I absolutely love the work I do as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist. I get to work with my favourite subject - people.
For nearly 20 years I have worked with people in a one-to-one capacity, first as a personal trainer, back when personal trainers were the preserve of the rich and famous! And now as a therapist. I see clients from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and with a wide variety of problems.
Becoming a therapist has been a natural and seamless transition from being a personal trainer; now helping with the mind not just the body.
Looking back it feels like I set out on this path decades ago when my fascination with how the human body works led me to choose to study Movement Science at university. I specialised in the control of movement observing neurological and psychological pathways. That interest has brought me to where I am today; helping people to overcome problems in their minds, showing people the power and purpose of their unconscious minds and how to change to become the best version of themselves.
Ultimately, that is what I believe is the purpose of therapy; to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Whether you need to overcome a fear of public speaking, spider phobia, anxiety attacks, sexual dysfunction or other issue, life without that issue makes you a better version of you.
Whilst I am reluctant to speak about 'specialities' because I have helped people with pretty much any and every kind of issue where their mind and their perception of what was going on was at the root of the difficulty. That said, having been a personal trainer I have a strong interest in working with clients with weight issues. I also have a very particular interest in the concept of confidence as I have found time and time again that a lack of it underpins so much unwanted behaviour.
The times we live in mean stress and anxiety abound. Because of this, anxiety work has become part of the core of my practice. I have also done a great deal of work which is difficult to put a label on such as helping people to make a decision. It may be to stay in a relationship or leave, or change careers or not. Often, these major life decisions can be a source of anxiety in themselves. I can help to resolve this.
I trained at the internationally renowned Quest Institute with Trevor Silvester and I make continuing professional development an important part of my practice. I am also a member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy.