Catherine Blackwood

Having always been fascinated with human behaviour, I first studied Psychology in 1993 and went on to gain a BSc(Hons) in Psychology at the University of Kent. During my time there, I also trained as a member of Niteline, a guidance and listening service for the public. Shortly after that, I began training in Counselling.

In 1998 I decided that Hypnotherapy was the way forward for me, having seen the benefits to a close family member. I trained with EICH in 2000 for my Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP) and after a number of years, I became a supervisor and conducted Training Analysis with students and newly qualified members of APHP. 

I then took a break of a few years to raise my children and complete some larger writing projects. In that time, I discovered the importance of the Great Outdoors as a healing source, and trained in Energy Healing for sensitive and intuitive people. The new layers of understanding about our Source nature, combined with further training in the Law of Emergence allowed me to re-vision the way I work. I now fully utilise natural outdoor spaces to help sensitive people come back to themselves and live authentically in their power.

About Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a tool used to aid relaxation and to help focus the mind towards it’s objective. It is a natural state of consciousness in which we find ourselves several times a day. For example, when we become completely engrossed in a very absorbing story or film (or even just daydreaming) or the mundane journey to work, we may not be fully aware of our surroundings but since we are not sleeping, we have the resources to become alert and react to a situation if needed.

It is much the same level of focus that we can achieve with hypnosis, using the calming voice of the therapist, and this can be wonderfully restful for some people. There can be an element of time distortion where an hour might seem like just a few minutes, but you remain aware and in control of your thoughts and actions at all times.

Because you become relaxed enough to let go of troubling thoughts at a conscious level, the logical, analytical mind rests, allowing more effective communication with the subconscious mind.

How can Hypnotherapy help?

The subconscious mind deals with emotion and instinct, rather than logic. It is the place where memories are stored, some of which may be forgotten or repressed in childhood. Likewise, some long-held beliefs may now be in conflict with newer concepts that you may have taken on board as an adult. Careful use of relevant, positive suggestions can rapidly shift your perspective.

Waking hypnosis explained

It is absolutely possible to create a light hypnotice state whilst walking and talking. This is often used by athletes and hypnobirthing mums, and is ideal in a natural space such as woodland for drinking in the scenery and accessing a deeper focus.


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