Where can I find hypnotherapy training in Kent?

Courage is found in unlikely places ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

What’s in a venue?  You might think a venue is of minor importance when running a hypnotherapy training course, particularly in Kent, where there are so many venues on offer. However, at CPHT Kent, we know the value of the right environment to support your learning.

Your hypnotherapy training should be a real experience, one that you look back on as one of the best decisions you made and experiences you had.

We are delighted to have found the perfect place for this – The Friars, in Aylesford.  Not only do they have the friendliest people looking after you during your training course, but the grounds are magical, it’s got a low cost parking option (so rare in Kent!), two choices of places to get food on site and nearby road and rail links to the rest of Kent.

If you are not quite sure where The Friars is – you’ll find it just a just a short drive from Aylesford village; nearby villages and towns are Kings Hill, East Malling, West Malling, Allington and Maidstone itself.  There are many beautiful listed buildings in this ancient and peaceful place, which is set in magnificent grounds, perfect for a lunchtime walk or an outside lunch when the course moves into summer.

Having looked all over Kent, at so many training venues for the hypnotherapy course, we knew as soon as we walked into The Friars and met with their wonderful staff, that this would be the place our students would enjoy and benefit from the most.

We look forward to welcoming you along to one of our open evenings and the upcoming hypnotherapy training course.  For more details on upcoming events and training, click on open-days-for-cpht-kent-hypnotherapy-training-courses.  If we don’t have an open evening coming up why not give us a call instead.

If you want to be at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy and make a real difference to the clients you see in the future, with a successful career in hypnotherapy this could be the right Course for you.  To find out about the next hypnotherapy diploma course run by CPHT Kent, just give senior lecturer Gary Johannes a call on 07780 592625 (he runs a busy practice so you may have to leave a message) or click this link to send us an application form today.  Training is over 10 months and you’ll be working towards the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the only nationally recognised and independently assessed hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.

This blog was written by Ali Hollands.  She is a multi-award winning clinical hypnotherapist with Inspired To Change in Maidstone.  Ali gained her first hypnotherapy diploma in 2012 and extended her training with a diploma in in 2015 with Gary Johannes, head of CPHT Peterborough, Kent, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and lecturer for CPHT Kent. As well as this she runs a business masterminding group for small business owners and is writing a book about how to set up in business and in practice, for newly hypnotherapists.  Ali’s passion is in improving performance and enjoyment of life, for her clients and students.  Ali believes that life and work should be fun and fascinating and you can follow Ali on Instagram  and Facebook


Reasons To Become A Hypnotherapist

I’m Gary Johannes and I’m the senior lecturer here at CPHT Kent.  I also run CPHT Peterborough, CPHT Nottingham and CPHT Birmingham.  I never expected to become a hypnotherapist, let alone a lecturer with the school that trained me, so you might not be surprised to know that I think hypnotherapy training might be for you too!

I’ve not always been a hypnotherapist – in fact just like many of my students I’ve had a varied career. I only went on the CPHT Bristol Hypnotherapy training course to get more personal and business development, so I could be better at my job. However, what happened next was nothing short of a miracle, and my life hasn’t been the same since. This is my story and I hope it inspires you to seriously think about training as a hypnotherapist, because it is the best decision I ever made.

The first thing that amazed me about my training was that I was taught how to hypnotise people and told that I needed to find volunteers to work with right from the first weekend.  After that the course became even more exciting, gradually building up my skills and knowledge, month on month, developing my confidence and experience, even before I qualified.

Having never wanted to become a hypnotherapist, I completely changed my mind; because I’d fallen in love with being able to help so many different people – whether it was anxiety in their life, a phobia, or being a confident presenter and so much more.  I knew I would start a practice, and I did; I built my practice up to a full time career in just 9 months, some of the speed was my previous experience in business, but my training had given me such a valuable skill and such a brilliant way of talking about it that I had people recommending me very quickly and gained a solid reputation within my local area.

The other thing for me is it gives me freedom to live the lifestyle I want.  I control how many hours I work and when I work. I choose whether I want time off or whether I want to work every hour available. It is my choice and it feels so amazing to be completely in control of my own career and destiny; I don’t know how many other people can say that in these uncertain times.

But what about you?

