Alison Harris Dip Hyp CS, MHS
I am Alison Harris, Dip Hyp CS and I am a Hypnotherapist and Counsellor working in Herne Bay, Canterbury and the surrounding area. I practice through AJH Therapy Services and offer professional, affordable Hypnotherapy. My aim is to help you overcome whatever issues are preventing you from living YOUR life the way YOU want.
As well as my Hypnotherapy practice, I donate my time to a counselling Charity in East Kent, providing theraputic support for people referred by their GP or Mental Health Team. I complement this with my skills and knowledge from 20+ years’ experience working with victims of serious crime. In addition I previously trained to work with people affected by crime and support people bereaved by sudden death.
I am on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The Accredited Register was set up by the government to improve standards and safety for the public. Being on the register demonstrates a committment to high professional standards. You will see the quality mark displayed at the end of my profile.
For further information about services available, or to see articles written by me about hypnotherapy* please visit my website.
*recent articles relating to Hypnotherapy include: About Emotional Eating, More About Anxiety, Addictions, Hypnosis & Medicine, and Understanding Behaviour. Find them on the website, under the "news&articles" tab.
have a look at recent information about "Coping with What If Thoughts"
Hypnotherapy can help you break a cycle of bad habits and even help you beat any fears or phobias that have been holding you back. Hypnotherapy is safe and relaxing. Some people may worry about being hypnotised, but you remain in control at all times and you cannot be made to do something you do not want to do. Everyone who is willing and able to follow the therapist's instructions can be hypnotised. The feeling is relaxing, like being in a daydream, and almost everyone can achieve the results they want through hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is not just about helping to overcome problems, it can be used for personal development too - many successful sportsmen use hypnosis techniques to improve focus, including professional golfers,tennis players and athletes - actors and performers also use it to conquer nerves. Business executives have found a way to improve performance - so there really is something for everyone in the experience.
Client Testimonial : "By week 3 I was looking forward to the sessions and the relaxation. My weight dropped too!" Ms S, weight control client.
Client Testimonial "Your support has helped me so much, I feel so much better about myself. Its been such a positive experience I almost don't want to stop coming" Mrs L, anxiety client.
Client Testimonial " I've really enjoyed coming here. I feel like I can conquer qnything" - Mrs S, Emotional Eater
I have successfully worked with clients who wanted help with issues ranging from personal development to low self esteem, weight loss/control, phobias and anxiety.
HOW IT WORKS:
We start with an Initial Consultation so that I can get to know you and learn about your personal needs: this session usually lasts about 75 minutes. I sometimes end the inital appointment with a short Hypnosis session, so that you will know what to expect and be sure that you are comfortable. Using the information from this first session I then build a hypnotherapy plan tailored to you.
For most problems, a weekly appointment will then follow for the number of sessions we agreed.
For some clients, a CD recording of their hypnosis session to use between appointments will be beneficial; this is something that we will discuss as the work progresses. There is no extra charge for this service.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified, professional Hypnotherapist and Counsellor. My qualifications are:
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Ad Dip CP)
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Counselling Skills (Dip Hyp CS)
- Advanced Certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming (Ad Cert NLP)
- Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society MNCS (ACC)
- Professional Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS)
- I am bound by the codes of ethics of these professional bodies
In addition to these qualifications, I have undertaken further training in specific areas which include
Working with Anxiety
Hypnotherapy for IBS
Working with Insomnia
Help with Hoarding
I have also trained in using and teaching Mindfulness techniques, and working with Dreams. I can use NLP tools to help enhance yuor life skills. My experience as a Counsellor helps me to identify issues quickly & effectively.
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY
There has been a noticeable increase in clients seeking help to cope with anxiety related issues. If that describes you, then be reassured hypnotherapy CAN help you, and that it is much more common that you think. I have had some very good outcomes for clients using the 6 session programme.
