By Joe Jackson, Managing Director and Founding Member
I started being interested in mental health around 2005/2006 shortly after I was crushed by a fork lift truck (pro tip, don’t do this*) which left me with mild but near permanent chronic pain. I was looking around for ways to combat this and happened across hypnotism actually at an NLP conference with Dr. Richard Bandler. I am sure everyone has seen the trick stage hypnotists do where they get people to eat onions but because they believe they are apples their eyes don’t water and so on. I asked around to see if that principle could apply to pain. Happily, it absolutely can. Even though my left side is technically (well, OK, actually) wrecked I can still get out and about pretty well and don’t even notice there is anything really wrong unless I overexert myself at which point I get a reminder to slow down.
The work I did with that was largely inspired by Dr Milton Erickson, a psychiatrist from the US who had a phenonomal success rate with all types of patients (91% according to Professor Ernst Rossi). Along the way I picked up qualifications in Applied Psychology, Clinical Uses of Hypnotism, CBT, EMDR and have been a private sector therapist for at this point 12 years.
The inspiration for Arcturus was because of the sheer volume of people who rang my office looking for a diagnosis and the inspiration for Solis was even more simply because a previous job required me to get face to face therapy for car accident victims and it was a massive pain in the arse. If it was difficult for me to find help, with all my knowledge, I figured it would be even harder for people with no knowledge whatsoever. So, we Diagnose, we Signpost.