Is hypnotherapy training expensive?

It is easy to look at the price of any training course and compare it against the cost of other courses. However, if you are trying to decide whether hypnotherapy training is expensive, there are several things to consider. If you are looking to start a new career as a self-employed hypnotherapist, the most important point to consider is how well will it equip you for that future career?

Are you encouraged to practice  on people with real conditions?

To become confident with any new skill we must practice it repeatedly. Typically, newly qualified CPHT Stoke students will have at least 200 hypnotherapy hours under their belt. They will see their anxious volunteers become much more relaxed. Their clients may lose weight or stop smoking. This is because students use the tried and tested techniques seen demonstrated in class. Ideal for helping them to become competent and confident in their craft.

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CPHT Stoke students practice on people with real conditions

Are your tutors available between modules to help support you?

If you learn something new, it is likely that you will have questions. When practicing new skills between modules, CPHT Stoke students are given support if they need it. They may need guidance as they help their clients. Some may need help to answer questions in the portfolio. Regardless of their needs, the tutors of CPHT Stoke are available to answer their questions.

What are the qualifications of your tutors? Are they still in practice?

When a tutor has their own practice, they are more likely to be up to date with the latest information. They will be familiar with issues facing self-employed hypnotherapists. The tutor will understand how best to market their business. Students can learn a lot by listening to tutors talk confidentially about their own cases. There are 2 permanent senior lecturers at CPHT Stoke, they are Jenny Mellenchip & Caron Iley.

Jenny Mellenchip has her own busy hypnotherapy practice in Stafford and online. Jenny is a qualified hypnotherapy supervisor.  She has held the AHD (Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma), equivalent to a foundation degree for over 2 years. It is the highest hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.

Caron Iley is an award-winning hypnotherapist with a very busy practice in Bolton and online. Caron is a qualified hypnotherapy supervisor. She is currently studying towards the AHD.

At CPHT Stoke we also believe it is important to bring in other lecturers occasionally. These lecturers are experts in their field and help to provide variety for the students.

Will the course teach you the basics of running a business?

You can be great at what you do, but if nobody knows who you are, how will people find you? Marketing is an essential ingredient of the CPHT course. Course tutor, Jenny, is able to draw on her previous sales and marketing experience to give the students a good grounding in effective marketing. At CPHT Stoke, we also cover some basic accounting and data protection. These are both vital areas for students approaching self-employment for the first time.

Does the course allow you to pay as you learn?

When retraining for a new career money can be tight. We know it can be hard to come up with a lump sum to invest in your future career. This can be particularly difficult at the beginning of a training course. As you can’t yet see a return on your investment. At CPHT Stoke we understand this. We want to make it as easy as possible for you. After acceptance on the course, we ask for a deposit. This is followed by 9 further payments paid from modules 1 to 9. This spreads the cost of the course over 10 months. Thus making it more easily affordable for students.

One benefit of the CPHT Stoke course is that from module 7, you can start charging half price for your sessions with clients. This gives you the chance to earn back the cost of the course before you qualify in module 10. Students often do just that!

Are the qualifications nationally recognised and if so to what level?

It can be frustrating to attend a hypnotherapy training course and pay out good money, only to find that the course has been a waste of time. Make sure that the qualifications are nationally recognised. It is important that they are also accredited by the relevant awarding bodies.

There are two qualifications you can achieve on the CPHT Stoke course, the DfSFH and the HPD. The DfSFH (Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy) is a full diploma. It is accredited by the AfSFH (Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy). The HPD (Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma) is accredited by the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy). It is also verified by NCFE as a level 4 qualification on the UK’s national vocational framework. Both qualifications enable you to join the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary health practitioners.

How soon after the course is completed will I be able to go into business?

To qualify for the DSFH in module 10, you need to have attended all the modules. You will also need to have completed all the practical assessments.  As a result you will be able to begin your career as a self-employed hypnotherapist straight away. The HPD is achieved through submitting a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio consists of questions to answer, to showcase your knowledge. It also requires case studies to show your competence. Students of CPHT Stoke can submit any part of the online portfolio during the course. Case studies are done during the course. While many other schools expect them to be done after qualification.  This is because the course allows students to practice on people with conditions. After internal & external verification, the HPD, is awarded. The HPD is considered to be the gold standard qualification in the UK.

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Is hypnotherapy training expensive? Its important to compare like for like.

So, when considering retraining for any new career, make sure that you are comparing like with like. To decide whether a hypnotherapy training course is expensive, consider the cost against what you will receive. This course gives you a good Hypnotherapy Education that is fully accredited. How likely it is that you will achieve your goal of becoming a successful, self-employed hypnotherapist?  Do you want to feel confident & competent as a hypnotherapist by the end of your course? If so, we think you will find that the course run by CPHT Stoke is great value!

