Michelle Briggs BSc CHCN (MH) Hons, DHAP, CBT, EMDR, RMN.
My therapy approach.
Analytical hypnotherapy can help you with … Anxiety and panic attacks, Childhood abuse and neglect, Depressive moods, Fears and phobias, Grief, Habits and behavioural disorders, Poor confidence, Poor sleep, Psychological effects of physical illness, PTSD, Stress, Work life balance to enrich your life.
What is Analytical Hypnotherapy? It is a natural way of working with your mind and body. It is the application of visualisation and relaxation techniques combined with psychotherapeutic treatment strategies. Using these, together, we go back to the root cause of your concerns. Our minds naturally go into trances (daydreams!). Hypnosis is a trance state and it is safe. During hypnosis, you are still aware of any sounds or activity around you but you can also concentrate on your thoughts and choose to focus on what you need to. You remain in control and will be able to choose to come out of the trance state whenever you wish to. You can be guided, using hypnotherapy, to calm your limbic system in your brain, so to work on distressing symptoms. Our minds are ‘neuroplastic’, that is, capable of adapting and changing in ways that are beneficial for us. We just need to have the right conditions for the changes to occur, therapy provides this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Who is Michelle Briggs?
I have been working therapeutically for 31 years. I am experienced, capable, honest and dedicated.
I began working in the NHS, within mental health, in 1986 and I became a qualified Registered Mental Nurse in 1989. I gained my BSc CHCN (MH) honours degree in 2003, with Plymouth University. I worked in Germany with SSAFA, from 2005 - 2007, then returned back to the NHS for a further 10 years. During my career, I have qualified and been practising in CBT and EMDR. I used these to help myself too. However, after a time of grief combined with work stress, I needed to seek additional ways to restore my wellbeing and I received Analytical Hypnotherapy. Through doing this, I recognised that it was possible to hold onto new positive beliefs and for changes to happen, through trance, calming me to work on changing these. As a result of learning this, I have now changed my work ethos.
I have been trained to practice in Analytical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy by Jacquelyne Morison. During this process, I have undergone my own hypnotherapy and know by my experience, that it works. Now I am using this broad therapy approach to help others to heal, develop and improve their lives. The long term aim is for recovery. The process being, to teach the person to become their own resourced self and to not be needed by them, as they will understand and be able to keep themselves well, independently of me.”
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
* 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
Childhood abuse and neglect
Habits and behavioural disorders
Psychological effects of physical illness
- £60 per hour
- £90 for an initial consultation with assessment (Hour and half)
Paying for therapy - This is an investment that the person makes for themselves, to be well and to learn to stay well using the methods suitable for them, that I will teach them. It takes the time that they need, to do this. Each person will be different according to their own situation. However, as a loose guide, I suggest 3 to 12 sessions. This can be as frequent as weekly or spread out over months, depending on what suits the person.
Please note: once you have booked a session with me, cancellation without 24 hours notice will render you liable for the full cost of the booked session.
Why do I need a therapist? Coming to see a therapist is about being listened to and being supported. It is about being heard, validated and being believed. When you discuss the things that are important, you will feel that you are not alone. We will collaborate together, using my knowledge, experience and your motivation to heal. Generally, therapy provides navigation through tricky parts of your recovery until you take the control back. It is necessary to see a therapist if you have tried self-help but it is difficult to concentrate, you are reacting in an emotional way that causes you to behave chaotically, you feel overwhelmed, strongly conflicted or intense emotional pain.
Monday to Friday