Michelle McKail BSc, Dip NLP Coach Clin Hyp, Master NLP Practitioner, MBIH
- Dip NLP Coach Clin Hyp
- Master NLP Practitioner
- Adv NLP Coach Clin Hyp
- Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner
Are you looking for a hypnotherapist who is experienced at helping people make the changes they want in their lives?
Are you also seeking someone who is down to earth and completely dedicated to helping you resolve those issues, that are getting in the way of you living your life well?
If so, please get in touch for one of my free 30 minute consultations, giving you the opportunity to understand how I can help you by using a powerful combination of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Coaching, NLP and EFT - and also to answer any questions you may have.
I have transformed my own life through Clinical Hypnotherapy, Coaching, NLP and EFT. I am privileged to now use these therapeutic and coaching tools to enable my clients to do the same.
When you have resolved the problem that has prompted you to seek help - how will your life be then? Just for a moment, allow yourself to step into how this will feel... my experience of working with a wide variety of clients on many different issues has shown that seemingly impossible problems CAN be resolved!
I help my clients resolve their issues by concentrating on 1) dealing with the root cause of the problem and 2) helping clients develop practical new ways of dealing with the challenges that they face. As well as working with root causes and developing new patterns of behaviour, I also provide my clients with:
- A safe, supportive, compassionate and encouraging environment.
- Sessions that are specifically tailored to each client using a blend of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Coaching, NLP and EFT.
- Help to engage the immense power of their mind (both conscious and unconscious) to make the changes they want by helping them to gain new perspectives and to see that actually they DO have a range of choices and solutions available to them.
- Insight that every person has great abilities, strengths and resources on which they can draw to help them heal and transform. The problem is that most people have lost touch with and forgotten their own power, creativity and strength. The therapeutic methods that I work with are very powerful in enabling people to re-connect with these parts of themselves – and this helps bring about the changes they desire in their lives.
- Practical experience that the clients who are most committed, get the best results - the client's commitment to resolving their issues is absolutely key, as this is where the true power to change lies. I think this is beautifully illustrated by Henry Ford's words "if you think you can do a thing, or think you can't do a thing, you are right".
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP and Coaching
After recovering astonishingly quickly and permanently from a debilitating physical condition using a hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching based programme, I decided to learn for myself how to utilise the power of the mind-body connection, to fully resolve physical, psychological and emotional issues.
I trained with Phil Parker, a leader in the field of personal development achieving a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP and Coaching.
Key areas of the training included:
How to transform destructive understandings, conflicts, behaviour and thought patterns through the combined application of:
Clinical Hypnotherapy – engaging a whole host of tools, including the application of Ericksonian techniques in achieving rapid and long lasting changes in behaviours.
Coaching – helping clients to see their situation, their goals and their strengths, much more clearly. Emphasis on helping clients find their own answers and help them implement their solutions.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) - NLP processes have been developed to help people resolve compulsive, unconscious, automatic behaviours as well as past traumas and inner conflict. How many times have you resolved to behave differently, but find yourself doing the same old behaviours, that you don’t want to do? Consciously deciding to stop doing something is the first step. We then need to find out what is driving the behaviour unconsciously and deal with it - and NLP has some brilliant ways of doing this.
Advanced Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP and Coaching
Key areas covered included:
- Resolving grief and dealing with loss
- Working with relationship issues
- Enabling clients to resolve their internal conflicts
- Eliminating allergic responses
- Anatomy and physiology - deepening my understanding of how our thoughts interact with and powerfully influence our biological processes
Master Practitioner in NLP
Recognition of an advanced level of using language and the modelling of human behaviour thus enabling clients to achieve positive and lasting changes in their ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
AAMET Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique also known as “tapping”) is one of the holistic energy psychologies that combines Western mind-based therapy, with Eastern understandings about our body’s energy system. It’s very easy to learn and to do.
Quite simply, EFT combines physically tapping on some of the body’s acupressure points, while talking about a negative emotion, behavior, event, situation or physical symptom that is causing emotional distress. It has been described as emotional acupuncture without needles and it works by rebalancing the body’s energy system.
