Over the last few years I’ve become known as the no nonsense, anxiety resolving therapist. I support people of all ages to eliminate their feelings of anxiety or stress which might manifest as physical reactions from uncomfortable feelings to panic attacks to physical illness; habits from nail biting to self harm, to lifestyle effects from comfort eating to sleep problems.
As someone who has dealt first hand with many issues, I consider myself an expert through experience (!) – but with the tools, empathy, sense of humour (and just the right level of bossiness) to work effectively and successfully with you to get your sparkle back – whatever your age, location or issue.
For now though, I’l tell you a quick story:
I’ll be completely honest with you. I used to be sceptical of hypnosis. It was really mind over matter, right? Actually, no. Wrong.
I now know there is more to it than that because for over 10 years I had issues with being in crowded places. Not just feelings that I’d rather not be there; ones that ruled my life. I changed my contract at work so I could work from home the majority of time, and if I did go into the London office, I had to get a 5.30am train to be sure I wouldn’t have to get too close to anyone. Tubes were not an option unless someone was with me and even then, if it was crowded, I could still have a crippling panic attack. I wouldn’t go to pubs or bars unless I knew I could sit down in a corner and not have to move, and I couldn’t go anywhere new alone incase of…well…people.
A few months into my training I could see that hypnotherapy – particularly the type we were learning that was unscripted and tailored uniquely to our clients – combined with solutions based psychotherapy, was an amazing tool. Based on science with a sprinkling of magic I saw it work on all sorts of issues but was unsure whether it could make a difference to such an ingrained issue for me. One hour of hypnotherapy was all it took to turn everything around. And it turned out there was no need for long drawn out talking sessions, for understanding the ‘why’ or for trying to stop my fight or flight response when it had already pretty much flapped away. I changed jobs. I started to commute (often alone) into London. I jumped onto crowded tube trains feeling grumpy, but not terrified. I’ve been to pubs, bars, concerts, I’ve even been to a club and practically danced my shoes off on a packed dance floor. If I could have achieved this in any other way, I would have; I’d tried everything to fix the issue and have a normal life. There was no mind over matter required. The issue was there, then *poof!* Gone!
This entire process is quite simply life changing and I want to be able to help people like you choose to live the best life out there for you.
I’m a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register which ensures protection of the public and continuing development within the profession. That means I’m committed to continue learning as well as having regular supervision by others in the field, so my clients and I know I am offering the most up to date, professional and appropriate support.
Before I moved into this full time, worked in corporates for 20 years, most recently as an Internal Communications Manager.
Outside of all this, I’m on the continual learning curve of being a step mum to two teenage boys, being an auntie to my young niece and nephew and doing my best to challenge myself in the same way that I challenge my clients (if I don’t do it, how can I expect you to?!).
I live in Brighton between the sea and the Downs with my husband Tony, our elderly cat Norman, and our working cocker Percy, who one day I’d love to train as a therapy dog but suspect that’s a bit too hopeful for this whirlwind. For now, he comes to work with me in the Hypno Hut (my office)at the bottom of the garden as he loves listening to hypnosis…
Dip. Hyp. Psych; Registered Hypnotherapist (GHR)