Why train to become a hypnotherapist?

Holly Stone and Brian Noon, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Surrey

We all have different reasons to enrol on a hypnotherapy training course.  CPHT Guildford lecturers Holly and Brian both trained with CPHT ; Holly in Guildford and Brian  in Peterborough. Both had their own reasons and now run successful private practices from their respective homes as well as teaching and supporting other therapists.

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. Sometimes they are looking for extra skills to compliment their existing counselling or other therapy skills.

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. This current COVID crisis has highlighted this more than ever. Students have befitted from the training both on personal level and through the ability to start to help others from day one of the course.

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. The current crisis that we are facing will also have an impact; highlighting needle phobias, PTSD and increased anxiety. All things that a trained therapist can help with.

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.

Meet the lecturers – live Zoom call


9th July, 29th July, 27th August & 17th September 2020


This is an opportunity for you to meet us and ask any questions that you may have about the course.

To register please either email: info@cphtsurrey.co.uk

or go to our Facebook Page and register on the event.

We look forward to meeting you.

Holly and Brian.



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.