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Clinical Hypnotherapist (PG Dip, MPA, MA (Oxon), BSCH)

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My Story

After a successful career in Government as a policy maker and manager, I decided to follow my lifelong interest in how the mind works (and sometimes works against us!). I retrained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the internationally respected London College of Clinical Hypnosis and the University of West London and subsequently with Terence Watts, the creator of Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®). Reflecting my interest in the therapeutic benefits of both voice and sound, I am also a certified and experienced Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) practitioner

As a therapist, I focus on achieving rapid and sustainable results, and strongly believe that most single issues can be resolved in a few sessions. At the same time, I work with clients to resolve long-standing anxiety, struggles to find identity or meaning, trauma and challenging life events. I often work closely with other health professionals (for example, functional medics and chiropractors), recognising the inter-relationship between mind and body. For some clients, I work in a coaching rather than therapeutic role, and I am also a certified Cogmed coach which is a well-evidenced intervention for improving focus and attention. 

I am fully insured, hold an enhanced DBS Certificate and have regular supervision. As a lifelong learner, I am always researching new techniques and evolving my own therapeutic applications of neuroscience as this field evolves. I am particularly interested in healing and the nervous system from the perspective of polyvagal theory (Dr Stephen Porges), as well as applying an understanding of the brain hemispheres and their functioning, strengths and limitations (c.f. Dr Iain McGilchrist) to fine-tune therapy techniques that will support healing and well-being for each unique client. I'm married with two pre-teen children and live in South West London and I'm a confident, if not fully fluent, French speaker. When I'm not working, my free time is spent with family and friends, cooking or planning an escape from the city. 

Qualifications and core training 

Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) (2021) 

Comprehensive practitioner training (via Unyte, Integrated Listening Systems) in the delivery of this 5 hour sound therapy programme, as well as the science on the vagus nerve, polyvagal theory and its applications. 

Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) Level 2 Psychology of Identity and Behaviour (2020)

18 hours of lectures with a written examination 

Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) Level 1 General Psychopathology (2019)

18 hours of lectures with written and oral examinations, for qualified psychotherapists only 

Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (Distinction), London College of Clinical Hypnosis, University of West London (2018)

150+ hours of lectures and tutorials in advanced hypnosis and psychotherapy techniques with examined post-graduate level assignments over 1 year 

Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (Distinction), London College of Clinical Hypnosis, University of West London (2016)

200+ hours of lectures and tutorials with examined coursework, practical assessments and clinical case studies over 1.5 years 

Masters in Public Administration (MPA)

(Distinction), Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (2012) 

A wide-ranging 3 year post-graduate degree covering all aspects of leadership and organisational management in a public sector context. Dissertation: Individual and collective cognitive bias in organisational decision-making

Masters in English Language and Literature (MA)

(2:1), Somerville College, University of Oxford (2000)

Professional associations 

Practitioner Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)

Independent professional body to assure high standards of ethical practice in hypnotherapy and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

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