10 Reasons Solution Focused Hypnotherapists LOVE their Career

 

smiling orange fruit or a happy hypnotherapist you decideYou’ll recognise a solution focused hypnotherapist by their smile, their confidence and their openness about what they do and exactly how they help people, but what makes a solution focused hypnotherapist love their career so much? We asked some of our friends and graduate solution focused hypnotherapists and this is what they said.

1: You’ll feel like a superhero, because you are literally changing people’s lives every day.  What you do, as a solution focused hypnotherapist, is important; you help people get their lives back on track. By changing their world you are changing the world. You make a positive difference.

2: You are in charge of when and how much you work. If you are fed up with working for other people, doing a job that isn’t important or being stopped from doing what’s right in a job that is important, being a solution focused hypnotherapist will give you flexibility and freedom to work at times that suit you.

3: You can work from home.  Although many SF hypnotherapists work in clinics, many also work from a dedicated therapy room in their home.  Quite often their children have moved out and they have space to use, or convert a garage or summerhouse into a therapy room.  Wherever you decide to work, it is up to you.

4: It is simple.  Solution focused hypnotherapy is a modern form of hypnotherapy that, although isn’t necessarily easy to do, is simple for your clients to understand and because they ‘get it’ they move forward quickly.  Simple means that what seemed like overwhelming issues, for your clients, can be overcome by making consistent small changes.  It makes the impossible, possible.

5: It is evidence and science based.  Many people who were, or continue to be, in the medical profession train for a career as a solution focused hypnotherapist because this is one of the few forms of hypnotherapy that is evidence based and underpinned by the latest findings in neuroscience.

happy solution focused hypnotherapist giving the thumbs up

6: It is safe.  Solution focused hypnotherapy is safe for you and safe for your clients because we don’t use potentially damaging, old fashioned or out of date therapy.  We know that, in order to resolve the past it is NOT necessary and sometimes unhelpful or harmful to do delve into it. Your clients enjoy it more and, because we explain how the brain works, feel in control and empowered when they are working with you.

7: It is fun.  It is no wonder solution focused hypnotherapist love their career; in solution focused hypnotherapy we encourage our clients to enjoy their sessions, laughter is helpful and we can laugh with them.  We don’t go through boxes or tissue every week, our clients look forward to their sessions and feel better after each one.

8: Lots of variety.  In the morning you might be helping someone stop smoking, follow that helping someone get back to work after a bought of depression, in the afternoon help someone go for a promotion, and finish the day helping a teenager overcome exam nerves.  You’ll never be bored because every day is different and you always end the day feeling liked you’ve helped.

9: You’ll be learning all the time and can pursue your interests. Every day we are discovering more about how the brain works and the field of neuroscience and neuroscience based therapies is developing fast.  This means, as your training school, we want to keep up with those advances.  Rather than relying on outmoded thinking we find out what the best of the best of therapy has to offer and use that to keep you up to date in your learning.

10: You have control of your career and your finances. Hypnotherapy is currently the fastest growing industry in the UK and solution focused hypnotherapy, as taught by CPHT, is recognised as one of the most successful and reputable forms of hypnotherapy that delivers consistent results.

Bonus 11: Solution focused hypnotherapists trust the quality of their training.  Your training is independently assessed, has a nationally recognised qualification and gives you the opportunity to go on to train for the most advanced approved hypnotherapy level training in the UK.  CPHT is highly respected within the hypnotherapy community and the founder, David Newton, has been interviewed for Radio 4 among others and spoken at the largest hypnotherapy conference in the UK.


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.

Can Hypnotherapy Training Help Me In My Current Role?

 

graduate as a hypnotherapistDr Bridget Cook is a successful and experienced chiropractor, so why did she decide to add a diploma in solution focused hypnotherapy to her skill-set?  Here, Bridget share’s her reasons and experiences of adding another string to her bow.

Currently I am a Chiropractor training in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which might seem a little odd. However, there are actually a lot of overlaps. Many of my Chiropractic patients re-present repeatedly with aches and pains caused by posture, injury and more than often driven by an element of stress and tension which means hypnotherapy can be very beneficial, to not just for mental wellbeing but that of the physical body too.

