Back in the Classroom from 11th September for our next Hypnotherapy Training Course

We are excited to be back in the classroom again for our next socially-distanced Hypnotherapy Training Course in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.


The course runs over 10 months, with one teaching weekend per month. Over this time your confidence will build, as your skills develop from a variety of practical and theory work. So by the end of the course, you can confidently graduate as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist. And the course is fun!


Here are a couple of client reviews from the last CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy Training course:

“This course has prepared me so that at the time of qualification I have now have regular clients and a business plan with knowledge of how to progress my private practice. The course content has lots of interesting areas that you can then go on to specialise in further. There were a great selection of speakers throughout the training that really gave great insight and inspiration to me to move forward with my practice.” Jane.

“I have enjoyed my training with CPHT Sheffield, the trainers were very knowledgeable and ensured I have the knowledge and experience to be a successful Hypnotherapist, as well as assisting with setting up my own practice. It has been fun as well as informative.” Deborah.

“This course allowed me to launch my hypnotherapy business so I can’t thank Jane and Debbie enough for that. Highly recommended.” Owen.

On the first weekend, we set the scene for your future training. Including, for example; building rapport, some history of hypnosis, the importance of sleep, and you will have your first practical experience on the couch. You will also learn how the brain works in relation to mental health issues, such as anxiety, anger, and depression. Most importantly we also explain what people can do about these states. This psycho-education is used with clients to inform them so they can make sense of their problem, and take back control toward making those positive changes.

The course includes all the ingredients for what you need to work with clients in your hypnotherapy practice. We include elements from neuroscience, CBT, NLP, and psychotherapy, and we show you exactly what to do, step-by-step, in sessions. Hypnotherapy has come a long way since swinging watches !

We also cover everything you will need to set up in your part-time or full-time practice. Included, for example, is data protection, working online, marketing skills, and business planning. We also continue to support you throughout the course, and after you qualify, with supervision. As well as being solution-focused hypnotherapists, the lecturers are also supervisors to support graduates with their future practices.

Details of course contents, pricing, and dates on the next Sheffield hypnotherapy training course can be found here

So, if you are interested to join us, you can get in touch with me, Debbie, or Jane at

Debbie Daltrey and Jane Fox, course lecturers at CPHT Sheffield HypnotherapyT Training

(L to R) Debbie Daltrey and Jane Fox, Course Lecturers at CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy Training.

Registering now for September 2021 Hypnotherapy Training

We are looking forward to getting back into the classroom at the Jury’s Hotel in Sheffield for our next hypnotherapy training course which starts 11/12th September.

It makes us reflect over the past year where our teaching has been mostly over Zoom, and we all adapted really well. We made it back into the classroom on a break of the lockdown when we were allowed, for a socially distanced weekend, with masks and covid checks, and again for graduation weekend. It was great to see everybody in real life!

We were very careful to ensure that the students didn’t miss out on anything online, in comparison to the classroom hypnotherapy training. This included inviting the students into separate rooms so they could practice exercises with each other online. It’s always good to get in those 1-1’s, and people on the courses often form solid friendships.

We had our December module on Zoom where glasses were raised and Christmas hats were donned for some festive cheer.

In fact, whilst we were on Zoom, our students learned the additional skill of how to deliver solution-focused hypnotherapy sessions for their volunteer clients over Zoom during the pandemic. This means that they are not restricted by geography in their practice, and it could add an extra ‘string to their bow’.

We will look back at some point, perhaps now, and we will be amazed at how we adapted so quickly. It just shows what can be done when you have to.

We never envisaged that one day we would be delivering our training over Zoom. It went really well, we were pleased with how we managed it, and the group still had fun and enjoyed it. The students still worked as hard with their written work, and they still saw their volunteer clients and adapted to see them online.

So, we should all give ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back!

The next solution-focused hypnotherapy training course starts in September 2021. If you would like a new career as a solution-focused hypnotherapist check out the website and get in touch

L to R: Debbie Daltrey and Jane Fox, course lecturers for CPHT Sheffield

5 reasons why I love being a hypnotherapist

By Debbie Daltrey, senior lecturer at CPHT Sheffield.

As I mentioned in my last article, I trained as a hypnotherapist because I felt it was time for a career change. I was interested in people and psychology, so hypnotherapy training seemed a natural choice. And now at the time of writing, 7 years down the line – I absolutely love my job.

From my point of view, here are the 5 best things about being a hypnotherapist.

Hypnotherapy is about helping people

I wanted to make a difference to people. Yes, my previous role had benefitted businesses; however, I wanted to use my interest in people and psychology to help individuals. The positive, forward-looking approach of solution focused hypnotherapy really appealed to me, as it combined therapeutic techniques with practical ways forward towards a clear goal.

As a therapist, people come to you because they need your support to help them change their lives. That’s quite a responsibility – but it’s also very, very rewarding.

