Christopher Filmer-Sankey

West Sussex

01903 202756

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About me

I am a registered mental health nurse of 25 years experience of treating and supporting individuals with mental health issues ranging from anxiety, low mood, and also long term issues such as schizophrenia and bipolar.

Hypnotherapy is not suitable for long term mental health issues such as long standing depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders. These need specialist interventions from a community mental health team.

After much thought and research, I chose hypnotherapy as a second career based on the evidence regarding it's effectiveness in helping people to manage anxiety, stress, panic attacks, phobias, poor sleep and low mood. Other issues may arise during treatment and these will be discussed and the best course of action can be decided by the clients and myself- This may involve advice to contact your GP for referral to specialist service.

These are very common conditions and all relate to each other- Anxiety and stress are obvious causes for poor sleep. Likewise poor sleep can lead to stress and anxiety as fatigue affects our resilience to deal with stress. This can lead to low mood and long term depression.  Hypnotherapy is not a cure for these conditions but can provide the person with an effective way of managing these conditions- Over the years I have found that if a person is able to confidently manage their issues, it can no longer is a problem. My role is to work alongside the person using hypnotherapy to enable them to manage their issues so that they can deal with an anxiety provoking situation. This also includes predictably anxiety provoking scenarios such as public speaking, driving tests and job interviews.

I also have an interest in pain management using hypnotherapy- There is a lot of research documented on the internet that show it's effectiveness This took place in America and Europe and focused on long term conditions such as Arthritis and was found to effective in dealing with emotional distress caused by pain- The link between pain and anxiety is well documented and hypnotherapy aims to break this link and reduce the pain to a manageable level- again this is not a cure but a way of attempting to improve quality of life. I also aim to carry out this treatment in the clients home so that there are no worries about the environment or getting home after the session. Being at home should help the client to relax and allow them to come around from the hypnosis in their own time in a relaxed environment.

Training, qualifications & experience

NMC Registered Mental health Nurse- I have worked in the ward environment and in the community so I am comfortable working in peoples homes. I am used to dealing with distress and anxiety.

I take a non judgemental approach and treat all clients with open unconditional regard.

I also work in a collaborative manner and will be guided by the clients wishes.

Each session is confidential and information will only be shared with your permission.

If I have concerns I will share them with you- Also I believe hypnotherapy is not suitable for you I will share this with you and may advise you to contact your GP.

Member organisations

Hypnotherapy Society

Accredited register membership

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.

        Therapies offered


        The Initial assessment £35.00.

        If you wish to commence treatment £60.00 per session.(4 Sessions not including the assessment are the usual length of treatment.

        As I do home visits I will have to charge 45p per mile outside a 5 mile radius- Eg if you live 7 miles from by base i would charge mileage at 45p x 4 miles= £1.80

        Further information

        I can be contacted by landline on 01903 202756 or by email.

        Unfortunately due to my other role I cannot be contacted by mobile phone

        Worthing, BN11

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Unspecified