Where to begin?
I think that if you’re going to learn to drive that the person teaching you should have driven at least once before. Probably more… Obvious really and that’s before I look at their qualifications and reviews.
Hypnotherapy is no different. How can I hope to show you its benefits without having felt them myself? How can I understand stress or anxiety without having seen what a mess it can make?
As you can imagine hypnotherapy is not a natural career progression. And, when my childhood dream of being a clown faded I had to take a long hard look at where I wanted to be. After a Masters in Leeds and a trip to the bright lights (and long commutes) of London to work in the media I made it to Manchester and was, for want of a better word, frazzled.
Years of just about coping came crashing down on me and I needed some help. That’s when my wife found Anxiety UK – and I experienced hypnotherapy first hand.
Chatting in a safe space was great and whilst talking about my traumatic past may have helped garner a little perspective what I found most useful was the rapport I had with the therapist and my new-found curiosity for all things hypnotic.
It was then that I discovered ‘solution focused hypnotherapy’ and this is where the real changes started.
I learnt not only about helping others with anxiety but also about my brain and how I can use my anxiety as my superpower – Helping me to read people, to engage with them and ultimately helping them to get to their own vision of the future.
A few years later and I’m working out of ‘the snug’ in my back garden, helping people like yourself do some amazing things and have a tiny child and a cat keeping me on my toes.
That future that I really couldn’t even imagine has improved me in ways I couldn’t have predicted – and all it took was setting off.
The Qualifications bit.
I trained in Manchester with the Clifton Practice where I received my Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma and my level 5 Solution Focused Supervisor qualification – verified by the NCH and the NCFE.
I am also a registered member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council, have an enhanced DBS certificate for working with vulnerable adults and children. And I’m professionally insured by Holistic Services Insurance.
The bit Anxiety UK asked me to put.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist, providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. This means I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here – www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk
Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership .
I’ve done these awesome courses.
Hypnotherapy for Chemotherapy – Dorothea Read
Neuroscience – Dr Naeem Iqbal
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body – David R. Hamilton PhD
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Practice – Christian Dunham
IBS and Hypnotherapy – Peter Whorwell
Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson’s Disease – University of Birmingham via futurelearn
Supporting People with Long-Term Living Conditions – Kings College London via futurelearn
Improving Management of IBS – British Medical Journal (BJM) via futurelearn
Learning How to Learn – University of California via Coursera
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A bit more information
Ben Gaskell is a Clinical Hypnotherapist working with clients who suffer from anxiety, stress, low mood and phobias. He practices from Stretford, Deansgate, Manchester and Wilmslow and serves the areas of:
Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Spinning fields.
Further details can be found on the ‘getting here’ or ‘contact’ page. For more information on how Ben at Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy can help you please call 07756 932 702 or email Ben@greater-manchester-hypnotherapy.com.