I was one of the lucky 11 year olds who knew what I wanted to do as a job. I I decided I wanted to be a counsellor to help people, which is cliched but true. At the time that I made this decision I was undergoing counselling myself. My family had been through a trauma and I was having counselling to make sure I was coping with the consequences. At the time I didn’t feel as though I needed the help as I wasn’t the one directly affected, however I realised that one trauma affected us all in very different ways. This is the main reason I do this job, because whatever we all go through, however minor or massive, we all experience things differently and none of us cope in the same way.
My job isn’t to tell you how to deal with things, its not to tell you that you are coping the “wrong” way. My job is to guide you and enable you to find a healthy way of coping, and to give you the tools to be able to overcome obstacles that we all may face in life. The objective is for you to have the tools so you do not need therapy every time an obstacle appears in front of you, you will have the tools to cope yourself.
I’m a member of the National Counselling Society & the National Hypnotherapy Society.
The therapies I use are Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy. I don’t necessarily always use these together as some people only want psychotherapy and others only want hypnotherapy, however I use psychotherapy techniques whilst working with hypnotherapy and vice versa, for example if I am working with someone under hypnosis I will use the counselling skills from psychotherapy to aid me in providing you with a safe and non-judgmental environment, and to talk through any worries or anything that has occurred during the hypnosis. During Psychotherapy I might use hypnotic language in order to make you relaxed during a relaxation session.
During any of my sessions with clients I always allow time to talk through anything they might want to before and after the session. The initial consultation is useful for you to ask me more about either Hypnotherapy or Psychotherapy, and we can discuss which one, if either, is right for you individually. For now if you want to know more about both therapies have a look at the sections ‘What is Hypnotherapy?’ & ‘What is Psychotherapy?’