Train in Hypnotherapy: Helping Clients Break Habits

Would you like to train in hypnotherapy to help clients to break bad habits? Many of our clients will visit a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist to help them with this.

How do we define a habit?

A habit is some repetitive behaviour that may not be helpful to us. Examples include; nail biting, eating unhealthy food, not taking enough exercise, or drinking too much. Solution focused hypnotherapy can really help with this. As we repeat unhealthy behaviours, we actually form neural pathways in the brain. The more we repeat the behaviour, the more we are encouraged to carry out that behaviour.

We also make associations in the brain, which strengthen neural pathways. For example we may always have a cake at 3:00pm with a cup of tea in the lounge. That connects the behaviour with a time and a place. If we take a cup of tea to the lounge at 3:00pm, our brain expects there to also be a cake ! The brain has associated the cake with relaxation. This feels good, so again we are encouraged to repeat the behaviour.

How do we build new neural pathways in the brain?

One easy way to explain it, is to use a metaphor. It’s like being at the top of a ski slope looking at the route down the mountain.

There is a well-worn pathway down the mountain that is quick and easy to travel down and it gets you to the hotel at the bottom for a gorgeous hot chocolate. It has all the works that you absolutely love. However,  these hot chocolates are making you put on weight and your salopettes are getting a bit tight. You hear that there is another cafe a few miles away that provides healthy, delicious alternatives. So you decide you want to try these instead.

But the route down to this new café is a bit less well defined, the snow is softer and it’s a bit over-grown so it’s harder to get down and takes longer.

But in time, with regular use, this new pathway gets easier and faster. In the meantime when we look back at the old route, it is not even visible. It has been covered with new snow, and perhaps overgrown with shrubbery underneath. It’s has become the slower route. Our new neural pathway has been developed and over-ridden the old path.

So how do we help our clients to break habits?

We can encourage clients to make the changes they want in their lives by encouraging them to recognise the patterns in their behaviour. To break habits, you need to break those associations. We use solution focused psychotherapy to help the client identify small changes at first, and then leading to achievable steps towards where they want to be. We also offer psychoeducation to clients about how the brain works. This amazing ability of your brain to adapt and change is known as neuroplasticity Neuroscience – how the brain works

Within Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, the client is encouraged to think about what they could change to disrupt the association of unhelpful behaviours, and do something else instead. It may take time to develop new habits, but it will work in time with repetition and they will have found a different pathway down that mountain.

If you are interested in finding out more about training with CPHT Manchester as a solution focused hypnotherapist, then please make contact with us. You can find all our contact details at

Credit to author: Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training. 

The Importance of Sleep

In our Hypnotherapy Training delivered at Manchester, the  Initial Consultation involves about 10 minutes of information gathering. We ask our clients a few pertinent questions that rather quickly gives us a picture of the client’s stress levels. We go onto discuss these later in the first meeting.

Probably the most telling questions we ask revolve around sleep. The majority of our clients will report that they have trouble getting off to sleep at night. Perhaps they wake up too early, or they have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

The value and importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated. We explain why this is so in the Hypnotherapy Initial Consultation.

The Stress Bucket

We use the metaphor of the ‘stress bucket’ – a place where we store all our negative thoughts that come into our minds during the day, or things from the past that have not been resolved. Some are big things that could have severe consequences but the small things also go in there. Some of these things we just make up in our minds, negatively forecasting what might happen in the future. The more we have in our stress bucket, the more negative we get and the more we tend to pile things into our stress bucket. So, we can get into a bit of a vicious cycle.

REM Sleep

When we are asleep at night, our brain is actually working quite hard to empty the stress bucket. During a particular phase of sleep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, the brain examines those unresolved issues of the day and takes away the emotional content. By morning, we may have forgotten the argument we had with the boss that day, or we may be thinking “I don’t know why I got so wound up about that”.

REM sleep makes up only part of our sleep cycle and it can run out if the bucket is full or overflowing, and this in turn can cause early morning wakening. REM sleep also uses up a lot of energy, so we can wake up feeling tired and a bit fed up.

Keeping the Stress Bucket Empty

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we encourage the client to think in a more positive way, so that the ‘stress bucket’ does not fill up so easily. We can also improve on the client’s REM sleep by providing them with a relaxation download to listen to as they go to sleep. The relaxation download acts like an extra boost of REM sleep, assisting the brain in emptying the stress bucket.

So, by putting less negative stuff in the bucket, and having more ‘bucket emptying’ going on during sleep, the bucket starts to empty and the client begins to sleep better and to feel better too. One of the first positive outcomes the client will see when having Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is usually this improvement in sleep.

Our students on the training course can also see this in their volunteers in the very early days of their training. This early positive change is really motivating for the client volunteer,  and of course, the student.

Interested in Hypnotherapy Training in Manchester?

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Neuroscience – or how the brain works.

