- Published: 12 April 2016 12 April 2016
How I became a Hypnotherapist
Back in 2004 I was working part time as a chartered surveyor and had three young children, one of whom had a long term illness which was going to take some years to resolve. My husband had been diagnosed with a heart problem and needed an operation and was also likely to be made redundant later in the year.
Not only did I feel overwhelmed by the ups and downs of family life but also I had always had that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that there must be more to life than what I seemed to be experiencing.
One of my children had visited a local hypnotherapist a few months before during a period of separation anxiety. It had made such difference and I was curious to try it for myself. Little did I know how my life would change over the years to come.
The first thing hypnosis taught me was how to relax. I remember the bathroom was the only place at that time where I could get some uninterrupted privacy. I would lock myself in, spend 20 minutes or so relaxing and come out chilled and refreshed. As the days went by I wanted to do something concrete that would indicate that changes were afoot so I coloured my hair and had my ears pierced. Believe it or not, before this time both these simple actions had somehow been outside my comfort zone. Now I don’t give either a second thought.
But what really amazed me was the discovery that my apparently inborn attitudes, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour were really nothing of the kind. They were all learned; some may have been instilled during the course of my upbringing, like how to hold a knife and fork. Others I created for myself – like the idea that it was horribly embarrassing to be wrong. This was simply as a result of answering incorrectly in class at primary school. No-one told me off or laughed at me. It was just a complete surprise to me that I hadn’t given the right answer and I never put my hand up again unless I was totally sure.
The experience of hypnotherapy showed me that I could change; I could think and behave differently, and more effectively for my own wellbeing. I realised that there will always be times when life is challenging, or when I would feel down, but now I had the tools to respond more creatively, to realise that when obstacles came my way there would be an outcome in due course and that if I felt down I could pick myself up again. This new found knowledge had several unexpected side effects – I had more energy, I lost weight and I stopped biting my nails.
I was so wowed by all this that I decided to do the hypnotherapy training myself and deliver its many benefits to others. As it happened a course was due to start within a couple of weeks and everything fell effortlessly into place. Within a year I had given up my property job so I could devote my energy into the thing I most wanted to do. In 2016 I am still here, with plenty of experience from working with several hundred clients, adding to my training over the years, and continuing to be fascinated by the mind, in both its power to limit us and its infinite ability to find creative solutions to our problems.
To find out more about hypnotherapy and how it can help you just give me a call on 01206 299 724 or visit my contact page.