Hypnotherapy with us is fun!

David Newton, Founder of CPHT
David Newton: “It has to be fun”.

As David Newton, founder of CPHT, is always saying: “It needs to be fun” and “We need to get on with it”.

If we were to take these two sentences and put them into practice with regards to our whole life, wouldn’t life be different?  Sometimes this isn’t always possible, but when it comes to training at CPHT Belfast we really do like to ‘get on with it’ and have fun.

Are all courses this much fun?

One of our students asked “Are all courses this much fun”? Our answer to that was “Yes, but the people from NI and Ireland seem to laugh more”!  On occasion there were absolute tears of laughter.

In addition to this there was also a great deal of concentration.  Especially in the early days as the students were getting to grips with neuroscience and how the brain works. However, we’d encourage them with words such as “Sometimes we just need to get on with it”.  Or we’d lighten it with one of Alex’s great drawings!

Alex’s drawing of the brain, nick-named ‘Paul’ by students on course 1.

Why do we sometimes have to ‘get on with it’?  Well the subconscious mind is an absolute professional at procrastination.  This isn’t a recent development, the word procrastination has been in the English dictionary since the 1600’s.  We suspect it was around well before then too.  Therefore gentle encouragement to get on and do something, or even simply start a process, can be very useful.

By not over-thinking things and taking the mental attitude of ‘yes I can’, we allow ourselves to concentrate more easily on what is being said.  Whether that’s about the chemicals in the brain; the physical symptoms of stress; the signs of depression.  All the things that make a CPHT Hypnotherapist knowledgeable, even in the early stages of their 10-month gold-standard diploma course.

Fun and laughter is good for the brain.

We encourage our students to transfer the fun to the therapy room so the client can benefit. Nic can recall coming down the stairs at a clinic with her client when the receptionist turned round and said with a smile: “I could hear you laughing down here, it’s not supposed to be fun you know”.  Ah well, that’s the good thing, yes it is – that’s how the brain learns more easily.

Take any child at school, they will do better in a subject if they’re enjoying it.  In therapy sessions with solution focused hypnotherapy, the brain can learn that it can laugh, despite what’s going on around it, and then not only can it overcome issues more easily, but it can come up with the correct assessment of any given situation and each individual can arrive more easily at the right solution for them.

One of solution focused hypnotherapy’s tenets is ‘find what works and do more of it’.  This can then help change negative beliefs and negative patterns of behaviour.Alex and Nic having a laugh whilst lecturing.

So keep smiling, it’s proven to be very good for you, and if you want cheering up, then perhaps it’s time for a change of career so have a chat with us! 😉

Nic and Alex

Tel: 0773 866 5172 (Nic) or 07917 415926 (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.

Why I Love Being a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist

I became a hypnotherapist back in 2011 at the age of 35.Alex Brounger - Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I can safely say it has been the best job I have ever had.  I have had some jobs that paid me more money, but none have been as rewarding and enjoyable and here’s why:

Job Satisfaction:

Nothing can beat it.  There is no greater satisfaction in life than being able to give hope to people who have “tried literally everything else” or who have been told “we don’t know what it is”.  So often in these situations I have been able to provide positive and effective support which my clients say has been life changing for them.

It is also incredibly rewarding to see people, who are perhaps struggling with conditions as debilitating as anxiety, depression, IBS or panic attacks, finding a new lease of life when they realise that there is a way to overcome these conditions for good.  Whilst we don’t have magic wands, and we do require client commitment, it is always wonderful to help someone who has been working so hard to cope in the past become so much more independent, positive and confident.

Learning:

There are always huge opportunities for learning in this job.  Whilst the training I received at CPHT Bristol, and the training I now deliver for CPHT Belfast, is comprehensive and contained everything I needed to become “a complete hypnotherapist”, there are always new developments and broader understandings to be found.

I have always enjoyed being part of peoples’ learning processes too.  Much of what I do in my clinic is about allowing my customers and clients to learn different ways of thinking and doing.  By bringing hypnotherapy training to Belfast, Nicola and I are bringing it to a broader platform.

Flexibility

Being self-employed has its ups and it downs of course, but one of the things I enjoy most about my job is that I can make so many choices based on what I want. 

I can choose when, where and with whom I want to work with far greater flexibility than any job I have had before.  Generally speaking, the harder I work the busier I become and so I have a high degree of control over my work life balance too.  If I only want to see clients on two or three days a week I can make that decision.  If I want to work full or part time I can make that decision too.  If I want to take a week off I don’t have to fill in a form and give it to the HR Director.  I can make my availability fit around days I need to take or pick up my children from school.  Of course we have a duty to our clients to be consistently available to them but we have a great deal of control over when this should be.

Meeting People:

I am often amazed at the broad variety of people that access my clinics, with a very wide array of symptom sets.  All have their own fascinating stories to tell and I am always fascinated to see their often extremely rapid progress in overcoming some extraordinary situations and symptoms.

In addition, the solution focused hypnotherapy community is a supportive and positive one.  Attending professional development events packed full of solution focused hypnotherapists (particularly those held at the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training HQ in Bristol) is always an enjoyable experience.  Each one of us is passionate about what we do and working hard to implement the principles of this fantastic model into our own lives.

Neuroscience:

I talk about the brain all the time with clients and potential clients.  I am still fascinated by it and have been for a long time.

Whilst we have hardly scratched the surface in our understanding of this amazingly complex organ, we know enough to know what is the right or wrong thing to be doing.  At Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Belfast, we are also proud to be continually updating our course (along with the other CPHT Hypnotherapy Schools) when new developments come to light. Running CPHT Belfast now allows me the opportunity to discuss this subject in a bit more depth than I might usually with a client.

If you are looking for a rewarding, flexible and empowering career and would like further information on training in Northern Ireland to be a hypnotherapist then please do contact us.

 

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.