I thought I would use this first blog to explain to you how I discovered Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
One day, a few years ago now, I was sat on a train making my way to Greenwich in London. I was in a production of Hamlet at the Greenwich Playhouse and I was on the train with one of my fellow actors. The train wasn’t too busy, thats the beauty of going to work around 17.30, everyone else is travelling in the opposite direction to you, so we didn’t have to talk through heads or be crammed up against a window. It was all quite civilised. We were chatting away and he mentioned how he was a Cognitive Hypnotherapist….like most people, I asked what that was and he explained it to me. Thats when I had my second…’ah hah’ moment of my life. Let me explain!
When I was younger, I wasn’t 100% sure of what I wanted to do. When it came to picking my A-Levels, I chose human biology because I had always enjoyed it but beyond that I wasn’t sure what else to do. So my mum gave me a couple of books, one of these books was all about Psychology and I was hooked, I loved it and found it fascinating. So after finishing my A-Levels I went onto to study Human Biology at Oxford Brookes University, incorporating as many psychology modules into my degree as possible. Even after starting university, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career. What I did know, was when I found it, I would just know. In my first year at university I got a job at the Apollo theatre, I walked into the auditorium and thats when I got my first ‘ah hah’ moment. I had found it, what I wanted to do…..I wanted to be an actress. So I finished my degree and went onto study musical theatre in London.
Acting is an odd career choice really and I don’t mean any offence to anyone when I say that. If you look at the statistics, they say around 92% of actors are out of work at one point. You certainly don’t go into the profession for its job security! I did it because I loved it and to me it was worth the risk. I could go on about this for ages but I won’t, I’m sure you get the gist. I love acting and I wouldn’t go back and change that decision for the world, I would do it differently but hindsight’s a ‘wonderful’ thing!
After many years in London and touring all over the UK and Europe, I was reaching a point in my life where I was looking for something extra but once again I didn’t know what it was. In that second ‘ah hah’ moment on that train, I knew, once again, I had found what I was looking for; Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
I trained at the internationally recognised Quest Institute with its founder, Trevor Silvester. Through training with Trevor, I am now a fully qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist and I hold the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) – the first nationally accredited hypnotherapy qualification and I am a Certified NLP Practitioner.
One of the things that attracted me to Cognitive Hypnotherapy was how different it was to other types of therapy I knew off. I liked how it draws from many ideas and approaches. Its even called Cognitive Hypnotherapy because many of its principles are borrowed from Cognitive theory, evolutionary psychology and neuroscience. As you can image, coming from a human biology background I was already quite familiar with these approaches.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy helped me move forward in my life and not just because I went onto study it but through experiencing it as well. It’s had a ripple affect on my life; by that I mean it’s not only given me a new career direction which I love and find highly rewarding but its touched all areas of my life.
This brings me to the point of why I am writing this blog. I believe everyone could benefit from a bit of Cognitive Hypnotherapy be it a little or a lot. My aim is to write articles which I hope you will find informative and useful, which will benefit you in some way or another. I’ll cover a wide variety of areas from stress, anxiety, weight-loss to anger management and stopping smoking. I’ll also write about what’s happening in the world of hypnotherapy and keep you up to date with all the latest news and developments.
Do feel free to email or call me if you would like to discuss anything you would like help with or if you have any questions regarding Cognitive Hypnotherapy you would like to ask me.