I'm a fully qualified solution focused hypnotherapist and BWRT practitioner. I have always been intrigued by how the mind works (or doesn't sometimes!). Originally I studied physiology and biochemistry at the University of Southampton, with a particular interest in how meditation affects our physiology. I spent the following 10 years working for the NHS in medical laboratory science before returning to the university to work in the library.
With access to thousands of books in the university library, my interests in the mind, consciousness and philosophy were reignited. I studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation, going on to study for a degree in philosophy and psychology at the Open University, specialising in philosophy of mind and cognitive psychology. I think I wanted to crack the problem of consciousness, what it is, where it is, why it is. I didn't! But I enjoyed the trip.
I moved into the area of mental health, working as deputy manager in a lovely mental health nursing home. I learned so much there, but especially that much of our suffering comes from avoiding our emotions.
I've always felt drawn to become a therapist of some sort, especially having personally experienced how anxiety and depression can suck the joy out of life, fill us with doubts and litter our path with obstacles. But I also discovered how some approaches such as meditation and positive psychology really helped. I first came across hypnotherapy when I successfully gave up smoking at an Allen Carr clinic. I enjoyed the hypnosis so much I continued to listen to a stop smoking hypnosis CD for months after, even though it was no longer relevant, just because it relaxed me so much. I use some of the Allen Carr method in my own stop smoking sessions now.
I chose to specialise in solution focused hypnotherapy because it's based on neuroscience, and I'm still a scientist at heart. And because it doesn't focus on people's problems but on what they want to achieve, their dreams and aspirations, it bypasses those pesky fears and insecurities that hold us back from what we want in life. I'm so glad I chose this approach, my clients leave relaxed, energised and transformed. And we have fun! Who wouldn't want a job like that?
BA(Hons) Philosophy & Psychological Studies
Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
BWRT Level 1 - General Psychopathology
BWRT Level 2 - Psychology of Identity & Behaviour
Certified MAP Practitioner
Warriors, Settlers & Nomads Counselling & Coaching
IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy) Advanced Practitioner
Diploma in Child and Adult Counselling
Certificate in Life Coaching
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for Children
Mental Health Awareness Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Models of Anxiety, PTSD, OCD
Compassion Focused Therapy
Emotional Regulation & Coping Skills
Relaxation & Mindfulness Skills
Mental Health Recovery Approaches
CBT and DBT Skills
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate
I am fully insured with Holistic Insurance Services
I CAN HELP WITH
Making difficult decisions
And much more!