We all have our stories. I am no different.
My story started with being beaten, starved and neglected.
It continued to being sexually abused.
I got to 18 and went to University ready to kill myself. I didn't. Instead, I reinvented myself. I learnt that I could be whoever I wanted to be.
I lived my life pretending. Pretending I was happy and outgoing. Pretending I was ok. All along I hated myself and hated my life.
The middle bit...
I had a successful career. I was promoted over and over again and ended up as a senior manager with a global role. And still I was miserable.
My husband arranged for me to go and see a counsellor. I saw her for 18 months and yet didn't feel much better.
My husband had a series of heart attacks that led to a quadruple bypass operation, at the same time I found out I was pregnant. Something went wrong and my baby was delivered at only 26 weeks. He fought bravely but died after 30 days.
I got pregnant again and had an amazing daughter.
Life was no longer about just me. It was about her. When she was 3 she started asking me if I was happy. No matter how many times I said yes, she seemed to know I was lying. Something had to change. I wouldn't allow my screw ups to change her.
When it all changed...
I found a weight loss download that friends were having great success with. Due to all my childhood issues, my size had been a constant challenge. I started listening but was sure it wouldn't work. And that's how I heard about a guy in Harley Street (the creator of the download) that could apparently help me in just a few sessions. 'Yeah right' I thought. But what if it was true? I decided to risk it
From that first moment and that first session with Trevor, my life changed. By the second session, I knew I had to learn how to do this. I went on to train as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist at the Quest Institute so that I could have the opportunity to help others in the same way that Trevor has helped me.
That was May 2011 and my life has changed immeasurably. I ran the London Marathon in 2012. In 2013 I became a full time Cognitive Hypnotherapist, turning my back on the corporate world I had so much success in.
I am happy. I love my life. And I love helping others.
In May 2015 I took my abuser to court - because I was sure others were at risk because of him. Before I found Cognitive Hypnotherapy, I wouldn't even tell people what had happened to me in my childhood - let alone stand up in court and talk about it!
My story is just that. A book on the shelf that I no longer need to refer to. I've still got stuff to work on, of course, but the difference is that now I don't settle. If something is getting in the way of my happiness, I sort it out.
My experiences don't make me a better therapist. Overcoming my experiences; finding happiness, that's what makes me a better therapist.
No matter what you have getting in the way of your life, I know with absolute certainty that I can help.
So that's what I'm here for. To help you in any way I can. I hope, as you browse through this site, you will give me a call on 07734113830 or drop me an email and give me that chance.
I look forward to helping you,
DawnHPD. DipCHyp. MPNLP. NCH. CNHC