As we produce this blog post, we’re one week away from the start of our 2020 Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma course. The course folders are being put together and we’re dealing with the last few enquiries that have come in, just in the nick of time.
We still pull Alex’s leg, (he’s one of our Senior Lecturers), because he applied to join his course, at our head office in Bristol, just three days before the course began!
Five years later he was a supervisor and then a lecturer within the same organisation. Time flies, as we’re now some five years later again and happy to say he’s still our lead lecturer at CPHT Belfast.
Not only has that original course changed Alex’s life significantly, but the feedback from previous students on our Belfast course is that this course is a life-changer.
When we teach students how the brain works, they find it not only changes their case study participants’ lives, but also the lives of the students themselves.
When they apply what we teach them, the feedback usually comes back as:
They’re sleeping better;
They’re dealing with everyday life in a better way;
They’ve taken COVID in their stride much more so than they would have done previously;
They’re loving helping people and getting the positive feedback as a result.
And more, a lot more!
We stay in contact with our graduates after the course and still receive updates from them – many of them becoming supervisees of the lecturers. This is great as we’re then able to support them as they build their businesses.
We’re part of a bigger picture
CPHT Belfast is part of the overall CPHT organisation that has 27 schools across the UK.
Therefore, we have an infrastructure that is robust and supports our graduates, not only supervision once they finish their HPD course, but Continuing Professional Development training (CPD) too. That means their knowledge can be expanded greatly about the background of conditions that clients may present with.
And who knows, just like us, they could become future hypnotherapy supervisors or lecturers – you just don’t know where looking through our website could lead you to!
If you want a very rewarding career, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees – just click on the HPD tab on this website.
Alternatively, give Nicola a ring on 0773 866 5172. She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, email us at email@example.com.
Yesterday, Sunday 7th June, our latest class graduated. They had been a superb class and had moved from face-to-face classes one a weekend month to Zooming in online due to the COVID crisis. They took it in their stride and we were all pretty amazed at how well the final three course weekends went. Yesterday was rather emotional as each student described their experience of the course and the following blog post is just one such story:
Hello, my name is Leeza McCarragher, a mum to a wonderful 2-year old boy and a recent graduate from Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) in June 2020.
When I started my journey to become a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I never imagined my life would change the way it did! I’ll start at the beginning…
I’ve always wanted to help people, even as a research scientist focusing on the biochemical pathways in breast cancer, I felt I was putting my little piece into the jigsaw that is the cure for cancer. That feeling I had of getting a little bit closer to a potential cure does not even compare to the feeling I now have as a Clinical Hypnotherapist! Even when I started my own complementary therapy business in 2014, I still felt something was missing. It wasn’t until I went online looking at potential courses when CPHT jumped out at me – that was the night that changed my life.
So, September last year arrived, the first month of the course, and I eagerly made my way to class. I was filled with a nervous excitement. I had read that the course was a mix of fun and learning and I could not wait to see if that really was the case! Well that was quickly confirmed by the smiling and exuberant faces of both Alex and Jennifer – “wow this must really work, look how happy they are!”
Off we started, my fellow students and I, immediately thrown into a fascinating explanation about how the brain works and we were soon practicing language scripts on each other – all on the first weekend!
“I quite like the sound of this, I can really see myself doing this!” It quickly dawned on me that this was the mix of science and helping people that I craved, that this was my missing piece of my own jigsaw. As part of our first month’s homework we had to practice the relaxation scripts on friends and family and before I knew it, I was beginning to feel much more positive and motivated. Was it because I was enjoying the course so much with a wonderful bunch of supportive fellow students (a simple explanation you could surmise)? Or maybe, just maybe the language patterns were embedding themselves in my own subconscious? Either way, I found myself being more passionate and more motivated.
Over the next few months, we built upon our knowledge and understanding of how the brain works, paying particular attention to the positive aspects of life. I was now practicing on members of the public as case studies and encouraging them towards the most positive and happy life they craved. But it wasn’t only the clients that were benefiting from this wonderful process, something began to change in me, I noticed that I too was becoming happier, more positive and more active. I began to feel this motivated energy that I can only explain as being high on happiness. I no longer procrastinated over the simplest things – I fell in love with life again! Don’t get me wrong, I always considered myself to be happy but in comparison to how I feel today, I wasn’t even close.
I hid behind my weight. I had my little boy when I was 42 and blamed my weight gain on the fact that I was an older mum and perhaps even in the early stages of perimenopause. I accepted my new post-pregnancy body, with reluctance, and I even accepted every excuse I could come up with to the fact that I would never lose the baby weight. It wasn’t long into the course when I began to realise why I was thinking and making excuses the way I did and that this negative thinking was what was keeping me fat. It was my light-bulb moment! And sure enough, it wasn’t long before I was making healthier food choices and snacking far less.
