Annie Winfield-Shearer RN, RN(Child), DipCHyp, NLP (MPrac), HPD, MNCH (Acc.)
Hello, my name is Annie Winfield-Shearer.
I am a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, qualified Coach and a Registered General and Sick Children's Nurse. I have seen the benefits that Cognitive Hypnotherapy can bring in many challenging medical and social situations and understand its place in helping you get on with your life. I have also experienced the power of Cognitive Hypnotherapy myself - it helped me become free of an issue that had plagued me for most of my teenage and adult life - so I am living proof that it works!
There are many common misconceptions about Hypnotherapy.......
"Will you be swinging a watch in front of my face?"
No there are no swinging watches involved, in fact I don't know any Hypnotherapists that use a swinging watch - this is more for dramatic effect on the stage and big screen.
"Will you make me cluck like a chicken"
Only if you want to! I'm not interested in making you do anything you don't want to, if you came to see me with the specific intention of clucking like a chicken I would ask you why and start working with you on the motivation for that desired behaviour.
"Will I be under your control?"
Again the answer is no. During a session you will be completely in control and fully aware of what is happening, even when you are 'in trance'. I talk to your unconscious mind whilst you are in a relaxed state, so you may feel a bit like you are daydreaming but are in control and will be able to open your eyes at all times.
"What is being in trance?'
Being in trance is something we all experience every day without realising it. Have you ever driven a familiar route and got to your destination without remembering the actual journey......that's being in a driving trance. Can you get so immersed in a book, the TV, a game etc that you are unaware of what's going in in the world around you.......that's being in trance. When you are 'doing' your problem or issue you are in trance. My role is to de-hypnotise you from your issue or problem trance, so you can get on with living the life that you want.
"Will you make me forget things?"
In Cognitive Hypnotherapy we don't erase memories, I help your unconscious mind to reframe them so the memory remains but the old emotion that was attached it is changed or disappears.
"I like what I'm seeing here but don't live near you, can you still help?"
I see clients face to face in my therapy room just outside of Basingstoke but I also offer sessions via Skype if you live too far away to come and see me - currently my most 'distant' client lived in Sweden. If you would like Skype sessions my experience is that a combination of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Coaching is most effective.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner
- Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD)
- Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
- Psy Tap Practitioner
- Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Practitioner
- Diploma in Personal Development Coaching.
- Registered Nurse (Children)
- Registered Nurse
- BSc (Community Healthcare)
- I also have Enhanced DBS clearance to work with vulnerable adults and children
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including hypnotherapy.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
National Council for Hypnotherapy
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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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
Delayed potty training
Some speech problems
My fee is £85/session for weekday appointments between 10.00 and 18.00, £95/session after 18.00. Your first session can last up to 90 minutes - this is the assessment session - subsequent sessions usually last about an hour.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions I am currently offering online sessions only by Zoom, Tuesday to Thursday 10am - 6pm. I can also offer some appointments outside of these hours.
I practice from my therapy room which is in the basement of my house, it has a separate entrance down a steel staircase. If you have a disability which means you can't use the stairs I can either come to you - with reimbursement of my travel costs - or I can see you in the main part of my house.
The initial phone consultation is free, if I don't think I can help you I will let you know.