Choose the right hypnotherapy course – some advice

At this time of year, people start thinking about a career change. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful career - but if you need to make a living from it, ensure that: You undertake a course which allows you to register with a recognised body such as the GHR or NCH You learn from a 'real life' person - you can't learn hypnotherapy online! You undertake a course which covers a range of approaches - solution focused work and positive suggestion are great, but if that's all you cover on your course you're going to… continue reading →

Why people are scared of hypnotherapy

In the Diploma in Analytical Hypnotherapy course we explore how to explain hypnotherapy to potential clients - and how to allay their fears. People continue to associate hypnotherapy with stage hypnosis and 'mind control'. It's not surprising that this myth continues - it's constantly depicted in the movies and popular culture. Because of it's slightly 'weird' reputation, your initial starting point with a client is often explaining what hypnotherapy is - that it is a completely natural state of mind, and is very empowering as it involves helping someone access and utilise THEIR… continue reading →

The importance of listening

What separates a good therapist from a mediocre hypnotherapist is their ability to truly, actively listen. You could have a whole range of wonderful Hypnotherapy ‘tools’ up your sleeve - but so does a stage hypnotist, and they’re certainly not doing anything therapeutically valuable! Active listening involves giving your client the time and space to talk, to respect what they have to say without judgement and to show them that you have ‘heard’ them, by reflecting their words and metaphors back to them. During the Diploma course we spend a considerable amount of… continue reading →

An anthroplogical approach to hypnotherapy

When I am asked by clients and students what prompted my interest in hypnotherapy, I tell them about the truly life-transforming experience I had after jut one hypnotherapy session for a severe driving phobia (I’d been offered a job which required a considerable amount of driving – and realised I couldn’t take it unless I got over my fear!). As well as this great personal experience, I have long held a deep interest in the ways in which people communicate and interact with each other – a subject which I explored during my… continue reading →

Dissociating and reframing children’s symptoms using hypnosis

Parents, teachers, relatives and other significant adults can unwittingly cause problems for children simply by the way they talk about something which is causing a child problems. By describing a child as ‘anxious’, or ‘highly strung’, a child learns to define themselves in those ways and internalise the message, ‘I am anxious’. Hypnotherapy can be used to dissociate the child from his or her symptoms and to reframe the anxiety as something which doesn’t define or control him or her, but as something which he or she can visualise and gain control of.… continue reading →

Children’s trauma and hypnosis

It is often a difficult decision when working with a client – adult or child – as to whether or not you should encourage them to revisit an original traumatising event which has contributed to their current issues. There is a potential for a client to revisit trauma in a way which can be overwhelming and retraumatising. However, avoiding revisiting the original traumatising event in favour of using forward focused therapeutic approaches may fail to work at a deep enough level of create lasting change. Whilst a child may have a range of… continue reading →

GHR recognised suoervision

If you require Hypnotherapy practitioner supervision please get in touch. Suoervision is available via Skype at £35 per hour. Supervisees qualify for 15% off CPD Hypnotherapy training courses continue reading →

Free Children’s Hypnotherapy training course

For a VERY limited time, students enrolling on the Diploma in Analytical Hypnotherapy course will qualify for free training in children’s Hypnotherapy. This is a new course I’m offering which will be marketed at about £575 early next year. I’m looking for feedback from five new practitioners - hence the free offer. continue reading →

Children’s openness to change

My 9 year old son doesn’t particularly like feet – possibly due to my habit of wandering around barefooted! When I stretched out next to him on the couch the other day – with my feet dangerously near him – he shouted at me to move them. Laughing, I asked him, ‘What happens when you’re grown up, if you’re in love with someone, and they put their feet on you – like I do with dad? Are you going to shout at them?’ He thought about it for a moment, then said, ‘Of… continue reading →

Trauma, dissociation and hypnotherapy

The state of ‘hypnosis’ is often described as being ‘dissociated’ – with the conscious mind as being ‘split off’ from the unconscious mind. During the Hypnotherapy Diploma course, we cover various techniques to create this dissociation – including giving the conscious mind something to occupy it, talking about the unconscious mind (and hence implying that there is a split between the conscious and unconscious minds) and talking directly to the part you are trying to reach. Many people experiencing trauma dissociate naturally – it is a defence mechanism where fight or flight is… continue reading →