This new found knowledge and motivational energy, coupled with listening to my own relaxation hypnosis recording every evening before sleep, had me finding the solutions I needed to change my life with no struggle at all because it all made so much sense. I addressed the lack of exercise by enrolling the help of my little sister, where we both decided to lose our baby weight together by setting ourselves a target of walking 12k steps per day – approximately 6.5 miles (and as I type this I have just completed 130 days of meeting and exceeding this target with no day off – if that isn’t positive motivation I don’t know what is!)
But the most obvious change to me, was that I found myself playing more energetically with my son, be it playing football outside in our back garden or chasing him around the house. There is no doubt whatsoever that he is loving this newer, brighter and more positive mummy!
We were taught about the 3 Ps during the course – positive thoughts, positive actions and positive interactions, that would give rise to a healthy flow of serotonin. This is needed in order to live a more positive and happier life. My positive thoughts around healthy food, my positive actions in terms of walking more and my positive interactions with my little sister is truly what turned my life around. I lost 50lbs within 4 months and continue to do so.
Enrolling with CPHT transformed my life both mentally and physically and I can’t thank the course tutors and my wonderful classmates enough for helping me on this amazing journey. I now help others through my new found knowledge and experience, either through one-to-one sessions or running weight management classes.
They say a picture speaks 1000 words, I’ll let you decide….
What an amazing story. At CPHT we are very used to hearing students’ feedback at the end of a course and so we know that the course itself changes lives, let alone the fact the newly qualified therapists are changing their clients’ lives too.
We wish our graduates of BF4 all the very best, we know you will be successful because you already have been!
We have more than one option for ongoing study after the primary Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) course, and this is why many of our students choose to our course.
The ten-month HPD course equips our students to work with a very broad range of people with a wide variety of symptoms. In fact, upon completion of the HPD course, there aren’t many things that our graduates can’t help their clients to cope better with.
So, whilst we are proud to offer a complete training course, that does not mean that learning should stop there!
Most successful Hypnotherapists will want to do more Continual Professional Development (CPD) than the minimum required by their Professional Association(s). CPHT offer a wide range of Continuing Professional Development courses. These are run both across the UK and online via video conferencing/webinars. They range from a focus on different conditions to understanding more about how other modalities work. Some may be more business oriented to help graduates run their businesses more effectively or more profitably.
The Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD)
But it is also the provision of additional externally verified qualifications that sets CPHT apart.
Hypnotherapists who have trained with CPHT may want to go on to study the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD). This qualification has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 5 (HPD is level 4) using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptions. The AHD involves the completion of a number of specified CPDs. After which the hypnotherapist will complete a portfolio of evidence that they have understood each learning outcome in the module.
The CPDs include CBT, Mindfulness, and Psychoneuroimmunolgy to name but a few.
Alex Brounger leads the AHD. He is also the Senior Lecturer for CPHT Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) as well as CPHT Belfast.
The Supervisor’s Course:
In addition, after some years in practice, CPHT Graduates may want to become a Supervisor. This enables them to use their experience and knowledge to help other Hypnotherapists work with their clients and build their businesses.
Like the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, the Supervisor’s Course is a Level 5 course run by CPHT’s Alex Brounger.
Snakes, spiders, heights, flying… these are common phobias clients arrive at our therapy door with. There are also some more unusual ones, such as a fear of the colour yellow, a fear of trees and a fear of cheese, yes cheese!
A career, sometimes even a day as a clinical hypnotherapist can be very varied. The above list of phobias is just the tip of the phobia iceberg, and we work with many other areas in addition to helping our customers sort their phobias.
The vast majority of our work is helping people to overcome generalised anxiety. Anxiety is so common in today’s society. Symptoms have a vast range, from insomnia through to actual pain; from eating too much through to not eating enough; from biting nails to pulling hair out. All can be caused by anxiety.
No matter what the issues, we can usually help the customer to reduce the anxiety surrounding the problem and regain intellectual control. This is extremely rewarding for both the therapist and customer alike.
At Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT), we teach our students how to deal with the huge variety of issues that their customers will present with. Different techniques, including the 4-session technique to help overcome phobias and the one-session way of helping someone to stop smoking. When it comes to general anxiety, we know it can take 6-8-12 sessions (sometimes more) to help overcome anxiety. However, we have a ‘client progress’ software tool that allows us to keep track of how quickly clients move forward and this shows some very good results indeed. It also motivates the client when they see their progress in graph form.
So if you’d like to know more, either read about the course via the HPD tab at the top of this page or call Nicola one of our Senior Lecturers, on 0773 866 5172.
CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with over 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.
