I have worked in the mental health field for over forty years, beginning work as a mental health nurse in 1980. From 1986 I managed a very busy mental health ward in Inner London, and later worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. At this time I was involved in one of the first NHS Crisis Intervention teams, and also one of the first open-access NHS counselling and advice clinics. At the same time I began training as a hypnotherapist from 1987 onwards. I was a registered nurse for 30 years in all, but have practiced full-time as a hypnotherapist since January 1994.
Over the years I have trained in person or online with many experts from Britain and America, such as Dr Brent Geary of the Milton Erickson Foundation in Arizona USA, Dr Geoff Ibbotson, Adam Eason, Freddy and Anthony Jacquin, and the late Peter Savage. I have also studied the European tradition of Mesmerism with Lee Gerrard-Barlow, who is the UK representative for the Italian expert Dr Marco Paret. I also have a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Plymouth.
While providing help for a very wide variety of problems, I specialise in helping people to overcome all kinds of phobia. I have a special interest in this topic partly because I previously suffered from a phobia myself. From early childhood I was afraid of dogs. As you can see from the photograph I am now very comfortable around even very large dogs, indeed I now like dogs and they like me!
But I can still remember the inconvenience, worry and embarrassment, and the unhelpful comments from people who had never had this phobia and could not understand it. This makes me all the more determined to give clients useful and practical help, and to understand that their fears are very real and distressing even when the thing they fear is totally harmless.