Our support mechanism during training really is second to none.

One of the many areas of positive feedback that we receive from our students features the high level support that they receive both during and between course weekends. This is crucial for our students to graduate with an exceptionally high level of skill and is something that we take very seriously here at CPHT Scotland. So how do we do it?

  1. We have two Senior Lecturers teaching each course. Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt are both working therapists and clinical supervisors as well as being senior lecturers, so they live and breathe the practical side of being a therapist day in and day out. This means we can combine a high level of theoretical knowledge with the real life, practical applications into practice. We know the useful tips and the pitfalls when it comes to working with clients, being self-employed and running a therapy business. In short, we get it!
  1. We limit our student numbers on each course. This combined with having two senior lecturers means that we can tailor teaching to the needs of each individual student. There is always time for questions on course weekends and every month we dedicate ring fenced time to hearing how the students have been getting on with clients over the past month, discussing what has gone well and what can be done differently moving forward.
  1. We choose our students carefully so that the comradery and support system between students is strong. Strong doesn’t actually seem a ‘strong’ enough word here – our students really do make friends for life and the support that they show to each other throughout the course and beyond is really something to behold as any of the graduates from our last course in particular will tell you!
  1. Both of our Senior Lecturers are available between course weekends so students can call, text or email us if they have any queries or require any support in between teaching weekends. They are never far from help if and when it is needed.
  1. If any student is finding a part of the training challenging, our first step is always to provide additional support. It is what we as senior lecturers are here for and rumour has it, we do it rather well!

Why not get in touch to find out more about enrolling for our next course.  We look forward to hearing from you!

www.cphtscotland.co.uk

 

Does Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Work?

How do I know that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy as taught by the Clifton Practice works?

How can I demonstrate to future clients that it works?

How can I measure outcomes?

The answers to these questions are important to consider before you invest financially and dedicate your time to any hypnotherapy course, particularly as the drive to measure outcomes gathers pace.

More and more reliable evidence is coming out of research studies that clearly supports the effectiveness of Solution Focused Therapy and Hypnosis.  It stands to reason therefore that the Clifton Practice’s combination of both approaches will pack a pretty serious punch.  You will learn a lot about this evidence on course and it will add crucially to your theoretically understanding of why you are doing what you are doing as well as supporting your work with clients.  Not all of it can be neatly packaged up into a quick answer to the ‘does it work’ question however.  So how else will your CPHT training here in Scotland help you with this?

CORP (Clifton Practice Outcome Rating Programme)

Let us introduce you to CORP (Clifton Practice Outcome Rating Programme), a client progression tool that also feeds into plans for future research.  CORP helps clients to see their progress and motivates them to continue to find solutions to achieve their goals.  It also helps to build your confidence as a student and future therapist as you see in graph form the amazing difference you will be making to clients’ lives.  CORP also provides information on the general effectiveness of the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy approach. All of our students are required to use CORP as part of their work with clients during the course and they very quickly grow to love it!

What does CORP measure?

Around Module 6 of the course, we teach our students how to use the CORP software and how to incorporate this naturally into their sessions with clients.  The software requires clients to rate themselves each session across the following seven scales.

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 CORP software calculates the score of each scale and the results are then plotted on a graph.

The results and benefits:

The scores from these seven scales are available immediately on a personalised chart specific to the client. The chart is updated with each session which means that both the client and therapist can see real evidence of how things are progressing every session, as can be seen in this example (client identifying details removed):

Students quickly realise the huge benefits of using this software.  As a marketing tool it is invaluable as it allows students and therapists to demonstrate their overall performance in graph which amalgamates the results from all of their clients.  It’s a great way to build confidence and to know that what you are doing works!

So, when Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school students and graduates are asked the ‘does it work’ question, they can hand on heart say ‘yes – and I can prove it!’

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 22 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.  Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

What Makes us Different

We do things a bit differently at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT)… Actually sometimes we do things a lot differently!

Playfulness

We have fun. Not only in the classroom but also in our clinics. Playfulness is an important part of what we do. And getting good at that takes practice. No wonder there is so much laughter in our hypnotherapy classrooms in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland.

