Hypnotherapy Program FAQs

Counselling Hypnotherapy Training


Established in 1986, Orca Institute is 37 years old, Canada’s longest-running hypnotherapy school.
We are Designated by PTIBEQA, and EduCanada. We are also an associate school with ACCT and approved by IACH.
All schools in BC have to be registered. It is optional to be “designated”. About half the private training Institutes in BC are designated. We are the only Hypnotherapy school in BC that to be designated.
Diane Auld, MTC, HT is a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist, Master Therapeutic Counsellor (ACCT) Hypnotherapy and Counselling Teacher. She has been a  Hypnotherapy Instructor since 2006. Her love affair with hypnotherapy started long before she decided to study Hypnotherapy at the Orca Institute. Sheldon Bilsker, RCC, HT is a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist and Registered Clinical Counselor with 38 years of experience in private practice. He is President and Founder of the International Association of Counseling Hypnotherapists (IACH) and past President of The Canadian Hypnotherapy Association. He has also been a member of the Legislative Review Committee and one of the original members of the BC Association of Clinical Counselors. 


Yes, You can take our training from anywhere. You just need an internet connection and a cell phone or computer. There is no travel requirement.
The Basic course is equivalent to the first third of the Diploma course. It is 285 hrs. over 8 months (about 10 hrs. per week) compared to the Diploma course which is 640 hrs. over 8 months (about 20 hrs. per week). The Basic Course covers the beginning of using indirect phrasing and counselling skills where the Diploma course moves into more advanced areas of Ericksonian hypnosis and Counselling.
The Basic and Diploma courses both start from the Basic level. Therefore there are no Academic pre-requisites for either. The minimum age is 19.
Students are evaluated using a combination of written, multiple-choice and practical exams. Our open book written exams encourage students to research beyond the course curriculum. 80% is a pass.
Approximately 20Hrs. Per week for the Hypnotherapy Diploma course and 10 Hrs. Per week for our Basic Hypnotherapy Certificate course. A student can receive extensions for either course.
Yes. We have a challenge system that allows a student to receive credit for previous training if successful. Please call Sheldon at 604-808-3703.

Orca Institute had one of the first web site’s online and its instructors have extensive experience in setting up and promoting a private counselling Hypnotherapy practice cost-effectively. Sheldon has experience in SEO, advertising and Social networking. He is happy to share that knowledge with his students. 

Besides general course material, Diane Auld covers many areas geared to who is in the group and their particular interests. This is done through lectures, demonstrations, practice, and discussion. Learn more about Diane.
Classes are about 10-27 students. Our students receive a great deal of personal attention and support and there are many opportunities to have your specific interests addressed.
All of our Hypnotherapy programs are self-paced, with the exception of our online weekend classes, which are pre-scheduled for one weekend per month.


Counselling Hypnotherapy Diploma: Counselling Hypnotherapist (Cand.). “Cand.” is removed after the successful completion of our Counselling Skills Program. Resident Hypnotherapist Certificate: after completing our Basic Hypnotherapy Program.

All of our programs are on the Moodle platform. We are experienced online providers using Moodle to host all of our online programs. Moodle is the world’s most widely used learning management system and is trusted by institutions such as the London School of Economics, State University of New York, Microsoft, and the Open University.

We have two private Facebook groups for our past and current students and teachers. One is for School Announcements, and the other is for students to communicate and arrange to do sessions with each other on Zoom. We want to ensure that even though this is an online course, students never feel like they are doing it alone. Support is always available.
Yes, extensions are available at a fee of $50.00 per month.

Government Financial assistance is available for eligible students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, through the Canadian and provincial government student loan programs. Orca Institute may assist prospective students in applying for Provincial & Federal student loans. This applies only to our Counselling Hypnotherapy Diploma (HP-301) and Counselling Skills Program (CS-100-600).

A Diploma Student can get Professional Liability Insurance once they have completed 25% of their Supervision hours in their respective program.

 “Clients” can be other students or Acquaintances, in person or online. Video recordings of 1 session for the Basic course and 2 sessions for the Diploma course are uploaded for evaluation. Hours and notes are submitted online.


About half of the provinces in Canada currently have some legislation relating to counselling. That could change in the future. Please see our Blog page to learn more.
The range can be anywhere from $60.00 per hr. to $250.00 per hr. Starting fees for new Hypnotherapists in rural areas are closer to $70.00, Urban, $70.00 to $80.00, more experience and certifications, closer to $100.00 to $120.00, Psychologists $150.00 to $250.00.
No. There is some legislation in various states and provinces as stated above but they do not require licensure. Please see our blog for more information on Counselling legislation in Canada
Simply put, Hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention. Daydreaming is a light hypnotic state. The moment one decides to internalize they very naturally begin to shift their attention inwards and move into “Trance” or hypnosis. A high state of anxiety is also a state of trance (highly focused attention). The first example describes trance with awareness, the second, trance without awareness.
Yes. Anyone who is capable of daydreaming can be hypnotized. Most of us move in and out of trance throughout the day. When you are watching a really good movie and 2 hrs. seems like 1/2 Hr. you were in trance or hypnosis.
No. However, you can influence someone. That is why techniques, such as NLP and other multi-level communication skills should always be practiced ethically. In 1989 Sheldon testified as an expert witness for the BC Human Rights Tribunal
No. That’s the easy part. Anyone can read a book and by following directions to hypnotize someone. The first person Sheldon ever hypnotized in 1968 was by doing exactly that. However, it does take time to become very proficient. The harder part is to learn how to be a therapist which is anything but following steps. That’s also why this course is 8 months rather than a week-long like some others.
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