Originally from the Black Isle, north of Inverness, my personal and working life has taken me to Glasgow, Stirling and Plymouth before moving to the beautiful countryside in Aberdeenshire in March 2014.
I graduated with an honours degree in English from Glasgow University, focusing on Linguistics before going on to study at Strathclyde University and qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist.
A previous 18 year career as a Speech and Language Therapist saw me leading a specialist NHS service for people who stammer in Plymouth. During this time I worked increasingly with clients who experienced significant levels of anxiety, depression, anger as well as phobias, resulting from their communication difficulties. This led me to realise that more often than not, it was these issues and the thought processes around speaking, that significantly increased the impact the communication issue itself had on the lives of the clients I was working with. I became determined to find a way of helping them to find a positive way of moving forward and came across the wonderful world of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
I was lucky enough to train at the prestigious Clifton Practice in Plymouth, achieving the Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP). I have been awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in hypnotherapy training.
My approach is based on the most recent research in neuroscience, combined with the very best elements of Solution Focused Therapy techniques, Brain Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Psychology (CBT) and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). As a Solution focused Clinical Hypnotherapist, I have successfully helped children, teenagers and adults with a variety of issues including fear of speaking situations, stammering, phobias, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, anger, grief and a variety of addictions including smoking.
Having established Bon Accord Hypnotherapy, a busy, full time practice in Banchory, near Aberdeen, I decided to terminate my professional registration as a Speech and Language Therapist and therefore no longer practice in this field.
When not working, I am enjoying getting to know the wonderful Royal Deeside countryside and being close to my family again. I live with my fiancé and our two cats and enjoy my hobbies – playing the flute and creating all sorts of things out of glass!
I am committed to enabling both children, teenagers and adults to rediscover their positive, happy, confident and emotionally and physically healthy self again, meeting their potential and focusing on moving forward rather than dwelling on the past. There can never be a 100% guarantee of success, but if you are committed to working with me to move forward, that brighter future is out there waiting for you.