Hi there, my names’ Caroline Simmons and I’m a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist based in Leigh, Manchester.
My journey to hypnotherapy came from my own battles with poor mental health. I was first diagnosed with depression in my early 20s after studying abroad for a year. While I found the year very challenging, I expected to come home and feel like myself again, but it just didn’t happen. It took me a long time to recover and I hoped it was just a blip. But it wasn’t. Then in 2011, I was made redundant from a job I loved, and I found myself with a different type of battle. Despite knowing I was losing my own job, I was travelling around the country training and supporting colleagues who were also facing redundancy. I had my first panic attack outside a hotel in High Wycombe, where I had come to lead a day’s workshop. Before long I was having panic attacks just meeting up with my own family. My stomach would churn so much when I left home, I couldn’t go anywhere without Imodium! This time I was diagnosed with anxiety.
I was determined to improve my mental health and take back control, and my journey led me to study different coaching qualifications, NLP and hypnotherapy. I studied neuroscience and learned how to change my thoughts and behaviours, and this had a massive impact on my wellbeing. Just in good time to help me cope with rising anxiety levels caused by the menopause!
I was in no way prepared for the changes this life stage would bring, from the anxiety, brain fog and loss of identity. I soon found though that the new tools I learned helped massively and I now use them to help others through this massive life change. I help clients through coaching and hypnotherapy and I also coach and train managers and businesses to support their staff.
I now help people to improve their mental wellbeing, increase confidence and take back control of their futures. I look forward to helping you too.