Emma Wright, BSc (Hons), PG Cert (Clin Hyp)
Is anxiety or fear stopping you from living your life to the fullest? If so, I’m here to help.
Anxiety can be paralysing and stop you from enjoying everything life has to offer, but with my help, you can overcome it and take back control of your life.
If you suffer from anxiety, panic attacks or unnecessary fear, I can help teach you relaxation techniques and build up your very own 'anxiety toolkit' to dip in and out of whenever you feel anxious or new challenges come along.
I work with adults and teenagers across a whole range of other issues, including:
• Fear of flying
• Performance anxiety
• Pain management
• Chronic pain
• Weight loss
It’s my goal to help you make the most of your strengths and your opportunities – to help you be more motivated and determined to succeed. By getting to know you, I’m able to tailor sessions that fit specifically around your needs and goals.
I also teach self-hypnosis, which will empower you to maintain what we achieve in our sessions as well as reaching your long-term goals.
Where appropriate, I use other complementary therapies alongside hypnosis. These include: hypno-reflexology (where I use hypnotherapy alongside reflexology to deepen relaxation, helping with sleep and relieving stress); sports massage; hot stone massage and Japanese shiatsu.
Clients regularly ask me:
• Will you put me 'under'?
During hypnotherapy, you’re not asleep and can get up any time you choose. Your senses are heightened during this period of focused attention. I don’t ‘put you under’ – this is a common misconception. I help you to feel relaxed and in control. In fact, you can find yourself in a natural state of hypnosis every day if, for instance, you drift off, are daydreaming, or lost in a favourite book.
• Will hypnotherapy work for me?
The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis estimates that around 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. Key to success is the belief that change is possible, being open to trying something new and feeling motivated to change.
• What will happen in our sessions?
In our first session I get to know you and your history, so that I can understand your motivations and goals, and the relationship you have with your ‘symptom’. Following this, you will decide on a SMART goal – something that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. I will outline my suggested treatment plan and you may choose to experience hypnosis for the first time.
In following sessions, we will begin by reviewing progress with your SMART goal and the agreed treatment plan. We focus on what you want, and always on the positives. I will teach you new mind-relaxation therapy techniques in every session, which you will add to your 'anxiety toolkit'. Practice between sessions will allow you to gain control over your thoughts more quickly and empower you to take charge of your symptom.
The number of sessions depends on your level of motivation, your expectations, the complexity of your symptom and your ultimate goal.
• What can I expect from hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses the state of hypnosis to manage an unwanted habit, behaviour or medical problem. As a highly trained clinical hypnotherapist, my role is to keep you safe and empower you to always be in control. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) endorse clinical hypnotherapy as being effective in relieving psychological and physical symptoms, and improving quality of life, alongside cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation and mindfulness therapies, all of which I incorporate into hypnosis.
Fear of Flying:
"I was very afraid of flying for over 20 years, and normally taking serious medication to combat this. It was very interesting to know that Emma does hypnotherapy. My last flight to the USA which was recent, made me nervous. I was only able to book two appointments before I went. Emma was positive, calm and reassuring, and after both sessions I definitely had a better attitude towards my impending departure. Emma also gave me lots of helpful hints and tricks for before and during the flight. I can now happily report that following hypnotherapy, I didn't feel at all anxious during my flights. My medication didn't leave my bag. I thank you Emma. I would highly recommend hypnotherapy with you." (HG, Ashtead)
“Emma, I have fantastic news. My son had a great car journey down through France and Spain, with not one panic attack. In fact, I don't believe he has had a panic attack since finishing his last session with you. The tools you have given him to cope work brilliantly and he is so much happier. Over the summer my son worked on a building site doing all sorts of jobs, even ending up supervising men three times his age! It has helped his confidence no end and that, coupled with your amazing therapy, has enabled him to be such a much better person in himself.
I can't thank you enough.
You have literally changed a young person's life and given him courage and belief in himself.”
