Jula Lewsey Dip Hyp CS, MHS, GHR (Reg), Dip CP, MNCS
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Jula is a fully qualified and experienced Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Counsellor who will help you learn about yourself, overcome your difficulties and grow in confidence. Jula offers a warm, non-judgemental and solution focussed approach to therapy and will support you in a safe, calm and confidential way. Jula is known for her honest, straight talking yet warm and caring style and aims to give you insight into how you are feeling, where the root of the problems lie and support you in discovering how to get the most out of your life and move forward.
Jula’s approach is both professional, personal and intuitive and she will make you feel at ease and safe in every session. Jula is an integrative therapist and whatever is causing your distress, lack of interest in life or relationship difficulties, Jula will tailor her work according to your needs, drawing from a range of different approaches and models of therapy including:-
* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
* Gestalt Therapy
* Inner Child Therapy
* Hypnotherapy including Regression and Parts Therapy
* Person-Centred Counselling
* Psychoanalytical Therapy
* Transactional Analysis
Jula strives to assist clients in finding meaningful alternatives to unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving and to become more accepting of yourself and others. Therapy with Jula can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.
Jula’s background as a Human Resources Director and Board Director gives her a wealth of experience in business. She fully appreciates the challenges and obstacles people face at work and how this can be at the heart of stress, poor health and relationship breakdowns. Jula will help you develop your self confidence, get a better work/life balance and support you in realising and achieving your true potential.
Jula is a highly experienced therapist specialising in anxiety/panic attacks, relationship issues, career development, weight management (including eating disorders) and helping people who wish to develop self-confidence. She also treats people who are suffering from grief and loss, have stress or anger issues, those suffering from insomnia and people who wish to be free of fears, phobias or unwanted habits. She specialises in couple’s counselling, hypnotherapy and solution focussed therapies, including gut specific hypnotherapy for the treatment of IBS and EMDR for the treatment of PTSD.
Please do not hesitate to contact Jula to have an exploratory chat about how therapy can help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Jula is a qualified and insured practitioner and is registered with the National Hypnotherapy Society, The General Hypnotherapy Register and is a member of the National Counselling Society.
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.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
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.
The first session will be an assessment session, where we will decide if you feel we can work together. Should this be agreed, we will commence therapy with an open-time contract which means that wherever possible we will both commit to on-going therapy until you feel the work is complete. The initial assessment will include a full history take and the treatment plan, duration and frequency of ongoing sessions will also be discussed and agreed.
As a guide, the Practice fees are:-
Initial Assessment £70 (90 minutes)
Further Appointments £50 per session (60 minutes)
Extended Appointments £70 per session (90 minutes)
Double Sessions £90 per session (120 minutes)
Extended and double sessions are advisable for clients who wish to work with a number of issues, or deeper issues and get more done in a shorter space of time.
Quit Smoking £175 for a one-off 3 hour session
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can be hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised. Although some people are more readily able to be hypnotised than others, that largely depends upon the willingness to be hypnotised at that time. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will, so if you choose not to be hypnotised, you will not be. However, it is said that if you allow the process to occur, then most people can be hypnotised.
Who may benefit from hypnotherapy?
Again, the answer to this question is virtually everyone. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no-one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However, it is not just potential which hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change.
What are contraindications?
Although there are many presenting issues where hypnotherapy may bring relief and wellbeing, there are instances in which it may be contra-indicated. In some cases, GP approval will be required before hypnotherapy can start although this will be explored at the initial consultation.
Is it safe?
Hypnotherapy is a perfectly normal and safe alternative state of consciousness. People are sometimes concerned that they will lose control during hypnosis however, regardless of how deeply you go into hypnosis and however passive you may appear to be, you actually remain in full control of the situation. You will be able to communicate with Jula during hypnosis if you wish to and you can instruct her to stop at any time. You are always in control.
Stage hypnotists (such as people you may have seen on the TV) use similar techniques (e.g. trance, suggestion and visualisation) that a hypnotherapist will use but this is where the similarity ends. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis positively, helping people to access their inner resources in a powerful and permanent way – it is not, under any circumstances, used for amusement or entertainment.
What does hypnosis feel like?
You know how you feel when you allow yourself to drift off to sleep and how to recognise that feeling of relaxation as the body senses slow down? The hypnotic trance shares the same commonalities, the only difference being, the hypnotherapist will induce the state of relaxation. Hypnosis is not the same as sleep. It is an altered state of mind similar to daydreaming or becoming absorbed in an activity that you lose track of time. During these times you are not asleep, merely unconcerned about your surroundings at the time – for example, becoming absorbed in a book. Your attention is absorbed in the book, to the exclusion of everything else, which means that sensations can go overlooked or even ignored.
How many sessions will I need?
Every case is different and it varies with each person. Smoking cessation usually takes only 1 extended session (with some people taking advantage of the free booster session) but Jula's aim with everyone is to get you a little better or to give you a little bit more insight after every session. Jula's advice is, if you think you are getting better then keep coming and if you feel you’ve reached where you wish to be, then stop coming. Jula will always be honest with you and if she feels she's taken you as far as she can she will bring an end to therapy or if she feels it is not working for you, she will stop.
Will I give away my secrets?
You are in complete control of yourself, you will not say or do anything that will be against your will. There is no need to divulge any more information than you feel is necessary to alleviate your presenting problem.
Are there any side effects from hypnotherapy?
The worst possible side effect is that you may fall asleep! If Jula were to stop talking for a while, you could either allow yourself to become more relaxed and so fall asleep, or you could open your eyes. You are in total control of your trance experience. Some people become emotional during hypnosis or a few days following therapy, but this is often an emotional release. On the other hand, the best possible side effect is that you will notice a complete alleviation of your presenting problem, and the knowledge that you are able to create your own success and live the life you wish for.
Will I remember everything during hypnosis?
Total amnesia for the entire hypnotic procedure is unlikely. Sometimes it will be necessary to remember certain portions of the process in order to ensure your total success.
Does hypnotherapy involve drugs?
No, not at all. Jula merely uses her voice to create scenes which may mean you will be picturing, as in a daydream, the things that are being spoken of. In some cases you may experience the associated feelings.