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Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas lull? Read our 5 ways to make the best of it!

In most businesses Christmas is a busy time, with customers increasing spending either for gifts or for parties and entertaining. But in my experience many hypnotherapists (especially those who are newly established) find that over Christmas and New Year their client numbers tend to take a dip. If this happens, they respond either with a sense of panic that their business may be disappearing forever, or a sigh of relief that they have less to do while they are busy with family, school concerts and so on.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Book Review: The Art of Hypnotherapy

I chose this book to review because it’s one I used when I was training twelve years ago and still like to revisit. The main reason I like it is because it’s aimed at hypnotherapy students. Although in the last few years there are more books of this type (including the one I recently co-authored!) when I first trained this was rare and most texts on hypnotherapy were aimed at the public and potential clients.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Should you use scripts in your hypnotherapy practice?

Whether therapeutic scripts are a good thing, an occasional prop or absolutely to be avoided is a topic that comes up regularly in on-line discussions, so I thought I would say my piece and get it out there.
I'm going to start with what I think are the main arguments for and against, but I'm sure you will have ideas of your own. Feel free to post comments if you think I've missed something obvious, or not represented your point of view.

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Accidental Hypnotherapist

It always fascinates me how people get into a career as a hypnotherapist. Given that few children leave school with hypnotherapy as an ambition, most of us seem to come to it after we’ve done something else, and perhaps that's as it should be. It seems to me that a bit of life experience helps when you are supporting others through their difficulties.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hypnotherapy Training, a volunteer's eye view

I will start off by saying that I am a well-known dyed-in-the-wool sceptic, so it came as some surprise when I was asked to help a Hypnotherapy student by volunteering as a ‘guinea pig’ for her practical skills.

Monday, 4 August 2014

CPD - 12 questions that every therapist asks

training and courses in hypnotherapy
CPD is Continuous Professional Development, and its purpose is exactly what it sounds like - to ensure that your professional skills develop and grow throughout your working life as a hypnotherapist. But is it just ticking a box and spending money, or is it going to enhance your practice?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Help! I don't know what to do with this client.

advice for new therapists
As a hypnotherapy supervisor I often hear this from new hypnotherapists, so if you feel like this sometimes, you are certainly not alone!
When we first start out as hypnotherapists, and lack the confidence that working with many clients over time brings us, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that with just the right ‘script’ we will be able to ‘cure’ the client.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Hypnotherapy Training Accreditation Explained

hypnotherapy training accreditation explained
If you are trying to decide on a hypnotherapy training course, there is so much variety in the accreditation and the qualifications on offer that it's very difficult to know which ones are reputable. I'm going to very briefly take you through this minefield, and feel free to post or email questions if I haven’t covered them here.

Why the confusion?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Hypnotherapy Supervision: 12 things you always wanted to know

Over the last several weeks, I've been asked about #hypnotherapy #supervision and CPD (continuous professional development) a lot. It's an easy subject to worry about whether you're a student, a new graduate or a practitioner, especially given the commitment in time and money you are being asked to make. But CPD and supervision are both designed to make you better at what you do, so it’s worth giving them some serious thought.