When choosing a therapist it is important to choose someone you feel you can work well with and trust. Hopefully by knowing a bit more about me it will give you an idea of who I am and how I work.
My initial background was in primary education, as a teacher, but that was not for me; I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a passion. After experiencing a really rough time of my own and then my own experiences of therapy, I decided that being a therapist was a much better direction for me to go in. I had encountered some incredible therapists and also, unfortunately, had some disappointing therapeutic experiences. I really felt that this was a field that I could go into, and use my experiences to inform my work and make me a better therapist in the process.
I stumbled on hypnotherapy much more by accident, than design, and found it both incredible and fascinating. When I was seeking professional help, it was an area of therapy that had, quite frankly, always terrified me, but the more I learnt through first hand experience, the more I learnt through my course and the more I was able to apply it to people, the more I realised that my fears were borne through my own preconceptions, rather than actual fact. From hypnotherapy, I then learnt Applied Emotion Freedom Technique and studied BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, whilst continuing to study and develop as a counsellor. I find myself now, as a therapist, doing something I never imagined doing, but absolutely loving it. I now work as a therapist (as a member of a various professional bodies, insured, supervised and DBS checked) working in Ipswich, Suffolk, and have been at my current location since June 2014.
Alongside my prviate practice, I work in a school with children who are struggling and am also working at a local organisation as a counsellor. I’m hoping to go back to university later next year to gain a higher level of skills and knowledge; all of which will add to all I am already doing.
I guess all of that means, alongside my professional skills and competence, I have a very real approach when working with a client because I have a deep understanding of the fears and worries that a client may have, as well as the skills and knowledge to help you navigate through that and achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve.
My current qualifications are;
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Emotional Freedom Technique- Levels One and Two
BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®- Level One
Serious Work for Serious Issues
BroadBand for the Brain
IBs: Two Session Fix
WSN+ Counselling and Coaching- Levels One and Two
Emotional Needs and Resources
BWRT®- Smoking Cessation
Advanced HypnoAnalysis and Regression Training
Trauma; A Challenge of Our Time
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (Adults)
Introduction to Safeguarding (Children)
I am currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy and also an Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
I am a member of the following organisation;
National Hypnotherapy Society (Professional Member)
Nationl Counselling Society (Accredited Member)
Institute of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (Member at Practitioner Level)
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Student Member)
Prior to all of that, I achieved a BSc (Honours) in Mathematics, Technology and ICT with Education Studies.
I now consider myself to be incredibly fortunate to be thriving in a field that I thought would only ever be a dream.