I qualified as an advanced hypnotherapist in June 2001 and was a member of The Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy for many years. Sadly this organisation no longer exists but I was trained to the highest standards by the Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing who gave me a thorough foundation in the techniques and practices that have enabled me to deal with confidence with whatever issues a client presents with. I have continued to develop and hone my practice over nearly 20 years and could not continue in this work if I did not find it hugely effective.
I am a Registered General Nurse (what used to be known as an SRN when I qualified in 1977) and, whilst bringing up my children, I worked as a bereavement counsellor. I worked for 10 years as a Staff Nurse in the Paediatric Unit in Northampton General Hospital and as a Hypnotherapist at home. These occupations were practised independently of each other. In the future I should like to think that there will be a more holistic approach to health care i.e. truly complementary medicine.
Over the years I have become increasingly aware that mind and body are inextricably linked. Our thoughts and emotions affect our physical health and wellbeing. We are all aware how creative thinking enables people to achieve their goals and ambitions and promotes better health and how negative thought patterns can do the opposite.
I see it as a great privilege when clients have the courage to seek my help and will always do the very best I can to help them achieve their goals. I love this fulfilling work and will continue as a hypnotherapist for as long as I can listen and speak.
I shall continue to work to promote an understanding of hypnotherapy within the NHS and remain open to opportunities to participate in good research to pave the way towards integration into mainstream medicine.