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 www.cphtmanchester.co.uk

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?

If you are interested in training to become a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, check out our courses at www.cphtmanchester.co.uk

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 www.cphtmanchester.co.uk. 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?

Fun with hypnotherapy training

Hypnotherapy with us is fun!

As David Newton, founder of CPHT, is always saying: “It needs to be fun” and he also says “We need to get on with it”.  So when it comes to training at CPHT Manchester we really do like to ‘get on with it’ and have fun.

Even in the interviews we like to laugh and this carries on to the course weekends themselves.  There will be a great deal of concentration too we hasten to add, especially in the early days as students get to grips with neuroscience and how the brain works.

So why are the words ‘we just have to get on with it’ frequently heard in the classroom?  Well, we know the subconscious mind is an absolute professional at procrastination, therefore gentle encouragement to get on and do something, or even simply start a process can be useful – especially when it comes to starting to write up the portfolio that is required at the end of the course!

Fun and laughter is good for the brain.

Many of CPHT’s courses are located within therapy centres and it’s not unusual for receptionists to comment “It’s not supposed to be fun you know”. But we suppose that’s where solution focused hypnotherapy is a bit different, both with the training and once the student graduates and takes a smile into the clinic when meeting a client.

In fact, we’ve had other therapy centre clients and therapists so intrigued they sign up for the course, as do quite a few of our clients from our own hypnotherapy practices.

So keep smiling, it is proven to be very good for you.  And if you want cheering up, then perhaps it is time for that change of career, so have a chat with us.  Check out the dates here: www.cphtmanchester.co.uk/dates.