Why Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is based on the latest research

As Solution Focused Hypnotherapists, research is very important to us. We want to know that what we are doing with our clients really does work. So, if new evidence becomes available that suggests we need to change the way we work, then we will. Equally, there is good quality evidence to suggest that the Solution Focused approach is effective when used with hypnosis.

The scientific area of Neuroscience is steadily releasing the brain’s secrets. An organ of the body that was once considered to be of little importance. In the 4th century BC, Aristotle thought that the brain was a cooling mechanism for the blood. He also thought that the heart was the seat of intelligence. We have come a long way since then!

As Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (SFH) we base what we do on the latest brain research & neuroscience. Our aim is to help clients get back to being their true selves. At CPHT Stoke we make sure that our students understand the importance of research. How it helps us to become better therapists.  Everything within the course can be backed up by the latest research and neuroscientific endeavour.

National Research Programme

CPHT Stoke is part of a National research programme. This programme is called CORP or Clifton Practice Outcome Ratings Programme.

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CORP graph showing the difference between one practice and the average of all other therapists.

All our students are encouraged to take part in CORP. The majority of the first year membership cost is included in the course fees. It is the largest research programme of its type within the UK. CORP is designed to gather information on the effectiveness of SFH. However, it also reinforces the hypnotherapy sessions for the client in a positive & unobtrusive way. As a result, students and clients can observe their progress based on the client’s own figures. Obviously, this can be incredibly reassuring. Students can also see their improvement as they work with members of the public. There are many hypnotherapists now using CORP. It has amassed in excess of 25,000 hypnotherapy sessions to date. This gives students the wonderful ability to compare the progress of their clients against those of other hypnotherapists.

So train for a new career as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and be part of this ground-breaking research programme. Give Jenny a call today on 07748 511841. The next CPHT Stoke course starts in March 2021 at Trent House, Stoke.

A simple explanation about anxiety & how it can affect us

CPHT Leeds – Stress and AnxietyAs a Hypnotherapist we often meet clients who are suffering from anxiety. A natural response that everyone will feel from time to time. After all no one can avoid routine life situations. We may feel anxious when we need to attend a job interview or swerve for a car that is heading in our direction. For some people it may be the worry that people think badly of them.

So what is anxiety? 

It is a response that people have to perceived threats or danger. Anxiety keeps us on edge, highly aware of ourselves and our surroundings. We also become aware of any potential threat to our own security.

Not everyone reacts to an experience in the same way. Not everyone experiences anxiety at the same level. Anxious people may remind themselves of a particularly scary or upsetting event. By imagining the situation repeatedly, their anxiety can run away with them.

Once anxiety starts we may start to feel the physical nature of it. Our heart rate increases, our stomach begins to churn and our breathing becomes faster. These feelings can be uncomfortable and people can end up feeling anxious about being anxious.

In the relaxed setting of the hypnotherapy room during the initial consultation, we explore the brain. We consider the changes that occur in the brain when we are anxious. This helps the client understand the nature of their physical response.

It is said that danger is in the eye of the beholder. This is true, even though the person may be aware of how irrational it is. Logic in this situation can only achieve so much.

The hypnotherapist can provide mental space for self-reflection. In trance, the client can observe perceived threats and relabel them. This allows rational thought to become more acceptable to the mind.

Hypnotherapy is a kind therapy. A comfortable and peaceful experience. Many people say that it feels like they’ve had a few hours sleep. How often do we reassess a situation after sleeping well?

Would you like to be one of the first Solution Focused Hypnotherapists graduating in Stoke? Then call Jenny on 07748 511841.

How does change begin?

When faced with a problem, how do we begin to change? Attempting to solve any problem starts with understanding why it is happening. There is plenty of research to show that when clients understand that they can change, they do so more quickly, than those that don’t. During the initial consultation, Solution Focused Hypnotherapists, explain how the brain works.  During this simple and accurate explanation, we cover how and why we suffer from mental health issues. This forms the basis and understandinTime for change, Change your career, Change your life, New start, CPHT Stoke Hypnotherapy Trainingg that helps to bring about effective  change.

The mind is enormously complex, as we all know. A human brain has 100 billion neurons and 20,000 synaptic connections. These are bathed in multiple neurotransmitters. It’s difficult to imagine the sheer volume of interactions that go on. In fact one small factor  could contribute to a mental health problem.  Understandably, it may be hard to find.. However, as Hypnotherapists, we can tip the system towards the positive. A small seemingly inconsequential action can lead to a successful improvement of the illness. It can all start with a small change in behaviour. It could start with a depressed person deciding to go for a bike ride. After a while he begins going regularly and his appetite increases. As a result his sleeping improves and he feels stronger, mentally and physically.

We see a steadily increasing improvement in our clients.  People return to work feeling better. They begin to interact socially again and become more active. Some even jump on planes that they have been avoiding for years. Most importantly people start to cope with all that they have to handle.

 

Hypnotherapy makes a difference, we make a difference.

Join us on the CPHT Stoke Hypnotherapy Training course in March 2021. Call Jenny on 07748 511841 and feel the difference yourself.

Training as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist

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CPHT Stoke students practice on people with real conditions

When I decided to train as a certified hypnotherapist, I was amazed at the variety of schools that were available.  The choice was overwhelming. How did I know which school would equip me best for a career as a hypnotherapist? I decide to write down all the things I wanted from my ideal school.

I wanted the best quality training. It needed to be fully accredited and be nationally recognised.  I hoped that I could find a course that focused on finding solutions to people’s issues as I didn’t want to be counselling people. Importantly, I wanted to feel confident that at the end of the training, I could be successful, both clinically and financially. It needed to run at weekends as I was working full time. I also hoped that I’d be able to pay for the course monthly.

After the first weekend I knew I had made the right decision, I couldn’t wait for the next weekend. The students came from a wide range of different backgrounds. The ages of the students varied too. The goals for my fellow students varied with some hoping to practice part time and others full time.  I love that I am still in touch with many of my fellow students.  As the weeks passed I felt fully supported not only by the lecturer but by other students in the group. We were encouraged from the very beginning to begin practicing on our family and friends. I never realised I had so many friends in need of relaxation!

Training to be a hypnotherapist with CPHT Stoke builds confidence.

This practical foundation was crucial in building my confidence.  The recommendation is to see 5 people a week, which I did. The results that I saw with my ‘clients’ were astounding. Friends sleeping better, family members feeling calmer and less stressed. My weight loss sessions with a group of lovely ladies often got lively at times. We all had a lot of fun and the ladies lost weight too. The change was not only apparent in the people I saw, I noticed a change in myself too. As a result my confidence and competence grew.

The evidence based knowledge in the lessons was also key for me.  I needed to understand the science behind what we did. It was important to me that I was doing what worked with my clients. I was reassured to find that the information we give to our clients is current, accurate and based on a proven methodology.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works, I see it every day.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has made a difference to the many hundreds of people I have seen . It has changed my life too. I have a successful business, I can organise my work time to suit my life. As a result, my passion for hypnotherapy has continued to grow.

If you would like to find out more call Jenny on 07748 511841. She would be delighted to hear from you. The next training course  starts in March 2021 at the Trent House, Business Lodge, Stoke.

 

A change of career to change your life!

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.

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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!

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.