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07803933778

Website

http://mindandbodysolutions-southport.com [link opens in a new window]

About Me

If it was me, I would want to know more about the therapist I was thinking of treating me so I have provided some information about myself which I hope provides a flavour of who I am. I’m 50 years old, I have a partner, 3 kids and 3 dogs, yes, 3 of each! Up until 2 years ago I was a full-time lawyer, having been working for 25 years as Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives running personal injury files. At 48 I decided to change my life, in truth I had been thinking about it for several years but the thought of being out of my comfort zone panicked me enough to stop me taking the plunge for some time.
I’d had enough of working in the law and wanted to pursue something I’d always been interested in, mental health. So, I signed up for a 3-year training course to become a qualified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist. I am now qualified in hypnotherapy which I now practice with enthusiasm and excitement and am working toward my qualification in Counselling.

I work from home to keep my costs down, and because I also work part time as a front-line crisis support worker in Liverpool dealing with people who really are in crisis, of all ages. Some are brought in my police triage cars, others are referred by mental health support centres or the hospital A&E Departments and some simply walk in off the street. These souls have a range of mental health issues ranging from personality disorders, O.C.D, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, depression, anxiety or addictions or they hear voices, or, as I’ve experienced, suffer with several or more of the above which makes life even harder for them. My counselling skills are truly put to the test and I gain great personal as well as professional satisfaction from lifting people from rock bottom and putting them in a much better place.

So, why hypnotherapy? .... Because I love the way Hypnotherapy changes lives for the better. I want to make a difference to people who are looking to make changes whether it be weight loss, stopping smoking, phobia's or other irrational fears, anger management, public speaking, driving test or exam nerves, It could be something as simple as wanting to be able to concentrate more and be more focused on goals. There is nothing that hypnotherapy cannot help with.

Small changes are the best sometimes, for example, rather than try and stop yourself eating anything that is bad, just try and eat healthier say 5 nights out of 7 but do not beat yourself up over a pizza or a takeaway one night a week. If you deny yourself totally, this leads to misery and a higher chance of failing to make the changes you want to make.

I have a particular interest in stress and anxiety and what it does to the body and the mind. Some stress is good for us, it's what gets us out of bed and focused in the morning but too much stress affects a persons physical as well as mental health. A large percentage of the population suffer with chronic stress or anxiety. Stress is our bodies natural reaction to fear and change. Our subconscious, which is responsible for our survival, sends us into fight or flight mode when it perceives a threat to us. Unfortunately, it does not differentiate between genuine life-threatening danger and every day occurrences such as a meeting with the boss or being late for work.

Symptoms of stress are:
- not sleeping well
- gaining weight, especially around the abdomen even when eating well and exercising
- more prone to infections and colds
- increased backaches, neckaches and headaches
- gut/digestion issues
- mood swings, anxiety and depression
- lack of libido

If you think you are suffering from too much stress and/or anxiety take a look at my website mindandbodysolutions-southport.com which goes into a lot more detail about what stress does to the body and the mind and how it damages us but also how it can be made better.

The good news is that stress and anxiety are easily treatable with hypnotherapy. You will be taught relaxation techniques and coping strategies to really make a difference to your day to day life, both personally and professionally.

I offer relaxation sessions specifically to help you unwind and learn how to relax. We all know relaxation is good for us, but many struggle to really relax and let go.

If there are any concerns or problems which don't fit under anything I've mentioned here, contact me and let's talk. There will be a solution to your problem, we just need to find it.

Qualifications & Experience

Cert.Hyp CS

What I can help with

  • Anxiety
  • Children/Teenagers
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / M.E.
  • Depression
  • Driving tests
  • Emotional Issues
  • Exams
  • IBS
  • Job Interviews
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias: Dentists
  • Phobias: Flying
  • Phobias: Heights
  • Phobias: Spiders
  • PTSD
  • Public Speaking: Stage Fright
  • Relaxation
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Defeating Behaviours
  • Shyness
  • Sleep
  • Sporting Performance
  • Start Exercising
  • Stop Smoking
  • Stress
  • Tinnitus
  • Trauma

Languages Spoken

English

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Member Details

Clients I work with

  • Adults
  • Groups
  • Young People & Children
  • Organisations

How I practice

  • Short-Term
  • Long Term
  • Face To Face

What I charge

Initial consultation appointment including relaxation hypnotherapy taster (approx 90 minutes) £ 20.00 OR Initial telephone consultation (approx 30 mins) FREE Further appointments (approx 60 minutes) £ 60.00 Stopping Smoking (2 sessions 1 hour each) £ 100.00 Relaxation Session (approx 60 minutes) £ 30.00 I offer reduced fees for over 60's and low income client's as well as client's with a lengthy treatment program. I am happy to do home visits at no extra cost.

I'm a supervisor

No

EAPs and Private Medical Insurance

Yes