A few years ago, I reached that point in my life where I was more able to focus on my career than raising my children. This coincidentally was around the same time that I was having a relapse with my own mental health, including recovering from two small strokes and keyhole heart surgery. When I became well, I retrained and started a new career. I also started running and subsequently took part in the London marathon and the Great North Run to fundraise for MIND, a mental health charity.
Now, after retraining, I am lucky enough to follow my passion for helping people improve their own wellbeing. I mainly help people with low mood and/or anxiety but poor mental health manifests itself in many ways. Clients come to me because they need more focus or more control in their lives.
After completing my initial training I have attended several more courses to enhance my existing skills but also to learn new ways to help my clients.
My initial qualification in clinical hypnotherapy was with CPHT for the Hypnotherapy Practioners' Diploma, which is training recognised by the Complimentary Natural Health Council (CHNC). The CNHC was set up by the government to protect the public. They do this by providing an independent UK register of complementary healthcare practitioners. Protection of the public is the sole purpose of the CNHC.
The CNHC sets the standards that I need to meet to get onto and then stay on the register. Like all CNHC registrants, I have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and have registered voluntarily. All CNHC members are professionally trained and fully insured to practise. Not all providers of clinical hypnotherapy are registered with the CNHC.
I have completed further training with the Clinical Hypnotherapy school which was delivered by Dr Rachel Gillibrand, a Chartered Psychologist, and Dorothea Read who founded the Hospital Hypnotherapy Service in The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. The training, delivered over 10 weeks is based upon evidence-based clinical hypnotherapy practice.
This additional training has given me more skills to help people with more complex needs and readied me for practice in a medical setting and helped me to understand clients’ needs who frequent medical settings for other care.
I am currently in the second and final year for a Masters Degree (MSc) in Psychological Well-being and Mental Health at Nottingham Trent University. I will complete this on a part time basis whilst still offering wellbeing therapies from my therapy room in Caythorpe. This additional training enables me to keep abreast of contemporary issues around mental health and wellbeing, including the latest research in the UK and abroad and I can share this knowledge with my clients when appropriate.
I am also a qualified First Aider and Youth Mental Health First Aider.
‘You lifted me off the floor’ is one of the comments I have received as feedback. Words like that motivate me to continue working with clients form all walks of life to help them achieve their true potential and be the best they can be.
If you read my reviews you can see how I have already helped some of my other clients.
If you would like to book a Free initial consultation, or if you have any questions, get in touch. You can text or call me on 07903 774961
Lisa Hartford DHP CNCH (Reg.) AfSFH (Reg.)