Nicola Edwards Dip. Hyp CS, Dip.APCH, Dip.VGBH, Dipl.MP.NLP, DipHB(KG), BWRT
From 2007-2009 I successfully lost 6 stone, this led to a change in my career path into personal training where I obtained my Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Management Qualifications. I went on to train a large number of women who all wished to lose weight and feel better about themselves before joining the NHS and working in child and maternal obesity.
The greatest issue that I found was that my clients all 'wanted' to lose weight, they were tired of being unhappy with their bodies and they wanted to improve their health and regain confidence in their appearance. However, putting this into practice was a stressful and frustrating road, many had great intentions and started with vigour, but feelings of deprivations from cutting elements of diets, or restricting their social lives to avoid alcohol led to a fast downfall full of self-sabotage...and thus the cycle resumed.
Having lost weight, experienced the emotional eating, pitfalls and sabotage this was a cycle I was familiar with and it led to a desire to try to make life easier for those who wanted to lose weight. Having worked for the NHS in child and maternal obesity this developed my passion further, not only were adults experiencing these issues, so were children.
I initially planned to train as a counsellor, however my course first specialised in Hypnotherapy, and the rest as they say, is history. I developed a passion for hypnotherapy and using language and personalised scripts to allow my clients the best results. I then went on to train as a Hypnotherapy for Virtual Gastric Band Therapist and this is now my main area of specialism. I use both standard and responsive hypnotherapy to offer my clients a range of options to treat their individual mind blocks and change their behaviours and mind-sets towards their personal barriers.
The treatments that i offer are not a magic fix,but they do provide you with a better mindset, a proactive attitude and the tools yo reach your weight loss goals, I just ask that you remain committed, focussed and apply these every day to ensure that you achieve your goals. You can see some of my client results on my website at www.astepatatime.org.uk.
I offer sessions in my own clinic which is private and has on site parking. Sessions are flexible, please do contact me if the times available do not suit your current availability.
From February 2016 I was invited to sit on the governing committee for the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coachers, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) overseeing Women's Interests. The ACCPH ensures that there is a strong ethical approach in all treatments and ensures that therapists hold a nationally recognised qualification. As hypnotherapy is a voluntarily regulated body I feel it is imperative to ensure that high standards are upheld .
The therapies I offer include:
Children are highly susceptible to hypnosis for the simple reason that they have the most vivid imaginations and little in the way of judgement or scepticism. I regularly work with children from 5years upwards to support a range of issues including confidence, bed wetting, toileting issues and habit behaviours such as thumb sucking. Every session is individual and your child takes away the audio of their story and a bear so that they can embed the suggestions from the comfort of their own bed.
I have also published a range of children's books to support children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears through metaphorical storytelling. These are a non-intrusive way to support children and are available for purchase on Amazon. There is a dedicated website to them called www.adventuresofbrian.co.uk
Since 2014 I have additionally offered Responsive Hypnotherapy. Responsive Hypnotherapy combines standard hypnotherapy approaches along with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to bring your conscious and unconscious mind into line. Effectively it removes detrimental habits, destructive behaviours and negative beliefs allowing you to undo those thought patterns that have caused you distress or prohibited you from feeling able to engage in particular activities in as little as 2 hours.
The Cressingham Technique which I use in my treatments is particularly effective when treating;
Anxiety & Social anxiety
The treatments take between 90minutes to 2 hours and have a high rate of success. These sessions consist of a consultation and treatment all conducted in one day. Within these treatments you are able to talk to me to break down both your conscious and unconscious thought processes which are standing in your way.
BWRT® stands for BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, it is a new model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI, It’s a totally confidential method that does not require you to reveal your private information or personal secrets to your therapist, and is carried out in a completely conscious state. It doesn’t use hypnosis or any mystical concepts – it is completely logical, practical and down-to-earth and only needs you to know what you want to change in your life for it to be completely successful. Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code.
