Let’s Research If Hypnotherapy Works?

Research Programme for our Students

One of the questions our students are likely to have to answer from friends and colleagues, both during and after their hypnotherapy training is “Does hypnotherapy work?”

It is tempting to answer with a very short and simple “yes!” followed by a torrent of personal examples which students at CPHT Belfast have quickly amassed.  But stories and anecdotal evidence is not solid evidence.

There is a huge amount of very good quality evidence already out there about the effectiveness of solution focused therapy and the benefits of hypnosis.  This is also supported by the latest understanding in neuroscience.  As with all things, it sometimes takes a little time for evidence to become mainstream and more widely accepted by the public and the medical fraternity.  That should not be an excuse to sit and wait though.

At CPHT Belfast we encourage all our hypnotherapy students to participate in a far-reaching research programme. This has already demonstrated the effectiveness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

The Research Programme:

By definition, solution focused therapy focuses on solutions rather than problems. This presents challenges in trying to measure its effectiveness.  The moment you start asking questions about symptoms (which some research programmes encourage in order to identify improvements or otherwise) you are focusing the client on problems. Generally, our clients are already well practised at looking at their problems and this is something we want to change in order to see improvement in their wellbeing. However, CORP (Clifton Practice Outcome Rating Programme) has been designed to measure effectiveness whilst remaining positive and solution focused.

We train our students to use the software in a very simple way that fits seamlessly into sessions and benefits both the student and client. Students ask their customers to rate themselves against the following scales in the initial consultation and at the end of each session thereafter.

The seven scales:

1/ How positive have your thoughts been?

2/ How interactive have you been with others?

3/ How would you rate your level of activity?

4/ How would you rate your confidence?

5/ How well are you utilising your strengths and resources?

6/ How much have you achieved?

7/ How would you rate your level of happiness?

The software allocates a score out of 10 for each answer and the changes are measured over a period of time and illustrated in graph form.  Now both student and customer can easily see what has changed across the scales.

We generally introduce the programme in module 6 of the 10-month course. This gives students chance to get a firm understanding of how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works and get some practice under their belt before taking part. After all, once they start using the software their outcomes will feed into the overall research programme and compare their results against their peers (which at the time of writing includes more than eighty Solution Focused Hypnotherapists), so we want them to be on a level playing field from the off.

The Benefits:

Students quickly realise the power of being part of this exciting piece of research. Not only do they benefit as practitioners (being able to compare their results to the global results of the other participating hypnotherapists), but the clients benefit from being able to see their own progress. The clients then have an expectation of the

Hypnotherapy Research Programme
Improvement rating

progress they can make from past global results. They are also reminded of the areas they should focus on to maximise their improvements.

And to those that do not believe the anecdotes, our students can show and explain this research programme and its results!

Train to be a Hypnotherapist in Belfast and become part of this exciting research:

Would you like to know more about becoming a Hypnotherapist? Do you live in Ireland or Northern Ireland?  Train with CPHT Belfast and participate in this powerful research programme which is helping to change the perception of Hypnotherapy?

Make a Huge change in 2017

Does it seem like only five minutes ago since we were about to celebrate Christmas of 2015 and were gearing up to bringing in the New Year of 2016? Yet here we are getting ready to do the same again and welcome in 2017!

It seems like a year flies by so fast and sometimes nothing changes.  So how about making 2017 the year that something BIG changed for the better?

Our class of 2016 have, so far, achieved the following:

  • Found themselves people to practice on free of charge
  • Learned how the brain works based on the latest neuroscience findings
  • Worked with clients to help them overcome issues such as: insomnia, anxiety/panic attacks and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour (OCD), to give just a few examples!
  • Already worked with clients, on a student basis, with anxiety and depression
  • And a lot more…..!

    Hypnotherapy Training Course at CPHT Belfast
    A very happy and cheerful lot who are already achieving great things with their clients.

We’re only on month 5 of the existing 10 month course and already the students are achieving so much with their clients. Currently they are practicing free of charge on a student basis, by month 8 they will be charging 50% before graduating in June 2017 and charging full rate.

Note: If you know anyone who could benefit from a better night’s sleep, or someone suffering from anxiety or depression, do let us know and we’ll put you in touch with the student nearest to you.

