Catherine Spence, MA (Oxon), DHP (NC), RH, RYT
I'm a London-based, Oxbridge-educated hypnotherapist and mindfulness coach who specialises in clients with any kind of confidence, anxiety, insomnia, self-esteem or self-control issues.
I have several years of experience and hundreds of client hours, with high success rates of supporting clients to transform their lives and reach their goals.
I have a Master's degree from the University of Oxford in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology and a Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. I'm a registered member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, and the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. I'm bound by the code of ethics, data protection and confidentiality of the UKCP, and I am also a qualified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance.
I tailor my approach to suit you rather than trying to fit you to a standard hypnotherapy script and I use only evidence-based techniques. My academic background included neurophysiology and the study of neuroplasticity which underlies all my techniques and approaches. I also have my own personal daily yoga and meditation practice which borrows heavily from Buddhist and mindfulness-based philosophies. I believe that we are what we practice and that with calm focus and self-compassion and a bit of time, we can all shift the neurological patterns that are our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships, so as to live healthier and happier lives.
A typical session with me would be half spent talking about your week or your feelings, and then the other half in a deep relaxation session, during which we can walk through situations you find tricky, as well as learn to be more relaxed in body and mind. The relaxed state is also excellent for developing focus and directing your energies on areas of your life that you feel would benefit from that.
You will remain fully conscious and in control during hypnosis, and will not, under any circumstances, be made to cluck like a chicken! You may find, however, that change is surprisingly easy, once your subconscious is involved in the process. The trick is to find the sweet spot between relaxation and sleep, where your imagination is at its peak and you feel completely safe to explore new ideas. The positive associations that you form in this state will stay with you after the session.
Therapy can be expensive, but can be utterly transformative across your whole life, and may well save you money in the long run if you are not yet earning your full potential due to low confidence, or resorting to drink, drugs, retail therapy or other expensive habits to manage your emotions. Sometimes, the cost of therapy can prevent people getting the help they badly need. If this is the case for you, then do get in touch anyway and if I have free slots I will offer a discounted rate, depending on availability.
My fees are:
£65 per session which is between 50-60 minutes
My available hours are:
Mon: 2pm – 9pm
Tues: 2pm – 9pm
Wed: 2pm – 9pm
Thurs: 2pm – 9pm
Fri: 2pm – 7pm
Monday and Wednesday evenings: Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, Room C, 144 Liverpool Road, Islington, London, N1 1LA (between Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations)
Weekday Afternoons, Tuesday and Friday evenings: Shelford Place, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9HS
Home visits are possible under some circumstances
Number of sessions:
I never put pressure on clients to invest more time or money than they choose to. The length and frequency of therapy is up to you. Some clients find that around 6-8 weekly or fortnightly sessions is all they need, but sometimes therapy can be longer-term over several months or even years, it depends entirely on the value you are getting from it and the depth of issues we are working with. You are always free to take breaks and come back at other points in your life if that works for you.
My role as a therapist:
Depending on your circumstances and what your therapy goals are, I sometimes operate in the short term (6-8 sessions) as a hypnotherapist, or a meditation coach, guiding you in setting up a regular self-practice. I am also able to act in a longer-term capacity as an ongoing therapist. If you would like to have longer, more in-depth conversations about your life, I am also a trained psychotherapist and qualified to handle whatever comes up in those conversations. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to refer you to someone with more qualifications in a particular area or to your GP but we would discuss this as we went along.
I cannot guarantee success rates from the work that you put into your own transformation with my support, but I can assure you that you will receive a well-qualified, experienced, compassionate and professional service from me during our sessions. In line with the code of ethics of the UKCP, I don't provide testimonials from past clients. All therapists are different and if you don't feel that you are getting what you need from me, then please do feel free to let me know and shop around for someone else. Please don't give up on therapy in general!
My specialisms include:
- stress or anxiety management
- confidence building
- habit changing (eg. quit smoking)
- healthy eating and weight management
- job interviews
- public speaking
- meditation practice
- developing mindfulness and focus
Please use the form below if you would like to make an enquiry or book an appointment. If you prefer, before committing to a session we can speak on the phone or in person for 30 mins for no charge.
Cancellation policy: Unfortunately some clients change their mind and don't show up for their first appointment. I then have to charge them the full fee, as it prevented another client having that slot. If anything comes up meaning that you can't make any appointment, please let me know as soon as you can in advance (at least 24 hours).
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters degree from the University of Oxford in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology.
Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
Registered member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Registered member of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)
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.
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
Improved mood and positivity
My fees are:
£65 per session (50-60 minutes)