The Brain

We also focus a lot on the brain. “In effect”, says Daniel Siegal (author of the Developing Mind and clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine) “we are taking the brain out of its black box and opening it up for discussion in the consulting room.” We give our clients a good understanding of how the brain works and how it can cause us some considerable discomfort. This empowers them to make changes to help themselves. Our  hypnotherapy students find the same thing. They learn how the brain works to help others. In the process they use that knowledge themselves. No wonder so many say that the Hypnotherapy in Practice course we run in Edinburgh is life changing.

The Past is Gone

We do not focus on the past. We can no longer influence it. The neuroscience tells us that focusing on the future helps the brain process the past. We may reflect back on the recent past to identify those things that are going well or that we are pleased about. We might consider the strengths that enabled us to make things in the recent past go well. On the whole we treat the past as a learning experience. It is not surprising therefore that our students find themselves developing forgotten or previously unknown strengths. They surprise themselves with how much they can achieve during the hypnotherapy course.

Focus on Solutions

We also use powerful questions that focus on solutions, not on problems. Again, the neuroscience tells us that what we focus on takes up more neural networks in the brain. If we focus on problems those problems get bigger in the mind. Generally bigger problems are more difficult to deal with than smaller ones. So we are constantly encouraging our clients to focus on solutions. This shift in focus is empowering for our hypnotherapy students too. Our hypnotherapy training is undoubtedly hard work, but with a newly inspired focus on solutions our students generally find themselves being able to achieve far more than they thought possible

Hypnosis

And then of course we have hypnosis. That trance state which helps the brain work optimally. It helps us to process difficulties, solve problems, find answers and all the while promoting a feeling of confidence, calmness and clarity. Our students too, find their mind sharpens and their ability to cope under pressure improves. As a result they get very best of themselves during the course.

Do you want to get the very best out of yourself? Do you want to achieve more than you thought possible? Perhaps you want to learn about the brain or simply want a new challenge whilst having fun and meeting great new friends? Apply for our next course here: Application Form and we will be in touch to answer your questions and arrange an interview if you wish.

 

Ongoing Learning

The Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD)

One of the many reasons why people choose to study Hypnotherapy with CPHT is the available options for ongoing study after the primary Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) course. The ten-month HPD course equips our students to work with a very broad range of people with a wide variety of symptoms. In fact, upon completion of the HPD course there aren’t many things that our graduates cannot help their clients cope better with.

So, whilst we are proud to offer a complete training course, that does not mean that learning should stop.  Most successful Hypnotherapists will want to do more Continual Professional Development (CPD) than the minimum required by their Professional Association(s).  CPHT offer a wide range of Continuing Professional Development courses. These are run both across the country and online via video conferencing/webinars. They range from a focus on different conditions to understanding more about how other modalities work. Some may be more business oriented to help graduates run their businesses more effectively or more profitably.

The Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD)

But it is also the provision of additional externally verified qualifications that sets CPHT apart. CPHT trained Hypnotherapists may want to go on to study the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD). This qualification has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 5 (HPD is level 4) using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptions. The AHD involves the completion of a number of specified CPDs.   After which they complete the provide evidence that they understand each learning outcome in the module. These build in to a portfolio of evidence (similar to the one required for the HPD).  The CPDs include CBT, Mindfulness, and Psychoneuroimmunolgy.  Alex Brounger leads the AHD. He is also the Senior Lecturer for CPHT Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) and CPHT Belfast.

The Supervisor’s Course:

In addition, after some years in practice Graduates from CPHT (whether it be Edinburgh, Glasgow or indeed any of the CPHT schools) may want to become a Supervisor. This enables them to use their experience and knowledge to help other Hypnotherapists work with their clients and build their businesses. Like the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, the Supervisor’s Course is a Level 5 course run by CPHT’s Alex Brounger.

CPHT trained practitioners keep up-to-date and work using proven, modern techniques.

At the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School in Edinburgh, like the other 19 satellite schools around the UK, we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest research from neuroscience and believe that we lead the way in this regard.  Two of the fastest growing areas in psychotherapy and medicine are SF work and Brain Based Therapy.

