clients with chronic, incurable illness
  • specialist techniques for needle and other phobia
  • using hypnotherapy in challenging circumstances
  • supporting clients through their chemotherapy​ and other complex treatments

How is the diploma taught?

The diploma is taught via Zoom, an online provider similar to Skype, and is a mix of discussion sessions, taught modules and supervision coaching calls. You will be encouraged to 'buddy up' to complete practice elements and we have an experienced tutor available to support your learning in addition to the teaching team. 

When does it begin and how much does it cost?

The next run of the diploma begins the February 2022 and will be delivered fully online. The details of attendance etc and the fees are available here.

What support do I get?

You will be supported throughout the diploma with full access to a closed Facebook discussion group, access to tutors and four topic-related Zoom supervision sessions. You will also have full access to a private DropBox folder with copies of all handouts, assessment details, timetables and so on.


Here is the draft timetable for February 2021 course. Note, we will do our best to adhere to this timetable but sometimes events occur and we have to reschedule. You will be supported in attending any scheduled events and many of our modules are recorded allowing you to catch up should you be unable to attend.


What work do I have to do?

You will be required to complete short assignments and to engage in further reading, some of which will be supplied. You will be encouraged to bring readings you have found useful etc., to the online training sessions and supervision sessions and to share these in the discussion group. Peer learning will be a key part of the learning process and you will be studying alongside your cohort for the duration of the course. The full list of assessments is available from day one.

Course Requirements:

It is likely that you will already have a hypnotherapy qualification such as HPD and or DSFH. However we can also take psychologists and psychotherapists working with clients looking to improve the skills they can offer in a clinical environment. If you would like to complete your HPD alongside the Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy, this can be facilitated through supervision and group training sessions.

Course Content:

Supporting people having chemotherapy

This module focuses on the challenges faced by people having chemotherapy, covering areas such as the role hypnotherapy has in anticipatory nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and ongoing health issues post chemotherapy. 

Needle and other medical phobia

There are several different types of needle phobia, and while the phobia aspects have more in common with each other, than differences, as in the fear responses of fight, flight and freeze, the hypnotherapy techniques used are different depending on the needle phobia type.

Long-term illness and end of life care

Management of pain

This module will support you to assist clients with palliative care needs, recognising that the client is the expert in their own life. Our skill is in helping them recognise their skills and strengths so that they become aware that these skills that they already have, are transferrable skills.

This module will introduce you to the necessary skills you need to support a client experiencing pain. You will receive guidance on managing both acute (immediate) and chronic (long-term) pain in both the client's home setting and within the busy hospital setting.  

Science of trance through EEG

SFBT in the critical medical setting

This module introduces you to the science of EEG and what it can tell us about the brain during trance. Based on the latest research evidence, this module will introduce you to simple neuroscience and discuss what happens in the brain during trance in a friendly and approachable way.

As we practice solution focused hypnotherapy we include a module on the essence of solution focused language and we will look at how we use language with seriously ill clients, how do we use goal oriented language or preferred future questions (of which the miracle question is one). 

History of hypnosis

History of SFBT

You will be introduced to the history of hypnosis covering the main practitioners of hypnosis over the ages. Everything from the temple of Apollo, the Mesmerists to Sigmund Freud and Milton Erickson will be covered in an entertaining module. 

This module discusses the evolution of SFBT from the writings of Milton Erickson to the practice of Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer and into the modern world of Evan George, Chris Iveson, Harvey Ratner, Elliot Connie, Adam Froeher and beyond!

Specialist skills in trance

LGBTQ awareness

This module introduces you to a full range of trance skills including dissociation, distraction, direct and indirect trance, the importance of memory, how to create glove anaesthesia and hypno-sedation. You will have opportunities to try these techniques yourself with your fellow trainees.

This module introduces you to the full range of identities and associated sexualities and explores the challenges people face outside of a heteronormative environment. Presented with sensitivity and an evidence-based approach, this module is vitally important to the practitioner.

The Miracle Question

Psychology of chronic conditions

A core tenet of our work and often the hardest to accomplish! This module will help you develop a clear approach and understanding to the miracle question: how it is structured, how to use it in a therapeutic session and how to support the client in answering it.

This module will help you understand the needs of clients with long-term, chronic health conditions. From diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis to chronic fatigue syndrome and ME to living with Parkinson's and dementia, you will gain an understanding of and the skills necessary for working with this group.

Health trauma, anxiety and Coronavirus

This module will discuss what health trauma is, how people develop health anxiety and what we can do to support people during the current coronavirus pandemic. We will discuss working with clients in a solution focused way  and consider options for treatment.


This module will help you work with clients who have a severe fear of vomiting. This phobia is a complex issue and the skills learned in this module will provide you with a full range of options for treating clients with this concern.

Psychology of health

This module will introduce you to key concepts and theories in understanding the psychology of health. You will learn about how society influences the health choices individuals make and how the individual can bring about change in their environment.


What can optical illusions tell us about how the brain works and how we see our clients? This module introduces the world of perception and explains how we can use this knowledge to create an effective therapeutic environment

Self-Care and the therapist

This module provides you with the techniques to take care of yourself during a therapeutic session and afterwards. You will be taught specialist mindfulness and hypnosis based skills to ensure you practice safely and in a mentally healthy way.

Evidence-basing your practice

This module will show you how to use scientific evidence to back up your claims and create useful blogs and other media posts. You will learn how to identify appropriate resources and how to distinguish them from other, more sensational posts.  Useful for everyone! 

Working with weight and eating 

Delivered by a health psychologist specialist in working with weight and eating concerns, this module will explain the complexity and diversity in client experiences of food and weight and discuss effective ways of conducting a consultation and subsequent appointments when supporting a client on this journey.