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Martin Smith

Hypnotherapist and Self Proclaimed Realist

From a career centred in Operations Management I became very aware that plans need action. As a freelance Hypnotherapist under the brand Serene Action, I work with groups and individuals to resolve the familiar break between knowledge of what is needed and assembling the motivation to do it.  If you don’t like your progress change your approach.

I don’t remember Hypnotherapist being on the careers advisors list.

What was on the list for me, were a variety of jobs around Operations Management and that term certainly covers off the more traditional employments I have had.  Working with sometimes limited resources to achieve the best possible outcome. Made Operations a good fit for me.  I love the satisfaction of seeing events, products and services going to plan.

I am a self-proclaimed realist and for me this means that most things need to pass both the logic and the emotional tests.  Logic, are we looking as something that is even possible.  And emotional, do we have the desire to get this done.

We can all think of times when logic and emotion fight each other, and it is this battle that first led me to hypnotherapy.  Sometimes struggling essentially to keep these two in harmony. Usually emotion taking the reins and driving a cart and horses through a logical plan.

I never wanted to stifle emotional drive and creativity with logic and rigid plans.  Although at the same time allowing emotion to run wild in favour or against was not an option.

My Father had a great poster similar to the image below:

serene action stress posterThe caption reads: “Stress” The confusion caused when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of somebody who desperately needs it!”

Of course this is not a formally recognised definition of stress.  Although it plays to the conflicts I mentioned above;  a clash between logic and emotion.  For over 20 years I have been using hypnosis and hypnotherapy to manage this relationship.  Either using recordings or visiting a Hypnotherapist.

With a little bit of ‘time on my hands’ in 2013 I took a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) course.  The course included an introduction to Hypnotherapy.  Following a practical Hypnosis exercise my training partner, Anthony Healy convinced me this was a skill I should develop.

There are a lot of options if you wish to train in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.  I went straight to Rory Fulcher, a Hypnotist I had met before for some advice.  After some further research I enrolled on a course he runs with Dr Kate Bevan-Marks and qualified in 2015.

Hypnotherapy like operations is an ideal fit for me, working with clients and what they have to achieve the best possible outcomes.


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