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. 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 hypnotherapy and yoga
This led to me training as a Hypno-Psychotherapist, graduating from the NCHP with distinction after two years. I also qualified in Online Therapy so I could offer hypnotherapy 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 always loved yoga, and I’d been practicing for many years before deciding to train as a teacher. What’s even better is that hypnotherapy and yoga go together so well!
After a further two years of study, I earned my Diploma in Teaching Yoga with Train Fitness. While I was studying, I particularly enjoyed learning about the different energy centres in the body (chakras), and how the body moves. 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. In 2018, I also earned my Level 3 Award in Pre and Postnatal Exercise. This means I’m now able to offer pregnancy yoga and postnatal yoga to my one-to-one clients.
Learning for a lifetime
I also 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) and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals). You can therefore be sure you’re seeing an up-to-date, highly trained and ethical practitioner.