Dawn Gennings

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DipHyp, CNHC Registered, Anxiety UK Approved Therapist
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Chatham, Kent, ME5
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About me

Located in Chatham, Kent - Appointments now available (Covid 19 friendly)

Hello, I'm Dawn,

Thank you for visiting my page. I am a friendly and professional Clinical Hypnotherapist working with clients throughout Kent and the Medway Towns. I run Hawthorns Hypnotherapy which is based in a peaceful setting in Walderslade Woods, Chatham. I am very much a people person and I have successfully helped many people improve all areas of their lives. I am friendly, easy to talk to, non judgemental and all sessions are carried out in confidence.

Why do people come to see me?

People visit me for many different reasons. It may be that they are suffering from stress, anxiety or panic attacks and are finding certain tasks or activities difficult to carry out. They could have a fear or a phobia about something which is restricting their enjoyment of life. Some people find being in social situations difficult and need help with their confidence and self-esteem, Others may wish to lose weight, change their eating habits, become fitter and healthier or stop smoking. Addictions, OCD’s, exam nerves, problems conceiving a child, worries surrounding childbirth and being unable to sleep are also common issues. Most people assume that their problem is unique and that nothing can be done to help them. This is not true at all, Hypnotherapy is a very effective treatment in dealing with anything that is troubling you or limiting your life. Childhood or past traumas can also affect us as adults, many people seek Hypnotherapy as a means of helping them to overcome these memories and to move forward with their lives.

A bit about me, my career and background:

I have worked in the care industry for over 25 years. During this time I have managed and developed care homes and Domicilliary agencies across the sector. This has provided me with a wealth of knowledge and experience in caring for individuals with physical, mental and emotional difficulties. I spent a lot of time working with people with Huntingdon's Disease, Acquired Brain Injuries, Addictions, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health conditions such as depression, General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Bi-Polar and Schizophrenia. This eventually led me into the training sector where I qualified as a teacher in further education. I spent many years teaching and training HCA's and support workers both within the NHS and in the private sector. I assessed, verified and developed the NVQ Health and Social Care programmes offered by Pearson Edexcel, City and Guilds and NCFE.  I am still retained as a consultant for educational care qualifications for colleges and universities across the country. I have always had a special interest in how the mind works and how complex it can be. This led to a natural progression into Hypnotherapy and I qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2018. I am also a Nutritional Advisor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist as well as an NLP.  TFT and EMDR practitioner.

My journey through life so far has shown me that life is not always as smooth as we would like it to be. I also know that with the correct help and support we can overcome our difficulties. I very much enjoy helping and supporting people to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Seeing people reach their full potential is a lovely part of my job.

Treatments available include:

Past Life Regression
General well-being sessions
Stress and anxiety relief
Weight loss (different packages available)
Stop Smoking
Confidence building
Fears and Phobias
Obsessions and addictions
Inner Child and Parts Therapy

Specialist areas and treatments

Past Life Regression

Do you ever have a strange feeling that you have been somewhere before even when visiting somewhere for the first time? Perhaps you have a recurring dream, or maybe you instinctively know how to do something that you have never been taught. All of these things could be a sign from a past life. Regression is a completely safe and fascinating experience. It can also be very healing and can hold the key to overcoming unexplained fears and phobias in your current life. On the other hand, you may just be curious to find out if you have lived before, and if so, who you were. These sessions last for approximately 2 hours.


Anxiety affects many people on a day to day basis. It can severely limit your enjoyment of life and in severe cases can make you feel physically unwell. It affects each person differently and the range of symptoms associated with anxiety are wide and varied. Understanding what causes your anxiety is the first step in learning how to control your symptoms and feelings. Many people will suffer from panic attacks. These are both frightening and exhausting for the person experiencing them. Hypnotherapy combined with other techniques is a very effective form of treatment and can transform the lives of people living with anxiety. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your individual needs.

Stress Relief

During these sessions, you will experience and enjoy total relaxation. This causes many general health benefits such as decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduced respiratory rate. In addition, you will feel less stressed and anxious, more confident, your muscles will be looser and you are likely to sleep better. You will be much more able to deal with the challenges that daily life brings. At the end of the session, you will feel refreshed, calm and totally in control.

