Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal
Hypnotherapy (Spiritual Hypnosis)
(Adv. Dip. Trans. Hyp.)
specialist distance learning course for experienced hypnotherapists.
Revised version June 2011.
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy for professional development
recommended period of study: approx.
6 to 9 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit. It is possible to
complete the course more rapidly if several lessons per month are taken.
£365.00 (365 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
Textbooks are not included in the tuition fees. This major course
will require 10 textbooks, though many hypnotherapists will have some of
them already. Students will normally buy their books
from on-line bookstores.
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
email. Students may incorporate techniques learned into their private practice
and Unit 11 will involve presentation of case studies.
Spiritual and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
recognises that the use of altered states of consciousness to access
other realities has a long history. This history is swept under the
carpet by those who insist that hypnotherapy must be a medical or
psychological specialism and those who insist on “evidence-based”
approaches to hypnotherapy. Such mainstream approaches are valuable
when providing treatment for issues such as stress, smoking cessation,
psychosomatic conditions and to aid recovery from physical illness in
conjunction with conventional medical care.
However, looking at the human being from a
holistic perspective, we are not just mind and body but also spirit.
“Spirit” means different things to different people but general
consensus points to a connection with something beyond the individual,
present-mind ego identity. This connection can go inwards – to
meditative states, and states in which we access experiences of previous
lives or other dimensions – or outwards, to feeling a connection with
humanity as a whole, with nature, with the world of animals, with the
universe, or with God. We can also add spiritual or psychic encounters
with departed loved ones, and encounters with beings perceived as
angels, spirit guides, or other-worldly presences. Another meaning of
“spirit” is that we are part of and surrounded by a network of energy
fields which science cannot reliably measure – traditionally referred to
as non-physical “bodies” of different levels, and that according to that
view, our consciousness and our emotions are partly located in those
Spiritual hypnotherapy is thus the use of
hypnosis to help access to a portion of this wide range of
beyond-the-present-ego experiences and beyond-the-physical energies.
Such experiences can be extremely
significant and meaningful, and in some cases they can bring about some
form of healing, though this cannot be guaranteed. But those experiences
do not fit into a conventional medical model of hypnotherapy.
People will argue about the “truth” of
inner experiences. There are no definite answers and each person –
therapist or client – must make up his/her own mind about what these
experiences mean and how “real” they are. Some of them may be archetypal
– that means, rooted in ancient patterns and myths that are part of
universal human consciousness at a deep level and which can express
themselves through personalised experiences such as a past life
Some of these experiences may be
metaphoric, in other words, healing stories that contain symbols of the
present-life problems, so that a resolution can be found using the
subconscious mind’s dream-like thinking instead of the conscious mind’s
thinking patterns. From this point of view, the client is his/her own
spontaneous metaphor therapist. Some experiences may reflect the reality
of other dimensions and planes and the progression of the soul.
Increasingly, the interest in experiences
suggesting reincarnation and life after death has moved from
spiritualists and psychics to open-minded doctors, psychologists,
psychiatrists and other helping professionals or academics who have
written many books about evidence for survival after death,
reincarnation, near-death experiences, and so on.
Also, a new paradigm has emerged within the
field of bereavement counselling – instead of encounters with deceased
relatives being viewed as hallucinations (a view stemming from Freud) –
some more enlightened bereavement experts have said that encounters with
departed loved ones are natural and are not to be discouraged. Instead
of telling people to withdraw emotional investment in the relationship
with the departed, one modern view is that it is helpful and even
healing to integrate their presence into our lives including the times
when we see or feel their spirits and even talk to them.
Spiritual or transpersonal hypnotherapy can
Past life regression therapy
Future life progression
Meditative states and states of higher
Experiences of being between lives
Encounters with spirits and other
Releasing any unwanted spirit
attachments or influences
Working with dreams (dream recall or
Helping the client build his/her own
model of spiritual realities
Helping the client to active
Manipulating energy states through
symbol, metaphor and ritual to block unwanted influences and create
a sacred space in which healing can take place (otherwise known as
The student will learn many tools and
techniques for spiritual enhancement of sessions and to work in a
holistic, multi-dimensional way with clients.
