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.
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.
Since writing our last blog, six of our students from the first Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course have received their Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD). This is seen as the gold-standard qualification within the hypnotherapy world and awarded by the National Council for Hypnotherapy.
Well done indeed to those students who submitted a portfolio of work, including case studies. The National Council for Hypnotherapy fed back that those portfolios were ‘Of a very high standard’. We’re rather chuffed with you guys and gals!
Next course is already up and running
Not being ones to hang around, our next course is on its second month. Already the students are working with volunteers and feedback has been very good indeed. The students have been somewhat surprised at how they have noticed a difference to people suffering from all sorts of symptoms so early on in their training.
Next month they will start working with people who have anxiety and depression. Not only does this mean that people volunteering to work with the students will hopefully feel better, but it adds to the students’ confidence as they see how empowering hypnotherapy can be.
Nicola, our co-lecturer at Belfast, is now also running the CPHT Manchester school of training and their next course kicks off in February. So if you know anyone in that area who wants to make a significant change to their lives, and to the lives of others, then do get in touch! (www.cphtmanchester.co.uk)
Finally, if you feel you could benefit from feeling better in some way, do get in touch with us. You could work with one of our students on a voluntary basis or we could put you in touch with one of our graduates who have some good experience working in these areas.
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!
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.
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! 😉
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!
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.
Would you believe we’ve already carried out our second weekend of hypnotherapy training in Belfast with our lovely bunch of students? Admittedly the start of the course was put back a week so as not to coincide with the start of school going back, so we only had three weeks till the second course weekend.
We’ve decided we’ve got the best students ever. In the first month’s training they really got to grips with how the brain works and they were amazed at the long list of symptoms that we can help our customers with. We introduced them to hypnotherapy in that first weekend and had them practising on each other which caused some laughter.
In between the first two course weekends the students have been out practising guided relaxation with volunteers (mainly friends and family) with very good results. We’ve also discovered they can certainly tell a yarn in the classroom!
In our second course weekend, we went on to explain brain research and the aspects of neuroscience that help us in understanding our customers. We also talked about different personality types, identifying a few characters in our classroom at the same time! We had good feedback on the breakout exercises we did, one of which put the students in the client’s chair and gave them a whole different perspective. It’s so easy to see things from just one perspective – switching it around to see things from the other side can be very helpful indeed both in training and in life.
On the second day of the weekend we introduced the Miracle Question – that got a few raised eyebrows I can tell you! It is one of the great tools we use, in addition to hypnosis, to help the client to move forward.
Between now and the next course weekend the students are out practising their Information Gathering techniques with friends and family. This enables them to become adept at getting the information they need in order to progress their customers in the best way possible.
The best thing of all is we had so much fun, there was a lot of laughter in the room. Learning becomes easier if you have fun! We’ve even started interviewing for our next course starting in May, so Alex and myself will be out twice a month at that point – our airline is going to love us!!
Finally, we’ve discovered that Northern Ireland and Ireland seem to rather like solution focused hypnotherapy and its beneficial effects.
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.
Over the years I’ve worked with a large number of hypnotherapy clients who come into my clinic with all sorts of presenting problems. The majority bring in the usual issues such as anxiety, depression or allied symptoms such as insomnia, panic attacks or not being able to keep control of alcohol or food intake.
Sometimes there’s a case that’s unusual though.
A lovely lady came in with significant back pain. She’d tried all sorts of treatments including private consultations in Harley Street, MRI scans, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy etc etc. Then someone highlighted that it could be a psychological rather than a physical problem, and somehow she ended up in my client chair.
After six sessions of hypnotherapy she reported back that the pain had reduced by 75%. We hadn’t actually talked about the pain directly, we’d simply worked to offload what we call the ‘stress bucket’ of life. By reducing stress and teaching relaxation techniques we went on to almost completely rid the client of the pain. She now realises that the pain is simply an alarm bell the subconscious is ringing to say “I’m in trouble”.
Frequently a symptom can be ‘rung’ as an alarm bell by the subconscious, especially insomnia or an addiction. A client will often think of the symptom as being the actual problem, i.e. “I can’t sleep”, whereas Clinical Hypnotherapists know it can be down to something completely different – the stress bucket overflowing!
Rarely will a client understand this until it comes to the Initial Consultation. Not only do we explain how hypnosis works, but we also explain how the brain works in a way the client can understand. This explanation is based on the latest findings from the world of neuroscience. Once the client gains an understanding of how the brain works, they are then on the pathway to taking back control.
The range of issues we deal with as hypnotherapists is vast, yet the way we deal with those issues is reasonably straight forward. So if you want to make a difference to people’s lives in a very positive way, get in touch and have a chat about how you could change not only their lives but yours too.