If you want to make a difference to your life and other peoples’ lives in 2017 and create one of the most rewarding careers we can think of, then simply get in touch.  Nicola and Alex have nearly finished planning the next course, we’re having a huge laugh whilst doing so, we also have a huge laugh on the course itself.  We know learning becomes so much easier when you’re having fun!

Our next course starts on 20th/21st May 2017 at the Source Wellbeing Centre in Beersbridge Road.  We already have students signed up and are currently carrying out skype interviews every other week.
For more information visit our website: www.cphtbelfast.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Christmas and we hope 2017 we’ll be a great year for you!
Nicola and Alex

Anxiety – what you can do about it

I’d say the majority of clients I work with come to see me because of anxiety in some form or another.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways: nervousness; panic attacks; insomnia, overly worrying about something that may never happen, etc. It can have a crippling effect by bringing on range of symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), skin complaints or negative patterns such as over-eating, drinking etc.  The symptom list of how anxiety can present itself is pretty long.

Anxiety can build up over a long period of time without us even realising it, alternative it can come on suddenly as a result of something such as illness or a change of circumstances for instance.

Anxiety

At the extreme, people who’ve been fully in control of their lives suddenly find they can’t leave their own home; can’t work; can’t drive their car etc.  For some it’s simply a matter of feeling negative or under-confident.

Case study:

Annie (name has been changed for confidentiality) arrived at my clinic having had panic attacks come on over the previous couple of weeks.  She’d been stressed at work with a heavy work load, her husband had just been posted overseas plus she hadn’t been very well a few months previously.  

In the Initial Consultation, as I explained how the brain works, I could see she began to relax and then through a few tears she said “So this isn’t me, I’m not going mad”?

The brain is a funny and complex thing.  It has its own way of ringing alarm bells when it’s had enough of dealing with stress or anxiety and can suddenly change its pattern of reaction.  Previously we might have been able to deal with whatever life threw at us, but all of a sudden it all becomes too much.

By teaching clients very basic relaxation and breathing techniques, we start the process of taking back control. The hypnotherapy allows guided relaxation showing a preferred future and because the subconscious part of the brain, the part that’s in charge of our reactions (i.e. the anxiety), doesn’t understand the difference between imagination and reality, the guided relaxation starts to bring calm and control back into our lives.

The number of people suffering stress and anxiety these days is staggering.  However people rarely talk about the negative symptoms they’re suffering.  Once you do start talking about it, you might be surprised how many other Insomniapeople have suffered the same!  Insomnia can frequently be anxiety peeking through, and how many of us suffer from sleepless nights?

If you’re suffering from anxiety try not to focus on it.  I know this sounds ridiculous if you’re anxious, but the sooner you distract the subconscious mind onto something more positive, the better you’ll feel. Using a breathing technique such as breathing in to the count of 5 and breathing out to the count of 7 helps regulate the breathing if you’re having a panic attack.

Avoiding alcohol can be very helpful! Watching good things on the TV, comedies etc, rather than watching the news is also very helpful indeed.

Alternatively, if you suffer from any form of anxiety or know someone who does, then get in touch with us here at CPHT Belfast.  We have students who are currently helping clients, free of charge whilst they are students, and they’re having good success in helping people overcome negative thinking and anxiety. Our contact details are at the top of the home page of this website.

A Graduate’s Story of Training with CPHT

This is a lovely story from a CPHT Graduate, Michèle Lazarus:

Having had hypnotherapy for insomnia, I decided to train at the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school (CPHT) as a hypnotherapist myself. That was three years ago and now I’m working pretty much full time in three different locations and loving it.

I chose CPHT because of its solution focused methodology. Its no nonsense, positive, goal oriented approach works time and again to help clients with an amazing range of issues. There’s nothing more exciting than facilitating clients in their journey towards making their lives happier and more fulfilling.

 

The training was interesting, informative and fun, and of course challenging at times.  We all looked forward to each weekend coming round in the month and missed it hugely once we’d qualified. Fortunately there’s a variety of Continual Professional Development workshops on offer from CPHT, so we continue to develop our knowledge and skills.

 

One of the best aspects of the training was its emphasis on practising with clients from the off. This was an incredibly helpful way of building our confidence, so the transition between being a student and a qualified practitioner felt relatively easy as we already had a substantial number of practice hours under our belt.

