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Independence Day

Jun 29, 2019

Are you enjoying your life? For most of us this is a question that requires some thought. If I narrowed my question down, would you say that you are doing something you chose to do (and love) or just found yourself where you are? Do you wish your week away and live for the weekend? Maybe you are missing out on enjoying 'now', watching the clock at work or waiting for that weekend away or foreign holiday to bring you that spark of joy? As we head towards the USA’s Independence Day it might be natural for our thoughts to turn towards our own lives.
Perhaps the most important question is: Are you happy with where life is taking you? Do you feel as if you have independence? If the answer to this is 'No' then you certainly won't be alone, but are you waiting for something to change or are you planning to act? Are you allowing life to just 'happen to you' or is it time to put yourself in the driver’s seat. The reasons that we live our life the way that we do can be complex.
If you’re reading this article you’re likely to be interested in how the human mind works. Perhaps you’ve been considering taking the plunge and retraining for a new career, but uncertainty or fear of change has prevented you from following this through. Our life experiences shape the way we view things and therefore our decision-making strategies.
How you see your future is affected by your beliefs. Many of us carry around ‘baggage' and have unconsciously made limiting decisions about ourselves. It is these decisions that so often prevent us from creating the future that we want. It doesn't have to stay that way though. Once we become aware of our self-imposed 'blocks' and appreciate our role in their construction, we can set about changing or removing them or getting help to do so. Once we decide that our goals and dreams are attainable we can start taking effective action towards achieving them.
The great thing about working as a hypnotherapist is the change we help our clients to make. Witnessing our clients re-assess old perceptions and move towards the future they want is a very rewarding experience. If you’d like to help people to find their freedom from a life or career they haven’t chosen or no longer want. Independence Day is upon us and new opportunities await all of us who want to reshape our lives.

For more information about training as a clinical hypnotherapist at the London Hypnotherapy Academy request a prospectus here or book for our next Discovery Day here

Hypnotherapy hope for MND sufferers

May 30, 2019

June is Motor Neurone (MND) Awareness month. Each year, MND Associations’ across the globe mark 21 June as a special day of recognition, acknowledging the impact that MND has on people around the world. While conditions such as this might sound as though they are outside of scope of practice for a hypnotherapist there are actually many techniques that we can use to ease suffering and promote acceptance with clients who have these illnesses. In fact, the Motor Neurone Disease Association recommends hypnotherapy as an effective complementary therapy.

Motor Neurone Disease (also known in some parts of the world as ALS) is not one specific disease, but a group of them that affect the nerve cells. These nerve cells, or neurones, control muscles in our body and this group of diseases causes them to degenerate and die. Degeneration of the nerve cells can happen very rapidly. The muscles that allow us to move around, speak, swallow and breath simply stop working. There is no cure for MND and 50% of people will die within two years of diagnosis with a life expectancy of between 2 and 5 years. Naturally, a diagnosis of MND (and living with it) is extremely distressing for those with the disease and their friends and family.

When you study towards the diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy at the London Hypnotherapy Academy we have a medical hypnosis module where we look at the medical uses of hypnosis. In this module you will learn about the relationship between thoughts and physiological responses and psychogenic (psychosomatic) and neurological disorders. You'll learn how to assist clients in managing unwanted physical symptoms, reduce fears related to a diagnosis or condition and to help them to visualise the outcome that they want.

In addition to this in other modules you’ll learn powerful techniques that can help clients reframe and come to acceptance of chronic and life-limiting medical conditions. By working with a client to help them find peace with their diagnosis you are having a positive impact upon their quality of life.

If you’d like to find out more about training towards a rewarding career assisting people with chronic or life-limiting illnesses, attend one of our Discovery Days. They’re free and a great way to meet the tutor, find out about the course and have any questions you might have about your potential career path answered.

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.

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