Why did I?

I am the most unlikely person you could ever imagine becoming a therapist.

Let me explain how it happened.

Quite a few years ago (more than I like to admit), I was in my Mid-thirties, a builder running my own successful property renovation company. Up at the crack of dawn every day and my first thoughts were coffee and a cigarette (or several of both). When caffeine and nicotine levels were sufficiently high, I would jump into my van and race off to my first job of the day.

Everyone knows how important breakfast is, but that was something that other people bothered with; I didn’t have time. I worked very hard (so I told myself), however, looking back, all I did was rush from job to job and place to place. Lunch was a visit to a chip shop. Coffee and cigarette breaks were constant. Home time came when the light failed or my partner’s phone calls and texts of ‘are you going to come home tonight’ became just too many to bear.

At this point, my life was not great!

Once home, it was far too late for anything sensible to eat, so whatever fast food or junk was available, it would have to do. Then out came the alcohol.

You won’t be surprised to hear that I drank heavily. I put it down to stress of the job, having a few drinks at night was the only way that I could relax. So, I would sit with drink in one hand, cigarette in the other and spend what was left of the evening, trying to do my business paperwork.

My only thoughts were to earn enough money to support my family and ensure their well-being.

Do I sound like a typical therapist to you?

You can imagine, I became very overweight indeed. My health was not good either. I coughed all of the time, was constantly short of breath and drank almost as much ‘heartburn remedy’ as alcohol. Stress levels were high as a kite and to be honest, I don’t know how I didn’t have a heart attack.

The reality is, I needed help, but I carried on regardless!

Purely by chance, through a building job I was doing, I met a well-known hypnotherapist. I didn’t understand what hypnotherapy was, it was something that I simply wasn’t interested in, why should I have been? Yes, I knew of a few people who had received help from it mainly to stop smoking or lose weight, but I didn’t need to do either, did I?

Now imagine how it was, one day, the therapist caught me sitting outside on one of my many cigarette/coffee breaks. I got up to talk to her but had to sit down again quickly, as I went a little light headed.

Understandably, she was rather concerned and started to ask me a few questions about my lifestyle. To cut a long story short, she offered some hypnotherapy.

Obviously, I knew I should stop smoking, my cough was getting worse. I did try to quit once by going to one of those group session things, it didn’t work for me.

Therefore, not wanting to appear rude, I accepted her offer of a smoking cessation session of hypnotherapy. I was very skeptical, how could, just by talking to me, someone else stop me smoking?

Amazingly, to my total and utter astonishment IT WORKED! Whatever she said during that session actually stopped me from even wanting another cigarette ever again.

To be honest, at the time, I am not sure if I was even pleased about this, surely, if I had wanted to stop, I could have done it by myself. The therapist then explained the reasons why it had worked for me personally.

I was hooked!

I simply had to know more about this amazing thing that had happened to me.

Studying relentlessly, I became almost obsessed with my quest for knowledge on this powerful subject. My Life was about to change beyond all belief.

I trained and became a hypnotherapist myself. Somehow, I just knew that this was exactly what I wanted to do in life. I had wasted so many years charging about and simply ‘existing’, now I WANTED TO APPRECIATE LIFE and help others to do the same.

You may think that to become a hypnotherapist you need a degree in psychology, counselling or some medical knowledge etc. I am living proof that you do not. I was a builder (yes, that job had long gone), all you need is a genuine desire to help others.

Now, several years later, I understand and appreciate that hypnotherapy can help with so much more. Stress is just one of them. I truly believe that stress is our ‘Silent Killer’.

Furthermore, I have expanded my interest in all Holistic Therapies. I am now a Reiki Master Teacher, Angelic Reiki Master Teacher, Mindfulness Coach, Sound Healer, Meditation Teacher, Life Coach and a Director and Tutor at The Somerset School of Hypnotherapy.

Therapists come from all walks of life.

Why don't you become a Hypnotherapist?

