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Clinical Hypnosis Training Courses in Nottingham

Transformations School of Clinical Hypnosis 0115 9871581

Providing training in hypnotherapy, coaching and NLP in Nottingham since 2007

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Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Coaching (practitioner level)

Why choose our course?

You won't find a more comprehensive course in the UK. We cover everyhing from the basics to the more advanced.

So if you're completely new to the subject, this course is for you. If you already know quite a lot about the subject, this course is for you too.

Next course starts in September 2024 

Almost full - discount for early bookings


For more information phone Robert McKinnon on 0115 9871581 or send an email to robert@nottinghamcoaching.co.uk



10 reasons to choose our course

1. Our classes are small; typically around six students. So you receive plenty of individual attention in a relaxed atmosphere. 

2. Our course is suitable for those with a scientific background as well as those from a more spiritual background, although some people can be both! 

3. Our course is suitable for people from all walks of life, including those with no previous knowledge of hypnosis or hypnotherapy.

4. You are allowed to ask questions (believe it or not, there are some courses where this is frowned upon!). In fact we very much encourage it.

5. We will teach you several ways of how to find and deal with the root cause of the client's problem. This very important topic is not covered by a lot of courses.

6. You will learn many NLP techniques, parts integration therapy, performance coaching, pain management, stress management and much more.

7. We look at the science behind how hypnotherapy works, incuding understanding the brain, neurochemistry, the mind-body connection, and the stress response, including polyvagal theory.  

8. Many of our students gain considerable personal benefit from doing our course, e.g. becoming more confident, overcoming phobias, habits etc.  

9. There is ongoing support once you have qualified. In fact we have our own peer support group, and also a practice group (HypnoClub). 

10. You will learn a huge amount, and have lots of fun!

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Our latest graduates - qualified June 2023
Graeme, Donna, John and Claire

This time next year it could be you!

Doing the clinical hypnotherapy course with Robert has been one of my favourite ever things. Robert is such an engaging and knowledgeable teacher and has made the course exciting and fun. He has allowed us to learn in our own way but with excellent guidance. I couldnt recommend this course more. An absolute privilege to be part of and to start my hypnotherapy journey with. - Bethan Protheroe (Qualified August 2021)

Meet the trainers

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The course is presented by Robert McKinnon (above), Steve Lowe and Louise Page

Robert McKinnon
is a clinical hypnotherapist with more than 21 years experience. Robert's qualifications are:-

As well as working with general members of the public, Robert also coaches professional golfers and athletes up to and including World and Olympic standard. Robert's work has been featured in Cosmopolitan and Zest magazines and he has been a regular guest on BBC radio.

Steve Lowe is a former dentist and qualified hypnotherapist and will present a scientific perspective on hypnosis, the workings of the mind, the mind-body link and the stress response.

Louise Page is an experienced hypnotherapist and specialises in past life regression and working with those affected by narcissism.


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Your questions answered

Upon completion of the course will I be able to set up in practice as a hypnotherapist?

Yes you will. This is a full practitioner course, which is validated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. You will learn everything you need to know, and more, to be able to set up in practice as soon as you finish.

Is the course presented in the classroom, or is it online?

The course is presented in the classroom at our own therapy and training facility in Nottingham. The classes are held at the weekend; one weekend per month for eleven months (so around 130 hours in total)

Is there additional work I need to do at home?

Yes there is. You'll be expected to do around eight hours of work at home per week, on average. This will include reading some of the books on the extensive reading list as well as monthly written assignments. 

How big are the class sizes?

We only work with small groups, typically around five or six students, so that everyone feels included. 

Does the course include demonstrations and practical sessions?

Yes it does and these things are obviously very important.

What does your course offer that others don't?

We believe our course is unique in many ways. For example, we cover everything from the basics up to the most advanced techniques. The course includes hypnosis, NLP and coaching. 

We include the latest developments in the science of the brain, the mind-body connection and the stress response.

Our aim is to coach you to be the best therapist you can be.  

Is there ongoing support after I've qualified?

Yes there is, in the form of our own peer support group. Very few course include this.

If you have any more questions please send me an email to robert@nottinghamcoaching.co.uk

You will learn how to help people to :-

overcome a life-long phobia, often in a matter of minutes

significantly reduce pain so they can have their lives back

overcome anxiety and feel more confident instead

lose weight, stop smoking etc.

We also include an in-depth look at the science behind hypnotherapy, and much more..... 

