They make a difference!

Well would you believe it, another course has graduated and we’ve sent our students out into the big wide world.

Whilst we feel protective of our students, we also have absolute faith that they will do a superb job and make a difference to the people they work with.  After all, they were already doing a grand job of helping people overcome all sorts of issues whilst they were on course – we’ve seen the results.

Not only do we have faith in them because we’ve seen the results, but the feedback from the students as they graduated last weekend solidified our confidence in them.

Here’s just one of the many testimonials:

It’s incredibly rewarding to ‘make a difference’.  As the graduates found out when they started the course last September, even the initial consultation with a client can make a significant difference to that person’s life.  A simple explanation of how the brain works and getting the client to understand that, usually, the problem isn’t about them but simply how a brain will respond to a certain set of situations and that they can take control.

Here’s confirmation of the above from another of our graduates:

“I totally recommend this course to anyone who is looking to change their life towards the better and help others in the process. It’s a win-win!!” (Elaine)

 

So, if you want to make a difference, to both yourself and others, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees – just click on the HPD tab above.

If you want to then give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.

 

The safety net!

Sometimes a graduate from our course can come up with a very unusual query.  This can happen more frequently than you might imagine, because as hypnotherapists we do come across clients with a huge variety of issues that they want to sort.

Occasionally it throws a curve ball into the mix and that’s when the therapist can find it very useful to call on a more experienced colleague, their supervisor, to chat through (in a confidential way) their thoughts on how to proceed.

At CPHT, we recognise the need for safety nets all through our course and beyond.  Whilst on course, our lecturers are the students’ supervisors.  We’re on call between course weekends to answer any queries the student might have about their case study clients.

Upon graduation, those students can choose from a nice long list of solution-focused supervisors.  This allows them to expand their knowledge even further as they move forward in their careers.  And guess what, even Supervisors have supervision!

Supervision, whether for hypnotherapists, counsellors, or even GPs, is an important part of development.  It can inform the supervisee on developments in research or science; it allows them to talk about any problem cases that aren’t moving forward in a confidential environment; it builds confidence that they’re making the right decisions; it gives an opportunity to reflect on what they might do differently; and more!

Solution focused hypnotherapists are usually self-employed.  They love the team environment that our course provides, but once graduated they are working much more on a solo basis.  This is where the safety net also comes into play, they get the support of not only the supervisor, but also the supervisor’s other supervisees.  This is known as ‘group supervision’, so it’s very similar to going back into class and getting that positive interaction with others.  The choice is up to the therapist whether they have group supervision, 1-1 supervision or a mixture of both.

It’s always good to have a bit of support in life, especially when you’re helping people to overcome their problems and encouraging a better outcome for your clients.

If you want a career that gives you support, then do get in touch.  We’re currently interviewing for our Edinburgh course which starts in September.

Silver Linings

For every dark cloud there is a silver lining. We suspect you’ve heard that saying before? It can indeed be the case though, even with a global pandemic.

Our students have been training during a period of great change for the therapeutic world. A change that most therapists wouldn’t have thought possible.

As we come out of lockdown, therapists are now moving back to face-to-face sessions. However, we suspect the vast majority of them will move forward offering both face-to-face and online sessions. Whereas prior to the pandemic, it was rare to have online therapy sessions.

It’s interesting that we’ve come across many clients ourselves, who prior to the Covid outbreak simply wouldn’t have considered online sessions.  They quickly realised, once they took the plunge, they benefitted greatly.

In fact, studies have shown online therapy to be very effective, with one study from Georgetown University citing: “Women appear to have better outcomes following virtual interventions than in-person interventions”.

It’s important to note that with online sessions you do need privacy and a good internet connection in order to feel comfortable and to get the most out of them. But working online and face-to-face gives both the therapist and their clients more choice as to the way forward.  So, speaking for ourselves, we’re going to put that down on our list as one of our silver linings.

It’s interesting to contemplate how many other silver linings a pandemic might have brought to light? Some people have discovered a quieter life and are rather enjoying it, whilst others might appreciate the break from commuting for hours. Hopefully, as we continue to come out of the lockdown, we can take advantage of enjoying the freedom of simple things, like having a cup of coffee with a friend, and appreciate those little things all the more.

So, what are your silver linings? You might find you discover one or two hidden ones if you really think about it, despite what the negatives have been.

Get on with choosing!