Chiropractic is a very physical job and, due to my genetics, it is likely that I won’t be able to physically do my job right up to retirement age.  I wanted to find a way to continue to help people out of pain, even when I can no longer practise Chiropractic and training to be a hypnotherapist will enable me to do this.

I have benefitted myself from learning about and understanding, how the brain works and what a healthy mind looks and feels like.  I am half way through my training and I feel lighter, brighter and confident. The trials and tribulations of life still happen but they are more manageable and I see a future full of helping people feel the same way.

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.  


Dr Bridget Cook runs Greenacres Chriopractic and, since completing her Hypnotherapy Training and qualifying in 2016, Bridget now runs both her Chiropractic and Hypnotherapy Clinics from her premises in  Glinton near Peterborough. Bridget has completed a number of CPD courses, offered by CPHT, and now also offers hypnobirthing as well as Hypnotherapy services for children and young adults.  You can find out more about Bridget’s hypnotherapy work at Forward Focus Hypnotherapy 

 

Why I trained to be a hypnotherapist

 

People ask me why I retrained to be a hypnotherapist.  I say it is because hypnotherapy helped me stop being part of the 1 in 4 of us who struggle with a mental health issue and gave me back my health, happiness and a new career!

Caroline Prout is a highly qualified solution focused hypnotherapist, hypnotherapy supervisor and lectures for CPHT Peterborough.  This is her journey from illness to wellness and beyond.

1 in 4 of us will suffer from some form of mental health issue every year. The pressures of our modern lives means stress, anxiety and depression are on the rise and our National Health Service is struggling to keep up.

4 years ago I was one of those 1 in 4. A diagnosis of M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) had seen me go from someone who ran twice a week, swam twice a week and worked just as hard in a very successful career to someone who struggled to put one foot in front of another and string together a decent sentence. The uncertainty during the 2 years it took to get a diagnosis sent my anxiety rocketing and my confidence plummeting and, what had started out as a physical health issue, spiralled into a mental health issue too.

I’m pleased to say I am no longer one of the 1 in 4 – I’m now one of the 1 in 36,000. I’m one of the growing body of professional hypnotherapists who are leading the way in the mental health arena, helping those 1 in 4 overcome their stress, anxiety or depression, building their confidence and self-esteem so they can move forward with their lives.

Hypnotherapy helped me get my life back on track. I recognised that the high stress work environment I had thrived in before was no longer doing me any favours. I was so inspired by how hypnotherapy had helped me that I rather rashly decided the solution was to retrain as a hypnotherapist myself.

It sounded great as I imagined it in my mind – how lovely it would be to help others every day, to choose the hours I wanted to work, to ditch the daily commute. What a fulfilling life I would have! But then reality hit, I couldn’t just give up work and retrain and set up a new business – I had a mortgage to pay!

My hypnotherapist recommended I contact CPHT, because they provided the best qualification in the UK – if you’re going to do something you’ve got to do it properly right. I had a mixture of excitement and disappointment swirling around my mind as I picked up the phone to them – I’d read about their diploma course and it sounded amazing but I couldn’t see how I could find the time or the money to retrain. So I was delighted to learn that I could do the course at weekends and pay for it in monthly instalments! So there really was nothing holding me back.

I could not have imagined that just a few years later I would not only have my own busy practice, where I work the hours that suit me and my life, but also help other people fulfil their dreams.  When I made that phone call a few years ago it was just a dream, but now I don’t have to imagine how lovely it is to help people every day, I don’t have to imagine what it’s like to choose when I want to work, because that’s my life!

I don’t have to imagine what my life would be like without the daily commute and the stressful work environment. I live that fulfilling life every day on the other side of the 1 in 4 – as part of the solution, not feeling stuck in the problem.

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.  


Caroline Prout DHP HPD MNCH (Reg.) AfSFH (Reg) SFH (sup) is the director of Associates for Inspired To Change, the leading provider of solution focused hypnotherapy services in the UK.  She has a highly successful hypnotherapy practice in Thrapston, delivers training for both CPHT Peterborough and delivers her own course ‘Train your brain for success’ and is a qualified supervisor.

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.