Hello, I’m Alison
There once was a time when I had a career that I loved (I was CEO of an arts and mental health charity), a lovely home, great husband, holidays, fab social life etc. All looked pretty perfect from the outside.
But there was a shadow hanging over me. No matter what I did or where I went “the shadow” was always there – the private pain of infertility. As the years went by it felt like everyone else’s life was moving forward and that mine was stuck on hold.
I became a Mum after 9 gruelling years on the “IVF rollercoaster” and not a day goes by when we’re not thankful for the gift of a child in our lives.
Fertile Mind and Body is driven by a genuine commitment to supporting and helping people who are experiencing fertility problems. I believe the pain and impact of fertility issues is both misunderstood and underestimated. In a nutshell, Fertile Mind and Body is the service that I wish existed when I was struggling to conceive.
I’m the sort of person that people tend to describe as “grounded” and “down to earth”. Having been through the pain of infertility, I really do understand if some days it feels like all you can cope with is wine/chocolate/Netflix. If you choose to work with me, I offer you a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space. I don’t hold myself up as a health guru or model of perfection – I am human – and you are too.
That said, if you choose to work with me, our focus is on solutions. You have come to me for a reason and we work towards that as our therapeutic goal. The focus of our work is mindset and using the power of the mind-body connection for fertility (if pregnancy is your aim).
I am a fully qualified hypnotherapist, a specialist in mind-body techniques, a registered Fertile Body Method practitioner and a UKCP registered psychotherapist. I teach trainee therapists for The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and really enjoy investing in the profession and supporting the growth of talented future hypnosis-psychotherapists. My own training took 5 years and I continue to invest in my professional development on an ongoing basis because I believe you deserve the best.
The positive changes that I witness in my clients, inspire me every day. I am endlessly fascinated by the power of the mind-body connection for fertility. Everything that I offer through Fertile Mind and Body is informed by the ever growing body of robust clinical evidence (demonstrating that the purposeful use of the mind-body connection can increase fertility).
Through Fertile Mind and Body, I offer high quality support for women and couples who are finding it difficult to have the baby or babies they long for.
If you are intending to conceive, our focus is on evidence-based therapeutic interventions shown to increase fertility and pregnancy outcomes.
If you are struggling with the emotional and psychological effects of infertility (or have found that pre-existing conditions have worsened as you struggle to conceive) the focus is on provision of high quality psychotherapeutic support. I have advanced training in working with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and experience of working with eating disorders.
Sadly there are no guarantees when it comes to pregnancy. But I do guarantee you a safe, supportive space in which I will do all that I can to support you to have the baby or babies you long for.
With my very best wishes
If you’d like to know more about me and the values that underpin my work, please read this blog.