Professional Training

I hold a first-class BA degree in English, Psychology and Linguistics from the University Of Cape Town, South Africa.

I have a Certificate, Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH), one of the UK’s best-known hypnotherapy colleges accredited by the University of West London.

I am a Certified HypnoBirthing™ Fertility Consultant, having trained with Lynsi Eastburn, creator of the HypnoBirthing Fertility programme. I have also completed the Advanced Training In Fertility Through Hypnosis course with Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, formerly a hypnotherapist at the Zita West Fertility Clinic and the author of The Fertile Body Method.

Since qualifying as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2006, I have shown my commitment to continually updating and enhancing my skills by attending the following Continuing Professional Development courses, seminars and workshops:

HypnoFertility Training with Lynsi Eastburn
Therapeutic Process Masterclass with Christa Mackinnon (at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis)
Fertile Body Method Masterclass with Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer (at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis)
Understanding Anxiety And How To Manage It Without Drugs with Joe Griffin of the Human Givens Institute
The Fast Trauma And Phobia Cure with Joe Griffin of the Human Givens Institute
Dealing With Self-esteem Problems with Windy Dryden, Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London
The Benefits and Uses of Hypnotherapy with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Michael Mahoney of the Register of IBS Therapists
Creating Menstrual Health with Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer of Calmer Centre
I Can Make You Thin with Paul McKenna
Hypnotherapy for Weight Reduction with Richard Nicholls at the Central England College
Eight months of postgraduate studies in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis
Two-day refresher course: The Fertile Body Method with Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer of Calmer Centre
Certificate in Personal Performance Coaching at The Coaching Academy
Leadership in Running Fitness coaching qualification from England Athletics
Successfully Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Disorders with Hilary Norris-Evans at the Central England College
Introduction to NLP Course by David Key at Auspicium
What About You? Workshop with Jamie Catto
Regression Therapy with Martina McKeough
Working With Addictions: Drugs And Alcohol with Nick Wrapson
Pain Management Through Hypnosis with Peter Mabbutt

In order to ensure the best possible level of care for my clients, I regularly attend clinical supervision sessions with Peter Mabbutt, CEO and Director of Studies at the LCCH.

I am a Certified HypnoBirthing™ Practitioner, having been accredited by the HypnoBirthing™ Institute.

I have undertaken doula training with the world-renowned natural-birth pioneer Michel Odent, who introduced the concept of birthing pools in maternity hospitals, and I’ve attended five births at a large London hospital.

I’ve lectured about HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method to midwives at Croydon University Hospital, Princess Royal University Hospital, St George’s Hospital, Orpington Hospital and St Helier Hospital, and am a regular exhibitor at the Early Parenting evenings run by the first two hospitals. I also regularly host HypnoBirthing Information Evenings for birth professionals, such as doulas, student midwives and midwives.

I am a member of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee at Croydon University Hospital.

I continue to expand my knowledge of hypnotherapy and birth through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Since becoming a HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method teacher in 2006, I’ve taught over 450 couples and have attended the following birth- and breastfeeding-related courses, seminars, workshops and lectures.

NCT Breastfeeding Workshop with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor Katherine Fisher
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) course with Rachel Cummings
Birthing Choices: What Is The Best Option For You? Royal College of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists Consumers’ Forum Public Lecture
HypnoBirthing Birth Basics training
HypnoBirthing recertification training course with Stephen Griffiths
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) course with Gaynor Lightfoot
Supporting Women In Labour (Birth Companions one-day training)
Breastfeeding (Birth Companions one-day training)
HypnoBirthing Study Day with Marie Mongan, founder of HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method
The Safety of Planned Home Birth for Mothers lecture by Dr Andrea Nove at King’s College London
HypnoBirthing Study Day (including a talk by active birth specialist Janet Balaskas)
Journal of Family Health Conference at Olympia Conference Centre: The Fear of Childbirth: Trend or Terror?; Perineal Care; Mind The Gap: Voluntary Sector Perinatal Services Responding to Unmet Needs; Perceptions of Group Practice Midwifery from Women Living in Ethnically Diverse Settings; Understanding the Infant’s Immune System; Management of Food Allergies in Young Children
Giving Mothers a Map workshop by doula Natalie Meddings

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