Hypnotherapy Training
Director: Dr John Butler


Hypnotherapy Courses at Hypnotherapy Training International

HTI can genuinely claim to be a leader in the field of high-quality hypnotherapy training.  With over 25 years of experience we have trained many successful therapists and hypnotherapy instructors.  Our training, from the outset, was built on over 10 years of professional experience in clinical hypnosis and extensive training in hypnotherapy and related fields.  During the last 25 years we have developed our training to be as effective and relevant as possible to the clinical practice of hypnotherapy.  We have incorporated the best methods of the most renowned practitioners in the field and the most relevant academic information without being restricted to a single theoretical perspective or academic institution.  Our students are exposed to the theoretical principles of the main forms of psychological therapies such as psychodynamic, behaviourist, CBT and others while learning hypnotherapy as a complete therapeutic system in its own right with its own particular principles and range of practices.  We have committed ourseves over the years to producing and delivering the content that is of the most practical value to help you achieve your highest success as a clinical practitioner.  We avoid classroom teaching of unnecessary, speculative theories, padding out courses with philosophy concepts belonging to various psychotherapy models or passing on superficial "tools" to students in place of solid clinical skills.  

HTI of the United Kingdom is an accredited course provider for the British Society of Hypnotherapists (Est 1950), the longest-established professional organisation for Hypnotherapy in the UK and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (Est 1980) two organisations with training standards and membership requirements among the highest in the field including a requirement that courses possess at least 200 hours of core hypnosis training in the classroom in addition to home study.  With our depth and breadth of experience we are widely recognised as experts in the training of professional hypnotherapists, training many physicians, psychologists, psychotherapists and other professionals as well as individuals from all walks of life to use advanced hypnosis as a career, for applicartions in other professions and for personal goals.

Our work has received considerable public attention through media coverage of our in-depth hypnosis for medical and health applications, addictions and deep psychological problems. Our comprehensive, diploma-level, training programme, comprising 200 hours of intensive supervised teaching of essential hypnotherapy skills and knowledge in our core courses.  These core courses are Hypnosis for Therapeutic Transformation (HTT), Clinical Hypnotherapy (CH), Advanced Analytical Hypnotherapy (AAH) and Medical Hypnotherapy (MH).  Our training includes options to take over 300 hours of intensive classroom training, aims to teach ALL of our pupils to the highest standards, aiding them to become competent professionals and to deliver the highest standards of service effectively and safely to their clients. We train people to an advanced level in dealing with everyday hypnotherapy applications including smoking cessation, weight management, stress management, performance enhancement, etc along with a very wide range of other applications.  We provide our trainees with the highest standards of hypnosis training, from foundation to advanced level, to help them develop their clinical practice and its financial base more successfully. Building a successful hypnotherapy practice depends primarily on a continually-expanding referral base generated by recommendations from satisfied customers.  

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The public, in general, know very little about the multiplicity of different diplomas, certificates, "awards" and "qualifications" acquired by therapists from the many private "accrediting" or "registering" bodies competing in the field of hypnotherapy and generally do not make much distinction between them. Graduates from our career training programme receive several accreditations and qualify for membership of well-respected national and international professional hypnotherapy organisations with genuine, clinically-relevant standards.  The classes contain an imporant and relevant intellectual content, incorporating the best scientific research evidence, while focussing primarily on teaching students the most effective practical skills the will need to work with their clients.  Students are not restricted to simple theory-dominated lessons taught at the lower levels of academic education.  Our training also qualifies our graduates for membership of various voluntary professional registers, councils, societies and other voluntary regulatory bodies that currently exist in the field of hypnotherapy in the UK. The quality of training that a student acquires will be the single most important factor in determining their success rate with clients and consequently their ability to build a financially viable hypnotherapy practice. Careful research into the practical, clinical experience and relevant qualifications of hypnotherapy teachers is the single. most important research task of a prospective student before undertaking a course of study in hypnotherapy. Impressive-sounding statements should never be taken on face value alone but require careful investigation and analysis by the prospective student before entering on a "career-training" programme or any course of study in this field. HTI offers diploma training to several levels, including Hypno-Coaching, General Hypnotherapy Programming Practitioner and Advanced Hypnotherapy Practitioner.  