It’s a rewarding job

“Rewarding work” means something different to all of us. Some people like visible targets and results, others get a buzz from the social aspect of their workplace. For me, it’s about ending the day knowing that I’ve helped someone make a change for the better.

I sometimes see a former client going by on the bus who had trouble leaving the house before. I know all the steps we took to get him to this point; so now to see him travelling confidently makes me want to burst with pride for him. Every day, you’ll be helping people quit habits, gain confidence, learn how to relax. That’s some job.

The hours are flexible

The traditional “nine-to-five” actually suits very few of us. It could be that your commute is crazy in the morning, or you care for young kids or an older relative. Being a self-employed hypnotherapist allows me to bypass conventional working hours, and I have colleagues who fit their clinics in around courses, family and other employment.

Business tip: if you can flex around your clients’ hours, that’s a great advantage. Evening or weekend clinics enable busy nine-to-five people to see you when it’s convenient for them. The Sheffield hypnotherapy course is on a Saturday and Sunday, one weekend per month, as that makes it easier for most people to attend.

There are constant self-development opportunities

Working as a hypnotherapist has given me an exciting career of constant learning. Psychology and therapy are dynamic fields to be in, and there’s always new research and techniques. Sitting down with a professional journal and a cuppa is actually a real treat.

Sometimes a client comes to me with an unusual problem I haven’t encountered before. You’ll find this happens all the time, as we humans have such a range of complex and nuanced issues. There are always techniques you can draw upon; and as you work together, you’ll find yourself growing along with your client.

Hypnotherapy helps with my own relaxation

Like physiotherapists always have good posture, hypnotherapists know how to care for their own emotional health. I’ve learned various relaxation techniques and tips over the years, which can be just the thing after a busy day at the clinic.

It’s truly wonderful being so in tune with your own mind. I can spot any signs of stress or overload a mile off; and when you start your hypnotherapy training, so will you.

Sounds good? Find out more about CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy training, or contact me, Debbie Daltrey, at for a chat.

Debbie Daltrey Senior Lecturer CPHT Sheffield hypnotherapy Training

What do you know about CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy Training?

CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy Training

Did you know that CPHT has been training new and qualified hypnotherapists since 1995 -that’s 26 years at the time of writing. There are over 20 branches in the UK and abroad – and growing. During that time you can be sure that we have trained hundreds of solution-focused hypnotherapists.

The great thing about CPHT Sheffield is that it is such a practical hypnotherapy training course. By the time you finish your 10-month course, you will be feeling confident that you have helped a wide variety of people with a variety of different issues. This means that if you want to go into your own practice, part-time, or full-time, you will feel confident in doing so.

We produce practitioners who are ‘fit for purpose’. We believe if you want to train to become a hypnotherapist you have come to the right place. The support throughout the course from the lecturers is second to none. The course lecturers, Debbie and Jane, run their own successful hypnotherapy practices and are solution-focused supervisors.

We provide tools to measure client outcomes for your clients, and so they can see their progress. See this article for more information How to be the best solution focused hypnotherapist

You can feel assured that the course is fully accredited by numerous respected organisations such as the NCH, NCFE, AfSFH, GHSC, CNHC, and others. Course materials are always kept up to date with modern science and evidence-based approaches.

Most importantly, there is no point in being a great solution-focused hypnotherapist if you don’t have any clients. We include marketing skills within our training to provide you with ideas and tips on how to market your new business to the world, or to your local community.

The course also helps students to help themselves. We’ve all experienced ups and downs in life, many of which can affect our confidence or our stress levels, or both. When you are learning how to help others with anxiety, low mood, phobias, weight management, sports performance, etc., then you also pick up how to help yourself. Many of our hypnotherapists get hooked on the positivity and the reward of helping others.

We hope this helps on why choose CPHT Sheffield as your hypnotherapy training provider and we hope this has encouraged you to find out more.

For more information on the hypnotherapy training course contact Debbie or Jane or see more about dates and pricing at






How to choose your Hypnotherapy Training Course

So, you are thinking of re-training to become a hypnotherapist. You are looking for something that would fit around work whilst you train, and you like the idea of helping people and doing something you enjoy. Maybe you went to see a hypnotherapist and you thought you would like to help others in the same way.

Here are a few points to look for when choosing your hypnotherapy training provider.

  • Are they research based?

There is lots of evidence on the more modern techniques based on neuroscience and psychotherapy. Find a school that will train you on the most updated, research based methods. At CPHT Sheffield, we use proven psychotherapy tools that work, and we have the ongoing research evidence to prove it.

  • How many of their ex-students went on to go into practice?

Do some research to find out how many hypnotherapists trained with the school, and who are now up and running. LinkedIn is good for this. Try a search for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training, or CPHT, and see how many across the UK are now busy running their own private practice.

