Who am I?

Hi, I’m Derek, founder of Fortune Therapy. Through personal experiences that led me to receive life-changing hypnotherapy myself, I decided to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and with some straight-to-the-point nurturing and guidance, I made huge changes in my life.

I trained with the Institute of Applied Psychology based in Sydney, Australia, qualifying as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, an NLP Practitioner, a Strategic Psychotherapist, a Practitioner of Emotional Intelligence, and a Practitioner of Time-Based Therapy.

I received further training from one of the Worlds leading Trauma Experts, Karl Smith. Qualifying as a Kinetic Shift Practitioner and studying EMT.

I worked in various roles while I studied human nature, psychology, and counselling. I have worked and studied in three different countries, taking on many different careers throughout my professional life, and ultimately qualifying as an EMDR counsellor. I have worked with British Rail, served with the British Army, the Australian Navy, and served as a correctional officer. During this time I have worked in various counselling, teaching, and advisory roles, complemented by qualifications in each of these positions.

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About My Journey

If you are struggling, I hope my story will inspire you to seek help and change your trajectory.

Growing up in a children’s home in Scotland and being adopted at the age of three really had its effects on me.

My childhood exposed me to situations that I wasn’t ready for at the time. I grew up with a mother who never knew how to display emotions to a young child. My father was a workaholic who never had the time to spend with a young boy. Throughout my life, I have been diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, anger and a list as long as my arm.

I learned to quieten the thoughts that wildly rampaged through my head all day and night that got in the way of me doing the things that I wanted to do. Most importantly, I learned how to not let my past failings and behaviours, which had burdened me for so many years, define my life.

I simply knew and felt from my own experience, and the conversations I have had with other veterans, that talking to Counsellors and Psychologists while reviewing my life over and over, each time re-telling the same stories to strangers was frustrating and POINTLESS.

Through a chance encounter, I was introduced to highly effective forms of EMDR, Hypnosis and NLP that changed everything. At the time, I remember feeling a little robbed of my time, my happiness, and my life. The answers I had been searching for all along were within me.


I was so taken aback by the powerful transformation, I felt I needed to learn more about EMDR, Hypnotherapy and NLP. That brought me to start my training and embark on my new journey to help others who are searching for answers.

Finding My Own Answers

I know what it’s like to have unwanted feelings or behaviours, living day to day constantly worrying about the future. It’s mentally and physically exhausting.

I also know you, like me, will have tried every therapist you can find and looked up every remedy available. You might even have found some that worked! But if you couldn’t or they were short-lived, then that just takes the wind right out of you’re sails doesn’t it?

But, here’s the thing. There is no need for you to continue to suffer from anxiety, phobias, fears, nightmares, and bad habits such as smoking, these can be a thing of the past. I’ve used, EMDR, NLP and Hypnotherapy to help multitudes of people get back to living the lives they deserve so that IT CAN GET BETTER!

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We help you to focus on the things that benefit you, teaching you new skills and how to use your personal resources to achieve true peace of mind.

You have more resources than you think.

Call Fortune Therapy today to arrange your free consultation call – It’s the change you deserve.