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Are you sticking with something or someone that no longer works for you?

Apr 01, 2019

Are you in a job or relationship that stresses you, drains you or leaves you feeling flat? Maybe you work for a company whose values clash with your own or maybe there’s no passion (or love) left in your relationship. Maybe you’re sticking with or investing your energy in something else that’s past its sell-by date.

Do you keep thinking, hoping or dreaming that something will change? But what will need to happen for that to occur and how long are you prepared to put your life on hold? Maybe you’ve decided that the situation that you’re in isn’t that dreadful and others have it a lot worse, but is that a good enough reason to remain in limbo?

Moving on from a relationship or leaving a job where you might have some great mates can be difficult, but neither is impossible. Few things are, but it is common to delay taking a decision which will shake your world up a bit. After all, you don’t want to regret your choice or wish you’d stay put. But in truth, how likely is it that you’ll want to go back to this?

It’s easy to make lots of excuses for putting off the change until you are ready. “I can’t leave before Christmas/while they’re short of staff." “I don’t have time/can’t afford to look for a new place to live right now”, “My family will be so upset with me.” Need I go on or are you getting the idea?

Sometimes it takes something dreadful happening or a health scare to spur us on to take stock and take action and this is a real shame. So many people stay stuck and unhappy for years before they eventually do something to change something. Even more sad, is that some people never get the courage to take a leap of faith and go for it.

If you’re not satisfied with something in your life, you owe it to yourself to consider your options and take steps towards a more positive situation. There may be some things that you can’t change, but many more things that you can.

© Lorraine McReight 

Is Brexit uncertainty keeping you stuck?

Mar 02, 2019

The countdown to 29th March is on and the country is on the brink of big change. Things will be different but how they will change no-one can truly be certain at this stage. For many who reside in this country and Europe, the prospect of the UK leaving Europe is scary. Whether we leave with a deal, without a deal, whether leaving is delayed or we have another vote, Brexit uncertainty is leading people to delay making important decisions.

For some people, Brexit fatigue has set in, whilst others are drawn to every news report on the topic. The steady stream of TV and radio broadcasts and social media posts can exacerbate insecurity, anxiety and overwhelm in those who are worried about what the outcome will be. The effect of stress on the mind and body is well-documented, but the consequences of overwhelm should not be underestimated either, as it can lead to low mood and getting into a ‘stuck state’. Business mentors often say that if a business isn’t growing it is shrinking, and the same might apply to people too. Being in a stuck state waiting for something to change can promote a sense of powerlessness.
As a way of having some security during unsettled times, a growing number of people in the UK are operating a side hustle (a part-time business that they are running whilst remaining in full employment). Whilst as a long term entrepreneur (I’ve started three successful businesses including my therapy practice and hypnotherapy training school) I bristled at the term ‘side hustle’, it is a widely-used phrase right now. Regardless of how you describe your new business, a part-time enterprise offers the opportunity to grow your business with limited initial risk and the prospect of a new and different future.
If you are someone who wants to plan your future and not wait to see how your life, work or finances will be affected by Brexit, you may already be contemplating training for something new and over which you have more control. Self-employment can provide a sense of protection from the impact of the decisions of others. If you are generally risk-averse, starting a business might seem scary, but a business that you run in your spare time is a relatively safe bet with fewer risks than jacking in your job and starting from scratch. Launching a part-time business is also exciting and offers the prospect of working flexibly without any threat of age discrimination or gender inequality.
As a practising hypnotherapist myself I am biased, but in my view, training to be a clinical therapist is a great choice. It’s a rewarding career and appeals to many people who feel they want to ‘give back’. It is also popular with people who already in caring or ‘giving’ professions such as nurses, teachers, social workers, and holistic therapists. Training is much quicker and more affordable than that required for counselling or psychotherapy, yet you can still charge clients a very good hourly rate. Very few of us have any influence on the outcome of Brexit or the economy, but we can take decisions that will increase our options in uncertain times. If training to be a hypnotherapist interests you, why not book to attend one of our no-obligation Discovery Days to learn more.

New year, New career!

Dec 14, 2018

The New Year is fast approaching and this is often the time we sit down and think about our goals for the future. Perhaps for the last couple of years, you’ve had a vague plan that next year is the year that you change your career, retrain and start your own therapy business but you haven’t made any progress towards achieving it. If that’s you, you’re not alone; only 1/3 of people actually realise their resolutions. So how do you make resolutions that will actually stick and make 2019 the year that you do it and train as a hypnotherapist?

Firstly, get really clear on exactly what achieving your goal will do for your life. Perhaps it will give you the flexibility to spend more time with your family, maybe you’ve got a real drive to help people or you could be really keen to be your own boss. Having a clear picture of what you’re working towards will help you to achieve it. On those days when you feel yourself wavering or wondering if you could fit the study around your work, knowing exactly what it is that you’re working towards will help you to keep focused on the outcome.

Find a school that suits you and your life. If the classes are held at inconvenient times it will be easy to get discouraged and give up. Likewise, if the classes are held somewhere that is very difficult to get to, you might want to consider if the journey is manageable. If it’s a long journey where you’re likely to get a seat, it could be a good opportunity to get your class reading done, but if it involves many changes, or the school isn’t close to a station, that could be a different story. At LHA we provide flexibility when choosing your training modules so that you can attend classes during the week, at weekends or take a mixture of modules so you can decide what suits you best.

