Covid: Crisis or Unique Opportunity?

When you were setting your goals and making plans for 2020 I doubt that you’d imagined that you’d spend the spring in lockdown and (unless you are a key worker) that you’d need to stay inside your home for much of the day. Initially, to many people it probably seemed as if life had just stopped, but now that we’re into the second 3-week lockdown, you may be recovering from the initial shock and upheaval to your social and working life. Maybe you are now starting to get bored or to lose track of what day it is.

Whilst some people will reach for a book, bottle of wine or a TV remote in times such as this, others will want to take up a new challenge or fulfil a goal. Perhaps you are one of those people who sees this time as an opportunity to study or plan for a new and different future. Instead of looking at what you can’t do, you might be shifting your perspective to see what you can achieve during this unique time. I’m told that Shakespeare used his time in enforced isolation during the plague in 1665 to write King Lear, Macbeth, and Anthony and Cleopatra. Sir Isaac Newton apparently discovered gravity during this period too. Unlike these historic figures, we have the benefit of technology for communication and study, so we have great opportunities to change and adapt.

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and at LHA we moved from delivering face-to-face training to offering our diploma training via live video conferencing systems in just a few days. Yes, it took a lot of hard work but the feedback from students was fantastic. They all reported enjoying virtual group classes and to being pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to carry out classroom practise with other students in virtual break out rooms. We could be observe the students and give them individual feedback and provide the usual resources. Students have been given guidance on how to practise their skills from home using technology. It’s been a great success and very exciting.

As someone who has been self-employed for three decades I have experienced working through many different trading and economic situations and I would say that if you’re not someone who wants to fill your time off work with leisure pursuits, de-cluttering or decorating there’s never been a better time to focus on studying for a new career and preparing for a new start when the lockdown and pandemic are over. If you are someone who sees the current situation as a chance to learn fresh skills and seize exciting new opportunities, get in touch to find out more about training as a clinical hypnotherapists with LHA.

Would you like to work with children?

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK. According to resources released by the charity Place2Be around 3 children in every primary school class are living with a diagnosed mental health problem and many others are struggling to navigate challenges such as bullying, anxiety and trauma.

In 2017 a survey was released which indicated that for many school-aged children worrying ‘all the time’ is increasingly common. The article then went on to report that over 80% of children felt that the best solution to their worries was to have an adult listen to them sympathetically.

While it’s important as a therapist to listen sympathetically, research has shown that ruminating, or continually going over your worries can lead to greater levels of anxiety. Children are particularly receptive to hypnotherapy; in their younger years they spend most of their days engaged entirely in absorbing and imaginative play which puts them into a hypnotic zone.They have vivid imaginations and haven’t yet learned the boundaries of ‘reality’ as we perceive them as adults, so they’re able to create solutions in their minds much more easily.

Hypnotherapy has been found in some studies to be more effective than traditional counselling and relaxation techniques in reducing anxiety, worry and feelings of helplessness in students. Best of all, hypnotherapy has no side effects unlike medication.

This year’s theme of ‘Finding your Brave’ would lend itself extremely well to a hypnotherapy session where you can help a child find where their brave has gone.It will look different for each child and the journey to discover it will be different; by tapping into their creativity and innate resilience you can help the child build their confidence and self-esteem through the process.

The Solution Focused Hypnotherapy module (commencing Saturday 21st March 2020) of the London Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma teaches you tools and techniques to work effectively with children and teenagers to help them to overcome a wide range is issues.

At LHA we have had a number of former teachers as our students and working with children seemed like a natural fit for them, however anyone can learn these skills and successfully create a career focused on children’s mental health. If you’d like to know more about training to become a hypnotherapists please get in touch on 020 3369 3360 or email us at

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