BWRT® gets its name from the way the brain works, in its ability to be continually reassessing the environment and making adjustments as necessary, utilizing the treatment the adjustments made to thinking lead to fast-acting but long-term self-improvement.BWRT releases trapped emotional issues like the methodologies of hypnotherapy, however it benefits from working on a principle of being nearly 90% content free, and you do not need to spend hours telling me about the problem you were having, my work is completed using an outline and the answers to a few key questions.
The Virtual Gastric Band system is my most popular treatment choice. Combining standard hypnotherapy approaches along with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to bring your conscious and unconscious mind into line with regards to eating behaviours. This treatment supports you in reducing portion sizes, breaking attachments to food, quitting the self-sabotage and taking a fresh approach to food where it no longer rules your life. There are no diets, no restricted food choices and no punishing regimes. Finally a way to create a lifestyle rather than a diet.
These treatment takes part over three stages:
1) An initial phone consultation
2) A consultation appointment (60 minutes) where we discuss your personal eating habits and the treatment)
3) Treatment session (3-4 hours) where we clear those habits and fit the Virtual Gastric Band.
Following the treatment you are entitled to telephone support, entry to an optional online secret support group as well as two adjustments to support your on-going weight loss and then to maintain your weight at your goal.
In all instances please do contact me to discuss the best treatment for you or to ask any questions. There may be behaviours or issues that you wish to treat that are not listed, however this does not mean that the treatment is not available, simply that it is difficult to list everything in one page.
I additionally offer hypnobirthing classes for mums to be who wish to release fear and build confidence in childbirth, Hypnobirthing offers a fantastic opportunity to change your mindset about labour and approach the best birth for you. Hypnobirthing is a course that teaches techniques and relaxation skills to allow you to become completely attuned to you body and release an fears and worries that you hold.
I offer a range of courses:
- 5 week course (5 weeks of 60-90 min)
- basics course (4 hours)
- intensive weekend (10 hours over two days)
- Private classes
There are further details on a separate website which you can find at: www.sussexhypnobirthing.org.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling skills
Diploma in Hypnotherapy Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis
Master Practitioner Neuro-Linguistic
Diploma in Hypnobirthing (KG)
Level 1 BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy)
Advanced Practitioner of Clinical Hypnosis
Advanced Practitioner for eating disorders
Therapeutic Metaphor and Storytelling for Children and Adolescents
Introduction to Counselling Skills
Level 4 Diploma in Obesity & Diabetes
Level 3 Diploma in a Personal Training
Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Prescription for Pre and Post Natal Exercise
Level 2: Health Related Exercise Instruction for Children
Advanced Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management
Early Years Professional status
BA (Hons) Personal Learning and Development
Certificate Of Education (post compulsory education)
Level 3 Early Years Care & Education
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Depression *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Gastric band hypnotherapy
- Insomnia *
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- 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
BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy)
I have also published a collection of children's books to support children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears through metaphorical storytelling. You can find details of these on www.adventuresofbrian.co.uk
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A free telephone consultation or informal discussion is available for all enquiries.