  • How long will it be before you can start to practice with clients as a student?

We are a practical course, and we encourage you to see volunteers from early in the course, so you are building your confidence right from the start. By the time you finish the course after 10 months, you can already have your practice up and running.

  • Do they provide a list of CPD (continuing professional development) courses for after you qualify?

As a professional therapist, you will be naturally interested and enthusiastic to develop your skills and develop yourself even further as you practice and grow. We also run national CPD courses which include further ongoing training on a whole host of topics including pain, NLP, CBT,  neuroscience, working with children, hypnobirthing, OCD … the list goes on !

  • Do they offer supervision whilst you train, to offer you advice on dealing with clients, and do they have a support group that meets after the course ends?

Supervision is included as part of the course to help you with setting up your business, and help you with student client issues as you go. We have a supervision group that meets up for support after you qualify.

  • Do the tutors run their own busy clinics? 

You need the tutors to be running their own practice because they are fresh with the up to date knowledge you need. Your tutors will likely be setting your example when you start to practice. Debbie and Jane both run their own busy, successful practices and they love their work because of the job satisfaction this work brings.

We are CPHT Sheffield, we run our quality hypnotherapy classroom training course each year starting in September. Our courses run one weekend per month, for 10 months. We are so proud of our newly trained solution focused hypnotherapists and we continue to support them throughout their careers.

If you are interested in a new career and finding an organisation to support you, contact us for a chat or apply online at

Debbie and Jane

Senior Lecturers

CPHT Sheffield.

Training in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

The Importance of Repetition 


The nature of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is to assist the client to find their own solutions to problems. The key to solution focused therapy is to do this without focusing on the problem itself.

We use the same unique session structure irrespective of the client problem. This means that we can use the same template of therapy for clients with multiple anxiety issues and mild to moderate depression. We can include weight management insomnia and OCD. There is a long list of client issues that work well within this method. However, there are a couple of exceptions to this. We use a different structure to help clients with phobias and for smoking cessation.

Advantages of session structure

There are significant advantages to having this general therapy session structure. Donald Hebb introduced ‘Hebb’s Rule’ in his book of 1949. The Rule is summarised as “Cells that fire together wire together” meaning that neural pathways get stronger the more they are used. Therefore, because of more repetition, the stronger the connection and the deeper the learning. Repetition is implemented to strengthen the potential for change.

Anxiety is formed from within the primitive emotional brain, which does not like change, so by using repetition we are able to keep the client relaxed and comfortable because they know what to expect. The certainty is reassuring and calming. Clients with anxiety, stress and overwhelm find that this standardised approach helps to provide order, because life can feel chaotic under stress.

Repetition creates an expectancy within the client. They know what they need to do in collaborating with the therapist to bring about change. While they may need to put effort into working with the therapist during a session, there are no unsettling and stressful surprises for the client.

The session begins with inconsequential language, or ‘problem free’ talk to relax the client. This problem-free talk encourages the client to operate in a positive intellectual part of the brain.

Next steps toward a preferred future

Towards the end of the session, careful questioning by the therapist helps the client to identify the next positive step that would take them towards their preferred future.

Before trance work, the client therefore develops an achievable ‘picture’ toward their desired goals. Trance then allows the brain some space to consider change and look at solving problems or finding solutions.

In this way the client begins to move forward in life, towards their preferred future.

Get in Touch

Get in touch to organise a chat about your career in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. You can find our contact details at or call on 07724 855395.

Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Sheffield.




‘Re-training the Brain’ Hypnotherapy Training

It used to be thought that, once we got to be adult, the brain lost it’s ability to change – but thanks to neuroscience, we now know that many of the aspects of the brain can be altered through adulthood.  This ability of the brain to change is termed ‘neuroplasticity’.  Neuroplasticity is often described as “the ability to make adaptive changes related to the structure and function of the nervous system.”

This ability to make changes in the brain means that we can continuously learn and adapt and there is lots of evidence to support this.  For example, the brains of a group of London taxi drivers were examined while they were acquiring ‘the knowledge’ of London’s road layout.  The results showed that there were changes in the brains of these taxi drivers associated with learning that were not seen in the control group not taking ‘the knowledge’.

When we learn a new task or skill, new connections and pathways are made in the brain that enable the information to stick. At first it may be difficult (think of learning to drive a car), but in time the skill becomes second nature and we can do it without thinking.  The neural pathways, with constant use, become ‘hard wired’ in the brain.

Studies in people recovering from stroke also provided support for neuroplasticity.  With a stroke, there can be whole regions of the brain destroyed and it has been found that the unaffected regions of the brain that remained healthy could sometimes take over, at least in part, and perform the functions of the area that had been destroyed.

We can even make changes to the brain by thinking in a certain way.  It has been shown that imagining playing a piece on the piano has the same effect on changing the activity of the brain as imagining practicing the same piece on the piano. Indicating that the brain does not know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary.

