Interview by Jane Whittaker
I met Tanya in early 2014, and after a mad rush to get to our appointment, and as all best laid plans never come to pass, I was late and turned up at her office stressed and looking like a drowned rat due to a sudden, unexpected, and unfortunate downpour.
I knew of Tanya through a friend of mine who had been a client, and had been told of her reputation at generating calm, a great sense of humour, directness and honesty. So I should have been ready for her grin at my sodden state, and her soft Liverpudlian accent that told me to 'calm down' when I tried to get three sentences out all at once.
Within two minutes of meeting her, she had me laughing and very much at ease. I told her she wasn't anything like I imagined a therapist to be. She told me she had left the elbow patches at home today!
Tanya initially came to train and qualify as a hypnotherapist and hypnoanalyst, and the following year, during her advanced diploma, as a psychotherapist. This change in her life was inspired through a friend she saw make such amazing life changes through her own therapy. Her friend had very little confidence to do the things she wanted to do in her life and was miserable. Tanya happily told me that after deciding to take a career break her friend travelled round the world . . . on her own!
Her enthusiasm to help encouraged her to train as a professional practioner in 2001 and gained her first three professional diplomas. She continued to study with the most respected psychotherapists, life coaches, hypnotherapists, and therapeutic trainers in the industry: Richard Bandler, Paul McKenna, Michael Neill, Tony Robbins and Cloé Madanes being among a few of her teachers. After graduating in December 2002 she was invited to 'come on board' and become a member of the staff at EICH. She later became their director of studies, lecturer and resident therapist, with her own busy practice.
Today, Tanya focuses her energies on research into aspects of transpersonal psychology, non duality, psychonutrition and maintains her busy practice in Essex and her successful online therapy sessions, using SKYPE. She told me that in today's busy world, people from around the globe have consulted with her and enjoyed their internet sessions with her. One client who began seeing her at her office, suddenly had to move with work, and found no difference between being with Tanya in person, or online over a secure connection.
I asked her where non duality fit into her busy professional life. She grinned and told me it was her life. Her personal and professional journey was inspired by her own search for what life was about. In searching for a way out of her own suffering, (depression and later panic attacks where her personal challenges) she stumbled onto a path that carried her into a deep realisation that the personal mind had quite a limited function and was misunderstood by some in her profession.
Tanya told me that in going beyond her own wounding, she began to become liberated from her fears that had lain hidden in her own psyche, yet still affected and impacted her on a significant level. It slowly became apparent to her that who she thought herself to be was due to a lifetime of conditioning made up of trauma, limiting beliefs, repetitive thought processes, identities, personas and environment.
I asked her what style of therapist she considered herself to be and her brow furrowed with thought. 'Are you a hypnotherapist?' 'No, not just that', she said. 'A psychotherapist?' 'Umm, no, not just that either.' 'Neuro Linguistic programmer then?' She laughed and shook her head telling me she doesn't go for titles or what she calls 'pot collecting' and sees herself as more of an integrative therapist because she takes into account the mind, body and spirit of the person. She explained what she meant about spirit and pointed out she wasn't referring to it in a religious context, but described it as the 'the larger awareness of ourselves' that is beyond our thinking, feelings and our bodies.
Tanya believes that in reality, our human experience does not conform to scientific principles. Each of us, at best, is an eccentric, mysterious, complex and unique set of biological, psychological, social, environmental and historical experiences that are wrapped into a story about ourselves that may or may not help us navigate our life with ease.
She feels that by working both with psychonutrition and psychotherapeutic tools to balance both the mind and the body, lasting change happens. Often-times, anxiety and depression has a chemical element that needs to be addressed, alongside the more tradition route of psychotherapy.
Part of her training required her to go through her own analysis, so she has an empathetic understanding of the misconceptions and fears that her clients bring to her.
Tanya believes strongly in post graduate training and continues to study and research today. Along with her initial diplomas, she has numerous qualifications in advanced hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, hypnoanalysis, neuro linguistic programming, The Goulding Sleeptalk Process, Psych-K, weight management, stress management, inner child therapy, ego states therapy, EMDR, EFT, psychonutrition, life coaching and archetypal parts therapy.
With her interest in Advaita and nondualism, she offers help and support with nondual therapy online and is based in Essex.
Her varied background has given her a rich understanding of the different types of personalities and experiences that clients have. This has helped her to help many people from all walks of life. She began and continues to study psychonutrition and orthomolecular medicine to help clients link some of their emotional issues to nutritional deficiencies or food intolerances and has helped them gain permanent benefits to their health. See the relevant page under 'Psychonutrition'.
Also, she has been creating and working with an effective model she calls The Method. This initially helps a client understand mindfulness, and then work in a counter-intuitive way that can alleviate suffering quickly.
She likes Carl Jung's model of individuation and transcendence - it is described as the 'process of becoming aware of oneself, of one’s make-up, and the way to discover one’s true, inner self.'; which compliments her own interests in non duality and transpersonal psychology - http://www.soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun/individuationprocess.htm
I have to say, the couple of hours I spent with Tanya let me understand why my friend had encouraged me to interview her. She really is a healer of the modern age. With her down to earth personality, humour and genuine interest in helping people feel better, she is a unique find in this age of quick fixes and flashy taglines. I couldn't recommend her more.
Finally, Tanya hopes that you find what you are seeking on her site but if she can answer any questions you may have, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org