Doing this course has been pretty sensational, It has opened up my mind and awareness to a level beyond my comprehension. Whether you wish to set up in practice, self develop or just have a useful skillset at your disposal, this course is for you. Robert's approach is respectful and his consideration for others and honest approach is nothing short of exceptional. - 
Adam Bucklow (Qualified November 2019) 

 I completed the Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Coaching course At the Transformations School of Clinical Hypnosis with Robert, and I have to say it is the best course I have ever done. I was not only taught about the wonderful subject of hypnotherapy but also learnt a lot about myself, allowing me to continue in this field as a vocation, enabling me to help people in all walks of life.  The classes are small which is great as each individual is an integral part of the group, no one gets left behind.  Our group was and still are fantastic, we helped and learnt from each other and are still doing that having set up a social media group for continued support.  We also have the added bonus of support from Robert and I know this will always be available as long as we want it. I would recommend this course to anyone who is considering studying in this field, it’s changed my life. - 
Bridget Turner, Newark


Robert is an amazing hypnotherapy teacher and the help he has from Steve and Louise makes the course really enjoyable. For anyone wanting to studying hypnotherapy give Robert a call, - Tim Steer. Nottingham

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Qualified May 2019 - Mike, Claire, Valeria and Pip

The course has proved to be an excellent introduction to Hypnotherapy and Mind Coaching and has equipped me with a solid understanding of many therapeutic techniques. Robert is a very approachable, supportive and engaging tutor who explains key concepts really clearly. I found it particularly helpful when he demonstrated some of those techniques, sharing his practical expertise with us. I look forward to going to the Peer Group meetings to keep up to date with the latest practices in Hypnotherapy. Thank you very much for a very enjoyable course.

Gillian Broughton, qualified June 2018

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Qualified - June 2018

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Please be assured that Transformations School of Clinical Hypnosis takes you privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to help deliver and improve our services to you. We will always keep your details safe and we will 
NEVER share your details with unauthorised third parties. 

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Our December 2017 graduates
Sarah, Heather, Heather, Jeanette, Jayne and Fiona (seated)

 This time next year you could be fully qualified too!

As you may have noticed, there are a lot of hypnotherapy courses around. So what's different about our course? Here are just a few examples:-

1. Our class sizes are small (around 6 or 7 students) to ensure that everyone receives plenty of individual attention.

2. We include leading-edge therapy techniques and we are constantly updating the course content.

3. We look at the science behind hypnotherapy to help you to understand the issues that people have and how hypnotherapy really works.

4. We cover the all-important topics of setting up in practice and marketing in plenty of detail.

5. We help you to catch-up if you miss one of the weekends.

6. We provide support both during your training and beyond. In fact we may be the only hypnotherapy course that has its own peer support group.

 I think doing your course was the best decision I ever made!

- Emma Madeley, Notts

I have never known a more helpful, accommodating, dedicated tutor ever. This course has not just set me up for a whole new business change, it has changed my life completely and help me discover myself too! I cannot thank you enough Robert! 

- Mandy Jackson, Derby

Robert's patient teaching style and ongoing supplement would be difficult to equal. Joining the course is one of the best decisions I've made.

- Shayne Rice, Nottingham

 From the teaching to the syllabus and course material, I found the course thorough, professional and highly enjoyable.  There was much opportunity to discuss the material and practice new skills with the tutor and the group so there was a good balance of theory and practice.  The best course I've ever taken! 

Helen Falconer, Nottingham

This course was a revelation, I learned a huge amount across a wide range of concepts. Robert McKinnon really practices what he preaches through his small group practical sessions with open discussion gently led by him. An excellent tutor with great results! A great foundation for a future in Mind Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy

Tony Dawes, Newark


Phone 0115 9871581 or email robert@nottinghamcoaching.co.uk for the prospectus and details of how to book

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We believe that our course is one of the most advanced available because we include:-

The importance of a client-centred approach to therapy

The importance of treating the underlying cause 

How to be a safe, ethical practitioner

Leading-edge therapy techniques

How to set up in practice and market yourself

The emerging science behind how and why hypnotherapy works

Catch-up sessions if you miss any of the modules

Lots of bonus information that you won't get from most other courses

On-going support after you have qualified (including regular peer group meetings)


You will learn how you can be a specialist in any of the following areas:-

  Weight management

  Smoking cessation

  Stress management

  Pain management

  Fear and phobia release

  Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

  Peak performance coaching (in sport etc.) 

This course will enable you to change your own life and, of course, the lives of others


One of our past groups - qualified July 2014 :- Jim (from Scotland), Teija, Rachel, Lynne, Mark, Caroline, Phil, and Tony. When are you going to join them?