Fears and Phobias

Do you have a fear or a phobia about something that is affecting your daily life? If so, you are not alone. Most of us are scared of something, however, occasionally these fears become out of hand and start to affect our daily lives. In extreme cases, we will go to any lengths to avoid facing whatever it is we are frightened of. Hypnotherapy is a fast and effective treatment that will put you back in control of your life. It is likely that I will also use some CBT and NLP techniques to help you overcome these worries. Usually, a phobia can be overcome in 2 - 3 sessions

Nutritional guidance including weight-loss

I am also a qualified diet and nutritional advisor and I offer a range of treatments covering diet and weight loss. These are available on a one to one basis or in groups. I run a weekly motivational weight-loss programme that is designed to provide you with support from myself and other group members.  Please note you are free to follow whichever diet programme you choose but these sessions will help you to discover new recipes,  improve your motivation, build your confidence and increase your self-esteem. These sessions end with a guided relaxation/hypnotherapy session which will play a key part in keeping you on track. Please note these group sessions are suitable for anybody that is following any kind of nutritional programme whether it be for weight loss or to improve a medical condition such as high cholesterol, diabetes etc.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your individual requirements. Please note that this type of support is available in small groups or one to one basis.

Alternatively, I offer a range of weight loss programmes on an individual basis.  Please contact me for further information.

Hypnoband Licensed Practitioner

I am proud to offer the world famous Hypno-band weight loss system as featured on Channel 4. This weight loss system can only be carried out by a licensed and fully qualified hypnotherapist. The procedure consists of a combination of hypnosis and cognitive behaviour therapy and takes just 4 sessions to complete.


Over four sessions, the first of which will last about two hours and the remaining three will last approximately 1.5 hours I take you through the process of having a gastric band fitted in your mind. Under hypnosis, I use suggestion and visualisation to convince your mind that your stomach has become smaller and you need less food. This will result in you reaching your target weight and staying there. At the beginning of your first session, a full assessment will be carried out. This will be based on your eating habits/patterns and your lifestyle. Between us, we will agree on some lifestyle changes that you will need to make. You will not be put on a diet or told what you can or can’t eat. Together we will identify a lifestyle and a way of eating that is right for you. Once we have agreed on this I will put these changes to your subconscious mind in a way that will make the changes easy for you to maintain. You will be provided with food diaries and other useful information that will help you achieve a new and healthier lifestyle. Please contact me for further information. I am registered with the CNHC, accredited by The International Hypnotherapy Association and I am an approved therapist for Anxiety UK.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy,
  • Diploma in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
  • Diploma in Hypno-birthing
  • Advanced Diploma in Virtual Gastric Band for Weight Loss
  • Licensed practitioner for the Hypno-band weight loss system
  • Advanced Diploma in diet and nutrition
  • Advanced Diploma in weight loss and diet
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • D32/33 Vocational Assessor qualification
  • V! Internal Verifier Qualification
  • External Verifier Qualification
  • PTLLS Teaching Qualification for Adults
  • Advanced Qualification in Life Coaching
  • Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
  • Practitioner in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
  • Practitioner in Inner Child Therapy (used for healing traumas and past memories)
  • I was trained at the Kent College of Hypnotherapy.

Member organisations

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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.

International Hypnotherapy Association
International Hypnotherapy Association

The International Hypnotherapy Association is one of the leading organisations supporting hypnotherapists in practice. Established in 1997 and representing several hundred therapists, you can be sure to find the properly qualified, ethical and experienced practitioner to meet your needs, wherever you are in the world.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Accredited Register Scheme

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Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

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


Interview Success

Age regression

Past Life Regression

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£25.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£25.00 for general relaxation and well-being sessions (lasts 75 minutes)

£60 per individual sessions (lasts approximately 90 minutes

£125.00 Past Life Regression (includes recording of session

Hypnoband £350.00 ( 4/5 sessions)

£120 Stop smoking 

£10 Group weight/relaxation/confidence/well-being sessions (max 6 people)

Discounted packages are available

When I work

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Please note the availability shown above is for guidance only. Please message me if you woud like an appointment outside of these hours as I am always happy to be flexible to meet clients

Further information

Fully insured with Howden's Insurance Group

DBS checked

Chatham, Kent, ME5

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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