Chris Fleet -Dip Hyp
Top Accredited Hypnotherapist & Hypnotherapy Trainer
Training Tomorrow’s Hypnotherapists Today
Hello, my name is Chris Fleet, and I have been practising Hypnotherapy for 19 years (since 2002) following a dark period in my life. Since then, I have helped many people combat life afflicting conditions through my highly effective Hypnotherapy Treatments. In the past seven years, I have also been training others very successfully to become Hypnotherapists themselves, as part of my Hypnotherapy Training Courses.
On this page, I present a condensed version of my Hypnotherapy Life. I have written it candidly to hopefully inspire you to consider making Hypnotherapy a career for yourself and to make you think that anything in life is possible if you have enough desire, belief and determination.
Some Years Ago, A Loved One Was Misdiagnosed As Being Depressed When She Wasn’t…
Some years ago, a loved one of mine was misdiagnosed as being depressed when she was, in fact suffering from stress. She was prescribed an antidepressant drug called Seroxat, which created dramatic side effects where the person I knew changed, becoming anxious and introverted. This drug has since been banned for use by adolescents due to the increase in the number of suicidal tendencies, and there have been repeated calls for it to be banned for general use. To be fair to my loved one, I cannot reveal too many details other than to say her life became very difficult. This affected me greatly. I felt laboured by my own personal guilt, knowing that I could not help her. This, in turn, affected my own health, too, resulting in significant weight gain, excessive drinking and excessive smoking.9
I Wanted To Help Her
I Was Hooked!
I wanted to help her, and I sought ways to do this. Of all the things I researched, hypnotherapy seemed to offer the best hope. I enlisted on the weekend ‘taster’ course, similar to the Certificate In Hypnotherapy Course that I now run, myself. It was a revelation; all my preconceived ideas about Hypnosis were dispelled as I realised that Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy could be used to improve people’s lives when inflicted by certain conditions, such as stress, depression and anxiety. Importantly though, I found that I had a knack for it.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy grabbed me totally as I realised the life-improving benefits that could be created for many people. This was back in 2002, and since then, I have been on a crusade of learning as much as I could about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. I have trained exhaustively to become a hypnotherapist and really perfect my art to a very high standard. I now have ten different Diplomas to my name, not just in hypnotherapy but in other talking therapies too.
Life changed dramatically for me during my training
I Took The Plunge
Not long after qualifying as a hypnotherapist, I took the plunge and rented an office. It was horrible! No phone lines or computers, the carpet stank, and the wallpaper was peeling off the walls. But I had a passion and a deep desire to make a difference. I kept reminding myself of why I was doing this, and I kept telling myself: “I can do this”. I have had a chequered past and have known many of my friends and associates of a similar disposition to myself die far too young.
We all pass on at some point, but personally, I had then, and still have now, a great desire to leave a legacy of touching people’s lives in a positive way. I knew that the offices were temporary, but they were a start. Deep inside me, I had the intense belief that the business would be a success, one day, and I kept reminding myself of this belief, even when I had no clients. During this period, I sacrificed much in life to learn and perfect my art and to drive my business forward; I literally just ate, drank and slept hypnotherapy.
Then Things Started to Happen
After much hard work, I progressed to a nicer office, and my business started to develop with a growing number of clients. Notably, the hypnotherapy treatments that I administered were highly effective, and I began to improve the lives of every one of my clients. My Intensive Hypnotherapy Training was starting to pay off. I met a lovely lady, and fifteen years later, we are still together, and we have a beautiful daughter who is my inspiration for so much in my life. Since then, my practice has grown dramatically to the point that I now run The Devon Clinic in Paignton, Devon. I work with 20 other therapists of differing disciplines offering more than twenty life-improving therapies collectively. Some of the great work of the Devon Clinic is constantly looking for new ways to help provide solutions for a plethora of life-limiting ailments, such as stress, anxiety, depression, weight loss and allergies, using a variety of therapies and looking at which combination of treatments work best.
The Clinic Allows Me To Offer Other Services
Being part of the Devon Clinic allows me the freedom to broaden my scope and to offer other services. One great pleasure is volunteering at a local prison. There are people rightly serving sentences for their crimes.
But prison, in my mind, should be about rehabilitation as much as punishment. Some of the young men imprisoned have been quite literally born into drugs and violent culture, but they can be helped back into society with the right help and support. I get much satisfaction from helping these people back into society.
I Decided To Train Others
More recently, I have been spending much of my time training people to become the new generation of Hypnotherapists. The idea of training others came about whilst on a training course, myself, where I was volunteering as a helper for others. During the breaks, I found myself surrounded by people asking me questions rather than the trainer.
The training course itself was poorly constructed and vastly overpriced. The certificate received had no real value and wasn’t accredited by any major body. This made me think: could I deliver this course professionally and effectively with a certification that held real value? I pondered the notion for a while and then decided I should go for it. I temporarily removed myself from private practice to solely concentrate on writing my Hypnotherapy Training Course.
Some of the more significant people I have studied under. I have been very fortunate and have been hugely privileged to have worked with some of the best people and the best brains working in Hypnotherapy and I have learned much from them.
The following very distinguished people, in particular, have been a huge influence and a great inspiration:
Donald Robertson of The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, Henry Whitfield of Mindfulness Training Ltd, Jonathon Chase of Academy of Hypnotic Arts, Dr. John Butler of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, Nicholas Evans of INLPTA, Valerie Austin of Austin Training Institute.
I hope my story inspires you!