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Dip C Hyp, HPD, NLPP. With over 10 years experience.

About me

As a Quest Institute trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist I have helped many people with a wide range of issues and would love to help you achieve whatever goal you have, be it letting go of past trauma, having more control of your emotions or just getting your life back on track.

I use a variety of different approaches to get to the root of your problem quickly and create lasting change. Having access to many different techniques allows me to create a treatment specifically for how you experience your problem and the outcome that you would like, in a way that you are comfortable with.

My tailored approach means that we can uncover the underlying issues quickly, so that you see me for as few sessions as possible.

  • I have a lovely, private therapy space in Wivenhoe near Colchester.
  • Free parking.
  • 7 minutes walk from Wivenhoe train station.
  • Direct buses from Colchester, The University of Essex and Brightlingsea.
  • Zoom sessions also available.

Choosing the right therapist is an important step to achieving your goals, so please get in touch for a free, no obligation phone consultation to ask whatever questions you may have before making your decision.

Recent testimonials:

“Hypnotherapy with Libby has been life-changing! 

I was struggling post-lockdown with insomnia and poor sleep quality generally, largely associated with work pressures. Thanks to Libby, I now sleep so much better, my sleep quality has improved and I no longer stress or ruminate about work!

I would encourage anyone thinking about booking sessions with Libby to do so- I for one, will definitely book further sessions with her, should I ever need to in the future, and cannot recommend her highly enough!" (JG, Essex)

"Libby was always attentive & made me feel calm & relaxed. I decided to give hypnotherapy one last go for my anxiety & I'm really glad I did. My anxiety, for the first time in years, has basically been 'Zapped' out of me using different techniques that I didn't know existed. This has honestly really helped me overcome the anxiety that I was experiencing & I can now finally close that chapter in my life & look forward to the future again.

I would 100% see Libby again if anything else cropped up in my life that I needed help with & I think the 5 stars that was doesn't do enough justice for the experience I had with Libby. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone that needs help with something that's going on in their life that needs attention." (TA, Essex)

"Libby has provided the best help I could have ever imagined. She has such a warm and comforting personality along with a cosy room setting, which joined together to make me feel instantly comfortable. With just five sessions dealing with my struggles with anxiety and depression, I feel unimaginably better and a new confident person. Thank-you so much Libby, I am so grateful to you!" (AF, Essex)

"Libby listens so carefully and takes so much time to prepare your sessions specifically for you that after only a few sessions I felt completely different and approached my work with a new confidence and calmness. I feel like a different person and without Libby's help, I could not have achieved all I have done and am about to in my working life or cope with work challenges that have happened along the way and I'm feeling so much better in every way." (HW, Colchester)

'Libby is an excellent hypnotherapist. 4 sessions with her helped me more than 8 months of counselling. I suffered with terrible irrational anxiety for 11 years, it got even worse after the lockdown. It stopped me from doing things I love, socialising and being able enjoy things.

Libby spotted some details of my life and made me dig deeper, some sessions were harder than others but she made me feel at ease and relaxed. I feel so much better and we uncovered the cause of my anxiety, worked on it as well as uncovered some confidence issues and also worked on that. All work was done on Zoom and it was great, I was in the comfort of my own home on a sofa with my cat. If you want to give hypnotherapy a go, Libby is the right person.' (AP, Essex)

'My sessions with Libby where a great help. I was struggling with some anxiety issues and felt like I was slowly unravelling. Libby helped me to gather myself back together and feel grounded again. The sessions where very positive and not at all formal, I left each one feeling lighter and more at peace. Each week felt like another step in the right direction until I arrived in a good place and didn't need any more sessions. I would defiantly recommend it. Many thanks Libby' (KL, Essex)

'Libby is an incredibly warm, open and friendly person, who makes you feel comfortable and at home from the get-go. I thoroughly recommend working with her to help or guide you through any stage you're at in you life - she offers such a smooth transition towards change!' (KM, Norfolk)

'I can't thank you enough for the way in which you've helped me. I walked into my first session feeling the lowest I've ever felt in my life, having panic attacks which I just couldn't seem to gain control of, I was desperate and didn't know where to turn. But with your help and guidance over those few short weeks, I feel that I have turned my life around and I'm in a more positive place than I can ever remember being. Thank you again, Libby. I know I will be able to cope so much better in my life with the tools you've given me to move forward. You've changed my life beyond belief and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart'. (AM, Colchester)

