If you think you can…

American industrialist, and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford famously said: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

In other words, “attitude is everything”. If you go into a project thinking it will be difficult then the chances are you will make heavy weather of it. If, on the other hand, you enter the project with curiosity and a willingness to explore possibilities, you increase your chances of success and in all likelihood will enjoy the process.

As hypnotherapists we spend our working hours helping our clients identify what they want to achieve and, crucially, what small step they can take towards achieving their goal. As course lecturers, we extend this principal to our students, helping them to develop their skills in a structured way, encouraging them to consolidate their knowledge and perfect their techniques between course weekends.

Being Solution Focused means we help our clients and students adopt a positive attitude. Focusing on what is possible and achievable, rather than analysing perceived problems.

As a result our therapy sessions and course weekends are positively oriented, uplifting and fun. It’s not unusual for other people within earshot to comment on the amount of laughter emanating from our consulting or training rooms.

Our students embrace the Solution Focused approach and, as well as gaining technical skills, often find they cope better with life, absorbing the positivity from the classroom and from their therapy sessions with their own volunteer clients.

As with anything worth doing, qualifying as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist requires hard work and focus. Fortunately, as the focus is entirely positive, our students rise to the challenge with a ‘can do’ attitude that would undoubtedly impress Henry Ford.

Who do you want to be?

One of the factors that attracts students to our courses is the fact that scientific research backs up the methodology that we teach.  We integrate the latest findings in neuroscience and brain-based therapy into all the course material, demonstrating why it’s important to interact with clients in a certain way, why we structure sessions the way that we do, the relevance and importance of using solution focused techniques and the impact of trance.

And for those students hungry for more in-depth knowledge we deliver two intense sessions exclusively focusing on the neuroscience that informs our approach.

We explain how we are able to help our clients overcome lifelong difficulties caused through unhelpful habits of thought or behaviour, and we show why no client is ever too old to change.

We learn that with 86 billion neurons in our brain, each of which can have thousands of connections, it is absolutely possible to rewire your brain. You just need to know how. And that’s what we teach our students, so that they in turn can teach their clients.

Our students are encouraged to share their knowledge with their clients, so that they can understand the importance of making the effort required to change, focusing on positive outcomes repeatedly until positive thinking becomes an unconscious habit. During the ten month course, the students get plenty of practice in employing the solution focused techniques that will encourage that positive change.

Of course, it would be difficult to attend such a course, with its emphasis on positivity without feeling the impact yourself. As lecturers we enjoy seeing our students develop and we’ve got used to hearing that they are finding themselves better able to cope with the issues in their own lives, and are enjoying working towards their own preferred futures.

With an estimated 1,000 trillion synaptic connections in our brains, the possibilities are endless.