Scotland, a first for SF hypnotherapy training

Scotland is receiving accredited solution focused hypnotherapy training with the second course due to start in April 2016 following after the fantastic success of the first course.

David, the Senior Lecturer and course co-ordinator, says “we decided to take solution focused hypnotherapy to Scotland as we knew how much it would suit the Scottish personality”. The accredited 10 month distance learning course has been gathering pace for the last 10 years so it was time that Scotland benefited from thi fantastic training too.

Solution focused hypnotherapy can differ from the more traditional therapies. We like to think of ourselves as modern hypnotherapists and psychotherapists due to our discipline very much working with hypnosis (of course), solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and the latest that neuroscience has to offer the world. With this, we allow our students to understand the importance of moving the client to their preferred future, away from the problems of the past. Now this is nothing new of course, neuroscience has been telling us for around 20 years the importance of working with solutions, not problems, in a persons life. We have succinctly made this into a training package that is both personally rewarding and financially rewarding once you become a trained practitioner.

The feedback from the previous students has been absolutely wonderful and if you would like to see for yourself, visit the website (link at the bottom) and watch the short video of our amazing practitioners in action!

Edinburgh is Scotland’s location for the training within the West End. A fantastic location that allows for the necessary theoretical work but more importantly, the practical work. “We pride ourselves in training hypnotherapists to become confident and competent practitioners and this can only be done with practice, practice, practice” says David.

For more information and to book your place on the next course please call David direct on 0131 235 2303, email on or visit

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New Year’s Resolutions in Edinburgh

logo CPHTEdinburgh is a fantastic place to be and if you are looking ahead to a New Year in Edinburgh where a New You is at the helm then have you thought about the benefits of using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to help you to achieve your goals?

Perhaps you want to stop smoking? Or maybe you’ve vowed that this will be the year when you (finally) get on board that aeroplane and get off to the sun – without a care in the world.

Or, maybe you’re deciding that you want to do something about feeling less stressed and that you are looking to become calmer, more relaxed and less snappy? Maybe you want to diet a bit more and take control of what you eat?

David is a fully qualified and insured Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner who is based in Edinburgh. They provide an Initial Free Consultation to explain how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you in achieving your aims successfully.

The therapy works by looking forward to see what small steps you can take to achieve the goals you are aiming at in life. In other words, what you can do to alter your future for the better.

Crucially, we don’t need to explore past events with a client but, instead, focus solely on looking forwards to achieve a positive and bright future for them.

David, who works in Edinburgh, where he teaches hypnotherapy training, says, “By working with someone like myself who is a fully qualified, and insured, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner then you can have confidence that you can achieve all those realistic goals which you have been longing to do!

“If your New Year’s resolution is to stop smoking then we can help you achieve that aim in a single session, lasting for around two hours.”

“If you are looking for help with weight management then we tend to work with a client for a number of sessions so they can gain control over their eating and so look forward to a healthier future.”

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help in a variety of areas including sleeping, reducing stress and improving someone’s confidence.

“Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Edinburgh can literally transform people’s lives and help them to go to become calmer, more relaxed and confident in their personal and professional lives and you can learn to be a hypnotherapy practitioner in Edinburgh with the next course starting in April 2016″.

Please contact David on 0131 235 2303 or alternatively on



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Building a successful Hypnotherapy practice with hypnotherapy training

Singing up to our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma training is the first step to becoming a fully-qualified hypnotherapist. In just 10 months you’ll have built the skills to open your own private practice… exciting and a little scary, I know being a former student. 
However, the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training course not only teaches you therapy techniques but also how to go about setting up your practice and successfully marketing it. Here’s just a few of our tips to help get you started.

Send a press release to your local paper
If you want to get the word out about your new business (and for free) you can send a press release to your local press. The key to a good press release is to keep is short, simple and finding a good angle. Will your practice be the first in the area? Is it the first to offer Solution Focused hypnotherapy? Something like this will grab attention and make it more likely for you to be featured. 
Build a simple website
Nowadays the first place we go to find information is usually the internet, that’s why it’s so important that you have a website for your practice. It doesn’t need to be a fancy affair,  just something that tells potential customers what hypnotherapy services you provide, how you can help them to overcome their problem and how they can get in touch with you. 
Ask for client testimonials 
Good reviews are proven to drive new business so make sure you get your customers to send you feedback. They will be able to sell your service much more than you ever could by showing potential customer how you’ve helped people over come the problems they face. Shout about your good reviews on your website, marketing materials and social media … which is our next tip. 
Create a social media presence
A Facebook page and/or Twitter account is a great way to keep in touch with potential customers. Whether it’s sharing some testimonials, telling them about any promotions you have/events you’re hosting or sharing things that you think will be of common interest it will help to keep people engaged with your business.  Attending a little training from a professional is also a great way to learn and keep you up to date with the ever changing social media platforms.
For more information on our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course and training please email or call 0131 235 2303.

