Clair Cooke (Wellbeing Hypnosis) DCH, DHP, GQHP
Covid 19 update: I am pleased to confirm I am offering face to face consultations again from Monday 13 July 2020. Please see my website for details on how I am following best practice guidance from the government and my professional body, Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.
Hi my name is Clair. I am a clinical hypnotherapist with 10 years' experience.
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; 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.
Feedback from clients has taught me 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.
I know how busy life can get especially if you have lots of responsibilities to juggle. I believe it's important to offer flexibility for appointments. Weekend or evening appointments can be arranged if you are unable to attend within usual clinic hours
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.
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.
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. For others, you 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 discussing whether and 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 but relaxed. These are often a good introduction for people new to hypnosis and they are very effective.
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 all the better for. It is just as effective whether you feel you fell asleep or 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?
As a practising hypnotherapist I have found hypnotherapy to be very effective for a huge range of issues, particularly those which are caused or exacerbated by stress and anxiety eg sleep disorders, panic attacks, phobias, addictions (food, smoking, gambling), weight and pain management, bad habits (nail biting), fear of flying, driving test and exam anxiety, public speaking, low self esteem or confidence, relationship issues.
There are conditions which many health professionals now recognise hypnotherapy as an effective treatment for. For example, NHS recommend hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
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 skills. 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 and am an approved therapist for Anxiety UK.
I hold an enhanced DBS check.
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.
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.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Fibromyalgia & ME
Exam and driving test anxiety
The first session is slightly longer (allow up to 1.5 hours) so I can take a full case history and understand best how to help you. The cost is £60
After that, each session usually lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and costs £55
I accept cash or BACs (please note BACs is preferable at present)
I offer concessions for students. Please contact me for more information
Once you have booked a session, if you find you are unable to attend, please give at least 24 hours notice. This gives me 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 is my utmost priority during this time and minimum notice fees will not apply for genuine Covid 19 related late cancellations.
I am based in a lovely quiet location with plenty of free parking and a dedicated therapy room.