Mrs F (Epsom)
“I recently visited Emma for hypnotherapy with my daughter who has been struggling with extreme anxiety before exams. Emma allowed me to be present in the session which was reassuring for my child and helped me to understand her methods and practice. After extremely useful breathing exercises she began the guided story, which was completely tailored to my daughter’s young age. Using metaphors and examples that my daughter would understand and recognise made the experience comforting and accessible. Since the visit my daughter has used the techniques to great effect and has played the recording Emma made of the session before an important and usually stressful day. I am very pleased to say it has really helped to change her mindset and we will continue to use Emma's techniques".
(H Underwood, Ashtead)
“I have just completed a course of hypnotherapy for anxiety with Emma and it was an enlightening experience. I was not entirely convinced beforehand that hypnotherapy would help, but under her very professional, calm and kind guidance I have found a wonderful new set of tools which allow me to feel much more able to control my anxiety. It was an extremely positive and relaxing experience and has given me so much more confidence knowing I can use what I have learned whenever I need to. I cannot recommend and thank Emma enough!”
(J Samuel, Reigate)
Comfort Eating, sleep problems, performance anxiety and addiction to social media:
“I went to see Emma Wright for hypnotherapy to help with ‘comfort eating’. I found the sessions so beneficial that I decided to try a few other areas of my life that I felt I needed more control over: social media, not getting enough sleep and professional performance anxiety.
Each session commenced with an honest discussion about how these issues were affecting my life and how they made me feel. Emma was able to distil the essence of the problem and focus on those issues in each session, to reinforce a positive message each time. She made a recording on my phone, so that I could listen to the sessions whenever I needed to – which was helpful and convenient. The repetition of the message really helps to keep only the ‘good thoughts’ at the forefront of my mind. I have lost weight, I have deactivated my Social Media account and I am feeling a lot less ‘outraged’ and more relaxed with life. I feel free and in control – thank you Emma!”
(Mrs A, Epsom)
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy with The London College of Clinical Hypnosis and The University of West London (The only university accredited hypnotherapy qualification worldwide)
- BSc Honours, Psychology
- Certificates in Counselling Studies, Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, Levels 2&3
- Various training programmes to support parents with adopted children who have attachment and other difficulties ... specifically with the objective of supporting adoptive parents
- Approved Anxiety UK volunteer hypnotherapist
- EMDR Practitioner
- Sergeant At Arms for Ashtead Toastmasters International (public speaking) Group
- Past volunteer roles, with MacMillan Cancer, Brigitte Trust (Dorking), and Victim Support. In-house training completed including Loss and Bereavement
- Assistant Physiotherapist, NHS
- Corporate experience in Retail Banking for 21 years
- NVQ in Cancer Awareness, awarded by Macmillan Cancer
- Diplomas awarded by The International Exam Board for Complementary Therapies for: Sports Massage; Reflexology; On-Site Massage and Stress Management; Anatomy, Physiology & Health; Hot Stone Massage; Bamboo Massage
- Diploma in Shiatsu & Oriental Medicine (Morley College, London)
Professional body memberships
- Associate member of British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- Associate member of International Federation of Holistic Therapists
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Depression *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- Weight loss
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£55 per session (1 hour)
£65 first session (up to 1 1/2 hours)
Contact me by phone or email if you would like a free initial twenty-minute telephone consultation.
Other services I offer include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Habits are conditioned and reinforced every time a behaviour is repeated. The aim is to replace the old conditioned response with healthier behaviour, opening up to new possibilities which are consistent with your goal, including changing mindset from the negative to the positive.
When we become over anxious, mindfulness helps to reduce the chaos in our minds. Mindfulness is achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, accepting and embracing thoughts, feelings and sensations regarding a current challenge. The breath is used as an anchor for relaxation.
I use relaxation techniques including progressive muscle relaxation and the relaxation response, to calm the mind and reduce the body's stress response, to slow breathing and heart rate and relax every muscle throughout the body.
Mondays to Thursdays, 9:15am - 3pm Mondays to Thursdays, 7:30pm - 9pm Fridays, 9:15am - 3pm Saturdays 9:30am - 12midday