Hi I’m Tracey Baum. I started off my working life in the NHS studying and qualifying as a Nurse, reaching the level of Junior sister before a back injury forced me to rethink my career. I took some time to travel the world, meeting new people and seeing new cultures before deciding on my next venture
I had regretted not going to university so decided to undertake a degree course in social work and counselling and after qualifying spent some time working in a child and families social work team in Hertfordshire. I became really stressed doing this role and after a few years burned out completely which took me out of the workforce for 6 months.
Following on from this episode, I changed tack completely, I’d been dealing with the best and worst of people since I was 18 and I didn’t want that responsibility anymore. I found various jobs over the next few years in various environments which helped paid the bills but didn’t really bring me any satisfaction.
I fell into the construction industry as a customer service operator and worked my way up through the ranks to senior management. At about this time, a friend mentioned to me that they were going to undertake a counselling course and we started chatting about the material they were learning. I realised how much I had missed this but knew that I couldn’t go back to the arena of social work or counselling. I wanted something more short term,
I was looking into CBT or bereavement counselling and happened to chance upon a job fair where I got talking to a coach or more specifically an NLP coach. I had never heard of NLP before but listening to him and then googling it when I got home was like a huge light bulb going off. Why wasn’t everyone doing this? It made so much sense to me. I looked for the nearest NLP course provider to me and found one offering an integrated course, including NLP, Hypnotherapy and coaching. Hypnotherapy? I hadn’t even considered it but I met the course owner and signed up. That was 9 years ago.
Since then I have qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist, Master NLP practitioner, Life & Business coach & set up my own clinic. In 2013-14 I undertook my train the trainer qualification and now regularly train courses in NLP, hypnotherapy and coaching, mentoring and supervising many of the students I have trained.