Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training

The British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training

The British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute was first established by Stephen Brooks at the University of Cambridge in 1979 with the aim of studying and developing the innovative hypnosis techniques of American psychiatrist Dr Milton Erickson.

Erickson’s work was unknown in the UK at the time so Brooks created a clinical hypnotherapy training for members of the caring professions based on Erickson’s skills and techniques.

The course ran for many years at St George’s and St Anne’s Hospitals in London and became the first of its kind in Europe.

Over the years the course evolved into its present form as a Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling and an online component was added in 2004.

The Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling is now taught at Birkbeck College at the University of London every August with the online distance learning component lasting one year.

It attracts students from many countries and is seen as one of the most comprehensive and respected training courses in the world.

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) is the largest independent accrediting body for hypnotherapy training courses in the UK and represents more than 140 affiliated professional bodies & training schools.

The GHSC recognises our Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling as an Advanced Practitioner training and on completion our students are eligible for membership to the General Hypnotherapy Register.

The General Hypnotherapy Register

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training and the General Hypnotherapy Register

The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) is a membership association for qualified hypnotherapists. It is managed by the GHSC and represents more than 3,000 hypnotherapists from the UK and 35 other countries.

The GHR is major source of information about practicing hypnotherapists for the public.

Upon graduation BHRTI students are eligible for membership.

The Education Board

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training Education Board

The Education Board oversees the training standards of the Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling offered by the BHRTI. It is also responsible for setting and monitoring the code of ethical standards that course graduates follow.

The board comprises academics and medical professionals vastly experienced in both the theory and practical application of Ericksonian Hypnosis and Counselling.

The current board members are as follows:

Dr. Jose Luis Sanchez Izquierdo

Dr Matthias Kaiser PhD

Dr Mansoor Ali Beg

Dr Suren Surenthiran, FRCP, FRCS, MSc MD

Dr Andrew Bradford MD

Course Trainer - Stephen Brooks

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training – Trainer Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is our senior trainer and is responsible for writing and designing our courses and is one of the world’s leading authorities on indirect hypnosis and Ericksonian hypnotherapy.

He is credited with pioneering the use of Ericksonian hypnosis and establishing Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Diploma Courses in 27 British hospitals and universities.

He is best known for demonstrations of ‘live hypnotherapy’ with patients in front of groups of students as he finds this the best way to explain what he does.

Live demonstrations of hypnotherapy mirrors what would happen in an actual therapy session so this is why he prefers to teach this way.

Stephen teaches our Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Counselling.

A complete biography is available here.

Our Mission Statement

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training – Our Mission Statement

To teach with integrity, and commitment to excellence, the skills and techniques of Milton Erickson as an approach to hypnotherapy and counselling.


  1. To provide skill based training for healthcare professionals and anyone considering a career in hypnotherapy and related fields.
  2. To promote the potential of Ericksonian hypnotherapy as a means of helping people with physical and psychological problems.
  3. To continuously research improvements in the efficacy of these techniques for psychotherapy, counselling and health care.

Our Code of Ethics

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training Code of Ethics

The question of ethical practice in Ericksonian hypnotherapy and counselling is paramount and a matter on which the Institute places emphasis. The key principles are summarised below.

  1. The highest standards of personal integrity are expected of students and graduates at all times.
  2. Students and graduates have a responsibility always to promote the dignity, privacy, autonomy and safety of all patients and others with whom they come into contact.
  3. Students and graduates should avoid any action which places the patient at risk.
  4. All members of the hypnotherapy profession have an individual responsibility to maintain their own level of professional competence and each must strive to improve and update their knowledge and skills.
  5. Students and graduates must acknowledge the boundaries of their competence and the limit of their experience.

The full Code of Ethics can be downloaded here.


Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Training FAQ

What are your entrance requirements?

  • Students are expected to have a degree or equivalent vocational qualification from the caring professions.
  • A limited number of places are also available for students with a serious interest in hypnotherapy or those intending to start a new career in the field.

Where is the course held?

  • The course is held at Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street  in central London. The nearest tube is Russell Square.

Is there accommodation at the college during the summer school?

How many hours a week do I need to study the online part of the course?

  • Most students commit to between 3 – 5 hours of study per week.

Can I take more than one year to finish the online part of the training?

  • Although most students complete within one year, you will have up to three years to complete the online part of the course. The modular format allows you to miss modules and return later.

Does the course qualify me to practice as a hypnotherapist?

  • Yes the course is a vocational qualification recognized by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

When will I be able to start practicing as a hypnotherapist?

  • If you are already working with patients in one of the caring professions and are allowed to add hypnosis to your skill base you can start to integrate the course techniques as you progress through the course.
  • If you intend practicing privately as a hypnotherapist you can start seeing patients once you have qualified from the course. This will usually be one year after commencing your studies.

Can I pay for the course by installments?

As the course only takes place in August each year it is not possible for us to accept installments after the summer school is finished. So all fees must be paid prior to the summer school commencing each August.

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Accredited Training Courses

Our courses are accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council – earn a recognised Diploma, Certificate and CPD credits.

Established in 1979

We have been teaching indirect Ericksonian hypnotherapy for over 35 years and are highly experienced in what we do.

Trainer - Stephen Brooks

All courses are personally taught by Stephen Brooks – one of the world’s most respected experts in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.