So here is my therapy journey so far.
I set up my Hypnotherapy Works practice back in early 2014, but this isn’t where it all began. It began when our kids were very young, 2 boys under 3. Gary, my partner, started with panic attacks. He thought at the time he was suffering from an asthma attack, this was the early hours one morning many years ago now, but I can still remember it like it was yesterday. Gary went off to see a hypnotherapist, I can still remember his name, Bob Park. Hypnotherapy really helped and approximately 4 session later the panic had gone, fantastic life back to normal. It was for approximately 18moths to 2 years, then anxiety came into our lives. Looking back, we can understand why, Gary had the pressure of being the main bread winner, 2 small boys and running his business, as well as working through planning for the family home in our back garden. Lots of pressure when we look back at it now.
The boys both went off to school and I wanted something to do with my time as well as be able to help support with the financial side of family life. Hypnotherapy had sort of been there in the back of my mind since Gary had experienced it and had helped him greatly, bearing in mind that Gary was and is very sceptical of these sorts of things. I found a company called Chrysalis, they offed a course where I would go over to Newcastle (about 1 hour 30 mins drive) once a month for 10 class room sessions, it was over a year (Christmas and summer holidays off), then ‘homework’ to do in between with practice sessions with friends and family.
I really enjoyed my days studying in Newcastle, I enjoyed being me rather than mum or partner, when the first year was finished (hypnotherapy and basic counselling skills) I did the second year that was more counselling skills (to help my hypnotherapy and talking skills).
Setting the business up in early 2014 was such a great thing for me and Gary gave me the push I needed to get out there and get clients. I had no idea about the business side of things, how to use social media to its full potential, tax and national insurance etc. It was a great learning curve and one that isn’t finished, I don’t think ever it will be finished as things are always changing.
After a few years of doing just hypnotherapy I wanted to add to my tool box, I came across a chap called John Cinderey, he is now my mentor and supervisor. John introduced me to WSN therapy and BWRT, both fantastic therapies I really enjoy using.
BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy) has really changed the way I work with my client’s; I have found it has allowed me to work faster and achieve long lasting results. I have completed all 3 levels now and would like to use the level 3 more to help clients with long term illnesses so that they are able to cope with the long term affects, which in turn can help alleviate some of the symptoms. As I write this, we are living through the CV19 pandemic, so my business is mainly working with anxiety, which is why I got in to therapy in the first place and I enjoy this side of my work immensely.
During my studying of BWRT I feel I have learned so much more about our brains and how they work, why we can sometimes feel the way we do and can’t stop the feelings/reactions. I enjoy learning about the brain, if I had the knowledge I have now I think I would have become a neuroscientist.
In November 2019 my business took an exciting turn and I moved into Penrith. I met a lady via social media called Brenda, Brenda Tuer is a midwife that has trained to become a hypnotherapist and specialises in everything bumps to babies. Brenda asked me if I would like to share her office space in Penrith, I went along and had a look at her studio space and I got a really good feel for it straight away, something inside me said this is the place for you. So I took the plunge and moved into North Cumbria Therapies, 1 Sandgate Penrith where Brenda and I work opposite each other. Nearly a year later and I am very happy I decided to make this move. For all your baby help, from fertility through to birth and beyond here is Mums Matter Brenda also specialises in birth trauma.
CV 19 changed my business for me over night, like it did for many. Looking back now it was a real positive to get a side of my business up and running which, I knew I could but had been putting off, online therapy. I found it really enjoyable and have therefore kept that side of my business going, I am able to work with people all over the UK. It also gave me a chance to step back and have a look at my business. I got some help with my social media, Lisa from Acorn Marketing, she advised me to create a brand. I did and used another local lady, Jili from Jili Allen Creative. These 2 ladies have helped me to get a look and feel for my business which I know love. Jili has also updated my website and it looks awesome. I also decided to add audio downloads as another form of income. When my business stopped overnight, I realised I needed some other way to keep an income coming in, I am also thinking of other ideas, nothing I am ready to divulge yet, but I am growing my business in other ways, exciting times. So even though the pandemic hasn’t been a great time it has given me a chance to look at my business from a different direction.
So that’s a bit about my story so far, I could waffle on further but I don’t think you would find it very interesting.
If your mental health is not good for whatever reason, get in touch. If you wish to banish anxiety and fell calmer and lighter then contact me and we can arrange a free 30 min chat.
Just to finish off you can read more about the individual therapies I do from my site or take a look at the other blogs. The frequently asked questions part on my website is very helpful too.