It is an incredibly rewarding career. Not many other jobs can give you the personal satisfaction of having someone literally in tears thanking you for helping them.

Our style of training is different! Our courses are ideal for the more kind, gentle natured, spiritual and empathetic souls who would like to be nurtured, guided and supported in being able to help others cope with the challenges of modern day life.

Perhaps you are already a therapist of another kind and would like to add hypnotherapy to your list of skills. For example, Reiki and a range of other therapies can compliment.


Find out more about our courses. https://www.somersetschoolofhypnotherapy.com/courses

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Terminal illness is NOT a CRIME!

Receiving Free Hospice Care at Home? Or know someone who is?

IMPORTANT INFO – don’t let THIS happen!

If I can save at least one other poor family from going through this, well, this blog has done its job !!!

Let me explain.

If you are terminally ill, or if you know someone who is? Even if receiving free Hospice care at home, SHARE THIS INFORMATION! It may save the family a lot of heartache.

This is a real life experience.

Over a year ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Admittedly, it was only a ‘stage one’ cancer of the womb, but even so, without a hysterectomy, it would be terminal. Regardless of this, she refused all treatment, telling the doctors that “she was 86 years old and didn’t see the point in having an operation”. Given the early stages of her diagnosis, the medical opinion was that she could go on for another 4 years or so until the cancer ended her life. This she accepted for a while and just carried on as normal.

Without going into the gory details.

A few months later, symptoms worsened. Still, she refused treatment. My mother was now under the care of a local ‘Hospice’, who, took her into their facilities and prescribed a new drug. As a result, the symptoms eased and home she came. (My mother was now living with my husband and I).

Not long after, the Hospice ‘end of life’ nurse visited. My Mother was having a particularly bad day which, no doubt, prompted the dear nurse to now authorize her to be ‘fast tracked’.

For those of you who have no idea what this means (I didn’t at the time), basically, it means that the professional medical opinion is, that the Patient has less than 12 weeks of life expectancy. Once ‘fast tracked’, the patient is entitled to ‘free care’.

Since my Mother had refused all treatment, she was on thePalliative Care Program’. Consequently, we could have ‘careers’ coming to the house to take care of her needs. The initial ‘contract’ was for 12 weeks, however, it is reviewed regularly after that to ensure it was still required. Well, I ask you, if someone is terminally ill, they are unlikely to get miraculously better, although it can and does happen. We actually had this free care for just over 14 months!


Please read and understand this. It may save a lot of grief!

Having read the above info, I guess you are not surprised to learn that my Mother passed away. Arguably, the ‘fast track contract’ for palliative care was longer than anyone expected. I only have the highest of praises for this system. At no time was it suggested that she was no longer ‘eligible for free care’. I could never have coped looking after her without it. Incidentally, the girls who visited 3 times a day were excellent.

HOWEVER, what apparently everyone knew, but didn’t tell ME, could be the most important thing that I am about to tell you!

If you, or someone you know and love is terminally ill – DON’T JUST ASSUME that when death finally occurs that it will BE EXPECTED by the authorities.


Even though, the hospice was ‘taking care’ of my Mother and her own G.P. was aware of the situation, just because she was at home and her OWN G.P. had not seen her within the LAST TWO WEEKS OF DEATH, this dreadful thing happened.

A few hours before her death, at my request, the Hospice EOL nurse visited. She asked if my Mother’s own G.P. has seen her within the last two weeks. Unfortunately, he had not. We had called out a 111 emergency doctor but apparently, that DID NOT COUNT! Consequently, a visit from her own G.P. was immediately requested by the EOL Nurse. A short while later the doctor arrived. Only it was not a G.P. The medical center with whom she was registered sent their in-house PARAMEDIC.

The Paramedic explained to me that, as the surgery was short staffed that day, he was covering the visits.

Understandably, at this stage, I was oblivious to the fact that the lack of a G.P. attendance would cause so much grief within the next few hours. Obviously, there was nothing the paramedic could do for my Mother; he explained that death was imminent.

