Kim Burgess-Smith

Kim Burgess-Smith

I have had an eclectic career, starting out with the usual part-time paper round and waitressing jobs. I went on to my first full-time job in an office doing filing, general administration, and reception. Skills that have been very useful throughout my career. I soon returned to the catering industry working in front of house roles within the NHS as this seemed to fuel both my passions: people and food.
I was offered an exciting opportunity to train to become a chef, which I took up as this not only allowed me to learn about creating dishes for everyone.  I was also trained in dietary nutrition and dietary needs required by patients with health and lifestyle challenges. I followed this path for several years, developing my knowledge and skills and eventually I got my first taste of coaching and teaching others, which I loved.
It was at this point I took a break from my career to have my daughter. During my pregnancy, I was introduced to hypnosis to reduce anxiety, increase relaxation and comfort. This made such an incredible difference to my experience of pregnancy and labour that I developed an interest in complementary and alternative therapies.
As my interest in this area grew and developed, my focus changed to learn and understand more about behaviour. The reasons, beliefs’, and thought processes that lead an individual to make the decisions they make and to live the lives they choose. This eventually lead to the successful completion of my psychology degree.
Throughout the time since my career change, I had been volunteering with a variety of charities and organisations befriending, supporting, mentoring, coaching and teaching individuals and small groups. I decided to develop these skills by studying for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, which took me on to teach post 16. However, the more time I spent teaching and mentoring the more the diversity of individuals communication styles became apparent, and again I found myself studying.
Communication and Neuro-Linguistic Programming taught me a lot about the power of words and how you deliver them. A friend who knew my area of interest and of my background with hypnosis introduced me to conversational hypnosis. The more I learned the more fascinated I became and so eventually I decided to change my career path again. By formally studying hypnosis to a high standard and with my previous studies and job roles, I believe that I have a unique set of skills that allow me to be completely non-judgemental and able to provide truly bespoke therapy.