I first experienced hypnotherapy the best part of a decade ago while working as a radio producer and documentary maker. I wanted to quit a longstanding smoking habit, and was deeply impressed by the results. After leaving the media industry to work as a freelance writer and editor, my interest in hypnosis – essentially healing with words – grew until I felt compelled to undertake a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy (UKCHH). It’s the only training course in the country recognised by the British Psychological Society, due to its rigorous adherence to evidence-based practice.

As well as my diploma from the UKCHH, I have a diploma in Stress-Management and Resilience-Building (also from the UKCHH) which is recognised by ISMA, the International Stress Management Association. I have also received specialised training in smoking cessation, addictive behaviours, insomnia, and neuroplasticity, and occasionally work as a teaching assistant at the UKCHH, where it gives me great pleasure to share my skills with new students.