Sylvia’s interest in hypnosis began almost 40 years ago, when a family member successfully overcame a phobia after visiting a hypnotherapist. Her more recent courses of study were prompted by the discovery of self-hypnosis, and the positive effects it had on another relative who had endured over ten pain-ridden years with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). At the same time Sylvia used self-hypnosis to stimulate creativity, improve confidence and reduce stress, and rapidly arrived at the conclusion; hypnotherapy works.
Having decided to make it her profession, Sylvia sought training and qualifications. In 2004 she studied at a school accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, or NCH. She completed a Foundation Course comprising 120 classroom hours, homework assignments, a practical examination and a comprehensive portfolio of work. Following successful completion of the course, Sylvia submitted her portfolio to the NCH and NCFE, and she now holds the nationally recognised qualification, the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), as well as the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP).
Within the hypnotherapy profession there are different approaches and schools of thought. Sylvia prefers a client centred approach, where the techniques used are individually tailored to suit your needs, instead of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ attitude. Borrowing from an eclectic range of techniques in hypnotherapy, NLP and psychotherapy, her fundamental concern is how to assist you in making the changes and improvements you seek, while ensuring your comfort and peace of mind.
As a professionally endorsed hypnotherapist, Sylvia is bound by a strict Code of Ethics, and a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD). Since her initial training, she has studied various topics in greater depth, including the application of hypnotherapy for pregnancy and childbirth, smoking cessation, weight management, working with children, treating obsessive compulsive disorder, and treating chemical dependency and substance misuse.
During the early years she was fortunate to attend a hypnotherapy conference where she met one of the first hypnotherapists to establish a practice in the UK. Living just 10 miles apart, he became Sylvia’s mentor, with weekly supervision totalling hundreds of hours over the next three years.
Says Sylvia, “This man was Dr Vernon Sykes, and he had 40 years of experience. It is to him that I owe a huge debt of gratitude. My clients benefitted from his knowledge, and my experience avoided many mistakes that other ‘newbies’ often make. I am still incorporating the ideas and techniques that he taught me to this day.”
Dr. Sykes, himself a former pharmacist, specialised in stress relief and pain control, even to working with a consultant at Leeds General Infirmary. In those days it was rare to find a medical practitioner who would recognise the potential for hypnotherapy to be used alongside conventional medicine.
Fortunately this is starting to change, and is the reason why Sylvia is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This is the UK voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare practitioners, established in 2008 with government funding and support.
Sylvia believes there is always something more to learn, a new skill or different approach or technique to acquire, and training courses provide the opportunity to gain further skills and share information. She says, “Ultimately it is the client who benefits. Helping people to achieve their aims and ambitions as quickly and completely as possible should be reason enough for all professional therapists to seek more effective and efficient ways of doing just that.”
Sylvia is a member of the following Accreditation Organisations:
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
- General Hypnotherapy Register
- General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
- National Council of Psychotherapists.