They say that people train to become therapists because they need therapy themselves. I would probably agree in some cases; but usually people who seek therapy want to know more and help to heal themselves, so actually it probably goes hand in hand.

None of us are without our issues. No-one is perfect. Seeking therapy for whatever it is is never a downfall, and you never know, it may most likely change your life. It definitely did for me.

Now I am not usually one for disclosing and talking openly about my issues, even to my nearest and dearest; but it is one of the reasons that I decided to train to become a Hypnotherapist. In 2004, when I was 16 I lost my sister. Picture this – 15 years later at the ripe old age of 31, I found myself busy on maternity leave with my second baby who was 9 months old, and my first baby who was 2. Life was hectic with a husband who works shifts (any shift workers partner will know how isolating this is), the end of my maternity leave looming, the prospect of starting a new nursing role in a different place when returning and the obvious ongoing maintenance of running my own business. Then, WHAM, it happened, all of a sudden I wasn’t sleeping and found myself having flashbacks of my sister lying in intensive care, ventilated, wrapped in a foil blanket, and us being asked to say goodbye. The nights saw me waking up numerous times, I was exhausted and I didn’t know how to stop it. I went to see a healthcare professional, whose suggestion was that I could start on anti-depressants and would need to be on them for 18 months. I knew before I went that this would be the suggestion, and to be honest for me, it didn’t sit easy. I wanted to ‘solve’ the issue and I felt in my heart of hearts that this may mask it. We then had a brief chat about therapy – From my role as a nurse I understood that the waiting times for this are usually months. So that’s when it cropped up – private Hypnotherapy. Away I went to research my options and 2 weeks later, there I was sitting in the chair, having a Hypnotherapy session. I’m pleased to say it worked. It truly worked. Although nothing can remove those not so nice memories, the emotions that I had attached to those memories have now changed. It’s almost like I can see the picture but can’t tap into it. I now know that what was most likely used on me was something we call the ‘Rewind’ technique. Fast forward 6 months, it had had so much of an impact on me that I decided to train to be a Hypnotherapist – don’t get me wrong, I have always wanted to make a difference to people’s lives – hence the nursing background, but I found this calling me.

What I can now understand of the situation is that perhaps my metaphorical ‘stress bucket’ was full and this is why I started to display such symptomology. Should you ever be lucky enough to talk to one, Hypnotherapists may refer to (and likely bore you with!) The stress bucket. Basically, metaphorically, we all have one, into which we pile all our stresses, some big, some small –  eventually if you aren’t able to empty or unload it you will find it will impact on your mental health and often your physical health too! I know this is what happened with me, listed I had a load of commonly known stresses – babies, maternity leave and starting a new job after a long period of not even being in work. It took it’s toll, and the way my brain reacted to that was to delve deep and reignite some issues. I have a lot to thank Hypnotherapy for – if I hadn’t have had it my life would definitely be different right now, who knows where I would be mentally and also what I would be doing with my life. All I can say to you right now is, never rule out an option which could give you a glimmer of hope and change. I’d never considered having Hypnotherapy before, but it was a game changer.