I am a hypnotherapist and counsellor and work with adults and young people experiencing a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, stress, bullying, loss and bereavement, separation and divorce, redundancy and relationship issues, low self esteem, weight management and stopping smoking, pain management, unwanted habits and phobias.
Hypnosis can be used as a treatment on its own. There is good research evidence that the addition of hypnosis can often increase the effectiveness of other counselling and psychotherapies and enhance treatment outcomes.
Where appropriate, I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which facilitates the release of trauma and works well within hypnotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a General Nurse and Mental Health Nurse and in Occupational Health Nursing and have a Diploma in Nursing. I hold a Masters degree in Education from Aberdeen University. Training in hypnotherapy led to a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis from the University of West London. I am an associate member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH).
I am also a Counselling Member of COSCA, having completed a postgraduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling. Counselling experience includes working with groups, couples, young people and adults.
Mindfulness practice is central to my work and I have a certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. My special interest is in working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression.
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy.
There are various types of membership of BSCH, including associate members, full members, diplomats and fellows.
Registration demands good quality training, ethical practice and adherence to a code of conduct.
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 trained with Tony Buzan to teach study skills such as Mind Mapping, Memory Improvement techniques and Speed Reading and have taught these skills to individuals, groups and with various organisations including the Open University. These skills are useful for children, young people and adults.
Mind Mapping can help with note taking and note making and encourage creativity. The Dyslexia Association recommend mind mapping as a way to support children and adults with dyslexia and there is evidence that mind maps are useful tools for autism spectrum disorders.
Simple methods can be taught to help you read more effectively and increase your reading speeds. Strategies to help with memory can increase your confidence generally and boost exam results.
I charge £50 per session. Each session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. There is a range of fees for employers and organisations available on request.
Before we meet up for therapy, I am happy to talk with you on the phone or by email if you would like more information. We can also explore what help is most suitable for you and how we might tailor treatment to meet your needs.
After an assessment has been made we can schedule an appointment time to suit you.
The number of sessions varies with each individual. The range may be from one or two sessions to a longer number of sessions depending on the issues to be resolved.
Normal office hours plus evenings and weekends by appointment.
At present I am working on the phone and online, for example on Zoom. Clients may be some distance away and/or not wish to work face to face with the present Covid 19 situation. On-line and phone hypnotherapy work as well as face to face therapy. You can feel just as relaxed, at ease and comfortable working from your own home and these sessions may be more convenient especially for those in remote areas or with poor public transport and for those with mobility problems.