Senior Lecturers

Susan RodriguesSusan Rodrigues
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I am the course’s coordinator at CPHT as well as being a lecturer and a supervisor. Born in Cheltenham, I moved to Bristol when I was 8 and then to Hong Kong when I was 13, due to my father working in the telecommunications industry. Educated at King George V school, I was very keen in sports, in particular sailing (Ladies Colonies Enterprise Champion) and hockey, Captain of the Hong Kong Combined School Hockey Team and in the touring Hong Kong Ladies hockey team, touring and playing in South East Asian Hockey Tournaments. In recent years I’ve play for the Hong Kong Connections team in the Golden Oldies World Hockey Festival in Adelaide and Edinburgh and hopefully in the future if work permits!

In 1979 we returned to England where I started work doing various jobs, carpenter’s assistant on the Hamble, Southampton and car rental receptionist in Bristol and and then in Wembley. I got married, had two children, and then moved back to Bristol, where I worked with BT, first as a clerical assistant before promotions to Clerical Officer and Personal Assistant to Regional Manager.  I was then promoted into Management with Strategic Procurement.  Initially working with our European mobile joint ventures which involved quite a bit of travelling and organising conferences at various locations in Europe.  I then moved to the Radio Group looking after contracts for for the Emergency services.

In 2002, I started suffering from ME and it was during long term sick leave that I decided on a career change, something that involved working with and helping people. Having experienced hypnotherapy and realising the benefits from the sessions I decided to become a Hypnotherapist. I was attracted to CPHT because of the ongoing support and a sense of community, which was important for me as I recovered from ME.  I enrolled on the school’s 3rd Intake – early days! – and graduated in 2003. During my training I had started working as Saturday morning receptionist at the Clifton Practice, and this role I continued when I began practising Hypnotherapy.

As the CPHT courses developed so did my involvement with them, and today my time is divided between teaching, supervising, giving professional support to CPHT student/practitioners, coordinating the CPD and Supervision programmes, managing accreditation, updating CPHT intranet, extranet and public website content… and being a successful Solution Focused Hypnotherapist……..and a Granny.

I enjoy helping people to make positive changes towards their goals, whether it be clients or students, friends or colleagues. But mostly I enjoy helping people to see that life should be fun.

Paula Rose
Senior Lecturer
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I am graduate of CPHT Bristol, having qualified in 2008. I run busy Hypnotherapy practices in Barry (Vale of Glamorgan) and Llantwit Fardre (Rhondda Cynon Taff). I am also a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Supervisor.

I live in Llantwit Fardre with my husband Paul and my 6 tortoise. I have been married for 44 years and have 2 sons, 2 grandsons and a grand-daughter. All my family live within a 30 mile radius to me. I have 2 sisters and a twin brother. One sister has recently moved to France so I am hopeful that I will be spending several holidays there.

On leaving school I worked as a tax officer for 4 years and then as a clerical officer with Social Services for 2 years. In 1973 I commenced my training as a Mental Health Nurse in Whitchurch Hospital Cardiff and thoroughly enjoyed my work, progressing to a deputy ward manager on the Professorial Psychiatric Unit at the University Hospital of Wales. During that time I became a qualified counsellor and gained my post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Unfortunately in 1999 I was assaulted by a patient and had to terminate my career due to injuries sustained.

I have been employed, since 2000, as a trainer for a private Health Care training agency. I teach all care related subjects including First Aid and Moving and Handling. I have been a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care for 22 years working with children, young people and adults who have been bereaved. I am also a trainer, assessor and supervisor with Cruse.

Although work has always taken up a great deal of my time, my leisure time consisted of being a Martial Artist in Hap Ki Do for many years where I attained 2nd Dan status and for 4 years had my own Martial Arts Club. Unfortunately this had to end due to the injury I sustained in the Health Authority.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with various forms of Arthritis so my leisure time is now spent undertaking more ‘gentle’ activities such as spending time with family and friends and enjoying holidays whenever possible.

Over the years my involvement with CPHT has evolved, and today my time is divided between teaching various CPD courses; teaching the Supervision courses and more recently becoming a senior lecturer in CPHT Bristol.