New study paves the way for potential new treatment strategies for chronic pain

We are often asked to help clients with chronic (persistent) pain. Using solution focused hypnotherapy clients can learn techniques to lessen the impact of the pain. We also help to lower any associated anxiety, which again impacts on the intensity of the pain.

This article presents ‘a possible way around one of the most frustrating limitations in the study and treatment of chronic pain – the lack of an objective way to measure the presence or intensity of pain.’

It’s fascinating how modern imaging techniques are enabling us to understand more about the mechanics behind a wide range of health issues.

Give yourself credit for working towards your solution.

As Solution Focused Hypnotherapists we recommend that you work towards your preferred future one step at a time. Even big goals seem more manageable when you ‘chunk them down’.

In fact, we often find that clients are already making progress towards their goal, but because it feels like a natural process they don’t realise the significance of the small changes they make.

We encourage people to celebrate their successes.

Hypnotherapists can help you make New Year’s Resolutions that last

How long do your New Year’s resolutions last? Hypnotherapists often report an increase in enquiries during March and April when people’s commitment to New Year’s resolutions has worn off. Many turn to Hypnotherapy to help them lose weight, give up smoking or achieve other important goals.

New Year's Resolutions

Part of the problem is that people tend to focus on external outcomes without addressing what’s going on inside.

Weight management is a classic case in point. Some people think that once they lose weight they will be happy. They struggle with various diets and lose heart when the weight piles on again. The chances are, they are struggling with internal issues that need to be dealt with before they can take control of other aspects of their lives, such as their relationship with food, cigarettes, work, money or family.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps people to regain control by helping them to focus on how they want things to be – their preferred future, rather than focusing on the problems. The therapy uses Solution Focused questioning techniques designed to help clients develop a clear vision of how they want to be.

Typically if we ask clients to tell us how they want to be, they will give us a list of what they don’t want – I don’t want to be overweight, out of breath when I walk, staying indoors because I’m not confident going out.

It’s our job to help them describe what they do want instead – full of energy, feeling healthy, slim and confident. The difference is profound. Hypnosis helps to reinforce the positive image the client has developed.

It’s wonderful to see the transformation people can make to the quality of their lives, once they stop focusing on problems and direct all their energy towards thinking positively instead. And the great thing is that, because the client has addressed their internal thought processes, the changes are usually long-lasting. Unlike many New Year’s resolutions.

Change your life in 2015 and help others change their lives

With 2015 just around the corner you may be thinking about making changes to your life.


Imagine being able to help someone overcome debilitating anxiety, give up smoking, overcome their fear of spiders or flying, or improve their sports performance.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapists help people with these, and many more, issues. Our 10 month course (1 weekend a month) leads to the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, considered to be the ‘Gold Standard’ hypnotherapy qualification.

Make 2015 the year you change your life

Students learn ‘Quit Smoking’ technique

We’ve spent another enjoyable weekend as observers on the current HPD course running at CPHT Bristol. This weekend the students learned how to help people to quit smoking.

As with all aspects of the course, the students learned the neuroscience behind the issue as well as the techniques to employ. Most people think hypnotherapists simply wave a magic wand, but it’s much more involved than that.

And there was added value for the lucky guinea pig who volunteered to be the pretend client during the demonstration. They now no longer smoke!

Sleepless nights can become a thing of the past

Around a third of people suffer from some form of insomnia at some point.  Problems can range from difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night or waking up early in the morning. It’s not just that lack of sleep makes you tired, if it goes on too long it can lead to lack of motivation, irritability, reduced ability to solve problems, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity and even weight gain.

If you’re having difficulty sleeping, it’s worth making sure you’re allowing enough time for sleep. Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep each day.  It helps to avoid heavy meals and alcohol before sleep and of course, reduce your intake of caffeine before bedtime. Your sleep environment can make a significant difference too, ideally make the bedroom very dark, comfortable, quiet, and cool.

Anxiety is a common cause of insomnia, and of course worrying that you’re not sleeping only makes the problem worse.  It’s not long before a vicious cycle sets in and the harder you try the more elusive sleep becomes.

As well as conventional approaches, hypnotherapy can help you get a better night’s sleep.  It works by addressing any underlying anxiety and by helping you to relax completely.  You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after just a few good night’s sleep.

Insomnia is a common reason for clients seeking help through Hypnotherapy. CPHT students are taught early on the importance of sleep to our well-being and quickly learn how to help their clients get better quality sleep.

Learning how to help clients with fears and phobias

We’re really enjoying observing the CPHT Bristol course. This weekend we’re covering fears and phobias. The students are learning how to help clients overcome fear of spiders, heights, needles, birds etc, and to recognise what techniques to use depending on the severity of the condition.

One of the benefits of attending the HPD course is that, by being on the receiving end of demonstrations, you can overcome your own fears. Bonus!

David Newton

Solution Focused Hypnotherapists avoid problem-talk

Anxiety, like many stress-related conditions, tends to creep up on people.  Busy lives, pressures of work, relationship issues or financial worries all take their toll.   It’s not unusual for clients to be caught in a cycle of negative thinking – negative thoughts heighten anxiety levels, anxiety leads to negative thoughts and so on.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern, research-based combination of psychotherapy techniques and hypnosis, aimed at encouraging clients to focus on how they want things to be.  We avoid problem-talk and instead help our clients to visualise their preferred future.  By encouraging clients to think and express themselves positively, we can help to reduce their anxiety.  By reducing anxiety, other related symptoms often improve and clients feel better able to cope with life’s stresses.

It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life

‘It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life’ is a common response from students who attend the CPHT HPD course.

We both studied Hypnotherapy at CPHT Bristol, gaining the prestigious Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) in 2008. We’ve since built busy practices in Somerset and Devon, clocking up thousands of clinical hours between us.

We’re looking forward to sharing our experiences with students in and around Guildford, helping them to transform their own lives as well as the lives of their future clients.

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