ABOUT ISABELLE

Your mission is to help heal the world. 

 

My mission is to support you as you do this.

Create your dream wellness business, expand your money mindset, write your book and feel the freedom. The freedom to be yourself, do business your way, empower your voice and write and speak your truth.

My lineage

Both my maternal grandmother and mother were doctors, and both served women. The first as a dietitian and acupuncturist, the second as a gynaeocologist.

I always knew I wanted to ‘help people’ and I initially thought it would be as a psychologist. My parents and grandmother being doctors, they strongly discouraged me and said if I was going to be a ‘psy’-something, it had to be ‘psychiatrist’. I am SO glad I didn’t listen to them and chose a different path. (In any case, I didn't want to spend 11 years studying medicine and psychiatry, and my grades in science wouldn't have been good enough. And as a highly sensitive person, I now know I would never have survived in that world!)

I left France for England at the age of 18 and never went back. I studied politics, I got an MA in International Studies (focused on the Asia-Pacific region) and then, books being my other passion, became an editor and proofreader for various educational publishers, both in-house and freelance.

When I discovered hypnotherapy for my own needs (2011), and then became a hypnobirthing teacher (2012), I knew that’s how I was going to ‘help people’, women in particular: with hypnotherapy, not with counselling, or psychology, let alone with psychiatry.

I found out about the importance of the subconscious (reading Freud when I was 15 should have given me a clue as to what direction I would take eventually!), how much of our actions is actually totally unconscious, and how the only way to make long-lasting change is through hypnosis – a state of deep relaxation.

During my hypnotherapy and NLP training in 2014, I discovered and learnt EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, aka ‘tapping’) and although I found it weird and not helpful for a while, one day, during one of what I call my ‘mega sessions’ (sessions that last at least 1 hour and where I go deep and cry a lot!), I started releasing deep deep stuff that not even hypnotherapy had uncovered or solved. I was hooked.

From then on (2015), I listened to and read as much as I could from all the EFT gurus and perfected my technique and used it with and taught it to ALL my clients. I realised how much I was using my intuition to provide the right words for my clients to say, to lead them out of their anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration, overwhelm, physical pain, you name it, and to what I now called the Shores of Serenity. Images came to my head during our sessions, and I just knew what they were going to say next or what answers they would provide to my questions, even when I went online full time in 2018.

It felt like magic, especially when the trauma they had come to me to release just vanished, never to come back. (I also use IEMT for trauma and, again, use my intuition as to which modality will be the better one, according to each individual’s circumstances.)

From there, I was trained in and further studied a few other modalities, and I often combine them all in my sessions, depending on my client’s needs.

I also trained as a Sacred Money Archetypes® Coach in 2019 and as a Business Coach in 2020, and now help other wellness practitioners with their own businesses.

The basis of my work is twofold:

  • Archetypes so you can get to know yourself and your business more deeply than ever before.
  • EFT so you can release the emotional blocks that are in the way of you being the truest to yourself ever and the best and highest version of yourself, in order to serve other people from this place, as you help heal the world.

In these turbulent and tricky times, we are needed, and we are needed WELL and FOCUSED on our missions, with plenty of FREEDOM in our lives and businesses.  

You are a wellness practitioner and I support you as you birth your true self (in your life and business), birth your blissful business and birth your book if you also want to write.

As wellness practitioners, we are here to help heal the world and we need to be as clear channels as possible in order to do that, and as icky as you think or feel it sounds, earn decent money doing what we love and what the world needs, so that we don’t burn out. I am here to support you through this whole adventure, including with your blocks around money and receiving financial rewards for the good work you do in the world and for the world.

I feel so immensely privileged to be part of my clients’ healing, business and money journeys and that you have found my website.

If you have read this far and feel called to my Temple of Joyous Journeys and that we would work well together, book what you need here or book your free Connection Call if you need help deciding what you need the most right now.

If you have a Facebook group or circle, an online audience or an in-person women’s circle or group (if based in Oxfordshire or Berkshire) that you would like to introduce to EFT or my work around money, book your free Connection Call so we can have a chat about your requirements.

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I am honoured and excited to be able to offer you many tools and techniques as you birth your true self, you new money story, your blissful business and your book:

  • providing endless ideas (for book/business/website structure in particular, but also for marketing, etc.)
  • intuitive guidance
  • business coaching
  • money coaching
  • hypnotherapy
  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), aka ‘tapping’
  • IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy)
  • Somasense® (which combines hypnotherapy and movement)
  • oracle cards
  • doTERRA essential oils
  • recommending books
  • editing (short pieces)

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Emotional Freedom Coach, I specialise in overwhelm, anxiety and stress issues and in helping women rise from traumatic experiences (including birth trauma and PTSD).

Understanding these parts of yourself and giving birth to your true self as you birth your business and write your book (in particular your personal story in your teaching memoir [what I specialise in]), create your dream business and expand your money mindset, can be challenging.

I am here all the way, holding your hand and holding space, when others (or even yourself) can’t. The techniques I use are safe and offer quick, effective and long-term resolution of many emotions, feelings and traumas. I am not a magician (though some of these techniques certainly feel like magic!) – you will need to do some work during and between our sessions, but it will be soooo worth it.