We get such a wide variety of people coming on our courses from very diverse experiences, careers and backgrounds.  We get people who are working full time and want to change their careers, teachers who feel it is time to make a positive change and those who want to escape corporate life. They know that this training will enable them to be more in control of their careers.

We get people who are already qualified in the therapy or medical world, whether that be in the NHS (we’ve trained several nurses and ex-nurses), or someone working as a counsellor, massage therapist, chiropractor, personal trainer.  Many people who work in the wellbeing and health field want to add this particular hypnotherapy training to their skills, often because it is based on the latest methods of therapy, backed up by neuroscience.

We get people who have been a full-time parent and want to get back into the work place and people who have never quite found their calling but just know they want to help people.  Whether our students want to work full or part time, we know this training will help them support a positive way of living.

Most of all when people come on our courses they want to see how they can fit the course around their busy lives and get the qualification they want and to start their new careers.  Our course is perfect for that because we train one weekend a month, which means it can fit around your current work and life commitments, which is so important when you are training for a professional qualification and new career.

One of the big questions I get asked on a regular basis is, how do I fit in all the course work around my everyday life? Over the years we’ve been running hypnotherapy courses here we’ve had all sorts of people, we’ve had people working full-time employment, people with young families (even nursing mums), people working away from home and people who have just come back into the work place after being a parent or taking a career break for many many years. They have all said something similar – it is doable, how it is flexible enough to fit around current commitments.

What also sets us apart is that we are solution focused. That means we work with people to get the best out-c0me for them, but its future paced, we also use the most clinically proven techniques and the most modern neuroscience research to back up everything we do so we know we are always at the forefront of the hypnotherapy world.

If you’ve been inspired by Gary’s story, why not take charge of your future too and apply to be on our next course.  Training is over 10 months and you’ll be working towards the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the only nationally recognised and independently assessed hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.  Click here to apply now



Gary Johannes is an experienced psychotherapist and practicing Senior Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.  He is director of Inspired To Change Associates a clinical mental health services provider with clinics around the country, specialising in the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy approach. He qualified at CPHT Bristol in 2012, under the tutelage of David Newton, head of the CPHT schools and the originator of using Solution Focused techniques in hypnotherapy.

Gary is a Hypnotherapy Supervisor and Senior Lecturer for CPHT Peterborough, Birmingham, Nottingham and Kent, which gives him access to the latest neuroscientific research and findings, almost as soon as they are released.  He is an authorised Mental Health First aid Trainer and speaker on Mental Health Awareness.  Gary’s passion lies in enabling people to overcome their limiting beliefs and be the most successful version of themselves.


Can Hypnotherapy Training Help Me In My Current Role?

graduate as a hypnotherapistDr Bridget Cook is a successful and experienced chiropractor, so why did she decide to add a diploma in solution focused hypnotherapy to her skill-set?  Here, Bridget share’s her reasons and experiences of adding another string to her bow.

Currently I am a Chiropractor training in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which might seem a little odd. However, there are actually a lot of overlaps. Many of my Chiropractic patients re-present repeatedly with aches and pains caused by posture, injury and more than often driven by an element of stress and tension which means hypnotherapy can be very beneficial, to not just for mental wellbeing but that of the physical body too.

Chiropractic is a very physical job and, due to my genetics, it is likely that I won’t be able to physically do my job right up to retirement age.  I wanted to find a way to continue to help people out of pain, even when I can no longer practise Chiropractic and training to be a hypnotherapist will enable me to do this.

I have benefitted myself from learning about and understanding, how the brain works and what a healthy mind looks and feels like.  I am half way through my training and I feel lighter, brighter and confident. The trials and tribulations of life still happen but they are more manageable and I see a future full of helping people feel the same way.

If you’ve been inspired by Bridget’s story, why not take charge of your future too and apply to be on our next course.  Training is over 10 months and you’ll be working towards the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the only nationally recognised and independently assessed hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.  Click here to apply now

Dr Bridget Cook runs Greenacres Chriopractic and, since completing her Hypnotherapy Training and qualifying in 2016, Bridget now runs both her Chiropractic and Hypnotherapy Clinics from her premises in  Glinton near Peterborough. Bridget has completed a number of CPD courses, offered by CPHT, and now also offers hypnobirthing as well as Hypnotherapy services for children and young adults.  You can find out more about Bridget’s hypnotherapy work at Forward Focus Hypnotherapy 


Can I train as a hypnotherapist if I’m a stay at home mum?

