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?

We won’t miss our Graduates!

Having just waved goodbye to our lovely students who’ve just graduated in November, we know that we won’t miss them too much as we’ll be bumping into them again.  This will either be via Continual Professional Development events or simply because we’ve made friends with them and they’re still emailing us and commenting on our posts on Facebook.  

The Diploma course has been carefully structured to ensure the students have built momentum with their new businesses by the time they qualify.  This means, as they graduate, they move smoothly from being a student to a part-time or full-time therapist depending on what they want as a career.  

Because we’re a very hands-on practical course, our graduates are confident about seeing clients with a very wide range of issues.  They will have also selected a Supervisor to touch base with for advice and guidance when needed.

We’ve been rather impressed with how resourceful our graduates have been in finding a location to practice from.  Some have rented rooms at a therapy centre, one at a GP surgery and another at a spare room in a hair salon.  Luckily, in this profession, we can also work from home if that suits us. Whatever the location, we can be sure they will all provide a professional, caring environment, enhancing their clients’ experience of the therapy.

As we move forward towards our next course, we are smiling at the feedback we’ve received from this last course. Feedback such as:

“I really cannot thank you enough for leading me down this exciting path in life and teaching me the skills to help so many others it is so rewarding.”

Through to “Thank you both for being the most amazing lecturers, your knowledge, your humour and the wonderful way you impart information has made the course thoroughly enjoyable and I think you have been absolutely fantastic. When ever I have asked for guidance you have responded promptly and given expert practical advice which I have valued enormously. I have loved the course and would recommend it to anyone as being of the highest standard”.

 No doubt it’ll seem like theblink of an eye before we’re reading some good feedback on our next course!