Hi, I’m Kathryn Smith. I have always been fascinated about the brain and how it works. I had a very traumatic birth with my first child and did not ever want that experience again. I thought that there had to be a better way to be in tune with your body, and the answer came with hypnosis. The birth of my next two children was so much better, because I was free to work in hypnosis and visualize my body. It was fascinating.
After a career as a professional social worker, I wanted to move over to private practice. With my counselling background and a love of hypnosis, hypnotherapy became the logical option. So a few years later I enrolled in the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies where I received my Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (2006). At first I wanted to focus on hypnosis and birth, but the more I learned, the more I wanted to treat a whole spectrum of things.
I use hypnosis in my own day-to-day life. If I need to go to the dentist, I am rocking in a hammock on a beach somewhere instead of sitting in the dentist chair. I tell the dentist I am going to be slow in responding, seeming that in my mind I am not at the dentist. I suffer from a rare form of migraines, so I use pain management self hypnosis to turn down the intensity of the migraine. I was scared of heights, and my memory thinks I still am, but I am always surprised when I can look out over sheer drops and not panic. But I have a memory of being scared of heights, but it is no longer my reality. I was also a chocaholic and after I did buster craving, I no longer need to eat it.
In 2012 my family and I moved from Hampshire, England to Arizona where I sat the US Boards for Hypnotherapy with the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).