 

Three years on, I’m still on a learning curve so it’s never boring and I can honestly say there’s never a day goes past when I don’t  appreciate my luck to have found such a rewarding occupation.

 

Michèle Lazarus

What CPHT graduates say

CPHT Hypnotherapy Training SchoolSometimes it’s the graduates who can make the biggest impression on a potential student considering a career in hypnotherapy.  So here are a few comments from hypnotherapists who have graduated from one of the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Practice (CPHT) schools of training.

 

“It just made so much sense!  I remember listening to the theory of how negative thinking programs our minds to respond through anxiety, anger and depression and the myriad of unwanted symptoms and behaviours that can result and thinking ‘why on earth didn’t I know this information years ago?!’  I’m not exaggerating when I say that it has been life changing for me both in terms of my own mind set and quality of life and in enabling me to begin a career that fills me with even more passion than I found in my previous career.” Anne – Banchory, Aberdeen

 

‘There is so much more to this course than I had anticipated. The course heavily focuses on the latest findings from neuroscience and the knowledge I have gained on how the brain works has been absolutely fascinating.

We were encouraged to start practising on clients right from the start so throughout the course clocking up many hours of client sessions. This experience was invaluable and gave me the confidence and the reassurance I needed to set up a practice on completion of the course.   My only regret is that I didn’t do it ten years ago!”  Kirstie, Glastonbury.

 

“Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a no non-sense approach to real hypnotherapy! It delivers on every level and you will feel confident.  There’s no need to worry about constructing endless ‘scripts’ and wondering if they – or you – will make a difference to your client.

The CPHT provided everything.  Information of how to deliver an Initial Consultation, How the Mind Works, language patterns (what I had been previously taught as a ‘script). The topics covered included stress, anxiety, depression, pain, weight management, smoking, OCD’s, phobias and many others plus the all important marketing! Fabulous!”  Cathy – Manchester.

 

I trained with CPHT several years ago. After extensive research I found it offered the best training available in the UK, it not only lived up to my expectations but surpassed them.  The training I received was certainly not ‘up the fluffy end’ – no swinging watches here! Having its basis firmly in science I was given the tools necessary to help people in a natural and effective way.

Qualifying with CPHT I have achieved the highest standard of recognition in the UK for hypnotherapy.  I have since become a busy and successful Solution Focused Hypnotherapist working and living in a rural area in three medical centres.  The work is highly satisfying and rewarding – I am living the life I love!” Heidi, North Devon.

 

“My experience with CPHT has changed my life.  Before I became a hypnotherapist I worked in sales and marketing. I was very stressed, negative, hated my job and was always a glass half empty guy. Everything was a chore and I never really seemed to accomplish anything.

Thanks to the teachings of CPHT I’m now a changed person. I’m very positive and solution focused. I now know what’s important to make life good and have a clear direction with passion to chase after my dreams and goals. I love working for myself and really enjoy helping other succeed in life.

I qualified in 2014. Quit my job in 2015 and now I’ve just opened my own practice for 2016. All this would of never happened with my old mindset.” Bobby, Cheltenham.

“Quite apart from the joy of seeing my clients’ lives changing for the better, from the day I started training with CPHT my own life moved up a gear.   Learning to understand my brain and how to adjust my way of thinking has made life smoother and happier for me.  The course was varied and interesting and I made some good friends.  The support we all offer each other and the ongoing training and supervision have added tremendously to my confidence as a therapist.  I started the course much later in life than most people and it has given me a sense of purpose.” Sarah – Cricklade, Wiltshire.

What struck me as I read the testimonials was the fact that some of the therapists come from rural areas.  This answered a question that some of our interviewees for the forthcoming Belfast course ask: “Will there be enough business for me”?  The answer is a resounding yes in our view.  If graduates can make a go of it in the country then that means there is way more potential in a city!  There’s a massive amount of anxiety in rural areas, towns and cities – the Government statistics show that in 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health*.

What else struck me was the difference the course made to the graduates’ lives, so it’s not just the clients that change! I remember when I trained in 2007, myself and my fellow students all felt that the course had a very positive influence on how we conducted ourselves and our lives.

