My name is Laura Chapman and I am a solution focused hypnotherapist. I have been practising for almost two years now and I love what I do. After suffering with depression and anxiety for many years it was hypnotherapy that turned things around for me.
If I look back I think I probably suffered with anxiety as a child too, I remember lying awake in bed worrying about my parents and grandparents dying, about standing up in a school assembly, about sports day….
It wasn’t until I was about 17 that I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed medication. I didn’t know what was wrong with me and I think my parents thought I was an angry, aggressive teenager who slept a lot and had no motivation to go to school or get a job! I was also actually really horrible to them. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t unhappy all of the time, in fact some of my best memories are from when I was about 14/15 and I often wish I could go back! But this time I would know what was wrong with me and be able to seek help and get things under control. But that’s the thing with depression, it can just hit you. It can come and go in waves. But now I know exactly what it is I can manage it. I may well have suffered as an indirect result of my dad suffering with severe depression throughout most of my childhood. Negativity is catching!
I kind of fell in to working within the prison service back in 2008. When a vacancy came up in the Offending Behaviour Programmes Dept it really interested me. I was running group Cognitive behavioural therapy. I loved learning about addiction, personality disorders and all the other interesting parts that came with the job. But it was also stressful and unpleasant at times. Knowing that I didn’t want to do this forever, I finally decided to take the plunge and train as a hypnotherapist after toying with the idea for some years.
Immediately after I qualified I had my baby daughter so seeing clients was put on hold for a short time. Now I’m working two days per week whilst my daughter is in nursery and several evenings too.
Becoming a hypnotherapist is up there with some of the best choices I have ever made. I’m personally in the best mental health I’ve ever been and I love my job. It’s so satisfying seeing people learning to be happy again!
Oh and it’s great being self employed.. I am currently writing this from a picnic bench in the sun with tea and cake 🙂