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 problems and in all probability, you may have played the role of advocate general on occasions? However, it was when I made the transition from a would-be therapist to a professionally trained one, that I was able to understand the difference! Firstly comes the realisation why God, in all his infinite wisdom, gave us one mouth and two ears! Secondly, the understanding of the need to suspend judgment and developing some specific skills, for example, compassion, honesty (within certain bounds), empathy and the real bonus of being kind! Equally important to one's training, is some real-life experience. But as valuable as training and life experience is, one needs clinical experience because this cannot be purchased, it evolves over time. But even with training, life experience and clinical experience, it is the way one applies and integrate that experience into practice that ultimately counts! Life experience is important because it is often from our mistakes that life is made good, after all, adversity is the teacher, life is the classroom! This is so because it is these moments of life that instil both competence and professionalism. So, my own life experience taught me compassion and ultimately shaped the way I apply the training I received which is now infused with my life and clinical experience! That much is borne out in the many testimonials I receive from past clients
Over the years, as a clinical hypnotherapist, I have learned that the most important personal qualities a therapist needs, are, empathy and compassion; but how do you teach that? The empathy and compassion that I have, perhaps, is merely a consequence of what I call Tee shirt syndrome, been there, done that and these qualities are somewhat apparent to the clients I see? Therefore, the way I deliver hypnotherapy is a combination of life experience, professional training and 20 years of clinical which make empathy and compassion a natural fabric woven into my therapeutic practice! To experience this 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!