I was honoured at the Annual New Zealand Hypnotherapy Conference in the weekend with a special award for dedication and persistence in overcoming adversity to graduate as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2012. My journey wasn’t straight forward as I was recovering from illness whilst I was studying. Part of my illness involved cognitive difficulties – which my doctor explained were similar to someone with a brain injury. So reading and formulating my thoughts was at times difficult, and just a short amount of concentration could be exhausting. I had to pace myself and take extra time to complete the course work, which was frustrating as I loved learning this stuff and wanted to absorb more and more of it!
Study under these conditions was challenging but I was driven by excitement about what can be achieved when you tap into your powerful subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy was instrumental to my recovery, and being able to help other people overcome challenges was something I was learning how to turn into a reality. It was lovely to be recognised for the journey I took and honoured amongst my peers.