How I came to be a hypnotherapist

For more years than I care to remember, I’d worked in the motor business, where I was a general Manager in a Rolls-Royce and Jaguar franchised dealer. I had also opened my own motor factor’s business and a courier company.

Then one of my brothers-in-law died. Naturally, I went to his funeral, which was in Cambridgeshire. There, I met up with someone, a relative of my brother-in-law, who I hadn’t seen for about 30 years, but who I had always got on really well with. He was Irish (like my brother-in-law), from Belfast. He introduced me to his second wife. It was so long since I’d seen him; I’d never even met his first wife!

Anyway, I immediately got on really well with her too, like we’d known each other for years, just like her husband. She, let’s call her Lulu, was a Hypnotherapist in Belfast. I did what almost everyone does in this situation. I asked her how she got into it, how and where she trained, could anybody do it, where did she get her clients, what did she treat etc., and she gave me lots of info.

At the end of the day, we parted company.

Over the next year or so, I found myself gravitating towards books, videos and various sources of information on the subject. Every time I was in Waterstone’s for instance, I invariably ended up at the “Self Help” section, where those sorts of books are usually located. Eventually more than 18 months had passed, and I just had to scratch that itch. I decided to find out exactly where and how I could train, what levels of training and courses there were, how long it all took, how much it cost, and what levels of qualification were recognised by various Governing bodies. In other words, I researched it properly.

Then I decided to go for it! I signed up and committed myself to a full Professional Level course, qualified, and started my Practice.

That was over 10 years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history. I’ve never looked back, and I’ve been enjoying an interesting and rewarding career since that day, gaining more and more experience and qualifications ever since. There’s always more to learn, which is great.

In fact now, as well as treating my clients for the huge variety of situations they come to me for help with, I train others to be Professional Hypnotherapists too, and to the same standard as I started off reaching.

What could be better?