In 2001 The Quest Institute Training School was formed. 15 years on and we had an amazing network of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapists. We also celebrated the published results of our research into the effectiveness of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH).
The growing size of our network meant that Trevor, Bex and Jan could no longer service its potential on their own, so the publication of our research project seemed the ideal time to move things to another level. In 2015 the QCHPA (a community interest company) was formed.
The QCHPA primarily exists to benefit those who belong to it, and those its members serve – the public. So, instead of being a limited company the QCHPA was created as a Community Interest Company. CIC’s are very cool because they limit the use of any profit made, it has to be spent back on the purpose for which it exists. We liked that.
Our brain is amazing in the way it uses memory. Whenever you’re in a situation your brain looks for a match between it, and something from your past. This helps you to know how to respond to what’s going on. To do that it takes the memory that’s been matched and uses it to predict how the situation will turn out. If it predicts a positive your brain releases chemicals that reward you for moving toward it. If it predicts something negative it releases chemicals that get you ready to fight, run or freeze. The trouble is, if you predict something is going to be negative, you go into that situation primed for that to be the case, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. With depression, what has happened to you in the past becomes such a powerful predictor of a negative future that that is all you see ahead of you. You lose hope of any improvement in your life. Now, if you’re sane, if all you see ahead of you is more pain, why would you be motivated to walk toward it? In a very simplistic way, depression is your unconscious shutting you down for a while until the way ahead looks better. The trouble is, once you get stuck in a depression, nothing much can happen that will change the future, so you get bogged down in a seemingly never-ending loop of negativity. The good news is that your brain is plastic – it’s always capable of being moulded. We have many tools available to help you find a way out of your depression sand, even better, shift your thinking so you never have to go back. In our research study, 71% of our clients reported themselves recovered after an average of only six sessions.
In essence, our members are individuals building small businesses serving the public by offering an evidence-based therapy service that has been proven to help wellness in cases of depression and anxiety and can assist with many other health and well-being issues.
The services offered aim to help members build their businesses and create ethical prosperity. This is achieved through the provision of support materials, the continuation of research that has proved the effectiveness of the therapy offered and publicising of the research to raise the confidence of the public in seeking help for the wellness issues. In creating an open and giving community with access to emotional support and professional development opportunities we can create an atmosphere of excellence and build even higher standards, which we feel will be more achievable without the pressure that comes from having a commercial intention.
Our QCHPA registered therapists have all agreed to a set of standards listed below: