MBPsS, BSc(hons) Psych (Open), DHP(NC), MNSHPM, CNHC reg, Registered Exercise Professional
Long before I became a Registered 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 Hypnotherapist and Hypno-Psychotherapist, graduating from the Oxford cohort of the NCHP with distinction after 2 years of Masters-level training. I am currently working towards my full UKCP registration for hypno-psychotherapy which I will obtain after a further 5 years of client work. Following my Hypno-Psychotherapy Diploma, I also gained my Certificate in Online Therapy so I could offer my clients hypnotherapy and psychotherapy over the telephone and online. As working online changes the therapeutic relationship and introduces different challenges to working face-to-face, it’s really important for therapists to have this additional knowledge. After building up my hypno-psychotherapy practice, and with relaxation being central to how hypnosis 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’d become used to managing my own stress and anxiety by moving my body, so sharing this with others was an opportunity that was staring me in the face.
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. As a result, my yoga classes are designed to have a real ‘mind-body’ feel so you leave class feeling strong and relaxed, mentally and physically.
Since obtaining my yoga teaching diploma, I have also completed my Fitness Instructor (Gym) qualification, Pre and Postnatal Exercise certificate and my Yoga Shred, Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga certifications. These certifications have enabled me to offer additional services to my one-to-one yoga clients and also run some different class types. Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra are particular features of my therapeutic yoga sessions but I can also incorporate hypnotherapy into these as well.
Learning for a lifetime
I strongly 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 whenever I can. I also maintain professional memberships with BPS (British Psychological Society) as a psychology graduate, CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) for hypnotherapy, the NSHPM (National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness) for hypno-psychotherapy and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) for yoga. You can therefore be sure you’re seeing an up-to-date, highly trained and ethical practitioner.