These subjects are often not covered
extensively in hypnotherapy training courses, and sometimes offered in
quick one-weekend courses that purport to make you into a competent past
life regression therapist. Such brief coverage cannot teach you the
full complexity of this type of work. If you are a practitioner
fascinated by the possibilities of spiritual hypnotherapy and would like
to learn about it in depth, or to upgrade your previous training in the
subject and find out how much more there is to know, this course is for
No previous knowledge of these topics is
necessary as the concepts that you will need will be explained in the
textbooks as part of the relevant modules.
We recommend that every hypnotherapist has
some acquaintance with past life therapy techniques, because spontaneous
past life regressions can occur in any session – whether you believe in
past lives or not – and it can be extremely disconcerting or even
traumatizing for the client if you cannot handle them or if you react in
an insensitive and rejecting way. If you use any form of regression to
childhood, eventually you will have a client with an anomalous
regression experience of the sort that can be called a “past life”.
These techniques can be very powerful
whether or not the therapist – or the client – believes that the
experiences are “real” (whatever that means).
Transpersonal and Archetypal Hypnotherapy
Module 2: The Waking Dream: Hypnotherapy
and Gestalt Dreamwork
Module 3: Hypnotic Facilitation of Spirit
Module 4: Transpersonal Regression Therapy
Module 5: Modern Psychic Self Defence
Module 6: Readings in Transpersonal
Module 7: Healing at the Soul Level
Module 8: Therapy for Spirit Attachments
Module 9: Neo-Ericksonian Approaches to
Module 10: Spiritual Hypnosis: Connecting with the
Universe through the Subconscious
Module 11: Presentation of Case Studies
textbooks (we reserve the right to
substitute books or create substitute units
if a book is unavailable)
Elias, Jack. Finding True Magic: A Radical
Synthesis of Eastern and Western Perspectives and Techniques. Seattle,
WA; Five Wisdoms Publications, Second Edition, 2006.
Churchill, Randal. Become the Dream: The
Transforming Power of Hypnotic Dreamwork. Santa Rosa, CA: Transforming
Goldberg, Bruce. Spirit Guide
Contact Through Hypnosis. Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA; New Page Books, 2005.
Tomlinson, Andy. Healing the Eternal
Soul. New York, USA and Winchester, UK: O Books, 2006.
Goldberg, Bruce. Protected by the Light.
Hats Off Books (an imprint of iPublisher, Inc), 1998.
Leskowitz, Eric, M.D. Transpersonal
Hypnotherapy: Gateway to Body, Mind and Spirit. Transpersonal Publishing, 2010.
Goldberg, Bruce. Soul Healing. St. Paul,
Minnesota, USA: Llewellyn Publications, 1998
Ireland-Frey, Louise. Freeing the
Captives: The Emerging Therapy of Treating Spirit Attachment. Hampton
Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1999.
Havens, Ronald A. Self Hypnosis for Cosmic
Consciousness. Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, Wales, UK: Crown House
Publishing Ltd., 2007.
Modi, Shakuntala. Memories of God and
Creation: Remembering from the Subconscious Mind. Hampton Roads
Publishing Co. Inc., 2000.
criteria and suitability
must normally be qualified and experienced hypnotherapists and members of a
professional hypnotherapy association. If you do not meet this requirement and
are interested you are invited to contact us with details of your background for
Successful graduates will receive the Advanced Diploma in
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal designation
Dip. Trans. Hyp.
The course is accredited by
The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
(which is linked to UKCHT) for professional development purposes (see
societies page for explanation).
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
a degree. Several hypnotherapy-related degree programmes are available.
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
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