I'm someone who tends to overthink things. I get in my own way. I always expect to be able to find my own solutions to everything. I was burning out trying to keep up and keep all the balls spinning at work and at home. I knew there had to be a solution and reading more and more books or going on more and more random courses just wasn't working for me. I found Cognitive Hypnotherapy and the penny dropped. I needed a bit of external support and someone who hadn't made up their mind how to fix me before the session even started. It was about me, not my so called problem. Perhaps other people needed the same opportunity? So I qualified and I've been learning with Quest and working with clients in all sorts of settings ever since. Why? Because it works.
There are so many approaches to therapy, most of them are a bit like the Curate's Egg. Good in parts. And, we all work in different ways. I like the opportunity and flexibility to be able to take a technique or tool from one approach and combine it with one from a different approach if I think that is what you, the client, needs at that time. Everyone is unique so one approach is unlikely to work for everyone every time. It also keeps me fresh and motivates me to continue my own learning and growing journey.
Each person is unique so I need to work with the client to find a unique solution to their problem or issue. In the first instance I ask lots of questions. Some of them might not make any sense to you, like, 'where in your body is that feeling.' Or, 'if you wake up in the morning and this problem has gone, how would you know?' I'm listening to what you say, and, what you don't say. Between us we work out what you want to achieve from our sessions and I'll help you get there in the quickest and most effective way for you. I have a set fee for everything I do as I bring all my expertise into any session whether it is a therapy or coaching. Sessions usually last one and a half hours. This gives us time to review and recalibrate as we go along. I do lots of preparation in-between sessions including putting together useful handouts or specific exercises I think you'll find useful. I want the work we do together to have long lasting effects and the potential is there to learn things you can carry into all areas of your life. It's the same principle as 'give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime'.
1. Qualifying with and being part of The Quest Institute 2. Being a mentor and coach to other therapists 3. Working with charities, social enterprise and forward thinking businesses to create real change