Why you might like being a Clinical Hypnotherapist

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!

Nicola GriffithsMaking 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

Alex & Nicola, Senior Lecturers at CPHT Belfast.
Alex & Nicola training at CPHT in Belfast

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 info@cphtbelfast.co.uk.

Nicola

Scientists discover how hypnosis actually works

We just love Stanford University!  They do a lot of research on what happens with hypnosis.  In fact there’s buckets full of research going on about hypnotherapy as scientists glimpse how it affects the brain.  And it’s all good stuff.

A group of researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine just used brain imaging to see what was actually happening to people while they were under hypnosis.

Stanford psychiatry professor David Spiegel, reported “That [hypnosis] has therapeutic potential. You can get people to shake up the way they react to problems and approach them from a different point of view.”  He added “”It is a neurobiological phenomenon.”

If you’d like to read the full article, just click on the link below:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/28/youre-getting-very-curious-scientists-discover-how-hypnosis-actually-works.html

We love it!

Hypnotherapy training progressing well

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!

Hypnotherapy Training Course at CPHT Belfast

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.

An interesting hypnotherapy case study

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.

Hypnotherapy Training – Hypnosis

When I first started my Hypnotherapy training this was the area that I was the most fascinated by. I’d never been to Alex Broungersee a hypnotherapist and had never been hypnotised before I started training with David Newton at CPHT (Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training). And so it was with some excitement, and a bit of trepidation, that I took my seat with the rest of the trainees on that first weekend back in March 2011 to experience for the first time that wonderful state we call hypnosis. And what a wonderful state it proved to be. When I go in to a state of hypnosis I usually experience a feeling of complete relaxation and will often experience an explosion of colour under my closed eye lids. And that, despite sitting completely upright in a chair, is exactly what I experienced on that day. However, as we went round the room afterwards to describe what it was like it quickly became apparent that the experience of hypnosis can be very different between individuals. I also learnt that it can be very different for the individual each time they do it.

Since then I have hypnotised many hundreds of people. When asked to describe their experience of hypnosis, some will report a heavy feeling (or numbness) of arm and legs or even their whole body. Others report a feeling of lightness or even having dreamlike hallucinations. Others might just say it feels the same as if they were lying on their bed listening to music. Some will report that they don’t remember a thing I’ve said. All of my clients report that they find the experience enjoyable and pleasant which is exactly how hypnosis should be for our clients.

Hypnosis whilst not being a magic wand is, when used correctly, enormously powerful. There are certain conditions (overlooked by some hypnotherapy models) that need to be met in order to maximise the effectiveness of this wonderful but often misunderstood therapeutic tool. These conditions and the process of hypnotising people are introduced on the first weekend of our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma Course allowing our students to go away and practice straight away. As a result they quickly experience the buzz of helping others experience this beneficial and enjoyable state.

The fact that we encourage students to practise hypnosis outside of the training room so early comes as a surprise to some. That is before they realise what hypnosis is and, probably more importantly, what it isn’t. It is not mind control, it is not magic and it is not rocket science. Despite what you may have seen in the latest blockbuster action movie or read in the most recent best-selling novel, hypnosis cannot be used to motivate people to do something they do not already want to do.

Hypnosis is the contrivance of the trance state. Trance is a very natural state we all go in to on average 6-7 times an hour. We can go in to that state for a fraction of a second, as we recall a name or a memory, for a few seconds as we absorb some new piece of information or for minutes at a time as is normally the case during hypnosis. Hypnosis is often described as a state of focused attention and so we can say that we go in to that trance when we are watching a film, reading a book or driving a car. As an effective Hypnotherapist the trick is to help clients use this state in the best way possible to help them achieve their goals.

If you are interested in learning the art of hypnosis, as well as the many other therapeutic tools we use which enable you to become a “complete” Hypnotherapist, why not contact us to find out more about Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma Course?

Belfast Venue Announced

We’re very pleased to announce that the 2016 CPHT Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma course will be run at the Source Wellbeing Centre in Beersbridge Road.  We could see the Harland and Wolff gantry just down the road, but that wasn’t what decided our venue!  The main reason for choosing this delightful clinic was the bright and airy space in the training room, plus the welcoming feel the rest of the clinic had.  Another reason was the space to relax between lectures and it’s central location to Belfast.

One thing to bear in mind is if you don’t come from Northern Ireland and have an interest in the course, then we offer a postcode discount when students travel from afar.  Mind, we only offer it for this first course, so get in touch soon!

Meanwhile, this last weekend, Alex and I attended CPHT in Bristol to remind ourselves of how the second month’s course was delivered.  The students there learned about personality types which is very helpful given the array of different personalities they will deal with once qualified.  They also had an exercise in information gathering in order to really understand the client at the initial consultation.  Last month we covered the huge variety of conditions we can help with as hypnotherapists, anything from insomnia and IBS through to anxiety or confidence building. The list is significantly long!!  This month we covered more indepth aspects to these issues plus really started to get into the neuroscience of how the brain works – quite fascinating even for those who have no previous knowledge.

Alex and myself came away buzzing as we always do.  We trained some years ago and it’s always good to be reminded of the basics.

CPHT Belfast
Delegates at CPHT Bristol this weekend.

We’re now champing at the bit to get the CPHT Belfast course up and running in April!  Interviews will be taking place mainly through Thursday 3rd March to Saturday 5th but we will be carrying out a few prior to that too.  Get in touch if you have any questions or want to know more about the course itself.