The Importance of Sleep

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

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 www.cphtmanchester.co.uk

With best wishes,

Debbie (right) & Jane (left)

Train To Be A Hypnotherapist Manchester

A Hypnotherapist has a very varied life!

Snakes, spiders, heights, flying… these are common phobias clients arrive at our therapy door with.  There are also some more unusual ones, such as a fear of the colour yellow, a fear of trees and a fear of cheese, yes cheese!

A career as a clinical hypnotherapist can be very varied.  The above list of phobias is just the tip of the phobia iceberg, and we work with many other areas in addition to helping our customers sort their phobias.

Anxiety

The vast majority of our work is helping people to overcome generalised anxiety.  Anxiety is so common in today’s society.  Symptoms have a vast range, from insomnia through to actual pain; from eating too much through to not eating enough; from biting nails to pulling hair out.  All can be caused by anxiety.

No matter what the issues, we can usually help the customer to reduce the anxiety surrounding the problem and regain intellectual control. This is extremely rewarding for both the therapist and customer alike.

Hypnotherapy Training

At Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT), Manchester, we teach our students how to deal with the huge variety of issues that their customers will present with.  Different techniques, including the 4-session technique to help overcome phobias and the one-session way of helping someone to stop smoking. When it comes to general anxiety, we know it can take 6-8-12 sessions (sometimes more) to help overcome anxiety.

Meet & Greet!

If you would like to consider a career that is as varied as it is rewarding, pop along to our Meet & Greet afternoon on Sunday 1st September (from 2.30pm to 4pm) at the Chancellors Hotel in Manchester.

Our Senior Lecturers, Debbie Daltrey and Jane Fox, will be on hand to chat through the varying aspects of the highly acclaimed Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course.  We can also explain the benefits of being a solution focused hypnotherapist.

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 24 years, with over 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.