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Dawn is a colleague of mine who I met about 9 months ago. When I met her, she seemed a dead ‘steady eddy’, normal kinda girl and she still is. Over the course of knowing her she has shared how, despite of a pretty grim past and some personal tragedy, she has got her life back on track. Her journey is inspirational and I know that sounds a bit naff, but I don’t say that about many people.

She was so impressed at the effect Cognitive Hypnotherapy had on her, her weight, her sense of self that she decided to train in it and is shortly due to qualify as a practitioner. She’ll be excellent!

Oh and by the way to top it all she ran the last London Marathon! Now that’s an achievement.

You can read all about Dawn’s journey in her blog and she has an ebook ‘Nothing needs to be the way it’s always been’ which is a collation of her blogs which tracks her journey. I particularly like how she writes to her 16-year-old self about what the future holds. She forgives her old self, she was doing the best she could in difficult circumstances. Some simple, lovely ideas to let go of what’s not helpful in the past. What a great title as well.

You can get a copy here:

I asked Dawn, what was it that made the difference to her turning her life around?

She replied:

‘Hmm now that’s an interesting one Jill. It’s something I often wondered. If I hated myself and my life so much, why on earth would I want to make it better? The crux came for me when my daughter, Amy, was around 3. She started asking me “are you happy mummy”
I answered “Yes” because I knew that was the right answer, but I was lying and I really hated lying to her. It also didn’t stop her asking. More and more she asked me, and more and more I lied through gritted teeth. It worried me a lot because I didn’t want my screw ups to affect her. All I wanted for her was a happy life where she had the freedom to choose her own path.
So when I was told about this Cognitive Hypnotherapy that could help me, I had to give it a try. I was terrified. But my whole life I have lived by ignoring what my head was telling me, because if I listened to it I would either be dead or I would be curled up in the corner of a dark room. “Close your eyes and jump” was my motto.
I booked an appointment before I had time to think about it.By far that hardest part of this whole journey was the day I had to walk into that therapy room. It also happens to be the best day of my life and the best thing I have ever done.
So my advice to others would be to do what I did which is just make contact via email with one of us. Because anything is possible and that email will probably be the best decision you will make in your life – no matter how scary it feels at the time’.

Jill Tonks

Jill Tonks


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