Holly is a graduate of CPHT Surrey (formerly CPHT Guildford), having qualified in 2015. She runs a busy Hypnotherapy practice in Billingshurst, West Sussex and online.
Holly’s interest in psychology, and coincidentally hypnotherapy, started after she experienced several panic attacks following an extremely stressful period in her life. She made it her focus to establish why she was experiencing them, and more importantly, how she could prevent them from ever happening again. Since finding the CPHT course she has never looked back. It answered all her questions and gave her the tools to ensure that she has not had a panic attack since.
Following graduating with a Civil Engineering degree from City University London, her varied career has included running sailing holidays in Greece, recruitment management for an international property company gaining her CIPD, and latterly, recruitment management for the NHS. She then took a career break to have a family and has two amazing (well she would say that!) daughters and two needy golden retrievers.
“The course appealed to me because it had a clear basis in neuroscience. I was also attracted by the principles of the Solution Focused approach. At a time when I did not have the answers, the course offered the “light bulb” moment when it all fell into place. What started as a journey of “Self Help” has now become my passion and my career.
The thought of being able to help people without needing to focus on an unhappy past was immensely appealing. I was delighted to be accepted onto the first Guildford School intake and can honestly say that the HPD course is the best thing I have ever done in my life.”
Since then Holly has built up a busy Hypnotherapy practice in West Sussex. She has helped hundreds of clients (with a specialist interest in helping children and teens and improving equestrian performance) over the years, accumulating many thousands of hours of clinical practice.
She has kept her skills up to date by regularly attending CPD courses run by CPHT and other professional bodies and is currently working towards the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma. She is a Supervisor and runs group Supervision sessions in Surrey and West Sussex as well as offering 1-2-1 support both n person and online.
Brian is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer for CPHT Surrey and CPHT Brighton.
Brian’s first passion was radio, and at age 13, he gave a metaphorical victory sign to the doubting school careers advisor, by securing work experience at one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the Midlands. This was the stepping stone to a more permanent role before being promoted to the central hub in Bristol, producing output for millions of listeners across the UK.
Fast forward to 2009a and Brian was on the path to management, starting a new role as Breakfast Show Producer for Heart FM in Portslade. Wanting to develop his leadership skills, he, alongside Sian his partner, trained as a Coach and NLP Master Practitioner.
“I became very curious about human values, beliefs and what it is that causes us to behave in the ways that we do. I began to notice, that the incredibly rewarding feeling I got from helping others, far outweighed any ambition I had to secure a managerial role. I continued to work at Heart as I did really enjoy my job and began to work with clients around this on a part time basis.”
Brian still felt that he needed something else to add to his toolbox that was more tailored to helping people suffering from anxiety, depression, stress and other mental health concerns. After extensive research he decided to train in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) and Psychotherapy with CPHT.
“I had confidence in this Solution Focused approach to Hypnotherapy, particularly as it focuses on helping people to move towards their preferred future, rather than delving into their often-painful past.”
Alongside bringing his wealth of client experience to the course, Brian, as Senior Lecturer is responsible for the professional supervision of students.
“It’s so important that our CPHT students feel they are supported and have someone they can approach with questions, for advice and support both in and outside the classroom environment. And with Sian’s teaching experience, the course delivery is designed to be engaging, insightful and specific learning barriers such as dyslexia can also be supported too.”
Brian is also currently working towards achieving his Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD), recognised as one of the higher hypnotherapy qualifications available in the UK.