This course is life changing!
Not only did I receive a fully recognised diploma in hypnotherapy and six new friends, but I also experienced a life journey all of my own. I am far more confident, assertive, and happy with who I am. The course content is extremely interesting and by the end of the course you have all the tools and skills to set up in business as a successful hypnotherapist. Robert is an excellent tutor and was able to add far more to the course with his many years of experience. I found this course far more rewarding than my graduation from University! - Donna Boulton, qualified November 2012

The course consists of one weekend per month for 11 months (a total of 130 hours of classroom time). The weekend sessions are a combination of theory, demonstrations and practical sessions. Full support via telephone and email is provided during the course and after you've qualified.


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Well done to our first ever 'all girl group', Lyn, Sheena, Sarah, Donna and Caroline! (Qualified November 2012)

"Robert is a clear, patient, articulate teacher who presents the very latest techniques in a balanced, non-judgemental way. He encourages students to become independent, confident therapists and to decide for themselves which theories and approaches they like. There is a good balance of theory and practical work, and Robert goes out of his way to give additional support and information to individual students where needed. Above all the course was extremely enjoyable and has introduced me to a whole new fascinating subject" - Julie Pollock, West Bridgford

"Thank you for everything. I have really enjoyed the course and it has certainly changed my life" - Susan King, Nottinghamshire

"Just wanted you to know what a fantastic time I had on the course. It has been an amazing journey" - Rosalind Smith, Lincolnshire

"10 out of 10 as an overall score for both the content and delivery of the course. Robert created an interesting journey" - Rob Stark, London

"I would recommend both Robert as a tutor and this course to anyone interested in human nature and developing into a therapist" - Louise Page, Stathern, Melton Mowbray  

"It was a pleasure and joy to attend this course with you. I found your teaching and communication methods easy to follow and implement" - Kam Birdee, Nottingham


Further information about our course:-

1. Our course is carefully designed in that we cover the basics first and then go into the more advanced aspects of hypnotherapy and NLP. Then we pull everything together so that you will know how to best structure your treatment programmes for maximum effect.

2. We also help you to understand how the mind works, and how it can (and very often does) work against us to cause unwanted feelings, emotions and habits. We keep you well informed of the latest developments in neuro-science, which will help to deepen your understanding further.

3. We study the work of some of the leading names in the field, both past and present, including:-

- Dave Elman (direct hypnosis)

- Milton Erickson (indirect hypnosis and metaphor)

- Ormond McGill (hypnotic suggestions)

- Roy Hunter (parts therapy and regression therapy)

- Terence Watts (personality types and regression therapy)

- Ron Eslinger (stress and pain management)

- Kevin Hogan (body language)

- Steve Peters (sports psychology)

- Karl Morris (mind coaching)

4. Our groups are small with a maximum of 8 students.

5. Your course tutor can be contacted between weekend sessions via telephone, email or even face to face if required.

6. In addition, upon successful completion of the course you will be able to join our expanding peer support network which meets on a regular basis.

7. The personal benefits you will get from this course may well be considerable. e.g. it is very likely that it will help you to be much more confident and more in control of your life.

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Reading list:-

The course consists of one weekend per month for 11 months. Each weekend is a combination of theory, demonstrations and the all important practical sessions.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a diploma enabling you to become a practitioner and to use the letters D.Hyp

You will also be able to join the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and also register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is recognised by the Department of Health.

The next course will commence in September 2024.

The cost of the course is £2500 made up of £200 deposit to secure your place, and a further payment of £2300. 


The main reading books for the course include:-

Brian Roet : Understanding Hypnosis

Terence Watts : Warriors, Settlers & Nomads

Jeremy Lazarus : Successful NLP

Roy Hunter : The Art of Hypnotherapy

Roy Hunter : The Art of Hypnosis

Dave Elman : Hypnotherapy

Georges Philips and Lyn Buncher : Gold Counselling

Richard Bandler : Using Your Brain for a Change

Bandler and Grinder : Frogs Into Princes

S. Rosen : My Voice Will Go With You

David Hamilton : How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body


One of our previous classes - qualified December 2010

Our Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Coaching is one of the most advanced courses you will find in the country. This is because we cover the most up-to-date and effective techniques in the field of hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching, although we also include the more traditional approaches as well.

The latest understanding of neuro-science, the mind-body system, and human capability are integral parts of our course. So when you qualify you will be suitably equipped to help many people to change their lives in very powerful ways.

The Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Coaching offered by the Transformations School of Clinical Hypnosis has been Assessed and Validated at Practitioner Level by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK). Graduates from this course are eligible for professional registration with The General Hypnotherapy Register (the GHSC's Registering Agency)at full Practitioner status, together with the acquisition of the industry-based award - The General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP).

The course also meets the requirements of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy and NLP (NIH).

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The course venue is the Orchid Therapy Centre, 1a Westdale Lane, Carlton, Nottingham. The facility has a training room plus additional rooms for the all-important practical sessions.

