So the newest journey I’m on is a course in Cognitive Hypnotherapy with The Quest Institute. For those that don’t know what Cognitive Hypnotherapy is (it’s distinctly different from traditional hypnotherapy) there’s a short introduction on the page I’ve created here.
I’ve attended weekend one of ten so far (really looking forward to weekend two!) and there is a lot to take in, but it’s absolutely fascinating. It’s definitely right up there at the top of my “List of things I could learn about for weeks and not get bored” (along with Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Ancient Civilisations and Space). I know that whatever I choose to do with it in the end, it’s going to help me, whether that’s on a personal level or just more effective communication with the people I work with. I think I probably will end up making a career out of it eventually, though that will take time.
If I do, an area I think I’d like to specialise in is pain management, as that’s how I got introduced to Quest in the first place (went to a hypnotherapist to see if they could help me with pain management as it was one of the few things I hadn’t yet tried and happened to pick a Questie). And because it has helped me with far more than just what I went for, and that is a pretty magical thing to feel. This website probably wouldn’t exist without that, as I wouldn’t have had the confidence or belief in myself that my craft work would come to anything. Even to the point that I picked the name for the site with the thought of “Well, what would also fit this if I make it into a career?”.
A lot of my life, and indeed career path, has been involved with helping other people. As a lab technician in an undergraduate electronics lab, I was involved with helping students with understanding what they were doing and how things worked. At the same time, I spent twelve years as a volunteer with St John Ambulance providing first aid cover at everything from nightclubs and village fetes right up to music festivals and large sporting events such as the London Marathon. My experience there got me a position on the medical team at the London 2012 Olympics, where I was lucky enough to be placed in the stadium, so I had a fantastic view of many of the events. Then a bit of a career change to a Scenes of Crime Officer (the person that comes dusting for fingerprints and swabbing blood), where day-to-day I’m helping people that have had their homes, cars or businesses burgled and occasionally assisting with the more serious and violent crime investigations too. Much as I love doing that, this direction feels the right one to be going in, and I can’t wait to see where it leads me!