Mark D. Leahy BSc (Hons) Psych, PgDip, MSc (Distinc) Clin Hyp, MBPsS, DBSCH
I'm a qualified, Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with private practices in both the historic market town of Bedford and the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.
I use hypnosis to help people from all walks of life, professional backgrounds and ages, quickly and successfully overcome issues like weight and anxiety disorders, stress, low self-esteem, phobias and anger. I specialise in performance anxiety in business, sport and the performing arts.
My approach is straightforward: whilst respecting and using traditional methods, I also tailor the best of a variety of very modern techniques to suit your individual needs and help you to take full control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so that you can finally live the happy and fulfilling life you deserve.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First-class Honours)
- MSc Clinical Hypnotherapy (Distinction)
- Post-graduate Certificate (PgCert., Distinction) Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Post-graduate Diploma (PgDip., Distinction) Clinical Hypnotherapy
- British Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Full Member with Diplomate status
- British Psychological Society – Full Member
- Royal Society of Medicine - Senior Associate. Member of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section
I qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis with Distinction at both Post-graduate Certificate (PgCert) and Post-graduate Diploma (PgDip) levels, awarded by the University of West London.
I subsequently achieved a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy, at the University of West London.
Already holding a First-class Honours degree in Psychology, I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Diplomate of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) where I am registered as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am also a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of its Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section.
In addition I'm registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). CNHC's register is approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). General Medical Council guidance to doctors confirms that they are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.
I'm also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity's members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK's regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership, in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my governing body (The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis).
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.
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.
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.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Hypnotherapy for performance anxiety: if you want to enhance your performance in business, sport or the performing arts.