Research now provides more and more evidence to support the theory that our subconscious minds can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality.  We know this to be true from our own personal experience – the more we dwell negatively on our problems, the bigger those problems feel and the more negative, anxious or angry we become.  While we consciously know the difference between imagination and reality, our brain responds as if the events we are thinking about are happening right now and we get a related and often negative physical and emotional response. Think what happens if you imagine sucking on a lemon right now for example, making the thought as clear in your mind as you can.  I’m salivating just by typing those words!

As Solution Focused Hypnotherapists, we help our customers to turn this around, supporting them to focus on how they want things to be and creating a positive image of this in their mind.  Our students learn about the fascinating brain-based research behind this and the highly effective therapy techniques that have emerged from the growing understanding of how our brains work.  They also learn how to explain this to clients in a succinct and inspiring way, so that their customers regain a real sense of control over their own emotions and behaviours.

After graduation, the Clifton Practice encourages therapists to keep their skills up to date through sessions with their highly training Supervisors and by attending their Continual Professional Development programme.  New courses are frequently added to keep the content relevant and up to date.

The Clifton Practice also now offer an Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, accredited by the NCFE at a level 5.  After 3 years in successful practice, Clifton Practice Graduates are eligible to join this Advanced Diploma programme, something that will really set them apart from others in the field. 

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

A support mechanism both pre and post graduation that is second to none at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training.

I was recently asked why I enjoy teaching others so much.  I have been involved in adult teaching, supervision and lecturing for so many years and am so passionate about it yet have never really stopped to work out why.  And then it came to me.  I thrive on the thrill of watch people learn, develop skills and succeed in meeting their own goals and dreams as well as on finding just the right way to support each individual to do so.  What is wonderful is that I am yet to find a Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Senior Lecturer who feels any different.  Furthermore, the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) is written and delivered with this ethos at its core, both in terms of our students and their future customers.   

Support on course

The supportive ethos is first evident right from weekend one of the HPD course.  Our students come from many different walks of life, some with no experience of the therapy world at all, some who are moving across from a different approach.  Regardless of background, age and experience, we know that working with real live customers with real live emotional and mental health needs can be more than a little daunting at first and often the thought of setting up in private practice as a self-employed therapist is even more so.  We layer our teaching as a result – teaching the basics first in class, both at a theoretical and practical level.  We then ask you to practice just this first step with friends and family at home, with access to us as your senior lecturers when you need us.  Each weekend we lead group discussion where our students feel very comfortable in sharing their experiences with customers since the last teaching weekend, allowing us as lecturers to provide additional support, ideas and different ways of thinking.  It also allows the students to learn from and support each other – invariably someone asks the question another student perhaps did feel ready to ask.  Teaching then adds another layer of technique and research, time on course to practice, and then off our students go again to refine their skills at home with real customers as time moves on and of course with us on hand if needed.  And so it continues. 

As lecturers, we take the opportunity to quietly and unobtrusively observe students in their practical work on course and our first intervention if we feel a student is having difficulty is always to provide support, explanation and demonstration.  At CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training, both Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt have specific training as supervisors to do this with a high level of skill. 

Support post qualification

Lasting friendships and professional relationships are made on CPHT Hypnotherapy Training courses and Edinburgh is no different.  The ethos of support is so engrained in the training that our graduates take it with them into their practice and their ongoing interactions with colleagues.  Even years after qualifying a CPHT graduate is never isolated from the support of colleagues whether in person, by phone or online. 

CPHT Graduates have optional membership access to a wide variety of professional bodies, all of which require levels of regular ongoing supervision.  The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training model takes this so seriously that it has its own Supervisors’ training course, externally accredited by the NCFE as a level 5 diploma.  This ensures that CPHT graduates have an army of supervisors to choose from, all of them ready to support them throughout their career.    

There is great wisdom in the notion that an experienced therapist who does not participate in ongoing training, supervision and reflective practice is likely to be as effective as a new graduate.  I’d argue less so.   Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training has an ongoing programme of CPD (Continual Professional Development) courses and regularly updates them and new ones in accordance with recent research findings. 

