Janine Mitchell

My passion, my why and how I inspire others by Janine Mitchell

Can you tell us a bit about you and your career?

I am the Founder of Change for Success UK, a Wellness consultancy based in Manchester, England. I have a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and have been working for 17 years in the field of mental health. I help companies and individuals reduce stress and anxiety both in the workplace and with private clients using proven methods I’m trained in, including tapping and Emotional Freedom Techniques.

I am a fully trained advanced hypnotherapist, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and NLP Practitioner. 

Prior to running my own business, I was in one of the most stressful jobs. I managed high risk offenders in prisons across the UK. My caseload included murderers, drug dealers, violent offenders, sex offenders, lifers, and domestic abuse offenders. My wellbeing was not looked after, and I found myself burnt out. My dad had passed away not long ago and I had recently started a relationship. We were to get married. However, this relationship became very abusive. There was lots of psychological and emotional abuse and I found it very hard to leave.

Finally, after several attempts, I managed to leave. I had been signed off work by my GP and felt in such a low place. I was anxious, stressed, worried all the time. I was struggling with sleep. I didn’t like myself very much, in fact my confidence was on the floor.

I sought the help of a therapist. What he taught me completely changed my life.

I then decided I wanted to teach this to others. I decided to retrain and trained as a hypnotherapist and EFT practitioner. These strategies had changed my life, I wanted to help change the lives of others. With my background in psychology and mental health, this felt like the appropriate next step.

A typical day in your career:

I work with many private clients who struggle with anxiety, stress, depression and confidence. I also work with organisations to support them and their teams to be more productive, to lower stress and absenteeism and improve resilience. A typical day will involve me seeing clients at my practice in central Manchester. I also do a lot of networking so I can typically be found at different network meetings. I also spend a lot of time hanging out on social media and I am regularly posting content and videos on LinkedIn and on Instagram. I’m often designing new wellbeing programs for corporate clients and liaising with them regarding their wellbeing strategy and our work together.

What is an important initiative that you feel passionate about in your role?

I am SO passionate about supporting the wellbeing of my clients.

The truth is you do not need to suffer. So many people will struggle for many years, believing there is no way out. I want to stress, that there is. I’ve seen it with hundreds of clients that I’ve worked with over the years. Many clients who thought they would always have to suffer with anxiety or depression, clients thinking they had to live small their whole lives and not excel in what they do, clients thinking they have to have no confidence forever.

And what happens? They make dramatic changes in a very short space of time. The truth is you can always make change. These are often old patterns connected to limiting beliefs that are holding you back and keeping you stuck. BUT you don’t need to stay in that place. There is always a way out. And this is what I am so passionate about helping clients to understand there is change and there is a life on the other side.

When they start to notice this change themselves, then go on to create huge life change, there is no better feeling.

What do you think gave you the drive and determination to succeed?

Because I was in such a low and dark place. Constantly treading on eggshells and living in a state of constant fear. I knew I could never ever return to that. Life can’t be lived in this state.

I loved the huge life changes I made that a lot and the rewards this created. I knew I wanted to share this with so many people out there and help them to make the changes I had made. When you know this is possible, you are on a mission to share it with the world! It’s this that drives me with real determination every single day. When you work with a client and you see them make the most amazing life changes, some within a space of a couple of sessions, it is genuinely the best feeling in the world.

What’s great about being a female in your role?

It’s great that I actually attract a lot of male clients. I show them that it is absolutely okay to talk about mental health. In fact, its super healthy, it will help enforce change and that there should be no stigma attached. I often say we all have mental health like we have physical health. There should be no shame attached to this at all. Once men in particular, let go of this, the empowerment and shift I see within them is something else.

What is your biggest achievement in life?

Having the strength to leave my abusive marriage and set up my amazing company, Change for Success. There is no better feeling then achieving running a successful business and helping transform so many lives in the process.

What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt along the way?

Only you can change your own life. You can’t search for change outside of yourself. This comes from within. We often search for external factors to validate us and to give us a sense of satisfaction or belonging. No, that all comes from within you. The power of the subconscious mind is something else and we often under utilise it and don’t give it the credit it deserves.

Have you ever felt that your gender has brought unnecessary challenges to your career?

I think in my career my gender is advantageous. We can resonate and identify with both men and women and can use our natural empathic skills to engage successfully with clients.

Outside your work, what are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?

I really enjoy yoga and I love walking my pooch, Ben. I love spending time with friends, and I really enjoy cooking. My favorite food has to be Thai. I love travelling and have seen a lot of the world as a solo traveler. I have visited South America, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, the Philippines, and many places in Europe. I have also been to Ibiza 16 times! I’m a massive house music fan.

Do you have a mantra you live your life by?

‘We are powerful beyond measure’

What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?

  1. Be bold and brave, as ‘as if’ and push yourself out of your comfort zone.You got this.
  2. Avoid comparing yourself to others. We are all on our unique journey. This also uses up lots of unnecessary energy!
  3. Know that you are going to make mistakes. And it’s okay. Turn it on its head. Without mistakes, we wouldn’t learn. Live by this motto ‘There are no mistakes in life, only lessons


What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given? 

You can’t take away anyone else’s pain, you have to allow them to let go of it themselves.

Can you talk about one woman who has impacted your life?

I totally LOVE Jen Sincero who wrote ‘You are a baddass’. She is one badass lady and has taught me so much about mindset and the power of the mind!

What are your key motivators?

My mentor, Eamonn O’Brian. He has taught me so much and has always believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. I will be eternally grateful for his compassion, support and dedication.

Do you think enough is being done by businesses to address gender imbalance?

I think more is being done but I still think there is a really long way to go. I think the whole thing is such a long process. Gender equality in my view needs to be a given in 2022.

What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?

I think it’s all about raising awareness, education, training, and getting with the times!

What advice do you have for women aiming for leadership positions?

Look at all the skills you have and know that you can totally apply them to a leadership position. Don’t undersell yourself. Know you have the experience and credentials to make it. Don’t sell yourself short and have unrivalled self-belief all the way!

What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way?

If you know you are right with something, stick to your guns! Don’t be beaten down by someone when you are confident in your decision. Stick with it and know your worth and value at the same time!

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?

Stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking. Have unwavering self-belief. Know that you are gorgeous, confident, intelligent and that you can achieve whatever you want. Go and learn everything about mindset. Stop being held back by BS beliefs and old stories that aren’t even true. Stand up for yourself, say it like it is. Be confident, be bold, stand up tall and be unapologetically you, you are fricking awesome and there is only one of you!

 Janine is the founder of Change for Success.

She is a wellness entrepreneur, published researcher and is a renowned leading authority in this field.

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset working with individuals and companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace.

She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner.

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