Sarah had aced being a mum for 20 years and had safely ushered her youngest son off to university.  Whilst she appreciated every moment of that time, she acknowledged that it hadn’t necessarily helped her with her confidence at being ‘Sarah’ or getting back out to work.

I had become an expert at getting the stains out of rugby kits and could bake a reasonable cake but the thought of going out to work was very daunting!

baby and puppyAs Sarah says – over the last couple of years we had, as a family, seen first-hand the true value of hypnotherapy and what powerful change it can bring about.  My husband had been commuting for five hours a day and after nine years this started to take its toll and he began to suffer panic attacks on the train.  Visits to the doctor and several sessions of counselling had little impact and then quite by chance I came across a leaflet that on one side exactly described his symptoms and on the other explained how hypnotherapy could help.

My husband started regular sessions of hypnotherapy with Gary Johannes, of Inspired to Change.  Almost instantly he started to feel better and within a few weeks he was back at work.  I was fascinated by the power of hypnotherapy and started to look into training courses.

As if it was meant to be, we received an email from Gary to say that he was starting a CPHT Hypnotherapy training course in Peterborough.  The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) is a nationwide training provider of the only nationally recognised hypnotherapy diploma in the UK – the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD).

I already knew just how powerful this form of hypnotherapy was and so had no concerns about the subject of the course itself however I was nervous about my own ability to study after all these years.  Gary was very reassuring, he explained that it was a very practical course where you are encouraged to start seeing clients from the very beginning and you are well supported throughout.  The academic side clearly explained and you are given plenty of time to complete the work.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this course; it stretched me and I learnt so much about myself, as well as how to really help and make a difference to my clients.

Don’t let age or lack of self-belief stop you from training to become a hypnotherapist by taking this course; it is good to stretch yourself and discover what you are truly capable of.  Think of all the good you can do, for so many people.

If you’ve been inspired by Sarah’s story, why not take charge of your future too and apply to be on our next course.  Training is over 10 months and you’ll be working towards the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the only nationally recognised and independently assessed hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.  Click here to apply now

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Is hypnotherapy a transferable skill?

Studies show that only 20% of UK workers are happy at work and that almost half would like to change career, with 21% hoping to make that change in the next 12 months.

Does that surprise you?  Probably not.  For many, the motivation to change career is because what they do in their day job makes no meaningful contribution to the world.  The need to make an impact has overtaken the need to make money.

In 2002 Tamsen Garrie was one of those people, and when she ditched her successful corporate London career, sold her Chelsea pad and moved to Melbourne, Australia to retrain as a hypnotherapist, some people thought she’d lost her mind, but Tamsen, a sought after coach, trainer and speaker, explains why she believes that hypnotherapy is the most transferable skill of all.

The truth is, having hypnotherapy in my mid-twenties that helped me identify I was not happy with my life, including my job.  It also helped me realise what was most important to me and it gave me the confidence to pursue it!

Back then, I didn’t know many people making such drastic moves to change their career, but career change statistics now suggest that the average person will be making a career change between 5 and 7  times during their working life.

Careers are no longer for life

I believe that people have come to realise that there is no longer such a thing as ‘job security’ and that in fact, these days the only real security is in developing our knowledge, skills and abilities so we have more value to offer our employers or our clients.

I have trained in many things:  Human Resources Management, Business, Leadership, Management, Psychotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Coaching and even Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu!  However, it was the decision to train as a Hypnotherapist that has been the most useful in everything I have done since I made that decision at the age of 29!

Not only did it enable me personally to make a significant life-change and to get out of the corporate trap, but the knowledge and skills it gave me enabled me to build a successful private practice, to create and develop the leadership infrastructure and team to build a national business network, to write a successful business book, to advise on two company boards and to make a meaningful impact in my work as a business coach and mentor, helping small business owners to build successful businesses and create the lifestyle they want.

