Maria Hancock BSc MSc HPD DipH Dip NLP
7 Victoria Road
01293 424910 / 07816 397170
Welcome! I'm an experienced Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Meditation Practitioner, with a Masters level degree in psychology. I have an established hypnotherapy practice here in Horley, Surrey, and am keen to help you to attain your goals.
I'm a client centred hypnotherapist, which means that I start with getting to know you, your issues and goals. I see it as my job to help you to build your resources and focus on your goals, to help you move forward as quickly as possible. I'm trained in a number of different techniques alongside Hypnotherapy: Mindfulness Meditation, NLP, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
I have over 6 years of experience in helping many people with a very wide range of issues, varying from stopping smoking; losing weight and changing diet; addictions and habits (e.g. alcohol, drugs): overcoming depression; overcoming fears and phobias; overcoming anxiety/panic and performance anxiety and so on.
I also offer eight-week mindfulness meditation courses and also provide one to one sessions.
I'd really like for you to be sure I'm the one to help you, and so you are very welcome to give me a call before you decide whether to book in for a session. I can offer you a 30 minute free telephone consultation. I'm also more than happy to answer questions through email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have training in the following:
Hypnotherapy: Diploma in Hypnotherapy; Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma; Diploma in Hypnotherapy Advanced Weight Control.
Psychology: Health Psychology MSc; and Psychology and Sociology degree - BSc (Hons)
Mindfulness Meditation: Certificate in mindfulness teaching, UK College of Mindfulness Meditation.
NLP: Diploma in NLP.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): taught as part of my hypnotherapy diploma.
Coaching: taught as part of my hypnotherapy diploma.
CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy): taught as part of my hypnotherapy diploma.
I have always been passionate about understanding the human mind and helping people to improve their well-being. I gained my Degree in Psychology and Sociology in 1992, and went on to study an MSc in Health Psychology. I then embarked on a career in social/ health research and analyst posts within the NHS and Department of Health, but felt unfulfilled.
I discovered the benefits of hypnotherapy after seeking treatment myself, so trained and began to work as a full time Hypnotherapist. I then discovered the benefits of mindfulness meditation for myself and trained to be a mindfuness practitioner.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sex addiction *
- Sexual issues *
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- Weight loss
* 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 offer one to one and meditation courses.
The 8 week mindfulness meditation course is based upon the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by The Founder of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, which is based upon work by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The course is designed to help anyone looking to enhance their emotional well-being, not just those with conditions such as anxiety or depression etc.I aim to make it both fun and informative, and you are able to share experiences (if you wish) and ask questions
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£70 during the day, £75 evenings. (£10 extra for first session).
£160 for stop smoking sessions (this is a one-off two-hour session with free return within a month)
Children: £55 for half an hour, £60 for 45 minutes and £65 for an hour.
Mindfulness meditation courses:
group sessions: £209 for 8 weeks
Initial Telephone consultations:
These are FREE.
"Well, it's a month ago today, and not only have I not smoked in that time, I haven't had the slightest desire to do so.Many, many thanks indeed. This is the longest I've ever gone without a cigarette and unlike previous attempts, giving up has been completely stress-free. I'm amazed at how effective the hypnotherapy has been and eternally grateful to you for helping me change my life for the better."
"Having been a smoker for 20 years and tried various techniques (patches, gum, etc.) I thought I would give Hypnotherapy a go. I must admit I was a bit of cynic before my meeting with Maria. In a very relaxed environment Maria talked me through the pros (not many) and cons (many) of smoking. Ten months later I am still not smoking thanks Maria. To anyone thinking of using this method to give up smoking good luck ……. Maria will give you that edge you need. If you're afraid she will get you crowing like a chicken – don’t worry that only happens on TV." (Client SD)
"I have had an increasing fear of driving over the last couple of years, particularly on the motorway, to the extent that I have become very nervous and shaky whilst driving and have had to stop a couple of times to compose myself or ask someone else to drive. The fear has also spread to being afraid when someone else drives too, so its quite debilitating.
I had one hypnotherapy session with maria a couple of months ago, and really enjoyed the relaxing experience. I found Maria to be very warm, caring and professional, and felt extremely calm when I left her. I had no pre-conceived ideas of whether it would work or not, but have been really pleased with the outcome. Over the last 2 months I have done a lot of driving including motorways, I have felt much more relaxed and calm, and no longer fear setting out on my journey. The feeling of being out of control has left me, and I must say I am very impressed at such a huge change after just one session. I would have no hesitation in recommending Maria and Hypnotherapy to others with this type or other fears/ phobias. Thanks Maria!" (Client EM).
Depression and Anxiety:
"Maria, with her counselling, teaching and hypnotherapy has, after many years of struggling, helped me to feel that my feet are under me and I'm moving forward again. thanks again" (Client A)
"Massive thanks to you for helping me get my life on track. You have made an enormous difference to me - in how I am and how I relate to others. Thank you so very much." (Client ES)
School Anxiety: "Thank you for helping me settle into my new school. I feel as if I have been here forever!" (Client P, Age 9)
"Maria, thank you so much for all your support over recent months; our sessions were such a comfort to me during a very anxious and stressful period and it was a relief to be able to talk to such a caring person who could offer such constructive advice! The hypnotherapy sessions eased my anxiety considerably and I now feel much more in control." (Client JD)
"I underwent a course of hypnotherapy with Maria to overcome the anxiety I had in doing business presentations, and I must say I'm very impressed with the results. After only 3 sessions I noticed a significant reduction in my anxiety levels and now take on presentations with much more confidence. I would not hesitate to recommend Maria's hypnotherapy treatments - well worth the money". (Client JoD)
I had been terrified of wasps for years but always just put up with it even if that meant not sitting in my own garden if wasps were about. When I had my daughter last year I didn't want to pass my fear onto her and the final straw came when I nearly ran in front of a car to escape a wasp. I had not tried hypnotherapy before and to be honest was a little sceptical. I'm delighted I did though, as it has worked brilliantly and I am no longer terrified. It means I can sit in my garden without being chased out and I no longer scream involuntarily whenever I see or hear one (which was very annoying for everyone around me!). I also felt really happy and relaxed the next day and as if a weight had been lifted. I was free again. Amazing and fast results. Thank you Maria for reducing my fear and giving me confidence again! (Ref SM - SW)
Monday: 9 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 9 PM Tuesday: 9 AM to 3 PM Wednesday: 9 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 9 PM Thursday: 9 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 9 PM Friday: 9 AM to 3 PM