Senior Lecturers

Alex & Nicola, Senior Lecturers at CPHT Belfast

Your lecturers at CPHT Belfast are Alex Brounger, Nicola Griffiths and Jennifer Dunseath.

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 BroungerAlex Brounger
HPD DHP MNCH(Reg.) – Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer

Alex Brounger 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 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 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 (  He is also a Senior Lecturer at

Alex now not only enjoys using his wealth of experience to help clients but also to help other Hypnotherapists develop and grow. Alex 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 GriffithsNicola Griffiths
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Supervisor & Senior Lecturer

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 became interested in this form of therapy. A few years later, in 2007, she left her corporate career and 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 now runs her own Hypnotherapy & Health Centre in central Cirencester, Gloucestershire and is also a registered Hypnotherapy Supervisor with supervisees based all over the UK.

In 2010, Nicola was instrumental in the set up and running of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH) of which she was a Director and Trustee until 2015. She is now Chairman of the Association. 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.

Having originally trained at The Clifton Practice in 2007, a recognised Centre of Excellence for hypnotherapy, Nicola is now a Senior Lecturer at CPHT Belfast with colleague Alex Brounger and CPHT Manchester ( with colleague Deborah Pearce.

Nicola finds her clients come from all walks of life and bring a wide variety of problems and 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 even received positive acclaim in the national press on more than one occasion.