When I first signed up to the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) course back in 2007 to start my hypnotherapy career, I had no idea where it would lead. I can remember that very first day when we had to stand up and introduce ourselves. The first person was a 6′ plus giant who advised us he was going through medical school to become a doctor, the second person was a psychiatric nurse, I was the third and by this time I was seriously beginning to wonder if I was on the wrong course? Maybe it was designed purely for the medical profession and I’d slipped through the loop? So with wobbly knees I stood up and introduced myself and the fact that I was a marketing manager! Imagine my relief when the next person said she was a policewoman, the next a journalist and the following a housewife, and so it went on.
Eight years later, I run my own Hypnotherapy & Health Centre in Cirencester, I’m a part-time hypnotherapist and part-time lecturer and part-time supervisor – add all those together and that’s a very full-time job!
This career has brought me in a very good income, plus I’ve met some amazing people and most importantly of all, I’ve helped a lot of people sort their lives out. I never know what problem a client will walk through the door with next: self-confidence issues; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); anxiety; panic attacks or phobias, etc, the list is very long! Yet as a properly and highly trained Clinical Hypnotherapist, I’m confident I can help with the vast majority of my clients.
At CPHT Belfast, we train our students to become proficient in their skills right from the off. Within days of starting the 10-month diploma course, we’re encouraging them to work with family and friends using guided visualisation techniques. As the months go by, the students widen the parameters they are working within to help with fears and phobias and then anxiety related issues. By the time they graduate we expect them to be established in their new practice and seeing clients regularly each week.
As the students get up and running through the course, they bring in their queries so the whole group learns from the questions raised, thereby expanding their knowledge rapidly.
In addition to all this, both Alex and myself are experienced marketing professionals. We know the benefits of marketing a practice successfully in order to obtain clients. There is a module on the course dedicated to this alone!
Once graduated, we then provide ongoing supervision. This is a requirement of the Professional Associations’ Code of Ethics. It also allows the qualified therapist to continue increasing their knowledge; to deal with more complicated issues; to encourage support from other supervisees and to have fun. After all, learning becomes much easier when you’re having fun and that’s why we encourage laughter during our courses and the supervision thereafter!
Back in 2007 I started out with very tentative steps not having a clue whether or not I was doing the right thing. I knew nothing about hypnotherapy yet within days I knew I’d come across something very special. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. When it works out you never look back!