From the first morning that students first walk into CPHT Edinburgh’s Hypnotherapy Training room to the day they graduate and every day of their career thereafter, CPHT support is always available in one form or another.  That really does take some beating!

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!



Fully accredited Hypnotherapy Diploma

The Clifton Practice’s Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma Course comprises approximately 120 hours of top-quality classroom teaching over 10 months, delivered by Senior Lecturers who are also working therapists with their own successful Practices.  In addition to this is practise with real clients between sessions and required reading.   

Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH)

Successful completion of the course will see CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training students awarded the DSFH, a full Diploma qualification in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.  This qualification enables graduates to work immediately as fully qualified hypnotherapists, granting them access to full insurance and membership of a variety of professionally organisations. 

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) – level 4 accredited by NCFE

Importantly, successful graduation and completion of a written portfolio of evidence also leads to the nationally accredited (NCFE) Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), widely considered to be the gold standard in Hypnotherapy qualifications.

The National Council for Further Education (NCFE) has been granted status as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators.  The NCFE has gone on to accredit the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) as taught at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training at a level 4 rather than the more widespread and lower level 3.  This same HPD has been verified by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). 

Achieving this level of accreditation is no mean feat for any training school and gives our students assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation.

Professional registration

In addition to these two diplomas, CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training graduates are eligible to join a wide variety of professional bodies.  More information can be found on our website at https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/accreditation/

Success is of course dependent on hard work and various assessments throughout the course, including practical in-class exercises, evaluation of your activity between course weekends and completion of a portfolio.   Our success rate however is high, testimony to the quality of teaching and the effort the Clifton Practice puts in to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of the latest techniques and methods in modern Hypnotherapy as well as up to date with the latest research findings.

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training – a complete package.

The network of Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Schools, Edinburgh being the only one on Scotland, pride themselves on providing a ‘complete’ training package, with teaching continually in line with the latest research from neuro-psychology and neuro-science.

All well and good but what does this actually mean?

Well, we mean that everything that you need to move from someone who has either no prior experience of being a therapist at all or has experience in a different approach to therapy, to a fully practicing and competent self-employed Solution Focused Therapists is addressed on course. In fact, Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt, the Senior lecturers at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training require students to be fully competent, theoretically and practically, with a growing practice of real customers before they sign a student off on graduation day and provide full support to help them achieve this.

So what does the complete package look like?

Four key areas are required from a complete training course and CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training delivers on all four:

  1. Theoretical teaching
  2. Practical experience
  3. Marketing support
  4. Recognised, accredited qualification

Theoretical Teaching

Our students learn how the brain works – how anxiety and depression (our bread and butter areas) are created neurologically, along with a wide variety of other issues that customers bring to our clinics. Not only that but we teach you exactly how to explain this to customers in a wonderfully straightforward, informative way. This explanation forms the basis of any initial consultation that CPHT trained hypnotherapists go through with new customers. To say customers find it life changing and empowering is an understatement. It is not unusual for them to feedback that despite years of other therapy approaches and medical interventions, they have never had anyone explain why they are feeling how they are feeling and how they can take control to change things at an emotional and neurological level. It is truly fascinating and empowering stuff!

The theoretical teaching covers a wide variety of issues and symptoms, including, but far from a complete list:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anger
  • Fears and phobias
  • Insomnia
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Addictions (including Smoking)
  • Weight management

Practical Experience

There is no point graduating with all of this theoretical teaching without knowing how to put it into practice and having the confidence to do so. CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training graduates leave able to do just that. We don’t believe that leaving practical work until the last minute is the way to achieve this, so our students begin to work with customers right from weekend one, starting with friends and family and building up to real customers with real issues. By month 8, providing Alex and Anne are happy with their level of competency, our students are charging half price, advertising themselves as student hypnotherapists. From very early on in the course they will have insurance in place to enable them to do this.

One of the many strengths of the course that enables students to practice from the very start is that teaching is layered – each month we add in another skill and more information for students to practice so that they build up from practicing basic relaxation skills through to working essentially as a full therapist by the end of the course but with the support of Alex and Anne both on course weekends and in between as required.

