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.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Weight loss
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
£65 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.
Type of session
I offer flexible appointments including evenings and weekends