About Orca Institute, An Interview with the Director, Sheldon Bilsker, HT,RCC


What our students say about our Hypnotherapy Training


The Orca Institute is Canada’s longest running Hypnotherapy school and BC's only PTIB and EQA designated Hypnotherapy school.

With ongoing development since 1986, we offer courses which are on the cutting edge in the field of Counselling Hypnotherapy. Explore our web site to learn more about launching your new career.

Welcome to Orca Institute

The Orca Institute has been preparing students to launch careers as Counselling Hypnotherapists since 1986 and was accredited by PCTIA in 2006. It is now Designated by PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch). As the longest running Hypnotherapy school in Canada we have more experience than almost anyone involved in hypnotherapy and hypnosis training to offer you the best possible learning experience. Learn more about our unique training and how to launch your career as a Counselling Hypnotherapist (click here).

Hypnotherapy Training

Counselling Hypnotherapy Diploma
(Distance Learning)

Our complete program (basic and advanced). This online course is 640 hours over 7.5 months. Classes are ongoing and may be started at anytime. This comprehensive program prepares the student to be proficient in hypnotherapy, counselling and various complimentary approaches. Graduate students receive a Resident Hypnotherapist Certificate and a Counselling Hypnotherapist Diploma. Payment plans are available for all students.

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Basic Hypnotherapy Certification
(Distance Learning)

This online 285 hour course takes place over 7.5 months (about 10 hours per week). It is well-suited for those who have time constraints. It prepares the student to be proficient in Basic Counselling and Hypnotherapy Skills. Graduate students receive a Resident Hypnotherapist Certificate. Since this course is distance learning, students may start the course at any time from anywhere in the world. Payment plans are available for all students.

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Ethics in Counselling (Distance Learning)

This online course includes 2 weekend classes and 90 hours of supervision over 6 months. The 108 hour course is comprehensive in it’s scope and explores the ethical dilemmas experienced by Counsellors in all aspect of their practice with individuals, groups, families and couples. The course broadens a counsellors awareness of ethics as well as guides one through recognition of, and reflection to the resolution of ethical dilemmas.

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Private Counselling Sessions

Sheldon Bilsker, RCC, HT is a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapy Teacher and Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 30 years' 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 of the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and active in promoting progressive Counselling and Hypnotherapy Legislation in BC. Please contact Sheldon at 604-808-3703 or e-mail for a free consultation.

Latest School News

Compare our Training to Other Hypnotherapy Schools:

  • We have the best cost per hr. ratio.  Orca: $6.78 per hr.   -    Others: $21.00 - $46.00 per Hr.
  • Our Diploma course includes more Counselling Training (200 hrs.)    Others: Most have none, some have 25hrs. or less.
  • Orca is certified by Edu-Canada to accept International Students. Others: not.
  • We are the only CDN Hypnotherapy school to have a separate and comprehensive Ethics course in its curriculum.
  • We are Designated by PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch) and EQA (Education Quality Assurance) Others: not.

A little  about our School and Philosophy

Our live Skype classes are just like being in a class in person, with much interaction between students and teacher and a great deal of opportunity to practice. Support for students is second to none as they are our priority. We realized early on that Adult learners have different needs and have made adjustments accordingly. Our students come from a wide geographical range with diverse backgrounds, employment and home life, therefore we have and continue to create a learning environment that is flexible and accommodating. In that respect, we treat each student as an individual allowing them room to express their views while acknowledging their particular way of learning.


Recently the "International Association of Counselling Hypnotherapists" became a member of FACT BC. FACT BC is a society of professional associations that represent counsellors and therapists practising throughout British Columbia.  FACT BC is the main lobbying group to propose that a "College of Counselors" be set up in BC creating a protected Title for counsellors. This could have a profound and positive effect on all counsellors in BC including Counselling Hypnotherapists who have attained the standards set out in our training.


  • In my opinion the course material is excellent, well-organized, comprehensive, and covers the field very well. I was pleased to note that Dr. Milton Erickson is given so much prominent attention, and that his system of using hypnosis has been incorporated. I knew Dr. Milton Erickson personally, having met him in 1952 at the home of Mr. Aldous Huxley in Los Angeles.

    A. Hoffer, M.D., PhD
  • It is my professional opinion that this course is well-organized and very comprehensive. It is without question that mastery of this course material would enable a person to perform high-quality work in the field of hypnotherapy.

    Serge King, PhD. Author
  • This comprehensive course has enhanced my work with people in distress and pain. I have no hesitation in recommending The Orca Institute.

    E.M. Smith, R.S.W., R.H. Social Work Department, Cancer Control Agency of BC.
  • In the medical field few of my colleagues receive such well-organized and comprehensive training in the field of hypnotherapy medical doctors and psychologists would be well served by the certification offered by Orca.

    Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., MSc
  • Thanks for the wonderful classes! And thanks for the technology which allowed me to be able to receive great lessons without the need of having to work towards a Canadian visa. I look forward to future new courses!

    Elisa Alvim, Psychologist, Brazil

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