Initially trained as a Radiographer at The Royal United Hospital in Bath, Catherine graduated in 1991 and went on to become a diagnostic Radiographer DCR (R). She then gained the higher certification in the Fundamentals of Mammography and has
worked as a Senior Radiographer and Mammographer at the Lancashire breast Unit based in Chorley since 2007.
Catherine is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist (HPD) and Hypnotherapy Supervisor. She runs flourishing Hypnotherapy practices in both Southport, Merseyside and Chorley Lancashire. Working as a therapist “helping people, help themselves” she finds both therapeutic and rewarding.
More recently, in September 2020 she completed the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma(AHD). This course has been assessed at a level 5 by NCFE. This is the highest qualification available for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists in the UK.
Catherine’s business knowledge developed from her 15 years experience working in the Motor Industry. She was trained initially in Sales and Marketing, fast tracked through all dealership departments to eventually become a Dealer Principal, working for Peugeot, Southport and latterly for the Volvo Dealership in Plymouth. She regards her time spent in this extremely challenging retail environment as vital, as it allowed her to achieve her full potential. She feels it gave her the skills and experience necessary to move forward in her life.
Her interest in hypnotherapy grew out of her observations of the way individuals faced with similar problems coped with trauma and stress. She was amazed when one of her colleagues attended hypnotherapy sessions for anxiety, the difference it made was a powerful indicator for Catherine. This was the catalyst that prompted her decision to train as a Hypnotherapist.
Still working as a Mammographer she decided to attend the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School. She chose CPHT, as the school teaches Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. This therapy is based on researched neuroscientific programmes that said, the more enjoyable the therapy is, the more likely it is to be successful.
The CPHT course syllabus and philosophy is solidly based on the experience and expertise of its founder David Newton. It facilitates results, encourages new strengths, and qualifies the case for transformation, not only for its clients.
CPHT teaches what works and practices what works, a philosophy that allows happy hypnotherapists help clients to become more confident and successful and overcome or cope with problems.
She is now part of the CPHT Liverpool, Preston and York Teams, she will be training students who like her, want to and will, make a difference. Her continued personal diligence and outward looking persona ensure her clients and students alike benefit from any and all new research and evidenced based changes.
She now lives in sunny Southport, Merseyside, is a real foodie and her golf is still an on-going project despite all her best efforts.
Karen has had a varied career, starting out as a lab technician in Aberdeen. Her time spent in the Psychology Department of Aberdeen University sparked her interest in how the mind works and culminated in Karen training as a hypnotherapist.
Karen moved into the commercial world and spent more than 20 years working in the pharmaceutical sector, working in both large and small companies, specialising in pharmacokinetics and logistics.
A desire to do something different lead to Karen becoming the proud co-owner of a delicatessen and café which is where she developed her business knowledge as well as her excellent baking skills!
The business ran successfully for more than 5 years when it was sold so that her business partner could retire. This was Karen’s opportunity to follow her long held desire to become a therapist. She chose Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for 2 main reasons: it is a positive, forward looking approach to therapy, making it an enjoyable experience for both client and therapist; and it suits her scientific brain.
Karen chose CPHT because it is a centre of excellence for hypnotherapy in the UK which offers training that incorporates the latest research, the best solution focused techniques along with the best bits of NLP and CBT as well as offering their students advice on how to set up and run their own practice.
Karen runs her own practice in Skipton as well as working with cancer patients in 2 local charities. She is currently finishing off her supervisor training and in the process of studying for the Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy. She is delighted to be part of the CPHT Preston team, looking forward to meeting and working with new students.
Karen lives just outside Skipton with her partner, loving being in the heart of the countryside. She is also busy training for a half marathon, something of a surprise to her!