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Chrysalis Courses Case study

At chrysalis courses we are always trying to develop and improve. It is great to hear from former students to see how they have used their qualification and how it has changed their lives.

David Lambert is a Chrysalis Courses graduate and has successfully changed his life from an IT professional to a fully qualified and accredited Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.

We have a number of different case studies which you can view on our website

Chrysalis courses takes a look at Barbies new body.

Last week chrysalis courses reported on the the changing body of Barbie. It was an article that instantly took me eye, as the week prior my childcare providor sent an email out saying they were banning Barbie and action man from their company, due to the effect it can have on young children with regards to gender stereotypes and body image.

So, I found it interesting that just a week later I should see an article about Barbie changing. I have had a look at the different Barbies that are on offer and initially i thought how great it was that Mattel, the makers of Barbie, were making such a positve change to the iconic shape of Barbie. But then I did some research.

It was only in 2014, that the Vice President of design at mattel defended the shape of Barbie. I thought back, and body image has been an issue for longer than two years, so why for one has it taken 2 years for any change to happen and two, why was this change not made years ago! Woman, and men, have been different shapes and sizes since the begining of time.

I then found out that the change is only happening in the fashionista range, still with a heavy focus on image. I have to wonder whether this actually does lessen the worries on a young childs body image?

We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Please let us know in the comments below.

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Chrysalis Courses looks at your Five a day?

Karen Ferguson – Chrysalis Courses very own Head of Hypnotherapy looks at getting your five a day.

We are always being told we should eat five a day (fruit and veg), but do we really know why, or how much to eat?

I have done a little research on this and hope you find this useful for both yourselves and your clients.

Well to start with the basics, how much is a portion of fruit or veg – according to the NHS, each portion should be 80g. They claim there is evidence to suggest significant health benefits to each five 80g portions of fruit and veg a day.

The 5 a day campaign was actually started by the World Health Organisation who say that we should be eating 400g of fruit and veg a day to lower the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Whilst most fruits and veg count towards our 5 a day, whether they be tinned, fresh, frozen, dried or in a drink. Beans and pulses also count as one of your 5 day but because they contain less nutrients than other fruit and veg, no matter how many you eat, they still only count as one portion.

There are certain food types that don’t count as one of your 5 a day.

For examples potatoes don’t count due to their high starch content and nor does cassava. No, I hadn’t heard of it either and since I have never seen it in a supermarket I don’t think I will worry too much about it.

Frying your fruit or veg also removes it from the 5 a day list.

Unfortunately grapes in the form of wine don’t count as one of your 5 a day either, nor sadly does chocolate, despite there being many rumours stating that cocoa comes from a plant so it must be a fruit.

Enjoy :)

Chrysalis Courses fills you in on DBS checks

At Chrysalis Courses we do not simply just teach you about counselling and hypnotherapy and send you on your way. We also want to make sure you are on the right path after you have finished with regards to setting up your own business or going into employement.

Most employers will require that you have a DBS check before working with them.

DBS or Disclosure and Barring Service checks have replaced the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks.

Only employers can apply for a DBS check, however, as an individual you can apply for a basic disclosure.

You can apply both online and in writing (using a standard form). The cost is £25 and you can pay by either debit or credit card.

You will need to provide certain forms of identification (see list below), you can either send copies of these documents, or upload them.

You will need to provide a copy of one of the following:-


Driving licence, or

NI number

You will also need to supply a copy of:-

Information from a utility bill at your home address

Evidence of your address covering at least the previous 5 years

In total, you will need to provide 3 forms of identification, which between them must confirm your name, date of birth and current address.

Copies of your documentation can be emailed to, or posted to Disclosure Scotland, Basic EHU, PO Box 250, Glasgow G51 1YU.

A basic disclosure certificate shows either every conviction of the named person or states that no convictions have been registered.

Stating that you have a been DBS checked (providing you have been) can offer additional feelings of safety to any members of the public you may work with, particularly if you work with children or vulnerable people.

Although there is no expiry date on a DBS certificate, it is recommended that it is renewed every 1-3 years.

Further information on the DBS service can be found at

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It seems that many people feel down or perhaps even depressed during the darker months of the year.  Is that all there is to it, we just crave some sunlight, or could they be suffering from SAD?

Symptoms of SAD can include:-


*          a persistent low mood

*          a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities

*          irritability

*          feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness

*          feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day

*          sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning

*          craving carbohydrates and gaining weight

Depending on the severity of their symptoms, some people that they are so badly affected that it impacts on their everyday lives.

The cause of SAD isn’t really understood, but the main theory is that lack of sunlight stops they hypothalamus working properly.  In turn, this can affect:-


  • Produce a higher rate of melatonin (the hormone that makes us feel sleepy)
  • A reduction in the production of serotonin (this hormone affects your mood, appetite and sleep)
  • Your internal body clock. Your body  uses sunlight for certain timings and lack of sunlight can cause a disruption to your system


If people believe they have SAD, then a visit to their GP should be their first step in getting help.  That help can vary, depending on the person’s needs and symptoms.  Treatment could involve:-


  • Changes to a persons lifestyle – managing stress levels, getting as much sunlight as possible and exercise
  • Light therapy – a special light box is used to stimulate exposure to sunlight
  • Talking therapies – CBT or counseling
  • Antidepressant medications such as SSRI’s

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