Alexandra Rickard BSc (Hons) Psychology MCH DHP DCH
Earthlife Wellbeing and Fitness
Kew Bridges Arch
Neal's Yard Remedies
15 King Street
Richmond Upon Thames
07815 318 455 / 0203 612 8321
I'm dedicated clinical hypnotherapist based in Richmond and Kew. I help clients reduce anxiety, improve sleep, lose weight, give up smoking, overcome phobias, increase confidence and much more. I also motivate clients to achieve their goals and to overcome their obstacles so that they can feel more happy and fulfilled.
I specialise in the fields of anxiety, stress and insomnia, helping people to feel more relaxed, let go of worries and overcome insomnia so they can once again enjoy the pleasures of a good night's sleep. I have devised a number of techniques that instantly induce relaxation in the body and mind, block out worries and lead to blissful sleep. Additionally, I work with corporate businesses offering onsite hypnotherapy to those employees who need help in dealing with anxiety, insomnia, work pressures and public speaking.
I use hypnotherapy in conjunction with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and other effective techniques. I provide a tailor made service for each client. After each session a client is given a personalised hypnotherapy recording to use at home as a therapeutic tool. This reinforces the results that have been achieved in the session. I also provide weekly homework to keep up the momentum and to ensure speedy progress as I strive to achieve results as quickly as possible.
I have a warm and friendly approach and due to my international upbringing I have a wide appeal to clients. Since qualifying as a clinical hypnotherapist I have worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds and been very successful in helping with a multitude of issues. I am very enthusiastic about what I do, and enjoy sharing my knowledge and inspiring clients to be the best they can be.
Prior to working as a hypnotherapist, I held a challenging marketing role and during this period discovered the powerful benefits of hypnotherapy. I utilised hypnotherapy as a therapeutic tool in helping me cope with work anxiety and to finally overcome insomnia which I had suffered for years. I also found hypnotherapy greatly assisted me in my role as a new mother, helping me to feel more confident and more equipped to deal with a colicky baby.
I enjoy helping my clients address a variety of issues but I have a particular passion in helping people deal with anxiety and insomnia as having personally experienced these issues in the past I can understand how disruptive they can be. For every technique I offer to my clients you can be assured I have tried and tested them and use them regularly on myself!
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist who qualified at London’s renowned Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, in 2004. I also have bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Warwick University.
My qualifications include:
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy – DCH
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy - DHP
- Master Clinical Hypnotherapist - MCH
- Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique
I am a member of the following organisations:
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gastric band hypnotherapy
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- Weight loss
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
I also help new mothers with the stresses of motherhood. Whilst going through motherhood for the first time myself I used hypnotherapy to help me cope with the various stresses and strains.
Through my own experience and helping other mothers I've developed a range of targeted hypnotherapy sessions designed to address the following issues:
- Lack of sleep,
- High stress / Anxiety
- Coping with a colicky baby
- Post natal depression
- Confident Parenting
- Post natal recovery
- Baby bonding
- Breast feeding
Initial Consultation and Assessment
Free and done by either telephone or face to face at my clinic
£75.00 per session takes one hour
Stop Smoking Cessation
£195.00 for one session (takes approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours)
I recommend a gap of two-three weeks between sessions. The number of sessions required depends on the client and their goals. But generally clients can expect to see results from only 2-6 sessions.
Payment is done by BACS transfer before the session commences.
“I found my sessions with Alexandra very beneficial. I would recommend her in a flash and in fact, regularly share with others my positive experience of it. What I appreciated most was the personal approach and the customised programme Alexandra created for me. I got a tremendous amount out of it and the experience really exceeded my expectations. Without exaggeration, for me, the results were immediate. Alexandra also equips you with some practical exercises to ensure sustainable results. A great experience.” Marissa 36, Standard Bank
“After over 40 years of nail and skin biting I decided to try one final method that I have always thought would never work, Hypnotherapy!
I had an initial free consultation with Alexandra where she asked various questions about why I wanted to stop and how the process would work and I soon bonded with her and realised that she really wanted me to stop and believed she could help me.
We had an initial session where you are placed into a trance and then have the same session to listen to at home for the next two weeks. I was amazed that even after this first session I was now subconsciously thinking about when my fingers went into my mouth. One final session tackling it from another angle and I had finally cracked a habit that I have had for half of my life. If only I had not been so ignorant about trying hypnotherapy in the past I could have cracked this years ago!
Alexandra is an extremely friendly person and makes you feel completely as ease. She really enjoys helping you, whatever your bad habit or reason for going. I would definitely recommend her and in fact have gone back to see her for other minor tweaks in my life" Jane, 46
"Hypnotherapy is by far the most effective form of therapy I've tried. Alexandra helped me getting rid of insomnia that lasted over a month in one session! Listening to recorded sessions between the therapy sessions works very well to both reinforce the effect and as sort of an emergency help to overcome difficulties as they occur in daily life. I've recommended it to my friends and would highly recommend Alexandra to anyone" Victoria, 36
"I approached Alexandra because I was waking up in the night and lying awake for hours. I found discussing this issue with her interesting and learnt a lot about sleep, for example about the adrenaline/seratonin relationship, negative thinking etc which I had not given much thought to before. She suggested several strategies for relaxing and getting myself back to sleep (including her Relaxation recording) which have really helped. She also provided me with a number of information sheets which were great to have as a reminder of the things we discussed in the sessions. Thanks Alexandra!" Clare 45
"I just wanted to say that I did a couple of sessions of hypnotherapy and things really turned around for me. Alexandra was really lovely and we spent some time working out what my goals were and what we were going to work on during the sessions. The sessions themselves are very relaxing, just like having a relaxing snooze but somehow also still being awake through it! I got two jobs within weeks of starting the hypnotherapy as well as generally sleeping better each night. As a result I feel much more calm and positive than when I started the sessions. It may well be that these things would have happened anyway, but it seems like lucky coincidence that things have worked out so quickly. I'd recommend giving it a try to see if it works for you." Julia, 29
"I have had hypnotherapy from Alexandra for both arachnophobia and assisted fertility, both had very positive outcomes. Alexandra has a very calm and gentle approach which put me at ease immediately. I left our sessions feeling supported and very well take care of, not to mention positive and completely relaxed," Anna 34
"I found my sessions with Alexandra very beneficial. I would recommend her in a flash and in fact, regularly share with others my positive experience of it. What I appreciated most was the personal approach and the customised programme Alexandra created for me. I got a tremendous amount out of it and the experience really exceeded my expectations. Without exaggeration, for me, the results were immediate. Alexandra also equips you with some practical exercises to ensure sustainable results. A great experience." Marissa, 36
Tuesday to Fridays 9am-8pm