Brain Scanners for Hypnotherapy Training

 

brain scanner on hypnotherapy studentCPHT strive to be at the cutting edge of available research and technology, looking for innovative ways to give the most clinical evidence to students about why solution focused hypnotherapy has such a significant and lasting effect on clients.  It’s that ‘backed up by the latest research and findings in science’ that attracts so many students and we know that your future clients will often say it is why they chose you over another hypnotherapist. We live in a world where we are beginning to be able to prove why things work, which is why we take on that responsibility as your training school.

One of the biggest challenge’s hypnotherapist have had historically is being able to explain, how and why hypnotherapy actually works.  Clients are curious as to what’s happening to them, sometimes a little nervous. Which is why we are so excited to be able to offer CPHT students access to a very special piece of equipment, the Emotiv brain scanning device, so that our students can see, in glorious technicolor, what happens in the human brain when we use trance, which parts of the brain react and how trance is enhanced by the solution focused approach to therapy, when combined together.

As far as we know, CPHT is the only hypnotherapy training school to bring such advanced and innovativebrain scanner on hypnotherapy student technology into the classroom, although we hope other schools will start to use this device too; it is the first time students on a hypnotherapy training course can see what they will be doing to someone’s brain when they use trance, and how beneficial it is for the brain. Students who have seen the brain scanner in action say it took away any doubt they had about the learning they were about to embark upon and it gave them more confidence when offering trance and therapy, even from the first weekend of training.

This is a new addition to training from 2018, because CPHT believes that a deeper understanding of exactly how hypnosis works improves the confidence of practitioners, which will improve client results. With this exciting piece of equipment, you can tell clients what’s going on before during and after trance.  It is possible CPHT trained hypnotherapists may be the only hypnotherapists who, with total certainty, having seen it for themselves, will be able to do that.


If you want to be at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy and make a real difference to the clients you see in the future, with a successful career in hypnotherapy this could be the right Course for you.  To find out about the next hypnotherapy diploma course run by CPHT Kent, just give senior lecturer Gary Johannes  a call on 07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today.  

Gary Johannes is an experienced psychotherapist and practicing Senior Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.  He is director of Inspired To Change Associates a clinical mental health services provider with clinics around the country, specialising in the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy approach. He qualified at CPHT Bristol in 2012, under the tutelage of David Newton, head of the CPHT schools and the originator of using Solution Focused techniques in hypnotherapy.

Gary is a Hypnotherapy Supervisor and Senior Lecturer for CPHT Peterborough, Birmingham, Nottingham, St Albans, Essex and Kent, which gives him access to the latest neuroscientific research and findings, almost as soon as they are released.  He is an authorised Mental Health First aid Trainer and speaker on Mental Health Awareness.  Gary’s passion lies in enabling people to overcome their limiting beliefs and be the most successful version of themselves.

How Do You Choose Your Hypnotherapy Training School?

 

A student completes her courseworkWhen you first go looking for a hypnotherapy training course you’ll notice there is a dizzying choice of courses, delivery styles, course lengths, qualification levels and more, so how do you pick your hypnotherapy training school?

In order to narrow down your choices, first decide what it is you want to achieve – what’s your goal? Is it fun street hypnosis that has become so popular on TV recently that attracts you, self-hypnosis to help you with pain or another symptom you’d like to control, a mild curiosity of how you work or are you looking to change your career or add a very valuable string to your professional bow? There will be courses to fit all of those choices.

There are some truly skilled street and performance hypnotists, and learning from them won’t require you to do a diploma. Self-hypnosis can be learned very quickly in a day or so, but you can still gain a certificate, but not one that allows you to practice as a hypnotherapist. If a career change is what you are looking for then a diploma course is the best route.

And then have a think about your style; many people say they chose solution focused hypnotherapy because they like it being based on brain based research and backed by neuroscience.  They liked the evidence based approach and knew it would be able to help them explain what they did and help people get their lives back on track. If you are more science than spiritual in your approach to therapy then a CPHT diploma course could suit you.

CPHT diploma courses are delivered by experienced practicing hypnotherapists to the same high standards as all Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Schools. The course is externally accredited by the NCFE and allows you to apply for membership to all the most well respected governing bodies including the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy), GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register), CNCH (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council ) and AfSFH Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists.

Your diploma, the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma is externally verified by the NCFE (a nationally recognised awarding body) at a level 4, which is equivalent to a foundation degree level qualification.

Your training itself is practical, enjoyable and can be a lot of fun. CPHT students learn about how the brain works, how it creates so many of the problems your clients will have, and how to help them recover. You’ll look at the evidence and research behind many issues including OCD, anxiety, depression, weight management, smoking, phobias, addictions, panic attacks, pain management.

You will be encouraged to begin practicing with people straight away and throughout your course; many students have completed 50-100 hours of therapy sessions by the time they qualify. We support you to get into practice, if that’s what you are intending to do, by helping you understand your marketing and signposting you towards best practice in business set up.

