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

Brain Scanners for Hypnotherapy Training

 

brain scanner on hypnotherapy studentCPHT strive to be at the cutting edge of available research and technology, looking for innovative ways to give the most clinical evidence to students about why solution focused hypnotherapy has such a significant and lasting effect on clients.  It’s that ‘backed up by the latest research and findings in science’ that attracts so many students and we know that your future clients will often say it is why they chose you over another hypnotherapist. We live in a world where we are beginning to be able to prove why things work, which is why we take on that responsibility as your training school.

One of the biggest challenge’s hypnotherapist have had historically is being able to explain, how and why hypnotherapy actually works.  Clients are curious as to what’s happening to them, sometimes a little nervous. Which is why we are so excited to be able to offer CPHT Kent students access to a very special piece of equipment, the Emotiv brain scanning device, so that our students can see, in glorious technicolor, what happens in the human brain when we use trance, which parts of the brain react and how trance is enhanced by the solution focused approach to therapy, when combined together.

As far as we know, CPHT is the only hypnotherapy training school to bring such advanced and innovativebrain scanner on hypnotherapy student technology into the classroom, although we hope other schools will start to use this device too; it is the first time students on a hypnotherapy training course can see what they will be doing to someone’s brain when they use trance, and how beneficial it is for the brain. Students who have seen the brain scanner in action say it took away any doubt they had about the learning they were about to embark upon and it gave them more confidence when offering trance and therapy, even from the first weekend of training.

This is a new addition to training from 2018, because CPHT Kent believe, as do all CPHT hypnotherapytraining schools, that a deeper understanding of exactly how hypnosis works improves the confidence of practitioners, which will improve client results. With this exciting piece of equipment, you can tell clients what’s going on before during and after trance.  It is possible CPHT trained hypnotherapists may be the only hypnotherapists who, with total certainty, having seen it for themselves, will be able to do that.


If you want to be at the cutting edge of hypnotherapy, make a real difference to the clients and have 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 St Albans call  07780 592625 or click this link to send us an application form today. 

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 and Nottingham, 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.

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

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.