LCCH Medical Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (MDCH)

Hypnotherapy training for medicsProfessor V. M. Mathew and Michael Joseph founded their pioneering course in 1994. They ran the course at Maidstone Priority Care NHS Trust with fourteen medical graduates.

The course has been substantially updated since then and is kept up to date with current medical and hypnotherapeutic trends. Some of the medical professionals who have successfully completed the course have since established their own clinics. Others have introduced hypnotherapy to their place of work within the NHS. Some, though, find it satisfactory to use hypnotherapy as an adjunct to their established speciality.

The London College of Clinical hypnosis (LCCH) aims to teach students who enrol on the MDCH how to use hypnotherapy safely as a useful clinical tool capable of enhancing other clinical treatments. Students will gain understanding in the following areas, among others:

  1. Enabling students to deepen their insight into their patients’ problems
  2. The use of hypnotherapy to enhance the cost effectiveness of treatments
  3. Providing a non invasive option for patients who might be experiencing unpleasant side effects from prescribed drug treatments.

Who is Eligible?

The Medical Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy is open to degree qualified medical professionals who work (or have worked) as doctors, dentists, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and osteopaths.

Experienced practitioners whose qualifications are the equivalent of a degree may also apply.


The course is taught across eight weekends at monthly intervals.

The first two weekends are centred around the power of suggestion, theories of hypnosis, and basic hypnotic techniques. The following weekends concentrate on the application of hypnotherapy to somatic and psychosomatic conditions.


The assessment consists of two parts.

On the last weekend of the course, students will be asked to demonstrate an induction and a deepener, followed by ego-boosting and safe awakening.

Subsequently, the examiner will ask the examinee to provide a protocol for the treatment of a given condition.

For the second part of the assessment students will be required to submit a written paper describing a protocol for a condition to be selected by the college.

The student will be expected to research current journals regarding the condition and to provide a rationale for the proposed treatment. This paper is to be submitted within a month from the completion of the course. References should be cited using the Harvard System.


The qualification will be issued by the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. After completing the course successfully, graduates will be able to register with the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) as Associate Members. They will then be able to obtain public liability and indemnity insurance to practice hypnotherapy.

British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)

On commencement of the course students will be invited to join the BSCH as Affiliate members. On successful completion of the MDCH students will be entitled to Associate Membership of BSCH.