We met almost 10 years ago when, as girlie swots, we both arrived early for the first weekend of CPHT Bristol’s Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) course – intake 41. We worked closely together during the 10 month course and our hypnotherapy careers have overlapped ever since.
We both gained an additional Diploma in SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) Training for Hypnotherapists, became Supervisors and helped to found the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. We each built up steady hypnotherapy practices too, seeing many hundreds of clients and gaining many thousands of hours of experience helping those clients overcome a range of anxiety-related conditions.
In 2015 we became CPHT course leaders and launched CPHT Guildford, delivering the prestigious HPD course ourselves. Since then we have completed three courses and are thrilled to see the progress our graduates are making. We keep in touch with them at regular group supervision meetings where we provide support to help them with any client issues or business related advice. We currently have two courses running, one due to complete in July and the other finishes in December.
One factor we hadn’t anticipated when we set up the CPHT school is the boost we both experience when we hear our students and graduates share their own experiences of helping clients. We enjoy sharing their delight when they start to turn their volunteers’ or clients’ lives around from debilitation anxiety to enjoying life to the full.
We also get a buzz from seeing the students themselves develop as the course progresses. It’s a life-changing course in more ways than one. It draws upon the latest research in neuroscience to underpin the Solution Focused approach, which focuses on how clients want to be rather than analysing why they are experiencing difficulties.
A welcome side-effect is that, as practitioners, we spend our days focusing on positive outcomes. As a result we end the working day feeling more uplifted and energised than when we started. Awesome!
Having established the school in Guildford we are looking forward to launching the new CPHT school in Southampton later this year and helping yet more students develop a fascinating and rewarding career as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists.
Debbie Pearce and Sharon Dyke