Once you are qualified and in practice we can continue to support you as your supervisor and colleague, making the leap from student to practitioner as simple and straightforward as possible.  And the wonderful thing about training with CPHT Kent is that you have access to a full range of well researched CPD courses, so that you can continue to receive the same high standard of learning as you continue your professional development and career.


If you want to be at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy and make a real difference to the clients you see in the future, with a successful career in hypnotherapy this could be the right Course for you.  To find out about the next hypnotherapy diploma course run by CPHT Kent, just give senior lecturer Gary Johannes  a call on 07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today.  

This post was written by Ali Hollands.  Ali is a multi-award winning clinical hypnotherapist with Inspired To Change in Maidstone.  Ali gained her first hypnotherapy diploma in 2012 and extended her training with a diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in 2015 with Gary Johannes, head of CPHT Peterborough, Kent, St Albans, Essex, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and senior lecturer for CPHT St Albans, Kent and Essex. As well as this she is writing a book about how to set up in business and in practice, for newly qualified hypnotherapists.  Ali’s passion is in improving performance and enjoyment of life, for her clients and students.  Ali believes that life and work should be fun and fascinating and you can follow Ali on Instagram  and Facebook

Does Hypnotherapy Work?

 

Students and clients ask – Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnotherapy worksAs a hypnotherapist you’ll be asked many times whilst you’re in training and throughout your career, ‘Does Hypnotherapy Work?’ and you must find a way to answer it positively.

At first you too might even be a little sceptical; you’ll not be the first student to sign up without being 100% sure that what you’re signing up to isn’t smoke and mirrors.  Before beginning your training, many haven’t even had hypnotherapy, so truly don’t know the answer to the question, does hypnotherapy work?

When you start learning, you’ll know that not only does it work but it works very well!  If the hundreds of previous CPHT students are anything to go by you’ll get hooked and, because at CPHT we expect you to start seeing people straight away for simple relaxation, you’ll start trying to explain it.

Many of your friends and family might not believe you, but that’s only because they don’t know that hypnotherapy has hundreds if not thousands of research papers pointing to its efficacy in treating many issues.  They certainly won’t know that CPHT has been conducting its own research programme, now associated with Bristol University, for almost 10 years, with data from Solution Focused Hypnotherapists all over the UK.

From frustration, righteous indignation, pity, outrage, evangelical zeal, face palming and disdain for the unenlightened…you’ll experience a rollercoaster of emotions as you try to convince them that hypnotherapy works.

However, as you go through your training, gain experience in practice and gather evidence and experience of your own, you will learn how to answer the question more confidently.  The huge benefit of working as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist is that you’ll learn to answer the question sooner, because your training is backed up by the latest findings in neuroscience and you practice a measurable and reliable form of hypnotherapy that uses the best of the best in modern therapy, explained in a way that makes sense to your clients.

We know that potential clients respond to science and proof so much more readily because we live in an age when long held questions are being answered.  CPHT is the only school in the UK to be using brain imaging equipment in the classroom, so you’ll soon be able to watch it yourself – the ultimate proof.

When people around you start seeing results, experiencing results and talking about your results, the question of whether hypnotherapy works stops coming up so often, but on occasion you will still be asked – does hypnotherapy work?

At this point you will smile confidently and say ‘Yes! of course hypnotherapy works, here are my testimonials to prove it… and when would you like to book?’


If you want to be at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy and make a real difference to the clients you see in the future, with a successful career in hypnotherapy this could be the right Course for you.  To find out about the next hypnotherapy diploma course run by CPHT Kent, just give senior lecturer Gary Johannes  a call on 07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today.  

This post was written by Ali Hollands.  Ali is a multi-award winning clinical hypnotherapist with Inspired To Change in Maidstone.  Ali gained her first hypnotherapy diploma in 2012 and extended her training with a diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in 2015 with Gary Johannes, head of CPHT Peterborough, Kent, St Albans, Essex, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and senior lecturer for CPHT St Albans, Kent and Essex. As well as this she is writing a book about how to set up in business and in practice, for newly qualified hypnotherapists.  Ali’s passion is in improving performance and enjoyment of life, for her clients and students.  Ali believes that life and work should be fun and fascinating and you can follow Ali on Instagram  and Facebook

What is 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.

 

The origins of hypnotherapy

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”‘.

How Milton Erickson brought hypnotherapy back from the brink

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).

What makes SFBT different?

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”.

How understanding the brain has helped the solution focused approach

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”.

If you want to be at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy and make a real difference to the clients you see in the future, with a successful career in hypnotherapy this could be the right Course for you.  To find out about the next hypnotherapy diploma course run by CPHT Kent, just give senior lecturer Gary Johannes  a call on 07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today.  


David Newton is the founder of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and the original Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training  (CPHT) School in Bristol.  David retired from practice in 2018 after over 4 decades in practice and teaching.  CPHT has, at the last count 20 schools across the UK and beyond and is recognised as the gold standard in hypnotherapy education in the UK.  He is recognised as one of the leading lights in modern hypnotherapy.