I qualified as a hypno-psychotherapist in 1998. I became an ‘advanced hypno-psychotherapist in 2000. To support UKCP registration requirements I have also attained ADHP (NC) an advanced diploma in Hypno-psychotherapy with the National College.
I completed my first degree obtaining a BSc in psychology with the Open University, and I completed and MSc in Transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies with Liverpool John Moores university.
I am a full member of The Hypnotherapy Association, and The Hypnotherapy Counselling Board: A fellow of the National society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy- Registration number: 4208
I am also a graduate member of The British Psychological Society- Registration number 193482 and a member of the Transpersonal section.
UKCP registered. Registration number: 2011162534
CNHC registered. Registration number: 000484-L10
BUPA registered (with BUPA recognised Consultants referral) BUPA provider number: 30022358.
I have previously held the role of a director on the board of trustees for Anxiety UK.
I run a busy private practice in Chinley, Nr Buxton; a clinic at Sett Valley Medical Practice; a clinic at Priorslegh medical centre in Poynton; a clinic by appointment at The Regency Hospital; and I have a clinic at Park Lane consulting rooms, 250 Park Lane in Macclesfield.
I run Mindful Self-compassion programmes, retreats, and workshops, relaxation master classes, well-being workshops, and seminars for corporate clients and in the community. I regularly run workshops at Blythe House hospice by invitation.
My services are also extended to corporate clients wishing to bring therapy ‘in-house’ to support staff well being.
Therapeutic interventions I employ are eclectic and integrative, utilising a combination of Hypnotherapy, Cognitive therapy, Psychotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Counselling, and mindfulness.
I incorporate the principles of positive psychology, transpersonal psychology, and Compassion focused therapy.
I trained in Compassion focused therapy with Professor Paul Gilbert in 2011. This is a CBT based therapeutic approach based on the principles of the research undertaken in evolutionary psychology concerning the emotional systems identified within the brain.
Specialist interests include: Anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive disorder) using a combination of Cognitive behavioural counselling and Hypnotherapy, based on the work of Professor Jeffrey Schwartz and the 4 step programme. I am registered with the Minnesota Institute of Advanced Communication skills as a registered OCD and Anxiety disorders Hypnosis specialist ; emotional eating and weight management issues(using a compassion focused hypno-therapeutic approach), Stress management, performance enhancement and achievement; confidence, self esteem , Alcohol problems, Insomnia, Motivation, Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia.
Other issues covered include: Phobic anxiety, IBS, Tinnitus, and depression (mild to moderate).
I tutored for The Academy of Holistic Hypnotherapy for the 2010 intake.
My continuous professional development is on-going and now includes completion of an intensive course in Mindful self-compassion taught by Professor Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, PhD. I was accepted to complete their teacher training in mindful compassion at Bangor University in 2014 and am now a trained Mindful Self-Compassion programme teacher.
I continue personal development to enhance the quality of my clinical practice through the daily formal and informal practice of meditation and mindfulness. I have completed the one year mindfulness training with the Mindfulness Association and the 8 week MBSR in 2011.
I can be regularly heard on local radio stations such as Silk FM, Capital Radio, High Peak Radio, and Radio Derby. My articles have regularly featured in local press. My MSc research has now been published as an article for the British Psychological society.