Some very ambitious claims have been made by neuroscientists regarding neuroplasticity; that brain exercises may be as useful as drugs to treat diseases as severe as schizophrenia; that plasticity exists from the cradle to the grave; and that radical improvements in how we learn, think, perceive, and remember are possible even in the elderly.  Research continues in this area.

In our role as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists, we can assist our clients in using this remarkable ability of the brain to change, this neuroplasticity, to ‘retrain their brains’.  We can use this to help with lots of different issues Who can Hypnotherapists help?

Our clients often repeat patterns of behaviour that are unhelpful and damaging but in normal circumstances they find these patterns difficult to break.   But by using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we can help our clients to focus on how they want things to be, not on how they don’t want things to be.  We help them to use their imagination to visualise their preferred future.  In this way, they are able to identify the small achievable steps towards leaving old habits behind and developing new, helpful patterns of behaviour.

Fore more information on our Hypnotherapy Training courses in Sheffield see

With thanks to the author of this post, Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy Training.


Why ‘Solution Focused’ Hypnotherapy?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is made up of talking therapy combined with hypnosis. The techniques are based on Solution Focused Brief Therapy which was developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer in Milwaukee, USA.

In Solution Focused (SF) work, the client and therapist work together to bring about change through carefully constructed questioning. The work focuses on addressing what the client wants to achieve by focusing on the present and the future. It is very much a collaborative approach with the client identifying small steps they can make to achieve that preferred future, guided by the careful questioning of the therapist.

There are a number of basic tenets that are followed in Solution Focused work:

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

This means that if the client does not report something as being a problem, then the therapist will not make it a problem. The therapeutic conversation will only focus on what the client says that the problem is, nothing else.

If it works, do more of it !

SF work encourages the client to identify what it is already working in their lives and to do more of it. This helps the client to maintain desired changes.

If it’s not working, do something different.

No matter how good a solution may seem, if it’s not working, then it is not a solution. People tend to try to solve problems by repeating the same behaviour, even if that didn’t work in the past.

Small steps can lead to big changes.

A solution can be constructed of a series of changes, achieved via manageable steps. SF work helps the client to identify achievable change. Once a small change is made, this can lead to a series of further changes – and therefore creating a positive momentum towards the preferred future.

The solution is not necessarily directly related to the problem.

In SF, the client and therapist discuss what will be different when the problem is resolved – not the nature of the problem itself.  The focus is on the present and on the future, not on the problem or on the past. It is theoretically possible for a SF therapist to work with a client content free of the problem. In reality clients will describe their problems, and may want to talk in detail about the problem. The skilled SF therapist will manage to keep the structure of the session constructive.      

No problem happens all the time: there are always exceptions that can be utilised.

There are always exceptions to when the problem is happening. In the SF session, the therapist will help the client to identify these exceptions. This creates an opportunity for the client to think creatively about managing change going forward.

The future is both created and negotiable.

This suggests that people are not locked into a set of behaviours – that the future is a hopeful place where people can take control and decide their own destiny.

Would you like to train as a solution focused hypnotherapist? Contact us today at or apply online. We look forward to hearing from you ! 

This blog post was written by Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Sheffield. 


Hypnotherapy Training on Zoom !

Hypnotherapy Training in Sheffield

Since the last blog in February 2020, a lot has changed. The world has been taken over by the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK Government put the country in lockdown on 23rd March. It’s been a scary and worrying time for a lot of people. We have all had to adapt, and luckily for us, we are an adaptable bunch. Maybe it is because we are Solution Focused Hypnotherapists !

We have temporarily moved the teaching to online using Zoom until we can get back into the classroom again. Zoom  video conferencing is the next-best method for delivering our live training, and for keeping in touch with the students.

On our last teaching weekend by Zoom, each day seemed to fly by. We included, as always, lots of individual and group support and discussion of how students are getting on with their volunteers. An important part of the course structure is the way we support practical work outside of the teaching weekends. We believe this is how our students become confident hypnotherapy practitioners.

Last month, in-between teaching weekends, the lecturers of CPHT Sheffield held online teaching sessions on how to use Zoom for hypnotherapy.

The students were guided through how to use the technology, the legalities, and ethics, as well as the practicalities, so they felt confident to continue to see volunteers online.

As you would expect, there are always challenges when learning new ways of doing things, including online working. So, we were really pleased to hear that students had been trying out Zoom for their practical work, and in fact, some reported back that they felt it not so dissimilar to being ‘face to face’. We heard some very encouraging success stories of their experience.

Lecturer presentations this month included research on the efficacy of hypnotherapy in medicine, and looking at how this fast-paced world we live in means we don’t get chance for our brains to have enough downtime, with a discussion of how we can help our clients with these issues.

