So what is Quest?

After much searching, both of the soul and the internet, I found The Quest Institute. To be fair, it was actually the first thing I found but I didn’t trust my instincts and kept looking. After all if it looks too good to be true then it probably is. At which point, if you’re me, you start to wonder about ambiguity especially if you’ve heard of Milton Erickson or NLP. Does the ‘probably is’ phrase refer to the too-good-to-be-true thing being too good and therefore untrue or does it really mean that despite it looking too good, it probably is true? If you get my drift. Confusing? At least it was in my head.

So I kept looking. I’m not entirely sure where the desire to look at hypnotherapy came from, other than I had seen a hypnotist in the mid-eighties in a ‘look into my eyes you are getting sleepy…. deeper ….. deeper’ kind of way and the redundancy counselling I had last year gave me one of those ‘What Career You Should Do Next’ questionnaires. Apparently I’m best suited to Architectural Photography or Hypnotherapy.

Unfortunately I’m a Chartered Financial Planner.

Nevertheless, I kept looking until I found a cut price Hypnotherapy training course which I was about to sign up for on the principle that if I didn’t know whether hypnotherapy was for me then the less I spent on finding out, the better. However that part of me which insists on taking one last look before jumping, took one last look. And the last look I took was at Quest. Why was that my last look? Because when you’ve found what you’re looking for, you stop looking.

I should have trusted my original instincts. Something I am much better at doing now that I’m 60% of the way through my training as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist – with The Quest Institute.

So, to get to the point: What is Quest?:

Trevor and Rebecca Silvester are a husband and wife team who formed The Quest Institute in 2001, originally to promote the use of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP for people with serious illness. Along the way they evolved into something broader by recognising that they could bring the benefits of their approach to a much wider audience by training competent and ethical practitioners, and supporting them as they built their practices.

… and more to the point, what’s Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an approach that derives from the most recent research on how the mind works. It involves an active relationship between client and therapist where the client is skilfully guided to find the underlying cause of their problem, and assisted in restructuring their unconscious so that the problem disappears.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws on techniques from NLP,
Cognitive Therapy, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and
the latest research from Evolutionary Psychology and
Neuroscience. This is assimilated within the outstanding
approaches of the most effective Hypnotherapists of the
last 50 years, including Milton Erickson, Gil Boyne,
Stephen Wolinsky, Rubin Battino and Tad James.
This synthesis forms an approach geared towards
achieving results in the shortest possible time.

I’m fascinated by it. If you’re interested in finding out more about Quest, the web address of The Quest Institute is:

If you would like to know more about Cognitive Hypnotherapy, there is now an excellent Website designed with non therapists in mind. Check it out. It’s really good:

I’d recommend it. If nothing else, it’s an interesting read.

If you’d like to find out more about my practice in the UK, simply follow this link:

22 thoughts on “So what is Quest?

  1. Sounds fantastic! Next month will be my last month of a 7 month series of NLP Personal Mastery/Practitioner training with Kay Ries in Seattle. NLP has saved my life. After 40 years of trying “everything”, it was the one thing that finally did the trick. Congratulations and Best Wishes to you!

  2. Hi there, you followed my blog today (Swift Expression). I did a course in NLP and Hypnotherapy – Certified Prac. Amazing experience. It really has changed my life and others too. I practice it with several people with truly astounding results. I’m sure you’ll find it immensely rewarding and an amazing tool for bringing about wonderful results, and helping people in their lives. 🙂

  3. Hi! I am also a hypnotherapist. I trained with the Hypnosis Motivational Institute in the U.S. Its an absolutely rewarding career choice, and I’m happy to meet someone else who is also passionate about this line of work. I can’t wait to read more on your blog! Best of luck!

    • Hi Lainie, thanks for taking the time to get in touch. I’m really enjoying what I do even though it’s still early days. This just might be that ‘thing I was meant to do’. I’m not sure why but I seem to have most of my readers over in the U.S., any thoughts?
      Keep in touch,

      • I’m a big believer in the idea that every step counts, so even if this isn’t your ultimate calling, I’m sure it will lead you there! That is a really good question. I don’t know if its this topic specifically that catches the attention of people over here, or if more americans tend to be on blog sites than people from other countries. Hypnosis isn’t a very common thing in this country, though more people seem to be expressing an interest in it. Then again that could just be my perspective; since my focus is on hypnosis I’m sure I attract people who are interested in it now.