Purely by chance, one of the District Nurses paid a visit shortly after he left. In the light of the situation, the D.N.’s by now were popping in at random times to see if there was anything they could do. (Lovely, Lovely People).

My Mother died a couple of hours later.

My husband and I were at her bedside. It was a peaceful passing. As if by magic, a few minutes after my mother passed, the D.N. came back. She explained that somehow, she ‘just had to’. Bless her, I am eternally grateful to this wonderful lady.

However, now the grief began! Unfortunately, it was about 8.30 pm and ‘out of hours for the G.P. surgery’

or we still could have requested her own G.P. come to verify the death.

The poor D.N. said it was ‘the law’ that she had to call 111. She did, the 111 doctor on call visited.


As a G.P. from her own practice hadn’t assessed her within the last two weeks, even though nurses, hospice staff and 111 doctors had all seen her, the death was still classed as UNEXPECTED !! – by now, I was starting to lose the plot, but it got even worse!

The 111 doctor said it was his duty to inform THE POLICE!

A short while later THE POLICE APPEARED!

In they came, a lady and a gentleman officer. Now at first, I must say, my husband and I actually felt like we were ‘suspects’. They sat us down and asked a load of questions.

Undoubtedly, given the fact that I had just seen my own mother die, do you think I was in the mood to be ‘interrogated’ by the police !! ??

To be fair, the officers did do their utmost to reassure us that this was simply routine.

Most noteworthy here is, once the questions had been answered, they announced they had to ‘CHECK THE BODY’!” My immediate response was ‘What for’? To ensure that there was no ‘suspicious circumstances’ was the reply.

I realized that, of course, they were only doing their job, they were very nice, sympathetic officers but, nevertheless, please, the old ladies death was far from a surprise! Well, they went to check the body.

A few minutes later they emerged. All was OK they said. Nothing to worry about. (ha ha). Especially relevant, this shocking thing happened next!

The lady officer handed me my Mothers rings.

Sorry, she said, “the law, we have to remove any jewelry”! My Mother had just died wearing these rings.


I ASK YOU PLEASE, Now, just imagine the story I have just told you but suppose it was the case of a HUSBAND and WIFE, perhaps even an elderly couple who had devoted many years together.

JUST HOW WOULD THE PARTNER FEEL, if their newly departed loved one had been wearing those rings since their marriage / engagement. How on earth would the other one feel RIGHT NOW?


Now that ‘no foul play’ was evident (please!), the police informed us that THEY had to arrange for the body to be removed from THE SCENE!

They arranged for the Coroners authorized undertaker to come and remove the body – yes, you’ve got it, now, The Coroner is involved.

Apparently, any unexpected death must be reported to the coroner. Furthermore, the police had to stay with us until the body was removed. (2 am)!

Consequently, I then had to telephone the coroner’s office the next day to find out if he was going to insist on a post-mortem examination! – needless to say, the emotional cost to the newly bereaved, in my opinion, is totally and utterly beyond words, not to mention the unnecessary waste of police time and financial cost to the taxpayer. (sorry for ranting, I am just a bit wound up about the situation).

Luckily, the coroner was a lovely man. He simply said he was sorry for my loss and also sorry for the grief I had suffered the night before, as in this opinion, my Mother’s death was far from UNEXPECTED!

So dear people, save yourself the grief if you are faced with losing a loved one. Or perhaps, if you are connected to an elderly couple, save them from the anguish that I have just experienced. How would YOU feel if you had just lost your partner and the police coldly handed you their wedding ring!!!


IF THE G.P. HAD VISITED WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, there would be no police involved, no coroner, no threat of post-mortem. Moreover, we could have had a choice of undertakers to remove the body, or when to remove the body. Many people actually like some time with the deceased, perhaps to allow other family members to visit and to say goodbye. We had no choice at all.

I would like to end on this note.

Thank you for taking the time to read my very personal events.

