MBPsS, BSc(hons) Psych (Open), DHP(NC), CNHC reg., Registered Exercise Professional
Long before I decided to train as a Hypno-Psychotherapist and Yoga Teacher, I was working full time in an office and I knew I wanted to do something different. I’d always been interested in what makes people tick and this led to my honours degree in psychology. My psych degree marked the beginning of a journey of self-discovery and I continued to work full time while studying. When I finished my degree and gained my graduate membership with the British Psychological Society, I decided I wanted to use my newfound knowledge to help others.
Qualifying in hypno-psychotherapy and yoga
This led to me training as a Hypno-Psychotherapist, graduating from the Oxford cohort of the NCHP with distinction after 2 years. I also qualified in Online Therapy so I could offer my clients hypnotherapy and psychotherapy over the telephone and online. After building up my hypnotherapy practice, and with relaxation being central to how hypnotherapy works, becoming a yoga teacher felt like the next logical step on my journey. I’d been practicing yoga for 10 years before deciding to train as a teacher and I’d always loved yoga. I dealt with my own stress and anxiety by moving my body, so sharing this with others was an opportunity that was glaring me in the face. What’s even better is that hypno-psychotherapy and yoga go so well together!
After a further 2 years of study, I earned my 350 hour Diploma in Teaching Yoga with Train Fitness in London. While I was studying, I particularly enjoyed learning about the different energy centres in the body (chakras), and how the body moves anatomically. I like to develop class plans which cover a mix of strength, flexibility and mental focus. This achieves a real ‘mind-body’ feel so you leave class feeling strong and relaxed.
Since becoming a yoga teacher, I have also completed my Level 3 Award in Pre and Postnatal Exercise and my Gym Instructor, Yoga Shred (a unique take on HIIT with yoga poses) and Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) certifications. These qualifications have enabled me to offer additional services to my one-to-one clients and also run some different class types.
Learning for a lifetime
I believe you never stop learning and this is why you’ll often see me participating in other instructors’ classes. As I enjoy expanding my ‘toolbox’ of knowledge, I read a lot of books and do CPD courses when I can. I also maintain professional memberships with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) for hypnotherapy and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) for yoga and pre/postnatal exercise. You can therefore be sure you’re seeing an up-to-date, highly trained and ethical practitioner.