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 also 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 when working with a complementary healthcare practitioner.
For 4 years I offered my services as an Anxiety UK approved therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries.
In 2019 I volunteered with Wessex Cancer Trust in Salisbury, providing hypnotherapy support to local cancer sufferers. Unfortunately the centre closed but a new support group for cancer sufferers is forming in the city and I plan to continue my voluntary work with them.
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.
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
I trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH).
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.
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.
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, their How to Lift Depression Fast course, their Uncommon Psychotherapy course and most recently their Precision Hypnosis course.
I recently (2019) trained once more with Uncommon Knowledge - studying their course on raising Self Esteem.
At present I am studying to qualify as an Integrative Adult Sleep Coach with The International Parenting and Health Institute. This study will complement my hypnotherapy work with sleep difficulties and insomnia.