I became interested in hypnosis when I was on holiday in Tenerife and saw a stage hypnosis show in which some of my friends took part. I knew them well enough to know they weren’t faking it.
About two weeks after coming back from holiday, I saw an advert in a newspaper about an NLP course with Paul McKenna and decided to attend. I had never heard of NLP; I didn’t even know what NLP stood for. I just thought it must be something to do with hypnosis because Paul McKenna was a hypnotist.
Following this, I decided to learn more about hypnosis but couldn’t afford to pay thousands of pounds for training courses so I joined lots of hypnosis forums and read books recommended on these, plus suggested reading lists from some hypnosis courses. I also bought video and home study courses and followed these for about three years before going on one and two day hypnosis courses.
After this, I decided hypnotherapy was something I would like to choose as a career. So I researched which courses were the best available and decided to take a course with Terence Watts, who teaches hypnoanalysis, and Stephen Brooks, who teaches Ericksonian hypnosis.
By the time I had finished these courses, I had accumulated a wealth of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, but did not feel confident enough to start charging clients because I was only new and I thought that maybe I would not be able to help people.
So I decided to go and see the best therapists in the UK and the US and have some sessions with them so that I could see what therapy was like outside the classroom, and also to benefit from the therapy itself. I decided that I would only see people with at least ten years’ experience because I thought I could learn from their experience.
Afterwards, I looked around for places where I could start working with real clients and since then, I’ve worked at a hospital, in a women’s shelter, given talks to groups, worked with company executives on stress management. I’ve also worked with lots of sports people because this is what I’ve chosen to specialise in.
My Qualifications include:
Diploma in Hypnoanalysis (Advanced) Essex Institute Terence Watts
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis with Psychotherapy Essex Institute Terence Watts
Practitioner certificate in practical application of indirect hypnosis, Ericksonian Psychotherapy and NLP (distinction) British Hypnosis Research Stephen Brooks
Intensive training in Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP British Hypnosis Research Stephen Brooks
NLP practitioner McKenna, Breen and Bandler
Certificate in Pain Management Healthy Visions Ron Eslinger
Quest Institute Wordweaving online course
HypnoSynthesis Hypnotherapy Practitioner Certificate (HPC) Donald Robertson
Essex Institute award-winning Easy Quit Smoking Program
HypnoSynthesis Certificated Smoking Cessation
Master class David Botsford Certificate in smoking cessation
Rob Kelly’s Method Stop Smoking Easily
Sports Hypnosis Centre