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BIOGRAPHY 
 

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my website. I live in Sheringham, near Milton keynes and I run my practice locally. 
 
An excellent school teacher inspired my fascination with language and literature in my early years. I attended Chester College to study for my BEd Degree in September 1986 and studied Psychology / Art and Education. I realised that I enjoyed working with challenging students in challenging areas . I taught by choice in Toxteth in Liverpool just after the riots. The experience was rewarding and the school had a wealth of dedicated and committed teachers from which I learned a lot not just about the subjects I was teaching but also the different ways in which we learn, how we store information and how to modify subject matter so that students have the best opportunity to absorb it and make it their own. My experience also taught me to look at the bigger picture – not just a student in a room but also their family background / support structure / how their family impacted on them and so on. I had an interest in how the mind worked. My father was a GP who specialised in mental health until he retired recently and my mum was a midwife so there was a lot of medical influence at home. 
I came to Milton Keynesin 1999 and again took a teaching position however my husband was going through a tough time with his business and asked that I take some time out to help him which I did. We both worked really hard but I was often aware that ‘something was missing.’ I did miss the teaching and the interaction, the connections, the challenges that teaching had given me previously and the fact that no day or any individual is the same. I missed the physical and mental preparation it takes to plan a lesson that will give each individual the best chance to succeed on that day. 
"I believe the effectiveness of any treatment programme depends very much on the quality of the therapeutic alliance between me and you." 
I noticed an advert for a hypnotherapist in a magazine who I decided to call one day for a chat and – as they say – the rest is history. He helped me to find where I was and to understand where I wanted to be very quickly indeed. My perspective on life changed immediately and for the better. He gave me back ' time ' which I felt was just racing by week after week. He helped me to appreciate today – right here / right now. My days began to feel like weeks. I stopped racing. I was so fascinated with what he said and how he said it and with the entire therapeutic process – I felt I had finally found me hence my career now as a full time Clinical Hypnotherapist. 
The Importance of Therapeutic Alliance. 
 
I believe the effectiveness of any treatment programme depends very much on the quality of the therapeutic alliance between me and you. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of Therapeutic states ‘ relating to the healing of disease/ having good effect on the body and mind’ with Alliance being ‘ the state of being allied or associated / a relationship or connection.’ 
 
For me, therapy involves a reciprocal role relationship. Two people have a set of expectations about eachother. The therapist is expected to undertake a series of actions, including ( though not necessarily all of these ) the taking of history of the client’s problem, an examination of the problem, a diagnosis, some statement about the prognosis, the treatment itself and the monitoring and evaluation of the treatment. And even when ultimately the change process itself is the responsibility of the client ( they have to truly desire it and often work hard to achieve it ), the solution to the problem is always in some way in the hands of the therapist. 
For example, Change is a process of becoming whole, even though a cure ( in some cases ) may not be possible. In nature, we are born, we grow, we mature, and we die, just as the seasons unfold in a year. If illness perhaps is accepted as a change in the rhythm of life that can hold out new learning and new challenges, then we can learn from illness as a teacher. Hypnosis and meditation help us to slow down enough to savour the experiences of life good and bad. 
 
The therapeutic alliance is about balance and understanding between client and therapist with both parties working together. Healing is a much broader term or expectation than ‘ curing ’ since we may not be able to ‘ cure something ’ but we can work together on ‘healing’ a response to it. I will listen to you and hear what you are saying to me and will use proven language skills and techniques such as Neuro linguistic programming ( NLP ) and cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT ) to really make sure that both you and I understand where you are now and where you want to be – your desired outcome. 
 
I will share these skills with you so you are able to practise them therefore enabling you yourself to maintain whatever your desired outcome is. The new skills you learn will not just help with existing the problem, you will find that they naturally help with others you may have in your life. For example becoming the weight you would like to be may also help you with other control or desire issues. 
Before any change work can truly begin and a desired outcome be established I ( we ) will do everything possible to understand where you think you are ( how have you arrived there / what has happened / what is happening etc ) and where you want to be. Some treatment programmes will be very short and others will take longer – each person and each problem is different – however all therapy requires work and there is no such thing as an easy fix if you want lasting change. It is also important that you feel confident to share any information or points of view freely – there are no right and wrong answers. This is a team effort between a qualified professional and an individual who hopes that that professional can assist them towards a desired change. 
 
I will always treat you with respect and will do my best to make sure you have the most effective treatment programme that I can provide for you. I have a few associate professionals who I am happy to work with and recommend and as such if I consider their specific skill would be more beneficial to your treatment programme and ( if you are happy to ) we can include them. 
 
I will have your best interests to the forefront at all times. I am a member of the regulatory bodies NCH and the GHR. I will plan your session carefully paying attention to what you have told me and specific information you have shared with me. This attention to detail makes your treatment programme specific and unique to you and therefore greatly potentates achievement of your desired change / outcome. 
 
With your permission ( I assure you of complete confidentiality at all times ) I would normally take notes when necessary and sometimes will ask to record the session so that I am able to listen to certain conversations after you have left my office for the benefit of your next session. You are also free to record our sessions for your own purposes. However this would only be carried out with your consent and with strict observance of confidentiality and data protection law. 
 
My intention is always to work within your own comfort zones. You will never have to do anything you do not want to do or say anything that you do not want to say however for real change to occur it will be useful for you to ask and answer questions, break down meaning and think of your own responses in a way that is uniquely relevant to you. Remember, there are no right and wrong answers here. My aim is to help you to help yourself. You will more than likely do a considerable amount of the change work and reach your own personal conclusions by yourself although I will be guiding you and supporting you all the way. My intention is to ‘empower you to help yourself – each of us owns a customised, almost godlike goal-achieving resource, cleverly wrapped up in a three pound lump of grey matter’ – NLP Alder and Heather 2006 
 
I use NLP as a framework to ensure structure in your treatment. The use of NLP and other approaches helps set out using respected and proven methods where your therapy is starting from, where it is heading, what the desired outcomes are, and how they will be achieved measuring therapy in terms of short term, medium term and long terms goals or chunks. 
 
It is important to show and measure change, even if the change is minimal. Careful structuring and accountability will set clear goals however large or small, and achieving any or part of them will be consciously noted. If we do not ascertain exactly where you ‘ are’ and where you want to ‘be’ then neither I nor you will know when you have got ‘ there.’ 
My philosophy is based on empathy not sympathy. The understanding and sharing of issues / feelings etc with you, the client, in a non-judgmental professional and respectful way. 
 
Another very important aspect of your treatment programme – and this has to be present right from the very start, from day one - is desire : desire by you to achieve an outcome and desire by me therapist to assist you. It is important that whilst you may know that you want relief from your presenting condition/ problem / issue, you also have to accept and be ready for the change that is necessary. 
 
‘ We have resources available within us to create not just a willingness for change to take place, but a genuine desire for it to do so ’ - Philips and Watts Rapid Cognitive Therapy 2007. An individual may very well decide he ‘ can do that – but it does not mean that he is agreeing that he will .’ 
 
You have to ask yourself if you are truly ready to make the positive changes necessary in your life and to listen to your responses carefully – if someone else has asked you to call me, is it really your decision ? Do you really want this change for yourself ? If it for someone else then maybe you would not be making the changes for yourself but rather to pacify others which would more than likely have an effect on the chances of a successful outcome. For real change work to occur you must desire it for yourself – if you are reading this and have been asked by a third party to make a change we can talk about it and perhaps make the decision yours before starting a treatment programme. 
Finally, our therapeutic alliance has to be based on working towards mutual trust since trust can go a long way to addressing fear which can be debilitating. Be assured that everything we say together, that we share and any communications of any type are kept completely confidential. 
 
So, when you are ready - when you truly desire it - give me a call and we can discuss taking you from where you are today to where you want to be. Fiona : 07968 106113 
 
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