Stories from the casebook of Ali Hollands, CPHT Kent Lecturer

Stories from the casebook of Ali Hollands, CPHT Kent Lecturer

What’s it like to work as a solution focused hypnotherapist? You might already starting to think about what life after qualification might be like, after all your hypnotherapy training is finished and your portfolio signed off…when you are growing a hypnotherapy practice of your own.

Here Ali Hollands, who runs her own busy practice as well as lecturing for CPHT Kent, shares a couple of stories from her busy casebook about specific phobias, which is from one of the most common issues you will see once you’ve qualified as a solution focused hypnotherapist.  Just think, in just a few months, this could be you!

The Mouse Phobia Even I Was Intimidated By

‘Marie was a woman of around the same age as me; smart as a whip, funny and so down to earth. Then, when she told me in all seriousness (I knew she wasn’t joking, by the look on her face!), she would rather be dead than encounter a mouse, I knew I had my work cut out.

Marie’s phobia was inherited from her mother and she shared it with her sisters, who would, as siblings do, wind each other up over their shared terror…who needs family eh? She found mice disgusting, hated them with a passion and would find herself checking every dark looking speck on the floor or in cupboards to see if it was a mouse dropping; she knew she was being unreasonable.

The reason she had come to see me was because of the most recent episode, when she had moved out of her home for a whole week after seeing a mouse, had more than one pest control service in and now felt unsafe in her home, a place she normally loved.

After 3 sessions Marie said she had walked into the hardware shop to buy something, but had taken herself down the aisle with the pest control.  She said she had picked up a box and was able to look at the box without feeling faint, angry or disgusted…she even admitted that mice were possibly quite cute.  After the 4th session she was completely confident she would be able to cope with whatever mouse related incidents might come her way.

This phobia had even intimidated me, but I shouldn’t have been, even though I am still sometimes amazed and awed by how powerful hypnotherapy can be!’


The Flying Phobia That Stopped Planes On Runways & Cost £0000s In Lost Flights

‘The holiday of a lifetime with the person you love should be something to look forward to right?  The highlight of your year? Not for Andi.  Andi had suffered for many, many years with a phobia of flying that was so strong that she wouldn’t have checked baggage because she was never sure if she would actually make it off the runway, had stopped planes more than once to get off or deliberately missed them altogether.

Andi came to see me because she had got off another flight and lost £0000s on an unused ticket for a long haul, dream destination flight. Her girlfriend had taken the flight and was now in a far flung destination without her. She had booked tickets for the end of the following week and asked if I could do something with so little notice to get her on the flights.  Normally sessions are spread out over weekly appointments, but occasionally we need to speed up the process.  I promised I would throw everything at it and that we would do our best to get her on that plane!

We did some intense work, but mostly exactly as I normally would – reducing the stimulus to something that didn’t induce a phobic response and then replacing with how she really wanted to be on her flights from now on.

When I received the text from a far away place, just a few days later, I was so happy for Andi, she was with the person she loved, in an amazing place, having the time of her life and the flight (and connecting flight!) had been absolutely fine.

There have been other, wonderful, life enhancing phobia fixes that have meant someone able to go for walks in the country without fear of frogs, get up and speak to other businesses and tell their amazing story, drive their children to school and nursery so they can go back to work…the list goes on.’

For every phobia there is a person living less that their fullest and most enjoyable life.  Imagine if it was you that had set them free to really live again.  What would that be like for you?


Solution focused hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that combines the latest and most accurate findings in neuroscience and solution focused brief therapy, a forward looking and highly empowering form of brief therapy.  If you’d like to find out how you could become a solution focused hypnotherapist, take a look at our course dates and come along to an open evening, or just get in touch now.


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