Why being a solution focused hypnotherapist the key to my success

The class of CPHT Kent 2018

Let me tell you my story. Way back in 2012 I qualified with a diploma in hypnotherapy and counselling skills, from an unregulated school of hypnotherapy, run by someone who claimed to have had a successful hypnotherapy practice.

I would be lying if I said I hadn’t loved the course, it was fascinating and I learned all sorts of exciting, but sometimes nerve-wracking therapeutic interventions. I learn’t a little psychology, some basic counselling skills, how to cope with severe abreactions (that’s snot and tears to you and me). However, I was consistently worried about what the right intervention would be to treat the client and wondered how effective the treatment was long-term, but was told that was normal, not to worry and I would figure it out as I got more experience.

Consequently, despite working very hard and continuing training whenever I could, it took me over two years to really get my practice to a point where it could support me and my daughter, and during that time I was stressed, exhausted and constantly wondering if it wouldn’t just be easier to get a job.  You see, my course missed out something that every therapist must have – a repeatable process for treating a client.  All I had when I graduated were lots of interventions and a certificate.

It all felt a bit ‘smoke and mirrors’ and, what annoyed me most, was that I couldn’t explain, in anything other than vague metaphorical terms, exactly what was happening in my client’s minds to make the difference…even when the results were brilliant!

One day, I was complaining about it to hypnotherapist colleague and  friend, Gary Johannes, who seemed to get near miraculous results and a stream of gushing testimonials from clients, saying how he had been instrumental in helping them change their lives forever.  I don’t know what came over me, but I uttered the now infamous (in CPHT Kent at least) words “You do the worst hypnosis but you get the best results!”

I actually cringe when I read that, but at the same time I knew nothing different; I was taught that the hypnotist held the power and had to be exceptionally skilled, being able to ‘make’ their ‘subjects’ perform all sorts of phenomena and I had to ‘prove’ hypnosis worked.  My friend on the other hand seemed to simply read a few language patterns (in my arrogance I questioned whether it was even hypnosis) and miracles occurred.  Of course what I didn’t know about was the rock solid, results driven, scientifically supported therapy that encased this gentle, therapeutic trance that supports the brain in finding the best solutions.

Gary forgave my rudeness, because he knew why and how he got those results and proceeded to tell me about the brain and exactly how he helped his clients get over anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions and more, with a thing called Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.  I was skeptical, but kept thinking about his testimonials which had inspired me so much.

A year or so later, as I was still working very hard and reading a lot, Gary was asked by CPHT Principal David Newton if he would like to start a CPHT training school in Peterborough.  I jumped at the chance to enrol on the first CPHT Peterborough course, particularly as I would be trained by someone I admired greatly. I very quickly began to see how empowering the therapy was for clients, but also how energising it was for me, both of which were completely new concepts. In my original training I was used to my clients going through boxes and boxes of tissues and me struggling to find a good work life balance.

Suddenly, as I began to switch my practice over to the solution focused approach, working with clients no longer seemed like work, it became a vocation, something that gave me a spring in my step and had me telling anyone who would listen about this amazing therapy that could help resolve the past without delving into it.

But that’s not the end of the story.  As my practice grew I continued to see friends, colleagues and some of the people who trained at that first school either retrain or simply stop doing therapy altogether.  It made me sad and angry, particularly as some of them were amazing therapists who had spent their

time and money to then abandon something they were good at, which should have been a successful career vocation.

I wanted to help them.  At first I mentored other therapists but quickly realised I could only help them so much, because I was just helping them fix exactly the same problems I had encountered at the start.  I knew the problem was not them, but the way they worked. There was only one thing for it – start a CPHT in Kent.  So we did. Gary and I launched CPHT Kent in January 2018.

Our first class graduated in October and I’m loving the stories they are already telling me about how they are enjoying building their practices.  It is exciting to watch because it is important work they are doing. For me, the better prepared they are, the better supported they are, the better trained they are, the more people they help.  Mission accomplished.

That brings us up to date with my story…but are you ready for the next chapter of your story to begin?


This post was written by Ali Hollands.  Ali 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 Solution Focused Hypnotherapy 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 qualified 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

How Do You Choose Your Hypnotherapy Training School?

