Your lecturers at CPHT Belfast are Alex Brounger and and Nicola Griffiths. Additionally we have an Assistant Lecturer at each course weekend and occasional specialist guest speakers.
First and foremost, they feel sessions should be fun, the brain learns so much faster when we’re having fun.
They have extensive experiencing in running their own hypnotherapy businesses as well as lecturing.
We welcome the opportunity to have a chat with you about the course content, what would be required of you in this new profession and to answer any questions you may have.
Alex Brounger is the primary lecturer for Belfast. He trained in Hypnotherapy with David Newton at CPHT Bristol in 2011, gaining his Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) in early 2012. In so doing he felt he had really found the thing he was born to do. Turning full time in May 2012, Alex has gained considerable experience since then running two busy Practices in Stroud and Cirencester, Gloucestershire. He has also attended many CPD events in order to keep his knowledge and skills relevant and up to date. He is passionate about what he does and likes nothing more than to see the positive changes his clients make when they come to see him. Alex takes this same energy and enthusiasm in to the training room.
Alex completed a BA(hons) in Business before beginning his career in Business to Business Sales. Always with a desire to help people he quickly moved into Learning and Development roles working with and for large Corporates as well as Smaller Businesses. Following a period in Business Management roles, Alex then decided to follow his dream of working for himself running a business providing Health and Wellbeing weekends. It was whilst running this business that he met Nicola Griffiths, now one of his co-lecturers, who encouraged him to train as a Hypnotherapist. You could certainly say he developed a very broad range of experience all of which has proved very useful in ensuring a successful career as Hypnotherapist. Alex has also held the significant position of CEO for the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (Afsfh.com). He is also a Senior Lecturer at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk and www.cphtglasgow.co.uk.
Alex not only enjoys using his wealth of experience to help clients, but also to help other Hypnotherapists develop and grow. He understands that even the very best therapists will struggle if they do not embrace the business side of being self-employed.
Alex has always enjoyed his time spent in Belfast and Northern Ireland, regularly visiting since 2001 after he first met his then wife to be, Michèle, who is from Co. Tyrone. He now lives in Gloucestershire with Michèle and their two children Jacob and Emma.
Nicola Griffiths discovered the benefits of hypnotherapy when her late Father was referred to a hypnotherapist by his GP to help with his illness. She was amazed at how he benefited and she became interested in this form of therapy. A few years later, in 2007, she became a clinical hypnotherapist, training at CPHT Bristol under the auspicious guidance of David Newton.
Nicola’s business soon expanded and by 2009 she was working out of 3 different practices seeing 25-30 clients a week. She is also a registered Hypnotherapy Supervisor with supervisees based all over the world.
In 2010, Nicola was instrumental in the set up and running of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) of which she was a Director and Trustee until 2015. She subsequently also held the position of Chair of the Association until 2020. This Association is a key organisation for solution focused hypnotherapy, its remit being to get the solution focused message out to the public and also support solution focused hypnotherapists in their businesses.
In addition to lecturing on the course, Nicola also backs up the students in between the course weekends with Zoom, telephone and email support.
As far as her private practice is concerned, Nicola finds her clients come from all walks of life and they present with a wide variety of problems. She has a very good success rate in helping people achieve their objectives, whether that’s with their personal, sports or professional lives. She has received positive acclaim in the national press on more than one occasion.