If you’ve been inspired by Tamsen’s story, why not take charge of your future too and apply to be on our next course.  Training is over 10 months and you’ll be working towards the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the only nationally recognised and independently assessed hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.  Click here to apply now


Tamsen Garrie is a director of several successful businesses; enACT Masterminding, Inspired To Change, Mental Health in The Workplace and Alpha Associates.  Tamsen is the author of multi 5* Amazon reviewed book The Act of Attraction in Business, is a speaker, mentor and trainer.  She has a background in HR and is a highly qualified hypnotherapist and business coach.  Tamsen’s passion is enabling success in teams through her pioneering programme TEAM alignment.

Why I trained to be a hypnotherapist

People ask me why I retrained to be a hypnotherapist.  I say it is because hypnotherapy helped me stop being part of the 1 in 4 of us who struggle with a mental health issue and gave me back my health, happiness and a new career!

Caroline Prout is a highly qualified solution focused hypnotherapist, hypnotherapy supervisor and lectures for CPHT Peterborough.  This is her journey from illness to wellness and beyond.

1 in 4 of us will suffer from some form of mental health issue every year. The pressures of our modern lives means stress, anxiety and depression are on the rise and our National Health Service is struggling to keep up.

4 years ago I was one of those 1 in 4. A diagnosis of M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) had seen me go from someone who ran twice a week, swam twice a week and worked just as hard in a very successful career to someone who struggled to put one foot in front of another and string together a decent sentence. The uncertainty during the 2 years it took to get a diagnosis sent my anxiety rocketing and my confidence plummeting and, what had started out as a physical health issue, spiralled into a mental health issue too.

I’m pleased to say I am no longer one of the 1 in 4 – I’m now one of the 1 in 36,000. I’m one of the growing body of professional hypnotherapists who are leading the way in the mental health arena, helping those 1 in 4 overcome their stress, anxiety or depression, building their confidence and self-esteem so they can move forward with their lives.

Hypnotherapy helped me get my life back on track. I recognised that the high stress work environment I had thrived in before was no longer doing me any favours. I was so inspired by how hypnotherapy had helped me that I rather rashly decided the solution was to retrain as a hypnotherapist myself.

It sounded great as I imagined it in my mind – how lovely it would be to help others every day, to choose the hours I wanted to work, to ditch the daily commute. What a fulfilling life I would have! But then reality hit, I couldn’t just give up work and retrain and set up a new business – I had a mortgage to pay!

My hypnotherapist recommended I contact CPHT, because they provided the best qualification in the UK – if you’re going to do something you’ve got to do it properly right. I had a mixture of excitement and disappointment swirling around my mind as I picked up the phone to them – I’d read about their diploma course and it sounded amazing but I couldn’t see how I could find the time or the money to retrain. So I was delighted to learn that I could do the course at weekends and pay for it in monthly instalments! So there really was nothing holding me back.

I could not have imagined that just a few years later I would not only have my own busy practice, where I work the hours that suit me and my life, but also help other people fulfil their dreams.  When I made that phone call a few years ago it was just a dream, but now I don’t have to imagine how lovely it is to help people every day, I don’t have to imagine what it’s like to choose when I want to work, because that’s my life!

I don’t have to imagine what my life would be like without the daily commute and the stressful work environment. I live that fulfilling life every day on the other side of the 1 in 4 – as part of the solution, not feeling stuck in the problem.

If you’ve been inspired by Caroline’s story, why not take charge of your future too and apply to be on our next course.  Training is over 10 months and you’ll be working towards the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the only nationally recognised and independently assessed hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.  Click here to apply now

Caroline Prout DHP HPD MNCH (Reg.) AfSFH (Reg) SFH (sup) is the director of Associates for Inspired To Change, the leading provider of solution focused hypnotherapy services in the UK.  She has a highly successful hypnotherapy practice in Thrapston, delivers training for both CPHT Peterborough and delivers her own course ‘Train your brain for success’ and is a qualified supervisor.

What is 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.


The origins of hypnotherapy

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”‘.

How Milton Erickson brought hypnotherapy back from the brink

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).

What makes SFBT different?

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”.

How understanding the brain has helped the solution focused approach

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”.

David Newton is the founder of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and the original Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training  (CPHT) School in Bristol.  David retired from practice in 2018 after over 4 decades in practice and teaching.  CPHT has, at the last count 20 schools across the UK and beyond and is recognised as the gold standard in hypnotherapy education in the UK.  At CPHT Kent, we recognise him as one of the leading lights in modern hypnotherapy.