Archive | April, 2011

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Training, Open Evening on 10th May

27 Apr

On May 10th, the College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CCBH), based in Baker Street London, will be holding an Open Evening for anyone interested in becoming a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.

The evening will be open to anyone who wants to drop in and take a look round the college and get a feel for the courses. There will be an opportunity talk to lecturers and past students, and ask any questions. The event will be from 6pm.

Avy Joseph, Principal at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy explains more about the Open Evening:

“We would encourage anyone to come along to the evening if you want to find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, before committing to attending one of our courses. Remember, you don’t need to have any specific academic requirements to take our foundation course. The CCBH philosophy is that life experience and other skills are valid. We have people from all different background on our courses including health-care professionals, teachers, counsellors and social workers. So if you are interested, or looking for a complete change of career, come along on May 10th.”

The CCBH courses are accredited, and have most recently become accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. They prepare students for membership of the General Hypnotherapy Register, and as a professional practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

Past students of the Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy courses are now following all sorts of career paths – some are running their own practices, working for the NHS or have gone on to do their Masters degree in CBT.

The evening:

6.00 – 6.30 pm Welcome and introduction

6.30 – 7.00 pm Why Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy instead of  Hypnotherapy?

7.00 – 7.30 pm Q & A: Find out about us

7.30 – 8.30 pm Refreshments and snacks:  Time to mingle and talk to students and staff

8.30 – 8.45 pm Rounding up

If you would like to attend the open evening, then please drop us a quick email to, to register for the event.

A Potent Combination – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis

11 Apr

The combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis is a potent one. Combining these two approaches appears to turbo charge the benefits of both approaches, in what is called Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. Like many other winning combinations it appears that either approach used alone is reasonably effective for many people, but when used in conjunction by properly trained therapists the effect is dynamic. So, as someone who has been practicing this approach with my clients for over 5 years, as well as lecturing it at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CCBH), I thought I would attempt to explain why this should be the case…

Our minds are wonderful, creative, aspects of ourselves. When we are struggling to deal with difficult issues such as depression and anxiety, crippling panic or low self esteem,  it is the way in which we think about the events, or ourselves, which is the biggest culprit in maintaining the problem. The cognitive approach helps you to take on the role of a Detective and examine the beliefs and thoughts, which you are holding on to so tightly that your behaviours, thoughts and feelings are becoming problematic for you. When this is combined with the relaxation of hypnosis, the new way of thinking is integrated at a deeper, unconscious level which, for most people enables the changes to take place more quickly.

Our unconscious or subconscious minds are where all our habitual thoughts and responses are held. When we relax with hypnosis there is a direct route to our subconscious, bypassing the more critical conscious mind. Hypnosis alone is very effective in helping people to ‘feel’ better, but unless the faulty thinking is changed, it is likely that when faced with the same or similar situation, the unwanted response will remain and re-emerge over time.  Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is designed to help a person get better.

 So, it is the combination of these two powerful approaches for change that is so effective for people dealing with emotional, behavioural and symptomatic problems.

 If you want to find out more about CBH, or are interested in becoming a CBH therapist, check out our website for CBH courses. At CCBH all the lecturers are practicing CBH therapists and are all MSc graduates from Goldsmiths College, University of London ensuring that the training students receive is of the highest standard.

 By Beverley Harper, Student Liaison and Lecturer at College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

Feel Good Music Terms and Conditions

8 Apr

Closing Date of the Competition – Midnight 12/05/2011
The Competition Promoter is College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
The winner will be announced on 16/05. The winner will be picked by an independent judge, out of all qualifying entrants
Entrants must post their competition entry on the Facebook page

 To qualify for entry:
 ·         All entrants must like the CCBH Facebook page, and be liking the
 page at the time of the Closing Date, and the time of the winner announcement

 ·         All entries must be original changes to the song verse/chorus

 The Winner will be posted on Facebook. CCBH will then contact the winner within 48 hours of the Draw Time and Date. A date for the one on one life coaching session will be arranged, and must be claimed within the next 3

All entries may be used for further publicity on the CCBH website, or other channels
No purchase is necessary
 No cash alternative is available
Those entering our Feel Good Music competition must be over 18
 Only one entry per facebook account/person can be considered
By entering the competition, entrants hereby agree to be bound by these rules as amended from time to time, and by any competition instructions.
Proof of submission or of posting of entries will not constitute proof of delivery and no responsibility will be accepted for lost,
corrupted, delayed or mislaid entries.
CCBH reserves the right to publish the names of the winner and the winning entry and all winners are required  to give their full co-operation in connection with publicity for the competition, their entry, the prize or otherwise.
CCBH reserves the right to terminate or change the deadline of the competition.

Feel Good Music

8 Apr

Fancy winning a one on one life coaching session, as well as a £50 Debenhams voucher? Then enter our “Feel Good Music” competition, and get thinking positively!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy examines how unhealthy (negative) thoughts can affect our happiness and helps us change our attitude into healthy (positive) thoughts.  Unhealthy thoughts can be found everywhere, but a very common place for them is in song. So for our competition we want you to rewrite your favourite song, CBT style!

 How to enter the competition:

 First off, you need to “like” our Facebook page.

