Training Therapists who are ‘fit for purpose’

The UK and internationally based Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training schools pride themselves on providing what is one of, if not the most practical courses available.  So many formal courses, regardless of topic, place the main emphasis on theory, leaving students to gain live experience at the very end of the course at best, or at worst, post-graduation.   At CPHT Edinburgh, we firmly believe that that is not good or safe enough when working with the emotional and mental health needs of customers.  Our expectation is that our students go on to work full or part time as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists and so our exceptionally high standard of training ensures you leave the course confident and competent to practice, with a growing therapy business already in place.  So how do we do it?

Relevant, up to date and useful research and theory.

We ensure that you leave us with the with very latest, research-based theory so that you understand what you are doing and why.  We teach you how the brain works in terms of our emotional and mental health and because we understand that the brain learns through repetition, you hear this a lot and get to know it really well!  You will learn the research underpinning the solution focused hypnotherapy approach and how sessions ‘should’ look in the ideal world.  We don’t live in an ideal world though.  Our customers haven’t read our text books and course notes and even if they had, no two people are the same, so there is far more than theoretical teaching built in to CPHT Edinburgh’s Hypnotherapy Diploma course.

Practise, practise, practise

At our CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training School we focus heavily on practical experience with real life clients right from the start of training.  In fact, we take this so seriously that our students will not graduate if they do not have enough.  Senior lecturers, Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt, observe students during practical group work and students leave from weekend one ready to practice on their own with family and friends.  Soon, they are honing their practical skills in our bread and butter areas of anxiety and depression and have student insurance in place to do so. Of course, support from both senior lecturers is available whenever needed in between course weekends.  We use a layering approach to our teaching, so students build their skills and importantly their confidence bit by bit.  Feedback from students during each course weekend ensures that successes and lessons learned are shared – you may not have worked with anger issues during your training for example, but you will certainly know someone who has and will have learned from their feedback.

Setting up and marketing your Practice

Ok, so you have the theory and you know how to apply it.  So now what?  Well, at CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training, we know that that really isn’t much use if, like most of our students you haven’t the faintest idea how to set up and market your own private practice. After 18 years as an NHS therapist I was very firmly in this camp when I trained as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist with CPHT! All the theory and practice in the world isn’t going to help you if you have no clients and don’t know how to get them.  Because our students begin to practice with real clients right from the start and because we ensure that they are confident to leave each weekend ready to practice what they have learned, word of mouth starts spreading quickly and their reputation grows.  In this way, by the time our students qualify they already have a growing business.  From month seven, we expect our students to be charging people at a student rate and it is not unheard of for some students to have recouped much of their course fees by the time they qualify.  On top of this, we provide a marketing module and in addition, during the feedback sessions each month, discussions often turn to setting up practice and sharing ideas on how to do this and what traps to avoid. 

So, you see we really do ensure that graduates from CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training are ‘fit for purpose’.  Happy, confident, qualified and competent therapists with happy and well customers.  What more do you need?!

Here is what one of CPHT’s graduates, has to say about her training:

“Being encouraged to start practising at the earliest opportunity seemed a bit daunting at first, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. Practice gave me confidence in the success of the techniques I was taught and the confidence to start charging as a student after 7 months of training. By the end of the course, I had already earned my course fees back and within 12 months of qualifying I’m running a successful practice, working as many hours as I want and earning more money than I was before I embarked on my new life as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.”
Emma Triplett DHP, HPD, LAPHP, GQHP, MNCH(Reg)

So, if you are thinking of a new career or would like to learn retrain as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, please do contact us.  You’ll find out more on our website at www.cphtedinburgh.co.uk

Alex and I (Anne) look forward to hearing from you!

Introducing CPHT Hypnotherapy Training, Edinburgh.

Why choose CPHT Edinburgh?  Find out here  https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/top-ten-reasons-to-choose-cpht 

Anne Wyatt, Senior Lecturer, CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Training

Edinburgh city centre is home to one of the 20 UK based Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Schools and provides the only CPHT school in Scotland. CPHT is renowned throughout the UK and internationally for its Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) course, NCFE accredited at Level 4.   Senior Lecturers Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt are proud to bring the fourth CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy training course to Scotland in February 2019. 

