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Celia Griver was already trained as a Hypnotherapist before taking our hypnotherapy training course – here she explains how the Diploma enhanced her business and client experience

Celia has a background as Behaviour Change Counsellor in the NHS and as an International Development Executive.

“Although I was already qualified, I chose to take the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy to add to my toolbox of skills.

I completely changed everything I did following the hypnotherapy training and now I only use Hypno-CBT® with clients. I find it is a clear approach and clients are attracted by it.

I explain to clients how I use evidence-based protocols and how this means the treatment is more likely to be effective – this helps clients to feel reassured.  It also means I tend not to get any more clients who think one session of hypnosis will cure a 30 year problem; instead, I get clients who are committed to a programme of therapy.  It also enables me to differentiate myself in a saturated market as not just another hypnotherapist, but one with a specific, evidence-based approach.

The diploma is theoretically rich and has given me an array of additional tools to use with clients.  It is structured in such a way that it complements my existing skillset.  I was very impressed by the quality of the feedback I received which is thorough and detailed and subsequently helped me to develop my practice.

Through my work in the NHS I have worked with behavioural change and felt that the fact that the diploma is evidence-based was very much in line with my approach.  To be honest, I discovered the College when I was halfway through my original training course and realised it was more in line with how I thought, but at that stage I needed to continue with the route I had taken.  I had always intended to add the evidence-based approach.

As a result of the course, I have now developed a mindfulness practice which is important not just on a personal level but also in the way I work with clients:  it has given me a self-care tool that I can use, particularly when I have back to back clients.  This practice of a few minutes of mindfulness I learnt during the course helps me decompress between clients and also ensure I am totally present for each client.”

Celia told us that she now has a waiting list of six weeks for her hypnotherapy practice.
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About the author | Mark R. Davis

Mark is a therapist, trainer, meditation teacher – and a leader in developing the integration of hypnosis with cognitive behavioural psychotherapy approaches. As Director and Principal of The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, he is at the forefront of evidence-based hypnotherapy training – and is also very involved in the the integration of yoga and non-dual philosophy into Western Psychotherapy.