Hypnotherapy Accreditation

Hypnotherapy Accreditation – It Really Does Matter!

Here at Hypnotherapy Business Academy, we ensure you graduate fully accredited with an advanced diploma that is recognised internationally. Although we are an accrediting body here in Ireland, we have voluntarily chosen to obtain external accreditation to ensure our curriculum stands up to and exceeds the current standards of hypnotherapy training.   This means that the Ultimate Results Diploma Course has been assessed and validated to practitioner level by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.  This ensures our curriculum meets not just the Irish standard, but also the stringent U.K. standards for the regulation of therapy training providers.

Hypnotherapy Accreditation and You

When you train with us we will provide you with free student membership of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR). This is Europe’s best known register of professional hypnotherapists. Membership of the GHR declares that you have therapy skills that are recognised worldwide. Additionally, when you train with us, you will also be eligible for membership of the groundbreaking Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  This U.K. based organisation is the national register for therapists who are allowed to work within the National Health Service.

Although we don’t have such a body in Ireland at this time, membership of the CNHC shows the Department of Health, Irish doctors, dentists and other medical professionals the work you do integrates with and complements the allopathic (medical) model.

Hypnotherapy Accreditation and Professional Insurance

When you train with Hypnotherapy Business Academy, you will also qualify for student insurance and will be eligible to join our competitive group insurance scheme through Balens Insurance.  If you already have insurance for the client work you do, most underwriters will add hypnotherapy to your existing insurance policy for a nominal fee.

Hypnotherapy Accreditation and CPD

As an accrediting training organisation, we have a duty of care to provide our students and graduates with on-going support, supervision and continued professional development (CPD).

Therefore, we run a wide range of CPD courses for students and graduates every year.  These include from Sports Mental Toughness Training and Sports Mind Coaching, Grow Your Therapy Practice, Past Life Regression, Positive Psychology Hypnotherapy and a Certificate in Online Coaching and Therapy.  These courses are available to you both live and online. All CPD courses we run are recognised by the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, The General Hypnotherapy Register, The National Council for Hypnotherapy to name but a few.

Hypnotherapy Accreditation and Voluntary Supervision

To help ensure our graduates be the best, have the best and are able to give their best to their clients, we now offer optional and voluntary supervision to graduates.

Right now, supervision is voluntary, but with the forthcoming regulation of counselling and psychotherapists, we would expect the Department of Health to examine the regulation of hypnotherapy soon after.  If that should happen, then it’s essential that the school you train with is actively integrating with other psychotherapy modalities and offers a best practice approach to training and post-training opportunities for all students and graduates.

Additionally, membership of the General Hypnotherapy Register also encourages voluntary supervision for all professional hypnotherapists and the feedback from the GHR has been very positive and supportive of the new innovation in the field of hypnotherapy training.

However, up until now, it was difficult to find professional cross-profession supervisors who also had a working knowledge and experience of hypnotherapy and integrating hypnotherapy into other disciplines.

Meet Our Accredited Supervisors

Liam Cannon and Denis O’Connor are our two supervisors. Both have a B.Sc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Post Grad Diploma in Supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and an MA in cross Professional Supervision.

Both have completed the Ultimate Results Diploma in Hypnotherapy and both use hypnotherapy alongside their counselling services.

Watch the video for an overview of the optional supervision services we now offer to all our Ultimate Results Diploma in Hypnotherapy graduates.



Of extra benefit, both Denis and Liam have completed the Ultimate Results Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Hypnotherapy Business Academy and they have integrated hypnotherapy into their professional counselling practices.

What is supervision?

Supervision is a space where you the hypnotherapist and supervisor agree to meet to discuss your work with clients in order to reflect on and learn from your practice.  Some typical questions that we might use in supervision are,

  • What did we set out to do?
  • What happened?
  • What went well?
  • What went badly?
  • What have we learned?
  • What would we do differently the next time?

Why is Supervision for Hypnotherapists important?

As therapists our role is to facilitate our clients in gaining an understanding of their issues and what it is they seek from therapy.  This is the most important part of our work.  To help the client verbalise exactly what it is they seek from therapy.

As a hypnotherapist we are working with various models of therapy as well as hypnosis.  Hypnosis is the vehicle under which therapy is delivered, therefore a clear understanding of the client’s needs is essential as this informs us as to what therapeutic tools will work best.

It is said that up to 80% of communication is non verbal, therefore in any interaction between two people there is a very high percentage of unspoken communication that both client and therapist are aware off.  In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy this is recognised by the energies that are transferred between client and therapist.

This is known as Transference and counter-transference and directly impacts the work in any session.  Most of it is outside of conscious awareness until it is processed through supervision.  This can and does often effect our work in many ways.  We may find the client difficult, we may feel quite anxious with certain clients and not others, we may question our skills and practice as a therapist and not feel good enough.

Supervision is a learning forum which is reflective and reflexive.  It allows us become aware of ourselves as therapists and to continue our own development as a therapist.

Through supervision we unpack the struggles we have as therapists in our work, this allows us to deliver transformative hypnotherapy tailored to clients needs.  It allows us to identify our stumbling blocks and explore ways of managing these better as hypnotherapists.

Models of Supervision

There are many models of Supervision and each model has several focus points that add to the learning of the supervisee which enhances the experience of therapy for the client.

Carroll (2006) sets out seven tasks in supervision that are used in order to enhance the learning of the supervisee.

  • To monitor administrative aspects to our work
  • To set up a learning relationship
  • To teach
  • To evaluate
  • To monitor professional and ethical issues
  • To counsel
  • To consult

Hawkins and Shohet (2007) set out a seven stage model that is known as the double matrix model.  This is known as a process model of supervision.

  • Focus on the client and what and how they present
  • Exploration of the strategies and intervention used by the supervisee
  • Focus on the relationship between the client and the supervisee, (this is attending to the transference) ie learning from the client,
  • Focussing on the supervisee
  • Focusing on the supervisory relationship (counter-transference). What’s been mirrored here???
  • The supervisor focussing on their own process.
  • Focussing on the wider context in which the work happens

Parallel process is a term used to describe various unconscious processes that exist within our work with clients.  For example a client describing an experience that they’ve experienced and we have experienced similar.  How will this impact us in working with that client??

How Often Should Hypnotherapists Have Supervision?

Supervision should be monthly, it puts space and time aside in order that we are working ethically and professionally in the best interest of our clients.  In Counselling/Psychotherapy supervision is mandatory for the duration of your career otherwise you will not gain accreditation as a therapist.  This has to be renewed yearly and requires a supervisors report. Counselling and Psychotherapy are in the process of being regulated as a profession and this is set to continue across all psychological therapies.

Whilst the general practice of hypnotherapy hasn’t yet made supervision mandatory, there is a need to ensure we operate at the same standard as other professions working within the therapy space.

Do you Offer Skype / telephone Supervision for Hypnotherapists?

Yes.  Skype and/or telephone supervision is available for people who cannot travel.

Contacting Denis and Liam

You can visit Liam Cannon’s website at


You can visit Denis O’Connor’s website at


or email Liam at


or Denis at



The Next Step


There is a lot of information in this article and if you have any questions or simply would like to know more about any of the issues raised, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.  I’m here to help you Be the Best, Have the Best and Give Your Best to Your Clients.


Susan Wallace