Josephine Cowley

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Prof Dip Hypnotherapy MEd Cantab
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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23
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About me

Hello, and thank you for viewing my profile. I am a skilled hypnotherapist and educationalist with a passion for helping adults and adolescents overcome the obstacles in their lives. I have a specific interest in anxiety, panic, anxiety management, confidence and resilience building, weight loss and weight management, and stress management.

I can also help with:

  • exam preparation
  • driving test nerves
  • public speaking and presentation nerves
  • low self-esteem
  • fears and phobias
  • school phobia and refusal

All sessions are non-judgemental, confidential and in a safe environment.

I have a passion for mental health and wellbeing, something which I developed over my 17 year teaching career. As an experienced leader with a Master's degree in Educational Leadership (M.Ed Cantab), I witnessed first-hand the debilitating effects of anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem in students and staff alike. My desire to better support my students and colleagues led to my studying for a professional diploma in hypnotherapy and initial counselling skills. The transformative potential of hypnotherapy to help people find deep relaxation, self-soothe, change mindsets, develop, grow, and overcome obstacles, is fascinating and rewarding to see.

I work with adults covering a broad range of issues, habits, weight loss and management, phobias, fears, anxieties and stresses. My work with adolescents (Year 6 and above) may help your child with school based anxiety, exam worries, driving test nerves, common childhood fears such as the dentist, swimming, and separation anxiety, stress, and navigating change. I firmly believe in empowering each client with a toolkit to navigate life and their presenting issue as they move forward beyond therapy. I also have experience of working with neurodiversity in adolescents and adults, with a specific interest in ADHD and its varying presentations. 

If you want to seek meaningful change to anxieties that are holding you, or your child back, get in touch.

”I cannot believe the difference our sessions have had. My base level is calmer, I feel able to manage my general anxiety and have much more confidence in the workplace. I’m putting myself forward for job interviews and I would never have done  that before.” (EP, Herts) 

"My daughter was able to go to the optician this week and let her eyes be examined.  This was unthinkable a few months ago." (BL, Herts)

“I’ve tried to lose weight so many times - coming to Jo was like a last attempt. She helped me realise that I had little confidence in myself to achieve the goal I wanted so we worked on building my confidence up to have the life I really wanted. I’m nearly 5 stone down. I’m thrilled. It feels completely different to any weight loss I’ve done before. This feels like I’m really living.” (AC, Herts) 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Introduction to Counselling Skills - Chrysalis Courses 2023
  • Professional Certificate in Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Panic (The Hypnotherapy Academy) 2023
  • Professional Certificate in Hypnotherapy for Children and Adolescents (The Hypnotherapy Academy) 2023
  • Identifying ADHD in Gils (Add-Vance 2022)
  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner Training (2021)
  • Identifying ADHD in Boys (Add-Vance 2020)
  • Leading Education and Learning- MEd (Cambridge University 2013)

Member organisations

Hypnotherapy Society
National Hypnotherapy Society (Hypnotherapy Society)

The National Hypnotherapy Society is a Learned Society whose primary purpose is the advancement of the knowledge of hypnotherapy and the fostering of professional hypnotherapy expertise through training, accreditation and continued professional development of their members. The Society seeks to contribute to public wellbeing both through the use of hypnotherapy and by ensuring that hypnotherapists are safe, competent and ethical in practice.

Accredited register membership

National Hypnotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Hypnotherapy Society

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 have experience of working with neurodiversity in adolescents and adults, with a specific interest in ADHD and its varying presentations. For further information on how hypnotherapy could help manage ADHD in yourself, or your child, get in touch.

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£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

You will have an initial phone call for free to organise our consultation appointment and to get a brief overview of the presenting issue.  You will then have an initial consultation face-to-face of 90 minutes to discuss your presenting issue and to experience a taster of hypnosis. The first 30 minutes are free and thereafter, it is £65 per session.

The number of sessions will vary from client to client but typically are between 4 and 6 sessions.

Smoking cessation is charged at £250 to include the initial consultation (90 minutes), quit smoking session (60 minutes) and follow-up support.

When I work

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I have flexibility throughout the week. I look forward to speaking with you.

Further information

I have been a teacher for nearly 18 years and have a wealth of experience in helping children, teenagers, and adults navigate change and obstacles in their lives. I firmly believe in empowering the client to take life tools away with them to help them beyond therapy. This includes working with strategies to soothe the nervous system.

Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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My therapy room is on the first floor. I do not have a lift or stairlift.

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Josephine Cowley
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