A Step into the World of Hypnotherapy Training

CPHT Edinburgh and CPHT Glasgow both run a yearly diploma course in solution focused hypnotherapy.  It was Edinburgh’s turn to kick off their 2021 course recently and one of our lovely lecturers, Anne Wyatt, did a guided tour of the facilities.

Whilst filming the video, Anne was able to capture the students on their first weekend taking part in a trance exercise.  For some this would have been their first opportunity to experience trance.  Others will have had hypnosis before they joined the course.

Just Getting on With It

We don’t hang around in getting hands-on experience of hypnosis.  Straight after the first module, we ask the students to encourage friends and family to help them by listening to the student read out loud the provided language patterns.  This can cause some laughter and hilarity, but it gets the student off to a flying start.

Have a look here at Anne’s video:


Practical and Theoretical

We are a very practical course, which means by the time the students graduate they have a good amount of clinical hours under their belt.  The one weekend a month in the classroom provides them with plenty of theory too.  The two combined means that students graduate feeling confident in their abilities.  There is no substitute for practical work with real-life clients in order to build that confidence.

Meanwhile, in between the course weekends, should the student need help with a client case, we’re on hand to support them in a ‘Supervisor’ status.  The feedback we get at the end of the course is very rewarding. Something we hear a lot is how the students find the support of the lecturers so good.

So, if you’re in Scotland and want a new full-time or part-time career, and want o know about the course content please click here.

If you would like to apply please click here, or just contact us to ask a question please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Variety is the spice of life!

One of the many aspects we really like about our careers as Clinical Hypnotherapists is the variety of issues we can help our clients with. We never quite know what the next new client enquiry will be for, so it keeps our lives interesting! Because of this, we need to teach our students how to deal with all sorts. So, on course weekend one, we teach the basics of how the brain works and what hypnotic trance is all about.
Month two is a fair bit of revision about the workings of the brain, with the addition of how we explain it all to the client. We also introduce the students to the wonders of the Miracle Question – that by itself is a game-changer for many!
By the time we come to the third month’s course weekend, we’re really picking up momentum as the students will move from working with just friends and family to working with the general public. At this point they will have learnt about personality types which helps build the all-important therapeutic rapport. They will also have begun to master the detail of how the brain works through practising their explanation to their friends and family. The students will be working with volunteer case studies at this point and the case notes will be written up on an anonymous basis to form part of a portfolio of evidence required to achieve the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD).
From month four we move on to more detailed areas and, over the remainder of the course, we teach students how to help their clients with:
– Sleep issues
– Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour (OCD)
– Depression
– Fears and phobias
– Smoking cessation
– Pain management
– Weight loss
– Confidence building
– Sports motivation
and more!
We even have former World Champion Middleweight boxer, Glenn Catley, talk to the class about how hypnotherapy helped him achieve his world class status.  And there’s more! In addition to all of the above, we have modules on Marketing, Q&A’s on setting up a practice, and we even train the students to use software which helps monitor clients’ progression, so the client and the therapist can evidence how effective sessions are.
As each course weekend goes by, an essential part is the feedback the students give in the classroom on the variety of sessions they’ve run, the difficulties they may have encountered and, of course, the successes. Everyone learns from this valuable feedback.
Of course, we also give a significant back-up service to the students in between course weekends – we’re always on hand should they get stuck on anything!
Oh yes, we make it fun too! We know the brain learns in a better way if it’s enjoying itself which is why our lecturers like to laugh and smile a lot!
Our next Glasgow course starts in March, so get in touch soon!
Give Anne a ring on 07584 414715. She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, email us at info@cphtglasgow.co.uk.  You can also apply here if you would like to do so.

A chat with our lecturers

In this blog post we’re having a Zoom chat with the two great Senior Lecturers at CPHT Glasgow.  Anne Wyatt and Alex Brounger run their own busy hypnotherapy practices as well as teaching at both CPHT Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We asked them a few questions about their careers as hypnotherapists:

You have your own answers

When you set out on a journey, you never quite know where it might lead!

David Newton, the founder of Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) launched his first training school back in 2002.  He had become a very successful hypnotherapist and, back in the late 90’s, had become aware of the ‘scientific revolution’ and in particular the work of Marcus Raichle.

David says:

“Raichle discovered that when we are in a trance state the Brain is working hard to come up with solutions. I was particularly pleased with one of the very first research/neuroscientific programmes that said that the more enjoyable therapy was the more successful it was likely to be.”

David went on to say “There was also confirmation of Blaise Pascal’s assertion that ‘People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they themselves discovered than by those that have come to the minds of others’.”

These comments set some of the foundations on which our current course is structured:

  • We need to have fun in the therapy room
  • It’s not for us, as therapists, to tell the client what to do – the client has the answers suitable for themselves
  • We need to show the client the path, but it’s up to them to walk it.

Those Light Bulb Moments

A big part of our teaching isn’t about hypnosis, although obviously we cover that.  We also teach students how to Light bulb momentstructure a session and, using psychotherapy, to gently encourage the client down a path that leads them to having light-bulb moments of clarity.  This is done through positive questioning which, in turn, leads to positive decisions and actions.

We apply this same positive attitude to ourselves as lecturers and, having set up Edinburgh some time ago, we were very pleased that the answer we came up with for ourselves was to launch CPHT Glasgow!  Our first course starts in March 2021!

We’re very confident indeed that Glasgow will be as much of a success as Edinburgh because Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has caught on.  From David Newton’s early beginnings, CPHT now has 26 schools scattered across the UK and abroad, so we must be doing something right!


If you want a very rewarding career, then have a look through this website at the course content, the course dates and the fees – just click on the HPD tab at the top of this page.

Alternatively, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  Or email us at info@cphtglasgow.co.uk.

What Makes us Different

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


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


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.

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.