We suspect the majority of us have unfulfilled goals?  Now, whether that’s simply getting around to clearing out the spare room, sorting out our paperwork or taking the plunge to change careers to something more fulfilling, most of us have things that we will “do one day”.

But did you know that research has shown that unfulfilled goals persist in the mind, you could define it as occasionally nagging!  But the brain reminds us of our goal and focuses on finding ways to achieve it.

So, even if you think that you’ve forgotten that goal, your mind has kept it active in the subconscious and will look for opportunities to fulfil it!

A couple of clever chaps called Masicamp and Baumeister set up a series of studies to investigate this.  They discovered that having an unfinished goal caused intrusive thoughts, that in turn caused problems with tasks associated with logical thinking. Basically, it mucked things up a bit in the brain!

But, if we take time to make plans to achieve the goal, this helps us. Those who acted on their plans and made attempts to fulfil their goals found that they had a clearer head and were no longer bothered by intrusive thoughts.

Interestingly, the very act of planning appeared not only to suspend the mind’s drive to achieve the goal, it reduced intrusive thoughts and freed up the mind for other uses.

Our lives are usually filled with plenty of choices and, sometimes, the more choices we have the more complicated life can become.  This is especially the case if we’re dithering on something as simple as clearing out the spare room or sitting down to have a cup of tea!  Is the world going to stop spinning if we don’t choose one over the other?  The simple answer to that is “No”.  However, we can benefit greatly from making a straight forward choice and ‘getting on with it’.

In order to help the brain release a bit of pressure and become more relaxed, it’s good to make a decision and ‘get on with it’ whenever possible.  As we know, the actual doing something is frequently far easier than the thinking about it.

So, as we hopefully move forward into calmer times, look at what you can cross off your to-do list that either isn’t worthy of worrying about or has become out of date.  Then look at what is left, and what can you move forward with that will make a nice difference to you once it’s been achieved and look at how you can ‘get on with it’.

By the way, there’s rather a good course that we’re running starting in Edinburgh this September.  Plenty of our graduates may have dithered about signing up to it in the past, but we hear they were exceptionally pleased they did ‘get on with it’ and make that positive choice once they arrived at that very first course weekend!

Hands On!

We’ve recently been interviewing applicants for our next course in Glasgow starting in March, as well as our next course in Edinburgh starting in September. Some people like to plan ahead we’ve discovered!
What’s interesting is the number of applicants who say they come through to us because our course is very practical. So, how practical is it?
Well, from the very first course weekend we have the students working with each other in the classroom practising trance. Then, we send them home to ask volunteers (family and friends) to help them by listening to the student reading language patterns we’ve provided. This, by itself, can have a very positive effect on the people listening.
By the third weekend, we’ve taught the students enough that they can be working with volunteer case studies, on a free of charge basis, with aspects such as anxiety and low mood. The students then relay back to the class interesting points of note or where they may be a bit stuck and the whole class learns as a result of this feedback.
Everything is done on an anonymous basis, so the case studies volunteers know their identity is protected. The lecturers act as supervisors to the students in between the course weekends and so, over the whole of the 10-month course, the students’ confidence grows along with their clinical hours and experience.
Working with members of the general public allows the students to come into contact with not only a diversity of people, but a wider range of symptoms that those people present with. Anything from anxiety, panic attacks and feeling under pressure through to pain, illness or needing increased confidence to deal with any situation that might come their way.
This has proven to be an exceptionally good way of teaching and we fully expect our students to be seeing a minimum of 5-6 clients per week. By the end of the course, we expect our graduates to have, at the very least, a part-time practice up and running. Now isn’t that something to get excited about?
This last course weekend was month 4 and the students learnt about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how they can help their clients overcome this issue.
Next month is fears and phobias…there’s never a dull moment!
If you’re interested in training to become a clinical hypnotherapist, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715. She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.
Full details of the course can be found under the HPD tab in the header menu of this website.

It’s Not Just a Hypnotherapy Course we Deliver!

Well, we’re fast arriving at our 2020 Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) course very shortly.  We’re in flat out mode. Sorting the paperwork for those who have already signed up and we’re still interviewing the people who’ve just realised the course is only a matter of two weeks away!

We still laugh at the fact that Alex, one of our Senior Lecturers, only realised he’d like to train as a clinical hypnotherapist three days before starring his course with David Newton in Bristol. He ended up having his interview the day before the course started – now that’s what we call last minute!  Who’d have thought all these years later, well 9.5 years later to be precise, he’d be a supervisor and a senior lecturer with the same organisation.

