Barbara Shead, MIBWRT (Adv), Supervisor BBRS (Acc.), Adv. Psychotherapy, MAPHP,

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VHealth Therapies
172 The Broadway
Thorpe Bay
Southend On Sea

D W Fitness - Formerly L A Fitness Club
Bournes Green
Wakering Road

01702 410685 / 07791 804207

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VHealth Therapies
172 The Broadway
Thorpe Bay
Southend On Sea

D W Fitness - Formerly L A Fitness Club
Bournes Green
Wakering Road

01702 410685 / 07791 804207

About me

I am a fully insured experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Advanced Practitioner of Psychotherapy, and Advanced Practitioner of BWRT®  (Brainworking Recursive Therapy), Assessor and Accredited Member of the Brainworking Research Society and member of the CNHC (Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council) working from the Southend on Sea area.   I specialise in anxieties, fears and phobias and also weight loss,  using my nutritional qualifications to aid hypnotherapy and psychotherapy - see specialities..

Since 2013 I have had the privilege to be a Brainworking Recursive Therapy Licensed Practitioner (BWRT®) and Advanced Practitioner in May 2015. This exciting new therapy has now become a very integral part of my practice. BWRT® is a modern dynamic therapy which does not rely on formal hypnosis, which may change behavioural patterns and responses in as little as two sessions - ideal for most anxieties, fears, phobias. In May 2015 I trained as a Level 2 BWRT® Practitioner, able to deal with more resistant conditions such as addictions, obsessions, eating disorders, bullying, depression and more.

I am a Advanced practitioner of BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy), Supervisor & Assessor for The British BrainWorking Research Society' supervising and assessing practitioners, running workshops, assisting the Institute with Level 2 training events and advising generally on BWRT®.

I regularly update my qualifications and skills by attending extensive training sessions to learn new skills as well as continual professional development as required by my independent governing association the APHP.

I also hold a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and have been in practice as a Nutritional Therapist for the last five years. I decided to study hypnotherapy because I felt that these new skills would further enable me to help my clients in their personal goals

How I may help you

  • Anxieties
  • Alcoholism
  • Coaching for goals
  • Gambling
  • Fears and phobias
  • Quit Smoking
  • Behavioural response and change
  • Addictions
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Fetishism
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Fixations
  • Binge eating and drinking
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Weight control/loss
  • Food addictions
  • Fear of flying
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Habits, nail biting etc.
  • Relationship issues
  • Exam nerves
  • Panic attacks
  • Driving test fears
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • Low esteem
  • Exam nerves
  • Public speaking
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Blushing
  • Trauma
  • Public speaking
  • Dentist fear
  • Goal achievement
  • Sports performance
  • WSN Counselling
  • Social Phobias
  • Pain Management
  • Bruxism/teeth grinding
  • Relaxation
  • Weight Management

For the last six years I have worked from a multi-disciplinary complementary health clinic which now includes a Health Shop in Thorpe Bay, Southend on Sea, as a Nutritional Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapist. Recently we relocated the clinic, still in The Broadway, Thorpe Bay but now renamed V Health Therapies which offers a health shop with five therapy rooms to the rear. I also work with Graham Bannister's team at G.B. Physical Therapies based at DW Fitness, Thorpe Bay, Southend on Sea offering psychotherapy/hypnotherapy and nutritional services. I am passionate in offering clients a professional service which is also confidential and non-judgmental. I believe every client is unique and my approach to all therapy is personalised and achievable  and therefore each client is assessed as to their needs rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.

A typical consultation may include:

  • A free 15-20 min initial consultation in clinic or over the phone to discuss how i can help you.
  • A full consultation wherein we explore symptoms and any possible causes of your symptom and I advise the best way forward and expected time schedule.
  • Once the chosen therapy has been decided on we will start therapy and may often include psychotherapy, hypnosis/BWRT®/relaxation/analysis/counselling/conversational therapy
  • BWRT® - this is a very modern fast acting therapy , for simple fears and phobias often only a couple of sessions are needed.  For more in depth symptoms the therapy is still brief and I will advise at the initial consultation as to how many sessions will be needed.  This is a tailored approach and not on a one size fits all basis.
  • I am also a Level 2 BWRT® Practitioner and able to help with  more resistant conditions such as addictions and obsessions, depression, eating disorders and more (see above), this is a 4 stage therapy  enabling deep and lasting change to the core identity.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist at The Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis an eminent learning facility under the tutorage of Terence Watts, Hypnotherapist, Lecturer and Author and Creator of BWRT®. The course complies with, or surpasses, the National Core Curriculum for Hypnotherapy training schools, on which the National Occupation Standards for Hypnotherapy is based.

I am a member of the Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (MAPHP), an Advanced Practitioner of Psychotherapy, a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as well as an Advanced practitioner, Level 2 BWRT® and Assessor for the British Brain Working Research Society( and a member of The Association of Weight Loss Hypnotherapists.

As an accredited member of the BBRS (British Brainworking Research Society) I am currently one of a pioneering group of researchers testing the efficacy of level three BWRT®, which works with the psychological effects of physiological illnesses.

