About Me

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Qualifications

HPD – Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma

DipCHyp – Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy

NLP Master Practitioner

 

Hello and thank you for looking at my site. My name is Jill Brown and I live in a small village on the Norfolk/Suffolk border not far from the sea.

I feel really lucky to live in such a green and lovely setting after spending most of my life in towns and cities. I love being surrounded by the beauty of nature and watching the seasons change throughout the ever turning wheel of the year. With each year that goes by I find myself enjoying nature more and more and feeling increasingly connected to mother earth and all her wild beauty.

I can honestly say that I am the happiest I’ve ever been and I wake each morning excited about the day ahead. Things haven’t always been like that though.

Up until 1999 I had been busy bringing up my two children as a single parent and working  full time as an administrative officer in a Government Department. Life was challenging at times but it was also a lot of fun and for the most part things were fine.

Then several different things happened at the same time that were all difficult to deal with and it all got too much. I experienced what felt to me like a ‘breakdown’ but which was diagnosed as clinical depression. I had a short period in hospital followed by several sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Although both these approaches helped to some extent it still took me quite a while to recover completely.

Although at the time it all felt really awful, in hindsight I think it was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me. I had no choice but to rethink my life. I left my job of many years and begun working in the care sector with children and young people, finding this much more challenging and rewarding.

I learnt how to recognise the signs of stress in myself and others and how to take pleasure in the simple things in life.

I’m not saying it was easy and it was quite a long road, but if I hadn’t become ill I might have plodded along indefinitely, feeling vaguely unsatisfied and unfulfilled. Trying to make sense of what had happened to me I became interested in psychology and the factors that lead to positive mental health. I wanted to do something to help other people who might be going through what I had. I began to research the avenues that were open to me and in 2005 I decided to train as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist with the Quest Institute  at Regent’s University London.

It was during my time there that I first learned about the use of symbolism and metaphor in therapy and how life changing this can be. It seemed to work like magic and it’s fascinated me ever since. I keep my training up to date by regularly attending conferences and training courses and I’ve just completed the NLP Master Practitioner Course (2018) for the second time, having completed it the first time in 2006.

I’m currently learning about the sacred plants of the Amazon, and hope to be able to help people heal with these wonderful medicinal plants in the future.

If you’d like to find out more about what I do and how this approach can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

quest logoThe Quest Institute is an internationally recognised training school for Cognitive Hypnotherapy which exceeds the National Occupational standards for Hypnotherapy in the UK. This means you can be confident that I have achieved the highest standard in qualification and training that is available in this country. It also means I receive on-going support and have access to all the latest developments and findings in this field. I constantly update my skills and knowledge and regularly take part in on-going training.