It is an excellent tool for helping us to often uncover and then safely process the root cause of a negative feeling, behaviour or physical discomfort. Therefore a key part of EFT is learning to listen to the thoughts, memories, perspectives, emotions and physical sensations that arise as we start using EFT on an issue.
Introduction to Biblical Counselling
Recognised by the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) as providing 50 hours' foundation training. This course deepened my appreciation of the importance of a person's spiritual understandings when dealing with emotional problems.
Basic Skills in Counselling
A great introduction to learning the art of listening, empathising with and supporting others.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) - Basic Disclosure applied for and received in May 2014.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- 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.
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I offer a free of charge initial 30 minute consultation, usually by phone.
Sessions are usually 90 minutes to enable my clients to make progress as quickly and effectively as possible.
60 minute sessions are also available.
Face to face sessions: 90 minute session: £90
60 minute session: £60
Skype / FaceTime: 90 minute session: £75
60 minute session: £50
Daytime appointments are available each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. There is regular availability on Saturdays.
Evening appointments are available on Mondays and Tuesdays.
These are held in the tranquil countryside location of Loudwater Farm. The Farm has plenty of parking and excellent travel connections, being just a couple of minutes away from the M25 (junction 18, Chorleywood).
Number of Sessions
I strongly recommend that prospective clients commit to engaging in a minimum of four 90 minute sessions. During this short timeframe I routinely find that clients make significant progress towards resolving the issue that prompted them to work with me.
Frequency of Sessions
I recommend that clients usually allow a space of between one and two weeks between each session, to give them time to reflect and recognise the impact of the positive changes that they make during sessions.
Feedback from some of my clients (should you wish to speak to one of my former clients, please let me know and I can arrange this for you):
Stuart, who overcame self-sabotaging behaviours:
"Being the type of person that likes to understand how things work, I found the sessions with Michelle to be immensely useful as, not only was I receiving guidance and counsel to overcome my issue, Michelle was also open to talking through the theory as to ‘why’ and ‘how’ the various methods and approaches being used were working to help me. And they really did! By the end of the second session, Michelle and I had identified the root cause of my issue and we had begun to tackle it in a way that was surprising, effective and immediate in a lot of respects; although things did continue to improve further day by day thereafter.
Michelle is very approachable and accommodating, the sessions are held in a peaceful and private venue and, all in all, I consider the sessions to be the best life investment I’ve made in a long while. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michelle to family and friends, should the need arise. Go with an open mind, prepare yourself for positive change and expect to leave with a potent toolkit / mindset to deal with future challenges.
Thank you, Michelle - you've helped my massively."
Claudia, diagnosed with PTSD, who has turned her life around:
"I was going through a very bad phase in my life (I was actually diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder).
Michelle helped me deal with my feelings and helped me strategise to handle the depressive phase. Her techniques were powerful; with the constant support that she had provided me during that time, I was slowly able to move from what at that point felt like an endless dark abyss, where I was only sinking deeper.
Positive reinforcement that she talks about is something I use even today. I am still recovering, but if I compare myself with what I was some time back - I can see the huge improvement that I have made (I have started working again).
Her techniques together with the person's own cooperation will definitely create impact. I know, I still have to continue the good work that Michelle and I have been doing, and I most certainly intend to continue the positive thinking, positive reinforcement and tapping techniques used by her.
Thanks for your support."
Gillian, who resolved a number of issues relating to memories, grief and anxiety:
"Following only a few short tapping sessions with Michelle, I have seen the differences that this therapy can make. Not only have I found tapping to engender an immediate calming effect, it has also helped to clarify my thoughts and temporarily sharpened cognitive ability. Longer term, tapping appears to work at a deep subconscious level facilitating a tangible transition from negative thought patterns to the embedding of desired positive emotions. I consider that tapping has contributed materially to progressing and resolving a number of issues relating to memories, grief and anxiety that I have worked on previously using other therapies. I have enjoyed working with Michelle and found her methods and manner compassionate, incisive and effective."