Students Say it is Life Changing:

Previous students often say that this course is a life-changer.  Whilst receiving the training on how the brain works, it not only has a life-changing effect for their case study participants, but also for the students themselves.  As they apply what they learn to their own lives they tell us about the positive effects this has, for instance:

  • They tell us about how they’re sleeping better;
  • How they’re dealing with everyday life in a better way;
  • How they’ve taken COVID in their stride much more so than they would have done previously;
  • How they’re loving helping people and getting the positive feedback as a result.
  • And more… a lot more!

Even after they graduate, we still receive updates from them.  Many of them become our supervisees, so we stay in very regular contact as we continue to support them as they build their businesses.

We like to see them develop their careers and they’ve started well, having studied on a very strong course that covers a multitude of areas.  Just taking the symptomology we teach them to work is extensive, such as:

Anxiety, depression, addictions, anger, blood pressure, blushing, lack of confidence, insomnia, IBS, smoking cessation, relationship difficulties, migraines, nail biting, nightmares, obsessions (OCD), panic attacks, skin disorders, pain management, weight loss, and a lot more!

Our Success is Widespread:

Our hypnotherapy training school is one of many in the CPHT organisation.  In fact, there are 27 schools across the UK.  Therefore, we have an infrastructure that is robust and supports our graduates with not only supervision once they finish their HPD course, but Continuing Professional Development training (CPD).

Although we’ve taught students pretty much everything they need to know on the HPD course to deal with the various symptoms their clients will present with, our CPDs keep them up to date with research and background to certain issues such as IBS, Childbirth, PTSD, etc.  Knowledge that allows them to talk with more confidence, such as why someone is more likely to suffer from IBS.

And who knows, just like us, they could become future hypnotherapy supervisors or lecturers – you just don’t know where looking through our website could lead you to!

Why Not You?

If you want a very rewarding career, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees – just click on the HPD tab on this website.

Alternatively, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  You can also email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.

Colourful Words Are Better For Us!

Take a moment to think about a pile of words.

Imagine a pile of words on the floor to your left. Then consider those words being as follows: winter, miserable, cold, sleet, hail, shivering, damp. Okay? Done it? Now if those words were to be a colour, what colour would they be do you imagine?

Now imagine another pile of words but to your right. In this pile imagine words such as smiling, summer, beach, happiness, energy, colourful. Now, what colour do you imagine these words would be?

Possibly the words on the left are a duller colour to the words on the right? Which pile do you prefer? We reckon the words on the right may have turned out to be lighter or brighter?

What we sometimes take for granted is the power of words. In certain situations, words can provide a catalyst for change. Not just at an intellectual level, but from the sensory perceptive level too. Many people will have painted the negative words with a negative colour. So, you can imagine what effect those words have on the brain, especially if we play them through our minds repeatedly. They could change the way we colour our lives.

Focus on the positive

If you choose to focus on something POSITIVE, whether it’s a word or an image, you start retraining your brain to automatically lean towards the POSITIVE!

It’s rather like thinking about the first record you ever bought – remember that? If you really start to think about it, you might tap into the sounds of that record or where you were when you bought it? The thought process will then probably lead you down a negative or positive track in your mind which will have an effect on the chemicals in your brain. Either increasing positive chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine or, if the thought process turns out to be negative, then it’ll increase negative chemicals, such as Cortisol.

The power of our thoughts

In teaching our students how the brain works, we give them an understanding of the power thoughts, either negative or positive. We also understand that it’s not easy to take control of your thoughts – if only we could simply snap our fingers and let all negative thoughts fall away! However, we teach our students how they can help their clients gradually change thought processes and thereby encourage an increase in positive chemicals. This allows us to feel happier and more in control.

So, despite COVID and lock down, if you need to feel happier or more in control, consider the words you thread through your mind and make them colourful! Sometimes we can’t change the situation around us, but we can improve our mood whilst keeping our feet on the ground.

Our next 10-month Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma course starts this September. See https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/dates/ for the course weekend dates.

 

An epidemic – of stress!

The epidemic of modern life is stress

We came across an article by Deepak Chopra recently that made a lot of sense. It’s almost identical to what we’ve been saying for years:

“If an epidemic is defined as a disease that affects whole populations, without having a medical cure, then the epidemic of modern life is stress”.

