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Helwell Barton

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07834045516 / +447834 045516

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Helwell Barton

07834045516 / +447834 045516

About me

I am a clinical hypnotherapist and stress management consultant with a medical background as a qualified doctor. I founded the Exeter Stress Clinic in 2015.

Having worked as a psychiatrist in London for many years I have now moved on to establish this private and user friendly therapy clinic on the outskirts of Exeter. Treatment is offered for a wide range of clinical and everyday problems. I put a lot of emphasis on forming a unique goal of treatment for each person who sees me. By stabilising a person's current distress, making sense of the past, dealing with issues which are disempowering them currently and facilitating future aims and goals, a treatment can be efficient and effective.

What problems can I treat?

I have a special interest in helping people deal with anxiety, stress, confidence issues, eating control, sleeping problems and life fulfilment for both men and women.

I also specialise in helping people in challenging professional and clinical roles demanding compassion and empathy such as Doctors, Dentists, Vets, Nurses, Teachers, Social Workers and Lawyers or Mediators. Issues such as mid career development, retirement problems, time management, assertiveness, and career fulfilment are all ones I see commonly.

I am a trained fertile body method therapist-see This means I can help people stuck with the effects of infertility and also help with any stress-related causes of infertility.

I am trained in the technique and therapy of EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing ) , having completed all 4 parts of the EMDRWorks Europe accredited training and can treat people using this very effective physiological method for issues such as PTSD, phobia and generalised anxiety. This relies on dealing with faulty adaptational information processing and is a remarkably effective treatment for those who suffer the dreadful consequences of one off trauma in their lives, or cumulative stressful events. Please ask me for more details if you are interested in this treatment, either in combination with hypnotherapy or as a treatment in its own right.

How to get an appointment with me?

Self referrals very welcome. I am very happy to be contacted by email initially about your problem or needs so that you can decide whether you would like to get help from me.

Skype and phone consultations are possible for stress management. I use an evidence based treatment protocol for stress reduction work. I have published research in peer reviewed journals on stress and illness causation and am fully up to date on current developments in the field.

See my website for further details about me, where i work and some free relaxation tools too.

I was a NHS psychiatrist for many years in London specialising in adult and addiction psychiatry. I have now moved on to develop therapy skills to practice holistic, person centred methods so as to help people heal and feel well and fulfilled in their lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

Medical Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy ) 2015
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (NHC) 2015
Stress Management Diploma (distinction) (The Institute of Stress Management) 2014
Fertile Body Method Training completed 2015
MA (Phil, Open) 2014
BA (1st, Hons) Fine Art 2006
CCST (Adult General and Addiction Psychiatry) 1997
MRCPsych 1990
MBBS (London University, The Middlesex Hospital Medical School) 1985
Medical Liaison Officer, RMBF
Accredited Mediator (London College of Mediation)

Key points
accredited clinical hypnotherapist, registered with CHNC. NHC and BSCH
-over 10 years experience working in mental health NHS clinics as a psychiatrist.
-trained in peer support for doctors
-co founder mediation support forum and trained as mediator. Conflict coaching a speciality.
-research in stress induced illness published, Diploma in stress management training (distinction)
Trained in the fertile body method- (2015)
EMDR full training to part 4 to EMDR Europe accredited standard

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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

Comfort eating is now a big problem for many- I deal with the control issues underlying this and have had significant success in this area since starting the clinic.

Fertility, subfertility, fertility enhancement, psychosomatic conditions, boredom, tension, under performance, disempowerment, menopause, life transitions, fear of death,
I am fully trained in the the 'fertile body method'.

I am also able to deal with specific issues relating to medical Doctors and others in caring and clinical professional roles.

I offer EMDR which is very helpful for PTSD and intrusive memories, phobia and anxiety. See for further information about this highly effective tool. Some of the techniques are linked to hypnosis work, some not.


either face to face
or skype/phone (for stress management)

Further information

The clinic in Devon is very private offering maximum confidentiality and a relaxing rural setting In a heritage building. 10 steps up to clinic.

it is 20 mins drive from central Exeter and 6 mins drive from A38/M5 and A380 turn offs at Kenn. it takes about 50 mins from Plymouth.
Parking on site next to clinic.
Complimentary teas and coffees. No waiting room.
Personalised file to take away after treatment offering summary of way forward and homework guidance for self help too.

Exeter, EX6 8NW

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available at my clinic near Exeter and via Skype or phone for stress management and hypnotherapy. I can sometimes offer evening appointments and appointments at short notice.

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