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Hypnotherapist life – behind the scenes

What does your therapist or coach do outside of your session time?  An insight into life behind the scenes.

I may be seeing another client…

Of course, that’s the obvious one, and a lot of the time, I’m doing exactly that, whether face to face hypnotherapy or coaching in Knowle or Kenilworth, or via Skype, which has opened up my practice to a much wider audience!  And although I love client sessions, and the privilege I’m granted to help, at the end of the day I’m running a business, and so I wear many “hats”.  When I’m not with a client you can usually find me doing one of the following.

Marketing and sales – oh how I struggle with this!

But unless I take my business to market, how on earth will anyone know what I do and that I even exist?  Social media has completely changed the face of marketing, and for some, this is proving an absolute joy.  If, like me, you are a natural introvert (I’m a social introvert to be precise) then you will find the whole “putting yourself out there” to be the very opposite of joy!  But I have to do it, and my commitment to Cloud Nine Hypnotherapy and Coaching’s success is that 2019 will be my year of overcoming my limiting beliefs and becoming a marketing genius (sort of!).  I am so lucky that a lot of my success over the past 8 years has been due to referrals from my lovely clients.  Thank you so much!

Financial management….

Keeping on top of my accounts, expenses, and targets to help my business grow!  Best to do this regularly so that it doesn’t become overwhelming.

Continuing Professional development….

or CPD.  This is an area of my work that I really enjoy, learning new skills, theories, ideas and expanding my knowledge fulfilling my need to grow both professionally and personally.  CPD is important to ensure that I continue to improve my skills,  and provide myclients the most up to date service.  CPD can take many forms, but most usually for me it means attending courses, reading a new book or article (or revisiting a classic).  I also have regular supervision sessions with another therapist, where I can discuss challenges I may be experiencing, and to help me stay clear on my own objectives and intentions.  I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and spend time connecting with other therapists, and attending conferences, learning as much as I can about my industry.  Dedicating CPD time within my work schedule ensures that I offer my clients the best possible experience and results.

Hypnotherapy Admin….

Another large part of my work.  Answering emails, calls, sending emails, making calls, client consultations, session planning and session review notes, not to mention making hypnosis recordings for my clients to use.  All taking a lot of time, but incredibly important to the smooth running of my business behind the scenes.

Business development….

The creative cousin of admin and finance.  To grow your business and improve your life, you need to have a vision, plans, ideas and goals, as I remind my clients regularly.  Big or small, it doesn’t matter, but without a plan, a goal is just a dream.  I love planning, scheduling and reviewing, and the sense of control and purpose it gives to my business.  And I also know that I feel much more relaxed when I know I’m following a plan.  Check out my coaching programme if you struggle with this http://www.cloudninehypnotherapy.co.uk/services-and-prices

Talks and networking….

Another form of marketing, spreading the word.  I’m not a natural at selling, but have often given talks to groups about confidence, procrastination, weight, anxiety and hypnotherapy and coaching in general.  I love to remind people just how awesome they are and how investing in themselves through connecting with their powerful subconscious can help them to achieve the life they want.  I’ve always been on a mission to spread the word about hypnotherapy, it’s not something weird and inaccessible, but it’s something natural, extremely effective and available to all.  And networking is a great way to meet other business owners, and make new connections.

Self care…

I have to schedule this, as running a business is a 24 hour commitment.   And when your business is also your passion, it can become all consuming.  I have to practice what I preach; every client of mine is reminded how important they are, and encouraged to make time just for them, to switch off and reconnect with who they are and what brings them joy.  So I must do the same.  The fact that I regularly fail reminds me how hard this is to do for most of us.  And when I get run down, irritable or things start to slide a little, that’s my wake up call that I need to get out in the countryside for a bracing walk, go for a swim, laugh with a friend, or just take an hour to curl up and read my book or listen to one of my calming hypnotherapy recordings.  All the things that bring me back to my peaceful place.  

A little insight into behind the scenes.  

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Change your weight and your life!

“This programme has changed my life – I know that sounds silly but it has!”  That was what my delightful weight management programme client said as we concluded our fourth and final session last week.  I was so happy for her, and completely understood what she meant.

