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Counselling & hypnotherapy course choices

By ann sheldon, Wednesday Aug 3, 2016

UK Academy – Hypnotherapy

Established 2005 in Bath/Bristol area.

Qualifications: HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma) the gold standard. Recognised by CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). 

Plus Dip Cah (Diploma in Clinical Advanced Hypnotherapy) and qualifications in Smoking Cessation, Anxiety, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP 

Accredited by: NCFE, OU credits  

Duration: 10 weekends over 10 months plus 330 hours home study, research, reading, portfolio preparation and case study work.

Additional info. 

Taught by Hilary Norris-Evans, practicing hypnotherapist since 1995 and a background in Education. An accredited assessor for another UK school. Students practice hypnosis regularly during the course. You can continue on to a Masters.


Counselling or Psychotherapy

C&P uses talking skills to help people to find their own answers to emotional problems in life. Counsellors and psychotherapists have regular supervision to support their practice. Sweet Track’s training in spiritual counselling especially takes into account the wide range of spiritual and cultural beliefs which a client may have.

Sweet Track Counselling

Established 12 years

Accredited by: CPCAB- Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body


Students can start with a Level 2 and progress through to Level 5.

All courses are part time, usually over weekends.

Level 2 effective listening Skills – 3 days 

Level 2 certificate in Counselling Skills – 8 weekends 

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – 6 x 3 day weekends 

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – 2 year training 

Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – 147 hrs over a year

Location: Glastonbury Town

Includes Eco-psychology, Embodied presence, Art therapy, Transpersonal & Mindfulness. 70 % of the training is experiential.


Contact Point 

Established 5 years

Qualifications: Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) – Psychotherapy

Transactional Analysis is a talking therapy which examines what goes on between and inside people to help them improve their life and behaviour. TA is useful in education, management, organisational change and in counselling and psychotherapy. Nowadays TA offers an integration of Cognitive Behavioural, Gestalt, Psycho- dynamic, Relational and Transpersonal theory and practice in a humanistic psychotherapy using the TA core model of personality.

A Masters level qualification recognised in the UK by UKCP and worldwide through the International TA Association.

Accrediting Body: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Time needed: Four years, part time, one weekend for ten months of the year.  Personal reading and written assignments required

Other information

Students train in working with individuals, groups, couples, adults and children. Training placements provided and low-cost private clients referred to support students’ private practice. Contact Point graduates work in schools and in private practice.


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