Here is some informationabout my Qualifications and Experience
I am qualified as a Certified Master Hypnotist (C.M.H.) and a Certified Hypnotherapist (C.Hyp.) I am a member of the Hypnotherapy Association (see their website for further information and profile), which is affiliated to the UKCMO, an umbrella organisation for the hypnotherapy profession in the U.K. which sets standards of safety and professionalism.
I have had further certified training in Master classes for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Phobias, Smoking Cessation and Weight management, as well as Positive Solution Training and Development. I am qualified in a number of other therapies, including Healing, Holistic Integrative Counselling and Emotional Freedom Technique.
Formerly a biology teacher, I have been in continuous practice as a therapist for more than 25 years. I have taught and given talks related to a variety of therapies in hospitals, higher education, women’s institutes, businesses, spiritually seeking and self development groups.
I work alongside my husband, Brian, a nutritionist at The Caring Clinic. We have both found enormous help ourselves from various therapies and this helps us to come from a point of empathy, understanding and compassion. We are dedicated to helping you to help yourself.
About hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. A light hypnosis is similar to that relaxed, half awake/half asleep feeling. A deeper hypnosis is more like sleep. During hypnosis, the conscious mind is bypassed and the subconscious mind; where emotions and patterns from the past which affect the present are hidden; can be accessed and worked with easily.
This can help you to help yourself with -
Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness, the ability to be more positive, successful and in charge of your life, releasing trauma from childhood, accidents, etc., stress, anxiety and panic attacks, grief, fears and phobias, tension and pain, smoking, weight control, IBS, stress management, pre-dentist or surgery nerves, easier childbirth, insomnia, career advancement, sports performance, relationships, healing, personal development and more.
The way I work. I start with a free 20-minute (approximately) assessment interview. This way we can get to know each other. I can discover a little more about your situation and what you want and answer your questions. This may lead to a full session or sessions.
During a session. There may be further discussion about your situation if necessary. You will then be asked to lie down on a couch or remain seated if you prefer. I will help you to relax mentally and physically. Sometimes soothing music is played. I then assist you to reach a level of hypnosis and give helpful and positive words and/or images, or elicit them from you, for your unconscious mind to work with in an effortless and relaxed way. Sometimes relief is immediate. Sometimes beneficial results occur more gradually and sometimes in later sessions we may need to explore issues more deeply. Usually there is an experience of being more relaxed, a beneficial change in attitude to life and emotions, and a tranquillity which brings comfort alongside other advantageous changes which take place.
The Caring Clinic
The Caring Clinic was first established in a health food shop in Sheffield city centre.
Prior to that, in 1987, Brian and I set up a Natural Health and Healing Centre on the outskirts of Sheffield, which involved a clinic incorporating other therapists, a centre for evening and weekend classes run by ourselves and other teachers, and a residential retreat centre.
Before that we worked at clinics in Gillingham, Chatham and Gravesend in Kent.
In 1992 The Caring Clinic moved to Barkers Road, where we are now.
The two of us have a wealth of personal and professional experience which we enjoy continuing to share.
A little light on some of popular myths surrounding hypnotherapy. (based on questions I am often asked)
A lot of people have some funny ideas about hypnotherapy! Certainly, hypnotherapy is not like some of the staged events we see on television. The aim of these is to fascinate and entertain you. the aim of hypnotherapy is to help you to help yourself.
The hypnotist might take control of your mind and make you do something you do not want to do.
If you go to a stage performance and have, for example, an unconscious desire to be the centre of attraction you might find yourself volunteering to do just that. However, in hypnotherapy, you will talk through your “therapeutic” goals with the therapist and these will be the focus of your session. The therapist will help you to be more in control of your mind and your unconscious blocks, habits and root causes.
Hypnotherapy is a bit weird.
If relaxing on a couch or in a comfortable chair whilst someone talks to you is weird, then yes it is. I remember thirty years ago, wanting to go into a Health Food Shop. They were thin on the ground at that time and decidedly weird. I was apprehensive, but I thought I might find something to help me, so I took the plunge. I am glad I did and so is Brian.
It’s not natural.
Hypnosis is a natural state, as in the half-awake, half asleep state we all experience. Have you ever driven down a motorway and suddenly “come to”, wondering where you are, or whether you have missed your turn off? You have possibly very briefly been in a deeper state when you lost awareness but you were not asleep.
You need to be very deep and loose all awareness for it to work.
A light hypnotic trance can be just as effective as a deep one. What usually happens is that people easily and naturally wander from light to deep hypnosis and sometime sleep and back again, and this is fine.
I can’t relax—I’ve tried it.
Many people tell me this—and then surprise themselves. I remember when I went to antenatal classes. We were all lying on the floor with our eyes closed whilst the teacher went round the room lifting up people’s limbs and letting them flop back to the floor. Mine stayed rigid and I was used as an example of how not to do it. I went home and cried and said," I'll never learn how to relax.” But I did. All things are possible. A therapist helped me and I practised a little each day, just like athletes and musicians do. I still do because I enjoy it and the benefits it brings.
Was I hypnotised?
Afterwards, some people take a while to come to and thus they realise they have been in an altered state. Others do not think they have been hypnotised. A classic example was a 14-year-old boy who came with his mum and did not think it had worked. I asked him a few questions about what he had experienced. Then I said, “How did you respond when I said such and such?” “You never said that,” was his immediate response. His mum who had been listening smiled and said, “Oh yes she did.”
I need to be good at visualisation.
Close your eyes and imagine your house. You can do it - fine. You have an idea or sense of your house, but no picture - fine. It is the intent or focus that matters. Or sometimes it’s good to just drift of and let my voice and music drift through your mind, to come and go- - - - .
My mind needs to be blank for it to work.
Even people who have been meditating daily for thirty years or more, and this includes me, do not manage to block out the internal chatter and images all of the time. The trick is to watch what happens in a relaxed way, to be the “wise observer.” The effect is instantaneous, in one session.
Sometime it is. Sometimes it takes a few or more sessions. Some people take longer to get used to and trust the process. Sometimes there are blocks or resistances in the mind that need to be gently but firmly worked with over time. Some people prefer to change gradually, rather than all at once.
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