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’ll be honest; I never thought for one moment that I could earn a living from hypnotherapy. 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 then-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!