Phone 0115 9871581 to request a prospectus

Our comprehensive practitioner course will enable you to help many people overcome a wide range of issues. Even if you do not wish to become a therapist yourself, the personal benefits you will gain from this course are considerable.

You will learn all about hypnosis, what it is and what it isn't. You will understand why people have problems such as habits, anxiety and phobias.

You will learn many amazing techniques, including how to help someone to be free of their phobia in just 20 minutes, or change the habits of a lifetime in less than half an hour. You will learn how to help your clients uncover and deal with hidden causes of their problems, and discover the power of breathing, posture and body langauge. You will discover the amazing potential that we all have and how to tap into that potential, so that you can change your own life as well as the lives of others.

We include many extras that many other course do not:-

Support by telephone and email, both during the course and after you qualify.

Free private sessions with the course tutor should you require them.

Specialist training in certain key areas; smoking cessation*, stress management, weight management and mind coaching (for sports and business people).

* In addition to your diploma you will also receive a certificate as a smoking cessation specialist and as such will be eligible to be included on the Central Register for Stop Smoking Therapists (CRSST).

The course also includes comprehensive training in practice management and marketing. We are not aware of any other hypnotherapy training course which includes this crucial topic in such depth.

Our students come from all over the East Midlands, including Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Worksop, Newark and Mansfield, and far beyond, including Scotland and Jersey!

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There has never been a better time to be a hypnotherapist!


"Being a hypnotherapist is one of the top 10 jobs in the UK today" - Men's Health magazine, January 2009

The magazine also describes the fact that hypnotherapy is becoming more and more in demand as the health service struggles to cope with stress related illnesses.

Imagine having a job where you are your own boss and you decide when you work and how much you charge (and you could charge from around £50 up to £200 an hour).

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Here are some more comments from previous students:-

"Excellent course. I thought Robert's way of putting things across was very good and he made it easily understandable. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of taking up hypnotherapy as a career and also anyone looking to enhance their own personal life" - Dave Parnham, Newark

"Dear Robert, it was a pleasure and joy to attend this course with you. I found your teaching and communication methods easy to follow and implement. The course notes were comprehensive and I thoroughly enjoyed the amount of practical included too. I do value the extra time you gave us all to cover any aspects of the course we were unsure about, and also the knowledge that you are still available for us to ask any further questions. May I wish you every success in your journey" - Kam Birdee, Nottingham

"The course provides an excellent grounding on hypnotherapy and becoming a hypnotherapist. Robert’s notes are excellent and very comprehensive. There is ample opportunity to practice techniques which I found very beneficial" - Jenny Swain, St. Ives (Huntingdon)

"I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying the course - I keep going on about it so don't be surprised if you get some more course applicants from Jersey!" - Justine Houston, Jersey

"I fully recommend this course which I personally found very informative, stimulating & professionally administered. The handouts & backup service are first class" - Amanda Jones, Melton Mowbray

"Robert provides that little extra which makes this course better than norm. He is flexible, and goes out of his way to accommodate students who miss sessions. So if you want a tutor prepared to go that extra yard – you’ve found one" - Paul Harrison, Newark

"From the first weekend when we were shown how to lead someone into hypnosis, this course has been an amazing journey of discovery, self-discovery and confidence-building in that I have been trained to do things I dreamt of being able to do. Robert – thank you" - Shan Marshall, Nottingham

"An extremely informative, well structured and inspiring course" - James Walker, Nottingham

“I would like to thank you for the course and for being a very supportive tutor. I feel it’s been a fantastic journey not only of learning hypnotherapy and mind coaching, but an experience of self discovery” – Sarah Wilson, Blyth

"The course was perfect for me, a great learning experience in good company, helping greatly to develop my understanding and skills in this area and life in general" - Laurence Coleman, Leicester

"The course was very thorough and used a good mixture of materials.  There’s an excellent combination of theory and being given lots of opportunity to practice is a major part of the course.  Robert is a considered and professional tutor, who allows individuals students to bring to the course their experiences which made the course even more interesting.  I have developed throughout the course and now feel that I will make a proficient and caring therapist, using the skills learnt.  I would recommend both Robert as a tutor and this course to anyone interested in human nature and developing into a therapist" - Louise Page, Stathern, Melton Mowbray

"Anyone who is thinking of going on any hypnotherapy training course should get it touch with Robert first; I'm sure they would enjoy it" - Sue Hayes, Newark

"Thank you so much for a really inspirational course. It was very well thought out with excellent course notes" - Cathy Whelan, Collingham

"I really appreciated the extensive practical sessions" - Richard Phipps, Nottingham

"Extremely informative, excellent value for money, enjoyed every minute of it, learning made easy" - Deena Wardle, Ashby de la Zouch

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