For more information about Anxiety, click on this link to the article on my website:
One of the most common symptoms related to anxiety is panic. Panic attacks can be scary and can leave you feeling tired and overwhelmed. On my website there is also an article explaining more about this problem and how to cope with it - have a look, maybe you recognise yourself in the description?
try the link here: http://ajhtherapyservices.com/coping-with-panic/
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR WEIGHT LOSS:
Are you an Emotional Eater? Do you find yourself comfort eating at times of stress? Hypnotherapy can't make you lose weight by itself, what it does is change your relationship with food and eating, helping you gain control of your eating habits so that you are able to lose weight. Emotional eaters struggle with the anxiety behind their problem, and everyone needs a helping hand at sometime in their lives, especially if it feels like the problem is controlling us not the other way round. Very often we know what we should be doing but we struggle with the willpower to do it! If this describes you, then know that you are not alone - poor motivation and low self esteem are very common. Hypnotherapy can be a very effective way to take control of an emotional eating habit.
Seeking help with weight loss is one of the most common reasons people come to a hypnotherapist, and it's growing in popularity. Working together, we will identify your personal "danger areas" around eating and your relationship with food, and then "re-programme" your habits to aviod those triggers and create new healthy habits.
"Emotional Eating" is a favourite buzzword of the glossy health magazines. Come and have a consultation and find out the truth about how this works - see further on in my profile for details of special offers for weight loss sessions.
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR IBS:
This uses gut specific and gut directive hypnotherapy to target your symptoms. Hypnotherapy is very successful at treating this condition, as it alleviates stress and anxiety, both of which are major factors in IBS. The therapy can help you overcome fears and anxieties attached to your symptoms and has the benefit of being non-invasive and means there is no need for long term medication.
* Before embarking on treatment for IBS, it is important that you have a diagnosis of the condition from your GP.
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR INSOMNIA:
Many people will at some time in their lives experience sleep problems, whether its poor quality sleep, going to sleep but waking throughout the night or simply being unable to relax enough to fall asleep. Our bodies have a natural rhythm and it is easy, with everyday pressures and stresses for that natural sleep pattern to be disrupted. Hypnotherapy can help with finding the root cause and treating it - and also by helping you find a peaceful and relaxed state for rest, safely and without having to take any sleeping pills.
Other Services: Hypnotherapy CDs are available for sale. I can offer CD recordings (or email a music file to download). Recording a personal session is already something I do for my clients, where appropriate. But having had a few enquries recently, I have decided to extend this service a little bit further. Help with relaxation, improve sleep, increase self esteem & reduce anxiety and stress. Each CD will be £10 plus 90p P&P.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
* 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
Don't worry if you can't see what you're looking for in the above list, thats just there as a guide. Please call me to discuss your needs.
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Our first appointment, sometimes called an assessment or consultation is FREE. I won't charge you for this first meeting. This is your chance to ask questions, find out more about the service on offer and make your mind up.
For all appts after that, FEES are £30 per session (unless otherwise stated in a package offer). The number of sessions is something we will agree at the first appointment.
QUIT SMOKING: is a one off fee of £150 for a consultation followed by a single session. If your smoking currently costs you £12.50 a week or more, then in just three months hypnotherapy represents a better deal!
SPORTS PERFORMANCE : this is a package costing £99, which includes an initial consultation, a main session and a follow up session. A CD recording of your personal hypnotherapy is included if you wish.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: a similar package is available - when you make your enquiry I will be able to tell you if this style will work best for you or whether the course of six session will give you a better result.
Single session work is also available for Driving Test or Exam nerves.
sometimes we can use a combination of therapy styles to help you move on from whatever is holding you back.
Based in Herne Bay, Kent AJH Therapy is easy to find, and there's no problem about parking. For people who don't drive, there is a bus stop on a main bus route just over 5 mins walk away.
Weekend and evening appointments available.
You can find further information about me, and more photographs, by going to the Facebook page www.facebook.com/AJHTherapy
Or, you can follow me on Twitter @AjhTherapy.
Please contact me via phone or email to make an appointment.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR 2016 - Weight loss hypnotherapy package. Offer comprises consultation, 6 full hypnotherapy sessions, a follow up session and a CD recording - total price £150. Applies to all weight loss / comfort eating sessions booked to start between 1st January 2016 - 1st February 2016.
evening and weekend appointments are available