As humans, we naturally look for solutions to help alleviate or change the way we feel, behave or respond to situations. However sometimes we just feel stuck, we are not sure how to change things.
As an experienced solution focused hypnotherapist working from the Human Givens approach to psychotherapy, I am able to unlock and shift unhelpful patterns which lie deep in the unconscious mind, to allow new healthy ways of being to emerge. After all none of us choose consciously to get addicted to something, feel anxious, angry or depressed, develop a phobia or suffer from trauma, this happens below the level of consciousness.
This is why hypnosis is so helpful as it uses a very natural mechanism in the brain to access the unconscious mind and resolve these conditions. There is a lot of myths surrounding hypnosis, but it is a human given that we have the ability to focus intently on something outside or inside of ourselves. For example, focusing on reading a book effectively means we are in a trance state. Or when we focus internally on negative thoughts we are then in an unhelpful trance state. It’s the same mechanism used during hypnosis, being fully aware and in control whilst being gently led inwards in a relaxing way to help shift those unhelpful ways of thinking.
The approach I use:
A variety of proven techniques aimed at problem-solving and changing emotional responses.
Includes no psychobabble or jargon.
Focuses mainly on the future without the problem, regardless of what has happened or is happening in your life.
Is unique to each individual, no scripts are used.
I have worked many years in the NHS and do so part-time currently. My work has ranged from forensic Secure Units (where self-harm was often used to cope) to community mental health teams for working age and older people. I have helped set up and develop services and have a special interest in helping to run Mindfulness meditation courses, which is evidenced to alleviate anxiety, depression and pain. I also do Trauma work for the charity “Red Poppy”, helping emergency service staff and those in the armed forces.
For Post Traumatic Stress Disorders or phobias I use a quick and effective Rewind technique, which is sometimes fully effective in one session, but with those who have complex histories may take more sessions. Whilst living in East Sussex, I have run Stress Reduction workshops at a retreat centre and printed monthly articles “Understanding Mental Health” in the Seaford Scene magazine.
I keep up to date by attending various courses privately and through the NHS, and read up to date books and journals on mental health and brain research, especially neuroscience.
The average amount of sessions is 4-6, but sometimes one session is all that is needed. The initial session is usually 1.5 hours and thereafter 1 hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
Human Givens Therapeutic Practitioner (HG.Dip.P)
Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Psychotherapy (Dip.Hyp.Psych)
MSc Health Through Occupation
Member of the Human Givens Institute
Member of European Studies Institute
Member of Health Professionals Council
Member of British Association of Occupational Therapy
Insured with Balens Insurance
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Sleep disorders *
- Stress *
- Weight loss
Flat fee of £60 regardless of how long the session lasts.
Type of session
Monday and Fridays and Saturday mornings.