A student completes her courseworkWhen you first go looking for a hypnotherapy training course you’ll notice there is a dizzying choice of courses, delivery styles, course lengths, qualification levels and more, so how do you pick your hypnotherapy training school?

In order to narrow down your choices, first decide what it is you want to achieve – what’s your goal? Is it fun street hypnosis that has become so popular on TV recently that attracts you, self-hypnosis to help you with pain or another symptom you’d like to control, a mild curiosity of how you work or are you looking to change your career or add a very valuable string to your professional bow? There will be courses to fit all of those choices.

There are some truly skilled street and performance hypnotists, and learning from them won’t require you to do a diploma. Self-hypnosis can be learned very quickly in a day or so, but you can still gain a certificate, but not one that allows you to practice as a hypnotherapist. If a career change is what you are looking for then a diploma course is the best route.

And then have a think about your style; many people say they chose solution focused hypnotherapy because they like it being based on brain based research and backed by neuroscience.  They liked the evidence based approach and knew it would be able to help them explain what they did and help people get their lives back on track. If you are more science than spiritual in your approach to therapy then a CPHT Kent diploma course could suit you.

CPHT Kent diploma courses are delivered by experienced practicing hypnotherapists to the same high standards as all Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Schools. The course is externally accredited by the NCFE and allows you to apply for membership to all the most well respected governing bodies including the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy), GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register), CNCH (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council ) and AfSFH Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists.

Your diploma, the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma is externally verified by the NCFE (a nationally recognised awarding body) at a level 4, which is equivalent to a foundation degree level qualification.

Your training itself is practical, enjoyable and can be a lot of fun. CPHT Kent student learn about how the brain works, how it creates so many of the problems your clients will have, and how to help them recover. You’ll look at the evidence and research behind many issues including OCD, anxiety, depression, weight management, smoking, phobias, addictions, panic attacks, pain management.

You will be encouraged to begin practicing with people straight away and throughout your course; many students have completed 50-100 hours of therapy sessions by the time they qualify. We support you to get into practice, if that’s what you are intending to do, by helping you understand your marketing and signposting you towards best practice in business set up.

Once you are qualified and in practice we can continue to support you as your supervisor and colleague, making the leap from student to practitioner as simple and straightforward as possible.  And the wonderful thing about training with CPHT Kent is that you have access to a full range of well researched CPD courses, so that you can continue to receive the same high standard of learning as you continue your professional development and career.


If you’re interested in a career in hypnotherapy and the next hypnotherapy diploma course at CPHT Kent call 07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today. 

This post was written by Ali Hollands.  Ali 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

Is Hypnotherapy On A Couch Better?

Hypnotherapist and clientYou’d not believe the this is even a topic of conversation; whether a chair or a couch is better for your hypnotherapy room, but it is! It’s almost laughable but, as well as when to start charging, how much you are going to charge, whether to have your photo on your business cards, how often you need to see your clients and where to advertise, and all the other questions we hope to answer for you during your training, this will be a BIG deal when you are a student.

When we decided to write this article, we thought our hypnotherapist friends from all over the world would have strong opinions, so we asked them and the results can be found at the end of the article.  In the meantime, let us explore the question further.

As hypnosis can ultimately be done standing up (think about the street hypnotists and stage hypnotists having their ‘subjects’ walking and talking and engaging in all sorts of activities) why do we even bother trying to make it comfortable for our clients when they come to see us?

And this is where it gets a little more serious, because our clients are coming to us for therapy not to be entertained or entertain.  They are coming to us for help, most often to overcome something unwanted or painful and to get back to a happier, more engaged and productive version of themselves.  Hypnotherapy is one of the fastest growing careers in the UK, and there is growing understanding and a huge body of evidence to support the value of working directly with the subconscious during therapy, to effect positive change.

If you train with CPHT Kent you’ll find, as a newly qualified solution focused hypnotherapist, you’ll still meet people who are a little nervous of coming to see you, simply because their only experience of hypnosis is via entertainment, which means your job as a helping professional, is to put them at ease.  You’ll learn to create a welcoming, calming space that shows they are in the hands of a well-trained, confident and safe therapist.

