Paula Hamilton Dip.C.H.t., G.H.R. Reg., S.Q.H.P., C.N.H.C.
The Bodycare Complementary Clinics
The White House
126 Brown Street
01382 480 011 / 07757 112 998
- NEW LIVE THERAPY SESSIONS AVAILABLE FROM AUGUST 2017 - you can now enjoy the benefits of Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy sessions with Paula Hamilton online whenever coming to her office is not an option. Please email Paula above or call 07757 112 998 for more information -
If you are wanting to make a lasting change in your life and are curious if Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy can assist you in making that change, Paula may be the right person to help you.
Firstly, it is important to know that she is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist with international experience, committed to safe practice and dedicated to her clients' journey of change. Her philosophy is to partner her clients in this journey by providing therapeutic skills in a safe and confidential environment to facilitate lasting change. Her approach is goal and outcome oriented, focusing on emotional health, psycho-education and skill building. She also believes that each client has the resources and capacity to heal with guidance, highly personalised support and tailored sessions. Paula simply combines an atmosphere of understanding, compassion and empathy with tried and tested Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy tools to assist clients in accessing their inner resources for change as well as learning new skills and tools and being open to new perspectives and ideas.
She is respectful of the trust a client shows in choosing her to help improve their life and, in some cases, to share their pain at a deep level. For many people it takes courage to face change and Paula recognises that making the first contact is often the hardest step.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is an effective Brief Therapy to help people make their desired changes because the root cause of the issue (if present) is addressed and new skills and tools are learnt, meaning that change can be permanent and can occur in a relatively short period of time. The extent of the change that clients can make in a short time is astonishing.
What some of her clients have had to say about their experience:
‘There are really no words to describe the fundamental change to my life since working with Paula.’ Melissa
‘Paula is the most passionate, committed and goal oriented therapist you’ll meet – she puts this forward in the most empathetic and compelling way. She is a true wonder.’ Jacqui
'It is very much Paula’s experience and skill as a practitioner, that I believe have been key to my progress. Through her empathy and care, Paula instantly makes you feel comfortable' Louise
‘I can honestly say that my sessions with Paula have had a significant impact on my life.’ Karen
‘Paula helped me shift the way I thought in a very short period of time and it has altered me for life.’ Shelley
'The only way to describe my experience with Paula is to call it life changing.' Sarah
Paula works in all areas of Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy as well as having a particular interest in Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Health so if you feel she can be of help to you or someone you know, she would love to hear from you.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a personalised therapeutic interaction to bring about lasting change and overcome obstacles, difficulties and discomfort in life. It is a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which you can develop new ideas, perspectives and possibilities about issues and problems you are facing. It is goal and outcome oriented and focuses on skill building and learning new tools as well as healing to enhance therapeutic change.
The Importance of Focus
One of the key concepts of lasting therapeutic change is focus. The quality and direction of our focus in life defines us. The skills and tools provided within Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy can assist you in shifting your focus from discomfort to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities that can help you develop and consolidate change.
It is a safe, natural and effective approach to overcoming the challenges, discomfort and difficulties we can face in life.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural focused state of the human mind that we all enter into at different times during a day, for example, when we daydream, read a book we love, listen to music or get absorbed in a task. The physical feeling of hypnosis is of relaxation while the mind is in a focused, absorbed state and the senses more perceptive. At this time your mind is able to become focused and absorbed on the new ideas, perspectives and possibilities that lead to change.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is the ideal way of meeting one another and discussing the reason for you wanting to come. During the session, you will be able to describe the situation that you would like assistance with thoroughly and I will go through some information on how we might work together in partnership to find solutions and create lasting change. You can then make a decision if you would like to continue with the process. We can also discuss the number of sessions you would be likely to need. My aim is to help you through your issue as quickly as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
Paula has a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Applied Clinical Hypnotherapy (Dip.C.H.t.) and a Certificate of Hypnosis.
She is a Senior Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register (G.H.R. Reg.) and holds the Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (S.Q.H.P.). She is also an Acknowledged Supervisor with the General Hypnotherapy Register, providing one to one supervision for other psychotherapists. She is also registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (C.N.H.C.).
Paula is committed to enhancing and updating her skills and regularly participates in trainings and clinical supervision with Dr Michael Yapko, PhD, internationally known psychologist and contributor to the field of Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis.
