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.

Worldwide Courses

Yes we run courses in many countries – if your country / city is not listed – send us an email and invite us!

About the BHRTS

Our History

The British Hypnosis Research and Training School was originally established as British Hypnosis Research (BHR) in 1979 at Cambridge University by Stephen Brooks who wanted to study the innovative hypnosis techniques of American psychiatrist Dr Milton Erickson.

Milton Erickson’s work was unknown in the UK at that time so Stephen created an Ericksonian hypnotherapy training course, the first of its kind in Europe, and BHR started running courses for members of the caring professions in over 20 hospitals and universities.

In 2005 BHR changed its name to the British Hypnosis Research and Training School (BHRTS) and we now run courses in

  • Sydney Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (November 2015)
  • Auckland Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (November 2015)
  • Melbourne Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (November 2015)
  • Thailand Master Practitioner Diploma in Indirect Hypnosis, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Language with Clients (December 2015)
  • London One Year Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy & Counselling (one weekend a month starting January 2016)
  • San Francisco Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (March 2016)
  • Seattle Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (March 2016)
  • New York Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (March 2016)
  • London Fast Track Summer School in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy & Counselling (three weeks in August 2016)
  • London One Year Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy & Counselling (one weekend a month starting September 2016)
  • Paris Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (September 2016)
  • Hamburg Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (September 2016)
  • Amsterdam Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (September 2016)
  • Montreal Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (October 2016)
  • Toronto Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (October 2016)
  • Vancouver Indirect Hypnosis Practitioner Certification (October 2016)

About Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is founder of the BHRTS and is our senior Trainer. He is responsible for writing and designing our courses and is one of the world’s leading authorities on Indirect Hypnosis and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. In the UK he is credited with pioneering the use of Indirect Hypnosis back in the 1970’s when he established British Hypnosis Research courses in more than 27 British Hospitals. 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. He say’s “it is also exciting for me as I am ‘flying by the seat of my pants’ most of the time!”

Live demonstrations of therapy also mirrors what would happen in an actual therapy session so this is another reason why he prefers to teach this way. A complete biography is available here.

Our Trainers

Our trainers have impeccable academic and professional qualifications in addition to years of experience using Indirect Hypnosis in a practical environment. They all subscribe to the principles outlined in our mission statement and are dedicated to providing the highest standards of hypnotherapy training. In addition to our training team we also have a team of skilled supervisors offering free introductory evenings in the countries where we run courses.

Our current trainers are:

Dr Matthias Kaiser

Jos Van Boxtel

John Hinchliffe

Brian Watson

Stefan Fiebig

Clare Hudman

The Education Board

The Education Board oversees the various courses offered by the British Hypnosis Research and Training School. It is also responsible for setting and monitoring the strict code of ethical standards that the school follows.

The board comprises academics and medical professionals vastly experienced in both the theory and practical application of Indirect Hypnosis as a medical, therapeutic and communication technique.

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

Our Mission Statement

To make Indirect Hypnosis and the techniques of Milton Erickson available as a modern psychotherapy, counselling technique and communication and influencing skill.


  • To provide world class training for healthcare professionals and those in related fields.
  • To promote the potential of Indirect hypnosis and Ericksonian hypnotherapy as a means of helping people with physical and psychological problems.
  • To continuously research improvements in the efficacy of these techniques for psychotherapy, counselling and health care.

Our Code of Ethics

The question of ethical practice in Indirect Hypnosis is paramount and a matter on which the School places the highest weight. The key principles are summarised below and the full Code of Ethics can be downloaded here.

  • The highest standards of personal integrity are expected of students and graduates, at all times.
  • Students and graduates have a responsibility always to promote the dignity, privacy, autonomy and safety of all patients, clients and others with whom they come into contact.
  • Students and graduates should avoid any action which places the patient or client at risk.
  • 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.
  • Students and graduates must acknowledge the boundaries of their competence and the limit of their experience.
  • Students and graduates agree to only use the skills taught on the course in contexts for which the skills are taught.
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