A great advantage we have in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that we explain to a client, how the brain works, and how this is reflected in the symptoms or difficulties they are experiencing.

The brain is an extraordinarily complex organ but for the purposed of our explanation, it can be considered as two parts.

There is the intellectual brain, which sets us apart from the other animals and is usually positive.

But we also have a part of the brain that has not changed since caveman times – the primitive emotional mind. Many of our difficulties lie in the balance between these two parts of the brain.

The intellectual mind is logical and positive and when we are operating in this part of the brain, we are positive, confident, happy and we make good choices. But the primitive brain, because its job is to protect us, can have a strong negative influence on our thoughts and actions.

If the primitive part of the brain perceives that we are in some sort of danger, or crisis, it will step in to help us. Faced with real danger, the primitive mind will put us into ‘fight or flight’ and changes will happen to our physiology – the heart will race, stomach churn, we will go sweaty – and we will run away. And that would be appropriate, under the circumstances.

But this can sometimes happen in life when we are overworked, stressed and it can gradually build up until the primitive mind misreads this and provokes the ‘fight or flight’ when there is nothing to fight or to run away from !

This causes us to undergo the physiological changes in the body but it doesn’t help, and in fact makes us feel pretty uncomfortable. We know that long term stress can cause a threat to our physical health.

Explaining how the brain works gives the client an understanding of what is happening to them. They can see that what they are experiencing can be explained as a normal response to stress, or to other life event(s).

Further explanation demonstrates to clients of how solution focused hypnotherapy works, and it shows them that they can take control of their lives to provide hope, optimism, and confidence for a way forward.

Would you like to train with us as a solution focused hypnotherapist? See the website for next course details, or contact Debbie or Jane, course lecturers at CPHT Manchester.

This blog post was written by Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Manchester.

Registrations Open for Hypnotherapy Training Course February 2021

At CPHT Manchester, we are pleased to be ‘getting on with it’ with the current course. The students are on their way to achieving the Diploma for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH), and the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD).

We have moved temporarily to delivering the course live by Zoom during this current phase of the pandemic. The lively and interactive zoom sessions are run one weekend per month.

We are pleased that the students continue to show genuine commitment and enthusiasm for their training, and we thank them for their collaboration and patience as we work our way through this unprecedented period.

We have found the Zoom sessions positive and productive, and although we expected it to be tiring, and hard-going, they actually seem to fly by !

We are also pleased to be taking registrations for the next CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training course which starts in February 2021.

Why CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training?

We believe we offer a package of training that enables practitioners to go confidently into practice. Most of our graduates continue to practice either full-tine or part-time and often working around family or work commitments. The great thing is, it’s your practice, and therefore it’s your choice.

The main reason most of our graduates go into practice, is because they enjoy it !

What is so rewarding about helping people using hypnotherapy? Well, it’s a very positive approach that we use. We support clients to help them to make those positive changes in their life. We use psycho-education with our clients to help them to understand how the brain works to create anxiety, anger and low mood, and we show them what they can do about it.

We work using evidence based techniques and practices, including neuroscience and solution focused therapy.  So, don’t take our word for it, look up these methodologies, as these are the main areas of growth in modern psychotherapy today.

We also offer a very practical course. Our students practice with their chosen volunteers throughout the 10 month duration of the course. This helps them leave the course as confident practitioners, able to continue to see people and to be charging for their services as qualified practitioners in their own practice.

There is a definite feeling of reward for being autonomous in your own practice, and doing something good that helps other people.

If you are interested in a new career, then why not contact us for more information. This could be just the thing you are looking for. The course runs over 10 months, with 10 teaching weekends, one per month. This fits in well with most people’s schedules. There is an excellent balance of practical work and theory, and we support you all the way.

And of course, we are always very positive.

Hypnotherapy Training in Manchester 2020

We are so excited to be starting the next CPHT Hypnotherapy Training course at Manchester starting 29th February 2020.

CPHT has been running hypnotherapy training courses for over 20 years, with the first courses being run from Bristol. Nowadays, CPHT have regional training centres all over the UK, and abroad too.

The course content is tried and tested, and has been carefully honed and improved over the years. All of the course material is research based and evidence based. We teach neuroscience and psychotherapy tools to the students. This very modern approach means they can be confident in putting their skills into practice.

Our new students have a lot to look forward to ! After the very first weekend they will be practising with family and friends on the couch for general relaxation. They will soon start to see some small reported changes in those volunteers which will surprise and delight the students, and of course, this practice rapidly builds confidence.

Later in the course we provide you with tools to measure client success scientifically, so you can collaborate with your clients on their progress.

Over the 10 weekends of the course we add more theory and practice for different presenting issues you may come across with your clients. These include anxiety, stress, confidence, low mood, motivation, insomnia, weight management, sports performance, smoking cessation, OCD, phobias, PTSD, and more.  We incorporate tools from CBT, and NLP.

