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.
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.
One of the questions our students are likely to have to answer from friends and colleagues, both during and after their hypnotherapy training is “Does hypnotherapy work?”
It is tempting to answer with a very short and simple “yes!” followed by a torrent of personal examples which students at CPHT Belfast have quickly amassed. But stories and anecdotal evidence is not solid evidence.
There is a huge amount of very good quality evidence already out there about the effectiveness of solution focused therapy and the benefits of hypnosis. This is also supported by the latest understanding in neuroscience. As with all things, it sometimes takes a little time for evidence to become mainstream and more widely accepted by the public and the medical fraternity. That should not be an excuse to sit and wait though.
At CPHT Belfast we encourage all our hypnotherapy students to participate in a far-reaching research programme. This has already demonstrated the effectiveness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
The Research Programme:
By definition, solution focused therapy focuses on solutions rather than problems. This presents challenges in trying to measure its effectiveness. The moment you start asking questions about symptoms (which some research programmes encourage in order to identify improvements or otherwise) you are focusing the client on problems. Generally, our clients are already well practised at looking at their problems and this is something we want to change in order to see improvement in their wellbeing. However, CORP (Clifton Practice Outcome Rating Programme) has been designed to measure effectiveness whilst remaining positive and solution focused.
We train our students to use the software in a very simple way that fits seamlessly into sessions and benefits both the student and client. Students ask their customers to rate themselves against the following scales in the initial consultation and at the end of each session thereafter.
The seven scales:
1/ How positive have your thoughts been?
2/ How interactive have you been with others?
3/ How would you rate your level of activity?
4/ How would you rate your confidence?
5/ How well are you utilising your strengths and resources?
6/ How much have you achieved?
7/ How would you rate your level of happiness?
The software allocates a score out of 10 for each answer and the changes are measured over a period of time and illustrated in graph form. Now both student and customer can easily see what has changed across the scales.
We generally introduce the programme in module 6 of the 10-month course. This gives students chance to get a firm understanding of how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works and get some practice under their belt before taking part. After all, once they start using the software their outcomes will feed into the overall research programme and compare their results against their peers (which at the time of writing includes more than eighty Solution Focused Hypnotherapists), so we want them to be on a level playing field from the off.
Students quickly realise the power of being part of this exciting piece of research. Not only do they benefit as practitioners (being able to compare their results to the global results of the other participating hypnotherapists), but the clients benefit from being able to see their own progress. The clients then have an expectation of the
progress they can make from past global results. They are also reminded of the areas they should focus on to maximise their improvements.
And to those that do not believe the anecdotes, our students can show and explain this research programme and its results!
Train to be a Hypnotherapist in Belfast and become part of this exciting research:
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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.
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.
Sometimes it’s the graduates who can make the biggest impression on a potential student considering a career in hypnotherapy. So here are a few comments from hypnotherapists who have graduated from one of the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Practice (CPHT) schools of training.
“It just made so much sense! I remember listening to the theory of how negative thinking programs our minds to respond through anxiety, anger and depression and the myriad of unwanted symptoms and behaviours that can result and thinking ‘why on earth didn’t I know this information years ago?!’ I’m not exaggerating when I say that it has been life changing for me both in terms of my own mind set and quality of life and in enabling me to begin a career that fills me with even more passion than I found in my previous career.” Anne – Banchory, Aberdeen
‘There is so much more to this course than I had anticipated. The course heavily focuses on the latest findings from neuroscience and the knowledge I have gained on how the brain works has been absolutely fascinating.
We were encouraged to start practising on clients right from the start so throughout the course clocking up many hours of client sessions. This experience was invaluable and gave me the confidence and the reassurance I needed to set up a practice on completion of the course. My only regret is that I didn’t do it ten years ago!” Kirstie, Glastonbury.
“Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a no non-sense approach to real hypnotherapy! It delivers on every level and you will feel confident. There’s no need to worry about constructing endless ‘scripts’ and wondering if they – or you – will make a difference to your client.
The CPHT provided everything. Information of how to deliver an Initial Consultation, How the Mind Works, language patterns (what I had been previously taught as a ‘script). The topics covered included stress, anxiety, depression, pain, weight management, smoking, OCD’s, phobias and many others plus the all important marketing! Fabulous!” Cathy – Manchester.
“I trained with CPHT several years ago. After extensive research I found it offered the best training available in the UK, it not only lived up to my expectations but surpassed them. The training I received was certainly not ‘up the fluffy end’ – no swinging watches here! Having its basis firmly in science I was given the tools necessary to help people in a natural and effective way.