Stress in business

Stress can be the cause of many sleepless nights and friction both in and out of the workplace but with Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT), you could learn how to deliver hypnotherapy that will help cut down on substantial levels of stress in the workplace. This isn’t just good sense for business, it also has a beneficial effect on employees, staff morale and improve productivity.

David, the Senior Lecturer on the next hypnotherapy course in Edinburgh and a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) practitioners says, “One of the most common areas that people come to see me about is areas of life connected to stress and, in particular, stress at work. You can learn how to help individuals deal with this stress in our 10 month, accredited course starting in September 2015.

Workplace stress can manifest itself in a variety of different ways – not just in the office but also at home and socially.

“There are parts of our brains that are very adept at dealing with the perception of threats and our negative reactions to stress are an evolutionary coping mechanism which might not be helpful in our day to day lives.”

“People who struggle with stress in the office may find they have anger issues or that they struggle with sleep patterns – perhaps becoming insular in their thinking, you can get a real understanding of this on the course through neuroscience and elements of psychology.”

David says Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps because it does not focus on a problem but looks to a series of solutions which help to quickly propel us towards a brighter future.

“A key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the safe use of a trance state which is a natural way to aid in the reduction of stress so that, after a number of sessions, the client can start to feel better placed to cope with life, you will become proficient in delivering this throughout your training.”

Some clients have also found that it helps to improve their thinking ability, productivity and confidence – both in and out of the workplace.

“By emptying the stress bucket, we allow the brain a greater degree for flexibility in being able to think positively, act positively and interact in a productive fashion.”

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help to take control over other aspects of our lives, ranging from stopping smoking through to reducing phobias and weight management.

David is the course leader and senior lecturer on the course and is also a fully qualified hypnotherapy practitioner. He is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the prestigious Nationwide Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH).

The AfSFH ensures its members adhere to high ethical standards and on-going professional development to keep them up to speed on all the latest research and techniques being used in both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.

For more information on the course please visit email or call 0131 235 2303.

Can learning hypnotherapy help sport in Edinburgh?

David, senior lecturer at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) Edinburgh tells us that hypnotherapy can help within many areas of your client’s life, including sporting performance.

Over the 10 month course (the next one starting in September 2015), you will learn many differing skills including how to help people reach their true potential in their life including sporting prowess.

With many sporting events happening every week within Edinburgh and around the UK over the summer, learning Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can really help you give your clients that psychological edge when competing.

It is also well know that professional sporting teams within Edinburgh and the wider country often use psychologists to help their players gain that all important advantage and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy may be crucial in providing that all important edge to help you improve your game.

David, a fully qualified and insured practitioner how is leading the course in Edinburgh says, “We all possess what we metaphorically term as a ‘stress bucket’ and when our bucket fills up then our ability to concentrate on our game can suffer.”

“Learning Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help your client empty their ‘stress bucket’ through harnessing the power of positive thinking and using trance – which is a safe and natural process.”

“Reducing that stress bucket load for any sports’ person is vital as it’ll help their mind to be focused on what they want to achieve and help them to think like a winner!”

“That ability to push yourself forward at Mile 20 of a 26.2 mile marathon can be hinged on your ability to be able to think in a positive way and that comes down to engaging that all important “can do” mindset,” says David.

Hypnotherapy isn’t just useful for runners or team players, a number of professional boxers have also been known to embrace Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to help them achieve that all important advantage over their opponent.

So, if you are looking to learn how to deliver this fantastic therapy, please contact us on or call 0131 235 2303.

David is busy practitioner within a bustling private practice, the chief instructor and senior lecturer at CPHT Edinburgh and is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which insists on the highest standards of practice among its members who are required to be fully qualified, insured and attend regular sessions designed to provide them with the latest research in psychology, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.

