For most of my adult life, I have worked in the fields of therapy and education.
As an educator, I worked largely with disadvantaged and disengaged young people as well as adults with mental health problems and/or learning difficulties. I also spent five years as a visiting tutor/mentor with patients with acquired brain injury within Bath's Royal Mineral Hospital on the Young People's Neuro Rehabilitation Unit.
My progression to that of clinical hypnotherapist was initially triggered when working with young people with Asperger's Syndrome. I felt the desire to develop additional skills in order to support and encourage positive change in individuals.
I very much enjoy teaching individuals and groups about the positive changes people can make by learning to use hypnosis. For me, therapy and education are parallel processes which I use in my clinical practice to help in the relief of a wide variety of emotional, psychological or physical discomfort.
I am an associate member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) which provides ongoing professional development and requires a strict code of professional and ethical conduct. I am registered with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The Department of Health recommends that members of the public always consult with a CNHC - registered professional.
I am also an Anxiety UK approved therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body. Full details of the Anxiety UK approved therapist scheme can be found here - www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk
Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership
Training and Qualifications
As well as providing a comprehensive practical training in therapeutic applications of hypnotherapy, the course involved an academic study of the major schools of psychotherapy - cognitive, behavioural, analytical and individual psychology and how to apply the various psychological theories to the hypnotic model.
I was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the University of West London who worked in collaboration with the LCCH.
As I am committed to continuing professional development, I subsequently trained with Uncommon Knowledge in The Rewind Technique - for Trauma and Phobias, their Advanced Stop Smoking Training and their How to Lift Depression Fast course.
In November 2014, I recommenced training with The LCCH on their postgraduate Practitioner Studies Course which teaches the latest hypno / psychotherapeutic techniques for dealing with a wider range of medical, psychological and physical problems to qualified practitioners. I successfully completed this course in May 2015.
I am currently studying towards an Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma with The Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis. This course is one of only 7 in the world which accredits the learner with the title Advanced Hypnotherapist.