We all have different reasons to enrol on a hypnotherapy training course. CPHT Guildford lecturers Sharon and Debbie trained over ten years ago and each was seeking something different. For Sharon, it was to hone her hypnosis skills after graduating as a Human Givens Practitioner; for Debbie it was to satisfy a lifelong curiosity about the link between the mind and the body.
When we are interviewing prospective candidates, we are keen to hear their reason for applying for the course. Invariably the primary factor is to help people. The applicant may have experienced hypnotherapy in the past and found it extremely beneficial. It may be that they have a family member or close friend who is struggling with anxiety or depression and they want to be able to help.
Often it’s because they have reached a point in their life when they have choices. They may be returning to the work place after bringing up a family and want something with flexible hours. Perhaps they have taken early retirement or have been made redundant and want a fresh start. It may be that the day job isn’t fulfilling enough and they want to make a difference.
Whatever the reason, training to become a hypnotherapist is a great choice. First there is the benefit you will gain from learning about how the brain works and why we suffer from anxiety disorders. Few of us are ‘baggage-free’ and we find that students receive therapy by osmosis, simply by attending the course and enjoying the mutual support of their peers.
Learning about different personality types often helps enormously with students’ relationships at home and at work. Finding out about the link between our thoughts and physical symptoms such as IBS, pain and insomnia can be a life-changer too. Although, personal wellbeing is not usually the main driver in coming on the course, it’s a welcome side effect.
Over and above the benefits the students themselves experience, they quickly begin to see beneficial changes in their volunteer clients. Each month we ask the students to share their case studies and that can be a very emotional experience, hearing how they have helped a client overcome debilitating anxiety, or find the motivation to leave the house for the first time in years, or have the confidence to apply for a new job.
With so many celebrities turning to hypnotherapy to help with anything from morning sickness to stage fright, it is becoming much more accepted as a credible approach. Potential clients are far less likely to fear they’ll be squawking like a chicken or be under the therapist’s control.
And there is more and more scientific evidence of the mind-body connection, so we find that clients are increasingly steered towards approaches such as hypnotherapy when no physical reason for their symptom can be identified.
So if you are looking for a new direction, and want a career that is flexible, credible and extremely rewarding, consider training to become a hypnotherapist. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done.