Actually, I don’t like being a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I love it! Yet when someone suggested I might be good in this area back in 2006, I laughed out loud. At that point I was a Marketing Manager within the financial services sector and had no inclination to become a therapist. Ten years later and I just smile at the original suggestion and thank goodness someone did suggest it!
Main Reasons for loving my career
The main reasons are numerous but the top reason must be the reward! Not financial (that’s covered further on down), but the reward of someone saying “You’ve helped me change my life forever”, or “I can’t believe I’ve done it”, etc, etc. The list of rewards from customers’ positive feedback is huge. I can sit there with a huge grin on my face at the end of a session!
Making a difference to people’s lives is also right up there from the perspective of not simply going into a 9-5 job making money for someone else. In this career we actually make a difference to people’s lives.
Then there’s the variety of work, I never know what a customer will bring in next that needs sorting out. There’s also the variety of clients – I’ve worked with children through to pensioners, business people through to sports professionals, parents, students, and more. I’ve even have medical professionals, psychiatrists and psychologists come to see me for help with anxiety and insomnia.
I can choose my own hours of work, within reason. This means I can walk my dogs in daylight in mid-winter or spend a couple of hours with hubby sitting in the pub garden at lunchtime…over a coffee of course!
Then there’s the scope for expansion. Not only do I see clients, but I run a health clinic, I was a Supervisor (helping hypnotherapists be the best they can be – but I’m now retired from that), and I teach hypnotherapy to students in Belfast, Manchester and Southampton. When I trained as a hypnotherapist back in 2017, I never realised the variety of work I would undertake. And there are still various other options I could take should I wish to!
On top of all that, once my business was established, the pay was very good. This is not a key driver for me, but the mortgage still needs to be paid nonetheless.
There have been the occasional issues
There have been challenges along the way, such as when a self-employed business goes quiet and you need to focus on marketing to bring in the customers again, plus I was ill for a significant period of time and this meant the income stopped for a while. But these issues are more than compensated for by the positives. Plus, if I were still employed (and I say I’m unemployable now), there will always be negatives in any job.
Control of my life
Being self-employed definitely gives me a feeling of being in control of my life. For instance, not having to ask anyone for time off for a holiday – I just decide when I’m going to go. I’ll give my clients a bit of advance warning, and away I go. As mentioned above, I can work when and where I want (within reason). I also decide how much to pay myself – which is nice!
If someone had said to me early on in my life that I would have been a therapist, let alone a hypnotherapist, I would have laughed out loud. I’m quite an analytical person and I saw hypnotherapy as up the fluffy end. Just shows how wrong you can be. Once I discovered hypnotherapy and started looking into it, I discovered ‘fluffy’ was simply not a word to use with clinical hypnotherapy. I follow people like David Spiegel, Harvard’s Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who’s an advocate of hypnosis. In an interview in 2016, when talking about hypnosis, he stated:
““It’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.”
Well, what’s not to like?
I now enjoy teaching hypnotherapy as much as seeing my clients. It’s a joy to see the students develop and to
listen to the course feedback each month about how their clients have developed. One of our students recently fed back on a client’s progress, adding at the end “Talk about being on a high, how amazing is that? Wonderful this work we do”.
I can’t think of anything better to add than that!
So if you want to make significant changes not only to your life, but those of others, then maybe you should get in touch with us to find out more? Give us a call on 0773 866 5172 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We train our students to become very good clinical hypnotherapists, but we don’t stop there, we also include a marketing module within the course.
As Nicola, one of our Senior Lecturers says, “It’s all very well being good at what you do, but unless people know what you can do, then you’re not going to get the clients”.
We see our Graduates succeeding when they employ the marketing techniques we teach them. Most people track down therapists from an online search, however when it comes to hypnotherapy, the public may not realise the diverse range of issues we can help with, so they may not ‘Google’ it in the first place. That’s why we tell our students to advertise in magazines; network with other therapists; put posters up plus a load of other ideas.
For instance, who knows that hypnotherapy can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Obsessive Compulsive Disorders? Whereas it is commonly known that we can help with fears and phobias, it may not be so well known that we can help with skin disorders or, at the other end of the scale, helping athletes get to the top of their game!
So that’s why we talk through in class, not only the technical side of how the brain works, how hypnotherapy works and all the technical side of things, but we chat through how to set up a business and how to market it! Oh, and we also make the whole thing fun, we know the brain will take information on in a better way when it’s having fun!
If you want to know more about how you can become a successful clinical solution focused hypnotherapist, get in touch. Call Nicola on 0773 866 5172.
There still remains a lot of mystery and myth around Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. The fact remains that good quality scientific evidence is building and continuing to support this talking therapy.
This research is showing that it is an effective way to help people cope with a wide range of symptoms and conditions. Fortunately, many people are looking beyond the nonsense and focusing on this evidence.
