Heather Smith BSc Dip CBH GQHP
Do you struggle with anxiety, stress or phobias? Are you terrified of the dentist or scared to take a flight? Does the thought of speaking in public make you want to run for the hills except you’re afraid of heights?
Would you like to stop smoking or lose weight?
I use an integration of cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy to help with these and many other issues. Therapy is bespoke. Together we consider the causes of the problem and agree a course of treatment drawing on a range of techniques. For example, under hypnosis, you might imagine yourself coping well with a situation you find difficult using relaxation techniques or imaging yourself behaving as a really confident person would. Over several sessions, this new way of behaving and feeling becomes embedded and it becomes possible to live it out in real life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained on the groundbreaking cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy course at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in London. The course teaches evidence-based techniques and is approved by the British Psychological Society for registered psychologists.
I also have a BSc in Psychology and two counselling skills certificates in humanistic and psychodynamic counselling. I have undertaken extra courses in stopping smoking and treatment of insomnia.
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.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
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
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.
£55 per one hour session
My psychology degree and two counselling certificates give me a good basis for understanding the problems that people find themselves facing in the complicated world we live in. One of the things I valued about my counselling training was the practice in listening, so you can be sure I will be focused on what you say.
Before training as a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist I had a long and varied career across a variety of industries including publishing, public sector outsourcing and defence. I have worked as both employee and a freelancer, and I understand the stresses of working in different kinds of organisations and of worrying where your next job is coming from. At the same time, I was raising a family – I learned to be an expert juggler of all the responsibilities that come with both work and family life.
Always wishing I’d taken my psychology degree training further, I finally took the plunge and trained as a hypnotherapist with the prestigious UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy based in London. Its experienced tutors have developed a comprehensive course that is approved by the British Psychological Society for registered psychologists. After qualifying, I took extra courses in the treatment of insomnia and in smoking cessation.