Hypnotherapists Graduate in Conwy

Seven Solution Focused Hypnotherapists have graduated after 10 months of hard work and lots of laughter on their HPD course with CPHT North Wales & Borders in Conwy.  Pictured here, after receiving their Diplomas from tutor Claire Wiggins, are Juliana Sims, Alun Brogden, Humphrey Lewis, Amanda Stokes-Farrell, Gaynor Cooper, Sian Hughes and Louise Griffith.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has evolved from the core tenets of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). It utilises key Solution Focused techniques to help people move forward positively in their lives, without the need to analyse problems of the past. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists encourage clients to identify what is currently working well, drawing on the client’s inner resources to achieve their preferred future.  This powerful, positively oriented approach enables clients to develop their own solutions and identify real, tangible steps they can take towards a successful outcome.

This Solution Focused work is enhanced with the use of hypnosis, incorporating relaxation and guided visualisation.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, like most Hypnotherapy modalities, can help with many conditions that are caused by, or made worse by, anxiety, including Panic Attacks, minor Skin Conditions and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  It can help with Confidence, Self Esteem and minor Phobias. It can also help (if necessary in conjunction with medication), in the treatment of Depression.

A modern, well-researched approach, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy draws on the latest findings in neuroscience and brain-based therapies, utilising the brain’s plasticity to create more helpful patterns of behaviour.

It is attractive from a therapist’s perspective, since it deals with moving clients forward, and encouraging problem-free talk. There is never any analysis of problems of the past, and many clients find this refreshing and encouraging. Indeed, it’s not unusual for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists themselves to report feeling more energised and uplifted at the end of the working day than they were at the beginning.  A pretty good side-effect of helping people.

If you are interested in becoming a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist too, CPHT has schools throughout the UK from Belfast and Edinburgh to London and Portsmouth. You can find a school near you here.

If you are already a qualified hypnotherapist, CPHT now offers a conversion course. You can find out more here

CPHT North Wales and Borders will be running their next HPD course in 2017. Contact Claire on 07838 469174 or email info@cphtnorthwales.co.uk 

Hypnotherapy Training in North Wales 2017

Applications are invited for hypnotherapy training with CPHT North Wales & Borders in the historic town of Conwy, North Wales. Claire Wiggins teaches this lively hands-on course with Alan Wick which starts in February 2017.  Intake 1 of the prestigious Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) course is just over half way through.

Beautiful Setting and Easy Access

The 10 weekend sessions are held once a month in the beautiful setting of Riverside Business Park in Conwy, North Wales. The Park is on the banks of the River Conwy below the Castle. There is ample parking and easy walking access into town. The area is well served by motorway and rail links for students who come from further afield.  Holyhead Port is only a short train journey away for links to Dublin.

Busy Students

Students are getting plenty of hands-on experience treating members of the public for a whole range of conditions from insomnia and anxiety, to weight management and fear of flying. They have had in-depth marketing training with Debbie Pearce and Nicola Griffiths of Therapists Marketing Solutions, and are steadily building their own practices ready for their graduation in November.

Limited Places

Although Riverside Business Park in Conwy provides a high standard of accommodation, groups are kept to a maximum of 10. This means places are in high demand, so if you wish to join us for our next intake, fill in an application form and register your interest.

Courses are planned in other locations in North Wales through 2017. Please contact Claire if you wish to find out more.

CPHT North Wales & Borders off to a great start!

A great weekend was had by all in Conwy, as 7 trainees got off to a great start with their Solution Focused hypnotherapy training. CPHT North Wales & Borders is run by David Newton, and the lecturers are Claire Wiggins and Alan Wick. We wish we had a photograph to post online, but we were having so much fun, and the students were so enthusiastic, learning how the brain works and practising trance induction, that we forgot to take one. Never mind, when we get together for Month 2 on March 12th, we will make sure we take plenty then!

Hypnotherapy Training Conwy

CPHT North Wales and Borders will now be running as a WEEKEND course in place of the planned midweek one in early 2016. The prestigious Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) course starts in February in the comfortable, modern setting of Riverside Business Park, Conwy.

This popular course is already filling up fast, so be sure to get your application in if you wish to join us in February. https://cphtnorthwales.co.uk/application-form/

Hypnotherapy Training in Conwy Open Day

CPHT North Wales & Borders opens its doors on Saturday October 10th in the beautiful coastal walled town of Conwy on the Welsh coast. Prospective students can meet lecturers Alan Wick and Claire Wiggins and learn why the CPHT HPD course is one of the very best in the country. Apart from refreshments and the opportunity to win a great hypnotherapy related raffle prize, those attending the Open Day will benefit from a substantial discount if they sign up for the January mid week course on the day.

The venue is the school’s base, Connaught House, in the delightfully modern and airy Riverside Business Park, Benarth Road, Conwy LL32 8UB.

Meeting at 1pm for an informal chat and refreshments, there will be a presentation, an opportunity to meet past CPHT graduates and time for questions. The event should finish around 4pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.