Qualifying with CPHT I have achieved the highest standard of recognition in the UK for hypnotherapy. I have since become a busy and successful Solution Focused Hypnotherapist working and living in a rural area in three medical centres. The work is highly satisfying and rewarding – I am living the life I love!” Heidi, North Devon.
“My experience with CPHT has changed my life. Before I became a hypnotherapist I worked in sales and marketing. I was very stressed, negative, hated my job and was always a glass half empty guy. Everything was a chore and I never really seemed to accomplish anything.
Thanks to the teachings of CPHT I’m now a changed person. I’m very positive and solution focused. I now know what’s important to make life good and have a clear direction with passion to chase after my dreams and goals. I love working for myself and really enjoy helping other succeed in life.
I qualified in 2014. Quit my job in 2015 and now I’ve just opened my own practice for 2016. All this would of never happened with my old mindset.” Bobby, Cheltenham.
“Quite apart from the joy of seeing my clients’ lives changing for the better, from the day I started training with CPHT my own life moved up a gear. Learning to understand my brain and how to adjust my way of thinking has made life smoother and happier for me. The course was varied and interesting and I made some good friends. The support we all offer each other and the ongoing training and supervision have added tremendously to my confidence as a therapist. I started the course much later in life than most people and it has given me a sense of purpose.” Sarah – Cricklade, Wiltshire.
What struck me as I read the testimonials was the fact that some of the therapists come from rural areas. This answered a question that some of our interviewees for the forthcoming Belfast course ask: “Will there be enough business for me”? The answer is a resounding yes in our view. If graduates can make a go of it in the country then that means there is way more potential in a city! There’s a massive amount of anxiety in rural areas, towns and cities – the Government statistics show that in 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health*.
What else struck me was the difference the course made to the graduates’ lives, so it’s not just the clients that change! I remember when I trained in 2007, myself and my fellow students all felt that the course had a very positive influence on how we conducted ourselves and our lives.
If you want to make a difference and also feel different, do get in touch!
[* Health and Safety Executive ‘Work related Stress, Anxiety and Depression Statistics in Great Britain 2015’]
Over the last few days we’ve been inundated with enquiries for our Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma course. Possibly the surge in interest is because we’ve crossed the mental border into the new year and people have focused on what they want to achieve, seen the course starts in April and that’s prompted them into action? Perhaps they’ve realised halfway through the first month that life is still the same old, same old and they want to change? Whatever it is, we’ve been benefitting from the action that some people are taking!
Focusing on solutions allows for action to be taken. Although Alex and myself were happy with the trickle of enquiries we had about the course last year, we knew we’d see an upturn as we stepped into the actual year of the course (admittedly we did have our fingers crossed too). As we get closer to our kick off date we expect the momentum to continue building, prompting those people who’s subconscious might have had them procrastinating into taking action. It’s amazing what a deadline will allow us to achieve.
As senior lecturers at CPHT Belfast, we understand how the brain works – we were well taught on our Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma course! This enabled us to look generically at how our enquiries might come in and to not panic last year! On our course, students learn the importance of focus and making sure that the focus is on the positives not the negatives.
A significant part of the Diploma course is talking about “What’s been good” and then focusing on ‘where we want to be’ rather than where we are now or where we’ve been. Why do we focus on what’s been good?
Two main reasons:
1) If we focus on what’s been bad we magnify it. This makes it more difficult to deal with as we empower the problem by making it larger than it really is.
2) If we focus on what’s been good (despite any difficulties) then we move to our positive prefrontal cortex within the brain which empowers us rather than the problem. We then actually change the way the brain works which gives us more control!
The majority of our clients come to us with problems that have them disempowered. Whether that’s anxiety, panic attacks or phobias or general lack of confidence and negative beliefs. These problems can end up wrapping us around their little finger and thereby bring on both mental and physical negative symptoms such as insomnia, loss of control (eating too much, smoking, drinking too much alcohol) or things like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders etc.
Neuroscience shows us that if we focus on how we want to be, the brain is much more likely to get on board and help us achieve that. They call it Neuroplasticity, explaining that our brain is like Play-doh, we can mould it to be how we want to be as long as we show our brain what it is we want. As we then step into a more positive future, the negatives symptoms fade into the past.
So, we need to focus on what we want. We need to focus on what we want to do and how we want to be.
If you want to learn more about the very well established CPHT Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma and what we teach on this great course, then do get in touch. Email us at email@example.com to ask any questions or come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 3rd March at the Source Wellbeing Centre in Beersbridge Road, Belfast. We’ll be there from 6pm to 8pm!
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!