Emily, who calmed herself before an injection, by using the EFT / tapping technique that I taught her:
"Just wanted to let you know I used tapping the other day as I got myself in a panic about foot injections I was having (I don't like injections - though who does?!) and wanted to do a runner though tricky with a sore foot! Anyhow I tapped and calmed myself down enough to have it done (was very painful) without blacking out (which often happens with injections/blood tests) so I was really proud of myself!"
Sonia, who learned how to banish spells of major depression and has made more positive changes in her life, including giving up smoking:
“I had five sessions with Michelle, just over a year ago. Since working with her I haven’t had what I call a major depression. Before working with Michelle, I was sceptical about the possibility of making the big changes that I have actually made in my life. Michelle explained things in a way that I could easily understand. The work we did together showed me how to change my way of thinking - and these new ways of thinking have become automatic and natural to me. My outlook on life is better, the impact on my family has been really positive and I’m now able to deal with challenging situations really well. I’ve continued to make significant positive changes and have now been a non-smoker for seven months! I’ve also applied some of the tools I’ve learned to help my daughter through root canal surgery!"
Sharon, who achieved feelings of calm during a personal crisis:
"I was going through a stressful time and about a week after I had first been introduced to EFT I had an unexpected crisis. I felt very agitated, I found it difficult to focus on anything except the particular issue and was unable to sleep. However, I was able to do the EFT and found that this had a calming effect and even allowed my mind to calm so that I could get back to sleep in the early hours of the morning.
Thank you for sharing this empowering process with me. I am looking forward to a calmer future where I am able to make wise choices for myself rather than responding to other peoples' agendas and issues."
John, who learned how to break free from negative patterns of thinking and behaving:
"I contacted Michelle based on a recommendation, after I had had numerous counselling sessions. Although counselling had been useful in terms of being able to talk to someone, it had got to the point where I felt like we were just repeatedly going over the problems, without really addressing how to deal with them. With Michelle it was completely different. She very quickly grasped what the issues were and from there onwards, it was all about how I was going to make myself feel better.
We did some work with the sub-conscious mind, which was like nothing I'd done before and really helped to identify how I truly felt about things. We also talked a lot about how to change my thought patterns and behaviours, so that I felt more positive generally. The whole experience was very motivational and gave me the confidence that no matter how negative you might have become, it is always possible to change that for the better.
I would strongly recommend Michelle for anyone that is struggling with the way they think about things, or even if they just need to talk to someone about some issues they are having in their life."
Lisa, who resolved anxiety:
"I just wanted to let you know that you really helped me and I am now feeling genuinely happy on a daily basis - I haven't felt stressed at work since our sessions (despite some very highly pressurised situations) and I am feeling so much better about the whole ****** situation. Thank you very much for spending the time with me."
Sam, who transformed her family relationships:
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done for me. I came to you in a bit of a state! I wasn't sleeping, I was tearful pretty much everyday and was letting negative thoughts take over my life which made me very unhappy indeed!
Since my sessions with you I have gained my life back without the need of medication! You have helped me to change my thought process and therefore enabled me to have a healthy mind. I sleep better, deal with difficult situations in a more controlled way and during my hormonal period I am no longer snappy and difficult to be around.
It has changed my life and everyone around me has seen a huge improvement!
It is so much easier to be happy rather than negative. I still cry but only at things that deserve my tears!"
Robert, who resolved a significant relationship issue:
"After some thoughts and doubts whether or not to go ahead with this type of treatment I've decided to give it a go. I picked Michelle from a large list of hypnotherapists after reading her background which I thought would best suit my needs. We had an informal telephone discussion first, which was pleasant and reassuring.
Shortly after the first session started, I became relaxed and focused and by the end of that session we've reached the heart of the matter. It happened apparently spontaneously and effortlessly.
By the end of the treatment things were clear in my head. It helped to identify the weakness and to deal with it in an effective manner."
Katie, who transformed her health and physical energy:
"I met Michelle through my doctor. I have suffered from CFS for 25 years and hit a bad year in 2013. I struggled to embrace a day let alone deal with work or my appearance or being around people. It was a constant negative battle.
