Hypnotherapy a very cost-effective way to handle employee stress

Thrive Spotlight: Lorraine Grant, hypnotherapist .

Thrive is a network of professionals from all sorts of jobs but even in our eclectic group, a hypnotherapist is going to stand out. Lorraine tells us that she laughs at comparisons to Derren Brown and Paul McKenna, but that this powerful way of treating patients has been life-changing for her and her patients. Here Lorraine explains why she chose to retrain as a hypnotherapist and that she was born to do this important work. 

Hi Lorraine, did you always want to be a hypnotherapist?

No, I didn’t. When I left school, I trained as a paediatric nurse and worked in Great Ormond Street Hospital for a year. I loved the job, but the hustle and bustle of London wasn’t for me, so I moved to Kent and worked at a busy A&E. I loved the variety of that job – you never know what’s going to come through the door next. Then I trained further to become a public health nurse and started working with vulnerable teenagers. In that job, I began working with those young people on their emotional and mental health issues and helping them using Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). But it soon became clear that I couldn’t provide them with the adequate time to help them properly resolve their issues.

Did you start to get disillusioned with working within the NHS?

I did. I went through a period of negativity and had some hypnotherapy for myself. It helped me to make positive choices and move my life in the right direction. I knew I couldn’t do this to the standard I wanted to, and to the level, I think people deserve, within the NHS, so I left. I had to be brave to set up my own practice, but I did it, and now I feel like I have achieved what I wanted to achieve. It’s taken me 19 years to get here, but I feel a great satisfaction in helping people to turn their lives around.

What’s the biggest challenge you face with new clients?

It’s people talking to me about hypnotherapy in the first place! People worry that I am going to have some sort of power over them and that I can get them to do all sorts of different things. I don’t have power of anyone, neither does any other hypnotherapist. The power comes from you and the power of your own mind.

What sort of common issues do you treat?

I work with people who suffer from anxiety and stress, weight problems, people with fears and phobias, and I work with teenagers suffering from emotional problems. I have a big tool box of things I use to treat patients – hypnotherapy, CBT, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and psychotherapy. Each session is an hour, and I don’t see patients for more than six sessions. I love what I do, and I’m so passionate about it.

We know that businesses are being impacted by staff being off sick with stress and other related problems. Is hypnotherapy something that companies should be considering for their staff?

It’s certainly something they should consider. Six sessions of hypnotherapy would cost them less than having an employee off work for a week. The feedback I’ve got from people is that it’s a very cost-effective way to handle employee stress and if your boss is willing to do something like that for you, you will pay it back ten-fold in gratitude and improved performance. It’s great to see more companies being open to the idea and I’d love to talk to anyone who’s interested in finding out more.

If you’d like to find out more about Lorraine’s work, please go to www.lorrainegrant.co.uk or call her on 07967 445281.

Based in Norwich, Lorraine is a member of Thrive, developing connections for growth.

Words by  Kate White Front Page Media