BA (Hons), MA, DHP (NC), Fertile Body Method Registered Therapist.
It is my hope and intention, through Fertility Oxford, to offer a safe, professional, non-judgemental and helpful service to men and women living with fertility problems and related issues.
In the therapeutic context my personal experiences are rarely relevant. The time that we work together is for you. But I know from personal experience that when living with fertility problems it often feels as if nobody can really understand unless they have experienced fertility issues themselves. Here, I hope that my words reassure you that I “get it” – and that I am appropriately trained, qualified, supervised and experienced to practice, and to assist you on your journey.
After graduating as an arts student, I worked for many years in the field of arts and mental health; including running a successful charity. My work often involved ‘convincing’ bodies such as the NHS and Social Services that for many people a responsive, holistic and creative approach to health and wellbeing could bring numerous benefits. I am proud of the innovative projects I was privileged to be part of.
In 2004, I was honoured to be one of 24 women selected by City University London for a new Masters degree in Leadership (our places were fully funded by the European Union as an investment in emerging leaders of the UK cultural sector). Further to this, I set up a consultancy practice and have enjoyed enabling clients (working in the charitable, arts and education sectors) to realise their own personal and organisational ambitions by offering support, guidance, expertise and the all important ‘fresh pair of eyes’.
It is not my intention, through the above, to impress you – just to offer you an insight into my personal journey. Because, for 9 years, my life was clouded by fertility problems, miscarriage and a continuous succession of IVF and other fertility treatments. For much of that time I felt like the proverbial ‘plate spinner’. Yes, I found my career enriching and inspiring and mostly ‘that particular plate’ spun away OK. But as the years went by ‘getting pregnant’ (which I repeatedly ‘failed at’) became my measure of ‘success’ – and so ‘the plates’ representing almost every other area of my life became harder to keep spinning.
Only now can I apply the ‘fresh pair of eyes’ (so adept in my professional life) to how I lived with fertility problems. The irony is no longer lost on me. In a professional capacity I was passionately developing and championing innovative approaches for health and wellbeing – whilst simply failing to notice or address how fertility problems were impacting on my own health and life. I regularly received acupuncture and reflexology (both of which I still recommend for fertility) but I failed to recognise the importance of paying attention to my mind.
Becoming a mother was an incredibly tough journey, and not for a moment do my husband or I take our wonderful daughter for granted.
Through Fertility Oxford, I can offer no guarantees of pregnancy or parenthood. But, personally speaking, I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that when I finally sought to address my stress levels and expectation of ‘failure’ through hypno-psychotherapy… I became pregnant (on what my husband and I had decided was to be our final fertility treatment). Furthermore (and my husband will back me up on this one!) I was more calm, relaxed and positive throughout that final treatment cycle than I had ever been before – even though, given our decision to ‘stop’ after that cycle, so much was dependant on its outcome.
Infertility can impact negatively on every area of your life… relationships with partner, friends, family, health, finances and general outlook on life. I feel passionately that hypnosis and mind-body techniques can make an enormous difference – both in terms of enhancing fertility and minimising the negative impact of fertility problems.
Hypnotherapy is an unregulated profession. There are numerous short courses available that enable one to, quite legally, set up in practice as a hypnotherapist. However I purposely chose a thorough, respected and challenging route into the profession. I firmly believe that men and women experiencing infertility and related issues absolutely deserve the very best professional support.
I trained through the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, which is one of just 3 training organisations accredited by the UK Council of Psychotherapy. I am a professional member of the National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NSHP). Membership of this body requires ongoing adherence to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct (which includes specifications such as ongoing clinical supervision with a UKCP registered supervisor, ongoing professional development and training, own therapy to ensure self-awareness etc). You can verify my membership by visiting NSHP and CNHC.
I have specialist training in fertility and related issues, having trained with internationally renowned Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer (founder of the Fertile Body Method). I am a qualified Fertile Body Method practitioner. You can find me listed on the Fertile Body Method Therapist Register. You can also find me on the Hypnotherapy Directory and Natural Therapy For All.
I look forward to welcoming you to Fertility Oxford. It is my hope that I can offer a safe, professional, non-judgemental and helpful service to anyone living with fertility problems and its related issues. I very much hope you will find the information on this website informative, useful and empowering – irrespective of whether you choose to come and work with me in person (or via Skype).
Wishing you all the very best through your fertility journey.