We also incorporate marketing to help you find new clients and to build your practice. A lot of graduates have their practice up and running by the time they finish the course, and in the final two months of the course they can start charging half-price as a student hypnotherapist.

Students can look forward to lots of support throughout their training and beyond. There is a wonderful community you can join of other qualified and successful CPHT solution focused hypnotherapists. We are a positive bunch, as this is a very positive type of therapy.

If you are reading this before 29th February 2020, it is not too late to apply if this looks of interest to you. Please go to the website and we will be in touch from there.

What’s different about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

How is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Different?

Solution focused hypnotherapy is different to other types of traditional hypnotherapy. It is a more modern approach combining solution focused brief therapy, elements of NLP, and neuroscience, with hypnosis. Traditional methods were more about the hypnotherapist ‘doing something to you’, but these days, we work with clients in a more collaborative way.  

How does it work?

If you are seeing a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist you will find they all work in the same way as each other. You will be offered an initial consultation. This includes information gathering and an explanation of how the brain works to create anxiety, anger and depression and what we can do about it. Already, with this information, we are giving the client autonomy, to feel more in control. You will be given a relaxation audio to start listening to each night before you start your first session.

You will be asked some open questions during sessions to help you identify your preferred future. Your outcomes can be measured so you can see your progress along the way.  As a result, this is confidence inspiring for the client, and for the new therapist ! Of course, life happens, and we may see dips in progress that are situational. However that’s OK because we can easily get back on track. It’s lasting change that we are aiming for, not just for this week or month, but for years to come.

Who Can it Help?

Solution focused hypnotherapy can help with a whole range of issues. From anxiety and stress, through to mild to moderate depression, phobias, OCD, PTSD, weight management, sports performance, smoking cessation, and much more !

If you could help just one person feel better, wouldn’t that feel great? That’s what our solution focused hypnotherapy graduates are experiencing every day. It is such a positive therapy, that it’s energising for the therapist too.

To be part of our team of graduate hypnotherapists contact us at Ask us about next hypnotherapy training courses for February 2020. New year, new career? Maybe that could be you. Now, wouldn’t that be exciting?

Manchester Hypnotherapy Training

One of the questions we often get asked from potential students who are interested in our Manchester hypnotherapy training course is ‘How long will it be until I can start practising as a hypnotherapist’. So we thought it worthy of a brief blog to explain.

The answer is – fairly quickly !  Firstly, you can relax, you are in good hands here. Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) has been in operation for nearly 25 years, and we have trained a lot of solution focused hypnotherapists in that time ! We have over 20 UK locations at the time of writing up and down the country.

Hypnotherapy Training senior lecturers

Jane and I (Debbie) are your senior lecturers, and we remember how it was when we started training to become solution focused hypnotherapists. We also trained at CPHT and we are both now full time solution focused hypnotherapists with our own busy practices. We love what we do because it’s so positive and helpful to clients. We also love having a captive audience in our teaching to encourage new practitioners in their new careers.

Back to the Question…

So let’s get back to the question… we realise you are keen to get going, and also to recuperate the training costs. The good news is that you can start to practice as a student whilst you are training ! In fact, from month 1, you will be able to confidently practice relaxation on the couch with family and friends as a student practitioner. By the end of month 3, you will be helping those people with stress and mild to moderate anxiety.

Each module builds more knowledge that you can practice outside the teaching room. So, as we add weight management, or phobias, helping people with depression, OCD, PTSD or smoking cessation, you will be able to go and practice that with your appreciative volunteers. You will also learn psychotherapy skills – you will soon see that it’s not all about what happens on the couch. No swinging watches or old fashioned stage induction tricks here. Instead it’s modern, up-to-date, research based, evidence based psychology tools that we use and you will learn all this on our courses.

Hypnotherapy supervision and support

We provide  individual support as needed between weekends and on teaching weekends.  After month 8, and subject to having completed key tasks and approved by your tutors you can start to charge half price to your clients as a student practitioner. Your portfolio is assessed independently by the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) ensuring the quality gold standard of the prestigious NCFE Level 4 HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma). You will also be awarded the DSFH (Diploma for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy).

What this means is, by the time you complete the course, 10 months later, you will have had lots of practice. You will have seen the results working with your volunteers, and you may have already started to get word of mouth referrals. So, basically you can be up and running by the time the course is completed. We provide ongoing support after you graduate with individual supervision and continuing professional development courses to support your growth as a practitioner.

We even show you how to measure outcomes with your clients which is great to build confidence, for you and your clients. See this other blog for more information tools to check outcome measures with your hypnotherapy clients

Sounds good? The next 10 month course starts in February 2020, don’t miss out, this could be the perfect thing for you. Contact us for details

With best wishes,

Debbie (right) & Jane (left)