Anne started her career as an NHS Speech and Language Therapist and specialised in working with children and young adults who stammered.  As the specialist trainer for the service, she spent much of her time training colleagues and other professionals as well as guest lecturing at University.  Following her training at the CPHT Hypnotherapy Training school in Plymouth, Anne has successfully transitioned into private practice.  She now runs her own thriving full time Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Practice in Aberdeenshire.  In 2017 she followed on from her NHS experience of supervising colleagues and qualified as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy supervisor.  Anne is also one of two senior lecturers bringing CPHT training to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2019. 

Anne places much of the credit for her success on the quality of training she received through the Clifton Practice. The emphasis on research, continuous practice with real clients and the focus on setting up your own practice proved invaluable.

Anne is delighted to join her colleague, Alex Brounger so that CPHT Hypnotherapy Training in Scotland can continue.  Following on from the three previous courses in the city, February 9th, 2019 sees the start of the fourth CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma Training course.  Based in the Jury’s Inn next to Waverley Station, the course promises to not only provide superb teaching to produce top quality graduates fit for practice but brings it with fun and lots of laughter along the way!

If you’d like to find out more, please register your interest by filling out a brief application form here https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/application-form

Anne Wyatt Joins the Team at CPHT Edinburgh

CPHT Edinburgh are delighted to announce that Anne Wyatt will be joining the team. Following an 18 year career as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS, Anne trained as a Hypnotherapist at CPHT Plymouth in 2013. Moving to Aberdeenshire a short time later Anne has since set up a very busy practice in Banchory. Anne became a Hypnotherapy Supervisor in 2017 and she will also be running CPHT Newcastle alongside CPHT Edinburgh. Sharing Alex Brounger’s desire for excellence, Anne’s considerable experience as a Hypnotherapist, Lecturer and Supervisor will be invaluable in the training room.

“I was overjoyed to be approached by Alex to join him in running CPHT Edinburgh. Setting up as a Hypnotherapist can be challenging. I truly believe the training we deliver at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training gives our students the best possible start to this wonderful career. We take note of the latest in neuroscience and scientific research. We provide unrivalled levels of support, and we ensure our students leave the course with practical tools on how to market themselves so they can can help as many people as they can” said Anne.

Do you want to make a living changing people’s lives? Do you want to help people overcome anxiety and depression? The next training course from CPHT Edinburgh starts in February 2019. If you would like further information see our website here. If you would like to apply please complete our short application form here. Alex Brounger will contact you back to arrange an interview. We look forward to hearing from you.

Alex Brounger Takes Over the Reins at CPHT Edinburgh

CPHT Edinburgh are delighted to announce that Alex Brounger has agreed to take on the role of leading CPHT Edinburgh. Alex is a highly experienced Hypnotherapy Lecturer, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Supervisor.

Alex originally trained in 2011 with David Newton at CPHT Bristol and has since grown two very busy practices in Gloucestershire where he lives. In 2015 Alex became a Hypnotherapy Supervisor. In the same year Alex set up CPHT Belfast in partnership with another highly successful Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Lecturer, Nicola Griffiths. He was also the CEO for the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) from August 2016 to May 2018. Alex is now in the middle of his third course with CPHT Belfast, which he will continue to run alongside CPHT Edinburgh.

“I am looking forward to applying what I have learnt in setting up CPHT Belfast to CPHT Edinburgh. Running a Hypnotherapy School can be hard work. However it is enormously satisfying to help guide students through the process of becoming fully fledged Hypnotherapists. We pride ourselves on training people, from all walks of life, to become competent and professional Hypnotherapists. Practitioners who can help a great many people cope with a broad range of problems and symptoms. I love helping others to do the job that I have loved doing since 2011” says Alex.

The next HPD Course starts in February 2019. It will continue for one weekend per month for ten months, ending in November 2019. If you would like further information on the course take a look at CPHT Edinburgh’s website here: cphtedinburgh.co.uk. If you would like to apply please complete our short application form here.

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”.