My first session with Michelle opened a new way of thinking positive thoughts and it was up to me to put it into practice before my next session. I battled with a constant voice in my head talking in a negative way and other CFS symptoms but I looked at what made this voice talk to me and how it impacted on my other symptoms, the battle wore me out and then I was emotionally, mentally and physically drained.
I was scared to express my opinion to other people because of negative response.
I planned how I would deal with my days so I could keep control of situations, keep my energy levels up and be more positive. Then I put it into action.
My days became easier and I was in control of myself and the people around me, making things easier. People around me noticed a big change in everything I did and in my mood which was more positive.
My second session with Michelle helped me solve a large amount of doubt I had in myself. When things were more positive I was scared I would spiral out of control, which I had done before. Michelle helped me to see this was not going to happen and good things can come and be a normal positive part of your life.
Since my last session with Michelle I celebrated my 40th birthday with a party (totally unheard of for the last 10 years) and a life changing experience of a trip to South Africa. Positive thinking and a massive confidence boost, organised planning and control made it possible, all of which Michelle has helped me to learn to use in my life."
Sally, who now accepts herself and is proud of her achievements:
"Michelle helped me to convert the negative thoughts and images I had, particularly relating to my childhood, into positive ones which have stayed with me ever since I saw her. She also helped me to accept myself for who and what I am and to be proud of my achievements, accepting praise and compliments when given rather than dismissing them, and being proud of my talents not denying them.
I also know that if I feel I need her help, she will be there."
Kathy, who made a decision and followed through on it:
"The sessions I had were very useful in clarifying the situation I was in - helping me to identify the competing issues that were keeping me in a dilemma of decision making. Equipped with a new clarity I was able to stop prevaricating and make a decision, which I then followed through!"
Alex, who became confident about her work (we worked together on Skype):
"I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I found the sessions that we had really really useful. For me, the most powerful thing that I learnt is that I can make positive changes using the tools that you taught me. The techniques that you taught me do require practise and I continue to use them and think that I will use them for a long time but I now have the belief that I am able to change behaviours/habits that haven't been helpful in the past.
I feel less anxious, more confident about dealing with new situations, have a better idea of my priorities and I think I now have a better balance in my life (it is still not perfect, but at least I have a better idea of what that balance looks like).
I found you very approachable and easy to talk to - I would definitely recommend you.
I was apprehensive at first about using Skype...but once we started the first session you made me feel so at ease that Skype was no problem either."
Joanne, who now enjoys public speaking:
"Thanks Michelle for the work we did together on my issue with public speaking. As you know I was starting in a new career path, and at times felt barely able to string a sentence together in a public / professional setting. Well, a year down the line I would just like to let you know that the results of that session are speaking for themselves - loud and clear! I have been doing radio appearances, and enjoying - yes enjoying - a free flow, whilst feeling calm, confident and capable. I have also been leading workshops and speaking to groups, and feel in my element. A complete transformation for which I can't thank you enough. I have recommended your services to others as you know, and everyone has since sung your praises. Thanks again."
Abbey, who gained clarity and focus on moving a business project forward:
"Working with Michelle had a really positive impact on my attitude and general well being. I approach challenging situations in a much calmer frame of mind, am able to focus on what is really important and have learnt to appreciate myself more. She also taught me some useful tools to use which have been effective and I often think to myself 'What would Michelle say or do in this situation!' I would highly recommend Michelle - she will help you to achieve your goals!"
Amy, who now experiences calm in stressful situations:
"I think you are a good listener and are very good at giving the NLP/hypnotherapy. I also never felt judged and felt I could be free to be honest and be myself.
I hoped to learn to calm myself down during stressful situations, and also to learn how to find a quiet confidence in the face of things I would otherwise find extremely challenging. I feel these goals have been achieved by the sessions."
Neil, who gained clarity on work issues:
"I had the pleasure of receiving a coaching session from Michelle and found the experience both informative and empowering. Michelle exudes a sense of quiet gravitas. I would certainly work with Michelle again."
Cath, working on weight loss:
"Thank you so much for your patience, your support and your encouragement during our sessions! Don't know where I would be without you!!"