People often ask me how I came to be a hypnotherapist and I suppose the answer is simple – I used the techniques I now teach my clients to recover from cancer myself.
In 1991 I was diagnosed with high grade, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a highly aggressive type of cancer) and subsequently had major surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. I set my mind to be the fastest patient into and out of the isolation unit – and I did it. I can’t claim to have found the cure for cancer, however I can empathise with my clients who are facing similar, challenging circumstances and help embed techniques that can enable them to survive the treatment and enjoy the best quality of life.
You can see some of the articles about my recovery in the gallery below.
I have been practising as a hypnotherapist since 1999 after training with the Proudfoot School of Hypnosis, under the tutelage of the amazing Wilf Proudfoot who had worked with some of the great hypnotherapists and pioneers in mind-changing techniques such as Virginia Satir in America.
In the 1980’s, Wilf had combined the best of the best in terms of transformational change techniques, and his mission was to enable others to help people by passing his knowledge on.
I've since worked as a Senior Manager and Human Resources professional with over 30 years of experience in local and global companies in the public, private and third sector, along with 25 years with Dove House Hospice as a volunteer.
…and finally, just in case you’re wondering; you won’t be dancing around like a chicken… unless you really want to!
What my clients say
- Amazing lady changed my life!Fran worked miracles on me, 32 years old and I was addicted to sucking my thumb for hours on end - how embarrassing! As if hypnotherapy could cure that!!! I had tried EVERYTHING possible as had my family from a very young age, this was becoming awkward, antisocial and a problem plus it cost thousands in orthodontic treatment. As if this would work - How wrong was I...One session and never again. I don't know how she did it but it was amazing - a kind, compassionate , honest and genuine caring lady whom changed my embarrassing habit over night. Recommend her to anyone and particularly all those whom like me didn't believe in "alternative therapy" - an amazing miracle worker! Ring her now!!
A Phobia of Dancing!
Tony mentioned that he had a phobia of dancing – even I was sceptical on this one as I didn’t really see it as a phobia but more as something you either like or dislike but when he described the physical symptoms and fear he was experiencing, I realised that I could, indeed, help him.
Fran is amazing. I had a deep seated phobia about dancing. I used to get clammy hands just thinking about it and avoided all social situations that would include dancing for decades. I would rather go to the dentist and have my teeth drilled than dance. This was easy to do for decades, until I met my new partner, whose favourite pastime is dancing! As I love my partner, I went to see Fran. After one hypnotherapy session, I was able to reframe my fear and the anxiety disappeared immediately. I still may not be able to dance or be any good, but the fear has gone. Whilst I may not be appearing on strictly anytime soon, I am now pushing for dance lessons come the end of lockdown. Thank you Fran. I have already recommended Fran to my and friends and will happily carry on doing so.
Lee joined our free Monday evening mindfulness sessions only a few weeks ago and I recorded one of the sessions which people found really helpful to use for getting to sleep going back to sleep when awakening in the early hours. Here’s what she has to say.
Fran, I just cannot believe how listening to your voice really helps me to fall asleep. This morning I woke up at 5.23 am then could not get back to sleep so I started your tape and the next thing I knew, it was 8.20 am. Please, please never stop helping people like me and all the others that you do help Fran because you are amazing because I have been a bad sleeper from the age of maybe 26 years old and it drains me at times, honestly. I could hug and kiss you. My best friend only said to me yesterday how much you are doing me good and she can hear the change in my voice when she rings me in a morning. Thank you once again and I’ll be back next Monday.