Following a diagnosis of early onset arthritis in 2013, I discovered clinical hypnotherapy as an effective way of reducing pain and of ensuring that I had the right mental attitude to make the very best of my life. I was so impressed with how clinical hypnotherapy helped me that I decided to train as a practitioner myself. I wanted to train with the best clinical hypnotherapists in the UK, and in my opinion, the training I undertook at the Clifton Practice in Bristol is second to none.
I have a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP). I am registered with the leading professional organisations in this field, namely the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH).
I have full professional liability insurance, and have an enhanced CRB.
My clients can be assured that I am committed to delivering a high-quality service which focuses on getting results. They can also be assured that everything communicated to me is kept confidential. I work with children as well as adults, with my youngest client to date being 10 years old.
Before I became a clinical hypnotherapist in my 40s, I worked for many years as a criminal defence lawyer. I trained initially as a barrister in London, which was academically demanding and highly competitive. I had to cope with constant pressure to get positive results from my clients, many of whom were at risk of losing their liberty and their livelihoods. I also had to face the fiercely competitive and adversarial environment of the courtroom. In every respect, my professional life was challenging and often stressful. I had to learn very quickly how to remain calm under pressure so that I could perform consistently to a high level.
One of my most interesting roles in recent years was as a Corporate Spokesperson for a Hereford firm. I was interviewed many times by the national and international media, including appearances on ITV Central News and on Radio 2 with Jeremy Vine. Once again, keeping cool under pressure, and remaining calm and relaxed in the face of hostile questioning, were key attributes in conveying the right message and impression.
My experience has taught me how important our mental approach is when it comes to dealing with the day to day challenges we all face. Clinical hypnotherapy offered me a new way of approaching my own issues and inspired me to share its potential with others.