Changing the picture of lock down

It’s all about the picture!

There is a metaphor that we Solution Focused Hypnotherapists use, both with our students and our own clients. It’s about a picture and the following is an extract:

‘Some villagers way out in a jungle many years ago were given a painting. They were told that as long as they had this beautiful picture all would be well in their world.  Then, one day, the picture was stolen and the villagers became very worried. It seemed as though their world was coming to an end and nothing would ever appear to be the same again’.

Some of us have been reciting this metaphor for well over 15 years now, but there’s a certain irony as we repeat this story in today’s current climate!

The reason we relay this metaphor to clients is that sometimes people feel as though their world will never be as they want it to be.  This can be due to a number of things, such as losing a partner or a job; not having enough money; being restricted in what they can do; or simply a lack of positive chemicals in the brain.

The COVID-19 Crisis

Whatever the reason, we tend to look at the bleaker side of life when something untoward happens. That’s unless we have an abundance of positive chemicals already zipping round our brains or we’re a ‘glass half full’ type of person.  When this happens, we have more capacity to get us through a crisis in a better way.

We absolutely know that the more we make the most of things, the more we change the chemical reaction in our brain. This enables us to cope better.  Therefore, to enable us to cope with the uncertainty of the future right now, it’s far better to look out for the things we CAN do, rather than dwell on the things that we cannot do.  The latter simply makes us feel down or depressed.  Whereas, if we look at what we can do (and this may take a bit of effort sometimes), then we can feel happier.

Taking the current situation of lock down and COVID-19, we may not actually be able to change aspects of the situation, but we can change the way we deal with it.  We can all look at a picture and see things from a different angle.  As an example, do you remember the plane crashing into the Hudson River? For some people they would marvel as they watched the drama unfolding and be amazed at how everyone survived.  Whilst others would exclaim, “Well, that’s just another darned good reason not to get on a plane”!

Back to that Metaphor

The metaphor above goes on to say: ‘Then, one of the villagers started to paint their own picture and, soon enough, some of the other villagers joined in.  They suddenly noticed that their world was changing for the better’.

We can change our way of looking at a picture, if we want to.  A lot of our clients are saying that the lock down is an opportunity to review where they’re going in life; a chance to see how they can manage on a limited budget; a moment in time to slow down and take time with family.  Others are claustrophobic; feeling extremely anxious; wanting things to get back to normal. Then there are those who don’t want to get back to normal, they can be feeling anxious about what comes next.

Although the lock down situation is similar for a lot of us, there can be a difference in our mood which may be due to our personal circumstance. Luck can play a big part, whether or not we have an income can have a massive effect, but the uncertainty will be there for a lot of us and that’s the area that we can start to work with.

The ‘What if’ question can be asked with head bowed low and doom in our voice but it can also be asked with a bit of enthusiasm with a thought towards opportunity – because in the vast majority of cases, there is opportunity if you look hard enough or if you create your own picture of how you would like your future to be.

Changing Lives!

As Lecturers at CPHT Edinburgh and Clinical Hypnotherapists, it’s also our job to teach our students and clients how to create change in our own minds.  This enables us to make decisions in a better way, to spot opportunities and to enjoy life more.

From the first weekend of the 10-month course, our students will be helping friends and family.  Three months later, following the third course weekend, our students will be helping members of the public deal with anxiety and depression (on a case study basis).  This can have a huge impact on the way people look and deal with situations.  Their picture of life changes – more towards the positive.

If you want to change not only your own life, but other people’s lives too, then have a look around our website.  Alternatively, have a chat with us about what small steps can lead you to becoming a Clinical Hypnotherapist.  Either Call Alex on 07917 415926 or Anne on 07584 414715.

 

What Makes us Different

We do things a bit differently at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT)… Actually sometimes we do things a lot differently!

Playfulness

We have fun. Not only in the classroom but also in our clinics. Playfulness is an important part of what we do. And getting good at that takes practice. No wonder there is so much laughter in our hypnotherapy classrooms in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland.

The Brain

We also focus a lot on the brain. “In effect”, says Daniel Siegal (author of the Developing Mind and clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine) “we are taking the brain out of its black box and opening it up for discussion in the consulting room.” We give our clients a good understanding of how the brain works and how it can cause us some considerable discomfort. This empowers them to make changes to help themselves. Our  hypnotherapy students find the same thing. They learn how the brain works to help others. In the process they use that knowledge themselves. No wonder so many say that the Hypnotherapy in Practice course we run in Edinburgh is life changing.

The Past is Gone

We do not focus on the past. We can no longer influence it. The neuroscience tells us that focusing on the future helps the brain process the past. We may reflect back on the recent past to identify those things that are going well or that we are pleased about. We might consider the strengths that enabled us to make things in the recent past go well. On the whole we treat the past as a learning experience. It is not surprising therefore that our students find themselves developing forgotten or previously unknown strengths. They surprise themselves with how much they can achieve during the hypnotherapy course.

