About Me

EmilyHello! My name is Emily, however, after playing online computer games for many years with the gaming handle of “Shade” on voice chat, that name has kind of stuck with friends across the world! I chose the name for this website through a combination of that and the fact that I love plays on words. This page is a little bit about who I am and how I came to be a Cognitive Hypnotherapist.


My journey to becoming a therapist began originally as being a client. At the time I was in constant pain through nearly 25 years of various joint problems, and hypnotherapy was one of the few things I hadn’t tried yet. The difference it made to my pain levels was amazing. More importantly, I realised that I could be in control of my life once more. That I was the one who could choose how to react to any situation that came my way.


I have always enjoyed service careers, but had never really been sure where I wanted to go with that, until this. So, I decided to train as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist myself, with The Quest Institute, and aim to bring as much positive change to my clients as possible. I have achieved a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy from the Quest Institute, I hold the Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma and I am a qualified Ollie Coach.


I have interests in many different areas of science and about life in general. Learning new things is something I usually do for pleasure, but it often takes my life in interesting directions afterwards! I’m a scientist at heart, and that’s how I interpret the world around me. But I also know that science doesn’t have all the answers (yet!) and try to remain as open-minded as I can. This especially applies to healing as there is so much that works that science is only just beginning to be able to describe. The potential for this within Cognitive Hypnotherapy is exciting, with recently published research showing that Cognitive Hypnotherapy has a significantly higher success rate (71%) for depression and anxiety than other, established approaches such as CBT (averaging 42%).


I hope you find what you have been looking for by coming here. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see or want me to explain further. You can contact me via my contact page or by email, Facebook or Twitter, links are at the top and bottom of each page.