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.

The importance of good marketing

Good marketing is one area of a new business that can be completely underestimated. You may have just qualified as a Hypnotherapist, but how do you let people know how good you are? Word of mouth will always be the best and cheapest form of advertising your business. However, word of mouth can take time to build. Graduates of CPHT start generating word of mouth enquiries right from day one of the training course. They do this by practicing on friends and family free of charge. As a result, many graduates have a solid client base by the time they qualify. More importantly they have the confidence to put their skills into practice.

Marketing, Business, Hypnotherapy Business, CPHT LeedsHowever, in the early days it is vital that other methods of promoting a new business are explored. Most of us understand the power of the internet these days. 96% of households in the UK now have internet access. According to a report in 2020 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 87% of people in the UK now do their product or service search online. So it makes sense for new hypnotherapists to have a strong internet presence. So what form should this presence take?

What is the best type of marketing for you?

Is it enough to just have a Facebook business page or do we need a website too? If so what type of website is best? Do we need to be able to change its content regularly?  Will it be okay to make the odd change now and again? Someone once said that that “having a website and not promoting it is like having a billboard in the desert – no-one can find it”. So how would you best promote your website/Facebook page? What about other social media such as Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, do they have a worth in promoting your business?
What about listings in directories or newspaper advertising? Do you need business cards and leaflets? Are these types of promotion old hat? Are they worth the money that they charge? Does all advertising cost money or is some of it free?

All of these questions will be answered on the CPHT Stoke training course starting in March 2021. We know that you can be a good Hypnotherapist without learning about marketing, but if you want to have a good business too, then marketing training is essential. The CPHT Stoke training course will give you the business basics including essential knowledge about marketing.

The course is run by experienced hypnotherapists who run busy practices.  Jenny & Caron know what marketing works & they are keen to pass this information on to you. This knowledge will help you to set up a successful hypnotherapy practice by suggesting the most effective methods for you.  CPHT Stoke Hypnotherapy Training course starts in March 2021 at Trent House, Business Lodge, Stoke.  Call Jenny on 07748 511841  today, if you’d like to know more. We are passionate about what we do and we would love to speak to you.

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 do you choose a hypnotherapy training school?

If you’re looking for a Hypnotherapy Training School, first you need to decide what you want to achieve. Do you just want to learn to do self-hypnosis? What about the more flamboyant stage or street hypnotist, is that more your style? Perhaps you’d like to help others to get their lives back on track? Are you looking at this as a hobby, albeit a financially rewarding one? Do you want to change career completely or simply add to your existing skills?

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Which hypnotherapy school will you choose?

Once you’ve answered the questions above, you now have a better idea of what to look for in a training course. Self-hypnosis is covered at a certificate level, so this might be the best hypnosis course for you. Although The certificate in Hypnotherapy doesn’t allow you to practice as a hypnotherapist, this may be all that you need to fulfil your ambition. However, some people start out wanting to carry out self-hypnosis and then decide they want to know more. Could this be you? Then maybe the diploma course would be more appropriate? If you’re looking for stage or street hypnosis to entertain, then a diploma course is not necessary. However, confidence and a stage presence are. There are many such courses available and a quick Google search will point you in the right direction.

If you want to help others to get their lives on track by using hypnotherapy along with the latest brain based therapy, then the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Diploma is for you. Whether you wish to use it as a hobby, work part-time, supplement existing skills in your current career or train for a brand new career, then the CPHT Stoke course offers you everything you need.

Fully Accredited Course

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CPHT Stoke hypnotherapy training is carried out by experienced hypnotherapists to the same high standards expected of all Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training schools. Accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), General Hypnotherapy Council (GHR), Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH). The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council(CNHC) allow you to join their ranks after qualifying with this school. NCFE have assessed the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD)as a level 4 NVQ qualification.

Jenny & Caron, the tutors of CPHT Stoke believe that learning should be fun.  That you learn better when you enjoy what you’re doing. Despite this we cover some very detailed material. You will learn how the brain works and how to explain this to others in easy to understand language. We will explain the research that backs up everything we do in the therapy room. You will receive full support & guidance while you’re preparing your portfolio. We encourage you to practice hypnotherapy on as many people with real conditions as you can during the course. We believe that this is the best way to learn hypnosis. You will be mentored during the setup of your business, if that’s what you want to do with your qualification. Then once you’re qualified, we have the experience, skills and qualifications to be your supervisors. This is so that the transition from student to practicing hypnotherapist is as smooth as it can be.

If CPHT Stoke sounds like the Hypnotherapy Training School for you, then fill in an application form today. The next CPHT Stoke course starts in March 2021. Are you ready for a life changing experience? Still undecided? Give Jenny a call on 07748 51141  and she’ll happily answer any questions you may have.

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”.