DCH MNCH (Reg.) BSc (Hons)
I am passionate about using hypnosis and solution focused coaching to help you overcome the problems holding you back. I use techniques such as Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Solution Focused Coaching, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and EMDR that have been learnt through Clinical Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Coaching studies.
I specialise in helping people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), anxiety and stress, weight-loss, insomnia and addictions e.g. alcohol, drug and smoking. Rather than use a one-size fits all approach, I take time to get to understand you and the issues affecting your life so I can tailor your therapy to help you realise the life you want.
I appreciate we are all unique and the therapy that is right for one person might not be right for you. That's why it is important for me to get to know you and your issues so I can make sure your therapy will be effective.
If you would like to discuss how I can help you overcome your problems, please click here to book your free 30-minute consultation.
I trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist at the Surrey College of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (SCCP) and as a Solution Focused Coach at the Institute of Leadership and Management.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Human Physiology from the University of Westminster which has given me a deep understanding of the structure and function of the human body. I am a qualified Fitness Instructor and specialise in Sports Physiology, allowing me to understand how the brain and mind interact with the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and digestive, systems so I can help clients reach their full potential and overcome problems holding them back.
I am the Education Director at The National Society Of Psychotherapists. I have worked in the education sector for approximately 20 years and I am passionate about ensuring the highest possible educational standards in psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counselling training.
My Hypnotherapy Journey
My hypnotherapy journey started in 2005.
At that time I was managing a team of about 30 teaching staff in a large College. I was working under constant pressure and an average of 60-70 hours a week. I became permanently anxious and unable to switch off.
I thought I could cope and learn to handle the pressure. I just hoped things would get better. I convinced myself that I would be alright. However, I ignored the signs my body was giving me.
Things didn’t get better and I started having panic attacks and suffered excruciating stomach pains every time I ate a meal. After a few months, I visited my local GP who confirmed I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). He prescribed medication that only addressed the symptoms and not the root cause. Sadly I continued to suffer with panic attacks and IBS.
Then by chance my cousin suggested I try hypnotherapy. She had found it helped her with IBS.
So I did what you are probably doing now and searched Google for a local clinical hypnotherapist. I booked my first session not really knowing what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised that most of the treatment involved lying on a bed and relaxing. This was my kind of treatment! I also really enjoyed having someone to talk to, who I could share my deepest fears and worries with. Someone who listened and didn't judge me.
After about four hypnotherapy sessions I was able to eat a full meal again without suffering the usual stomach cramps. My panic attacks were certainly becoming less frequent too.
To be honest I was overwhelmed with the progress I had made and results I was seeing.
Even though it seemed I had got my IBS under control and the number of panic attacks were becoming less frequent, I decided it was time I addressed my constant state of anxiety.
So I had another three hypnotherapy sessions and managed to take back control of my life. I began to shift my outlook from ‘living to work’ to ‘working to live’. I restored my work life balance. I also found the courage to say “no” to my boss from time to time!
By now I was completely smitten with hypnotherapy and decided to teach myself self-hypnosis. Over the last 13 years, I have used self-hypnosis to help me deal with a variety of issues including chronic migraines and conflict management.
Because hypnotherapy had such a profound and positive influence in my life, I decided I really wanted to share the joy and benefits with others, so became a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist.
As you can see, hypnotherapy has been a huge part of my life for over 14 years, and I would love it to be part of your life too. I think having a hypnotherapist who has been in the other 'chair' is a real bonus.
I believe we all have the skills and resources we need to overcome our issues. I certainly won’t tell you how to fix your problems. I haven’t lived your life or walked in your shoes. Only you truly know what it’s like to be you.
But with a little help from me, you will discover, as I did, what changes you need to change your life in a profound way.