But I kept on noticing that there were patterns of behaviour, that certain things triggered particular behaviours and responses and that they weren’t helpful, in fact quite the opposite. I didn’t know why I reacted the way I did and afterwards I would justify it to myself, often making it other people’s issues with me.
In relationships I noticed that irrespective of the other person’s behaviour I was seeing the same outcomes.
Again I justified it all.
Then one day a close friend of mine died and my world was shaken. I didn’t deal with it well, but it was the start of a journey that has led to where I am. I realised that the way I was seeing the world, the way I reacted to things, wasn’t what I wanted to see or how I wanted to react.
A friend of mine suggested therapy, which I dismissed. After all, “it’s just the way I am”, and “I’ve always been that way”. But I went along and those early sessions started a shift in me. I made changes in my life, I saw the world in a different, more helpful way.
Then a therapist suggested that I would make a good therapist. I laughed. Me? A therapist? But it made me think. Later I thought that even if I didn’t want to be a therapist it would be good to learn about why I think the way I do.
And so I trained with the Quest Institute, under the founder of Cognitive Hypnotherapy Trevor Silvester, recognised internationally as one of the leading schools. I also went back to therapy.
The course and the therapy were transformative. I started to not only understand but apply the work to my own life. I began to appreciate what others were offering me, what I had to offer others, who I was and what I could be. The blocks that were in my way disappeared. I was astounded. I really didn’t believe it was possible. But it is and now I want to help you to be who you want to be, to help you to have the life you know you can have, to realise your potential and to overcome your blocks. It was at that point I made the decision to help others with their lives to the best of my abilities full-time, focusing all my energies on being the most effective therapist I can be.
If you’d like to read what others who have already worked with me have thought about the process and results then please have a look at my Testimonials. I work out of comfortable and professional rooms delivering therapy in Richmond and the surrounding areas and can also work via Skype if preferred.
Below are two podcasts recorded with Sarah Archer. The first is an interview which gives you a greater understanding of who I am, how I work and my journey to becoming who I am now.
The second, Lifting the Curtain on Me and Facebook Live, is a real session recorded and published at Sarah’s request. Neither of us knew what would be revealed. It’s not edited. What you hear is what happened.
Managing Your Mind with Brooke Henderhttps://saraharcher.co.uk/thespeakingclub/046/
Lifting the Curtain on Me and Facebook Live with Brooke Henderhttps://saraharcher.co.uk/thespeakingclub/048/
It’s important to know that you’re working with a fully qualified and insured professional. I am registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association (QCHPA), under the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I am bound their rules and code of ethics. I am fully insured, and more than happy to discuss or provide more information on any of the above organisations.
I continue to develop my skills and knowledge and if you’d like to find out more about what workshops and courses I’ve attended as part of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) then you can find out here.