A major module we covered was how to help clients who come for our help to manage pain. After some detailed pain theory including types of pain, how pain is created, and how pain is transmitted in the body, the students then were able to pair into virtual rooms in Zoom to role-play being the ‘therapist’ and the ‘client’.

All in all, we enjoyed our weekend of teaching on Zoom. Whilst of course, we are looking forward to getting back to the classroom, we are in the meantime, looking forward to the next Zoom weekend of solution focused hypnotherapy training in June.

Our next hypnotherapy training course in Sheffield starts in September 2020. If you are interested in joining us for this fun and lively 10 month course (one weekend per month) please get in touch for a chat, or you can see more on the website at

Stay safe and well everybody.

Hypnotherapy Training in Sheffield

The current group of students are now on Month 6 of their 10 month Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Training course. Over half way through and it is flying by !

If you are reading this and you are doing some research into courses, you may wonder … what is it like to train with CPHT Sheffield?

We are confident that we have a winning formula to produce confident practitioners. In fact, we probably have the best track record of qualified practitioners going into practice, either full time or part time.

The reason our practitioners leave the course confident in their skills, is that we are a very practical course. Students are given the tools and know-how to start getting people on the couch after the very first weekend of the course !

We back up the practicalities of course with the theory. And we keep it interesting and fun. We focus on evidence-based, and research-based theory and techniques. No stage tricks here ! We are therapeutic all the way.

We are of course, externally verified and accredited with the major awarding bodies. This means that you can achieve a respected qualification that is recognised. See the website for the organisations who have endorsed our course as the highest quality.

The lecturers are all experienced and practising solution focused hypnotherapists, and trained supervisors, who completed their training with CPHT. This means they can support you on your journey in your training, and they can also support you as you go into practice.

We include all the necessary help and support on marketing your services, and how to find clients during the course. You are supported every step of the way during the training, and between weekends, and beyond qualification with Continuing Professional Development courses available, and Supervision.

There is a fabulous, positive and supportive community you can join to ensure you are always in contact with other people who are enjoying the rewards of helping others in their practice.

If this sounds interesting, our next course starts September 2020. Apply online at and we will be in touch.




Doing Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for Real !

A Practical Hypnotherapy Training Course

The great thing about CPHT Sheffield, is that it is such a practical course. We combine theory and practical together, so by the end of the course, you are a confident solution focused hypnotherapist. Solution focused hypnotherapy combines elements of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), NLP, and neuroscience, with hypnosis.

Students practice with family and friends doing simple relaxation on the couch after the first weekend of the course. They are given all the materials they need to do this, including practical demonstrations, and practice sessions between themselves on the couch on the very first weekend.

It’s always lovely in feedback during the 2nd month weekend to hear how their volunteers have noticed progress happening already. Most notable reported by the students about their volunteer family and friends are usually improvements in sleep, feeling more positive, and their volunteers reported feeling more in control of their emotions.

After the third month…

After the third month, and subject to lecturers approval, students are given permission to find more volunteers. Often they are people outside family and friends, and often, family and friends have referred them once they have experienced how effective the approach is, and indeed, how relaxing and pleasant.

At this point, students know enough to run an initial consultation and how to offer full sessions. Sessions include so much more than getting on the couch ! We include talking therapy too. We believe in giving the client autonomy, to make decisions about how they want to move their life forward. It’s in this way the students work collaboratively with clients, it’s very much working as a team to help the client to get to where they want to be.

Students are provided with full support between weekends for any help they need, as well as group supervision on each monthly weekend to include each individual student.

Self Improvement in Confidence

The other benefit we have noticed that students experience after a while, and when they start to ‘get it’ is how much they develop themselves, and how they use  the everyday ‘solution focused’ approach on themselves. Students can blossom in their own confidence, not just with their hypnotherapy training and their clients, but in other areas of life too.

The training includes learning how the brain works to create anger, anxiety and depression. And, as we explain to the clients, it’s not just about change for today. It’s about change that is long lasting.

Experience the Positivity

We are only at month 3, and students are already reporting subtle changes within their volunteer clients. By the time they get to month 10 for the course completion, they will be confident, practising solution focused hypnotherapists and experiencing the positivity of helping others every day. They can choose their own hours in their own practice, working around family or other work commitments.

We educate our clients on how positivity helps to empty their stress bucket. We are helping clients to make real positive changes in their life. This is such a positive therapy, that it’s energising for the therapist too !

Interested? You don’t need any previous experience to train with us. We teach you all you need to know. Contact us to find out about the next course running in September 2020. Registrations are already being taken.


Hypnotherapy Training in Sheffield

We are very pleased to have brought hypnotherapy training to the people of Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) started it’s history in Bristol, almost 25 years ago, and now has over 20 locations. CPHT was founded by David Newton

We believe that the style of the hypnotherapy training offered at CPHT Sheffield is of the highest standard you can find. We combine evidence based therapies along with neuroscience and hypnosis to offer a really positive and effective therapy to our clients.

