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.

Hypnosis. Want to know the truth?

What is the truth about hypnosis? Often it’s easier to explain what hypnosis is not, rather than what it is. This is because many of us have a distorted view of hypnosis due to an abundance of books, films and stage shows. These media distort our perceptions of hypnosis for the sake of entertainment. After all the media tends to dramatise everything in order to encourage people to watch their films, see their shows or read their books.

I had no idea what to expect the first time I was hypnotised. However, I was quickly reassured that I would remain in complete control at all times. I would not end up barking like a dog each time EastEnders came on TV. In fact, I would only take on board the information that I found relevant to my situation. This was a relief to me as like most people I’m someone who likes to feel in control. There was also a distinct lack of swinging watches!

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Practicing hypnotherapy in month 1

Learning the truth about hypnosis with CPHT Stoke

Our student hypnotherapists are encouraged to practice on each other straight away. In fact during their very first hypnotherapy training weekend. After the first weekend we encourage them to practice on willing friends and family. This gives them confidence in their ability to hypnotise others very quickly. When they’re encouraged to use their skills free of charge on the general public just a couple of months later, most students are raring to go! In truth, most students agree, that their family and friends were much harder to deal with than the general public. By the end of the course they’re feeling confident in their abilities. They will often have dealt successfully with quite a few conditions. This is even before they start to charge for their services. It is this element of the course that best prepares students for setting up in business.

As soon as the students graduate they become supervised. This helps them to handle any scenario they come across. As they are trained by qualified supervisors, there’s a wonderful continuity . Everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. We’ve been where you are at every stage of the process so we know how you feel.
So now you know the truth about hypnosis. If this course, run by CPHT Stoke, sounds like the one for you, just give Jenny a call 0n 07748 511841. She would love to hear from you. You might need to leave a message as she and Caron both run busy hypnotherapy practices. However,  she will always get back to you. She can’t wait to answer your questions!

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”.