Andy Oldfield is a storyteller, psychologist, hypnotherapist and musician who is interested in the power of words and music, alone or together, to produce soundscapes that can induce useful trance states. His fiction and non-fiction has been widely published on both sides of the Atlantic.
He has studied psychology, shamanism and altered states of consciousness at under-graduate and post-graduate levels. He has: a BA (hons) in Social Sciences (psychology and sociology), an MA in Religious Studies (psychology, anthropology and sociology of religion), another MA in Writing (mythopoeia and psychology of creativity), and a PGCE (psychology and sociology of learning).
Additionally, he has trained in various schools of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy including: clinical, cognitive, behavioural, neuro-linguistic, analytical, Eriksonian, alchemical, human givens, humanistic, psychosynthesis, and transpersonal. He is a certified Master Hypnotherapist following training recognised by the UK General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and the International Network for Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He is also a certified trainer of NLP, an NLP Master Practitioner (certified by six organisations), a Business Communications NLP Practitioner and Advanced Coach.
He is a qualified trainer with a PGCE and Diploma in The Lifelong Learning Sector who has taught: level 3 diploma in anatomy & physiology, NLP coaching techniques, hypnomassage, self development, self-hypnosis, creative writing and journalism. Besides individuals in private practice, his coaching and training clients have included: Cornwall County Council, Cornwall College, Nottingham Trent University; The SEED Institute (Surrey); Essentials For Health (St Thomas' Hospital, London); The Poetry Society; Nottinghamshire Police; The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.