Hi, my name is Anne and I live just outside Tunbridge Wells in Kent with my husband, three teenage children and two dogs. As you can imagine there is never a dull moment in our house so to get away from all the mayhem, I love spending time walking my dogs out in the open countryside, which I am privileged to have on my doorstep.
Within my work life, I have always worked on the front line with people in a supportive role. My experiences range from working within the airline and travel industry to more recently as a midwife and hypnobirthing practitioner. I became a midwife in 2010, completing my training at Canterbury Christ Church University where I achieved a First Class BSc Hons. Since then I had predominantly worked in a hospital setting, caring for women antenatally, during birth and in the postnatal period.
Currently, I have taken on more of an educational role where I am involved in the antenatal education for the local Trust being the lead Midwife for Hypnobirthing, which I absolutely love! I never thought that I would be following this type of path as I perceived hypnosis to be for those people who liked the more ‘alternative’ therapies; I was always the more conventional and ‘down to earth’! But my perceptions were very wrong….
My introduction to hypnosis came about quite unexpectedly as I was fortunate enough to be involved in a ‘hypnobirth’ through my work as a midwife. This gave me an invaluable insight into hypnosis and its benefits during childbirth as the couple remained calm and in control during the whole process. This left a lasting impression on me as I went on to train as a Hypnobirthing Practitioner in 2013 and I have been teaching Hypnobirthing to expectant couples, using a variety of hypnosis and breathing techniques, both privately and for the NHS, ever since. The simple concept made such sense to me; having an understanding of the mind/body connection during birth, being relaxed, feeling in control and entrusting confidence in the body’s birthing ability resulted in a more positive experience of birth. Couples feel empowered knowing they have a ‘toolkit of techniques’ at hand during birth and their positive mindset re enforces the belief that they and their bodies can do it!
Having seen the amazing results from the feedback of Hypnobirthing couples, I became increasingly interested in the mind and hypnosis in general and how it could affect the way we think, feel and subsequently behave. The knowledge I acquired through my Hypnobirthing was very limited, however, and I increasingly found that I could not assist those needing a much more deeper depth of therapy for various personal, emotional and habitual issues such as anxiety, depression or childhood trauma. I wanted to learn more about our psychological make-up, expand upon what I knew already and help more people so I decided to explore Hypnotherapy. I went on to study Professional Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Andrew Parr, which is a fully accredited course, and completed my Diploma in 2017. Since then, I have not looked back! I have gained so much more knowledge, a greater understanding of the mind and the skills required helping anyone (including children) not just those expecting a baby!
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is not ‘alternative’ as I once thought. It is a naturally occurring state of mind, just like when we read a book or daydream. The subconscious, inner mind is acutely aware of what is being suggested in this relaxed state and works to change a person’s beliefs on the issues and behaviours they present with. It gives people an opportunity to resolve many issues quickly which can make a real positive change to their lives. There is no better satisfaction for me than seeing a complete transformation in a person who has been struggling for perhaps years with issues which has prevented them from moving forward in their life in some way due to their limiting beliefs. I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world!
I work predominantly now as a hypnotherapist where I specialise in pregnancy, birth and postnatal psychological issues such as fear of childbirth, birth trauma and postnatal depression. I more recently undertook a Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy practitioner-training course, which adds to my hypnotherapy skillset in treating trauma in both men and women. As a midwife, I have had first hand experience of how pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period can have a positive and also a negative effect on couples which is where working through the various issues with hypnosis associated with this period in their lives can really help.
I also have a special interest in children and young adults as feel that they have so many more pressures now with regards to academic attainment, social media and identity issues. Throughout my personal and working life, I have been passionate about helping people and making a difference to their lives. I do feel that it is so important to put people at ease and build trust, so my personal and friendly manner helps me to do just that. I believe my background has equipped me with great social and communicative skills, which is vital within the work I do.
I am a registered practitioner with the following organisations, where I adhere to their codes of conduct and ethics within my own practice:
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT)
General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
Andrew Parr Association (APA)
Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives (AHBM)
Three words that describe me: friendly, caring & empathetic
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