CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Diploma



The course is suitable for those with an appropriate background and/or experience, including: psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, counsellors, well-being coaches, health and medical professionals, educators with pastoral roles, etc. who wish to learn and apply the basic principles and practices of CBT, which can be combined very effectively with other modalities.

  • Diploma in CBT with the Psychology of Depression, Grieving and Loss*
  • Diploma in Eating Disorders and OCD*


Both of these short courses are suitable for those with an appropriate background and/or experience, including: psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, counsellors, well-being coaches, health and medical professionals, educators with pastoral roles, etc. who wish to learn and apply the basic principles and practices of CBT, which can be combined very effectively with other modalities. In particular, the courses integrate complementary practices from clinical hypnotherapy and NLP.


For many years now, in the UK and internationally, CBT has been the therapy of choice for an increasing number of patients and clients consulting with medical and psychiatric physicians. The influential “Depression Report” published in the UK in 2006 by the London School of Economics, recommended a radical shift in health policy, away from prescription medication and towards the provision of “short, effective, evidence based psychological therapies”, particularly CBT. These recommendations were strongly endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Mental Health Foundation, and many other organisations dedicated to improving mental health, including: Mind, Rethink, The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, Young Minds, etc.

The government responded positively to these recommendations and, following the success of pilot projects in 2007, National Health Service (NHS) policy has been steadily shifting towards the implementation of this new approach. Unfortunately, financial restrictions following the recession along with political uncertainties has slowed down progress in this shift in policy. There is also a shortage of suitably trained and qualified therapists to meet the increasing demand. However, all the major political parties are agreed that there needs to be a radical review of the health services in the UK, including mental health and GPs are increasingly encouraging their patients to seek help from CBT therapists because of its evidence-based results. CBT has been proved to gain superior outcomes, as compared with other talk-based therapeutic approaches, with faster results in the short-term, and often with long-lasting benefits. In this respect, CBT, like hypnotherapy, can be described as a form of ‘brief therapy’ and the two modalities combined have been found to be even more effective.

CBT is a flexible approach that aims to change maladaptive or rigid ways of thinking and feeling. It is not the events themselves, but rather the meaning a person gives them, that are important. Negative and/or anxious thought patterns that build over time become a rigid belief system and fail to adapt to change. By identifying these negative or distorted perceptions, the therapist or clinician can evaluate and help to change the way the patient or client is thinking and, ultimately, feeling and behaving.

Because this therapy is tailored to the client’s individual needs and focuses on their negative/anxious thought patterns and processes, they will learn to become more flexible and able to accept and adopt new cognitive skills. CBT therefore encourages better coping skills and strategies in the present and, more importantly, well into the future, thus maintaining a significantly reduced relapse rate.

During CBT sessions, it is essential that the therapist assists the client to devise an appropriate plan of action. Providing homework for the client is particularly important, as the client is encouraged to participate in their own therapy regime. Their dysfunctional way of thinking is often habitual, therefore it is essential that the client themself records and changes their own often rigid cognitive patterns on a daily basis. This therapeutic structure is valuable, as the client is assured that support is available while they implement their action plan, and they can see and acknowledge their own progress. This in turn contributes to a successful outcome.

Feedback at the beginning of each session is vital and must include information about what has worked and what has not. The emphasis is on therapist-client collaboration to experiment and explore different ways for the individual client to overcome their difficulties. As the defined maladaptive cognitions are explored and identified by the therapist and client together, a combined approach can also be used, with the therapist who is trained in hypnotherapy incorporating the information gained from the CBT work into hypnosis sessions. Dr David Kato, who has been practising ‘Hypno-CBT’ since 1995, describes this approach as “internal focused CBT”, which he finds leads to faster results and a better success rate than using CBT or hypnotherapy alone.

CBT can be used for any presenting problem including:

  • Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety States
  • Depression
  • Uni- & Bi-Polar Disorders
  • Mood Swings
  • Anger Management
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)

Experienced CBT therapists are even finding that even clients/patients with severe and more extreme mental health issues, such as Borderline Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia, are responding well to CBT interventions.

Our courses are taught under licence of Dr David Kato whose CBT courses provide specialist advanced training providing continuing professional development (CPD) as well as continuing education units (CEUs). They accredited in the UK and USA by a number of leading international professional bodies and organisations, including:

  • The Academy for Continued Hypnosis Education International (ACHE)
  • The National Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists (NRAH)
  • The Hypnotherapy Control Board (HCB)
  • Essex Institute for Clinical Hypnosis (EICH)
  • The International Association for Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (APHP)
  • The Open College (UK)

A number of previous participants who have completed this course have been accepted for membership of the National Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (NACBT), USA.

The courses provide theoretical knowledge, assessment, planning action, intervention and evaluation skills as well as giving participants the opportunity to practise what they have learned. The CBT Diploma curriculum includes minor and major mental health problems such as: anxiety states, panic disorder, OCD, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, IBS, stress, and weight reduction.

Participants will benefit most by sharing the issues that their current clients are dealing with so that personal experience can be addressed in addition to the case studies and different scenarios covered in the course.

Personalised action plans are required for each individual client and so writing scripts for the CBT hypnotherapy sessions, and providing homework sheets, is an important aspect of the course. Different scenarios also help to create an understanding of how CBT can be applied efficiently and effectively, to create good client outcomes.

All those who complete the course are entitled to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Each of the courses has the option to submit for a post-course examinations and on passing at the required standard will be awarded the Diploma qualification. 

Participants will receive extensive course materials in the form of soft copies after the course, so that manuals, forms and scripts can be printed off. Slides are also provided to download.

Terms and Conditions apply to all fees and special offers made from time to time. When any other special offers, additional discounts and ‘Flashsale’ deals are made, the offers apply to registrations made during the period specified for the offer only and cannot be applied retrospectively or after the deadline has passed, regardless of the rates applicable before and after the period of the special offer.

 If a participant is unable to attend the course for which they have registered, where alternative dates are available it may be possible to attend the same course at a later date. However, no refunds are given in any circumstances once a registration has been accepted and confirmed. Subject to technology functioning, all online courses are recorded and participants will be supplied with links to download the online live sessions for viewing and revising as required.

Dates for the next online courses:

  • Diploma in CBT with the Psychology of Depression, Grieving and Loss*

Next course:


Fri 22nd – Sat  23rd and Fri 28th – Sat 29th   

Timings:  10am – 6pm Dubai GST.



Fri 25th – Sat 26th Sep and Fri 2nd – Sat 3rd Oct

Timings:  10am – 6pm Dubai GST.

  • Diploma in Eating Disorders and OCD*

Next course:


Fri 6th – Sat 7th

Timings:  10am – 6pm Dubai GST.


*These courses are accredited by ACHE, EICH/APHP, Open College (UK), etc.

We often hold free introductory webinars for our accredited courses, contact us for details