Amanda Holmes HPD MNCH(reg)
I have been using a combination of solution focused hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help my clients since 2007. I have a special interest in helping people who are experiencing problems due to depression or anxiety issues, including panic attacks, obsessions/compulsions, insomnia, and phobias. I also enjoy helping people to learn how to relax deeply and to control stress and anxiety, which is especially helpful for people who have conditions that seem to be worse at times of stress and anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and some skin conditions for example.
I am also a highly trained scientist. Prior to devoting my time to hypnotherapy I worked as a microbiologist in the NHS and the food industry, and later as a Clinical Audit professional within the NHS. The focus of Clinical Audit is to ensure patients are treated using the most appropriate techniques (known as evidence based best practice). This is something I am keen to translate to my own practice.
I trained at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training in Bristol (CPHT) and was awarded the nationally accredited Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma in 2007. I have also successfully completed courses in CBT Skills for Hypnotherapists, and Solution Focused Techniques for Hypnotherapists, also at CPHT (Bristol).
I now live and work in Dorset, using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques when appropriate) to help my clients overcome a range of issues and make improvements in their lives.
What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Psychotherapy involves talking together to help clients overcome their difficulties and is in itself extremely beneficial. Hypnosis enhances the effects of talking therapies by enabling all levels of the mind to experience new thoughts and beliefs, and choose to make beneficial changes.
There are many different kinds of Psychotherapy (talking treatments), all of which aim to help people overcome stress or emotional problems. The main psychotherapeutic technique that I use is Solution Focused Therapy. Solution focused therapy is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests it focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past. If you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. When appropriate I also use some aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems. Instead we acknowledge where you are currently (we may use selected CBT techniques to help clarify this), then identify where you want to be and help you to make the necessary changes to get you there. This approach is particularly beneficial for people who are experiencing excess anxiety or stress, inappropriate fears (eg exam/test/interview nerves) and phobias.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy DHP
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma HPD
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills for Hypnotherapists CBT(Hyp)
SFBT Skills for Hypnotherapists
In addition to these qualifications I am committed to maintaining and updating my skills. I therefore attend regular continuing professional development sessions.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Panic attacks *
* 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.
Initial consultation lasting between 30 minutes and 1 hour is £10
Subsequent sessions of up to one hour are charged at £50 per hour
Monday - Wednesday 2pm - 6pm Thursday - Friday 2pm - 5pm Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm