Joe’s Story

Joe Forshaw

This is an amazing story from Joe, a successful and lovely graduate from CPHT Liverpool. It’s a personal account of how hypnotherapy helped him overcome a significant and overwhelming phobia of hospitals. It’s a great ending and at last Joe can live without that nuisance fear that has plagued him throughout his life.


My name is Joe Forshaw; I am a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist. I gained my qualification with CPHT Liverpool in December 2019. I have completed many vocational courses over the years and gained a Psychology Degree as well as a Post Grad Cert in Criminology. However, in regard to my personal and career development, studying Solution Focused Hypnotherapy with CPHT Liverpool was without doubt the best decision I have ever made.

It has allowed me, at my own pace, to pursue a career that I have always wanted, one that is interesting and rewarding in equal measure.

However, it is my own experience of using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy that I would like to share.

For as long as I can remember I have had a secret. This secret was a fear, a dread, a phobia. As a result of two medical procedures when I was very young, I had a phobia of hospitals, doctors and specifically medicals and medical procedures such as surgical operations.

This phobia affected my life in many ways. I have avoided my GP wherever possible, in fact I haven’t visited my GP in ten years. I could not visit people in hospital unless absolutely necessary and I would avoid applying for jobs that included a medical. I knew I would pass any medical but the fear of anything showing up that might mean going to hospital or a needing medical attention terrified me. It was a fear that was with me constantly, e.g. I was in constant fear that I might have an accident that needed medical attention.

Even as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist who can deal with other people`s phobias I refused to try to deal with my own. I preferred to ignore it, for me it was the elephant in the room.

Then recently my nightmare became a reality. I had a freak accident that resulted in me breaking my hip. I tried my best to avoid going to hospital, but I knew I had to.

I had an X-Ray which confirmed that I had broken my hip and I needed a replacement. I was taken to a ward and told that the op was scheduled for the next day. If I could have written my ultimate nightmare scenario, this was it. I had all night to wait in utter terror for the surgery the next day.

It was then that I remembered that I was a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.

I had two SFH relaxation recordings on my phone. One which I had recorded for my clients to use and one by my Tutor and Supervisor from CPHT, Cathy Eland which I use for myself.

So, from nine o`clock that night until the moment the nurse came to take me to theatre just after midday, I listened to the relaxation recordings constantly one after the other. I remember sleeping intermittently but the recordings were playing the whole time.

When the nurse arrived, this should have been the worst possible moment of my life, after all I had dreaded and imagined this moment ever since I could remember.

Yet I wasn’t terrified, I wasn’t in a state of panic, I was calm, completely calm.

I found myself completely relaxed to the extent that I was even joking with the nurse telling him about the unusual details of my accident.

When we arrived, I chatted with a doctor who explained all the procedures that would take place in the preparation room before going through into the operating theatre. Again, I was totally calm, totally rational and totally relaxed.

With the help of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, I had overcome my lifelong fear. I still sometimes can`t believe it.

Before this if I was 99% sure that SFH was an amazingly effective therapy, I am now absolutely 100% sure. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works, I am proof of that.

If you are thinking of studying with CPHT Liverpool or CPHT Preston I can recommend them with complete confidence.

Cathy and Charlotte are amazing teachers and fantastic people, you will love them.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy will not only allow you to change your career it will change your life. You will also make lifelong friends on the course.

It will be the best career decision you ever make, it most certainly was for me.

Joe Forshaw


If you would like to study Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and enjoy the rewards of being a Clinical Hypnotherapist, then take a look at the website and apply online.

The next course in Preston is starting in September at Myerscough College, Preston

The next course in Liverpool is starting in March 2021 in Speke

Students help with phobias

CPHT Liverpool Hypnotherapy Training

Students at CPHT Leeds Hypnotherapy Training have just learnt the four- session process of getting rid of nuisance phobias.  For the first seven months of their training they offer free hypnotherapy while they gain the necessary experience to be become competent and confident. They have been advertising for people who have phobias and they have been inundated with requests. They are now helping get rid of flying phobias, needle phobias and dog phobias, to name just a few. 

Having a phobia is very common; in fact, it’s fundamentally human to be scared of things that are potentially dangerous. But, we have also the capacity of developing a fear of things that are benign, like paper (papyrophobia) and strange patterns (trypophobia). Although the fear is real, the person often is aware that the phobia is not logical. Our clients will often say ‘I know I shouldn’t be afraid but I am’. 

The students are taught by watching the tutors, Jenny and Cathy, do a live demonstration in the classroom. This year, student Jennifer wanted to get rid of her fear of being a passenger in a car. During the hypnosis session with Jennifer, Cathy got her to visualise travelling to Italy as a passenger in a car.  Jennifer was able to see the situation differently, without over exaggerating the risk. ‘We are able to destroy the phobic template and therefore change behaviour’ comments’ Cathy Eland (Senior tutor).

‘Our Clients are often relieved to learn that there are ways to help them and it is something that can often be addressed quickly. It is a very powerful technique’ says Jenny Mellenchip (Senior Tutor).

If you would like to learn how to hypnotise people and build your own Hypnotherapy business, why not join us in March in Liverpool CPHT Hypnotherapy Training. It is a wonderful learning experience and fun too.

Furthermore, if you also have a phobia and would like one of students to help you get rid of it, free of charge, then please get in touch with Cathy or Jenny on 07825 047849 / 07748 511841.

#Trance practice,@CPHTLiverpool students. confidence through practice

Is hypnosis a risky business?

Hypnotherapy Training Liverpool

It is interesting what is risky to one person is a simple challenge to another. One person may believe that anything is worth a try and another may think that the risk of failing, tips the balance.

So what determines how we evaluate whether something is worth the risk?

Well maybe it’s when we think that something is being to be too costly: financial cost, emotional cost or the risk of being not quite good enough?

Are we prone to over exaggerating the risks? Do we not take risks in life everyday. Each decision we make has an element of risk, as it may turn out well or it may not. We may be good at something or we may not. We may be successful or we may not. We somehow balance the risk in our minds, the result of which determines the quality of our lives.

When I decided to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist did I take a risk? (Cathy Eland, Course Tutor at Liverpool CPHT) 

When my clients come to see me about their anxieties, do they take a risk?

‘Yes’ is the answer.

But wouldn’t it be useful for us to look at each opportunity and realistically evaluate the risk. If that risk involves an element of anxiety, are we not able to say to ourselves, it’s worth it. Progress always carries a price, and that price is that we manage ourselves to stay focused on our goal.

That is the way that a big risk becomes small, perhaps not a risk at all, now a challenge or a simple task.

Was it worth the risk to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist? Yes, Oh Blimey Yes

Is it worth your risk?

Join us on the course starting in March 2019 in Speke and pay the price for your own personal progress TODAY

CPHT Liverpool Hypnotherapy Training

Change your career, change your life!

Are you considering a change of career? Choosing to train as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist with CPHT Liverpool could change your life as well as those of others.

When the tutor of CPHT Manchester asked Jenny Mellenchip if she wanted to work as a hypnotherapist  she said ‘Yes’.  After all the interview was to see if she was made of the right stuff, but inside she admits to being terrified. Jenny says, “After all, I had a good job in the sales and marketing industry, working with lovely people and earning a decent wage, I worried that I would never have the courage to be self-employed.” Well, at the right time, Jenny did have the courage to become self-employed, but she admits that she wouldn’t have been able to do so, if she hadn’t been encouraged to practice on real clients free of charge, from day one of the course.

#Trance practice,@CPHTLiverpool students. confidence through practice
Students of @CPHTLiverpool practicing trance in class

Initially she practiced carrying out relaxation with friends & family. Then after month three, she moved onto people with anxiety and depression. Each month after that saw her practicing on more people and she quickly became experienced in helping people suffering from an ever-growing list of conditions. These conditions ranged from phobias, to weight loss, stopping smoking and sports performance. As Jenny started to see people improve from her sessions, her confidence began to grow along with her competence as a hypnotherapist.

By month seven, along with the other students, she was allowed to charge her clients half price and she could really start to see the potential of running her own business. Her marketing background came in very useful and after qualification she moved to part-time hours at work and this allowed her to build her business up quickly. A further 10 months in practice juggling her employed role with that of a part time hypnotherapist, saw her handing in her notice at work.

Since then she has worked as a full-time hypnotherapist helping people to get their lives back on track. Jenny says “I have met some wonderful people going through some very difficult times and helped their life to become easier. I love my job and I have the work/life balance that I could only dream of as an employee with a daily commute of 130 miles.”

So much so that Jenny, along with Catherine Eland another CPHT graduate, agreed to start the first CPHT hypnotherapy training school in Leeds. They were keen to take the message about solution focused hypnotherapy to the people of Leeds and give them the same opportunities that they had been given.

CPHT Liverpool Hypnotherapy Training Course
Cpht Liverpool Hypnotherapy training course Senior Lecturers

CPHT Leeds is now on its third successful course at Leeds Trinity University. Cathy & Jenny love seeing the students become confident & extremely competent hypnotherapists & hearing about their many success stories. As a result, they now wish to extend this same opportunity to the people of Liverpool & the surrounding areas. Starting in March 2019, Jenny & Cathy will be running the first CPHT  hypnotherapy training course in Liverpool. It will be held at the Partnership for learning charity, training & conference centre in Speke, Liverpool.

They are both excited about being able to help those people of Liverpool who wish to train as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists.  Jenny & Cathy hope that if you’re considering a change of career, that you choose to train as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist. They know that it has the potential to change your life in the same way that it did theirs!

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.