Adapting to the 'New' normal.
Over the last year or so we've had to adapt and adjust to a different way of living. Adjusting to working from home, home schooling, isolation and, for many, loss and grief. Now as restrictions are loosening many are finding they are becoming anxious about resuming a more 'normal' life. They worry about returning to the office, being with people in larger groups, socialising in enclosed areas. Things that we've got out of the habit of doing.
These reactions are normal.
One of the things that my clients sometimes say is "I thought I was stronger than this". Maybe you've had that thought yourself?
Yet when we review the events that have led them to deciding to work with me they have often experienced many life-changing situations in the last few years, any one of which would have had an impact on them.
- Family bereavement - including miscarriage
- Accidents - particularly work-related and how they've been handled
- Abuse or trauma - including rape
- Divorce - infidelity
- Increased pressure at work
- House move
- Promotion at work and fear of public speaking
Covid-19 has increased the background 'pressure' that we are all experiencing in our lives. And now that's changing it brings different pressures.
That you could learn to cope with these changes in a more helpful way? To be able to cope better with uncertainty and change
You were able to feel more in control of your life and the choices and decisions you make?
Having a sense of acceptance that you are doing your best, even if you aren't perfect?
Letting those fears and phobias go that might have been holding you back from living a fuller, happier life.
How things would be different for you if you could make just one change to how you think and feel about yourself and your life?
How do I work?
I use Zoom, WhatsApp or phone for sessions so you can work from your home. This has a positive impact on your time and an added benefit of helping the environment through less travel.
The first step is a 20 minute chat on the phone to find out a bit more about what you want to work on and what you want to gain as a result of our work together. And for you to ask me any questions and to gauge if you feel comfortable working with me.
If we can work together we then make the first appointment. The first session explores in more depth what your life has been like, both good and not so good experiences.
Subsequent sessions build towards achieving your goal for your therapy.
What therapies do I use?
I have a number of different approaches to working with you, as my client.
Coaching - this takes a solution, goal-focused approach, helping you identify your own resources and actions you can take to help change things in your life.
Hypnotherapy - guided visualisation and suggestion to help you change your reactions and responses to old events and situations.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy - this combines cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnosis and is very effective at helping change how you think about and respond to things.
NLP - I mainly use Parts Therapy, Timeline Therapy and Visualisation work.
and a non-hypnotic approach BrainWorking Recursive Therapy - BWRT.
I also trained with and worked for Relate and am a qualified relationship counsellor. Often I use this training when helping clients work through a divorce or abusive relationships and combine that with other approaches such as hypnosis.
My background is mainly in the voluntary and charity sectors where I was a fundraiser, manager and trainer. After completing my MBA in 2000 I decided to change focus and undertook life coaching training. Since then I have focused more on personal development and am a trained and qualified NLP master practitioner and clinical and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist. Then I came across and trained in BWRT and now use this more and more.
I am a supervisor for BSCH and supervisor, mentor and examiner for BWRT.
My husband and I moved back to the north-east in 2009 having lived and worked for many years in Scotland. I now work with clients online or phone.
I have experience of working with those living with life limiting illness and their families when I was a volunteer at North Northumberland Hospice Care.
You can find out more about me on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
My clinical hypnotherapy training was through the prestigious London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH). With them I achieved my Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis,(DCHyp); Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (PDCHyp) and the Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy(PDCBH), this combines CBT and hypnosis. Part of my hypnotherapy training included elements of eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)
I am a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) and GHR.
I am also a qualified life coach and NLP master practitioner.
I also studied with Andrew Austin and is a practitioner of his integral eye movement technique. (IEMT)
I've studied with Dr Michael Yapko, PhD, a leading American psychotherapist who makes extensive use of hypnosis in his work. He has written many books on depression, anxiety and families.
As a Relate-trained counsellor I also offer Relationship Counselling and Coaching.
I also offer other psychological therapies.
I provide supervision for members of the BSCH.
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy.
There are various types of membership of BSCH, including associate members, full members, diplomats and fellows.
Registration demands good quality training, ethical practice and adherence to a code of conduct.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Information about health conditions (*)
Hypnotherapy can enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting hypnotherapy.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Sexual abuse.
- Emotional and psychological abuse.
- Bereavement and loss.
Individual online sessions are £65 and generally last one hour.
Relationship counselling with two or more clients is £75 per hour session.
Discount available for people under 18 or over 65 and members of the Services.
At the moment all sessions are via phone or video link so you can work from the comfort of home
I see clients on Wed and Sat in North Shields and Thurs or Fri in Gosforth, near Newcastle.
You can follow me on Twitter here.
I also write regular articles and am interviewed on radio about various aspects of my work.
I also give presentations and talks about different aspects of my work. If this would be of interest please contact me.