Why I chose CPHT Liverpool to train as a Clinical hypnotherapist

hypnotherapy trainingBy Jen Higgins Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist


With so much choice out there for Hypnotherapy courses, and you can see why people can sometimes be unsure which course to choose.

I thought I’d explain why I chose CPHT …..

I know when I was looking for Hypnotherapy courses to apply for, I was looking to train with the best, highly accredited Gold Standard with recognised bodies such as the NCFE, the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapists), and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).

I wanted a course which would provide me with the foundation knowledge to get going on a path to learning. I was keen to discover more about the brain (and let us face it, there’s always more to learn). I wanted to know that what I was being taught was based on up to date neuroscience evidence, it was. I also wanted a course that would teach me the practical side of Hypnotherapy (and psychotherapy!) at the same time. That is the good thing about this course, the blend of classroom hours and practical time. Getting to know what you are doing, but also enjoying practising on volunteers between lecture weekends.

CPHT ticked all these boxes for me, it is also taught by highly trained and experienced tutors, who have a wealth of knowledge and background experience themselves. They are passionate about what they teach and it’s contagious. They are supportive, beyond the classroom, you can always talk to them if you need advice. At the end of the course, they guide and encourage your progression from student to qualified Hypnotherapist. They also teach you valuable skills in setting up (marketing) and getting your business running.

After you qualify, the support doesn’t stop. In supervision, I also loved meeting other trainee Hypnotherapists, meeting up every other month and sharing what we have been up to. The shared experience of discovering how well Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works in lifting symptoms of anxiety is amazing.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy isn’t like other therapies, and that’s something wonderful. It’s gentle in its approach, helping clients bring about the changes they want. I found it amazing, and still do, watching clients change from one week to the next as they achieve the goals they want, however small. Not only did I help clients bring about changes, I helped myself, I became more confident in my own abilities to help people in a way I hadn’t thought possible.

Does hypnotherapy work effectively online?


Since March, like many training courses we found ourselves delivering the teaching using video conferencing online (Zoom). We needed to deliver the sessions professionally with equal spirit and energy. We also wanted to pass our knowledge onto the students so they could confidently use Zoom to deliver their practice sessions. So, would sessions be as effective online?

The University of Manchester published research in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis showing that using hypnosis on Skype was an effective treatment for people with IBS (International Journal of clinical and Experimental hypnosis 2019).

The University of Zurich found that online therapy was more effective for clients with depression than face to face therapy (Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013).

A team of Global experts in mental health have written in the Lancet Psychiatry about what they describe as ‘telepsychiatry’ (online therapy). The experts say that online therapy is particularly helpful when it is delivered in an intelligent, targeted manner that provides appropriate support. They also recommended focus on routine measurement and valued outcomes be part of the therapy (2020).

What does mean for our students and all qualified Hypnotherapists?

Although the Covid situation has propelled most of us onto using video conferencing platforms. Many Clinical Hypnotherapists have been using this platform for many years. The Zoom format is secure and with technical additions we are able to not only visually see the client we can communicate easily with minimal disturbance. The session format remains unchanged and we can even feed the music through the computer system, so it is clear and crisp.

For those Hypnotherapists who embraced online therapy many years ago, they have been able to widen the scope of their practice and broaden the appeal to those who were unable to leave home or too far away to travel. Now, we can all benefit from learning how to use Zoom effectively. We now incorporate this topic into our teaching and will continue to do so when we are able to return to face to face.

Global experts in Mental Health recommend at this time, that all therapists should have regular periods of reflection to enhance their practice. Once qualified, our graduates continue to be fully supported with supervision and continued personal development (CPD). They are able to talk freely about their successes and can seek assistance with any queries or problems that they encounter. This support is crucial in maintaining standards and updating their knowledge. The tutors at CPHT are qualified supervisors and offer this support online in a group or one to one setting.

All CPHT graduates are very fortunate to be in the position of having the skills to deliver the therapy that the client needs, and our therapy can be delivered effectively through video conferencing platforms. As described by the experts in the Lancet, the Solution Focused approach fulfils the recommendations of therapy being measured, individualised and refined.

Clinical hypnotherapist are very much needed at this time to help those affected by this crisis and online therapy has allowed us to do this, we are grateful.