Focus on Solutions

We also use powerful questions that focus on solutions, not on problems. Again, the neuroscience tells us that what we focus on takes up more neural networks in the brain. If we focus on problems those problems get bigger in the mind. Generally bigger problems are more difficult to deal with than smaller ones. So we are constantly encouraging our clients to focus on solutions. This shift in focus is empowering for our hypnotherapy students too. Our hypnotherapy training is undoubtedly hard work, but with a newly inspired focus on solutions our students generally find themselves being able to achieve far more than they thought possible

Hypnosis

And then of course we have hypnosis. That trance state which helps the brain work optimally. It helps us to process difficulties, solve problems, find answers and all the while promoting a feeling of confidence, calmness and clarity. Our students too, find their mind sharpens and their ability to cope under pressure improves. As a result they get very best of themselves during the course.

Do you want to get the very best out of yourself? Do you want to achieve more than you thought possible? Perhaps you want to learn about the brain or simply want a new challenge whilst having fun and meeting great new friends? Apply for our next course here: Application Form and we will be in touch to answer your questions and arrange an interview if you wish.

 

Ongoing Learning

The Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD)

One of the many reasons why people choose to study Hypnotherapy with CPHT is the available options for ongoing study after the primary Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) course. The ten-month HPD course equips our students to work with a very broad range of people with a wide variety of symptoms. In fact, upon completion of the HPD course there aren’t many things that our graduates cannot help their clients cope better with.

So, whilst we are proud to offer a complete training course, that does not mean that learning should stop.  Most successful Hypnotherapists will want to do more Continual Professional Development (CPD) than the minimum required by their Professional Association(s).  CPHT offer a wide range of Continuing Professional Development courses. These are run both across the country and online via video conferencing/webinars. They range from a focus on different conditions to understanding more about how other modalities work. Some may be more business oriented to help graduates run their businesses more effectively or more profitably.

The Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD)

But it is also the provision of additional externally verified qualifications that sets CPHT apart. CPHT trained Hypnotherapists may want to go on to study the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD). This qualification has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 5 (HPD is level 4) using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptions. The AHD involves the completion of a number of specified CPDs.   After which they complete the provide evidence that they understand each learning outcome in the module. These build in to a portfolio of evidence (similar to the one required for the HPD).  The CPDs include CBT, Mindfulness, and Psychoneuroimmunolgy.  Alex Brounger leads the AHD. He is also the Senior Lecturer for CPHT Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) and CPHT Belfast.

The Supervisor’s Course:

In addition, after some years in practice Graduates from CPHT (whether it be Edinburgh, Glasgow or indeed any of the CPHT schools) may want to become a Supervisor. This enables them to use their experience and knowledge to help other Hypnotherapists work with their clients and build their businesses. Like the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, the Supervisor’s Course is a Level 5 course run by CPHT’s Alex Brounger.

Anne Wyatt Joins the Team at CPHT Edinburgh

CPHT Edinburgh are delighted to announce that Anne Wyatt will be joining the team. Following an 18 year career as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS, Anne trained as a Hypnotherapist at CPHT Plymouth in 2013. Moving to Aberdeenshire a short time later Anne has since set up a very busy practice in Banchory. Anne became a Hypnotherapy Supervisor in 2017 and she will also be running CPHT Newcastle alongside CPHT Edinburgh. Sharing Alex Brounger’s desire for excellence, Anne’s considerable experience as a Hypnotherapist, Lecturer and Supervisor will be invaluable in the training room.

“I was overjoyed to be approached by Alex to join him in running CPHT Edinburgh. Setting up as a Hypnotherapist can be challenging. I truly believe the training we deliver at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training gives our students the best possible start to this wonderful career. We take note of the latest in neuroscience and scientific research. We provide unrivalled levels of support, and we ensure our students leave the course with practical tools on how to market themselves so they can can help as many people as they can” said Anne.

Do you want to make a living changing people’s lives? Do you want to help people overcome anxiety and depression? The next training course from CPHT Edinburgh starts in February 2019. If you would like further information see our website here. If you would like to apply please complete our short application form here. Alex Brounger will contact you back to arrange an interview. We look forward to hearing from you.

Alex Brounger Takes Over the Reins at CPHT Edinburgh

CPHT Edinburgh are delighted to announce that Alex Brounger has agreed to take on the role of leading CPHT Edinburgh. Alex is a highly experienced Hypnotherapy Lecturer, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Supervisor.

Alex originally trained in 2011 with David Newton at CPHT Bristol and has since grown two very busy practices in Gloucestershire where he lives. In 2015 Alex became a Hypnotherapy Supervisor. In the same year Alex set up CPHT Belfast in partnership with another highly successful Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Lecturer, Nicola Griffiths. He was also the CEO for the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) from August 2016 to May 2018. Alex is now in the middle of his third course with CPHT Belfast, which he will continue to run alongside CPHT Edinburgh.

“I am looking forward to applying what I have learnt in setting up CPHT Belfast to CPHT Edinburgh. Running a Hypnotherapy School can be hard work. However it is enormously satisfying to help guide students through the process of becoming fully fledged Hypnotherapists. We pride ourselves on training people, from all walks of life, to become competent and professional Hypnotherapists. Practitioners who can help a great many people cope with a broad range of problems and symptoms. I love helping others to do the job that I have loved doing since 2011” says Alex.

The next HPD Course starts in February 2019. It will continue for one weekend per month for ten months, ending in November 2019. If you would like further information on the course take a look at CPHT Edinburgh’s website here: cphtedinburgh.co.uk. If you would like to apply please complete our short application form here.