Sophie Parker is a PR Director who after experiencing the positive benefits of hypnobirthing long after the birth of her daughter, decided to retrain as a cognitive hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and coach. She lives in Ealing with her two year old daughter Alexa and her husband Jeremy. Here’s what she had to say about her home, work and what she does for self-care.
Who are you?
I’m Sophie Parker and I’m a multi-hyphenate. I’m a PR-cognitive hypnotherapist-NLP practioner-coach and mum.
What’s your home life like?
Oh gosh, it’s tricky to describe as everyday is different, but if pushed I’d say it’s organised chaos peppered with lots of beautiful moments of love, laughter and fun.
How does your home make you feel?
I’m a real homebody. For me home is where I can truly decompress and just relax. Even when I’m travelling I’ll create a little home from home for myself.
What’s your business and how did you come up with the idea?
I’m the founder of The Inner, a mind health and wellbeing practice. I use cognitive hypnotherapy to help people overcome negative thoughts and behaviours, so they can live their best life. I came up with the idea after experiencing the positive benefits of hypnobirthing. I noticed I was still using some of the techniques to manage stress after I’d given birth to deal with busy life as a working mother, and without sounding too evangelical I found a calling to help others connect with their unconscious mind – the part that drives negative thoughts and behaviours.
What’s the best and worst part about working for yourself?
I love the autonomy and the fact I don’t have to consult anyone but myself to make things happen. The worst is I have to balance my practice with my day job as a PR and being a parent, so I have little free time to myself. It’s not all bad because on the flip side I love what I do and my life and feel privilege to have the opportunity to work for myself, and being busy means I am more mindful about how I spend my time.
What is one of your most recent wins?
A client messaging me to tell me she feels like her life is turning a corner after she’d seen me – and was even before we’d done any therapy. It makes all the late nights and missing bedtime with my daughter to see clients worthwhile.
And one of your most recent challenges?
Studying while running the practice. I love learning and even after I qualified as a cognitive hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner – I recognised that in order to be the best at what I do I could never stop learning, but it’s tricky finding the time to do all the reading and find the headspace to put into practice what I’ve learnt.