I am a fully qualified Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist practising from a comfortable therapy room in the centre of Keynsham. I work with clients helping them to make positive changes in their lives.
Sometimes we just don't realise when the pressures of life are getting on top of us until the strain starts to tell. We can suffer from worry, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, anger, IBS, migraines and many other illnesses.
Hypnotherapy is very successful at helping with conditions which are caused by or worsened by stress.
People also come to me with phobias, such as a fear of flying or an unwanted habit. Hypnotherapy is also very popular in helping people to stop smoking or have more control over their eating habits.
Solution focused Hypnotherapy promotes positive thinking. It gives you confidence and helps you cope better with life. It helps you focus on the goals you want to achieve rather than on the problem making you a happier, more relaxed person.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
The Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the application of Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.
What to expect:
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
The initial consultation is free of charge and is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. Subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than Hypnosis. During the first part of each session we'll talk about the progress you have made and I'll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. I'll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more useful perspective on the quality of your life. I'll then guide you into a relaxed state of Hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
What is Hypnosis?:
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns. Clients often comment about how "ordinary" Hypnosis feels - it's not unlike daydreaming - you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, you could think of it as guided daydreaming.
I qualified as a Solution focused Clinical Hypnotherapist after training at The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school in Bristol which is an accredited centre of excellence in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.
Before I became a hypnotherapist I worked with young people as a careers adviser in local schools and university, helping them to make important decisions about their future. Prior to this I enjoyed several years teaching English abroad.
I became interested in hypnotherapy after hearing of success stories from a colleague who had been cured of a fear of flying, and another who had stopped smoking after 40 years with the help of hypnotherapy. I soon realised that many people had positive stories to tell and my interest grew. I haven't looked back since.
Training, qualifications & experience
HPD - Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (awarded by The Clifton Practice)
DHP - Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (Awarded by the National Council for Hypnotherapy and accredited by the NCFE Level IV)
MA - Master of Arts degree, University of Aberdeen
PG DipCG - Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
Code of Conduct
I work to a strict professional code of conduct which is set out by the National Council for Hypnotherapy. Confidentiality of data is compulsory, as is practice insurance.
There is a requirement to continually advance one's knowledge in the field of therapy with continued practitioner's development throughout the year.
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
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.
FREE Initial consultation:
I offer a FREE Initial Consultation (excluding Stopping Smoking) lasting up to one hour. We will discuss how hypnotherapy can help you and dispel any fears or concerns you may have about it. A free relaxation CD is included. All initial consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation to continue.
All subsequent sessions last up to one hour at a cost of £ 50 per session.
The number of sessions required depends on individual needs and circumstances and will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Straight forward specific Fears & Phobias will normally take 3-4 sessions.
Stopping Smoking is usually one session lasting 1.5-2 hours and costs £ 100.
Self-hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing):
Through learning self-hypnosis techniques, hypnotherapy can be beneficial during pregnancy and childbirth. The techniques are reinforced with the aid of a CD which accompanies the sessions.
Self-hypnosis for Childbirth courses can be run for individual mums-to-be, couples or in small groups.