      • I think you may be right about more people using blog sites, much as I’d like to think it’s the hypnosis that’s the big attraction!.
        All the best
        PS I think it might be my ultimate calling…

  4. Hi, I had medical hypnotherapy before one of my surgeries and it helped me tremendously in staying calm in the lead up to the actual day. Anyway, thank you for the like on Engaging….All best!

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m pleased your hypnotherapy was useful for you.
      Co-incidentally, I’m about to launch a ‘shop’ on my website so people can buy downloads. Two of my first ones are to help with surgery; one is pre-operation (to help prepare you, help you stay calm and so on) and on is to help promote post -op healing.
      All the best

  5. Hi Tony, I’m glad you liked a post on my blog, Fiercely Graceful ( because it led me to check out your great blog which is happens to be about a topic I’ve always been interested in. I’ve tried hypnotherapy in the past to deal with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I also dated someone who was a neuroscientist who used hypnotherapy as well and it was fascinating. I’m in chronic pain and it’s something I might pursue in the future again.

    • Thanks for your comments! I would definitely recommend hypnotherapy for chronic pain management alongside whatever you are currently using.
      As something to try out first, I designed and recorded an mp3 ‘Relief for Cchronic Pain Conditions’ which has had some really good feedback. If you read the post I reblogged on my site a week ago it will give you an independant view of the mp3. Shaun tried it out and wanted to let everyone know how he had got on with it. The mp3 is really good value and seems to be effective for a wide variety of people.
      Check out that post and then have a look at the website.
      Please feel free to ask me anything you want, either here or via I’ll be happy to discuss more with you, if you like.
      All the best

  6. Hello! I am currently considering signing up for the Quest programme, but as there is no one regulatory body its hard to take the plunge. I am searching for trustworthy reviews as I want to complete a course that is truly reputable and that will provide me with the skills to be a good hypnotherapist. Your post has pushed me closer to signing up! I’d love to know more …

    • Hi there!
      I’m glad you took the time to comment. I cannot speak highly enough of The Quest Institute and the quality of the training you receive. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them and it has definitely equipped me for my new career as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist. I would encourage you to get in touch with them and discuss your plans. They are very approachable and would be happy to talk to you.
      If there’s anything you’d like to know, please feel free to ask.
      Have you seen the Quest and the Cognitive Hypnotherapy websites? They are both really informative.

      Wishing you all the best

  7. Hi Tony
    Thank you for replying! I have spent a long time looking at the Quest website. I just want to make sure that I do a course that is reputable and although I like the look of their course it doesn’t seem as ‘academic’ as some, with mention of the Matrix etc. Its a lot of money and I want to do the right thing. I can find nothing but good about them, which is great, but I want to be sure.
    Thanks for your time.

    • Hi again Sarah,
      The course is a beneficial mix of theory and practice and caters for a variety of learning styles, so you may be right in seeing it as not as ‘academic’ as some. For me, it was an ideal mix of academic and practical. If you are the sort of person who likes to delve into the theory more fully then perhaps other course may suit. The Matrix reference deserves some explanation though. It’s there for a couple of very good reasons: the film ‘The Matrix’ is a very good analogy for how we perceive the real world around us, especially how we can experience the same events but see/fee/hear/recall them very differently to each other. This can be the source of many a therapeutic conundrum! The other reason it is referred to is that a fundamental premis of Cognitive Hypnotherapy is it’s model of how we respond ‘automatically’ to external stimuli. It is known as the Matrix model (it is not named after the film!).
      I hope this helps. Quest suited me very well indeed and I whole-heartedly recommend it. However, as with many things in life, it won’t suit everyone.
      I’d get in touch and talk to them first. They will be more than happy to talk it through with you.
      Best wishes

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  9. Hello Tony. I just wanted to come back here and leave a final comment,perhaps to help other people, but definitely to let you know what happened next. I signed on for the Quest Diploma Course and have just graduated. I have set up my Cognitive Hypnotherapy business too. Quest, Trevor and Bex Silvester have quite simply changed my life. The course was incredible. It was challenging,rewarding,fun,moving…everything and more than I could ever have wanted. Thank you for your part in persuading me to take that leap of faith. I am no longer “Secret Housewife”, but a very proud graduate of the Quest Institute who starts Master Practitioner in 3 weeks! Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,
      It’s great to hear from you again especially with your news about graduating from Quest! Well done you. There’s an exciting world waiting for you.
      The Master Practitioner course is excellent and the only advice I would give is to begin to see clients now rather than wait until you finish Master Prac. The experience of actual clients helps everything else fit into place…and you get to see people get better in front of your eyes.
      Sorry it took me a while to reply, somehow I completely missed your comment! (Negative hallucination?)
      Keep in touch and have fun,

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