Turns out our hypnotherapy friends aren’t fussed at all.  Emma, from Inspired To Change Winkleigh summed up the general feeling “As long as the client is comfy and so are you, it’s going to be fab.”

The considerations to make when choosing what your clients will relax on, is more to do with how physically supported they will feel, whether it is accessible for most clients, weight bearing level of the chair or couch and what room you have in your clinic. Ultimately, you’ll want your clients to feel comfortable in and out of trance.  You will often have a blanket for comfort and because our temperature drops slightly in trance, perhaps a foot rest or a cushion for added support.  There are no hard and fast rules so choose whatever suits you.


If you’re interested in a career in hypnotherapy and the next hypnotherapy diploma course run by CPHT Kent call 07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today.  

This post was written by Ali Hollands.  Ali 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

Keira Knightley Used Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks

Keira Knightley hypnotherapy for PTSDMany people suffer with PTSD

but we normally think of those things as something that happens to members of the armed forces, or people who have suffered violence towards them. Keira Knightley, the award winning, globally recognised actress of stage and screen isn’t an obvious sufferer, but in an interview for the ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast, she revealed her early experiences with the paparazzi.

“Being followed around by twenty guys who were deeply misogynistic…I’d never experienced that level of hatred. Suddenly there was a level of violence in the air that is not a thing that anyone would react to well.”

She submerged herself in her work, delivering a string of successful films, working back to back, but shared that like anyone, eventually these things catch up with you. At the age of 22, the already seasoned actress had a break down and was diagnosed with PTSD, going deep into therapy to help make sense of and heal from what had been a relentless five years in the limelight.

When she was nominated for a Bafta she hadn’t been out of the house for three months. She used hypnotherapy so she could stand on the red carpet at the Baftas without having a panic attack. She acknowledged hypnotherapy worked. It was right after that she took a year off; travelling to Paris and learning French, travelling through Bali and Malaysia, time with friends and family all helped her rebuild herself and go back into acting.

As hypnotherapists we often meet people who have suffered the same symptoms as Keira Knightley, PTSD is more common than we think, with around 8% of Americans suffering PTSD some time in their lives. Panic attack sufferers account for a little over 5% of the American population – numbers in the UK are usually fairly similar.

The symptoms of PTSD can vary from feeling numb, isolated or disassociated, work and relationship struggles, depression and withdrawal or avoidance, anger, anxiety attacks, substance abuse, self destructive or high risk behaviour, nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, mood swings and erratic emotions.

PTSD occurs when someone is involved in or witnesses traumatic events of a life threatening nature, but can also occur if you hear of someone significant to you being involved or witnessing a traumatic or life threatening event or if you are continually exposed to graphic elements of of life threatening trauma, such as first responders.

PTSD can start at any age and, in addition to the more commonly recognised triggers for PTSD, can be from childhood violence, bullying or neglect, life trauma such as serious accident, fire, or attack, tragic life events such as a diagnosis of a terminal illness, miscarriage or traumatic birth can also trigger PTSD.

What we recognise is that not everyone exposed to such triggers will go on to suffer from PTSD.  Current thinking is that the level of stress and distress in someone’s life prior to the incident(s) is one of the markers that predetermines development of PTSD symptoms.  If someone was already under pressure, with any mental wellness challenges, they will be more likely to go on to develop PTSD.

For those that do develop PTSD, early support and disclosure, the earlier the better, also seems to have a preventative effect when dealing with trauma.  Simply put, telling loved ones what happened, positive support from significant people, a positive attitude towards recovery, such as seeing yourself as a survivor rather than victim and the use of positive emotions such as laughter.

Research continues to help the with the care, recovery and prevention of PTSD, but one thing we know already is that solution focused hypnotherapy has been used to help people recover from trauma and PTSD successfully, by supporting them to release and resolve the stuck trauma and then create a positive, stress resilient, future.

For more information on hypnotherapy or hypnotherapy training in your area, contact us. 

If you or someone you know would like more information about PTSD you might like to visit PTSD UK


This post was written by Ali Hollands. Ali 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

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 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.