Usually, in this spot on any similar website, you’ll read about the hypnotherapist’s “journey” to get to this point.

Maybe also their moment of revelation when they were healed by hypnotherapy, which is when they realized they wanted to become one.

I’ll try not to be like that here.

I’ve been a professional, registered, validated hypnotherapist for 11 years, 6 of them at senior level at the time of writing. It’s the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council who approved my validation, and until recently, I was also a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine. I also have a qualification approved by the National Council for Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

My interest in Hypnotherapy stemmed from meeting a practising hypnotherapist at a family event.

From then on, I was hooked, and started to find out all about it. It took a while, but once I decided to do the training, I then had to find a Training Organisation which could provide that training to the high level I’d decided I wanted to attain. There weren’t too many around, but I eventually decided on one in Bournemouth – the EOS Organisation. Sadly, they’re no longer in existence, as the partners who ran it broke up and parted company a few years ago.

Since then of course, I’ve participated in a lot of additional training in all sorts of specialities -smoking cessation, sports performance, easibirthing, past life regression – to name a few. I also decided to add some additional therapies to my range of treatment – NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, which many know as “Tapping”), and EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), for instance. EMDR is actually a kind of Psychotherapy

Now though, I run my own training school, The Surrey School of Hypnotherapy, where I train others to be Professional Hypnotherapists. This is in addition to my established busy private practices in Farnham, Bagshot and Guildford, where I’ve been treating clients for many years.

I’ve been around for a while, as you can gauge from my picture – that white hair has to be earned!

This means that I’ve come across many of the things my clients need help with, and I’ve helped an awful lot of people to successfully deal with their problems and situations. It’s really useful to have met so many people from all walks of life, both here and in other countries, as it enables me to treat people in an empathetic and understanding way. This is almost always the fastest way to help resolve things you need to change.

One other thing I must mention.

These days, you’ll see quite a few hypnotherapists giving themselves titles like “solution-focussed hypnotherapist” or “cognitive hypnotherapist”.  Well, “cognitive” means “relating to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning”. In my opinion, good Hypnotherapy is more concerned with emotions than reasoning and judgement, as it’s your emotional response to situations that is making you behave the way you’re currently doing, and that’s usually what needs to change so that you can feel better.

“Solution-focussed”?  – that just means helping you find a solution to the situation you want to change. Solution-focussed hypnotherapists don’t think it’s necessary to find the root cause of their client’s problem to be able to help them change. Sometimes it isn’t, but sometimes it definitely is. All hypnotherapists aim to help you find a solution to your situation – if they don’t they shouldn’t be in the profession at all. Dismissing and ruling out one of the potential ways of helping you is really no help at all.

I don’t believe in dressing things up in fancy titles.

That’s all very well in the training room, when dissecting different approaches – after all, we have to call them something, and I do that in my training sessions too. But I will use any and all techniques at my disposal to help you, my client, and I don’t restrict my approach to one technique, when I have so many in my locker that I can use as appropriate.

This is not a “one-size-fits-all” profession. You need effective help in a way that’s unique to you. With me, that’s what you’ll get.