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Learn to teach confidence in public speaking with Hypnotherapy

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be releasing information on all the fantastic skills that you can learn and look forward to helping people as a qualified hypnotherapy practitioner through Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) Edinburgh. For a lot of people, creating anxiety when speaking in front of a crowd is a very natural fear that can cause a degree of anticipation and stress – especially when it’s for something important, like a wedding speech or for a work related presentation.

It is natural to feel a greater sense of confidence in a speaker who can teach us or presents well and fluently to us. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help to unlock that confidence that can feel illusive for some people and we can teach you how to do this.

“We see a lot of clients who come to us who are looking for ways to improve their confidence to help them in both their personal lives and also in business,” says David Mclean, a Senior Lecturer in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

When you train and qualify as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Practitioner, then it is possible to help your clients achieve a crucial change in thinking that can make a real difference when it comes down to job interviews or presentations.

“We work with someone over a period of weeks and help to teach them the changes that they want to gain in their lives.”

“By taking small, regular steps towards achieving their aims then we can soon see a set of positive changes that allow them to focus on real and attainable goals in many areas of life – from the boardroom to the football pitch and from the workplace to home life,” says David.

“We work by helping people to reduce their stress levels to a point whereby they can feel calm, confident and relaxed and so take life in their stride.”

“We do so by working with them during the course of a session to ensure they are in a positive state of thinking before they can relax, unwind and listen to soothing music, together with the sound of our voice, as we help to reassure their mind that they can feel increased confidence during their daily lives.”

David is a Senior Lecturer at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training which insists on the highest standards of practice among its members who are qualified, insured and attend regular sessions designed to provide them with the latest research in psychology, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. For more information please visit

Meet senior lecturer David Mclean – hypnotherapy training Edinburgh

Meet senior lecturer David McLean and learn more about the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training in Edinburgh

Senior lecturer for the Edinburgh Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training David Mclean will be hosting informal drop-in sessions on Saturday 18th July to answer any questions you have about our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course.

If you’re interested in signing up to the course and would like to learn a little more about the course structure and contents or how training as a Solution Focused hypnotherapist could change your future, this is the perfect time.

As a former student of Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training, David will be able to give you some great first-hand insights in to the course and what you can expect. David now also runs a successful practice with thousands of client bourse under his belt so you can also learn about the career opportunities and potential earnings available on completion of the course.

The sessions will be hosted at 14 Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QG which is where the course classes will be held. So as well as learning about the course you will have the opportunity to check out the surroundings you’ll be learning in.

If you would like to attend we highly recommend you send an email to so we can make sure you have the opportunity to speak to David as he will also be running interviews on this day.

We look forward to seeing you there and if you have any questions beforehand please get in touch, thank you and have a great day.

How the Clifton Practice Training positively changed my life

How the Clifton Practice Training positively changed my life

Being given the opportunity to be the Senior Lecturer for the first Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) course in Scotland is such a privilege, mainly because as a past student I understand how much the course can positively change your life.

Before starting my career in hypnotherapy I was a Colour Sargent in the Royal Marines for almost 14 years. The time I spent in the Royal Marines was fantastic, it gave me the opportunity to travel the world and meet some amazing people. However after I met my wife and we decided to start a family I realised that I didn’t want to be away from home for long periods of time.

In my last few years in the Royal Marines I was trained in Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), as a practitioner and at a senior level. This provided the military commanders with an early warning system that could be put into place when fellow serviceman or women were potentially suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I have always been interested in people and how their thoughts and experiences affect them in different ways, and the Trauma Risk Management training really reignited this interest. Shortly after I finished the training I enrolled in a psychology course with The Open University, using the Enhanced Learning Credits I gained through my service in the Royal Marines.

I studied independently for 2 years and when I had completed The Open University course I decided to enroll in the CPHT to gain my Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma. After the course I knew that hypnotherapy was what I wanted to do moving forward.

Leaving behind the Royal Marines to become a full time hypnotherapist was a scary thought after 15 years but I can honestly say I have no regrets. I had my own practice as soon as I left, allowing me to focus on all the areas of hypnotherapy I was interested in and also positively take control of my career.

Becoming a hypnotherapist also helped me to do what I truly love – which is building relationships and helping people to make lasting change and positively effecting their life. I’ve worked with many different clients and helped them to overcome a range of problems, including anger, anxiety, fears and phobias, feelings of low, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), smoking cessation, stress and weight management.

In just over 3 years I have built a successful practice, became Practice Manager at the Award Winning Observatory Practice, taught CPHT students in London and Plymouth and I am so excited to be bringing the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training to Scotland.

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