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About me

My name is Jo, and I'd like to share a bit about my experiences and how they have brought me to a place where I can support others too.

This journey has led me to believe firmly that we are here to truly live and enjoy life whilst being of service to others and my mission is to help as many people as possible overcome their anxiety and limiting beliefs, to find their core magic and start living their very best lives.

After being happy, active and thriving for the last 10 years, I am able to equip you with your own tools to achieve freedom from anxiety, gain a powerful mindset and an empowered inner core.

Jo Newlands - Brighter Therapy and Coaching

My story

From the age of 14, I had long periods of being paralysed and bed-bound with severe ME (Myalgic- Encephalomyelitis, also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Periodic Paralysis. This was so tough through my teenage years, and I also became depressed, anxious, and suffering with panic attacks. Despite this, I managed to gain my BA (Hons) Degree in Social Science, (Psychology and Sociology).

Unfortunately, as my health worsened, I was told by doctors that there was no cure for my conditions and was just given repeat prescriptions of anti-depressants, pain medication and sleeping pills. One doctor thought the conditions were ‘hormonal’ and that childbirth would be the answer, and though I love my children dearly, the responsibility for their welfare, when I was barely able to function, drove me further to despair which resulted in me needing inpatient psychiatric care. This was my lowest point and when my daughter was born with multiple health issues, I knew that I had to find a way out for myself and my family.

Through copious reading and research, I had found ways that helped me recover my health for longer periods of time, though I suffered relapses for a further 15 years. I spent these times of greater mental clarity studying all I could to achieve lasting wellness, through many, many books on post viral fatigue, M.E. and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, to in-depth medical research papers. The subjects I covered were many and varied, covering subjects such as how the body works, what creates energy, the Krebs cycle, digestion, the gut and the micro biome.

I also realised the immense effect that mental wellbeing has on physical wellbeing and vice versa, I was a high achiever with a perfectionist streak, constantly overthinking and ending up burnt out leading to yet more relapses. A fabulous psychotherapist helped me to turn that around.

In my pursuit of sustained mental and physical health, I became fascinated with the immune system and studied how we make and use up energy and the brain’s thought processes competing for vital resources. Focusing on the imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system dominance, which results in post viral conditions like dysautonomia, brain fog, peripheral neuropathy, POTS, and auto-immune conditions.

After achieving sustained wellness, I returned to working in education, later attaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Education but felt my calling lay in helping people with their mental health and wellbeing so after further study I’m now a highly qualified therapist and coach and love working with clients to help them regain control over their lives to follow their passions too.

I am passionate about helping others before they trigger debilitating illnesses or just to start living their lives to their full potential and happiness right now. My mission is to help as many people as possible overcome their anxiety and limiting beliefs, to find their core magic and start living their very best lives, equipping them to achieve freedom from anxiety, gain a powerful mindset, enhanced wellbeing and an empowered inner core.

My qualifications

With a background in teaching, I hold a BA Hons Degree in Social Science (Psychology and Sociology) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education.. I am also qualified in

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner

Certified Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner

Diploma in Addiction Therapy

Diploma in Diet & Nutrition

Transformative Life Coach

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Certified Practitioner

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Certified Practitioner

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