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 St Albans 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.

Kent was such a success that we decided to launch CPHT St Albans in 2019, which brings my story up to date…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, St Albans, Essex, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and senior lecturer for CPHT St Albans, Kent and Essex. As well as this she 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

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 Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in 2015 with Gary Johannes, head of CPHT Peterborough, Kent, St Albans, Essex, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and senior lecturer for CPHT St Albans, Kent and Essex. As well as this she 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 To Deal With A Flying Phobia

 

Hypnotherapy Training Kent - Flying PhobiaI could hardly believe what I was hearing – this flying phobia had cost my client £0000s in lost flights, missed trips and they had stopped planes on the runway to get off, more than once.

Another tale from the casebook of Ali Hollands, CPHT Kent Lecturer

Did you read about the mouse phobia that was so severe, even hypnotherapist Ali Hollands was intimidated by it?  This is another story from her casebook; this time, a severe flying phobia.

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 intense that she wouldn’t take checked baggage on holiday, 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 taken herself 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. This is what’s it like to work as a solution focused hypnotherapist, in fact, You might already be starting to think about what life after qualification might be like while you read about Andi’s flying phobia. Imagine if it was you that had set them free to really live again.  What would that be like for you?

If you’ve been inspired by Ali’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

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, St Albans, Essex, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and senior lecturer for CPHT St Albans, Kent and Essex. As well as this she 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 To Deal With A Mouse Phobia

 

Even I was intimidated by this phobia; I’d never seen one so severe and only the fact that I have really good training, allowed me to stay confident for my client.

Hypnotherapy Training in St Albans helps with phobiasFrom 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 St Albans, Essex and Kent, shares a story of from her busy casebook, about a specific phobia, 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!

There have been other, wonderful, life enhancing phobia fixes that have meant my clients are 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?

If you’ve been inspired by Ali’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

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, St Albans, Essex, Northampton and Birmingham.

Ali is a practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and senior lecturer for CPHT St Albans, Kent and Essex. As well as this she 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