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About Ridgeway College

Ridgeway College was formed in 1999 as a response to the ever-increasing demand for skilled counsellors and the lack of vacancies available. Since 1999 Ridgeway has trained thousands of students in counselling. Some of these now work in private practice and others in clinics and medical centres. Some of our students have moved into the field of training other students to be counsellors.

We feel passionately that an integrative way of working with clients in today’s society is essential if we are to offer flexibility in our approach to each client and of course our work. This respectful approach to our teaching is also conveyed to each student, who like clients, are also unique and individual, and we pride ourselves on this unique approach.

The courses offered by Ridgeway College are accredited by:

  • International Society of Professional Counsellors (ISPC)

  • College of Management Science London (School of Psychology)

  • Faculty of Management Science

Our tutors are fully qualified, professional teaching and practising counsellors and therapists. We take pride in our work ethic here at Ridgeway College and all our members of staff are approachable and aim to assist and support our students at each stage of their education with us.

Please call Graham on 01522 546554 or send an email to

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Supervision Training
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Diploma in Supervision

Diploma in the Supervision of Counsellors & Therapists

The course comprises of 10 units and is taught through 10 tutorials using a course module. To qualify for the award of diploma students must:

  • Complete each unit successfully

  • Write an essay of approx. 1000 words entitled ‘What it means to be a supervisor’

  • Provide a letter of recommendation from their current supervisor

  • Provide evidence that you hold a diploma in counselling skills & theory and have a minimum of three years experience as a counsellor.

Unit 1

Working in accordance with your own definition of supervision.

Explaining their values, assumptions and the philosophy with which they intend to practice supervision.

Initiating the style in which they intend to use, as a good supervisor.

Unit Two

To set up and present a practice professionally.

Values and Assumptions about good and bad Counselling.

Unit Three

In this unit information is given that will broaden the horizon and encourage the reader to become aware of the wider contexts and systems within which counselling takes place – cultural, political, economic, professional, organisational; and the relationship to these to the particular working context of the eventual supervisee.

Unit Four

In unit four, there is a change of focus from the candidate (who may wish to become a supervisor) to 

The experience of meeting the supervisee.

Unit Five

The first part of this unit will enable you to define the meaning of a supervision working alliance.

It will also clarify the purpose of a working alliance as well as clarifying the tasks, responsibilities and roles in the alliance. Consideration will be given to building, maintaining and repairing the working alliance involved with the social influence process.

Unit Six

The first part of this unit will enable you to define the meaning of a supervision working alliance.

It will also clarify the purpose of a working alliance as well as clarifying the tasks, responsibilities and roles in the alliance. Consideration will be given to building, maintaining and repairing the working alliance involved with the social influence process.

Unit Seven

Managing the structure of the session.

Facilitating the process of a piece of supervision work.

Guarding and developing the working agreement and the working alliance.

As a supervisor you will exercise these responsibilities in ways which are congruent with your theories and

assumptions, your personal style, your supervisee’s styles and developmental stage, the work setting and all the other contextual issues which you have incorporated in your working agreement. In this unit, are laid out some choices available to you and remind you of what you need to take into account when making those choices.

Unit Eight

This unit will enable you to:

Plan a structure for an individual piece of supervision work.

Identify the choices available for focus, attention and intervention.

Be aware of the need for flexibility.

Encourage the supervisee to lay out his/her practice and his/her needs.

Revise the mini-skills needed for the different stages of work (or playing!).

Become more intentional in your supervising.

Prepare for some recurrent difficulties.

Unit Nine


The focus in a particular piece of work.

Particular areas of attention within the focus.

Skills and interventions.


The purpose of this Unit is to remind you of the ways each session can:




Unit Ten

Through out these materials, emphasis has been placed on the main purpose of supervision, supporting, challenging the development of counsellors and to ensure the best possible service to clients.


You are invited to recognise that this purpose is the supervisors’ normative task, and some ways of developing your roles of monitor, appraiser and assessor. This may feel like an onerous responsibility, but you do not stand alone, since you may build a network to support you in establishing a confident, effective and ethical practice.

Hypnotherapy Training
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Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Diploma in Hypnotherapy - (DipHyp)

If you are interested in training as a hypnotherapist we can offer you ISPC accredited training in Lincoln. The Diploma in Hypnotherapy will qualify you to work as a hypnotherapist in private practice and you can apply for professional membership with a professional body that will also arrange your public liability insurance.

This course provides an easy route to understanding how to induce trance states and what these altered states of awareness enable the hypnotherapist to achieve to help their clients.

The course covers the history of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, simple and advanced trance induction techniques, and self-hypnosis procedures. It then takes you through several of the applications of hypnosis.


These include helping others or yourself to:

  • Quit smoking without any withdrawal symptoms

  • Weight loss/management without going on a diet

  • ​Removal of fears and phobias

  • Stress management

  • Sleep disorders

  • Dream therapy, change nightmares into pleasant dreams

  • Skin disorders, eczema and other conditions can be controlled or cleared

  • Pain control, for operations or chronic conditions

  • Performance enhancement at exams, interviews, promotions or social events

  • Past life regression, explore previous lives, or indeed future ones!

  • Remote viewing, understand being able to observe locations and activities remotely over any distance

  • Group therapies, relaxation classes


The final part of the course takes you through the practical side of setting up in a hypnotherapist practice and gives down to earth advice and help on a step by step plan to ensure your success.

One to one help is available during and after the programme.


This course is taken in two parts. The first part of this course is studied at home. The student is provided with a module and four written assignments and a final essay which is the exam.


Part two is taken in a classroom setting in which the student will put their new knowledge into practice by experience being hypnotised and actually hypnotising the tutor and or other students. The course also includes the use of CDs so that the student will experience different types of hypnotherapy and meditation practices


Enrolments now being taken for September, 2021 – Course begins second Tuesday in September 2021 from 11.00-13.00 and will run fortnightly during term time only over 20 weeks. Dates to be arranged.


Please note – Prof. Graham Cocking currently offers hypnotherapy in private consultations as well as supervision for qualified counselling/hypnotherapy practitioners.

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