Hello, I'm Saskia Schuck and I'm a fully qualified, registered and insured Clinical Hypnotherapist (HPD, Dip. Hyp, DHP, NLP Practitioner) based in Sydney, Australia. I also hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Thank you for visiting my website. This page purely serves the purpose to give you an idea who I am, my approach and if I am the right person for you. I believe that a successful therapeutic outcome is very much dependent on a collaborative nature between client and therapist, so I hope that this page offers up an idea about who I am, how I work and what to expect if you were to decide to work with me. And if you like what you read, please contact me.
I first discovered hypnotherapy as a young professional actress; I just finished my first major contract in Vienna, started rehearsing for another major role and got accepted at the Royal School of Speech and Drama in London. Although everything seemed to go smoothly and I felt I was living my dream, I started developing panic attacks.
They seemed to come from nowhere, for no apparent reason and only ever happened in one place- the theatre. First, they started every time I watched a play and always followed the same format; the moment the doors to the auditorium shut and the curtain went up, bang- there it was! A surge of utter terror rushing through me. The room started spinning, I felt cold sweat running down my back, my heart pounding so hard I feared it might give in and I couldn’t breathe. I was very much aware that my fear was irrational, but any reasoning simply fell short; I had to escape by climbing over other members of the audience. Every single time! Needless to say, my invitations to the theatre dwindled. And then these panic attacks starting creeping up on me on stage...
They became so severe and debilitated that I started withdrawing myself from social situations and was ready to hang up my acting shoes. I found myself developing depression and anxiety as a result and I knew something had to be done. My neighbour was a clinical hypnotherapist; I was quite nervous to see her as my preconceived idea of hypnosis was heavily influenced by Hollywood films and I was worried I might reveal my deepest and darkest secrets. But I was pretty much at the end of my tether, something had to be done. After a one hour session, these panic attacks were gone, never to return. I felt hopeful for the first time since the start of these attacks and it was a real game changer me.
I did go on to pursue an acting career and worked professionally for over 10 years which served as a great place to learn more about psychology and human behaviour. As an actor, you need to understand what drives people to do the things they do and where it comes from, which is very similar to a therapist but looked at from a slightly different angle.
Once I realised that Hollywood was not actively looking for me (shocking, I know) and after coming close and still missing a few really good opportunities, I decided to stop acting and turn my attention onto another passion; psychology and the working of the mind. My first experience with hypnosis had such a positive impact on my life that I wanted other people to feel equally empowered, so I decided to study hypnotherapy. That was the best decision I ever made and I have never looked back; I now get a chance to work with people from different backgrounds.
I obtained my first diploma in clinical hypnosis from the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (ICH), then continued my training with the National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy, London, before making the decision to bring my skills and knowledge up to date and train at the highly esteemed Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Bournemouth, which offers some of the most rigorous and thorough training in the UK. I now follow an evidence-based approach thus tend to employ techniques that are based on scientific research rather than anecdotal evidence or gut feeling.
I hold the gold standard for hypnotherapy qualifications (the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma or HPD) in addition to my Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (DCH), a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP), and an NLP Practitioner Diploma.
I hold a Certificate in Stress Management & Resilience Building and am currently working towards an Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma.
I generally invest a big chunk of my time in furthering my training and regularly attend seminars, courses and conferences. I also aim to stay on top of recent research to stay abreast of new developments within the field and to ensure that I am best placed to help my clients.
I have been accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and am a member of the Professional Hypnotherapy Network which encourages and supports the highest quality of professional practice and standards in the UK.
I adhere to the principles of the strict Code of Ethics of the PHN and NCH and carry full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
I moved from London to Sydney in December 2019 and look forward to opening up to Australian clients in 2020.