Antony Hewitt DSFH HPD MNCH (Reg.) AfSFH (Reg)
I am a qualified and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, practicing Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) from the delightful town of Stamford Lincolnshire.
My primary goal as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist is to help people overcome the obstacles which are preventing them from living a fulfilling life.
Stress, anxiety, depression to name but a few issues, can be disabling at times. There is nothing more rewarding for me than to work together with a client and to help them reduce the issues they have, and move them forwards to a much more positive outlook and future.
How does hypnotherapy help?
With the aid of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy it is possible to get past the barriers that often hold us back. This subsequently enables us to project and move forwards to a more positive and effective way of living.
Hypnotherapy utilises a natural state of mind (trance), which believe it or not occurs many times throughout our daily lives, e.g. when we are watching television, jogging or even sometimes when we are driving.
What is hypnosis/trance?
Trance is when two key aspects of our brain work together and focus on a single thing and when this occurs, the subconscious becomes more receptive to positive suggestion. This in turn, increases the chance of us seeing through positive actions and patterns of behaviour which move us into a more positive place and so it goes on.
Another way of looking at trance/hypnosis is...
Outside of hypnosis our brain has two key 'minds' at work. We have an intellectual mind and a primitive mind. Sometimes the two minds pull in opposite directions which makes it very difficult to proceed or evaluate the best course of action.
By inducing a trance state, we can help the two minds come together and focus on a common, beneficial outcome. This means we are more likely to follow things through and reap the benefits of our positive actions and thoughts, rather than as so often the case of falling foul of our own internal conflict.
What to expect from your first session
Hypnotherapy is nothing like the stage hypnosis you may have seen on television. If you think about it, you wouldn’t be too pleased if you left the therapy room clucking like a chicken or performing in some outlandish fashion.
The first part of the session consists of some relatively simple, but effective, psycho-therapeutic processes which start by lifting you into a positive mind set and then proceed by helping you explore solutions to problems that are preventing you from moving into a more positive place.
The latter part of the session is when hypnosis/trance is utilised. This will induce a feeling of relaxation and will incorporate elements of suggestion and content which is often aligned to issues which are uncovered in the first half of the session.
The session generally lasts 50-60 mins and takes place in the pleasant surrounds of the therapy room which I am sure you will agree is very quiet, relaxing.
How to find me (Directions)
Stamford is easily accessed via road using the A1 on a North or South basis. The A606 arrives at the centre of Stamford from the West along with the A43 from the South-west and the A1175 from the East.
Alternatively the railway station is only 10 minutes walk from the Stoify offices and the bus station even less time.
There is parking at Scotgate car park which is only a couple of minutes walk away. There are various other car parks at a number of locations within comfortable walking distance. Depending on the time of day, there are a few 2 hour restricted parking bays very close to us.
We are positioned very close to the church of All Saints which is also close to Red Lion Square.
From Red Lion square if you face All Saints church (North-West) follow the cobbled street of All Saints' Place which becomes Barn Hill. If you continue a little further Orion Business Centre is located on the right (quite an old grand building). Continue a little further and you should find the front entrance on your right.
Please enter the reception area via two sets of doors and simply ask for me (Tony Hewitt).
Please note, if your appointment is outside of normal business hours (9.00am - 5.00pm). Then please call me (01780 758518) upon your arrival.
Further details of how to find me, including a map can be found here.
Training, qualifications & experience
DSFH HPD MNCH (Reg.) AfSFH (Reg.)
I am fully qualified, fully insured and with enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.
I maintain the high level of discretion, sensitivity and confidentiality you would no doubt expect from a therapist.
I am keen that coming to see me does not add any concern or stress to any challenges you may currently be facing and therefore I believe you will be very quickly, pleasantly surprised at how easy talking to me can be, even upon our initial meeting.
Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) was set up to provide information about a modern form of Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits to members of the public. The main aim of the AfSFH is to spread awareness of the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Its secondary aim is to support Hypnotherapists in their businesses by encouraging good practice and self-care.
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
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.
After the Initial Consultation which is FREE, subsequent therapy sessions are £60 per session and will last approximately 60 minutes each. (Please see my website for details relating to any discounts or concessions).
All sessions must be paid in full either by cash or cheque. I also accept most UK issued credit and debit cards.
Smoking cessation is a 2 hour session and costs £130.
Phobias generally require 3 sessions.
A minimum of 48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel an appointment. Failure to provide this notice of cancellation will unfortunately result in charge at full rate.
Believe it or not, I have worked as a computer software engineer for many years, in fact far too many to reveal. During this time I have had the chance to work within a lot of different industries and with a lot of different people.
It has been a very interesting and challenging career path and I still keep a hand in the technical world. However, during this same time span, I also developed a very keen interest in the human brain and finding out what makes people ‘tick’ and this includes myself.
Although I have been and still am, a very effective computer programmer (if I have to say so myself). I secretly always wanted to work in a more human interactive role than the virtual world I had been working in. I wanted to be able to impact people's lives in a positive way and witness this first hand.
For a number of years I had felt misplaced and lacking in direction, this amounted to quite a bit of unhappiness and dare I say, stress and anxiety.
A couple of years ago I was talking to a close friend about this misalignment in my life, at that time it was starting to really impact my happiness. I felt stuck in an occupation that was no longer fulfilling me to the level it once was. My friend asked me what I really wanted to do. My reply was a little vague at this point with, “I want to do something related to therapy”. My friend followed this up with, “Well why don’t you then?!” I must admit, although I had thought about becoming a therapist a number of times over the years, I always found some excuse not to pursue things any further and hence ended up ‘stuck’.
Coincidently and shortly after the conversation with my friend, I noticed an advert for a hypnotherapy diploma course starting in a matter of weeks and so I did an extraordinary thing (for me), of taking the plunge and enrolled on the course.
Not only was the training very interesting, including a significant amount of neuroscience and understanding why we behaviour and feel the way we do. The practical psychotherapy processes and hypnotherapy were mind blowing, in a good way of course.
I finished the course with an expansion of knowledge and skill, that would not only be very useful to others, but also proved useful to me. Giving me the strength and confidence to make the necessary changes to complete the process of becoming a Clinical Hypnotherapist and making other useful changes in my life.
You might think transitioning from the techie world of computing to the very human world of therapy might be a bit unlikely, however, I am not your average geek and I would like to think you would arrive at a similar conclusion upon meeting me.
I am married with two grown up children and one very close to being grown up. I like to think I have had a reasonable share of life experiences, both good and bad and can therefore relate to the challenges people face including the need for a change and how this might be achieved.
I am proud of having an empathetic approach to clients, bringing humour and lightness (when appropriate of course) to each session, which I believe makes a real difference.
The transformation and confidence clients may exhibit after only a few therapy sessions can be life changing.
I studied with the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy training centre and qualified with a diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) and Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD). I am a member of The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH).