I work using an eclectic approach, based on compassion and support for those who want to change themselves in some way.
I have had a variety of issues brought to me by clients, including concerns about sports performance, family discord, work stress, anxiety, personal issues, depression, coping with pressure, exam nerves, teenage angst, loss of a loved one - and many more. I am one of few therapists with knowledge and understanding of limerence.
My choice of therapeutic approach(es) is based on the needs of each client. I listen, and then use talking therapies such as a combination of CBT, some Gestalt therapy, a little behaviourist and learning theory therapy, mindfulness, perhaps some NLP and cognitive therapy based on individual needs. I do not use the Freudian approach.
I find that hypnotherapy, for those who choose to use it, greatly reinforces talking therapy and generally helps people to make desired changes in less time, but not every person wants to experience hypnotic therapy and I am fine with that choice.
My aim is to help and support each client to achieve the change they desire and assist them to find increased calmness and confidence.
If I am seeing a young person under 16 years old then parent or guardian sits in the next-door room where they can see the child and myself, but not hear what is being said. Between the age of 16 and 18 I am happy for the young person and their parent/guardian to decide if the latter needs to be in the other room. Some prefer this, in my experience many do not.
Training, qualifications & experience
Evie Bentley, B.A., M.A., C.Biol., M.I.B, MNHSB, DHP(NC), APA(A)
After gaining academic qualifications from Oxford University, a B.A. and M.A., then gaining chartered status as a life scientist (Biologist) I worked in education for many years also taking training in pastoral matters before completing the NCH 3 year training programme in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy where my dissertation was on self-harming in young people and adults. I passed the diploma in 2009, achieving distinction. Since then I have had experience with many clients, and a variety or issues or problems. I have regular sessions with a supervisor, a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with greater experience, whose knowledge is a valuable resource. I am also a founder member of a European branch of the Society for Behavioural Medicine.
I keep up-to-date via my membership of NCHP, and of the American Psychological Association, and by checking psychology and health RSS feeds regularly.
I have the NCH diploma (Distinction), and I am CRB checked and work with children and young people as well as with adults.I am properly insured, and work mainly in a specially constructed work space attached to my house or, occasionally, in clients' homes.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam nerves
- Fear of flying
- Insomnia *
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Relationship issues
- Sexual issues *
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
* 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
The initial consultation may take one and a half hours or longer, but the fee for this is the same as for the normal hour-long session and is £50
I have a reduced fee for students, those who are out of work or on very low incomes. Please contact me if this applies to you.
My fee for an hour's session is £50 and is payable in advance or on the day.
If I travel to a client then there is an extra fee depending on how far I have to go.
I review my fees annually.
Hypnotherapy as therapy is totally different from stage hypnotism. Excellent research at Imperial College (London) has shown that the hypnotic trance is a special and unique state of mind. It cannot be forced upon anyone, and they are always in control of themselves. They are not under the hypnotist's "power"; that is a myth. This is really important for you to know.
As well as enjoying reading current research articles, I also write. I never write about identifiable clients, though I may write or give talks including real issues. Clients' information would always be confidential. In my examples I might change the sex of the client, the age, and would always use a false name or a tag such as "client A".
I guarantee my clients complete anonymity and confidentiality with only 3 exceptions laid down by my professional society: anyone saying they were involved with terrorism, money laundering or child abuse would have any details passed to the authorities and I would not accept them as clients. This has never happened, and I don't expect that it ever will happen, but I am obliged to state this clearly.