Hi! I'm Carolyn Gillan, a qualified, clinical hypnotherapist and BACP accredited counsellor based in Plympton, Plymouth. I have been helping people for nearly a decade to get their lives back on track and feeling better about their futures.
I work with people suffering with anxiety, depression, lack of self-confidence, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), stress, trauma and a range of other problems, including stopping smoking, weight loss and phobias.
As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, I use a modern, practical form of hypnotherapy that combines psychotherapy, neuroscience and hypnosis. I am also a qualified counsellor, which means that you will benefit from my wider experience and understanding of different psychological therapies.
My aim is to help you gain perspective on what you really want from your life and help you find the confidence and solutions to achieve it.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a solution focused hypnotherapist with the prestigious Clifton Hypnotherapy Practice Training Centre based at the award winning Observatory Practice in Plymouth. I hold the following hypnotherapy qualifications:
- Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma
- Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
I am also a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, having trained at the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have experience of working with people suffering from a range of problems, including:
- Confidence & low self esteem
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Pain management
- Panic attacks
- Phobias and fears
- Public speaking
- Sleep problems
- Sports performance
- Stress management
- Weight management
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.
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
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
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.
Initial Consultation: £55.00 (including FREE relaxation CD)
The initial consultation provides an opportunity to:
- discuss what you would like to achieve from hypnotherapy;
- give you an explanation of what is involved in the process;
- introduce you to the neuroscience around why we can suffer with problems such as anxiety or depression, for example, or why we can find it difficult to quit smoking or lose weight.
You will be given a relaxation CD to take away with you to listen to each night at bedtime. This is an important part of the process that will really help you the get the most out of your hypnotherapy sessions.
Subsequent Sessions: £55 an hour
Subsequent hypnotherapy sessions follow the same format each week. We begin by reviewing how you have been getting on; I will introduce neuroscience and psychological theories that may be relevant and helpful to you; and then I will help you to think about your goals and what you want to achieve for the week ahead. We will finish off the session with hypnosis, which most people find very relaxing, to consolidate the therapeutic work.
There is plenty of free on-road parking available outside my practice.
Travelling by Bus
The Target Travel Bus Service 19 runs hourly from Plymouth City Centre and stops just a few minutes walk away. The CityBus Services 21 and 22 to Plympton provides a more regular service and stops about 10 minutes walk away.