Anna Blackmore Specialist in depression, pain relief, spiritual coaching
I have a background in osteopathy, shiatsu, yoga and meditation, as well as hypnotherapy and a lot of experience of helping people manage chronic pain, recover from injury, illness and trauma, change unhelpful mental / emotional patterns and reconnect with life. When appropriate, I can draw on my knowledge of the body, movement, breathing and techniques for spiritual awareness, to help you physically embody the changes you are aiming for. These self-help tools also work to anchor new mental / emotional patterns in the body, convincing the mind to do whatever is required to consolidate the changes. So, even after the first session, you can be surprised to notice yourself beginning to naturally do more of the things that help fulfil your goals and less of the ones that were getting in your way.
If you are experiencing any of these:
• stress, anxiety, panic attacks
• low self esteem, depression, lack of motivation, hopelessness
• repetitive unwanted thoughts, flashbacks, insomnia
• tending to use alcohol, drugs, food or sex to block out your feelings
• loss of control, unwanted patterns of behaviour
• chronic pain, poor healing, lack of energy
• lack of confidence, low self-belief
• feeling stuck, dissatisfied, a lack of meaning and purpose, unable to get to what you want
Cognitive hypnotherapy, NLP and yoga can offer you the way through and out the other side, to discover your true self and your own sense of meaning and purpose.
Cognitive hypnotherapy is different from most forms of hypnotherapy in that it both incorporates techniques from psychotherapy and CBT and also uses trance states to guide your subconscious to find its own solutions; those that best fit your personality and model of life. It works to untangle the negative programming of the past, rewiring your nervous system in a way that is sustainable, because it feels normal and still comfortably you, but with a new, positive and empowering outlook. It also helps you envision a believable and achievable goal of the you that you will be when you have your desired outcome.
I know from personal experience what it is like to to feel the despair of being imprisoned by the negative conditioning of one's own mind. I suffered years of depression and suicidal thoughts in my teens and twenties. Traditional psychotherapy was interesting and brought some insights, but it did not help me to shift and even made me feel worse. Yoga saved my life, gave me hope, tools to feel better and a new perspective and hypnotherapy gave me confidence, self belief and the practical means to change the negative patterns. Together they taught me how to really LIVE.
I work in London and online and help people with a very wide range of both physical and mental / emotional issues, using Cognitive Hypnotherapy, NLP, Coaching and Yoga Therapy and teaching people simple techniques they can then apply for themselves.
I offer a free initial phone chat for us both to determine if we would like to work together, what issues you want to focus on and what outcome you'd like. I'll ask you to complete a questionnaire before the first session, which we'll use as a basis for digging deeper into what underlies the problem and to set some goals, which feel truly authentic to you. Usually I will teach you a simple technique in that first session and give you a hypnotic relaxation, that lays the foundation for our work.
If you are coming for help with a physical issue, I will include a physical assessment and simple movement and breathing techniques, to aid mobility, strength and circulation, as well as hypnotic trance work, for healing, relaxation and ease.
In subsequent sessions we may do some trance regression, to help you unpick the original conditioning behind negative thinking patterns that are holding you back, or use techniques to alter your perspective and bring insight. If appropriate I can draw on my background in yoga and meditation to bring in the spiritual dimension of being.
Sessions most often start at weekly intervals.
The key to happiness is in learning to master the mind – instead of being its victim and discovering how to be the best you you can be.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip & Master Practitioner Cognitive Hypnotherapy & NLP
C-IAYT(International Association of Yoga Therapists)
MBSR and MBCT (mindfulness)
I have long been fascinated by the mind and how we use – and misuse it! It was originally as an adjunct to my work as a yoga therapist and osteopath, that I studied clinical hypnotherapy with Gill Boyne in 2003 and NLP with Paul McKenna, Richard Bandler and Michael Breen in 2002.
I have taught yoga since 1982, was in practice as an osteopath for 11 years and as a shiatsu practitioner for 25 years and, over the years, my practice naturally evolved into yoga therapy. This includes yoga psychology, which bears many similarities to modern hypnotherapy.
I completed a diploma in cognitive hypnotherapy and NLP with the Quest Institute in 2008, took my professional qualification (HPD) and added hypnotherapy to my yoga therapy practice. In reality the separation is only a matter of how much we bring in physical movement, specific breath work and spiritual awareness.
I have since completed the Quest Master Practitioner training and know that I will never stop studying, training and learning.
National Council for Hypnotherapy
The National Council for Hypnotherapy holds one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists in the United Kingdom and strives to maintain the highest standards among its members.
There is an agreed Code of Conduct, an established Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure and all members are obliged to maintain comprehensive Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance, maintain regular CPD (continuing professional development) hours, and attend Supervision when needed.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Information about health conditions (*)
Hypnotherapy can enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting hypnotherapy.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Recovery and rehabilitation from illness or injury
Existential / spiritual malaise
Meaning and purpose in life
• The initial phone consultation is free.
• Sessions of 60-90 minute are £90.
• A package of 4 sessions is £300 paid up front and valid 3 months. This includes practice notes, recordings and email support.