The importance of repetition

We often get asked by students and clients alike, why we repeat the language patterns that we relay to clients in hypnotic trance?

Well, there are a few reasons why repetition is so important for the brain. Firstly, people learn through repetition. Repetition builds pathways in our brain. If we repeat a positive story (say within hypnosis) then we start creating new positive patterns in our brain. This is extremely useful for someone suffering anxiety or depression, especially when they’ve got into a pattern of thinking negatively!

We constantly repeat the following to our students: “The brain learns by repetition”. It’s a bit like learning to drive or teaching yourself a new language – do you do it once and master it? No, you need to repeat. This allows the brain to learn, so repetition is very good for us when learning new ways of thinking.

Another reason for repetition is a little bit more complex. You have one brain and two minds – the conscious and the subconscious. The subconscious has elements within it that are responsible for your survival (the fight, flight response) and it’s the subconscious that makes us feel anxious if it feels we don’t have control over life. It’s like a warning bell that can go off to alert us to danger. Now, that might be the potential danger of Covid-19 in current times, or it could quite simply be the bank statement arriving.

In order to help clients move forward, we help them understand how their subconscious mind works and explain that the fight/flight/anxious part of the brain loves repetition.  Why does it love repetition? Well, that part of the brain believes that if it repeats today what it did yesterday, then it stands more chance of survival. Makes sense really. But, it sees change as dangerous. If we haven’t done something before then the brain hasn’t got a pattern of behaviour to refer to from yesterday, so it doesn’t know whether a potential change is survivable.

Let me give you an example:

Imagine you’re a caveperson a few hundred thousand years ago, and you’re coming out of your cave with a homemade bucket to go and collect water from a nearby stream. There are two routes you could take; a left-hand pathway or a much longer route via a right-hand pathway. Most days you have quite a lot to do, so you always take the left-hand pathway for efficiency. Because this is a well-trodden pathway, your subconscious mind knows where the dangerous bits are i.e. a bit of ledge you have to walk around that has a big drop or maybe some woods where wild animals might hide? So, your brain will go onto alert as it approaches these known areas. However, it will also know where it can relax, such as that nice pathway where there’s a lovely view and you can see for ages and therefore relax knowing there are no wild animals around. Relaxing saves a lot of brain energy and reduces anxiety!!

But what happens if you come out of your cave one morning and there’s been a rockfall on that left-hand pathway which forces you to go the long way round via the right-hand pathway? Well, your brain doesn’t have a previous repetitive pattern to refer to and it doesn’t know where there could be dangerous bits or safe bits, so it starts to move into alert mode all the way along this pathway not knowing what’s around the next corner. This takes up a lot more energy and can make the brain anxious.

It’s a bit like giving a presentation for a first time or doing something outside our comfort zone – the subconscious starts knocking on the door asking “Are you sure you want to do this”?  Once we have been down the same path a few times, we relax! Hence, when in trance, if we’re going down a pathway we’ve been before, the subconscious mind feels safer and thereby less defensive. We know this allows it to become more accepting of positive suggestion in a trance state.

So yes, repetition is very good for the brain!

Depressed or are you just feeling a bit fed up?

Well, given all that’s been going on in the world, who can blame you?

If you are feeling a bit low, or worse, it’s worth noting that you’re certainly not alone.  Prescriptions for antidepressants in the UK rose by 173% (and the cost rose by 700%) between 1991 and 2001. That’s one heck of a lot of tablets!

When talking about depression, we’re not talking about a low mood for a few days, but an ongoing issue that causes sleep disruption, change in appetite, no enjoyment of life whatsoever, etc, and for a long period of time.  This could, possibly, be depression.

Now there’s no need to get depressed if you think you, or a loved one, has depression!  What if we start considering depression as a natural, and even a healthy response, to an inability to cope with certain life circumstances?  What if the brain is working correctly in sending signals to alert us to the fact that things in life are not good right now? If we’re experiencing challenging times, should we expect a person to be all light and life itself with a big grin on their face?

What if depression might be considered ‘normal’ or ‘natural’ given certain circumstances? It might allow us to get rid of it a bit quicker if we felt it was something we had more control over.  We know there’s a saying ‘It’s 10% the situation and 90% how we deal with it’.  Well, we can certainly take control of a number of things depending upon our mindset.  But how do we change that mindset?

Well, there was a clever chap called Assen Alladin at the University of Calgary Medical School (Canada) who wrote: “Hypnotherapy is a vital part of treatment for depression, based on the individual variance in the experience of this mental health problem and the adaptability of hypnotherapy, above and beyond the pharmaceutical treatments in offering an individualised therapeutic service”.

The Lecturers at CPHT are Clinical Hypnotherapists with busy private practices and have some considerable experience to their names.  They are great advocates for hypnotherapy for depression and anxiety as they’ve seen the results.  They share this knowledge with the students on our courses and explain not only how the brain works when in a depressed mode, but they also teach the students how to help their clients to improve their mindset and thereby their mood by taking positive action.  Of course, they have the added benefit of being able to use the gentle but powerful therapy of hypnosis which helps the whole process along nicely!

It makes the job of a Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist a very rewarding one when you can help people overcome the negativity of depression!

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.

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.

 

Do I need prior experience to train as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist?

The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma course (HPD) is tailored to each individual student’s needs so is suitable for those with no prior experience as a therapist as well as those who have. Anne Wyatt, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Scotland explains more.

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!