I studied neuroscience at Sussex University and trained in mental disorders, addictions, appetite, family and parenting.
I trained in hypnosis with world expert researchers in this field such as Professor Zoltan Dienes at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Studies at Sussex University.
I obtained a diploma in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in 2006 from the respected Uncommon Knowledge at Sussex University. I stayed working as a trainer and examiner with Uncommon Knowledge and also with Withinsight training course.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist for 14 years in Brighton and Hove.
I was sponsored by The Royal Sussex County Hospital to train in the treatment of the symptoms of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in London. I volunteered at Brighton Womens Centre providing hypnotherapy for women from backgrounds of childhood or domestic abuse.
I noticed from an early age, patterns of behaviour or unhelpful emotions, and I noticed that I could not stop myself repeating them no matter how conscious of them I became, and I realised this was a common issue that many people lived with without ever addressing.
I have spent a long time studying science, neuroscience, psychology, psychotherapy and hypnosis and have a quick way of getting to the root of issues to help clients get changes. However this is not an upsetting exploration of the past, it is a positive, solution-focused chat that clients find really enjoyable and positive. They leave their session feeling uplifted, relaxed, centred and motivated. Sometimes we need to treat past negative experiences and behaviours, but this involves relaxed techniques to remove the hard wiring and allow memories and behaviours to fade into time where they belong.
I am easy to talk to and a solution-focused psychotherapy session is very productive and enjoyable. You don't tell me about negative experiences and emotions and I don't tell you what you should do or feel. Instead we establish a positive goal and locate times and emotions associated with this. We use this to positively rehearse the future and establish a pattern for that behaviour, so you leave feeling like that is your established behaviour. So people leave feeling relaxed around previous phobias, or without feeling like smoking. This is possible because the only difference between imaging doing an activity and actually experiencing doing it is the activation of the motor cortex, the rest of the brain activation is the same.
Hypnosis is a natural state in which you still have full control of what you are saying and doing. Stage hypnosis uses highly suggestable people who are willing to participate in some stage antics and this not what we use in therapeutic hypnosis.
I have seen so many clients over the years and although they tend to present with typical current issues, these can stem from very varied specific original experiences that underpins current issues. It is important to treat primary and secondary issues to really help someone move forward from an unhelpful pattern of thought or behaviour. For example if someone is asking for motivation for work, diet or exercise and that person has underlying issues, such as low self esteem or trauma, then getting that person to harness motivation could be potentially damaging if their motivations are negative. Treating the trauma or low self steem and then building on positive motivation for healthy balanced living is safer for the client in the short term and most beneficial in the long-term.
Hypnosis should only be used for therapeutic purposes by someone who could treat the condition without hypnosis in my opinion. I am happy to chat about my experience and techniques or the research behind any issue of neuroscience, solutuion-focused psychotherapy or hypnosis and have included articles and links for those who are interested in finding out more.
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