The word Hypnotherapy wasn't a word I was particularly familiar with in my day to day life prior to becoming a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy conjured up thoughts of stage acts, swinging pocket watches and people having no control over what they were doing, why would I ever have thought about having a career as a hypnotherapist, it just wasn't something on my list of career options.
When I left the police service in 2014 I knew I still wanted to work with people but I also knew my brain needed a rest, I was completely exhausted both mentally and physically. My role focused on supporting people during some of the most emotional and challenging periods of their life, this, over time takes its toll on you.
Looking back I can see how it affected my mental health. I was permanently going over the past with victims of horrendous crimes. The thing that really got me though was the fact I couldn't help them move forward once the court case was over. (I was onto the next case and there wasn't the resources or financial capacity to allow a police officer to continue support).
I made a life changing decision and I resigned from the Police, I opened a Vintage Shop and spent 2 years buying, selling and up-cycling furniture, it was the perfect way to allow my brain to process the last 10 years and to build myself back up mentally to start working with the people who needed a little extra help to get back on track.
Whilst deciding what to do next I took a temporary post within a drug and alcohol treatment clinic, this experience really ignited my passion for moving forward.
Once a client beat the initial addiction there was so much ongoing work that needed to be done to rebuild their lives in a positive and rewarding way. This got me thinking about the time after crisis, the time when you are expected to be OK but you aren't, you still need support but in a different way.
I knew I didn't want to be a "traditional counsellor", the role is extremely important and millions of people benefit from counselling but for me, going over the past wasn't the direction I felt I wanted to focus on.
I began looking at alternatives to counselling and I came across Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, it talked about leaving the past in the past and moving forward, perfect.
So I did more and more research and I discovered how this process helped people understand their brain, understand their behavior and understand how to build different patterns in their brains allowing them to create much more positive futures for themselves.
I booked onto the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Diploma at Clifton Hypnotherapy Training and I honestly haven't looked back.
Whilst studying for the diploma I felt I began to understand myself more and more, as the course progressed life started to make sense, my brain (which was definitely very jumbled at times) slowed down to a manageable level and I stopped over thinking, over analysing and thinking the worst.
Whilst studying I was working at a Secondary School, my role was to work with children displaying challenging behaviour, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy really helped me understand the sometimes aggressive, sometimes emotional, sometimes withdrawn and sometimes unpredictable behaviour people exhibit when they are scared, fearful, anxious or depressed.
People don't have to have experienced a crisis or be in crisis to need support, life happens, things change and our role in life can become blurred, life can be challenging for a variety of reasons but it can be changed and you can move forward.
I can promise you there is no going up on stage, no swinging pocket watches and you most definitely are always in control throughout the sessions!
Supporting people to move forward with their life in a positive way is something I am so proud of, to see small results within a few sessions is priceless, to improve a persons confidence, to reduce their anxiety, to see someone smile or just to help them open their curtains on a daily basis is a privilege.