Hello my name is Chris, welcome to my profile.
I am a qualified Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist and I work from a calm and peaceful location between Keynsham and Queen Charlton which is mid-way between Bristol and Bath. I have over 30 years’ experience of working therapeutically with adults and children/young people in a local authority setting and my practice is based on many years of understanding the difficulties we can face when pressures get on top of us and when we get trapped in unhelpful cycles which reinforce negative behaviours and thought patterns. From both my personal and my professional knowledge I am passionate in my belief that with the appropriate support it is possible to create significant positive change in the areas of our lives that are most important to us, within relatively short timescales.
What is hypnosis?
Contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Whenever our mind wanders or daydreams, we are in a natural state of trance. In a clinical setting this same state is created through the use of visualisation and relaxation in order to help us to access the problem-solving ‘solution focused’ part of our mind, and so to take on new constructive thoughts ideas and suggestions.
Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy
Combines practical and clinically proven strategies with a scientific understanding of how the brain works. It reduces anxiety very simply by allowing us to focus on the positive aspects of our lives and on the goals we want to achieve. Used on its own, hypnosis a safe and deeply relaxing natural state similar to that achieved in meditation. The combination of Hypnosis and Solution Focused Therapy is clinically proven as a way of helping us to create significant positive change in the areas of our lives that are most important to us, within realistic timescales.
What you can expect from me.
Solution focused hypnotherapy focuses on a persons strengths and resources rather than on problems and deficits and it uses the power of the subconscious mind to help you to regain control over your life in small manageable steps. Whether you are faced with long standing issues relating to anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression; or whether you need help to deal with a specific issue such as passing an exam, getting through an interview or driving test; or want to address areas such as smoking or over-eating, solution focused hypnotherapy can help you to effectively break patterns of unwanted negative behaviour, and to replace them with new, positive and constructive thoughts and actions.
An initial consultation is free of charge. It allows us to get to know one another and it allows you to find out more about my approach and whether or not it is right for you. Assuming you feel it is something which you would find helpful we can then set goals tailored to meet your individual needs. I will help you to understand how the subconscious mind has helped to create the problem you are experiencing and more importantly, how hypnotherapy can help you to regain control over your life. You’ll have plenty of time to ask any questions and I’ll give you a free relaxation CD to use at home.
I can help with a wide range of areas and some of these include
- general anxiety conditions
- treatment of specific fears and phobias
- treatment of depression/low mood
- passing exams
- understanding and managing anger
- understanding addiction including gambling
- lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem
- presentation anxiety including fear of public speaking
- stopping smoking
- weight control
- hypnotherapy with children and teenagers
- working with couples and families
I also specialise in Hypno-Birthing/Natural Childbirth (please see my website for more detail)
Please contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your particular concern. You can phone or text me on 07710 407210 or if you would prefer, you can send me an email
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist and I trained at The Clifton Hypnotherapy Practice, which is a recognised accredited Centre of Excellence in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and a leading UK government recognised teaching authority.
I hold a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP) and the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), which is the first nationally accredited hypnotherapy qualification, awarded by the NCFE and is considered to be the gold standard in hypnotherapy training.
I am a qualified Social Worker with many years of experience of working therapeutically with adults and children/young people and I hold a current DBS registration.
I am registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the General Hypnotherapy Register, the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, the Complimentary and National Healthcare Council and the Health & Care Professions Council. I work to the ethics and codes of conduct of these organisations which means that my practice is responsible and accountable.
I attend frequent supervision sessions, courses and workshops to keep up to date and increase my knowledge base.
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.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
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.
Free initial in-person session
An initial consultation is free and includes a free relaxation CD.
Subsequent sessions last approximately an hour and are £60
Work with Children and Teenagers (under 18) £50
Smoking cessation is a one/off double session lasting between 1.5 and 2 hours and is £120
Hypno-birthing (usually 4 sessions) is £55 a session and includes three complimentary CDs.
The number of sessions required will depend on your individual circumstances, needs and progress. We will work together to identify the most effective treatment plan for you. My aim is to provide only what you need to help you to move on as quickly as possible.
Monday to Friday 9am - 7pm I work from home so can offer appointments on a reasonably flexible basis where needed.
Location: I work from a practice room within my own home which is in a calm and secluded location between Keynsham and Queen Charlton; only 15 minutes from Bristol and Bath and accessible by car with ample free private parking.