Welcome: Let me help you
I have been in therapeutic practice now for more than ten years, and was one of the first therapists in the country to achieve a new national standard of excellence awarded by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I use psychodynamic therapies which work to bring about rapid and long-lasting change, and am a specialist in the treatment of trauma, performance anxiety in Music, Sport and the Workplace, as well as general anxiety and other dysfunctional conditions.
I started my professional career as a school teacher in the 1960s specialising in music, and subsequently trained as a piano and voice teacher, so I have a wealth of experience of individuals suffering from anxiety and nerves in performance and similar situations. After a break of several years bringing up my family I gained an MA (with Distinction) in Music Psychology (University of Sheffield) and began training as a Hypnotherapist and EMDR practitioner. I then went on to complete my PhD Doctorate in Music Psychology at the University of Leeds. My research focused on anxiety in music performance and gave scientific evidence for the rapid effects of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and EMDR for this debilitating condition. I have presented my research at conferences both nationally and internationally and published several papers, a book chapter, and a book which documents nine of my case studies investigating anxiety in different performing situations. The case studies give vivid descriptions of the real lived experience of performance anxiety and how this condition is made worse through past trauma, fear of failure and low self-esteem. All of my publications can be found on my Publication Page on this website.
These are the tools I use to help you gain permanent positive change
- Cognitive Hypnotherapy
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Imagine not being anxious or stressed and being able to plan your life visualising yourself as you want to be. All this and more is achievable after a small number of therapy sessions with me. The brain has the tendency to make real the pictures that you hold, and negative thoughts and actions will result in negative outcomes. So it is your responsibility to yourself to hold only positive images in the brain as the brain will make these images real. Research has shown that positive thinking can add as much as 10 years to a person’s life expectancy. Think what this could mean for you!!
I am particularly interested in how psychological effects can limit individuals in achieving their full potential. During my career of over 30 years I have had wide experience of anxiety states and negative thinking and know the detrimental effect that this creates and how limiting this can be. I am dedicated to alleviating such conditions in any area of life. I specialise in trauma and anxiety-based conditions and look at how past experiences and problems can affect the present-day quality of a person’s life. I believe that everyone has the right to a full and positive life and this can be achieved once inhibiting thinking has been removed. By changing negative feelings and replacing them with positive suggestions this is truly possible.
I have two clinical practices: one near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and one on the outskirts of Cwmbran in Monmouthshire within easy access of the M4 corridor; Newport & Cardiff. I have had many successful outcomes in the years that I have been practising over a wide range of conditions with many patients travelling substantial distances for treatment.