Accredited register membership
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
* 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.
Photos & videos
- Reflections on Wimbledon
- Where do you spend your psychological time?
- The Power of Experiential Learning
More detailed Clinical Hypnotherapy Testimonials:
Paula has opened my eyes to the experience of truly living life…..not just feeling like a constant observer. She has not only given me the gift of knowledge, but introduced me to tools and skills I now use on a daily basis in helping me become self aware and self confident, of becoming "myself". This experience has changed the perception I had of myself, and in turn the way I interact with family, friends and colleagues. Taking the time to listen to myself and finding out what it is I want has been a big challenge for me, but the comfort, happiness and hope I have received in return, although unexpected, has been an amazing reward. Armed with my new tools, I feel confident in knowing I can trust and rely on myself to be capable of dealing with all that my future holds, and am excited and looking forward to my journey.
Having done A LOT of other therapies including Hypnosis, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Kinesiology, Reiki and more for the past 10 years, I can honestly say that the time I have spent with Paula was the fastest and most fruitful way to finally finding the ‘key to the door’ of happiness, a deep sense of calm and some amazing truths about myself and what is possible for me.
We spent 5 sessions together, and I now feel the gains of literally years of spoken word therapy. Life is unfolding for me in ways I never thought possible, and I now have ‘take home’ tools I can use on my own to create change and certainty within myself where I thought it impossible.
Paula is the most passionate, committed and goal oriented therapist you’ll meet – she puts this forward in the most empathetic and compelling way that feels safe, and turns the light on to what is possible and reachable for us humans! She really is a true wonder.
Thanks to your Hypnotherapy sessions, relaxation CD, and self exercises, I was able to control my anxiety related to claustrophobia. This enabled me to have an MRI that was required for assessment of my shoulder pre surgical repair. I am now on a path to repair a long term problem that has impeded my quality of life both physically and mentally. I can not thank you enough. Yours sincerely Christine
If you are experiencing difficulties in your life and searching for someone to help and guide you, then you are looking in the right place. How do I know this? Well, that was where I found myself two years ago. I first visited Paula in 2015 after researching therapists in the area, specifically for treating my fear of public speaking. Or so I thought! Paula's approach of combining hypnotherapy with other techniques has proved to be life changing for me. From the very first session, I knew I had found the right person. She has helped me gain a deep insight into the underlying thought processes which both created and sustained my self-doubt and low self-esteem. The therapies used are no doubt excellent in themselves, however it is very much Paula’s experience and skill as a practitioner, that I believe have been key to my progress. I still have some way to go but I feel significantly better in the knowledge that her help and guidance, combined with her therapeutic techniques, have made a real difference to my life now. Through her empathy and care, Paula instantly makes you feel comfortable, understanding what you need sometimes even better than you do yourself! She tailors her sessions to your needs, offering you recordings and reading material, all of which are extremely helpful. Together we have worked on overcoming lifelong issues, and for all of these reasons I would wholeheartedly recommend Paula.
The process of Clinical Hypnotherapy has enabled me to put aside my conscious thoughts and judgements to find my true self, my innocent heart that is full of hope and joy, that had been silenced for such a long time. Paula helped me to better understand what the emotional needs were that I had tried meeting by filling my life with achievements and success that did not, at the end of the day, bring me the peace and joy that I desired.
“I saw that I had never learned how to enjoy my life, only how to achieve. All my life, I had been busy seeking happiness, but not finding it” Dan Millmann, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Paula has shown me how to meet my own emotional needs, using the tools that I already had inside me. My hurt, anger and fury were transformed into clarity, trust and strength – this is true alchemy. There are really no words to describe the fundamental change to my life since working with Paula. Not only have I stopped smoking (the initial impetus to call Paula) but more importantly, I have started to understand myself, my emotional responses and my behavior, and this growing clarity has started a healing process with myself and loved ones. I see for myself a future of joy and love, in which all my desires can be fulfilled; a life of abundance.
The only way to describe my experience with Paula is to call it life changing. I had finally found a guide who could help me navigate my mind, understand my past and interpret my present. She also armed me with tools for the future and forever changed the way I see the world with myself in it. Figuring yourself out with a firm, compassionate and wise guide like Paula will profoundly impact every aspect of your life from your relationship to food and people around you, to the way you hold yourself professionally and see yourself emotionally. If you have ever felt like there is something more to who you have become or are bothered by the way you deal with certain situations in life, pick up the phone and give Paula a call and she will be sure to help you.