If you want to make a difference and also feel different, do get in touch!

[* Health and Safety Executive ‘Work related Stress, Anxiety and Depression Statistics in Great Britain 2015’]

 

 

 

 

Focus on solutions

Over the last few days we’ve been inundated with enquiries for our Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma course. Possibly the surge in interest is because we’ve crossed the mental border into the new year and people have focused on what they want to achieve, seen the course starts in April and that’s prompted them into action? Perhaps they’ve realised halfway through the first month that life is still the same old, same old and they want to change?  Whatever it is, we’ve been benefitting from the action that some people are taking!

Focusing on solutions allows for action to be taken.  Although Alex and myself were happy with the trickle of enquiries we had about the course last year, we knew we’d see an upturn as we stepped into the actual year of the course (admittedly we did have our fingers crossed too).   As we get closer to our kick off date we expect the momentum to continue building, prompting those people who’s subconscious might have had them procrastinating into taking action.  It’s amazing what a deadline will allow us to achieve.

As senior lecturers at CPHT Belfast, we understand how the brain works – we were well taught on our Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma course!  This enabled us to look generically at how our enquiries might come in and to not panic last year!  On our course, students learn the importance of focus and making sure that the focus is on the positives not the negatives.

Focus on the solution

A significant part of the Diploma course is talking about “What’s been good” and then focusing on ‘where we want to be’ rather than where we are now or where we’ve been.  Why do we focus on what’s been good?

Two main reasons:

1) If we focus on what’s been bad we magnify it.  This makes it more difficult to deal with as we empower the problem by making it larger than it really is.

2) If we focus on what’s been good (despite any difficulties) then we move to our positive prefrontal cortex within the brain which empowers us rather than the problem.  We then actually change the way the brain works which gives us more control!

The majority of our clients come to us with problems that have them disempowered. Whether that’s anxiety, panic attacks or phobias or general lack of confidence and negative beliefs.  These problems can end up wrapping us around their little finger and thereby bring on both mental and physical negative symptoms such as insomnia, loss of control (eating too much, smoking, drinking too much alcohol) or things like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders etc.

Neuroscience shows us that if we focus on how we want to be, the brain is much more likely to get on board and help us achieve that.  They call it Neuroplasticity, explaining that our brain is like Play-doh, we can mould it to be how we want to be as long as we show our brain what it is we want.  As we then step into a more positive future, the negatives symptoms fade into the past.

So, we need to focus on what we want.  We need to focus on what we want to do and how we want to be.

If you want to learn more about the very well established CPHT Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma and what we teach on this great course, then do get in touch.  Email us at info@cphtbelfast.co.uk to ask any questions or come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 3rd March at the Source Wellbeing Centre in Beersbridge Road, Belfast. We’ll be there from 6pm to 8pm!

Nicola Griffiths

Hypnotherapy Training – The Miracle Question

I was lucky enough to be working with a group of qualified Hypnotherapists over the weekend, helping them to better use one of the major tools of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: The Miracle Question. It can be asked in many different ways, but it does take practice and experience on the part of the therapist to be able to use it confidently and effectively.

In its basic form it involves asking the client what life would be like if a miracle happened so that the problem that made them seek therapy in the first place had completely disappeared. Of course it is not just as simple as asking one question, there are follow up questions ultimately leading to a “next small step”. For many it is not an easy question to answer, partly because clients have often been so held back by a problem in the past that they can’t see beyond it anymore.

However, at CPHT Belfast, our experience, knowledge of neuroscience and understanding of what makes truly effective Hypnotherapy shows us that it is important for the client to start seeing beyond the problem and it is our job to help them do that. The Miracle Question serves this purpose nicely. In addition it enables the client to start building a picture of what a more positive future looks like so that they can start working towards it, within the realms of what currently feels possible for them. As these changes take hold, anxiety levels fall and confidence levels increase, often the miracle happens and the problem disappears or becomes less prevalent.

During the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course at CPHT Belfast, we equip our trainees with this wonderfully powerful therapeutic tool which can literally encourage Miracles to happen in front of their very eyes.

If you want to see miracles unfolding in front of you, why not train as a Hypnotherapist at Northern Ireland’s premier Hypnotherapy Training School. Please contact CPHT Belfast to find out more.