Angela Gray's Hypnotic Solutions, DCH, SQHP, Dip Counselling, DCG
Hello! Thank you for accessing my details. The reason I call my profile hypnotic solutions is because Hypnotherapy is a therapy that can be used for almost any issue - e.g. fears &phobias, weight loss, anxiety in all its forms, depression, fear of flying, sports performance, PTSD, fear of public speaking,OCD and many more. In my experience, there is a hypnotic solution for most of life's problems and I have not, so far, come across any issue that cannot be worked on using hypnosis. Of course, with any therapy, as with conventional medicine there can be no absolute guarantees. but over the years of practising hypnotherapy I have been amazed by the results and so have my clients.
I am a Senior Practitioner registered with the General Hypnotherapy Council and am a fully qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and have been practising for over 15 years. I trained at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis in London, which is a leading trainer of Hypnotherapists.
In addition I am a Psychotherapist specialising in Person Centred Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Hypnotherapy can be a very helpful tool in overcoming many fears, phobias and issues. I have been working with people of all ages as a Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist over many years and have helped a lot of people to overcome their worries and problems.
Counselling skills are very important in Hypnotherapy and I am highly qualified and experienced in that area as well. Being able to talk to clients and put them at their ease is key to gaining trust and helping them to relax as much as possible and gain the maximum benefits from the Hypnotherapy process. I work in a non-judgmental, caring and supportive way in order to help the client achieve their aims. Where there are goals to achieve, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) are used in conjunction with Hypnotherapy which is a very effective combination.
Using Psychotherapy/Counselling in conjunction with Hypnotherapy helps me to help the client uncover what it is that is causing the issue that is bothering them. It is not just a question of identifying the issue and then delivering a hypnosis session. One size does not fit all. Everyone is different and each client has their own hypnotherapy session tailored to suit them. For example there can be four different clients who are afraid of flying, each with their own reasons why it is a problem for them - it could be a fear of heights, claustrophobia or something else entirely. My job is to help the client to find out why flying is a problem before I use hypnosis with them, then their session will be unique to them and their needs.
I am also a Lecturer in Adult Education and in the private sector, running accredited courses and CPD workshops. I am committed to Equal Opportunities and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation or disability. In addition, I hold an enhanced DBS Disclosure. I am a member both of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and The General Hypnotherapy Council (Senior Practitioner SQHP).
Please feel free to email or telephone me with your enquiry. I offer a free 15 minute telephone discussion so that you can discuss your issue with me without obligation. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis Institute of Clinical Hypnosis,London.2001.
Certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 1994 & 2014.
Transactional Analysis (TA) Certificate, Metanoia 2014.
Dream Interpretation (Jung). 2015.
Coaching Certificate 2015.
Group Facilitation 2014.
Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice. (SQHP)
Virtual Gastric Band Certificate 2016.
Fertility Certificate 2017.
PTLLS Teaching Qualification 2011.
BACP Certificate of Proficiency 2013.
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) 2005/2016.
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. Roehampton University 1994-1996.
Diploma in Careers Guidance & Counselling. South Bank University.1990.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
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 specialise in Weight Management. I run a programme specifically designed for each individual and their needs. You are unique and the work we will do together will reflect this. I use a combination of CBT and Hypnotherapy which has yielded very good results. It will include nutrition, lifestyle changes and normally takes between 3-6 sessions.
Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy is also available @ £225 for a 4 session programme.
- Anxiety issues including fear of flying, social anxiety disorder, blushing, agoraphobia etc.
- Problems affecting young people: bullying, relationships, social issues, exam nerves.
A word about Hypnotherapy for stopping Smoking.
For smoking cessation, it is very important that the client really wants to give up. Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful, if not the most successful method for giving up cigarettes. Smoking cessation is done in one session lasting up to 2 hours.
This includes taking a full case history and going into depth to ascertain the reasons why the client feels the need to smoke. This is followed by a lengthy hypnotherapy session. Traditionally, smoking cessation is done in one session.! My fee for the stop smoking session is £99. for a session of up to 2 hours which is a very competitive rate and includes a free follow up session, if required but rarely needed!
- £65 for the first session of approximately 75 minutes, which includes taking a full case history and a full session of hypnosis.
- Subsequent sessions £60 for 1 hour. Extended sessions can be arranged on a pro rata basis if required.
- Stopping smoking: This is done in 1 session of up to 2 hours and includes a free follow up session if required, but rarely needed! £99.
- I do not have credit card facilities so cash or a cheque with a bankers card is fine.
- I give concessions for unwaged clients and clients under 16.
- I do not charge for cancelled sessions if the cancellation is made at least 48 hours before the appointment is due.
Frequently asked questions about Hypnotherapy:-
Q. What is Hypnotherapy?
A. Hypnotherapy is a perfectly natural state and feels similar to meditation or day-dreaming. The Hypnotherapist will ask the client to close their eyes and then induce a hypnotic state by relaxing the body and mind. Once relaxed, the client's subconscious mind will be open and receptive to suggestions for change that they want.
Q. What happens during a Hypnotherapy session?
A. If it is your first session, the Hypnotherapist will take a full case history including medical details and talk to you about your reasons for coming to Hypnotherapy and what you would like to achieve. Once this is clear, the Therapist will gently help you to relax. This is called an induction. After that, the Hypnotherapist will suggest to your subconscious mind, the changes you have asked for. This will take 20-30 minutes. Once over, the Hypnotherapist will gently bring you back into the here and now. Most people describe a Hypnotherapy session as being very pleasant and relaxing.
Q. Is it safe?
A. Completely. Hypnotherapy is a very natural state. In fact, everyone experiences it without knowing it. Watching a favourite film, TV or being engrossed in music is very similar.
Q. Will I lose control?
A. Not at all. You will always be in control. If you feel the need to, you can move or scratch an itch.
Q. Will Hypnotherapy work on people that are not very relaxed?
A. Yes. Naturally laid back people may feel that they "go deeper" than others, but even if you feel that you are not feeling as relaxed as you could be, the sub-conscious mind is still open and receptive.
Q. After Hypnotherapy will I want to bounce around like Skippy the Kangaroo?
A. Only if you want to! Seriously though, stage Hypnotists can sometimes give the public the wrong impression about Hypnotherapy, sensationalising it to the extent that it can be off-putting. Clinical Hypnotherapy (which I practice) is totally opposite to the stage version, being a serious complementary therapy which has helped many and is useful for a great deal of issues.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. This varies as it depends on how long you have had the issue and how deep-rooted it is. Usually between 2-6 sessions. Stopping smoking is usually one session, although I do offer a follow-up session if required which not all Hypnotherapists do. Please be aware that if you have more than one issue that you would like help with, the amount of sessions needed will be reflected by this.
An example of how Hypnotherapy can work: Client Jean (not her real name) had a severe fear of flying to the extent that she had not been on a plane for over 30 years. It became necessary for her to fly to Italy to attend an important family occasion. After just two hypnotherapy sessions, Jean was able to fly with ease and enjoyed her holiday. Not all issues can be dealt with in such a short time, but in the case of Jean this is a real example of how Hypnotherapy can help with phobias.