I’ve always been interested in how the brain works, and through my previous work in science journalism and educational psychology; I developed a passion for neuroscience and a desire to become a therapist. I qualified in Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy in 2011. I’ve always been drawn to helping others, especially after experiencing depression, anxiety and bereavement in my younger years and finding the tools and support I needed to get back on track myself.
I have a lot of enthusiasm for what I do and love helping people make positive changes or and overcome obstacles to fulfil their potential. I am open and empathic and completely non judgemental, treating my clients as individuals and helping them come up with solutions, and make positive life changes.
My own neurodiversity (ADD and dyslexia) and my work within special education has given me an interest in working with those directly and indirectly affected by neurodiverse conditions such as ADD, ADHD and autism. I have previously run wellbeing courses and classes for Bristol Autism Support, and continue to find ways to help neurodiverse folk and their families through therapy and supportive courses and workshops.
I am a yoga enthusiast and when I’m not in practice you can often find me on my yoga mat! I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2017, completing my 200 hours and then my 500 hours, at Yogasara, in Bristol. This has influenced me in the therapy room quite a bit; especially breathing techniques and using yoga nidra. I have also retained my love of writing, and love to blog about my favourite subjects, which you can read on my blog page.
Finding yoga has helped me so much. I first started classes for the same reason many do, I wanted to get fitter and maybe relax. But what I got was far more than I bargained for. Within a short time frame my mental health had improved, I had got a lot stronger too. I found my focus improved and I was calmer. I was also very interested to find that yoga and meditation helped with the difficulties I have due to having ADD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. I now teach a regular yoga class (Shine Yoga) every Friday morning, 10am-11.15am which combines yoga and hypnotherapy.
As part of the LGBTQ community, I have a wide experience of working with LGBTQ+ clients, and they can expect complete respect and safety with me. I have run a Queer Yoga class since 2018, which has become an inclusive and celebratory space for LGBTQ folk who wish to learn yoga. I am happy to support transgender and non-binary clients seeking hypnotherapy and 1-2-1 yoga classes and they can be assured that their gender identity will be respected no matter what.
Since 2019 I have been a lecturer at the Clinical Hypnotherapy School, where I teach CPDs on diversity, especially working with LGBT clients, for more information, visit the school’s website.