I have now, as a result of my experience, made it my personal quest to alert others to ‘the system’ and attempt to save them from suffering the same devastating grief at a time when they least need it.

Words for thought!

Bereavement of any loved one has a deep effect upon us all.

The effects will obviously differ immensely from person to person. These effects can present immediately, or take a very long time to emerge.

Just remember, it is OK to grieve the loss of a loved one, it is perfectly normal.

It is good to remember the lovely times you shared with them.

However, you must not blame yourself, there is no need for you to feel guilty that they were ‘taken’ before you. Memories are precious, cherish them.

I am a Hypnotherapist. I have actually helped many people through bereavement. If you, or anyone you know is suffering the effects of bereavement, why not contact a local hypnotherapist? They may be able to allow you to just ease the suffering.

Hypnotherapy can assist you to ‘accept’ the passing and keep precious memories alive. Not ‘forget’, but to cherish, memorize and ‘allow’ yourself to live on!

From my heart,

Lindsey x.

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Why Hypnotherapy?

Unless you are trained in hypnotherapy or have experienced the benefits of it first hand, it’s possible you don’t know just how amazing and beneficial it can be. The medium of TV has provided us with many hours of entertaining ‘hypnosis’ mickey-taking stage shows, but true ‘hypno-therapy’ (hypnosis & therapy) is totally different, and an incredibly gentle, relaxing and life-altering process.

Every thought you have has a physical reaction in your body, affecting every one of your trillions of cells. How often do you give yourself the time to really relax the mind down and allow it to take a break, and fix some of the wrongs, the ill-effects of modern day living? I guess the answer is, you don’t? We don’t...

It takes a concerted effort to give ourselves the time we need and deserve, to be more mindful and unless you know how, I’d say let the hypnotherapist show you how. Hypnosis is designed to induce a relaxed and suggestible state of mind. Contrary to popular belief, you are always in control and can’t be hypnotised against your will.

Just 5 of the most effective uses of hypnotherapy are:

Stress reduction:

Hypnotherapy is one of the quickest and easiest ways to achieve a very deep relaxation. One that cannot be obtained just by taking a few minutes out of daily life to ‘chill-out’. It is a very effective way to enhance your mental health and well-being, leaving you feeling calmer, more positive and very refreshed, often energized. A hypnotherapist can add in some powerful suggestions that will allow you to take the good feelings away with you and use them whenever things get a little hairy!


Hypnosis can help you change your attitudes, perceptions and behaviors to a situation, really any situation. It can be effective in treating a wide range of medical and psychological issues, easily and effectively. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! We know this, so using a hypnotherapist to make the changes required will let you’ll see your whole attitude changing for the better. New you? Absolutely!

Addiction and dependency:

This is where you find a safe and gentle environment to really change the thought processes and habitual behaviors of the chaotic mind. The often hurt and painful thoughts that push us to addiction and dependency can be shifted, helped and soothed. Hypnotherapy allows you to gently induce changes towards unhealthy habits and addictions without the pain and stress of withdrawal symptoms and the often-associated agitation.


The elixir of life? You certainly crave it when you haven’t had enough of it! Lack of sleep interrupts normal daily function. It makes us hungry, angry, agitated, and depressed and so much more. So, once you experience a disrupted sleep pattern, it is easy to fall into the trap of assuming ‘that’s it, I never sleep’! This is so untrue when hypnotherapy intervenes, and you experience gentle, easy, regenerative sleep once more. Good bedtime routines may not be enough on their own to help you back into a normal routine, so dip into a relaxing hypnotherapy session and learn the simple sleep process again.


Ugh, such an incredibly powerful feeling, often affecting the body with a feeling of illness as well as the mind. A feeling that often leaves us desperate, with no way out... When you cannot find the way, then it can be very rewarding to use hypnotherapy to adjust those overwhelming thoughts and emotions. The process of understanding why and then releasing those feelings can provide a quick and effective relief. Hypnotherapy supports someone with depression gently and provides useful triggers to create a new thought process, a new joy. It will be okay...

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