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Course running: AUTUMN 2017 - Saturday 11th of November 2017
Status: Class Nearly Full. Apply Now and Join the Autumn 2017 Class

The centre comprises of meeting rooms, conference spaces and training facilities, making it the ideal place for Chrysalis to use it as a host. 

Stranmillis University College in Belfast houses both our psychotherapeutic counselling courses and our hypnotherapy course. The campus is conveniently located for major airports and sea ports, while being only a couple of miles away from the city centre. In Stranmillis Village, you’ll find the Lyric Players Theatre, Botanic Gardens and the famous Ulster Museum which is known for its art galleries, and specialist exhibitions.

The courses on offer at Stranmillis University College include the Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (one year), Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (two years) and Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (three years). We offer a range of flexible payment options to suit your circumstances. Students can pay for the courses either upfront in advance (with discounts available) or through interest-free monthly instalments.


Darryl McCullagh MHS

Darryl currently works  in private practice as a Hypnotherapist and Hypnobirthing Practitioner. He has been interested in Hypnosis from an early age and for many years he practised hypnosis and was self-taught initially from books then the internet. His formal journey commenced by studying with Chrysalis in order to gain the Diploma in Hypnotherapy.  His time learning with Chrysalis was amazing and thanks to the course, the teaching style and the tutor, he felt that it shaped him in order to work to the levels of professionalism expected by clients in private practice. 

After he qualified from the course, for personal professional development he decided to take further courses in Anxiety and Panic management, as well as Fertility issues and sexual disorders. He has also taken a keen interest in using Hypnosis during child birth and subsequently qualified as a Hypnobirthing Practitioner in March 2015.

Darryl is a Registrant member of The National Hypnotherapy Society To view Darryl's HS profile please click here.

Stella Groves MNCS Accred

Stella’s aim is to provide the right setting where clients feel supported enough for them to discover a way of being that is satisfactory to them. Stella graduated in 2012. Using an integrated approach Stella works with clients world-wide via skype, telephone or face to face who have presented with various issues such as stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, suicide in families, addictions, work related issues and those effected by serious or terminal illness or bereaved as a result. Stella has facilitated various support groups, and delivered motivational talks. Stella offers therapy to adults, young people and couples. Stella enjoys working particularly with post traumatic stress disorder, addictions and bereavement. Stella is a qualified CIPD trainer and has trained in NLP and coaching. Combining this with her psychotherapy knowledge, Stella is often approached to provide solutions in corporate arena’s to encourage employee motivation and wellbeing to support business growth and development. Stella continually develops her counselling practice by attending various continuous professional development workshops to enhance her knowledge which has included o Working with Sexual Violence, Breaking the silence: working with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Self Harm & Young People, Suicide on the Internet, Working with youths and gangs, Working With Addiction, Loss & Grief, Counselling Carers of People with Dementia, Making the most of Supervision, Psychosexual Therapy, Deeper than the Thinking Mind, Relaxation Techniques and Culturally Adapted Counselling, CBT to EMDR (trauma), How early attachments shape our brains and our lives, Suicide and suicial ideation.

o Womens refuge – Freedom programme o Dr Andrew Reeves -Tight Ropes & Safety Nets – Counselling Suicidal Clients. Helping troubled children and adolescents.

o Sir Richard Bowlby – Attachment theory into the future workshop.

Stella is an Accredited Registrant member of The National Counselling Society. To view Stella's NCS profile please click here.

Christine Hanson

Christine gained her BSC HONS psychology at the University of Ulster and had a particular interest in cognitive behaviour. Whilst working part time, she completed a post graduate in Cognitive Behavioural therapy in 2009.
Christine also gained OCN Level 4 sexual abuse/violence training, OCN Level 4 group facilitation, Level 4 Brief solution focused therapy, Level 5 CPCAB children and young people counselling. Christine Has also started a level 6 CPCAB in Supervison.
Christine started to work with Women’s Aid to include refuge work, young women and progressing to interagency working alongside psni and social services.
After spending 4 years in this area, feeling motivated for a new challenge, Christine moved to the health care working initially with the criminal justice system, then moving to the addictions unit, spending 3 years there.
Due to a change in personal circumstances, direction of her career moved to working with children and young people which is where her passion currently lies.
Christine has previous experience of tutoring counselling courses.


Please note that Chrysalis Not For Profit Ltd is not part of Stranmillis University College. We are fortunate enough to be able to hire training facilities at Stranmillis University College to run our various courses. 

Which course is right for you?

Certificate in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills

The Chrysalis Certificate in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills Training Course (Cert. Hyp CS)

AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills

Course 1
The Chrysalis Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory course

The Chrysalis Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory Course (Dip CST.)

AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory

Course 2

Please note: You must be a graduate of our Level 4 Advanced Diploma in order to undertake these courses.

Advanced Qualification Courses

The Chrysalis Higher Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Informed by Research)

The Chrysalis Higher Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Training (Informed by Research) (H.Dip Psy C.)

AIM Awards Level 6 Higher Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Informed By Research)

Course 5

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