I decided to study Clinical Hypnotherapy following my own very positive and surprising experience.
I initially sought Hypnotherapy in desperation, for dreadful stage fright - but
having a science degree and a very analytical mind,
I have to say I was more than a little sceptical as to whether it would work.
You see, like most people, I had never head of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and
had no idea that there was any scientific basis or evidence behind it.
My experience of hypnosis up to that point had been watching Paul McKenna on TV and wondering
whether it was a set up job!
I imagined something out of Little Britain, "look into my eyes..." and swinging gold pocket watches
Trying to stay open-minded however, I put my reservations aside and decided to give it a shot - there was nothing to lose after all. Thankfully, my preconceptions were completely wrong!
Much to my surprise (and delight) I was bowled over - not just by the improvement in my confidence on stage, but by all the other areas of my life which suddenly improved.
I started sleeping better. I started to feel more confident and the dreadful anxiety and overthinking
I'd fallen into disappeared.
I found I was less worried about work, less concerned what other people thought and less socially anxious - I had always been horribly self-conscious and afraid of speaking in front of people (even friends and family).
The feelings of panic I'd started to experience in recent months disappeared. I started to feel more well in myself - I'd been under my GP for unexplained fatigue and illness and was baffled when the test results had found nothing.
It's clear looking back now that my stress levels had been running too high for a long time - though I wasn't
conscious of it then. Not only was that making life a struggle, it was making me ill and anxious.
In working so hard to keep all the juggling balls in the air, trying to be 'successful' and 'happy',
I had lost my way and plunged into being constantly stressed without realising it.
Thank goodness I found hypnotherapy when I did!
I have always been fascinated by psychology and neuroscience and had a deep curiosity about the relationship between stress and physical health.
I decided I would like to understand how and why hypnotherapy had worked for me and whether I could help others in the same way. As soon as I started training I was hooked - I loved studying the science behind it and loved seeing clients and watching the amazing transformations in their lives!
I qualified with the renowned Clifton Practice in Bristol, training under the legendary David Newton and Susan Rodrigues. I have been awarded both the Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) and the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD), a nationally recognised qualification (NCFE and NOS compliant).
I am registered with the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, National Council for Hypnotherapy and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (the government's voluntary register for complementary healthcare professionals, which requires stringent standards of training and insurance to register).
Since qualifying I have also completed the Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy with the Clinical Hypnotherapy School, enabling me to support clients with significant health challenges; clients in palliative care; those undergoing chemotherapy; those with chronic pain; and people suffering from phobias which might limit their treatment such as needle phobia and emetophobia (fear of vomiting).
I had my first baby in April 2017 and my second in April 2019 - of course using self-hypnosis or 'Hypnobirthing'
which I have written about in my blog.
I regularly partake in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and can often be found with my nose buried deep in a neuroscience or psychology book! When I'm not doing that I love climbing, singing, baking and living life to the full.