When I started to consider a change of career as a hypnotherapist, I had no idea where to start. There seemed to be as many different approaches as training schools. They also all seemed to offer different qualifications. Some were accredited with this body and some with that. Understandably, I became quite confused. A few offered very short courses while others offered more in depth training. A variety of courses were online, with some local while others only operated from London.
Finally some clarity
In the end I decided that I wanted a course that would fit my philosophy on life. One that was logical and positive while being accredited. I used to be a listener for the Samaritans. So I knew that taking people back into their negative emotions, only made them feel worse. For this reason, I ruled out the idea of a combined counselling and hypnotherapy approach. I then stumbled across the CPHT website. I soon realised that everything they did, had a solid foundation in Neuroscience. It was a positive, Solution Focused approach that closely fitted my own philosophy. It used the best of NLP and as a trainer of NLP I felt reassured by that.
I then looked for a CPHT school close to home. I quickly realised that there was one almost on my doorstep in Manchester. The weekend dates suited my work schedule and I was able to pay for the course monthly. I contacted the school and was interviewed shortly afterwards. In the interview I was asked whether I wanted to build a career as a hypnotherapist and I said yes. The interviewer reassured me that if so, this was the course for me. Suddenly I started to wonder if I really wanted a change of career. I had a very well paid job as a senior manager . Although I was sick of the extensive travelling, did I really want to give up my job? Would I lose my financial security?
The CPHT Hypnotherapy Training course
Despite these initial concerns, I attended the course. I loved every weekend which amounted to 120 hours of tutor led instruction. First we watched the tutor demonstrate the methods. Then we practiced on colleagues, then friends and family and then real clients. This experience really gave me the confidence in my ability as a hypnotherapist. I acquired around 200 hypnotherapy hours before I’d even qualified! In addition, I was assessed practically by my trainer. I completed a written portfolio that contained a number of case studies from clients seen while training. Finally, on completion of the course I gained two Diplomas. The first one in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & psychotherapy from CPHT (the DSFH). The second, the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma from the NCH. This diploma has been assessed by NCFE as a level 4 qualification.
Most importantly, as by the end of the course I was already seeing paying clients. Within 12 months of completing my hypnotherapy training, I became a full time hypnotherapist. Clients now visit me at my Stafford clinic & also online. Currently I see around 25 ‘live clients’ on a regular basis. I love being a self-employed hypnotherapist; it has really changed my life.
The amount of travel I do has reduced markedly. My family love seeing me more often as I have more freedom and flexibility in my life. The best thing about it all, is that I am helping others to achieve their goals. I love seeing the change in people as they start to get their life back on track.
If you’re looking for a new career that will change your life, I believe that you’ve just found it!