When I walked through Paula’s rooms, I was going through a separation and the loss of two family members. I didn’t know what to expect! But with Paula’s caring nature, she gave me the tools to recognise and cope as I went through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief. She provided me with a safe haven and made me see things that I would not normally have been willing to see, accept or understand. I now feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself. Thank you Paula.
Paula is amazing. She certainly in a very short period of time, with very little effort shifted the way I thought and it has altered me for life. She gave me exactly what I was looking for even though I did not know what that was, but it is clear and apparent to me that my life is very different. I know that the catalyst for the shift was understanding how my mind works, just understanding a couple of small things, opened up my world. Paula was the perfect person to help me make the shift.
I can honestly say that my sessions with Paula have had a significant impact on my life. She gave me some tools to work through things and I am in such a better place than before I met her.
I walked into Paula's rooms in the hope she might help me overcome my fear of an up and coming public speech. But she helped me with so much more than that in a very short time. We progressed through a series of very natural and comfortable processes that not only helped me understand more about myself and my actions, but which gave me the confidence to believe that change was a very real possibility. With Paula's help, I sailed through my speech with the confidence I had always aspired toward and now have the tools to extend and maintain that confidence in other aspects of my life. I thank Paula from the bottom of my heart.
The time I spent with Paula was meaningful in many ways - I gained personal awareness and became conscious of how I was being in the world, giving me choice to make changes. I gained confidence and found the relaxation exercises relaxing and uplifting. Paula also informed me of reading material and resources that I can call on to enhance our work together in the future. I found Paula very professional and supportive.
Paula, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the help and support you have given me. It has just made such a difference to my life and really helped me to get the perspective and understanding I needed.
I am a middle aged woman, I initially consulted Paula for anxiety symptoms during public speaking; my overall goal was to feel more serene and less anxious about the “small things” in my life. Of course, the journey of self discovery is never as simple as this however it was very rewarding. Paula outlined up front how long she thought we would need to work together, this gave me confidence that there was light at the end of the tunnel, we had a goal and I was not going to have years of therapy!
There were many “light bulb” moments during my journey with Paula, she is compassionate, warm, giving and non judgmental. For me to understand, how we as humans process thoughts and emotions was very enlightening. This understanding brings me calmness that halts that emotional spiral and frantic thoughts that can use up a lot of energy and usually is unproductive.
After my sessions with Paula, which I enjoyed immensely, I achieved more in this time than any other time that I have invested in my mental and emotional health. I am not as hard on myself and do not allow other people in my life to project onto me their issues. I feel I am now more equipped to handle difficult and confronting situations and I can work through and process my reaction and emotions. I feel more in control both physically and mentally.
My journey of self discovery and understanding why I emotionally reacted to certain situations was enlightening. Paula gave me the ability to better understand myself and the confidence not to take things personally and the tools to cope with public speaking.
Your journey with Paula will be fulfilling, the angst that can come with sorting through our “luggage” is worth it in so many ways. To gain an understanding of who we are and how we can invest in improving our mental and emotional health is priceless.
It is said “It is the journey not the destination”, your journey with Paula will be enriching on so many levels. I feel very blessed that I had the opportunity to share my journey with Paula.
I went to Paula last April to take my son for his first session and I ended up getting an appointment with her the following week. Working with Paula for 2 months has meant a lot of changes and shifting of my limiting beliefs. We worked on my childhood and quickly moved to the present. She made me realise that I am the most important person in my life and for me to be able to continue giving to others I have to ‘acknowledge & give thanks’ to myself. I also have to nurture and appreciate myself more.
She asked me the right questions, provided feedback, support and gives encouragement. She made me realise that I have the capacity within me to get rid of my fears and break the barriers of boundaries that keep me in my comfort zone. Hiring her was the best thing that happened to me, to propel me into action for changes that I really want to happen in my life. Now, I have decided to do ‘Life Coaching’ which I have really wanted to do for a long time, for me and also to help others in the near future.
In Clinic Appointments: Mondays through Thursdays - morning, afternoon and evening appointments available. Live Therapy Sessions (online): by appointment