Childrens Hypnotherapy - £55 (including story, audio and bear to take home)
Responsive Hypnotherapy - £130
BWRT Single Session - £75 (1 session)
BWRT Double Session - £130 (2 sessions)
BWRT Anxiety Programme - £275 (5 sessions)
BWRT Success Programme - £150 (2 sessions)
Mini-Band - £250 (including one adjustment)
Wedding Weight Loss Package - £450
Gastric Bands - Bronze, Silver, Gold packages available (£425-£675)
Hypnobirthing classes (4 different formats see www.sussexhypnobirthing.org.uk)
Top Ups (Gastric Band and Responsive) = £45
You can see my website for further details of my fees for specific treatments
www.astepatatime.org.uk or www.sussexhypnobirthing.org.uk
or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07474 710234
"So yesterday I had BWRT in order to be pleasant to people that pee me off especially at work. I don't suffer fools gladly and also to help me realise when I think I'm overeating im nowhere near as bad as I was before I had the gastric band with Nicky Edwards. All I can say Nicky is thank you on the way home a woman drive in to a car park down an exit only way, all I said was "this is the exit "
If I hadn't been there I would never have beloved it lol. I also have a problem seeing the weight I have lost but Nicky today I got new uniform 2 sizes smaller and so many people said they didn't even recognise me lol I'd only been on lunch so thank you again for all you do and say to all of us xx"
(BWRT & Gastric Band - Feedback August 2016)
"Omg Nicky what have you done to me!! Just been to asda and totally ignored the sweet AND cake aisles!!! I actually felt myself turn away as I went to walk down them. Thank you thank you xx"
(BWRT Sugar Cravings - July 2016)
"I saw Nicky on Weds for a session on road rage! Completely unrelated to my weight loss journey but an issue all the same.I had a nasty car accident in December 2010. My injuries were pretty awful and due to anxiety and fear I didn't drive again for 2.5years. When I did start to drive again I suffer with severe road rage connected to the accident and my fear of it happening again. I can even get it when someone else is driving and I think someone else is going to cause an accident. I had just 1 session of BWRT with Nicky to address all of this and I have to say I am truly shocked by how affective it has been. I am now a much calmer driver and have not sworn or got annoyed at anyone since. I drove to Brighton this morning and I am normally in the outside lane at 80mph getting annoyed at anyone in my way. Today I just cruised down at a much lower speed and no aggression at all! Knowing how well my band has worked I shouldn't really be surprised that this has worked but having lived with it for the last few years it has made all the difference. My husband may actually start to enjoy our car journeys again ????"
(BWRT Trauma Recovery - July 2016)
"Believe it, embrace it, let it become part of every day life.. And you will fly xx"
(Gastric Band fitted November 2014, lost 4st 2lb in 25 weeks - maintained loss since April 2015)
"4 week results ... 1stone 4lbs and 14 inches off!! Nicky I'm so happy, thank you for all your help - you're amazing and so so talented at what you do!!! Thank you ???? xxx"
(Gastric Band fitted May 2015)
"Hi nikki! Thought I'd let you know that I've lost 1 stone in the 3 weeks since I saw you!Now let's see if I can break that 18st barrier!!!!"
(Gastric Band fitted June 2015)
"All I can say is 'WOW' I am now on Day 31 of the most life changing event in 20 years. I am 2 stone 2lbs lighter, 7 inches slimmer, more confident, the happiest I have been in a long time and now looking forward to the future. Onwards and downwards. this is all because of you, thank you so much"
(Gastric Band Client, fitted December 2014)
"I have battled with food addictions, emotional eating and being very overweight all of my adult life. In November I had a hypnotic gastric band fitted. 7 weeks on 25lbs off. She uses a combination of Neuro Linguistic Therapy and hypnotherapy. Hand on heart I haven't touched or wanted junk food, even over Christmas. No foods are banned, it is not a diet, but a new,cleaner way of life. I have no desire to eat biscuits, cakes, crisps, cheese etc.....I eat 3 x a day and I am full. Best investment I have ever made on myself"
(Gastric Band Client, fitted November 2014)
"Think you really are magic....Lost 4lbs this week - 29lbs in 8 weeks, had to step on the scales a few times just to make sure!! Less than a stone to go now whoop whoop"
(Gastric Band Client, fitted in November 2014)
"I think you saved my life"
(Gastric Balloon 2014)
"When I started I had to buy a dress in a size 16, this week I bought my first dress in a size 12"
(Gastric Balloon - after 8 weeks progress)
"Today marks 24lbs loss in 5 weeks"
(Gastric Band fitted 2014)
"OMG!!! Thought I'd measure and maybe weigh in..... 2 inches off my tum!! 4lb lost!! You are amazing and I love ya loads for helping me with my biggest issue!"
(Gastric Band fitted January 2015)
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