Marketing support

So our students now have the theoretically understanding and practical experience that they need to be competent hypnotherapists. Wonderful. But that doesn’t help you to create a thriving therapy practice as a self-employed hypnotherapist and without that, your time and money has perhaps not been used to greatest effect.

CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training provides a marketing module to address this aspect of training and working life. Not only that, because we require students to work with customers right from the start, they are already building a great reputation from word of mouth. It isn’t unusual for students to begin to develop marketing materials and their website on course and many find themselves premises to work from too.

As a group, our students gel beautifully and provide mutual support, sharing marketing information and that helps greatly. Every weekend, Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt as senior lecturers lead feedback sessions, where students report back on how things are going for them and their customers in terms of practical work and marketing issues are often discussed here too.

Recognised, accredited qualification

It won’t surprise you to know now that the CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Diploma course is fully accredited – this will be covered in our next blog so please look out for it! It will be posted on our Facebook page when it goes live ( https://www.facebook.com/cphtedinburgh ) and more information can be found on our website at https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/accreditation

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

Highly qualified, talented teachers who are successful, experienced hypnotherapists.

The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School was established in 2002 by David Newton, probably the most successful and experienced clinical practitioner in the country.  With over 30.000 clinical hours to his name, David is recognised as being a gifted teacher.  Understandably, he is extremely proud of the network of 15 UK and 5 international CPHT schools and is meticulous in vetting ex CPHT graduates who aspire to become senior lecturers. 

Excellent Therapists, Excellent Trainers, Excellent Therapy.

Excellent therapy can only be provided by excellent therapists who have been trained by excellent teachers and David prides himself on choosing the best.  This means finding talented Clifton Trained therapists who are not only are running their own established and highly successful therapy practices but who also have exceptional skills when it comes to teaching others how to achieve the same.  Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt, senior lecturers at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training are delighted to have met David Newton’s exacting standards.

Alex Brounger

Alex has been working as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist since 2011.  He gained the ‘gold standard’ Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma and transitioned into full time practice in 2012. Since then Alex has consistently seen more clients per week than 75% of all hypnotherapists registered with the NCH (Nation Council for Hypnotherapy)Alex has gone on to qualify as a supervisor, much to the delight of colleagues who hold him in such high respect.  As Alex says “like anything in life if you want to be good at something you have to practice it. And I continue to get a lot of practice!”

Alex has extensive experience of teaching others, providing CPD courses to colleagues which continue to be in high demand as well as being an established CPHT Senior Lecturer at CPHT Belfast. 

Alex is also committed to providing excellent therapy for his clients and so not only meets but exceeds the expectations of the three professional organisations he is a member of, the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) and the AfSFH (Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy).

Anne Wyatt

Anne began her therapy career as a Speech and Language Therapist.  She dedicated 18 years to the NHS, rising to the top of her clinical career as a Specialist Trainer and Therapist for Disorders of Fluency.

She retrained as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in 2013, building upon much of her existing training.  She immediately opened a full time Hypnotherapy Practice in the North East of Scotland and has exceeded all expectations, both her own and those of experienced colleagues, in terms of the consistently high numbers of weekly clients she has seen in her single rural practice in Banchory.  Like Alex, she has gone on to train as a supervisor and is sought after as such by colleagues.  Anne often reflects on these achievements.  ‘Having only know full time employment, I had no idea how to set up a private practice.  I just didn’t know where to start.  Not only did CPHT training guide me in how to do it, my experiences now help me to understand where students are coming from and how to support them to make that transition and achieve their dreams.’

Anne has extensive teaching experience both with colleagues, other professionals and students at a University undergraduate level.  She has built an enviable reputation as a trainer over her 22-year therapy career and is passionate about teaching and mentoring others and watching them grow in skill base and confidence.

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 15 years, with 20 satellite schools across the UK and 5 international schools.

Find out more about the course and how you can apply at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk or call Alex on 07917 415926 for a preliminary chat. We look forward to hearing from you!