Founder of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy
How I went from Police Sergeant to Therapist
I spent 18 years in the police wondering why so many people were stuck in lives that punish them. It came as a shock to realise I was no less stuck. Like them, I seemed incapable of escaping from a life that really didn’t suit me. I began to find answers when I was trained in counselling at Hendon Police College and found even more when I discovered NLP and Hypnotherapy. That awakening lead me to realise that we are all fellow strugglers and has inspired me throughout the last 25 years to find the best ways of helping people create the lives they truly want to live, and to teach what I’ve learned and created along the way.
I don’t come from a classical psychological background. I think my police experience gave me a perspective on human nature which is rare in our community. I’ve mainly avoided mainstream education as a means of learning about people because I found it too dogmatic and constrained. I’m a pragmatist. I’m interested in what works and how to make it work better. I believe that nothing is true, and that the profession of therapy should be in a state of permanent revolution until we have something that works for everyone for everything, every time. Until then we need to search humbly.
This is important work because people are suffering unnecessarily and our culture doesn’t help us in learning how to live well. I want to help people awaken to the power we all have to create our life in the form that fits us.
We are all the result of the meaning we give our formative experiences. I felt I was born into a family that I didn’t belong to, that didn’t understand me or have a clue about how to help me find my way. I left childhood feeling I was unlovable, not good enough and my intelligence was something to hide rather than enjoy. This led into a series of unsuccessful relationships which perpetuated every negative thing I felt about myself – and the pursuit of a career to please other people. What I’ve learned through the journey I’ve been on makes that person I’ve just described unrecognisable to me. I love my life and enjoy being me. I want that for everybody.
About the QCHPA
Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association is for QCH Professionals who have graduated from The Quest Institute. QCHPA members are part of a support network that loves to give, grow and work towards excellence. Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapists are able to deliver therapy to clients with confidence and with the support of the evidence of its effectiveness.
About The Quest Institute
Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Training School offers outstanding levels of education for all it’s students, using a range of techniques supported by evidence of their effectiveness and provides the ultimate in flexibility for their clients’ unique needs.
71% of QCH Clients reported themselves improved compared with only 42% of other Talk Therapy Clients, including CBT. – Mental Health Review Journal September 2015.