Melanie Gillespie DSFH AfSFH

Bristol, Somerset, BS16 1JT 07766914995 07766914995 07766914995 07766914995

About me

Hi I'm Melanie Gillespie, I'm a friendly, full time Solution Focused Hypnotherapist based in Frenchay, Bristol. I have worked with hundreds of private clients and I run a popular relaxation class in Downend

I am deeply passionate about helping my clients achieve their goals and make positive changes in their life. Since studying in 2015 I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of clients and never cease to be amazed by the positive changes people can make. I also used the skills I acquired in training to apply to my own life which enabled me to not only overcome a seven year phobia of motorway driving but also to achieve a relaxed and enjoyable childbirth with my second child, following a traumatic first birth experience. Sessions with me are relaxed, enjoyable and effective.

What can hypnotherapy help with?

Hypnotherapy can help in many areas. I specialise in;

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Confidence
  • Weight Management

What my clients are saying:

"Before I tried hypnotherapy I had no idea what it was, but having met Mel before and knowing what a genuinely lovely person she is, I decided to contact her about helping me lose weight.

Right from the free consultation I was blown away. I was able to understand how my brain works and implement changes to my life even before my first hypnosis. What is hypnosis? It's brilliantly simple and amazingly effective. A feeling I wish I could bottle.

Mel's passion and understanding of solution focused hypnotherapy is breathtaking, something she was born to do! I never knew or thought that so many factors would affect me and my relationship with food, but Mel guides me through each session, working together using discussion and hypnotherapy to achieve startling results.

I can't thank Mel enough for her time, patience, skill and for the incredible work she has done with me and the profound changes she has made to my life, happiness and wellbeing.

If you are thinking about giving it a go, please don't hesitate to contact Mel"

What is hypnotherapy?

Our complex human brain is often compared to a giant iceberg. On the surface is the conscious part accounting for approximately 10% of our behaviour. Underneath the surface lies the subconscious, this part of the brain accounts for approximately 90% of our behaviour. Much of the subconscious behaviour we have learnt is beneficial to us, for example slamming the brakes on to avoid a car accident or putting your hands out when you fall. However, we can also store behavioural patterns that we don't desire, such as overeating when we're stressed or having a panic attack before boarding an aeroplane.

Hypnotherapy uses the very powerful state of trance to bring both parts of the brain together to focus on the same objective. This is a very natural state to be in, much like the feeling just before you fall asleep, but allows us access to the subconscious with whatever objectives we have decided upon in the conscious part of the brain. this enables us to create the positive changes in our life that we desire.

What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy

In conjunction with hypnotherapy, I practise Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Using elements of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and NLP (neurolinguistic programming) SFBT is a highly effective psychotherapeutic tool which, as the name suggests, focuses on creating solutions rather than solving problems. This means we won't be dwelling on past traumatic experiences or looking for what caused the problem. Instead I can help you envisage the future that you would like, and then we make small steps to achieve it. I believe it is important that therapy should be a fun and enjoyable experience!

Training, qualifications & experience

I spent ten years working in health and social care prior to studying at the prestigious Clifton Practice, a nationally recognised centre of excellence in hypnotherapy training, where I obtained my Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH). I am now a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and adhere to their requirements and code of conduct. I also hold a fully enhanced DBS check and I am fully insured.

I trained in 2015 and have built up my practice to a full time busy clinic. I have over 30 x 5* reviews left for me on Facebook and take great pride in customer satisfaction.

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

I specialise in anxiety and stress.

Therapies offered

  • Solution focused hypnotherapy

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Initial Consultation (approx 45 mins) - £30

I offer a friendly and informal Initial consultation lasting approximately 30-45 mins. In this appointment i will take a brief history from you and discuss how you would like therapy to help. I will explain how the brain works in relation to the area you would like help in and what hypnotherapy can do. No hypnosis will take place in this meeting, however you will be given a free relaxation CD to take away and listen to before you go to sleep, this will help maximise your therapy. This is an ideal opportunity for you to ask me any questions you have and to decide if I am the right hypnotherapist for you. This consultation is free of charge and you are under no obligation to continue if you wish not to.

Subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions (pay as you go basis) approx 1 hour £65 each

Package Deal, 4 sessions for £240 (payment required in full before first session)

Package Deal, 12 sessions for £650 (payment required in full before first session)

Payment can be made by either cash, cheque or bank transfer in advance of the appointment.

Further information

Where do I practise from?

I practise from a discreet and private consulting room in my garden, so there is no need to worry about bumping into someone you know in a waiting room!

You can also find me on FaceBook at Melanie Gillespie Hypnotherapy for helpful tips on happiness, relaxation and wellbeing

2 Folliot Close
BS16 1JT

Type of session

Face to face support
Online support
Telephone support
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a hypnotherapist's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the hypnotherapist to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Daytime and Evening appointments available


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