We offer a structure of how to work with clients that is unique to CPHT schools. It’s a structure that is easy to follow and yet very effective. We can say with integrity that we know the effectiveness as a result of research based practice. One of the research programs we have conducted is CORP

CORP stands for Clifton Practice Outcome Research Programme. It enables our graduates to measure their client’s outcomes from the therapy room. The client measures 7 areas of wellbeing after each session and this gives a clear outcome measure of their progress.

We now have, at the time of writing, over 30,000 outcome measures, and one of the important indicators this tells us is that clients come to hypnotherapy for anxiety more than for any other reason.

This ties in nicely, with the CPHT training content, in that we understand that most problems are rooted in anxiety for our clients. That’s why we cover neuroscience too.

It is well known that one of the first elements of gaining back control is for people to understand what is going on. Our graduates are able to educate their clients on how anxiety, anger and depression are formed in the brain, the causes, the origins, and most importantly, what we can do about it !

Come and find out about our next intake by checking out the website it could be the start of a new career for you. You could choose to help people either full time or part-time, working the hours you want to, and that fit around any other commitments.

We also enjoy ourselves on the weekend teaching courses. We’re a friendly bunch.

Debbie Daltrey & Jane Fox

Senior Lecturers, CPHT Sheffield.



Training to become the best solution focused hypnotherapist

One of the questions we frequently hear is “Does hypnotherapy work?”

Of course, as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists that have seen numerous clients make enormous changes in their lives, we would feel confident answering with a very short and simple “yes!”. But stories and anecdotal evidence are not considered to be solid evidence that the therapy works.

There is a huge amount of very good quality evidence already out there about the effectiveness of solution focused therapy and the benefits of hypnosis. This is also supported by the latest understanding in neuroscience. But it can take some time for this evidence to become mainstream and to be widely accepted by the public and the medical fraternity. That should not be an excuse to sit and wait though.

At CPHT Sheffield, we encourage all our hypnotherapy students to participate in our large-scale research programme. This has already demonstrated the effectiveness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

The Research Programme:

By definition, solution focused therapy focuses on solutions rather than problems. This presents challenges when trying to measure its effectiveness. The moment you start asking questions about symptoms (which some research programmes encourage in order to identify improvements or otherwise) you are focusing the client on problems. Generally, our clients are already well practised at looking at their problems and this is something we want to change in order to see improvement in their wellbeing. However, CORP (Clifton Practice Outcome Rating Programme) has been designed to measure effectiveness whilst remaining positive and solution focused.

We train our students to use the software in a very simple way that fits seamlessly into therapy sessions and benefits both the student and client. Students ask their customers to rate themselves against the following 7 scales during the initial consultation and at the end of each session thereafter.

1/ How positive have your thoughts been?
2/ How interactive have you been with others?
3/ How would you rate your level of activity?
4/ How would you rate your confidence?
5/ How well are you utilising your strengths and resources?
6/ How much have you achieved?
7/ How would you rate your level of happiness?

The client allocates a score out of 10 for each answer and the changes are measured over the period of therapy and the scores illustrated in graph form. Now both student and client can easily see what has changed over time.

The programme is introduced to students in module 6 of the 10-month course. It gives them the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works and to get some practice under their belt before becoming fully qualified. Once they start using the software their outcomes will feed into the overall research programme and compare their results against their peers.

The Benefits:

Students quickly realise the power of being part of this exciting research programme. They benefit as practitioners (being able to compare their results to the global results of the other participating hypnotherapists), and also their clients benefit from being able to see their own progress. The clients then have an expectation of the progress they can potentially make from seeing past global results. They are also reminded of the areas they should focus on to maximise their improvements. The students also have this wonderful resource to show to those that do not believe the stories and anecdotes!

A Focus On The Future: Why Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Works

There’s a range of different therapies out there. The therapy we teach on the Sheffield hypnotherapy course and use in our own practices is called Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

The reason I prefer this approach is that, as the name suggests, it has a positive focus on the future, and gives clients real strategies to make lasting change.

This future focus is the main difference between Solution Focused and conventional psychotherapy. The latter looks more at past issues and how they affect the present. This is invaluable when it comes to understanding an individual’s mental and emotional health, and can be used in cases where a diagnosis and future treatment is needed.

SF acknowledges that there may be issues in a client’s past. Anxiety, stress and addiction all stem from somewhere; and when possible, it helps us gain a better understanding of our client if we know about their relevant history. However, as SF practitioners, we are here to help with our clients’ futures, it is not necessary to unpick their pasts in order to help with positivity moving forward.

Modern SFBT comes from the work of psychotherapists Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in Milwaukee in the 70s and 80s. In summary, they switched from looking at problems to looking at solutions. It was a revolutionary approach. Based on the simple premise that it’s easier to achieve a goal if you know clearly what that goal is, de Shazer and Berg empowered their clients to imagine a future where their problem was under control. They could then work on step-by-step strategies towards reaching this goal.

