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Stephanie Clarkson
S.A.C.Dip. DHP Acc. Hyp.PGCE MA

Yes, that’s a lot of letters isn’t it!? But since you’re here on my about page I’d much rather tell you a story that I think is a little more meaningful than the alphabet soup.

The truth is, I used to struggle. I felt like I was the weirdest, odd-ball on the planet for years and years. I over-analysed everything, was excruciatingly anxious and fearful  (in an era when nobody was talking about anxiety and everyone acted like they had it all together!)

I always wanted to do two things: perform and run my own business. I knew I had it in me but the confidence to do anything about it… nada.

I’ve always been the Hermione Granger type and my way has always been to educate myself. I’ve read books on self-help topics you wouldn’t even believe were a thing (did you know you can massage the bumps on your head in the same way you can work the feet for reflexology? It’s called phrenology.)  I did A LOT of training, and then some more because I love to learn.


Not all of the approaches were a good fit. Some of it was too wacky even for me. But as Michaelangelo famously said when asked how he creates his beautiful sculptures, “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block… I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” It was the same with project me. I just had to figure out the tools.

I started out a shy, anxious, introverted, nerd and ended up a confident, entrepreneur running several business as an artist, retailer, complementary therapist, a private practice as a therapist and coach. I spent 5 years as a College Lecturer and have performed with two rock bands, in two duets and shared my own singer-songwriting with the world. Okay, I’m still a nerd … but I’m proud of it now!

So because I spent all those years in trial and error figuring out the best tools to be happier, more productive and achieve your goals in life, love and work you don’t have to learn about phrenology. I can pass on the knowledge and work with you through the action steps and let’s face it, save you a heck of a lot of Googling!

My tools (and they work for a lot of people – hence why you’ve probably heard of most of these) are:

  • Hypnosis
  • Coaching
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR,
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (“Tapping”)
  • Time Line approaches
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness,
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reiki
  • Muscle Testing
  • Law of Attraction

I’m fully trained in these disciplines and most proudly trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Professional Coach to the highest level. More than that, while I may not have experienced your exact struggle, I know what it is to find life hard and progress slow sometimes. I’m a 100% certified human (well, I have a birth certificate – does that count?) and will never judge or think negatively of yours or anyone’s daily battles.

If you’re a DIY kind of person my courses and online resources may be a good fit. If you’ve reached a point where a little bit of help to get you back-on-track is what’s needed, I’m your girl.

1-to-1 sessions are friendly, informal and practical. We uses exercises from my list of tools and back them up with some solid subconscious work. Then it’s up to you to implement and take action. Sessions are around 1 hour and start from £60. Visit Work with Me for more.

Pre-Start or new Start Business? I’m here to help!


As well as individuals with a confidence barrier, I also enjoy working with pre-start and stat up businesses. Particularly those in the arts, lifestyle, therapy, spiritual and value-driven, heart-in-the-right-place kind of industries.


I do this because one of the best things I ever did was to learn how to work for yourself in a job that suits your lifestyle, passions and puts you in the driving seat of your life!


I’ve explored so many of my dreams: I’ve been a bricks-and-mortar gift shop owner, Arts events co-ordinator, commissioned painter, holistic therapist and spent 10 years running two successful Etsy businesses selling handmade goods alongside my wellness work.

I have a head for business, creativity, practical problem solving and a love of helping people get to where they want to go by being savvy and believing in themselves!


Check out Business Coaching on my Work with Me Page for that.


When I'm not helping People

I guess I’m not supposed to put ‘Watching Netflix’ here, but seriously Money Heist and the Umbrella Academy are great.

Well, when I’m not out helping the world, I live in the beautiful town of Bicester and am soon to be married to a wonderful Southerner, who is also a personal trainer, nutritionist and food entrepreneur. You can hear him discuss wellness with me as my co-host on the Optimise your Lifestyle Podcast

I’m also a Northener (from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) and enjoy tea, red wine, taking quality time in nature and exploring new cities! I have a thing for interior design, quirky clothing, finding homes for random ornaments and writing music. Sometimes I jog, cycle and rollerblade. I am highly amused by goats and animals tend to like me.


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