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About me

Just for a moment, imagine what your life could be like without anxiety, stress, panic, or worrying ... to be free to go out, to get a good night's sleep, or just to relax and have fun. For many people, just a few sessions of hypnotherapy can help to make that happen.

If you're reading this site you might already be aware that hypnotherapy can be helpful for those who suffer anxiety in a variety of forms. Whether it bothers you in a specific situation, like speaking in public or flying, or if it's more general, worming its way into many aspects of your life.

I am an experienced, highly qualified therapist with a real interest in people and a strong drive to help them make their lives better. My approach is practical and effective and focusses on what you want your therapy to achieve.

I specialise in working with anxiety, although I can also help you with a wide variety of other issues, including sleep disorders, smoking cessation, lack of direction or motivation, generalised anxiety or worrying, PTSD, pain control, public speaking, confidence and self-esteem and phobias such as a fear of flying or spiders.

I also have specialist training in working with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - the effectiveness of using hypnotherapy with this condition is recognised by the NHS. I work with adults and children over 10.

My clinic is close to junction 31 of the M62, so very convenient for Wakefield, Leeds, Pontefract, and Castleford. I can offer appointments on weekdays or Saturdays, so can fit around your busy life.

I am registered with the GHR as an Advanced Hypnotherapy Practitioner, I am a Fellow of the ACCPH, the highest level of membership available in both cases. I am also a member of the NCH and a former editor of the Hypnotherapy Journal. When I'm not seeing clients, I run a multi-accredited hypnotherapy school; I am a published author on therapy topics and spoke at the UK Hypnosis Convention in London.


Are you unsure if hypnotherapy is right for you? Do you have questions about what's involved or worries about trance?

If so, you can book a free information session. No hypnosis takes place at these sessions, they are simply a chance for us to meet, and for you to ask whatever questions you like. You can bring a friend or relative with you, so we can decide between us if hypnotherapy is the right thing to help you.

You will not be put under any pressure to book paid therapy sessions and you are welcome to go home and think about things before making any decisions. However, if we both feel that it's right to go ahead, you would be able to book to come back on another occasion to begin therapy.

You can also download a free five-minute audio from my website without needing to hand over your email or any other information about yourself. Go to


Please feel free to check out the website or to contact me by phone or email.


You can contact me via the Hypnotherapy Directory, my hypnotherapy site (listed at the top of the page) or any of the following:


Seeing clients is a rewarding and very important part of my working life, but if you've read my profile, you'll know I also have to allow time for training and writing commitments (the next book is in the pipeline). I, therefore, can only offer one-to-one appointments a couple of days a week.
I am happy to take phone calls from 9 am to 9 pm on any day; if you get the answerphone, leave a message and I'll get back to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Professional Qualifications include the following - you can see a complete list on my website.

  • BA (Hons), First Class, in Humanities and Social Studies (Psychology/Literature), Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy from Sunnycoast Hypnotherapy Training
  • Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice, from the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
  • Certified Professional Hypnotist, from the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy (USA)
  • Advanced Diploma of Professional Stress Management, at Distinction level, from the College of Integrated Therapies
  • last Technique, EMDR, PTSD & Trauma Certificate, from Warwickshire School of Hypnotherapy

Some of my Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • General Hypnotherapy Register (Advanced Practitioner & Supervisor)
  • Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (Senior Member)
  • International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • International Stress Management Association (affiliate)

I am a keen advocate of continuous professional development and undertake additional training and qualifications regularly.
All certification and insurance, and my DBS check (previously called CRB) are available to view at my clinic.

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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.


The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

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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

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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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


  • Assertiveness Training; a combination of coaching and hypnotherapy for those who want to negotiate better, express themselves more clearly or stand up for themselves in a postive, non aggressive and constructive way
  • Stress Management Coaching: if you don't want to use hypnotherapy for some reason, I can still help you reduce your stress and cope better.

EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumas
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is well known as an effective and simple way of dealing with PTSD but it can also be used for reducing the impact of all kinds of unpleasant experiences such as muggings, car accidents, relationship crises and much more. Please contact me for more information about this.

I offer seminars and workshops on stress and related issues around the North of England. Please see


I offer hypnotherapy training at all levels from Taster Days to multi-accredited practitioner courses and CPD for practising therapists. I can also offer group and occasionally one to one supervision services. Find out more on and


From £70.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

  • Information sessions - free, subject to availability - can be offered by phone, online or in-person. 
  • Smoker's Programme £170. Couples discount available (see website for T&C).
    A four-step programme for smokers who want to stop. Have a look at the flyer above for more information on what's included.
  • For other issues, the number of sessions you need may vary according to your circumstances and the type of changes you want to make. In most cases, I suggest we start with around four sessions. If (when those are complete) there is still value in having more, this can be arranged.  A discounted rate is available for anyone paying for a block of sessions in advance.
    The first session is likely to be around 90 minutes, after that sessions are approximately an hour each. The fee remains the same regardless of the length of the session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Wednesday mornings and Saturdays available

Further information

The therapy clinic in Normanton (WF6), West Yorkshire, is situated close to junction 31 of the M62. It is easily reached from

  • Wakefield
  • Pontefract
  • Castleford
  • Leeds
  • and the surrounding areas.

Please visit my websites for more information:

General hypnosis and hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy for IBS

My LinkedIn account:

Normanton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Please contact me if access issues are a concern. Our toilet is upstairs and we don't have a lift, but appointments could be arranged downstairs in the waiting room with privacy arrangements in place, or I may be able to meet you somewhere else.

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In person

Debbie Waller is an experienced therapist, trainer, author and conference speaker, who can offer supervision by phone, Zoom or in person (Yorkshire).

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Debbie Waller

Debbie Waller