I have attended various training courses since qualifying including:-

  • BWRT® Level 1 & 2 - working with behavioural change
  • WSN 1 & WSN Plus a modern and energetic form of Parts work
  • Serious work for Serious Issues – hypnotic interventions for physical and emotional issues
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Working with Trauma
  • Pain Management
  • Authoritarian Hypnosis Weight Loss Programme
  • BB4B - Broadband for the Brain
  • Advanced Analytical Hypnopsychotherapy
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • BWRT Transformational Coaching & Weight Management

As required I have regular supervision sessions and my supervisor of Terence Watts the founder and principle of the Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and inventor of BWRT®.

I work with children, teens and adults and offer concessions to ex-servicemen.

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Accredited register membership

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

* 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 found Barbara very understanding, caring and professional. I am glad she returned my initial call as she was out of the country at the time.   I wasn’t in a good place about three months ago, but now feel so much better and was very impressed with BWRT." 
D N.  Westcliff on Sea

"I began BWRT with Barbara in December 2016 and enjoyed the experience
immensely.  Barbara put me at my ease straight away, explained everything, took time to understand my concerns and issues and the areas I wanted to address. After the first session I immediately felt different and light and despite my sessions taking place over Christmas I didn’t find this a difficulty, in fact I felt very supported. I now have more confidence more energy and view things in a far more positive light. I would highly recommend both BWRT and Barbara as a practitioner."
TG from Leigh on Sea.

"I have enjoyed my relaxing hypnotherapy sessions with Barbara very much. She is trustworthy and professional and I would strongly recommend her to her future clients." 
Louise Moring

"The thought of driving anywhere different used to make me very anxious to the point where I would refuse point blank to drive anywhere other than my home town. When my grandchildren came along I really missed not being able to take them to fun places like the zoo etc because of my fears.

I went along to see Barbara Shead and explained my worries and we began therapy.   I now find I have lost all my fears, driving no longer makes me anxious.   I have since driven to Devon, Northampton, Kent and my grandchildren have had some fantastic days out."
Diane Southend

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I offer a free initial consultation for most therapies.

Psychotherapy sessions e.g BWRT® Level 1 & 2

  • Initial session up to 1.5 hours             £60
  • Follow up sessions 1 hour                   £60
  • Smoking Cessation with BWRT            £120
  • Children and young teens p.h              £50  

For therapy which may extend to 5 sessions of more I offer 5 sessions at £275.00.  Any session not required would be refunded, working on a basis of £60 per session.

Hypnotherapy sessions 1 hour                   £60                        

Motivational Weight Loss Plan a six week programme which combines 80/20 eating plan with weekly hypnotherapy,motivational tips and daily contact, please apply for details.

Further information

Ample parking is provided at both clinics and are within 5-10 walk from Thorpe Bay Station on the Fenchurch to Shoeburyness train line with regular bus services to both venues. Both clinics are on the ground floor and ideal for wheelchair accessibility, DW Fitness has disabled access, the clinic room being on the ground floor. Disabled Lift. Parking - 4 bays.


I specialise in fears, phobias and anxiety as a Licensed BWRT® (Brainworking Recursive Therapy®) Practitioner. ‘BWRT®’ stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’, a model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. It’s a totally confidential method that does not require you to reveal your private information or personal secrets to your therapist and it is carried out in a completely conscious state. It does not use hypnosis or any concepts that might be considered mystical or unscientific - it’s completely logical, practical and down-to-earth, and for it to succeed only needs you to know what you want to change in your life. Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code. Find out more at or

BWRT® is ideal for:

  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger issues
  • Binge Eating
  • Blushing
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fears and phobias
  • Fear of Failure
  • Fetishism
  • Gambling
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Grief
  • Loneliness
  • Motivation
  • Obsessions
  • OCD
  • Performance Anxiety/Enhancement
  • Porn Addiction
  • Procrastination
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Sexual obsession/addiction
  • Smoking Cessation


I am also a WSN Counsellor and use the Warrior, Settler & Nomad Therapy - a Parts based therapy use for increased self-confidence, self-worth, weight management and much more...

I am a trained Hypno-analyst which enables me to work with you for more deep rooted causes with psychological and emotional associations which may being caused symptoms and contributing to your problems. Hypno-analysis uses hypnosis to help locate issues which are contributing to emotional symptoms and underlying anxiety which may go back to childhood or more recent events and which are often hidden from the conscious self.

In August 2014 I trained 1-2-1 with Steve Miller from Sky TV's Fat Families on his Motivational Hypnosis Weight Loss Programme and am now a Licensed Practitioner for this programme. 

I am now able to offer my Motivational Weight Loss Plan which entails:

  • 6 weekly 1-2-1 sessions with myself
  • 80/20 six week eating plan
  • A free nutritional therapy consultation
  • Motivational tasks and homework
  • Tailored hypnosis and self-hypnosis tuition
  • Daily contact
  • Straight talking coaching
  • Weigh-ins

I am offering a substantial discount on this plan for a short period only.

DON'T DELAY! Tel: Barbara on 07791804207 or 01702 410685 today!

Barbara Shead
Nutritional Therapist Dip MBANT, CNHC
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Advanced Practitioner in Psychotherapy (DHP) MAPHP (Reg), MIBWRT (A.P.),CNHC.  Advanced practitioner of BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy), Supervisor & Assessor for The British BrainWorking Research Society'

Southend On Sea, SS1 3ES
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3RB

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Availability 6 days a week, 9 am to 8 p.m. I offer a free 15-20 min initial consultation so you can meet me and I can advise the best way forward enabling the best outcome for your needs.

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