You see, losing weight is more than just losing weight – if you know what I mean. 

All of those of us who have been on this crazy weight rollercoaster of life knows that if it was just about eating the right things in the right way at the right time, then we’d all be completely happy with ourselves and the food and weight loss industries would collapse overnight (social media would find itself pretty empty too!).   The wisest piece of advice I was ever given – and probably the first time I needed to accept responsibility for my extra pounds (many of them!) – was: “you didn’t put this weight on overnight, so you can’t expect it to go away overnight either!”.

( in fact something that I do know is that it’s probably takes less time to lose it than it was to put it on.  Think about it………)

Extra weight is usually just the symptom of where our own personal rollercoaster is carreering out of control.

I designed my weight programme to help you take back control.   It’s about self management, and that in reality is life management.  Hey, hey, don’t panic that it’s all going to get super scary and boringly efficient.  It just means taking a good hard look at your life, your habits, your underlying limiting beliefs, your unconscious behaviours – in short, every space where you are being “hijacked” by the world around you!  It means learning about you.  Your weight issues are just the symptom, we cannot blame the food for our dissatisfaction with the way we look and feel.  It involves understanding how we got here, dealing with it, changing it, and programming a positive health future.  We use hypnotherapy and therapeutic techniques to remove underlying patterns, install new patterns, and cement your healthy and focussed future.  (For more details take a look at my programmes and prices page, or email me for full details).

Anyway, back to my client.  It changed her life!  And that’s exactly what I intend for everyone who signs up for my 4 session programme .  Her parting words – “for the first time in my life I’ve really looked at myself, and do you know?  It really wasn’t that scary!” (she also said she felt so lucky to have found me!!!  But that’s another story…….)

I love my clients, and am totally in awe of them and their commitment to taking control.

 

Let’s change your life together, contact me now, I’d love to help!

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A Gift to Inspire!

I know, it’s a predictable picture for this time of year, but I hope it’s one that conjures up the feelings of joy, excitement and expectations of the season!  But does it inspire you?

Inspire others

Often clients say to me “how can I get my wife/mum/brother/uncle/best friend/colleague to come and see you? They would really benefit from your therapies! I keep telling them about you” and my answer is always the same – “you can’t”(unless, of course, they want to come) because:

Inspire with your actions

When they see you happy, overcoming obstacles and moving forward purposefully in your life they’ll be curious and want to come.
Maybe.

It can be so frustrating ……

……..when you make your own breakthroughs and really start living because we become so excited that we want to share the joy and help others to do the same!  You’ve lost loads of weight, finally quit smoking, you’ve learned to take control of your anxiety and move out of your comfort zone.  Or, with coaching,  gained much needed clarity, and confidently know which direction to take your career and your life goals.   But the truth is that you found support to help you overcome what was holding you back in your life when the time was right for you, others will do exactly the same.  They will know exactly when that ‘camels back’ is broken and will ask for help.  The best way to help others is :

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

This is so perfect – inspire those around you by being your best you.  Let them see how you have found the courage to overcome obstacles, practising daily habits that help you reach your goals.  You give them confidence to believe that they can do the same.  Who was it who said “actions speak louder than words“?

Be Proud

For my lovely clients who have overcome personal limitations in 2017 – and that’s ALL of you –  smile, shine and be extremely proud this festive season and beyond. Inspire and lift up those around you! And who knows, they may do the same in 2018!

 

In the last two weeks I have gifted 4 Cloud Nine Hypnotherapy and Coaching vouchers for a Mind Spa session to local fundraisers, for raffles, hampers or wherever they may be useful as a means of raising money for a good cause. Lots of people donate in this way, but for me it was the first time, and it felt really good to be able to help. I’m gifting my time, and I look forward to delivering! A gift voucher for a therapy session isn’t a usual gift, but I hope that the lucky winners will enjoy the mind stilling, relaxation and clarity coaching.

Mind Spa gift vouchers are available for £50 (saving £60 on the usual session price)  phone or email me and I’ll put it in the post in time for Christmas!  

A no-obligation client consultation is a chance to meet me and find out what I do, and how we could work together. Call or email me to make an appointment.