Training Courses:

HTI provides hypnosis training courses at several levels from foundation to intermediate and advanced levels and offers a variety of postgraduate support programmes along with training in marketing and building a hypnotherapy practice. HTI teaches to the highest educational standards while being extremely practical and interactive in teaching the skills of effective clinical hypnosis. Content of the courses includes the most modern, scientifically-validated data and the most useful information from what have become known as "evidence-based" methods.  Given the academic debates and deep conflicts over the quality of the evidence claimed by some evidence-based approaches, the poor reliability and lack of replicability of many studies claiming "evidence-based", the lack of funding available for evidence-gathering into currently less fashionable clinical methods and many other complexities, the HTI takes a careful and judicious approach to the use of the term "evidence-based".  HTI offers a range of courses in the intensive, accelerated format, the most effective way to acquire the skills of hypnotherapy. Our staff are highly trained in academic psychology and highly experienced in various psychotherapy and counselling systems in addition to being trained in several styles of hypnotherapy and therefore bring a great range of experience, skills and information into the specialised practice of hypnotherapy. We do not use inexperienced teachers in a franchised-sytem of schools teaching a very simplistic form of hypnotherapy. The great majority of the classroom teaching is delivered by the principal instructor, Dr. John Butler, with additional specific contributions provided only by highly qualified and genuinely experienced tutors. Our class sizes are deliberately restricted to maximixe your learning experience.

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To maximise our students' learning, our training programme is delivered in highly intensive courses of 6 days each with the necessary time between courses to assimilate and practice the skills taught in the classes and for home study of the course materials. Hypnotherapy is a highly practical therapy and requires much hands-on learning. While theoretical knowledge can be acquired from books and a variety of online sources, learning the practical skills of clinical hypnosis requires much in-depth practice that is closely supervised on an individual basis.  Academic assessment of many current online trainings has shown that this online teacing often fails to provide an effective learning experience. Our classes are highly experiential with supervised practice sessions in class being a core element in the training programme rather than occupying much of the student's classroom time with an exposure to some of the many theoretical models of hypnosis together with basic essay-writing on this course lecture content. HTI teaches the power of classical hypnosis together with in-depth therapy for emotional problems through modern analytical hypnotherapy. Our programme of training courses also includes a serious training in Medical Hypnotherapy, for management of stress and psychosomatic conditions and many heatlth benefits. HTI also provides additional postgraduate courses for health professionals. There are several main traditions and a great many variations in styles within hypnotherapy. The prospective student needs to choose wisely what is likely to suit them best. For example, there are several styles of hypnotherapy that are substantially different from both classical hypnotism and its modern developments. Many of these recent forms of ‘hypnotherapy’ are esentially relaxation techniques combined with a ready-made ‘script’ of simple suggestions that are read to the client. In other systems the emphasis is on basic visualization exercises and ‘positive thinking’. Such systems are very superficial and incomplete when compared to a comprehensive approach to hypnotherapy of which they are only a small part. Hypnotherapy has many offshoots, including many "energy healing" systems and it requires a level of proficiency in hypnotherapy for understanding these other systems.

Standards & Accreditation

Training courses in hypnotherapy vary widely in content, duration and the standards they set for themselves ranging from very superficial forms to the more serious approaches. An individual, without any adequate form of training, but with a seemingly impressive-sounding set of "accreditations", can offer training in hypnotherapy to prospective students. As a consequence of the many systems of standards, a multiciplicity of validating bodies with different proposals and claims regarding standards there is a great need for caution before committing to a training course. It is also advisable not to make decisions about courses and their training quality solely on the recommendations from one of the many competing accrediting, "umbrella" bodies or various consortia of training courses without additional personal investigation to find a training programme that is most appropriate for you.  There is no statutory regulatory structure or academically agreed "industry standard" governing hypnotherapy in the UK.  Instead there is a great number of voluntary councils, private associations as well as many registers and colleges, including "non-profit" (though commercial) businesses and various "umbrella" organisations that a graduate of most schools of hypnotherapy can affiliate with.