We also read an article by a journalist craving to ‘escape life for a while’ and she’d found a weekend free in her busy diary in which to do so.  Turns out it was the only weekend she had free in over two months!

We can jump on our soapbox at this point, because what Deepak was talking about is a very serious situation and, in the main, created by ourselves.

Not giving ourselves proper time out leads to stress, which in turn leads to a breakdown of the body’s internal balance.  If the stress isn’t relieved, damage occurs. Serious damage within us!

There are many people in the local area, and we dread to think how many, who suffer from chronic stress that quietly builds up in a drip-drip way – and that was before COVID struck.

Many people we see as clients are suffering from things like insomnia. They might say that they’re not stressed, they just can’t sleep.  That’s because their brains have gradually become used to an increase in external pressure of whatever sort it might be.

The progression of stress

Ongoing stress reveals itself in various stages:

  1. Minor things like feeling mentally tired or perhaps under pressure from work.
  2. Then follows a behaviour change, such as a change of behaviour within work or relationships. Sometimes we see people turning to alcohol in order to escape pressure or stress. But as stress mounts the drinking can get heavier, the need for distraction more severe.
  3. Eventually chronic stress leads to physical damage.  Stomach aches, bad digestion and headaches are likely. So is reduced immune response, leading to more colds, worsened allergies and we don’t even want to mention COVID! After that, the problems will tend to be associated with inflammation, such as skin eruptions, irritable bowel syndrome, even a heart attack or stroke. By this stage, the damage caused by stress has led to serious system breakdown.

What’s interesting is when someone presents at the clinic with any of the above, they feel that this is happening to just them.  When we explain this is simply how the brain works, given certain circumstances, you can see the relief is huge.  They usually reply with something like: “What, it’s not just me then”?  It’s at this point we laugh and reply  “Oh no, it’s most definitely not just you”.

Learning how the brain works

When we teach our students how the brain works, we see pennies dropping like it’s going out of fashion.  Light bulb moments relating not only to themselves, but friends, family and work colleagues too.  As a course graduates, we always get great feedback and within that feedback can always be heard: “This course is life-changing”.

Interestingly, it’s not just life-changing for the student, but all their case study volunteers over the 10-months of training and then all the future clients they will see over the coming years.

We now have a pandemic!

Now, in 2020 with a pandemic around, there is even more work for our graduates to do.  There is a huge need to help with things such as anxiety, depression, OCD, etc. And that’s naming just a few issues, the list is very long!

If you want to be occupied in a different way, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees.

Anne Wyatt - CPHT Senior Lecturer
Anne Wyatt, CPHT Senior Lecturer

If you’re interested, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  Anne is one of our course lecturers, so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.

 

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.

 

Our support mechanism during training really is second to none.

One of the many areas of positive feedback that we receive from our students features the high level support that they receive both during and between course weekends. This is crucial for our students to graduate with an exceptionally high level of skill and is something that we take very seriously here at CPHT Scotland. So how do we do it?

  1. We have two Senior Lecturers teaching each course. Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt are both working therapists and clinical supervisors as well as being senior lecturers, so they live and breathe the practical side of being a therapist day in and day out. This means we can combine a high level of theoretical knowledge with the real life, practical applications into practice. We know the useful tips and the pitfalls when it comes to working with clients, being self-employed and running a therapy business. In short, we get it!
  1. We limit our student numbers on each course. This combined with having two senior lecturers means that we can tailor teaching to the needs of each individual student. There is always time for questions on course weekends and every month we dedicate ring fenced time to hearing how the students have been getting on with clients over the past month, discussing what has gone well and what can be done differently moving forward.
  1. We choose our students carefully so that the comradery and support system between students is strong. Strong doesn’t actually seem a ‘strong’ enough word here – our students really do make friends for life and the support that they show to each other throughout the course and beyond is really something to behold as any of the graduates from our last course in particular will tell you!
  1. Both of our Senior Lecturers are available between course weekends so students can call, text or email us if they have any queries or require any support in between teaching weekends. They are never far from help if and when it is needed.
  1. If any student is finding a part of the training challenging, our first step is always to provide additional support. It is what we as senior lecturers are here for and rumour has it, we do it rather well!

Why not get in touch to find out more about enrolling for our next course.  We look forward to hearing from you!

www.cphtscotland.co.uk