Kate Oliver-Smith Dip Hyp CS, Ad. Dip.CP, MCIPD

Kate Oliver-Smith Dip Hyp CS, Ad. Dip.CP, MCIPD



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About me

Inner Solace is a therapeutic service based in Salisbury,Wiltshire using Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling to enable you to take the steps you need, for a happier and fulfilling life.

Therapy Approaches

The approaches that I use in counselling & hypnotherapy are tailored to the needs of the individual and their circumstances. Through listening and understanding my clients I will select the most appropriate approaches and theoretical models that I believe will provide the most effective treatment. This is then discussed and agreed with the client.

Some of the types of approaches I may use in my therapeutic treatment include the following:


As a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist I use Hypnotherapy as a stand alone140325-InnerSolace-43.jpg approach as well as combining this with other approaches. Hypnosis allows for a client to be in an enhanced state of awareness involving the induction of a relaxed state where the client always remains in control. The client’s conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is opened allowing the reasoning, evaluating, judging part of your mind (conscious) to be bypassed. The Hypnotherapist focuses the client’s mind and makes appropriate suggestions that help them make positive changes within themselves. It can also help clients remember buried memories and experiences from the unconscious part of the mind to be recollected into the conscious mind, aiding therapy by getting to root cause of the client’s problem.

Hypnotherapy is the practice of promoting healing and/or positive development by aiming to re-program patterns of behaviours within the mind. It can enable irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome or be simply used as a relaxation exercise for clients with problems associated with depression, anxiety, stress, sleep problems and low self esteem.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT looks at resolving client problems by changing negative thought patterns. It provides a basis for helping clients identify the negative thoughts and behaviours and replace them with new alternatives, ultimately changing how they think about things and how what they do affects their thoughts and feelings. CBT is a widely used theory which is used to treat a wide range of problems including clients with mild to chronic conditions which affect them physically and mentally.

Including the CBT approach in therapy will involve clients’ participation in the form of completing homework tasks, keeping journals of your experience for reference and discussion and putting what they learn into practice.


This approach helps clients to understand the impact that our past 140325-InnerSolace-21.jpgexperiences can have on our present lives. Therapy using this approach will explore the clients past from their childhood to the present day, including the influence of our subconscious minds to understand how this may have an impact on any difficulties in the present. Clients may through this approach be able to understand how and why they experience difficulties in the present through having insight and deeper understanding about themselves.

Person Centered Therapy (PCT)

PCT is an approach that I believe should underpin all therapeutic relationships. It based on the belief that within each of us we hold the potential to live our lives to our maximum capacity. It encourages the individual to work out what areas they need to focus on and then to work out the best course of action to follow to resolve their issues. I use the PCT approach combined with other approaches to ensure that the therapy is as effective as it can be.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have had an extensive career with people in a Human Resources capacity which has included working with individuals and groups to resolve personal and work place problems through mediation and counselling techniques.

During my early career I realised that I really enjoyed helping people to overcome their individual problems. I later wanted to put these ‘counselling skills’ I had acquired over the years into a new career and felt that my experience only complimented my counselling, hypnotherapy and mediation work. This experience helps me develop my treatment for many issues and I have an awareness and non-judgmental consideration of the diversity of people, their attitudes, thoughts and feelings. The techniques I previously used needed to be tailored to the suit the employees and employers. This is no different to the need to tailor treatment in any therapeutic relationship in order to help clients find the solutions to their problems enabling them to take the steps they need for a more fulfilling life.

I believe we are all capable of achieving our realistic goals in life if we really want to and hypnotherapy, psychotherapeutic counselling and mediation can help individuals to achieve this.


Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Hypnotherapy

CIPD Diploma in Personnel Management
CIPD Core Management Programme

Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society

Professional member of The Hypnotherapy Society
Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development

I take continual professional development very seriously and continue to attend workshops and training broadening my knowledge to ensure I have the tools to offer the most effective therapy I can to individuals.

Member organisations

Hypnotherapy Society

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.


Therapy Charges

Hypnotherapy & Counselling

The cost per hourly session for individuals is - £45
The cost per hourly session for couples is - £55

Smoking Cessation consists of 1 intense session of around 90 - 120 minutes and costs £55

My services include a FREE initial consultation that lasts between 30 to 45 minutes.  During this time I can discuss your needs and requirements.  This consultation allows me to answer any questions or ease any doubts that you may have allowing you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with therapy.  Each session thereafter is tailored to suit your individual needs and as you progress towards your goals you will be learning techniques and skills to improve and enhance your life.

If you require further help and advice or wish to book your FREE initial consultation please do not hesitate to telephone or email me.

If you need to cancel an appointment I will need 24 hours notice. If this notice is not given then you will be charged the full amount.

Hours of Work

I offer therapy to clients at mutually convenient times during the week including working outside of the normal 9- 5 working week - evenings and Saturdays.

Further information

Inner Solace is a therapeutic service that aims to help clients change negative aspects of their lives ultimately helping them to live to their full potential.

Our lives are often hectic and stressful without the usual ‘life events’ possibly leading to a range of problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, work place problems, low self esteem and confidence to name but a few. Talking to a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist can be extremely helpful to clients and by tailoring treatment approaches will enable them to make positive changes to their lives.

Inner Solace based in Laverstock, Salisbury, Wiltshire works on a one to one basis in a confidential and relaxed environment abiding by a strict code of ethics.

FREE parking is available - close walking distance to nearest bus stop

Inner Solace is also based at the 'The Practice Rooms' http://www.thepracticerooms.co.uk/salisbury/ which is in the city centre.

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Salisbury, SP1

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