Train with us and the people you work with may well say the following to you:
1. Hypnotherapy has helped me sleep better
Good sleep is a cornerstone for good health. By entering into a meditative or hypnotic trance state, we are effectively practicing the precursor stages of sleep. This means when it comes to bedtime we are better able to drift off. Hypnosis also replicates the same processes that take place during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) in sleep, which means we can have less REM sleep during the night. Having too much REM sleep at night can wake us up, resulting in a disturbed sleep pattern.
If clients sleep well they will find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, cope with stress better and wake feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
2. Hypnotherapy has helped make me more confident
Hypnosis can help release us from fear (even if we don’t recognise it as such) and gain access to the solution-finding brilliance of the intellectual brain. This results in feelings of confidence and empowerment as we become better adept at coping with life’s challenges.
Self-doubt slips away as it becomes easier to do those positive things that result in the release of natural feel good chemicals in the brain. Don’t just survive… thrive!
3. Hypnotherapy has helped me become less irritable
Irritability, or flashes of anger, result from an over activation of the amygdala in the brain. Hypnosis encourages the amygdala to calm down which become less trigger happy. This means we are less likely to have these moments.
4. Hypnotherapy has helped me feel more energetic:
Hypnosis activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) which, in very basic terms, is the opposite to the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response). The rest and digest response is, broadly speaking, regenerative or energy giving. The fight flight response is generally energy sapping.
By accessing a state of hypnosis, we restore our natural balance between these two parts of the nervous system. Better energy is a lovely side affect of this.
5. Hypnotherapy has helped me gain control over…
People often suggest they do not like the idea of hypnosis and hypnotherapy because it involves giving up control of their mind to someone else. This is complete nonsense. In fact, Dr. David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine suggests:
“…hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring state of concentration; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.”
6. Hypnotherapy has helped me think more clearly
A relaxed mind is a clear mind. By entering into a state of focused attention (hypnosis) our mind can relax and put our worries and fears to one side for a little while. Our primitive mind, or limbic system, becomes less active enabling resources to be sent to those areas of the brain which are better able to come up with solutions. This allows us to consider our worries and troubles from a different perspective. This gives the brain space and time to find its own solutions.
7. Hypnotherapy has made me more positive
Anything can be improved through practice. Positivity is no different. A good hypnotherapist (which you will become by training at CPHT Belfast) will want their clients to practice being positive. Consequently we can more readily identify the good things that are going on in our lives.
8. Hypnotherapy has improved my relationship with my parent/child/partner…
Relationships driven by irritability, lack of sleep and negativity are rarely good ones! Primitive brain responses to our loved one’s comments and actions (or lack of) do not lead to a positive relationship either. Worse, sometimes we can be so lost in our own previous patterns of behaviour we do not notice when it is us that is being the bad guy.
By accessing our intellectual capacity more frequently, through hypnotherapy, we are better able to manage disagreements, keep things in perspective and work towards conversations that work for everyone.
9. I enjoy coming to see you!
Modern therapy should be enjoyable. We learn better when we are in a positive and relaxed frame of mind and modern therapy is often about learning new ways of doing, thinking and interacting. Hypnosis itself certainly should be a positive and enjoyable experience if we are to get the most out of it.
10. I feel younger (and you’ll probably think they look it too!)
Okay, so I have to be a bit careful what I say here, especially as I am not aware of any studies which have actually proved this. However, I can say with complete confidence that people who come to see me for their last session typically look younger than they did when they came to see me for their first session! It can probably put down to getting benefit from reasons 1-9 above.
Would you like to train to be Hypnotherapist?
If encouraging the above life improvements in other people (and yourself) appeals to you then why not contact us for more information about training to become a Hypnotherapist. You may well be very surprised at how you can help people and by how much!
Our first ever course in Northern Ireland has graduated and we’re so very proud of them. It was rather a good final weekend with a fair bit of work undertaken and a little bit of partying going on as well. It’s good to have fun, it helps the brain to learn you know! Our lovely students – or graduates as we can now call them – have their certificates for the Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH).
We also celebrated the first ever Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in Ireland (as we already had one in NI who had trained at our London school). John Hand is based in Dublin and has been an excellent student. He was grinning like a Cheshire Cat when receiving his certificate.
The majority of the students have now handed in their portfolios, a significant amount of work which includes case studies, video and audio recordings. These portfolios will be marked over the coming months and if they are up to standard then the students will get the further qualification of the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (nationally accredited by the NCFE) and seen as the gold-standard qualification in the hypnotherapy world.
They have been helping people overcome so many different issues, from insomnia and anxiety through to sports motivation and weight loss, and they can now go from strength to strength as they widen their client base.
We wish them much success and we look forward to welcoming the next group who start in September. Let’s hope they have as much fun as the first group!
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…..!
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
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.
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.
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 people 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.