How to choose your Hypnotherapy Training Course

So, you are thinking of re-training to become a hypnotherapist. You are looking for income that would work around the family, or 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.

Either way, you are now doing your research and trying to find the next step forward.

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

  • Are they research based?

There is little evidence around old fashioned tricks and hypnosis stage tactics, but there is lots of evidence on the more modern psychotherapy techniques based on neuroscience. Find a school that will train you on the most updated, research based methods, that work. You don’t want to be doing stage tricks with your clients, you want to be helping them to feel better, and building your confidence from seeing the results in your clients. At CPHT 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?

Do they support you right from day one to get going? We encourage you from day one, so you are building your client base, and 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, if you like.

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

As a professional therapist, you will never feel that you have learnt enough, you will be naturally interested and enthusiastic to develop your skills and develop yourself even further as you practice and grow. You will have a firm foundation from the course to start your own practice and work successfully with clients. We also run national CPD courses which include further ongoing training on a whole host of topics including pain, NLP advanced, CBT, medical hypnotherapy for use in hospitals, revision days, neuroscience, marketing, 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 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 once a 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.

I’m Debbie Daltrey, I’m on the right in the photo below. If you are interested in a new career and finding an organisation to support you, contact us for a chat or apply online at www.cphtsheffield.co.uk

Debbie and Jane

Senior Lecturers

CPHT Sheffield.

5 reasons why I love being a hypnotherapist

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 5 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 towards a specific solution for this individual issue, 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, or Jane Fox, at info@cphtsheffield.co.uk for a chat.

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”.