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.

 

Training Therapists who are ‘fit for purpose’

The UK and internationally based Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training schools pride themselves on providing what is one of, if not the most practical courses available.  So many formal courses, regardless of topic, place the main emphasis on theory, leaving students to gain live experience at the very end of the course at best, or at worst, post-graduation.   At CPHT Edinburgh, we firmly believe that that is not good or safe enough when working with the emotional and mental health needs of customers.  Our expectation is that our students go on to work full or part time as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists and so our exceptionally high standard of training ensures you leave the course confident and competent to practice, with a growing therapy business already in place.  So how do we do it?

Relevant, up to date and useful research and theory.

We ensure that you leave us with the with very latest, research-based theory so that you understand what you are doing and why.  We teach you how the brain works in terms of our emotional and mental health and because we understand that the brain learns through repetition, you hear this a lot and get to know it really well!  You will learn the research underpinning the solution focused hypnotherapy approach and how sessions ‘should’ look in the ideal world.  We don’t live in an ideal world though.  Our customers haven’t read our text books and course notes and even if they had, no two people are the same, so there is far more than theoretical teaching built in to CPHT Edinburgh’s Hypnotherapy Diploma course.

Practise, practise, practise

At our CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training School we focus heavily on practical experience with real life clients right from the start of training.  In fact, we take this so seriously that our students will not graduate if they do not have enough.  Senior lecturers, Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt, observe students during practical group work and students leave from weekend one ready to practice on their own with family and friends.  Soon, they are honing their practical skills in our bread and butter areas of anxiety and depression and have student insurance in place to do so. Of course, support from both senior lecturers is available whenever needed in between course weekends.  We use a layering approach to our teaching, so students build their skills and importantly their confidence bit by bit.  Feedback from students during each course weekend ensures that successes and lessons learned are shared – you may not have worked with anger issues during your training for example, but you will certainly know someone who has and will have learned from their feedback.

Setting up and marketing your Practice

Ok, so you have the theory and you know how to apply it.  So now what?  Well, at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training, we know that that really isn’t much use if, like most of our students you haven’t the faintest idea how to set up and market your own private practice. After 18 years as an NHS therapist I was very firmly in this camp when I trained as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist with CPHT! All the theory and practice in the world isn’t going to help you if you have no clients and don’t know how to get them.  Because our students begin to practice with real clients right from the start and because we ensure that they are confident to leave each weekend ready to practice what they have learned, word of mouth starts spreading quickly and their reputation grows.  In this way, by the time our students qualify they already have a growing business.  From month seven, we expect our students to be charging people at a student rate and it is not unheard of for some students to have recouped much of their course fees by the time they qualify.  On top of this, we provide a marketing module and in addition, during the feedback sessions each month, discussions often turn to setting up practice and sharing ideas on how to do this and what traps to avoid. 

So, you see we really do ensure that graduates from CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training are ‘fit for purpose’.  Happy, confident, qualified and competent therapists with happy and well customers.  What more do you need?!

Here is what one of CPHT’s graduates, has to say about her training:

“Being encouraged to start practising at the earliest opportunity seemed a bit daunting at first, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. Practice gave me confidence in the success of the techniques I was taught and the confidence to start charging as a student after 7 months of training. By the end of the course, I had already earned my course fees back and within 12 months of qualifying I’m running a successful practice, working as many hours as I want and earning more money than I was before I embarked on my new life as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.”
Emma Triplett DHP, HPD, LAPHP, GQHP, MNCH(Reg)

So, if you are thinking of a new career or would like to learn retrain as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, please do contact us.  You’ll find out more on our website at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk

Alex and I (Anne) look forward to hearing from you!