I am here to support you as you heal yourself, your past and your wounds, so that you can birth your dream business and your book and help heal the world, while living a life of creativity, serenity and freedom.

Rena Gough

Author of Keep Calm and Birth On and owner of The Happy Birthing Company

Isabelle is a guide, a coach, a mentor who helps people work things out for themselves in their own time. They don’t need a path to follow, they don’t need signs to tell them which way to go and what to think and what to do. They simply need Isabelle to coax them along their own journey. She truly is an amazing Business & Book Doula.

If you have read this far, perhaps I am the Business, Book and Moola Doula you have been searching for. Get in touch, I can’t wait to have a chat with you and see if we are a good fit for me

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Short bio

I was born in Paris in the late 1970s and left France when I was 18. I was only going to be in the UK for 2 months, working as an au pair, but I fell in love with the campus of the University of Nottingham and have never looked back.

I left university with an MA in International Studies: The Asia-Pacific Region (for which I got a Distinction) in September 1999 and by January 2000, I had found not one but three jobs in publishing, one full time in-house, and two freelance. (And they say getting into publishing is very hard!) My love of books, writing, editing and proofreading was inextinguishable.

I then had my first daughter in 2008 and it rocked my world. I became equally as passionate about birth as about books. I qualified as a birth doula (professional birth companion) and postnatal doula (mum’s help) in 2011 (I trained with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers on their Paramana Doula course) and as a HypnoBirthing™ practitioner (the Marie Mongan Method) in 2012, a few months before I had my second daughter. In 2014, I became a HypnoMothering™ practitioner, an IEMT practitioner (Integral Eye Movement Therapy) and finally a Professional and Clinical Hypnotherapist and an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming™) practitioner, in order to satisfy further my thirst for helping people, which I had had since I was around 15 (but probably since birth!). 

Finally, the world of money and business coaching called my name, and since 2019/2020, as a Sacred Money Archetypes® coach and as a Money Breakthrough Business Coach® (trained in both by the legendary Kendall SummerHawk), I have been able to support my clients with their money mindset and their businesses. It is all interconnected, as, in order to find the time to write, you need to see fewer clients or do less in your business, and in order to do that, you need to get your money mindset in order.

As part of my continuing professional development (CPD) and my own personal development, I read a wide variety of books and articles and I regularly attend webinars, workshops and courses. I am an eternal student!

Training & qualifications

  • My clinical hypnotherapy and NLP training was with Thoughtitude. The courses are run by June O’Driscoll and Geoff Rolls, who are valuable members of the trainer assisting teams for Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) and for Paul McKenna.
  • My Diploma in Professional and Clinical Hypnotherapy is validated by the General Hypnotherapy Register and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and I am licensed with the Society of NLP (founded by Richard Bandler). I am thus bound by the GHR and NLP Codes of Ethics.
  • My money and business coach training was with Kendall SummerHawk.
  • Between 2000 and 2019, I was an editor and proofreader for British educational publishing companies (mainly humanities and languages), both in house (up to 2009) and freelance (2000-2019). I have worked for Scholastic, Hodder Education, Pearson, Oxford University Press and IB Tauris in various capacities.
  • In 2018 and 2019, I also edited the books written by some of my clients. This is something I no longer do but there are editors, proofreaders and publishing houses I know and can recommend.

I am fully insured with Arthur J. Gallagher/Royal & Sun Alliance for all the therapies I provide.

A bit more about me…

  • I am French and have been living in the UK since 1995, in the Oxfordshire area since 2004. 
  • I also speak good Italian.
  • Although I studied Spanish for longer than I studied Italian, it is a bit rusty.
  • I did a BA in Politics and an MA in International Studies (my dissertation about France and the Indochina War), both at the University of Nottingham. 
  • I am a keen hatha yoga practitioner and an assiduous meditator, and I love walking and cycling in nature. I believe I bring my experiences in these fields and activities into my interactions with clients – a kind, caring, attentive, mindful, grounding and intuitive approach to life and people.

About the elephant

Elephant

The elephant is my spirit animal.

I discovered this when I attended a workshop called ‘Introduction to Shamanism’ in February 2018.

I am SO honoured that the elephant is my spirit animal and have since realised she does feature a lot in my life already. On the tapestry in my studio, on my yoga-mat cover, on my meditation cushion, and even on my keyring and a candle holder that is in my living room 

So she just had to feature on my website.

Then I discovered that she is all about strength, patience, wisdom, honour, stability and tenacity.

In the Hindu tradition, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha, who is the god of luck, fortune and protection and is a blessing upon all new projects.

In Africa, many cultures revere the African elephant as a symbol of strength and power.

The elephant is also usually praised for its size, longevity, stamina, mental faculties, cooperative spirit and loyalty.

And of course, elephant herds are led by the oldest and largest female cow, the matriarch. She is usually the one who was the most closely related to the previous matriarch. The rest of the herd is made up of the matriarch’s other daughters and their calves.

So she is just perfect to represent business & book doulaing, my vision for my life’s work and the way that my clients and I work, separately and together. I knew I wanted my logo to have an elephant and my web designer Catherine Carr, from IndigoBird, came up with the most delightful ideas to incorporate the elephant into my main Birth Your Book logo, as you can see below, and in its variations (on my invoices, agreements and handouts).