About Katrina

My Story (in brief!)

My journey as a therapist has been an organic and personal one.

From 13 years in the music industry managing record producers and working with some of the most successful artists in the world, to now a decade of supporting clients at vulnerable and exciting chapters in their lives. It’s been a rollercoaster at times!

As MD of a hugely successful company I thrived on the stress during my twenties and early thirties, it was a crazy and exciting time. As with all demanding lifestyles though, something had to give and stress began to take it’s toll on my health to such an extent that a change became essential and in 2008 I left behind my career unsure of my future. Suffering with severe depression and anxiety, and as a result of seeking help myself, I became intrigued and fascinated by the body-mind connection and how we hinder, and can learn to help, ourselves on life's sometimes challenging journey.

I had trained in Aromatherapy, Anatomy & Physiology and Therapeutic Massage in 2004 and amongst my most satisfying experiences was being able to use this training to help a friend through a much longed for pregnancy and birth. Attending my godson’s birth in 2004 blew my mind and it was after attending the birth of her second son in 2008 and leaving behind the world of music management that I became very passionate about empowering women to achieve a satisfying birthing experience. I trained with Middlesex University on the only University accredited Doula course in the UK.

My work as a doula and volunteer on the labour ward at a local hospital in Hackney immediately led me to train as a hypnobirthing teacher in 2009; I knew the difference it made to birth and wanted to share it with everyone I worked with.

Having worked with hundreds of couples in London and throughout the world and having seen the power of hypnosis in changing attitudes towards childbirth, I was keen to broaden my training to help others and so studied with the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies to combine CBT psychotherapy training with hypnotherapy. This in turn led to further training with ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) and Mindfulness and Meditation.

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The last ten years have been an unfolding of training and clinical practice as a hypnotherapist, a CBT therapist, doula, author, aromatherapist and mindfulness and meditation teacher. I have attracted a large number of clients with general anxiety issues that a combination of all these tools have helped alleviate.

My passion for learning and exploring different disciplines continues both personaly and professionally. Yoga, meditation, Buddhism, Menstrual Cycle Awareness, working with the lunar cycle and natures' rhythms, sound healing - I use all of these practices in my own life and bring them to the conversation, if appropriate, when working with all of my clients.

My Experience

  • Diplomas in Clinical Holistic Aromatherapy, Anatomy & Physiology and Therapeutic Massage with ITHMA in 2004
  • Doula training with Middlesex University in 2008
  • Hypnobirthing Teacher training with the Hypnobirthing Institute in 2009, the KG Hypnobirthing Association in 2011
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) with CCBT accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in 2012
  • ACT BootCamp, ACT for Anxiety & Depression with Russ Harris 2013-15
  • Meditation and Mindfulness coach training with SMARTFoundations in 2015
  • Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor University 2018 - 2021

My experience has been recognised by others; Pinter and Martin, the highly respected independent publishers, commissioned me to write “Why HypnoBirthing Matters” - an introduction to using hypnosis for birth for a mainstream audience which is out now!

My practice has been informed by personal experience and has evolved quite naturally to such an extent that I bring a broad range of techniques and expertise to whomever is sat in front of me. I consider us to be a team working together and often use a combination of REBT, CBT, ACT, hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness and aromatherapy.

I consider it a privilege to work closely with people at challenging and exciting times in their lives - whether it’s preparing to welcome a baby or dealing with difficulties, be they emotional or physical. Having spent decades being "busy" I now craft my work life balance very carefully so that if we work together you have my full attention and care.

Whilst I am based in Hackney I work with people from all over London and beyond.

Although I prefer the face to face contact, I can offer Skype appointments and have worked with people all over the world.

I look forward to hearing from you to see how I can best help you. Please feel free to drop me a line and we'll arrange a time to chat.

Katrina is a recognised member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), International Federation for Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). She holds an advanced CRB check and adheres to the regulations laid down by the Data Protection Act, strictly maintaining confidentiality.

"I found your sessions informative, reassuring and supportive. They were good opportunities to voice concerns and share anxieties I had, especially in connection with the NCT classes we're attending, which can sometimes be quite harrowing. Listening to your measured advice and guidance was a chance to exhale and soften my jaw, literally. I will be channeling you during the birth :-)"

Jess

"I've been doing well lately. Feeling fierce. And strong. Your audio has been helping for those times when I feel less like a lion. But mostly I'm feeling so much stronger. I still use a lot of the grounding techniques that we did and just feeling so much calmer about things, faking it to make it. The power of your mind is something quite amazing. Thank you for helping reconnect with that side of myself. "

Helen

"I have been thinking a lot about our session and I just wanted to say a big thank you. I don't think you know (actually you probably do!) how much it helped to calm me down that day, and has since kept me level-headed and positive about his positioning ever since, despite him moving around like a monkey. I can't quite get over how profoundly amazing the hypnosis session felt and how everything fell into place in my head after seeing you."

Apphia

"Hypnobirthing remains the best money we have spent on our baby. I haven't even touched on how it empowered my hospital and blood phobic husband. I recommend it to anyone. It's not about whale music and a zen labour - it's about what's right for YOU and ensuring you have the tools and information to own the experience, however that may go."

Anna