Tell us about what you do
If I were summing that up in one sentence I’d say, “I help people ‘let go’ of what’s holding them back from achieving their dreams”.
I specialise in helping clients solve their emotional eating issues, but I help people knock down whatever barriers they want to see gone forever. Those barriers can present as fears, phobias, habits or addictions.
Emotional eaters aren’t always over-weight, sometimes they under eat. A classic quote from an emotional eater is ‘I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad’. Or they might withhold food, not eating until they’ve done x or y, because ‘they don’t deserve’ to stop and fuel up. The emotional landscape around food is complex and emotional eating can be an incredibly lonely place too. That’s why I created a Facebook group called the Me First Tribe, to bring emotional eaters together.
How does your method work?
I use a fast-track hypnotherapy technique, called Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), which gets amazing results quickly. That’s what I love about it, it does what it says on the tin. For the vast majority of issues or conditions, one to three sessions and you’re done.
And you’re also a yoga teacher…
Yes! I love yoga. It’s an incredible tool for balancing the body and the mind. Some clients are so caught-up in their thoughts they’ve lost contact with the whole of themselves. The thoughts in our head can have a huge impact on the way we hold ourselves physically. Yoga helps unravel those tension pockets and soothe the nervous system. I offer therapy with yoga packages for clients who want a more holistic approach to being at their best.
What’s your therapies background?
Rapid Transformational Therapy made such a profound difference to the way I felt about myself – and the way I treated myself – that I immediately set about training. I’m now an RTT hypnotherapist..
I was already a yoga teacher, fascinated by the body-mind connection, but RTT was something else!
RTT helped me get back my confidence after I’d been through a particularly stressful period in my life. But it also freed me from a shadow which had haunted me when I was stressed or sad, for as long as I could remember – comfort eating.
So, you’re no stranger to dieting then?
Oh my goodness, no! If dieting was an Olympic sport I would have been on the British squad with a chestful of gold medals. Over the years I’d tried every diet under the sun. Some of these regimes worked for me for a few weeks, even months. But then something would happen and the pounds would creep back on. Why? Because the reason I was overweight was still there, buried deep in the past.
Once I understood the ‘why’ and why those reasons were irrelevant to who I am today; I was free. And freedom is an incredible feeling. It’s exhilarating, it’s joyful, it’s empowering. Long story short, I lost 28lbs (12.7kg) in nine months, without any conscious effort. My mindset had changed. My attitude to food had changed. My habits changed.
Is RTT new?
Hypnosis is an ancient therapy tool, it was practiced by the Egyptians. RTT harnesses hypnosis as a tool to work with the subconscious mind, but it’s much more than that. It’s a method developed by the world renown celebrity therapist Marisa Peer and I am very proud to have been one of the first, trained by the best.
My goal is to continue to develop as a compassionate hypnotherapist who gets fast, transformational results for clients.
I am also a British Wheel of Yoga accredited instructor and focus my yoga teaching on ‘letting go’ of whatever holds us back in life and freeing us of the tension that creates in the body and mind.
And I’m a reike master practitioner, which was a a personal development journey I began when I was about to have a hip replacement operation, but I do provide this powerful healing technique to clients on request.
Have you always been a therapist?
I trained as a journalist, actually and then I worked in PR Communications, specialising in health and education. I still work in this area, but on a freelance basis now.
Do you have room for any hobbies?
Ha, just about! I love travelling and I’m a Radio4Extra addict and dedicated bookworm. Crime fiction is my favourite.