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About me

At this uncertain time, I'm offering new as well as existing clients online therapy via Skype or Zoom - or telephone counselling. For new clients, I offer a free 15- minute trial via Zoom or Skype to know what to expect. Although in-person sessions are sometimes preferred, you might be surprised how quickly and easily you adapt and can feel comfortable with this way of communicating and receiving therapy - and how effective it can be. Research shows there is no difference in outcome of in-person versus online therapy.  Support in these challenging times is needed so please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

I'm Denise, a highly experienced, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Advanced Hypno-Psychotherapist and qualified EMDR therapist, offering supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate psychotherapy, counselling and effective hypnotherapy since 1994. Working integratively, I'll use a range of techniques and therapy approaches tailored to your particular needs to help you make the changes you desire - options include Psychodynamic, CBT, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing), Gestalt Psychotherapy, Body-orientated approaches, Inner Child Work, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis and Affect-Centred Therapy.

My specialist, Masters Degree level, training as a Hypno-Psychotherapist also enables me to gently but effectively use hypnosis and hypnotherapy alongside counselling/psychotherapy to facilitate and speed up the process of positive change, where appropriate. I also hold the European Certificate for Clinical Hypnosis, which is the use of hypnosis in a clinical context. 

In addition, my wide-ranging training and experience in psychotherapy enables me to also offer an empathetic, compassionate and non-judgemental space and therapeutic 'relationship' where you can feel the necessary support and safety to have the time you need to talk about and resolve difficult or distressing feelings or experiences which may be negatively affecting your quality of life, well-being or relationships. (If you are interested in learning more about the Integrative Psychotherapy I offer, please also take a look at my profile on Counselling Directory - link below).  

About Hypno-Psychotherapy
Put simply, Hypno-Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis as an aid: it is a gentle, yet powerful and often speedy, way of supporting and inducing/encouraging positive change. Consequently, a Hypno-Psychotherapist has additional training and expertise to be able to also work successfully with more complex or challenging problems than those which can often be effectively treated by those hypnotherapists & NLP practitioners without initial, additional, psychotherapy training. As many emotional, behavioural or psychological problems have a sub-conscious or 'unconscious' aspect to them, this rare integration of hypnosis with multi-modal psychotherapy can offer the perfect combination and approach for many people seeking to make changes in their lives.

What's next?

During a Consultation we discuss what’s troubling you, what you want to achieve with therapy and then collaboratively agree on a way to help you get there. Whether you have a specific problem or worry, are feeling anxious or low or even overwhelmed and struggling to cope or want to be free from unwanted behaviours it’s likely I can help you with my integrative, eclectic approach.

I work with individuals both in short- and long-term therapy according to your needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy (ADHP(NC)) - Masters Degree level training
  • UKCP registered - Member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • Qualified EMDR Therapist
  • Bachelor of Science Open (Open)
  • European Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (ECCH)
  • Diploma in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (DHP(NC) -  Masters Degree level training
  • Certificate in Hypnosis and psychotherapy- Post-grad level training
  • Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology  (CCST)
  • Fellow of National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
  • Member - European Chamber of Hypno-Psychotherapy
  • Member - European Association of Hypno-Psychotherapists
  • Member - IBS Register

I trained in hypno-psychotherapy with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, which is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is one of a very few nationally accredited hypnotherapy trainings, which also incorporates Psychotherapy and involves a 4-year Masters Degree level training.
I have also undergone additional Masters level training to achieve an Advanced Diploma. I am accredited and regulated by UKCP, abiding by their Code of Ethics and Practice and am fully insured and supervised as required by this national regulatory body for psychotherapy.

EMDR Training

I am also a fully trained, qualified EMDR therapist, trained by an EMDR Association accredited training and working toward full Accreditation as an EMDR Practitioner with the EMDR Association UK & Ireland. As such, I access regular monthly supervision for my EMDR client work with an Accredited EMDR Consultant - to ensure that you receive high quality, safe EMDR therapy which is appropriate for you.

In addition to training in Traditional and Ericksonian hypnotherapeutic approaches, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling, I have also undergone further additional training in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London), Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Dance Movement Therapy (Birkbeck college, London), Clean Language training and Emotional Regulation/Affect Management Skills Training. I’ve also taken further training in working with IBS and Eating Disorders and undertaken extensive research in, and learnt techniques for, working with trauma, including Somatic Trauma Therapy and EMDR. 

Additional Training
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) Training Parts 1-3 - with the renowned, International, EMDR Association Accredited Trainer, Sandi Richman
IBS Clinical Hypnotherapy training - OPSIM protocol used effectively within NHS for over 25 years.
'Treating Eating Disorders' Training.

Areas of Expertise - I specialise in trauma & PTSD as well as anxiety/panic, chronic pain, IBS, low self-esteem/ confidence, weight/body and eating issues/difficult relationships with food. This includes compulsive (over)eating, emotional eating, overcoming yo-yo dieting and non-specific disordered eating.
IBS Hypno-psychotherapy:
Research (IBSnetwork.org) shows that both hypnosis and psychotherapy can be useful in managing IBS. I use the nationally recognised OPSIM IBS Clinical Hypnotherapy protocol in combination with additional psychotherapy, for the psycho-emotional aspects of IBS, within each Hypno-Psychotherapy session.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is an umbrella organisation, with over 80 training, or accrediting organisations in membership.

Registration with UKCP is obtained through one of their Member Organisations and each practitioner must maintain membership of a Member Organisation to maintain their UKCP Registration.

Members must adhere to approved Codes of Ethics and Practice and be accountable to UKCP Complaints and Appeals Procedures.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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

*Trauma *Abuse *Mind-Body Healing *Pain Management *Life change *Psychosomatic Ailments   *Life / mid-life crisis
* Menopause adjustment  *Body Image problems *Habits *Fears *Panic *Driving Test Nerves *Sports performance *Social Anxiety *Blushing *Public Speaking *Disordered eating  *Relationship issues *Health Anxiety *Misophonia  *Social Phobia *Vomiting Phobia *Dental Phobia *Lifts Phobia  *Insect Phobia *Driving Phobia *Claustrophobia * Personal Development * Performance Enhancement

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive hypnotherapy
  • Hypno-psychotherapy
  • Solution focused hypnotherapy
  • Suggestion hypnotherapy


From £50.00 to £75.00
Free initial online session

Additional information


Please refer to my website www.denisemarleyn.co.uk for information about fees and Consultation options.

IBS Hypno-Psychotherapy: (IBS Hypnosis plus Psychotherapy)
- Course of 6 sessions (paid in full in advance) - £420
IBS Hypno-psychotherapy includes 6 IBS Hypnosis Mp3's's FREE for use at home.


Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm 

Further information

My practice is undertaken in quiet, tranquil and attractive premises suitable for hypnotherapy - with easy, free parking available.

My psychotherapy and hypnotherapy practice is located in Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes - which are in easy reach of Dunstable, Luton, Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, Buckingham, Towcester, Flitwick, Ampthill, Woburn and surrounding areas of Beds, Bucks and Herts.

Also registered with Counselling Directory.

Leighton Buzzard

Stony Stratford
Milton Keynes

Type of session

In person

Key details

I'm currently using online encrypted video messaging to protect clients during the Covid-19 pandemic, so you can still access counselling & psychotherapy even if you're self-isolating.

Denise Marleyn ADHP(NC), UKCP Advanced Hypno-Psychotherapist, EMDR therapist

Denise Marleyn ADHP(NC), UKCP Advanced Hypno-Psychotherapist, EMDR therapist