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The UK government has stated that it will not provide statutory regulation for psychotherapy or hypnotherapy as it has not been deemed appropriate for these professions but supports these disciplines in developing their own forms of voluntary self-regulation of which there are several approaches which have been developing over more than 20 years. HTI staff have been heavily involved since the 1980s in the creation of voluntary standards of education and competence, including several NVQ and Occupational Standards, but these current educational standards are considered by HTI and by many academic institutions as defining only the basic level of practitioner achievement and have not yet been developed to reflect the competence level of an advanced clinical hypnotherapist.


HTI's courses are based on over 25 years experience of training hypnotherapists. Our trainers teach from very extensive clinical practice as well as long experience in training hypnotherapists. Our trainers also have strong backgrounds in academic psychology in addition to extensive trainings in psychotherapy from which the best methods have been included in our training courses. Our principal instructor, Dr. John Butler, who has individual clinical experience of over 35 years, has received much recognition for his hypnotherapy teaching in several countries.  He has been highly commended for his university lecturing in top-ranked UK and international universities.  He has trained many of the hypnotherapy instructors as well as hypnotherapy practitioners in the UK, USA and other countries for over 25 years. 

If you are serious about learning genuine hypnotherapy to the highest levels of effectiveness, we are committed to helping you achieve this and the greatest successes in your practice and your business. Contact us by email or by phone for detailed information on any of our courses.





Hypnosis was used for pain control in these surgeries without any chemical anaesthetics or sedatives.  Hypnotic programming was also used to provide accelerated healing and other benefits. These are just 2 filmed examples of dozens of cases of using hypnosis for surgery and for a wide variety of painful invasive procedures in medicine and dentistry performed by Dr. John Butler. He has taught surgical-level hypnotic anaesthesia to many hypnotherapists for over 20 years many of whom have subsequently used it for their own surgeries or to help their clients who are undergoing surgery.

hypnotherapy trainingWatch John Butler using hypnoanaesthesia on "HypnoSurgery Live






hypnotherapy trainingJohn Butler, hypnoanaesthetist, demonstrates complete pain control in surgery using self-hypnosis alone in 2004









View excerpts from Gil Boyne Clinical Hypnotherapy training films 










Transforming Therapy®


Transforming Therapy® series of 1-day Specialist Advanced classes on specific applications of therapy.  We teach a multi-level approach to these problems for full flexibility in responding to individual clients – as with most human problems, one size rarely fits all.  Our teachings fully allow for your clients’ personal choices and development while having therapy with you.

Included in the series are classes on

Weight control

Smoking cessation


and other topics

These Masterclasses can be taken as CPD, to extend your therapeutic range, and are open to any individual who already has clinical skills.  We are happy to answer any queries you may have, and we look forward to your contact.











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Course 4:  Medical Hypnotherapy


30 Nov - 5 Dec 2015 (50 hours intensive training)  



On this course you learn effective hypnotherapy methods to address a wide range of psychosomatic health issues. Students also learn to assist clients suffering from physical conditions being treated with conventional Western medicine. They learn the use of analytical hypnotherapy to uncover psychological factors involved in various psychosomatic conditions or that exacerbate various physical health problems. In-depth principles and methods of medical hypnotherapy for health benefits, including assistance with maintenance of health are learned. Students learn to assist clients suffering from anxiety and many emotional and social problems arising from particular illnesses. Students learn to help clients overcome fears of particular medical treatments and to cope more effectively with discomfort, stress and various psychological reactions to medical treatments. Students learn a comprehensive and powerful approach to the management of stress and dealing with stress-related illnesses.

Hypnoanaesthesia methods are learned for pain management with clients suffering from chronic pain and to help with pain associated with surgery or childbirth.  Hypnosurgery methods are learned to help the body to cope with the demands of chemical anaesthetics and surgery, for pain management during and after surgery and to boost healing and speed up recovery.


6 days intensive training providing 50 hours of classroom tuition.

Cost: £650 (includes course materials).


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Our next classes in Continental Europe will be held in Budapest, Hungary.  The firsr course is Advanced Analytical Hypnotherapy which runs from 9 - 14 November.  This course is followed by the Medical Hypnotherapy course which runs from 16 - 21 November 2015.