I am a highly qualified and experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Supervisor and former Hypnotherapy Trainer, practising in and around East Devon, with clinics in Axminster, Chard, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth. I also offer online or phone sessions.
I co-founded the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), which aims to increase public awareness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
I use Solution Focused therapy techniques, which means we don’t analyse the past or what’s wrong. Instead we focus on how you want things to be. It’s a very powerful, uplifting experience, and over the years I have helped many hundreds of clients achieve a better enjoyment of life.
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues, including: Anxiety, Stress, Lack of Motivation, Problems Sleeping, Confidence, Weight Management, Phobias and much more.
I have always been fascinated by the power of the sub-conscious and my experience as a hypnotherapist has demonstrated the significant changes we can make to the quality of our lives, simply by changing the way we think about things.
Life can be fun!
What is Hypnotherapy?
It’s probably not what you think.
Hypnotherapy is more than just hypnosis. It is underpinned by psychotherapy techniques designed to help you change unwanted habits of thought.
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues, including:
Anxiety, Stress, Lack of Motivation, Problems Sleeping, Confidence, Weight Management, Phobias and much more.
Many people believe that hypnotherapy is something that is "done" to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotizes their problem away, as if by magic.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it's important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
Born in Plymouth, my career has taken me away from the West Country for most of my adult life.
In a nutshell:
· I graduated with an honours degree in Physics from UCL
· I then spent 13 years in the IT industry
· Followed by 17 years in the charity sector
I moved back to Devon in 2003 to be closer to friends and family and settled close to the lovely town of Ottery St Mary.
Moving back enabled me to focus on all the things I’d always wanted to do but never had enough time – like finding out more about how the mind works by training to become a clinical hypnotherapist.
I qualified from the prestigious Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school (CPHT) in Bristol in 2008 and subsequently became a Supervisor, helping other Hypnotherapists hone their therapeutic skills. I have a thriving Hypnotherapy practice and a lively Supervision group.
Between 2015 and 2020 I was a Hypnotherapy Trainer for CPHT and established satellite schools in Guildford and Southampton with a close colleague. I also took over the running of CPHT Manchester with another close colleague. We trained dozens of students to become Solution Focused Hypnotherapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the prestigious Clifton Practice in Bristol and was awarded a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP) in 2008.
Shortly afterwards, I was awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) by the National Council for Hypnotherapy. The HPD is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in hypnotherapy training (FHEQ Level 4).
Later In 2009 I gained a diploma in SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) Training for Hypnotherapists.
In 2012 my membership status of the National Council for Hypnotherapy was upgraded to Accredited in recognition of the scale of my practice and commitment to ongoing professional development.
In 2013 I SFBT I became a Hypnotherapy Supervisor after completing the Supervision for Hypnotherapy Diploma (a level 5 qualification).
I enjoy keeping my skills up-to-date by attending regular CPD courses and Supervision sessions.
In 2015 I became a lecturer for CPHT and set up a school in Guildford with a close colleague. In 2018 we set up CPHT Southampton andI took over the running of the CPHT school in Manchester with another close colleague. We travelled to each school once a month delivering the 10 month HPD course, training students to become Solution Focused Hypnotherapists. I retired from lecturing in 2020.
In 2017 I gained the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD), a qualification that has been accredited by the NCFE and benchmarked at level 5. It is at an equivalent level to a Foundation Degree.
I have helped many hundreds of clients over the years, with a wide range of issues. The beauty of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that, because we do not deal with analysing the problem itself, I can work with all clients to help them achieve their preferred future.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) was set up to provide information about a modern form of Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits to members of the public. The main aim of the AfSFH is to spread awareness of the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Its secondary aim is to support Hypnotherapists in their businesses by encouraging good practice and self-care.
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.
National Council for Hypnotherapy
The National Council for Hypnotherapy holds one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists in the United Kingdom and strives to maintain the highest standards among its members.
There is an agreed Code of Conduct, an established Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure and all members are obliged to maintain comprehensive Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance, maintain regular CPD (continuing professional development) hours, and attend Supervision when needed.
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.
The initial consultation is free of charge and is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. I'll give you a free self-hypnosis relaxation track to set the wheels in motion.
Subsequent hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than hypnosis. During the first part of each session we'll talk about the progress you have made and I'll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
I'll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more helpful perspective on the quality of your life. I'll then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
Subsequent sessions - 50-55 minutes: £60
Self-Hypnosis for Childbirth:
Through learning self-hypnosis techniques, hypnotherapy can be beneficial during childbirth. The techniques are reinforced with the aid of a free childbirth CD which accompanies a course of hypnotherapy sessions. Self-hypnosis for Childbirth courses can be run for individual mums-to-be, couples or small groups.
I run monthly Group supervision sessions for qualified hypnotherapists. See my website for details.