'Amazing! I had just five sessions and Libby worked wonders. She managed so effortlessly to get to the root of my concerns without ever probing me too far or making me feel uncomfortable about sharing information. She provides such a calm environment for you to chat and complete exercises that I felt so relaxed and comfortable. I couldn't have found somebody better to help me!' (AF, Essex)

'Libby's absolute commitment is apparent from the start. It underpins her wise understanding and is central to the trust she inspires'. (JG, Ipswich)

'I had been looking for a hypnotherapist for a long time when my osteopath recommended Libby. I immediately relaxed in her company and was able to focus on the issues I needed to come to terms with. She taught me techniques that I can use when I have to. Thanks to Libby I was able to regain my true potential'. (RJ, Colchester)

'I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, could not have got through my pregnancy without Libbys help, all the worries and anxiety I had just drifted away and I feel much stronger for it now'. (KW, Colchester)

"Libby has really helped me begin to overcome long term depression and anxiety, I’ve started to see differences in my everyday life and this change has occurred with only a few sessions. I would 100% recommend." (SL, Essex) 

"I used Libby's services for anxiety associated with public speaking. We focussed on a big event and I sailed through the event with little nerves and performed really well. Clearly it worked!" (TD, Essex)

"I had four sessions with Libby and we did some extraordinary work.  We were able to address a problem I’ve had more or less my entire life.  Along the way I had some life changing revelations.  Libby is professional and effective, I whole heartedly recommend her." (AK, Colchester)

"Libby helped my son with techniques to overcome his anxiety.  She is very caring, understanding and easy to talk to and my son's confidence has definitely grown since seeing Libby." (CC,Essex)

"I wanted to pass on my sincere thanks and gratitude to you Libby for helping me when I didn't know how to help myself. The therapy you offer has simply helped changed my life and for that I cannot thank you enough. You approached me and my situation in a way which never made me feel silly and I had true faith that I knew you could help me." (SH, Essex)

"The tapping method Libby taught my daughter (11) has helped her with the enormous task of giving up thumb - sucking, which has been a huge issue, starting secondary school. More importantly, she has learned a life - skill that will help her through her young life, education and future situations.  We will always be grateful for Libby for sharing this with our daughter, what a wonderful asset to have. Thank you!' (AG, Wivenhoe)

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2010 I trained at The Quest Institute in Regents College, London under Trevor Silvester, the highly acclaimed author and founder of Cognitive Hypnotherapy.

I hold a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy (DipCHyp), the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) and the NLP Practitioners certificate (NLPP). The Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma is the only national externally accredited hypnotherapy qualification.

I am a registered member of the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association (QCHPA) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), registration number 000070-D15.

The CNHC is the UK regulator for complimentary healthcare practitioners. The Department of Health recommends that, where the CNHC registers the professional discipline in question, you consult with someone who is CNHC registered.

I have also trained with Jane Hodgkin in Hypnobirthing the Confident Childbirth Way; this is a unique and safe way of providing Cognitive Hypnotherapy to expecting mothers for issues surrounding their pregnancy, as well as childbirth hypnosis for pain and control through labour.


Member organisations


Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

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.


£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Each session lasts between an hour and an hour and twenty minutes and costs £85 (£70 concessions), which is payable by bank transfer on the day of your appointment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My main client hours are on week day mornings, however other times can be made available including over weekends - Just ask!

Further information

The first session with me will consist of a full consultation where I will ask you lots of questions about how you experience your problem and how you will know that your problem has been resolved. This will enable me to create a treatment plan specifically for you which will draw from many different therapy techniques, as well as writing a bespoke hypnosis script using a technique called Wordweaving®*; these combined will make achieving your goal much more likely.

Everything that is discussed will remain completely confidential.

In the first session, I will explain how the subsequent session will work and may teach you techniques to practice in between sessions.

A recording of the scripted hypnosis part of the sessions can be made available to you to download and play at home.

*You can find out more about Wordweaving® here:

Colchester, Essex, CO7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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