My Background

Jenny Thomas

Since 2007, I have worked in private practice as a personal change practitioner, alongside my role as a study skills support tutor, supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students with learning difficulties and mental health issues through their degree programmes. Since April 2016, I am focussing on my therapy, health and wellbeing practice.

I have a varied background in medicine, motherhood, a variety of creative pursuits, and general life experience including a bunch of personal triumphs and tragedies. Whilst I do draw from my own life stories and those of other people, I acknowledge that your experiences, thoughts, emotions, values and beliefs are unique and likely to be totally different from mine.

For me, the personal attributes of a practitioner, his or her skill acquired through practice and experience, and the quality of the relationship built with the client have greater significance than paper qualifications. Nevertheless, levels of training/qualification are important.

Why did I train as a Therapist?

Therapy is a collaborative process between you, as the client, and me, as the practitioner. Here is a brief summary of my professional 'journey'.

I initially trained as a doctor, specialising in medical microbiology, but quickly realised what I perceived to be major limitations in conventional medicine, especially its failures in addressing the emotion/psychological/mental 'health issues' of an individual.

I developed a keen interest in what constitutes 'healing' and, after a fairly long period as full-time Mum, I achieved certificates in counselling and life coaching. I was delighted to 'discover' Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) which seemed to provide a 'complete model for mental wellbeing' that made sense and which could sometimes create remarkably rapid changes. I felt inspired to go to America (two dollars to the pound back then!) to study NLP practitioner and master practitioner courses with some of the pioneers of NLP in 2007/8 respectively. I added Hypnotherapy certification in 2008 when I realised how commonly self-hypnosis 'just happens' in a session, being those everyday 'trances' which most of us are in much of the time, for example, daydreaming and being 'lost' in a book or film. Driven by a desire to extend my knowledge and skills in hypnotherapy and have an NHS-recognised qualification, I have recently completed a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma at Central England College of Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is often referred to as the 'gold standard' for hypnotherapy in the UK.

Through studying NLP, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness and other valuable therapeutic tools and strategies, I am now a happier, more focused, successful and effective human being and have transformed my own life from one previously hindered by M.E., anxiety and depression. With hindsight, the personal suffering is a useful 'qualification' for being a therapist as I know first-hand what it's like to feel helpless, hopeless, hapless and trapped – and that amazing things can and do happen! It is a privilege to be engaging in an activity which is creative, rewarding and enjoyable, teaching other people to do for themselves what I know works well to achieve positive change.

My Qualifications

  • MB BS (Lond), Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School 1978
  • Certificate in Counselling East Devon College, 1997
  • Confidence and Assertiveness, NOCN, 2006
  • Certificate in Life Coaching, Newcastle College (Edexcel), 2007
  • NLP Practitioner Course, NLP Comprehensive, Colorado USA, 2007
  • NLP Master Practitioner Course, NLPCo, Colorado USA, 2008
  • Hypnotherapy Certificate, NLPco, Colorado USA, 2008
  • Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector, Somerset College, 2008
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Central England College of Clinical Hypnotherapy, 2016
  • Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, Central England College of Clinical Hypnotherapy, 2016

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development is an important aspect of practice. Recent examples of CPD (between 7 and 40 hours each) I have undertaken are:

  • Metaphors of movement, Andrew T Austin, Sept and Nov 2015
  • One mind, one body, Dr Nicholas Wright, 2015
  • Evidence based approaches to pain control, Nicholas Cooke, Jan 2016
  • Ericksonian indirect hypnosis, Dr Rob McNeilly, Feb 2016
  • Working with anxiety states, Hilary Norris-Evans, April 2016
  • Anorexia, Bulimia and OCD, Dr David Kato, Oct 2016

Membership of hypnotherapy and NLP associations, CNHC registered, and up-to-date professional indemnity insurance carried. Voluntarily de-registered from GMC as not practising medicine.

If you are curious to find out more, or have decided that you would like to try an integrative approach to health and wellbeing, please contact me to discuss any queries ahead of meeting and/or make an initial appointment.

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