Now this is the fun part, all you have to do is “re-write” one of your favourite songs that contains lots of negative thoughts. What you need to do is put a positive spin on it, CBT style…Then upload it to our Facebook page, either in the form of a status update, or if you are really confident, upload a recording of you singing your new version. Don’t worry, you don’t need to re-write the complete song, just one verse or chorus.

 You will need to include your name, the name of the song and the original artist.

 Before you get writing, we have compiled some helpful hints and tips and provided our own example songs, so read on for a little while longer.

 What are healthy lyrics?

  • Based on things that you want, while accepting that it is possible that sometimes we don’t always get what we want. 
  • Accept that bad things happen without catastrosphising the badness e.g. it’s really bad that I didn’t get what I want but the world has not ended. 
  • Acknowledge that we experience difficulty and frustration whilst remaining resilient e.g. it’s very tough but I am still alive and breathing.
  • Separate the worth of the individual from that person’s desire.  e.g. if a relationship breaks down, I believe that I am worthwhile person with or without that partner.

 Spotting some unhealthy lyrics which you want to avoid / change (hint there):

  • Based on ‘MUST’, ‘HAVE TO’, ‘GOT TO’, and ‘NEED TO’.
  • Inconsistent with reality and don’t accept other alternatives
  • Catastrophise the bad situation and underestimate the person’s ability to cope with the hardship.
  • Links the person’s worth to the condition the person is insisting on e.g. I must have love, and if not I am nothing.

 One last pointer. It’s all about ME, the song needs to accept that we are largely responsible for all our own emotions. It is not someone else who or the situation that causes them.  E.g. if you break up with someone, believe that it’s bad to be without love, but you remain worthwhile in spite of it.

 Here’s two we did earlier:

 1. Mariah Carey, I cant live (if living is without you)

 Unhealthy original:

I can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t live
I can’t give anymore
Can’t live
If living is without you

can’t give,
I can’t give anymore

CBT style healthy version:

 I can live
If living is without you
I can live
I can give, I can give some more … even if now it feels like I can’t

I can live
If living is without you

I can give,
I can give somemore

 Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart

 Unhealthy original:

 Don’t leave me in all this pain
Don’t leave me out in the rain
Come back and bring back my smile
Come and take these tears away
I need your arms to hold me now
The night are so unkind
Bring back those nights when I held you beside me

 CBT style healthy version – not a number 1 we agree but you get the idea

 I’d like you not to leave me in this pain

I’d like you not to leave me out in the rain … but you did

I’d love it if you came back as I would smile again

Please come back, I would stop crying

I really want your arms around me to hold me now but I don’t need them

I feel so bad at night at the moment but I know it won’t feel like this for ever

I wish for those nights when I held you beside me but you buggered off

  OK, we will never make it in the music industry, but you might…Let’s see how you do, good luck…

You can find the T and Cs here

Is your glass half full?

4 Apr

It’s a classic phrase, one that is constantly used to illustrate the difference between an optimist, and a pessimist. However, the same phrase and question can tell you a lot about your own mindset towards life in general, are you a positive thinking person? Or do you have a rather negative outlook?

It is well documented that negative thoughts can have real negative impacts on our lives. So by the same reasoning we should remember that positive thinking can have a positive influence in our lives in general. This theory is even illustrated on a number of TV shows, though exaggerated; we can find a number of characters who we all seem to admire, simply because they have a very positive outlook on life.   Now let me explain that when I say positive thinking I mean healthy, balanced, realistic and helpful.  I don’t mean like Pollyanna, where even stuck in traffic on a hot day when you have an important appointment to make, is positively spun. 

But sometimes it is good to see how one person’s poison can be another person’s sugar, proving what we say in CBT that it is your beliefs, thoughts and attitudes that are at the heart of your emotional responses.  For example, I was watching Cougar Town (if you don’t know it, it is an American sitcom starring Courtney Cox on Sky Living), which has a character, Andy, who has an unbelievable positive outlook on life. A recent episode was devoted to this and how positive thinking deals with a number of events in his life (I know a little silly and farfetched but it gets the point across in an exaggerated fashion). The character constantly sees the good things in all the events that happen to him, even those that many of us would have seen as stressful or difficult, for example a  lost phone; lost wedding ring; relationship problems etc. But Andy’s character remains positive, and deals with all these “negative” events with ease, allowing him to remain constantly happy and up-beat.  Now wouldn’t we all want to be like that all of the time?

“People are not disturbed by events but by the view they hold about them”. Epictitus.

Glass is Half empty…Negativity…

You have to admit that being a pessimist is far more draining than being an eternal optimist. Optimists seem more relaxed, happy with life and events simply because they see the positive and enjoy positive emotions. On the flip side, if we suffer with negative thinking and negative emotions, these can have powerful impacts on our day to day lives.

One of the most challenging and unhealthy negative emotions is that of Anxiety. It’s experienced by all of us at some time or other and it takes many forms. Some of the more familiar labels used to describe common anxiety problems are work related stress, panic attacks and panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, performance anxiety and general and specific phobias.  Each of these emotional problems has its own focus, but each share a common origin.

Seeing the glass has half full…

Taking a positive approach to all events in your life will help with your own happiness. But dealing with those strong negative thoughts and emotions may require help.  CBH (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy) can not only help you tackle negative emotions, but also provide you with the tools to combat them in the future.

For more information on CBH, anxiety, depression, hypnosis etc please read some of our useful pages on our website, some of which are shown below: