I have a scientific background with a PhD in Biochemistry and over 25 years of experience working as a research scientist in the field of cancer research. I take a great interest in the latest scientific research into how the brain works and how this relates to why you behave the way you do. I am particularly interested in how the connections between our mind and body can be used to direct the natural healing abilities of our bodies to improve health and well being.
I am a fully qualified and comprehensively insured Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. I trained with internationally acclaimed Trevor Silvester at the Quest Institute, the home of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, which teaches leading-edge techniques including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I have been awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the qualification verified by The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH). This is the only, independently accredited, professional standard qualification in Hypnotherapy in the UK.
The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH), to which I belong, implements the highest standards of training and professional ethics amongst its members and I comply with their strict code of ethics and public protection policies.
I am also a member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), registration number 000096-K11. The CNHC was set up in the year 2000 following the House of Lords Science and Technology Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicines, to regulate the quality of practitioners to enhance protection of the public. The programme was supported by the King’s Fund and Department of Health.
What do the letters mean?
BSc – I have a Joint Honours Degree in Biology and Chemistry
PhD - I have a Doctorate in Biochemistry in the field of Cancer Research
HPD - I have passed the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, the first nationally accredited hypnotherapy qualification awarded by the NCFE National Awarding Body.
DipCHyp - I have a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy
NLP Prac. - I am a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
MNCH - I am a Member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy and adhere to their strict code of ethics and conduct.
Well, I think it’s interesting!! I am a keen Latin American and Ballroom dancer. I have taken quite a few medal tests, (think Strictly but without the sequined dresses!), but always suffered with nerves and it’s hard to dance when your legs feel like jelly. Before my last exam I had some Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help me over come my nerves and fear that I would forget the routine, which I had done during a couple of previous tests. Well it worked and I received the top Honours grade for my Gold Star One Latin test, which I was pretty chuffed about! I am now learning the routines for my Gold Star One ballroom medal test.
Interestingly, in series nine of Strictly Come Dancing, Russell Grant used NLP and hypnosis to overcome his nerves and help with the pain associated with a hip problem. Lulu also consulted a leading hypnotist to help her overcome her nerves and remember her Strictly routines.
Choosing a therapist
Finding the right therapist for you is very important. Research suggests that the strong relationship between therapist and client is the single most important factor for successful therapy.
So how do you find the right therapist? Search for therapists in your area and take a look at their websites. Do you like the sound and look of them? Do you get a good feeling as you read about them?
Take a look at their qualifications. There are a great number of qualifications and accrediting bodies in the therapy field, including hypnotherapy, in the UK. Look for a therapist who has HPD after their name. This stands for the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, which is an externally verified examination, accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH). The HPD conforms to National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy and the NCH Code of Ethics. This means that the therapist who has this qualification conforms to the highest standards available here in the UK.
They should also be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and have their registration number on their website. The CNHC is the UK regulator for complimentary healthcare practitioners. The Department of Health has recommended that, where the CNHC registers the professional discipline in question, you consult with someone who is CNHC registered. By ensuring that the therapist you see is a member of the CNHC, you can have peace of mind that they are regulated and you are protected.