Barbara Shead

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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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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& Mentor of the Institute of BWRT®  and member of the CNHC 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.   See specialities.  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.

On 1st May 2016 I was appointed a Mentor of BWRT mentoring other practitioners and assessing new 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
  • 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

I  worked from a multi- disciplinary complementary health clinic in Thorpe Bay, Southend on Sea for the last six years initially as a Nutritional Therapist but more recently also as a Hypnotherapist/ Psychotherapist.  Recently we relocated the clinic, still in The Broadway, Thorpe Bay but now renamed V Health 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 rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.

A typical consultation may include:

  • A free initial consultation to discuss how i can help you.
  • An initial consultation wherein we explore symptoms and any possible causes of your symptom.
  • Once the chosen therapy has been decided on we will start therapy and may often include psychotherapy, hypnosis/BWRT/relaxation/analysis/counselling
  • Some conversational therapy may be included
  • BWRT® - if this is deemed appropriate for your symptom we will have an initial 90 minute consultation wherein a brief questionnaire is accessed, an explanation of the science behind the therapy, plus of how it works is given and then therapy begins immediately, this session may be adequate or another session will be necessary.  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. 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 & Mentor of the Institute for Brainworking Recursive Therapy. ( and a member of The Association of Weight Loss Hypnotherapists.

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

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.

Member organisations


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.

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Hypnotherapy sessions 1 hour        £60 ph

Psychotherapy sessions e.g BWRT Level 1 & 2

Initial session up to 1.5 hours             £85
Follow up sessions 1 hour                  £60
Smoking Cessation with BWRT         £120
Children and young teens p.h             £50                           

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

I offer a free initial consultation for most therapies.

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  am 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

Level 2 BWRT is a four stage therapy enabling lasting change for more resistant conditions as outlined above.

.  BWRT is ideal for:

  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger issues
  • Alcohol problems
  • 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
  • Substance Abuse


In May 2016 I became a BWRT Mentor - this  means a person approved by BWRT Limited to provide the approved Mentoring and Mentoring Sessions to other Practitioner Members.

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

Dont delay! Tel: Barbara on 07791804207 or01702 410685 today!

Barbara Shead
Nutritional Therapist Dip MBANT, CNHC
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Advanced Practitioner in Psychotherapy (DHP) MAPHP (Reg), MIBWRT (A.P.),CNHC.  Advanced Practitioner & Mentor of the Institute of BWRT,

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

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I am available 6 days a week, 9 am to 8 p.m.. I offer a free 15-20 minutes free initial consultation when we can have a chat to see which therapy may be best suited to your needs..

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