My name is Orla Smith. Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2001.
I have always been deeply interested in the human mind and the powerful effect our thoughts can have on our emotions and behaviours. This led me to study Psychology at University College Dublin after leaving school, and I graduated with an honours degree. I later gained an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton. This gave me greater insight into how our minds can affect our health and the health-related choices we make. It highlighted how difficult it can be to change our harmful or unhelpful behaviours. This piqued my interest in the use of hypnosis as a way of effecting change on a subconscious level.
After working in both the mental and public health fields, I returned to education and qualified in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. The College is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the European Association for Psychotherapy, and the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy.
I am also a qualified practitioner in easibirthing – the use of hypnosis for childbirth. This is a special interest of mine and I used the techniques during the birth of my own daughter.
Another special interest of mine is working with dental/needle phobias and associated dental problems. I worked in the field of dentistry for 9 years and have experienced first-hand how debilitating this type of phobia can be. My current office is situated in a dental practice which specialises in helping anxious patients. I have the use of a non-clinical room so those clients with dental phobias can feel comfortable and at ease.
I follow a multidisciplinary approach called Hypno-Psychotherapy. This means that I have been trained in many different psychotherapeutic techniques. The main advantage of this is that I can offer a truly individualised therapy to each client, depending upon their needs and wishes.