Hi My name is Emma. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist I have been helping empower people for over seven years, getting people back on track and helping them fulfil their potential. I have come to The Alma Vale Centre from Alma Vale Hypnotherapy across the road, where I have had a practice for the last three years. I also work from my home space in Southville.
I’ve always been interested in how the brain works, and through my previous work in science journalism and educational psychology; I developed a passion for neuroscience and a desire to become a therapist. I qualified in Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy in 2011. I’ve always been drawn to helping others, especially after experiencing depression, anxiety and bereavement in my younger years and finding the tools and support I needed to get back on track myself. I have a lot of enthusiasm for what I do and love helping people make positive changes or and overcome obstacles to fulfil their potential. I am open and empathic and completely non judgemental, treating my clients as individuals and helping them come up with solutions, and make positive life changes.
My own neurodiversity (ADD and dyslexia) and my work within special education has given me an interest in working with those directly and indirectly affected by neurodiverse conditions such as ADD, ADHD and autism. I have previously run wellbeing courses and classes for Bristol Autism Support, and continue to find ways to help neurodiverse folk and their families through therapy and supportive courses and workshops.
I am a yoga enthusiast and when I’m not in practice you can often find me on my yoga mat! I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2017, completing my 200 hours and then my 550 hours, at Yogasara, in Bristol. This has influenced me in the therapy room quite a bit; especially breathing techniques and using yoga nidra. I have also retained my love of writing, and I love to blog and write articles.
Finding yoga has helped me so much. I first started classes for the same reason many do, I wanted to get fitter and maybe relax. But what I got was far more than I bargained for. Within a short time frame my mental health had improved, I had got a lot stronger too. I found my focus improved and I was calmer. I was also very interested to find that yoga and meditation helped with the difficulties I have due to having ADD, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
I have been teaching yoga since January 2017 with a regular class for Bristol Autism Support, combining hypnotherapy, CBT and yoga; adding in a second, Shine Yoga, on a Wednesday morning at Yogafurie; and Shine yoga was born from there. I am, now running retreats as well as several classes in Bristol.I look forward to seeing you at a class or private session soon!