This was not to abandon the past, and the SF practitioner will always discuss and acknowledge their clients’ experiences. However, one of the first things you’ll learn about the SF approach is that the solution is not necessarily always related to the problem !

As solution-focused therapists, our role is therefore to help the client picture their preferred future and identify ‘baby steps’ or agree goals towards it. We are very much in a non-directive role, gently guiding our clients using psychotherapy approaches including active listening and specific questioning styles. For example, De Shazer and Berg identified what they termed as “exceptions”. These are the times when the problem does not exist. What is different about these times? These can be used to elicit the clients strengths and resources which can be developed and aid confidence in all sorts of situations.

The SF approach is simply ‘focused’, and individual, helping our clients to overcome problems and get to where they want to be. If you’d like to know more about this modern approach in hypnotherapy as a future hypnotherapy student, and to get a kick start to your therapy career by becoming a solution focused hypnotherapist, please get in touch with me, Debbie, or my co-tutor Jane.

Who do Hypnotherapists help? A look at life as a Practitioner

I know it’s a bit of a career cliché, but every day is different for the hypnotherapy practitioner.

To give you an idea of the kind of issues you’ll encounter during training, and when you qualify, here are some of the main reasons people seek out hypnotherapists.

“I feel stressed a lot of the time”

We all feel stressed sometimes. The pressures of work, family life, managing finances, even keeping on top of the housework, get to us all at some point. However, for the individual who’s suffering from stress, this feeling is relentless, and it begins to take over so many aspects of their lives.

“How can I manage my anxiety?”

Again, there’s a difference between feeling anxious and having anxiety. The former is part of life (and indeed, it’s often helpful in short doses), but the latter is a recognised psychological condition that can be truly debilitating.

Many of my clients come to me because they have anxiety. We offer psycho-education to clients about the neuroscience of anxiety, anger and depression which helps to ‘normalise’ how the brain works. Solution focused hypnotherapy combines hypnosis with solution focused brief therapy to work towards replacing the anxious and negative thoughts and behaviours with positive, future-focused ones.

“I think I’m overthinking…”

Negative forecasting and overthinking are key traits of anxiety – and these are the ones that keep us up at night. Too much negative forecasting leads to a vicious cycle of overthinking – anxiety – overthinking – anxiety and so on;  as hypnotherapists we work with the client in a non-directive way, to help them to empty that stress bucket and reduce hyper-vigilant states.

“I’ve been diagnosed with depression”

Solution focused hypnotherapy can have benefits for people who struggle with mild to moderate depression. The therapeutic alliance is about working in partnership with your client, going at the client’s pace, and using solution focused techniques to help your client identify the next small step toward a preferred future.

“I want to stop smoking”

Even though the individual genuinely wants to quit and they understand all the reasons why they should, stopping an addiction can be really hard to do.

But… as trained hypnotherapists, you’ll be able to help your client ditch their cigs in a single two-hour session.

“I need to lose weight but can’t seem to get started”

A balanced diet and exercise are the key to a healthy weight – we all know this (and most of us have tried a diet at least once!). However, lack of motivation or comfort eating can be caused by psychological factors, whether that be stress or boredom or something else. In our partnership working, the client has the opportunity to discover alternative ways of coping, helping to empty the stress bucket, and allowing a sense of clarity to emerge. This can pave the way for the client to focus on moving toward their goals.

“I’m scared of flying”

Or spiders. Or exams. Or dentists. Many people have phobias, and you’ll come across a lot of these during your career. They’re caused by the brain perceiving something to be a threat, and it’s pretty tricky to get your protective brain to change its perspective!

Depending if there is any additional general anxiety, it normally takes around three sessions to help a phobic client achieve their goal. Using the trance state, and by using techniques borrowed from Neuro-linguistic programming, that long-haul flight suddenly becomes possible.

“I can’t sleep”

Insomnia can be truly miserable for the individual. Lack of sleep affects every aspect of life, makes people feel physically ill, and prevents the brain from running its overnight programmes (which are essential to keep stress levels manageable).

There is often some stress or anxiety related issues going on. We work using solution focused techniques. The client also receives a copy of a hypnotherapy audio to listen to every night.

And those are just some of the issues you’ll come across as a qualified solution focused hypnotherapist! Every day is different – and always rewarding.

Find out more about CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy training, or contact me, Debbie Daltrey, or Jane Fox, at

The positive power of helping others

By helping others, we help ourselves.

We’ve all heard that said; however, is this old truism actually true? From my experience of working as a hypnotherapist, it most certainly is. Here’s how we meet our own emotional needs by being pro-social.

What does it mean to be pro-social?