Make the time to have a chat with the tutors or support staff at the training school that you’re thinking of enrolling with. Maybe attend an introductory day to see if you feel as though they’re a good fit for you and explore what kind of support they offer outside of the classroom. Choosing a school that provides a way for you to connect with other students and encourages you to attend peer-based activities will help to keep you focused and will provide encouragement for you during your studies.

Get excited and tell everyone what you’re working towards. Not only will this ensure that you have plenty of support, but will keep your goal and in clear sight. In our experience people are very interested in hypnotherapy and will volunteer to work with you, helping you to cement your skills. This is also an excellent way to gain clients when you’re qualified as well.

Finally, make sure that the school you choose will support you in gaining business skills as well as therapy skills. Starting your own business, while extremely rewarding, does pose a series of challenges and requires learning new skills. Here at LHA our strapline is ‘practice-ready therapy training’, and to demonstrate that we are offering a FREE Therapy Business Success module to all students who start their training in 2019 (valued at £495) which is packed with the things you need to know to have a successful therapy business.

If training as a hypnotherapist is your goal for 2019, why not start working towards your resolutions today. Maybe enrolling could be the Christmas gift you give yourself.

Small Business Success

Dec 01, 2018

If you’re thinking about hypnotherapy training, chances are that you’re also thinking about starting your own small business. Many people are drawn to the helping professions not only because it gives them a chance to help others, but it also gives them autonomy and the ability to create a business that suits their life. As part of Small Business Saturday, we are exploring some of the things that we think you need to consider when starting your own small business.

Working from home Vs renting a room in a clinic

One of the great things about starting your own business is the flexibility that it provides. This means that you can choose what works best for you and your life. Many hypnotherapists run a successful practice from their home; enjoying the freedom that it affords them because they have no extra business overheads. Other therapists may prefer working from a clinic because it gives them opportunities to meet and network with other small business owners as well as providing a potential advertising avenue if you can leave cards and flyers in their reception area. Perhaps you may find that a mobile practice or being an online therapist works best for you; there really are so many different ways that you can work that the ideal model for you will be easy to find.

Niching

When you’re just starting out it’s always a good idea to work with as many people as possible, and with as many different issues as possible, but often people choose to develop a niche. By selecting a niche you can take full advantage of any previous experience you may have had; for example, we have had many teachers train with us at LHA and some have gone on to specialise in working with children. Do you have a particular interest? Connecting to your passions is often an excellent way of finding your niche. Perhaps you may find during your training that you have a particular flair for connecting with people with anxiety or that you are fascinated by what can be achieved through medical hypnosis. If you position yourself as an expert in a particular field it will be easy for your potential clients to find you.

Marketing Essentials

In this day and age having an online presence is essential to a successful small business. There are many ways to do this including having a website and using social media platforms to get your message out there. There is no one right way; it really depends on who your target audience is. Research shows that people are increasingly accessing the internet not only through their phone but through apps on their phone. This means that traditional website traffic is dropping and it may be more profitable for you to consider developing a strong presence on Instagram or Facebook. Business cards, flyers and leaflets are also excellent ways of marketing yourself; remember the goal of marketing is to increase awareness that you exist, so a well-designed leaflet which explains who you are and how you can help is an excellent tool.

Of course, there are many more things to consider when starting your own therapy business; here at LHA, we provide practice-ready therapy training so that you graduate with the tools that you need to start your own successful practice. For students enrolling in 2019, we are offering a free module (£495 to non-students) which contains a manual, videos, templates and exercises to work through to ensure that you have a solid grounding in the skills that you’ll need to make a success of your small business.

Fake it ‘til you make it

Nov 07, 2018

Gain confidence by practising

‘Fake it ‘til you make it’ is a common mantra. When I first started practising as a hypnotherapist, faking it was definitely what I did. I didn’t lie or directly mislead anyone, but I did speak as if I had the experience and confidence that I would gain over time. Don’t get me wrong, I was qualified. I’d attended training at a good school and I had the required certificates and insurance. What I lacked was clinical experience.

I did believe that I could help my clients, but I was nervous when I first started. Luckily for me I was already an experienced complementary therapist, so meeting and greeting clients, gaining rapport and running a practice didn’t faze me. Neither was I troubled if people saw me for help with something that I felt I knew a bit about (and for which there were abundant scripts) such as weight loss, anxiety or confidence issues.

What did make me uncomfortable was when clients asked if I could help with things I knew little or nothing about. I felt that I had to have a good knowledge and understanding of their issue before I could help them; I had a fear of getting caught out not knowing enough. But how do you get experience in anything? You get good at something (at anything) by doing it. So, on the advice of my tutor, I held my head up, acted as if I was confident and experienced and in time, I became so.

The message of ‘Fake it ‘til you make it’ is an important and valuable one. It’s not about being dishonest or a fraud; it’s about acting ‘as if you can’ in order to inspire confidence in your clients. If you ask questions, listen to the answers (really listen) and then respond to what you’ve heard and seen without judgement, then you will probably do a good job. If you act as if you are confident, your client is likely to expect good results, and they will probably experience good results as a consequence of their belief.

By contrast, if you act as if you don’t believe you can help your client, you lack self confidence or are unsure what you are doing, they are less likely to expect or experience the change they seek. The power of belief and acting ‘as if’ is something that is not about being dishonest; it is about what is most helpful for your client. In turn this positive ‘act’ (or approach) will help you to build your professional confidence and practice.

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