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.

 

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.

 

CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training – a complete package.

The network of Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Schools, Edinburgh being the only one on Scotland, pride themselves on providing a ‘complete’ training package, with teaching continually in line with the latest research from neuro-psychology and neuro-science.

All well and good but what does this actually mean?

Well, we mean that everything that you need to move from someone who has either no prior experience of being a therapist at all or has experience in a different approach to therapy, to a fully practicing and competent self-employed Solution Focused Therapists is addressed on course. In fact, Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt, the Senior lecturers at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training require students to be fully competent, theoretically and practically, with a growing practice of real customers before they sign a student off on graduation day and provide full support to help them achieve this.

So what does the complete package look like?

Four key areas are required from a complete training course and CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training delivers on all four:

  1. Theoretical teaching
  2. Practical experience
  3. Marketing support
  4. Recognised, accredited qualification

Theoretical Teaching

Our students learn how the brain works – how anxiety and depression (our bread and butter areas) are created neurologically, along with a wide variety of other issues that customers bring to our clinics. Not only that but we teach you exactly how to explain this to customers in a wonderfully straightforward, informative way. This explanation forms the basis of any initial consultation that CPHT trained hypnotherapists go through with new customers. To say customers find it life changing and empowering is an understatement. It is not unusual for them to feedback that despite years of other therapy approaches and medical interventions, they have never had anyone explain why they are feeling how they are feeling and how they can take control to change things at an emotional and neurological level. It is truly fascinating and empowering stuff!

The theoretical teaching covers a wide variety of issues and symptoms, including, but far from a complete list:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anger
  • Fears and phobias
  • Insomnia
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Addictions (including Smoking)
  • Weight management

Practical Experience

There is no point graduating with all of this theoretical teaching without knowing how to put it into practice and having the confidence to do so. CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training graduates leave able to do just that. We don’t believe that leaving practical work until the last minute is the way to achieve this, so our students begin to work with customers right from weekend one, starting with friends and family and building up to real customers with real issues. By month 8, providing Alex and Anne are happy with their level of competency, our students are charging half price, advertising themselves as student hypnotherapists. From very early on in the course they will have insurance in place to enable them to do this.

One of the many strengths of the course that enables students to practice from the very start is that teaching is layered – each month we add in another skill and more information for students to practice so that they build up from practicing basic relaxation skills through to working essentially as a full therapist by the end of the course but with the support of Alex and Anne both on course weekends and in between as required.

Marketing support

So our students now have the theoretically understanding and practical experience that they need to be competent hypnotherapists. Wonderful. But that doesn’t help you to create a thriving therapy practice as a self-employed hypnotherapist and without that, your time and money has perhaps not been used to greatest effect.

CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training provides a marketing module to address this aspect of training and working life. Not only that, because we require students to work with customers right from the start, they are already building a great reputation from word of mouth. It isn’t unusual for students to begin to develop marketing materials and their website on course and many find themselves premises to work from too.

As a group, our students gel beautifully and provide mutual support, sharing marketing information and that helps greatly. Every weekend, Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt as senior lecturers lead feedback sessions, where students report back on how things are going for them and their customers in terms of practical work and marketing issues are often discussed here too.

Recognised, accredited qualification

It won’t surprise you to know now that the CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Diploma course is fully accredited – this will be covered in our next blog so please look out for it! It will be posted on our Facebook page when it goes live ( https://www.facebook.com/cphtedinburgh ) and more information can be found on our website at https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/accreditation

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

Introducing CPHT Hypnotherapy Training, Edinburgh.

Why choose CPHT Edinburgh?  Find out here  https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/top-ten-reasons-to-choose-cpht 

Anne Wyatt, Senior Lecturer, CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training

Edinburgh city centre is home to one of the 20 UK based Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Schools and provides the only CPHT school in Scotland. CPHT is renowned throughout the UK and internationally for its Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) course, NCFE accredited at Level 4.   Senior Lecturers Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt are proud to bring the fourth CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy training course to Scotland in February 2019. 

Anne started her career as an NHS Speech and Language Therapist and specialised in working with children and young adults who stammered.  As the specialist trainer for the service, she spent much of her time training colleagues and other professionals as well as guest lecturing at University.  Following her training at the CPHT Hypnotherapy Training school in Plymouth, Anne has successfully transitioned into private practice.  She now runs her own thriving full time Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Practice in Aberdeenshire.  In 2017 she followed on from her NHS experience of supervising colleagues and qualified as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy supervisor.  Anne is also one of two senior lecturers bringing CPHT training to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2019. 

Anne places much of the credit for her success on the quality of training she received through the Clifton Practice. The emphasis on research, continuous practice with real clients and the focus on setting up your own practice proved invaluable.

Anne is delighted to join her colleague, Alex Brounger so that CPHT Hypnotherapy Training in Scotland can continue.  Following on from the three previous courses in the city, February 9th, 2019 sees the start of the fourth CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma Training course.  Based in the Jury’s Inn next to Waverley Station, the course promises to not only provide superb teaching to produce top quality graduates fit for practice but brings it with fun and lots of laughter along the way!

If you’d like to find out more, please register your interest by filling out a brief application form here https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/application-form

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.