As the term suggests, a pro-social behaviour is an action that benefits others, either socially or individually. If you’re acting in a pro-social manner, you’re acting altruistically, perhaps by volunteering, donating to charity or going that extra mile to help someone out.

Pro-social behaviour also involves conforming to accepted social norms. For example, driving carefully, paying the bills and being polite to others are all pro-social behaviours.

Acting pro-socially meets our own needs, as well as benefitting the wider community. But surely, doesn’t benefitting from altruism miss the point? Not at all.

The science behind pro-social behaviour

We know that a lot of our thoughts and behaviours have developed for survival reasons. But how does this fit in with the actions of the volunteer lifeboat crew, leaping up from their cosy sofas to risk their lives at sea to rescue strangers? They’re not even paid. Surely this goes against our instincts?

Not necessarily, as we’re also programmed to help our tribe survive. In the case of the brave crew, the notion of tribe is pretty wide – anyone else who comes into contact with the sea or coast.

People who risk their own lives to help others can be motivated by altruism, which actually sets off our pleasure receptors: helping others in extreme situations feels good.

However, you don’t need to go to extreme lengths to help others in order to feel better about yourself. On the whole, those who volunteer at least weekly are reported to be up to 16% happier (yes, this is measurable) than those who don’t.

Even small acts of kindness make both parties feel good. Hold a door open for someone, make the effort to compliment the check out assistant on their fabulous fingernails. Try and make at least one small gesture like this every day, and see how it makes you feel.

How pro-social acts can benefit us

There are several ways that helping others also improves our own emotional wellbeing. Here are some of the key benefits of being pro-social:

• Emotional regulation. By comforting a friend who’s having a hard time, we also enhance our ability to deal with our own emotions. (This is a definite plus of training in hypnotherapy!)
• That warm glow of happiness from helping others reinforces our feeling of connectedness with other humans – an essential psychological need
• Altruistic acts such as volunteering have an impact on feelings of depression, helping us stay mentally healthier
• Working with others towards a common goal builds friendships and a sense of belonging to a community
• Helping activates your mesolimbic function, which is the part of the brain that deals with reward. The feel-good emotions this creates makes you want to help others again – good for you, and for the wider community

With a simple compliment or an offer to carry someone’s shopping, you’ve made another person smile. That’s bound to rub off on you! And when it does, you’ll feel empowered that you (yes, you), made a genuine difference to someone’s day.

Imagine that tenfold, every working day – and if that sounds good, have a serious think about training to become a hypnotherapist.

Do you want to make a career out of helping others? Find out more about CPHT Sheffield Hypnotherapy training, or contact me, Debbie Daltrey, or Jane Fox at

New Year, New Career?

Jane and I are so looking forward to teaching on the new hypnotherapy training course in Sheffield later this year. These days, Jane and I are experienced and busy practising hypnotherapists – and we actually met in 2013, on the same course we’re about to teach!

When I was first looking into hypnotherapy training courses, I was in a high-pressure job, travelling up and down the UK. I was meeting my ever-increasing targets and doing well, but then after 20+ years of loving it, it stopped being fun. It was time to make some changes.

I just knew it was something I was attracted to. I was interested in people and psychology, and I needed to think about new career options.

I enrolled on a hypnotherapy training course with The Clifton Practice. It really helped that I could do my training one weekend per month, so I could stay in my job, earn a salary, and take my time deciding what to do. My colleague Jane Fox, now senior lecturer at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Sheffield, took a similar approach. She says:

“I practised part-time while I kept my job as a researcher; and now I’ve got a really busy hypnotherapy practice, I’m a supervisor and a senior lecturer. So, like me, you can decide how you want to run things, at your own pace”. 

That’s the beauty of practising as a hypnotherapist: you can choose your hours to work around your circumstances. Part-time, full-time, or flexing your hours as it suits, the choice is yours. 

Before I started my training with The Clifton Practice, I had no clue what hypnotherapy was. I had an idea from things I’d seen on TV of swinging watches and putting people to sleep – how wrong I was!

I quickly realised that the solution focused approach is a genuinely positive one, and I was very quickly hooked. I practiced with my family and friends at first, then offered my services as a student practitioner – and I soon realised that this actually works! My new clients always came back for their next sessions, and were telling me how much better they felt.

I think that was the moment for me. That realisation that I could do something to help people. It felt like my work had real purpose, and that I was delivering something that offered real value to individuals. That positivity started to rub off on me – which is something you’ll hear experienced solution-focused hypnotherapists say all the time.

I hope I’ve given you some sense of what it can feel like, and how positive it is, to be a practising solution focused clinical hypnotherapist. If you’re looking for a new career, one that brings you into contact with lots of amazing people, and is rewarding every single day, I can’t recommend my chosen field highly enough. Or, you could simply enroll on the new hypnotherapy course in Sheffield and see where it takes you!


Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.