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So, could you become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist?

22 Feb

Well here at the College we train people from all sorts of backgrounds. These have included marketing executives, medical practitioners, nurses, PR consultants, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, IT managers as well as housewives. Quite a list!

They all have one thing in common though, a desire to make a difference.

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However, as in all walks of life, different careers suit different people, so let’s do some investigation!

The first point to note is, to begin the training, you do not have to be an academic! There are no specific requirements for the Foundation course, such as a degree, as we believe that your experiences in life and other skills are just as valid.

Of course, initially you will not know what to expect and whether it would be a good step for you, so we invite you to an interview in an informal setting.
This interview is nothing to worry about as it is designed to give all concerned the opportunity to assess each other’s suitability. After all, there would be nothing to gain, if at a later date you found you had made the wrong decision and it was not for you!

So, sounds interesting and worth pursuing so far? Well, let’s move on to some practicalities to consider.

Although our courses are very flexible and held at the weekends, so you can fit them in around your present employment; it has to be said embarking on any change of career is a big step and can impact on those around you.
For example, they will miss your presence for several weekends and the training will require your dedication and full attention.
However, when family members see how you are progressing, no doubt you will have their full support.

There are also financial considerations as well. We aim to make these as helpful as possible and it is a good idea to discuss them at the initial interview. Our fees can be paid in installments or, if you are able to, if you pay in full you will receive a discount.

So could you become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist? We think you could and would welcome the opportunity to welcome you to our College to begin your training.

Considering a change in career

10 Aug

Many of us would like a change in career direction, and autumn is a key time when we reflect on our current career path.  But equally many of us don’t feel brave enough to make the desired changes in our lives. The prospect of looking and trying to find something different is far too daunting. There are so many things to consider. So many questions spring to mind, such as, why do I want to change career (maybe the most telling question), what work do I really want to do, what skills and abilities do I have and….

Ok let’s stop there and use this blog post to analyze these concerns in a little more detail (thanks to for some of this info).

When we look at the question of why we want a career change, there seems to be a multitude of possible reasons –  boredom, feeling undervalued, loss of interest, feeling trapped, conflict with fellow workers or your boss, work having a negative impact on your life, or just something as simple as needing a new stimulus.

So, how to go about something as important and challenging as a change in your career?

It is good to take time to think about what you want to achieve and to explore your own values. It may be helpful to write these down. You may have more than you think! You may enjoy the benefits of doing good and contributing to the welfare of others and making a difference, rather than the incentive of a large remuneration.  Consider what your ideal job would entail on a day-to-day basis, what would make your working life more enjoyable? Things like, would you enjoy working in a smaller team or for yourself, outdoors, from home, spending less time travelling? You may find achieving your career change may mean retraining. This can have implications for you and your family. You may have to start from square one again and live with the consequences of that, such as lack of status and money!

Once you have established the new career you are aiming for, create a plan about what you need to do to start moving towards it. So when thinking about your career change ‘plan of action’, remember, it is important to be positive. You are the one in control of your life and you can make any changes you want to it.

If you think you might be interested in training in therapy/hypnotherapy remember to check out for more information

The only specialist CBH College

14 Jul

We have been blogging for a while now so we thought it was high time that we let you know a little more about our college. In this blog post, we explain what makes CCBH different to other colleges that teach hypnotherapy.  We also wanted to let you know about some changes we are making to the courses to provide a better experience for students. So read on and enjoy!…

The only college to specialise in CBH

The only college to specialise in CBH

The College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CCBH) is the only college that specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH), making it a truly unique place to study in. At CCBH, the core to all our courses is CBH and then we utilise other different therapies to enhance this teaching.

CCBH was established by Avy Joseph, Anthony Lappin and Maggie Chapman (more information on the founders here ), to train adults and therapies in the theory, practice, ethics and therapeutic applications of CBH. CCBH promotes specifically CBH as a valid contemporary treatment, one that can be utilised alongside other skills or as a therapeutic clinical profession in its own right.

As a specialist college, the college also looks to help students get out there in the wider world and start using their new skills to help people, whether they end up working for the NHS, or decide to set up their own practises, or do something different altogether.

How do courses work?

The college is constantly looking at ways to improve its courses, and feedback from past and present students helps ensure our courses become even better. For example, starting this September, our diploma courses have 2 full “hands on” practise days in therapeutic and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy added to them.  We are also launching a Graduate Scheme,  to start in August, which allows newly qualified graduates to offer therapy to the public at a discounted price, all supervised. Students get clinic space and clinical supervision. (More details to follow later). CCBH believes this level of support helps graduates move beyond being students, helping them gain real world experience in helping people.

CCBH understands the difficulty of adult learning, which is why we take into consideration external commitments, that may influence the ability to study and learn effectively. Courses are offered on a part-time basis and classroom attendance is at weekends (one weekend per month). That means you can continue to work or look after children while you study. For more information on how CCBH courses work, please follow this link to the colleges website


The best way to apply is to request a prospectus and an application form. To request a prospectus, contact a member of the college on 0207 7034 7049 or follow this link to an online Prospectus request form:

We are based in London, in Baker street, so it is a pretty handy location for hypnotherapy training in London.

Finally, we would always recommend that you look to apply early as our courses are very popular, please note we have a maximum of just thirty people per course.

Changing career? A positive step

27 May

Sometimes work can really be getting us down, it can have such a negative impact on not just our working lives, but our lives in general. Even though many of us would like to change jobs, it’s the prospect of looking and trying to find something different that scares many of us off, not to mention the potential need for drastic re-training and starting again. For the majority of us, we believe it’s far easier to just put up with the current situation.

For some of us, bad news can often bring about a positive mindset and therefore change in careers. With bad news, such as being made redundant, we often find ourselves sitting back, taking stock of our lives, the skills we have and our general interests. This can lead ultimately to a positive mindset, drive and ultimately career change…

A great example is one of our very own hypnotherapists, Beverley Harper. After 20 years working in sales, Beverley held a senior position with a good salary, so when she lost that job it was a huge blow to her. In a recent interview in Woman magazine, Beverly explained:

“I was the main wage earner and had a big mortgage to pay each month. I kept thinking, what am i doing to do now. As I left the office for the last time, I wondered if I’d ever work again. Would I lose everything? I was forced into shaking up my entire life.

Thinking about my skills and interests, I decided I wanted to go down a completely new path. I’d already started a course on hypnotherapy, which I’d experienced when I tried to give up smoking, so I decided to study for diplomas in clinical hypnosis and cognitive behavioural hypnosis at the College of Cognitive behavioural Hypnotherapy in London. I followed this up by studying for a master’s degree.”

Beverley undertook a massive change in her life, and it wasn’t easy, choosing to remortgage her house, paying course fees on her credit card and juggling freelance jobs. Losing her job was the catalyst that has driven her to her change of career, a career that she now feels gives her far greater job satisfaction. Her retraining has taken 5 years, but the big payoff is that job satisfaction. Beverley finished off her interview by saying:

“On the one hand I wish this dramatic change had happened years earlier, but then my life experience helps me empathise with my clients. Work used to be a pressure cooker – now it’s a privilege”

So if you are thinking of a career change, and you want to make a positive step, remember to be positive. You are the one in control of your life and you can make any changes you want to it. You don’t need to wait for something bad to happen to kick start that positive change…

If you are interested in a course at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can ask us any questions here, or request a prospectus.