The world is full of would-be therapists, you will have friends, relatives. co-workers who will be more than happy to tell you how to solve your issues and in all probability, you yourself have played the role of advocate general? However, when I moved from being a would-be therapist and became a professionally trained one, then and only then, was I able to see the difference! Firstly comes the realisation why God, in all his infinite wisdom, gave us one mouth and two ears! Secondly, is the understanding of the need to suspend judgment and developing some specific skills, for example, compassion, honesty (within certain bounds), empathy and a bonus of being kind are worthy aspirations. But equally important are; real-life experience and good training. The next valuable component is in the title of this article; 'experience!' Clinical experience cannot be bought but it is how you apply yourself and integrate that experience into your practice that ultimately counts! Life experience is important because it is often from our mistakes that life is made good, after all, adversity is our teacher and life; the classroom! Especially because it is these moments of life that help to instil both competence and professionalism. So it should be no surprise that my own life experience is what ultimately shaped the way I apply the training I have received! That much is borne out in the many testimonials I receive from past clients
Over the many years that I have been a hypnotherapist, I have learned to discover that, perhaps, two of the most important qualities a therapist needs to develop are, empathy and compassion; but how do you teach that? The empathy and compassion that I have, perhaps, is merely a consequence of my vast Tee shirt collection (been there, done that etc.) and this is seemingly apparent to each client I see? However, while training played a part, much of this was gained experientially over many years and, for the most part, as a result of my own life's trials and tribulations. And I have empirically woven that life experience into my work ethic, so, empathy and compassion are now a natural fabric of my therapeutic ideology and that's a given! To experience my therapeutic approach first hand, you are very welcome to a Free Consultation (more info on that here), you have nothing to lose; except, of course; the Problem!