David Kennedy School of Hypnosis© 2020 All rights reserved
I am so happy to have the opportunity to teach Clinical Hypnotherapy. I have a powerful belief in people’s ability to make positive changes in their lives. My career background as a mental health accredited social worker, hypnotherapy and counseling educator and clinical hypnotherapist has definitely influenced my holistic approach to teaching and therapy.
My original training relied heavily on therapeutic interventions that rest on cognitive or conscious processes. I came to the realisation that all long lasting change happens at the unconscious level – and with this realisation began my fascination with the unconscious mind.
My journey with utilizing the resources of the unconscious mind began with me becoming a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) practitioner – this being based on Carl Jung’s work. I then qualified as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and clinical hypnotherapist, and I was personally mentored by David Kennedy.
My study never stops – I love to learn.
I derive enormous satisfaction from working with people to create a better quality of life. I have been excited to see the positive, long lasting and meaningful changes that people have been able to achieve. I am committed to providing a high standard of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling education.
In my teaching and clinical practice I aim to create an environment that is empathetic, non-judgmental and person focused. I am committed to the principles of the strengths based approach, which values respect, collaboration, inclusion, transparency and sharing – principles I consider essential as they reflect a belief in people and their potential. This applies for both my counselling and hypnotherapy students, as well as my clients.
I am the author of a book Neurocounselling: Using modern counselling skills and neuroplasticity to achieve life-changing results. The book is a synthesis of my teaching and clinical experience and forms the foundation for a series of workshops I have given around Australia, including for the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association, the Professional Counsellors Association and the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
Along with teaching hypnotherapy and counselling, I also develop and facilitate workshop programs to meet the specific needs of other, non-practitioner groups. The workshops have been about neuroscience and the practical application of neuroscience and counselling concepts to develop communication skills, self-care and care of others.
I provide clinical supervision to hypnotherapists and therapists from other practice modalities, and am a recognised supervisor with the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and the Australian Association of Social Workers.