Janet Dowling BEd (Hons), DSFH, HPD, AfSFH, CNHC, NCH
About Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy enables you to take control, in a positive and rational way, of how you think about and respond to situations in your daily life.
It can help you break the habits of negative thinking and behaviours that affect your ability to be happy and cope well. You will then recognise the changes that you want to make. You can then take control of your life again, allowing you to live your life in the way you want to. It is a safe and pleasurable experience that over time encourages your mind to focus on what you want it to.
A beneficial aspect of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that it can have the effect of lasting a lifetime. This is because you will experience techniques that will enable you to practise deep relaxation and self-hypnosis whenever and wherever you want to.
My passion has always been to help people reach their potential and for them to be happy which is why I chose to train as a teacher when I left school. There is something very rewarding about watching someone develop their skills and achieve what they want. I taught English, to all ages, in Singapore for 4 years. Then I taught in UK Primary Schools, most recently for 17 years at Winchcombe Primary School.
In 2014 I was ready for a change and for a different work/life balance so I decided to retrain as a hypnotherapist. Self-hypnosis is a technique that I have been familiar with for most of my life, starting when I was a young teenager when my mum had sessions to help her with her anxiety about travelling.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has allowed me to continue with my vocation to help people get the best out of themselves and their lives. Clients may arrive nervous and anxious but quickly realise that with me they are safe and valued. Their smiles return and there is excitement about what their future holds.
What to expect in the treatment sessions
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process between me the therapist, and you the client. It is 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.
I offer a free telephone chat for you to find out a little more about what I offer before booking you in for an initial consultation. Or if you prefer email me or text to arrange the initial consultation.
The initial consultation is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. You will begin to understand why you think, behave and suffer in the way you do and more importantly what can be done to help you. All clients receive a free relaxation CD or MP3 recording to ensure maximum success.
Subsequent 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 encourage 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 positive 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.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. Psychotherapy in itself is extremely helpful and its effects are enhanced by the application of hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Cheltenham and Winchcombe. I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist at the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training, a leading teaching college. This training lead to a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (DSFH). I gained my Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) through the National Council of Hypnotherapy.
I have extensive experience working with children and also with people with Asperger Syndrome. I was the PE subject leader at school and still retain the passion and drive to support individuals to achieve their sporting goal using sports performance enhancement techniques.
I attend regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
June 2015 - Working with Children - Paula Rose & Susan Rodrigues for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
May 2016 - Needle Phobia - Dorothea Read for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
May 2016 - Self-hypnosis for pain - Dipti Tait for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
September 2016 - Neuroscience - Dr Naeem Iqbal for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
October 2016 - Hypnotherapy for IBS - Professor Peter Whorwell for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
June 2017 Working with Adults with Asperger's Syndrome - Jackie McCormick
October 2017 - Treating Intrusive Thoughts - Mindbody Breakthrough
May 2018 - Dr David Muss Rewind Technique for PTSD
September 2018 - History and application of hypnotherapy within medical settings - Clinical Hypnotherapy School
November 2018 - Disordered Eating - Peter Appleton for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
December 2018 - Teenagers - Clinical Hypnotherapy School
May 2019 - The Language of Trance - Clinical Hypnotherapy School
September 2019 - Children and Teenagers - Clinical Hypnotherapy School
Testimonials From My Previous Clients
I know, my last session with you was about 10 months ago! It doesn't mean that I've forgotten though. I wasn't sure what to put in my testimonial back then, thought that my positive experience and an amazing impression about you as a therapist is kind of not enough (basically, I wanted some "real" examples, if you know what I mean)... Now, after ten months or so, I can confirm how much of an impact your therapy has had on my personality. I've became less stressed and, what is more important, less emotional, more organised and have started to prioritise efficiently both at work and at home (been promoted recently). More ambitious thoughts in my mind has appeared (I even completed my first half marathon and sign up for another one; never ever expected this, wasn't even big fan of running:)). I've become more interested in how my brain actually works and how can I improve it as well ... As you can see, no doubt hypnotherapy works! ET (English as a second language)
I first visited Janet to see if she could help with my motorway driving fear and it soon became evident that I had a general anxiety problem. I then continued to see Janet regularly. I cannot stress enough how much her practice has helped me. She has taught me a skill I didn't know I needed! She has shown me a new way to view life and by putting into practice what I have learnt I am now far more confident and sure of my own abilities. Life is a lot calmer now! ME
I went to Janet as I was very nervous about injections and the vaccinations that were coming up at school. After just four sessions I felt much calmer and amazingly on the day of the vaccinations, I felt quite relaxed! Janet was so easy to talk to and I looked forward to seeing her and I'm so glad that I'm over my phobia, thank you Janet x IE, age 13yrs
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.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
I work with young people from Reception age onwards.
I work with people with Asperger Syndrome - all ages.
I am also trained by Dr David Muss in his Rewind Technique (RT) and offer free sessions for veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You can self refer and do not need a formal diagnosis.
In this free, no obligation phone consultation, you have the opportunity to tell me what you would like help with and to find out a bit more about how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you. If you wish we can then make an appointment for an initial one to one first session.
First session: £80
In the first session you will be able to tell me, in more detail, what you require help with. I will explain how the brain works with regards to anxiety, worry, anger, fears and phobias and you will begin to understand why you think, behave and suffer in the way you do and more importantly what can be done to help you.
This session will take about 50 - 60 minutes.
Subsequent sessions: £80
I use the modern technique of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which encourages positive thinking by helping you to focus on solutions to your problems, rather than dwelling on the problems themselves. During a session, I use guided relaxation and visualisation so you can experience a natural state of deep relaxation. In this deeply relaxed state, both the conscious and subconscious minds are focused on the same positive suggestions and visualisations. You will remain conscious and in control throughout the relaxation, however relaxed you become.
The number of sessions that you will need will depend upon the nature of your condition and your own level of commitment and motivation. The treatment of phobias usually requires four sessions, other areas usually require between eight and twelve sessions. Some more deep rooted unwanted thoughts and behaviours will take longer.
Each session will last 50 minutes
I am currently working on-line with all clients so can be flexible with days and times.
As with the learning of all new skills results may vary from person to person. The number of sessions you will need will depend upon the nature of your condition and your own level of commitment and motivation to want to make changes.