Here's a bit about me...
I have always had an interest in people, and in helping them be the best they can, but had really never found a career that allowed me to do that in a way that I found fulfilling. I have had a number of different roles during my working life, from secretary, to being a Licensed London Black Cab Driver.
I had been searching for a change in direction, that would allow me to have that fulfilling career. My journey began some years ago when I was fortunate enough to come across The Quest Institute. They offered me the high standard of training I was looking for to confidently change career direction.
I completed my Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy with them in early 2007. This marked a turning point in my life, where I can now honestly say that I love my work, and what it allows me to achieve, to help people in so many ways.
I've used what I learnt to help myself achieve what I want in my own life and to be a happier person generally. I'm not perfect, of course, but a 'work in progress', as we all are, don't you think?
I work full-time as a Quest trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Supervisor and coach; it's not just something that I do in my spare time. And because I take great pride in being the best I can, I regularly attend courses, workshops and seminars which keeps my training up to date so that you may benefit from the latest techniques and research available.
You might be asking, 'Why you? What's different about you?'
Well, I'm glad you asked. I offer a friendly, professional and ethical service, where you can be heard in a non-judgemental way, but I suppose every therapist says that, don't they?
But more than that, I know that every client I see is an individual. So, I spend time to really listen, and hear what you're experiencing right now to know how to best help you. For some of my clients, this is the first time that someone has really spent some time listening to them. I also ask questions that can get you thinking differently. The information that comes from your answers allows me to create a bespoke treatment plan, that's right for you and your needs. You won't hear any generic scripts as you might with some more traditional hypnotherapists. That's because all Cognitive Hypnotherapists such as myself are trained in the use of WordweavingTM, which means we tailor-make our hypnotic suggestion to suit each client, thereby helping you to achieve the changes you want, in the shortest time possible. And because Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is used within my model, I have many tools available to help you, and together they are a powerful media for change.
You can read my Frequently Asked Questions page for more answers to questions you might have.
Now for the technical stuff...
As a graduate of the internationally acclaimed Quest Institute (who offers one of the most rigorous courses of its kind in this country), I have been comprehensively and extensively trained in the use of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, and have been awarded their Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy (DipCHyp). I am a certified NLP Master Practitioner, and I regularly assist Trevor Silvester, Quest Institute Director, in the training of new Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP students.
I am an Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor, and have been awarded the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor (AccHypSup) award, which is also externally accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the NCFE National Award Body. If you are a hypnotherapist looking for a supervisor, you can find out more about the way I work with supervisees by clicking here. Alternatively, give me a call for an informal chat, with no obligation on your part, of course.
I am honoured to have trained with Professor Rubin Battino, who is a leading light in the world of hypnotherapy and very brief therapy. He is the author of a number of books on the subject including 'Eriksonian Approaches - A Comprehensive Manual'; 'Expectation: The Very Brief Therapy Book' and 'Coping - A Practical Guide for People with Life-Challenging Diseases and Their Caregivers'.
I am a Registered member and a Co-director of QCHPA, a Professional Association for Quest trained Cognitive Hypnotherapists. This assures you that you are working with a therapist who has been trained to the highest standards and who has a proven record of meaningful research behind them. See details of the research project here.
I am fully insured, and totally committed to undertake continuous professional development (CPD) so that you can be assured that I have access to the most up to date techniques, information and advances in therapy available.
I am also an Accredited member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and an Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor for that organisation. I have been awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner's Diploma (HPD) by them. The NCH is the largest not for profit organisation for the promotion of hypnotherapy. I fully abide with the NCH Code of Ethics.
I am also a registrant of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - registration number 001670-L10. The CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners.
The CNHC's key function is to enhance public protection by setting high standards for registration with its organisation. The CNHC ‘quality mark' is being recognised as the hallmark of quality for the sector. This means that the general public, and those who commission the services of complementary healthcare practitioners, will be able to choose with confidence by looking for the CNHC quality mark.
The Department of Health recommends that, where CNHC registers the professional discipline in question, you consult with someone who is CNHC registered.
You really need to feel comfortable with your choice of hypnotherapist, so I suggest that you contact at least two others, so that you can be certain that my approach of Cognitive Hypnotherapy is the right one for you. When you are ready, you can contact me via the usual routes, and we can have a no-obligation chat.