Hello, I'm Katie, a Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. I am also a lecturer for the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School.
I run Songbird Hypnotherapy, which is a Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy practice based in Bedfordshire, supporting people with their mental health. I am also able to work with you online via Zoom if you would prefer or are not in travelling distance of the practice.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is an up to date and modern approach. A forward thinking and positive form of talking therapy, combined with hypnosis, without the need to dwell on the past. The therapy is entirely neuroscience based and will get you feeling the best version of yourself again!
I specialise in supporting people suffering from a range of symptoms and helping them to get their lives back on track.
Imagine feeling confident and in control every day. What difference would that make to your life? What would you be able to achieve?
I work with people suffering from; anxiety, depression, low mood, insomnia, chronic pain, OCD, phobias, PTSD, grief and weight management plus many more! If you want to eliminate any of these symptoms from your life and get the real you back again then please don’t hesitate to get in touch to book your FREE initial consultation and start your journey. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with CPHT (Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training) and hold a Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) and Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma(HPD).
I am registered with the AfSFH and NCH. I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS.
I am also a lecturer for the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy School.
I originally trained as a teacher and taught in schools for a number of years. I was led to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy myself when I went through a low time in my life. I felt alone and confused, lacked confidence and had a very negative mindset. Over the years I had tried a few different therapies, all of which had involved discussing the past, something I hadn’t found beneficial in any way. I knew I wanted to move forward, not to dwell on the past. I stumbled across a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in my local community, purely by coincidence. After only 6 sessions with her, my mindset had completely changed, I was able to make confident decisions and I found a new found sense of self worth in myself. The lady mentioned became a good friend of mine, and I will forever be grateful to her for helping me to change my life around, something I aspire to do with my clients. I soon realised that it was time for me to move on from teaching, and what better way to do so than to start my Solution Focused Hypnotherapy training with CPHT, a decision that absolutely changed my life.
I am a firm believer that we have little power of what has happened in the past or will happen in the future but we have complete power over how we respond. Once we come to realise this and change the way we look at things, the things we look at also seem to change. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy enabled me to do this and it will for you too.
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.
Initial consultation: FREE + Relaxation MP3
General Therapy Sessions: 1 hour@£60
Block of 6 sessions: 6 x 1 hour sessions@£325
Daytime and evening appointments available. Occasional Saturday appointments available on request.
I work with both children and adults.
Appointments can be face to face from my therapy room at home in Biggleswade or online via zoom. Online sessions are just as effective, giving you the option to be in the comfort of your own home.
I am extremely passionate about my job and would love to help support you on your journey!
You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram!
1. What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is unique and highly innovative. A modern and up to date approach. It is a highly effective and safe form of talking psychotherapy combined with relaxation techniques known as hypnosis. It is based entirely on neuroscience. We work on moving forward and becoming the best version of yourself, without the need to revisit the past.
2. Who will benefit?
Almost anyone! We see people from many walks of life who are struggling with a range of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, OCD, IBS, panic attacks, low confidence and insomnia to name but a few. To see a wider list please visit the Treatments section of the website. The more committed and willing you are to engage in the therapy process, the more you will benefit.
3. What is hypnosis? Will I be put to sleep?!
No! Hypnotherapy couldn’t be any further away from the clock swinging images you may have in your mind! Hypnosis (commonly referred to as trance) is ordinary in many ways, we go into it many times a day, when we are driving, out walking, watching television etc. We do it all the time. It is a perfectly natural state in which you have full control at all times. Hypnosis or trance is a special focusing of the consciousness which is brought about through relaxation, when we are in this state we have access to the subconscious mind, enabling us to make positive decisions and move forward in life. You won’t have to speak or do anything at all, other than sit back and listen to the sound of my voice with some relaxing music playing in the background. You might find that you’re focused on what I’m saying or you might find that you’re thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner! Either is absolutely fine and you will still be taking everything in and allowing your brain to process what we discuss in the session.
Many people believe that hypnotherapy is something that is ‘done’ to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic. But Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it’s 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.
4. Will I have to talk about my past?
Not at all. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy does not address the past in any way. We focus on the present and helping you to move forward in life.
5. What can I expect from a session?
The session is made up of two parts. During the first part of the session we use forward thinking positive talking therapy to support you to move forward, not go over the past. We celebrate what’s been good for you and your successes. We guide you to find your own solutions to your problems. The second part of the session is hypnosis. The special focusing of your subconscious enables you to consolidate what we’ve discussed in the session and to find solutions to your problems. Just lie back, get comfy, relax and listen! Expect a collaborative process where we work together, lots of science and understanding of how your brain works and most importantly, fun! It is rare that my clients and I don’t laugh during a session. If you are looking to spend a lot of time bringing up your past then this is not the right therapy for you. It is positive and forward thinking and we make steps towards your preferred future without having to address the past.
6. How many sessions will I need?
Usually up to 12 sessions is all that is needed. However, this is entirely dependant on the individual and other varying factors.
7. Can you work with children?
Yes. The therapy is perfectly safe and enjoyable for children! Katie holds an enhanced DBS certificate and has many years experience of working with children.
8. Does it work online?
Absolutely! We have been very fortunate over the past year to have been able to work online. Sessions are exactly the same and just as effective. Many clients have completed their whole therapy journey online from start to finish. You get to be comfy at home in your pyjamas and cut out unnecessary travel time!
9. Where do I start?!
The best and first place to start is with a free initial consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the therapy and meet Katie. In the consultation Katie will ask you some basic questions and find out more about how she can help and what you’d like to achieve. She will then explain, in detail, how the process works and the science behind it. Feel free to bring with you any questions that you may want answering.
To view a range of testimonials please see my website www.songbirdhypnotherapy.co.uk or my Facebook page.