Daniela Marinova - Hypnotherapist and MSc PDP graduate

What do you do now? Can you tell us briefly about your work?
Currently I work as a Hypnotherapist. I work primarily with clients who have difficulties coping more effectively with life issues and mental health problems.

Can you remember what you wanted to do when you started your MSc? What did you have in mind?
I was planning on working in the field of child psychology.

Did anything change during the course of the year/training?
I came to realize that the route I was having in mind taking will take a tremendous amount of time, completing many requirements including one that considers the financial aspect of it.

What do you think was the greatest thing you took from your course at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families into your subsequent training/work?
The course was great providing me with additional theoretical background on the subject of child psychology. I have also incorporated the knowledge into my own parenting skills.

What did you first feel when the course/training finished? What were your plans?
Around completion of the course I had already in mind starting a training in Hypnotherapy.

What were the 2 or 3 most important bits of advice you could give to someone wanting to go down a similar route?
I would advice other students to carefully think in advance what their goals and priorities are and what would they need to achieve them. The course is excellent for those wishing to continue with either research or clinical studies.

And what was your journey post MSc in terms of getting experience?
After completion of the course I took a year of maternity leave after which I pursued a career as Hypnotherapist and NLP Coaching.

Why did you choose this path?
My interest in Hypnotherapy began years ago (pre-MSc period) when I read fascinating studies on the subject. During the course several people influenced me that Hypnotherapy is in fact an interesting field that is able to help other people who can not cope with issues like anxiety, stress, phobia, habits or confidence. I was able to train to become a Hypnotherapist within a year, quickly becoming more able to put what I learned into practice.

Once you got to where you are now, what would you say had changed in you?
I feel I am lucky to be able to work with people who have real issues, which gives me an opportunity to make positive changes in their life.

Why would you recommend this career?
It is a career and it is enjoyable for those who like working with people with problems.