- Claire Owers, Holistic Therapist, Yoga Teacher
Recorded 23rd May 2014, London
Stage 2 Course: Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Claire: “It’s been great. It’s really kind of built on the skills that I learnt in stage one, and yeah, I’m really looking forward onto stage three now, and sort of building even more on my skills, and seeing how I can build it into my holistic therapy practice that I have already. So I’m really excited about that and I’ve learnt so much from a professional standpoint, but also from a personal one too.
I can really see a real sense of personal development as well, and that’s been really exciting for me. And again, I learnt, on sort of a lot on a personal level too, about things that I can use for myself but also things that are going to work really nicely in, you know, working with clients.
The homework’s been fine, that kind of reinforces what we do in the classroom during the day, so I look forward to doing the homework. I find that really useful because it kind of, reinforces everything. It prepares us for the next day and it’s not too much to deal with either, it’s a good amount of homework.
Mark explains it all very well. He’s incredibly passionate about hypnotherapy; you get a real sense of that when you’re learning with him, so I don’t have any problems with the theories and concepts at all. I find that they’re all, sort of, easily comprehensible and I can understand them but everything is on paper for you as well. So, you know, you can always refer back to those, you know, if you need to and Marks always there to help you if you need a little bit more help, sought of, unpacking that as well.
I did a lot of research before I started to take the course. I had a long conversation with Mark before I decided to take the course, so we had a long conversation over the phone. I talked to him, was happy with the relationship that we developed. I’m a teacher as well, so I wanted to make sure that Mark was somebody that I could work with. I was very happy after that conversation; I really liked the fact that the course was really condensed into these sort of three very intensive weeks and that I wasn’t going to have to spend a year doing the course, and then maybe sort of forgetting about certain things along the way.
I really like the fact that you have one sort of solid week, and then you have a bit of a break to kind of consolidate things, then you have another week, a bit of a break, and then again, you have your final week. So I really like that Marks developed it in that way.
Just sort of through searching, through the Internet I found out about the course that way. Again, I sort of looked at other schools; I talked to other schools, but again, you know, I came back to this particular course. You know, for me this was the best course. I liked the fact that it was very evidence based. I wanted something that was very secured, that had a really good solid foundation to it, and this course was.
Yes I do. I think it’s good value for money. I like the fact that there is a payment plan in place as well so, for people that maybe can’t do the whole cost of the course in one go, there is a payment plan for you as well and that’s interest free, and that’s great.
There were several reasons why I chose this course. I had a look at a lot of different courses online and what really stood out for me with this particular course is the fact that it’s quite compact, that you get through the course quite quickly, so it’s really intensive training, so there’s not really much time in between course dates, for you to kind of lose track of where you are. So that really appealed to me that I can train really, really quickly, so yeah, that was what appealed to me most.
I then had a chat with the course trainer, with Mark on the phone because I wanted to sort of satisfy myself that I was going to have a good relationship with the course trainer, so we had a long chat, and you know, I sorted through some questions that I had with Mark, and I knew that we were going to be able to build a really good relationship, and that I was going to learn lots from him. He was really passionate about hypnotherapy and yeah, that’s why I really decided to go with this particular course.
Lots of different practical exercises where I’ve found out lots about myself, so lots of personal development, but lots of things that I can apply to the therapy room. I mean I already work with clients in a therapeutic way, and this has added, you know, so many more skills and tools that I can take with me into the therapy room, that I can use to work with clients, and I’ really excited about that.
The exercises are really fun; you get to work with lots of different people, get to build good relationships with your clients, and you know, the course tutor is always there to kind of support you, and you know, to let you know how your doing as well.”