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o You are someone who is at higher risk of Covid 19 or respiratory infection. We can then discuss and put plans in place to help protect you. Depending on the risks, this may involve doing sessions online.
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Hello my name is Clair. I am a clinical hypnotherapist with over 12 years' experience. I am registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and an approved therapist for Anxiety UK. I have diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and in Psychotherapy.
My approach is client-centred so you can get the most out of the sessions and achieve the goals you want - whether that is to overcome anxiety, stress or phobia; weight loss; manage a health condition; improve your confidence or stop a habit. I have successfully helped many clients over the years with a variety of issues.
Over many years of practice, I have learned that the key to personal progress is to help you get stronger and more balanced within yourself. So I will teach you techniques you can use yourself that will help you now and in the future.
As a registered and accredited practitioner, you can be sure that I practice within a professional framework, complying with GDPR, ethical and practice standards.
What to expect at your session
First and foremost the session is your time and space and so we focus on what you want to achieve.
For adults (and aged 16 or over) the first session is a little longer (up to 1.5 hours) so we can spend some time discussing what has brought you here. This helps me to get a better understanding about you as a whole person. We'll then agree what goal or goals you want to set so I can work out a personal plan for you. During the session I will explain about hypnotherapy and how I use it and related techniques. Each subsequent session lasts 1 hour 15 mins.
For clients under 16 years of age, sessions are similar in focus and design but shorter - up to 60 minutes. This includes discussion with parents/carers.
I am trained in advanced hypnotherapy techniques which means I am able to tailor each session to suit the issue, your personality and preferences in order to get the best results for you.
In some cases, you will find that one session is enough to get the result you want. Most people will wish to have follow up or regular sessions. This depends on you and the goal you want to reach. We will spend time at the first and any following sessions looking back on your progress and discuss how you want to continue.
I have a client-centred approach and so I will check-in with you at each session to make sure we are focusing on what you need and you are comfortable with how we work together.
What to expect from hypnosis
There are many techniques which can be used whist you are fully awake. These are often a good introduction for people new to hypnosis and they are very effective. Deeper hypnosis is where you become much more relaxed and many people describe the feeling as similar to between sleep and wakefulness. So whilst you are very relaxed, you remain in control and can open your eyes whenever you wish.
When experiencing hypnosis, each person is unique and will feel different. Don't worry about how deeply you go. Most people, and indeed all my clients, have described it as a pleasant experience and one that they feel they benefit from. It is just as effective whether you feel you go very deep or feel more like you stayed awake throughout. One of the lovely things about hypnotherapy is that is it not necessarily always the same each time you experience it, but it will be what you need at that time.
You will always remain in control, even when you may be in the deepest state of hypnosis. You can let me know if you want to stop or if you want to let me know something. Just like when you are day dreaming or just dropping off to sleep, you can wake up and be fully alert any time you like.
What type of issues have you helped with?
I have discovered hypnotherapy to be very effective for a huge range of issues, particularly those which are caused or exacerbated by stress and anxiety eg sleep problems, panic attacks, fears and phobias (eg needles, dogs, flying), generalised anxiety, addictions (food, smoking, gambling), weight and pain management, unwanted habits (nail biting, pulling hair, picking), managing health conditions (such as Parkinsons, dry eyes, IBS), driving test and exam anxiety, public speaking, low self esteem or confidence, relationship issues and depression.
These are just some examples of issues that have responded well to hypnotherapy. NHS recommends hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Wellbeing Hypnosis is a trading name of Meliora Safeguarding and Wellbeing Limited (company registration 13972916). Director: Clair Cooke
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, London in 2010.
I hold Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH) and Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (DHP).
My extensive training includes NLP (neuro linguistic programming), coaching and counselling and psychotherapy. I use a blend of techniques that are tailored to each individual client's needs.
I'm experienced in working with adults, children and young people.
I am registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council. I am a member of the College of Medicine and Integrated Health and an approved therapist for Anxiety UK.
I hold an enhanced DBS check.
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
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).
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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
Fibromyalgia & ME
Exam and driving test anxiety
£58.00 - £68.00
Free initial telephone session
My practice is underpinned by my values which include fairness and equality. I deliberately aim to keep my fees within a range that is as affordable as possible.
For adults (including 16's and over) the first session is slightly longer than usual (allow up to 1.5 hours) so I can take a full case history and understand best how to help you. The cost is £68
After that, each session lasts up to 70 minutes and costs £63.
Sessions for under 16's cost £58.
Payment is due by BACS 24 hours prior to your appointment. A cash option is available by arrangement for clients who don't have access to BACS.
I offer concessions for full time students from 16+. Please contact me for more information and let me know you would like the concession at the time of booking.
NB: If you are struggling with anxiety-related issues, you can also contact Anxiety UK. They offer a range of support to members. They may be able to refer you to a clinical hypnotherapist such as myself and this could be at a reduced fee, depending on your income.
In consideration of other clients, once you have booked a session, should you find you are unable to attend, please give at least 24 hours notice. This means I have chance to offer the session to another client. Notice can be given by phone, text message or email.
Regrettably, if I don't have the minimum notice, the session will be payable in full.
Safety and wellbeing is my utmost priority so please let me know immediately if you
- are at greater risk if you catch Covid 19 or other respiratory virus; or
- if you have symptoms of Covid 19 or similar respiratory virus; or
- if you have recently been in contact with someone who has.
When I work
The practice is closed from 21 December to 7 January. If you are struggling and need to talk to someone, please call Samaritans on 116 123 or see my website for more options of who to call
I am based in a lovely quiet location with plenty of free parking and a dedicated therapy room.