Michele Lazarus HPD DHP MNCH (reg) Dip Counselling
I am a full-time, solution focused hypnotherapist as well as a trained counsellor, and have worked with hundreds of clients over the years.
Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues, using a robust, evidence-based approach helping you to achieve significant changes quickly. It focuses on what you want, rather than what you don't want; the positives in your life instead of the problems; the future rather than the past.When we focus on our problems, they tend to grow and overwhelm us. Hypnotherapy helps switch your focus towards solutions and set small manageable goals towards change.
During our first consultation,we talk about how the primitive part of our brain can influence our thoughts and behaviour and cause us to build up unhelpful patterns, habits or addictions, as well as simple ways you can help yourself to feel better and more in control, right from the start.
Sessions comprise of talking therapy, where we discuss your preferred future, and hypnosis (or trance), a state of focused concentration, which encourages the brain to form new neural pathways and desirable habits and patterns.
Trance is a surprisingly normal experience. We all go in and out of trance several times a day, like those moments when you drift off whilst watching tv. You are fully in control.
Although it's not possible to say how many sessions you might need, many people find themselves making significant changes in a few weeks.
In addition to my practices in Stroud and Cirencester, I work as a hypnotherapist for The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre in Worcester Hospital.
I am currently seeing all clients online using Zoom - an easy to access video connection.
Some comments clients have made include:
"I came away from each session feeling so much more positive and that there was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel"
"Hypnotherapy with Michèle is a real investment in your self and the tools that she gives you keep on giving for months afterwards. It changes the way you approach stressful situations and enables you to be better emotionally equipped in so many ways".
"I’ve been an insomniac for most my adult life. At the end of the (first) session Michele handed me a CD and conveyed the importance of getting into a nightly routine. That night I fell asleep listening to the sound of her voice gently helping me to relax and let go. From that very first session I slept better. Taking action has been the best thing I’ve done and I’m incredibly grateful to Michele"
Do get in touch if you'd like to find out more, chat through how I can help you, or make an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as my DHP (Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy), and the gold standard HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma), I hold qualifications in counselling, health promotion, and a masters degree. I am committed to frequent continuous professional development events as well as regular supervision, keeping up to date with current research and advances in the field.
I have worked for over thirty years with people in the caring professions, in the NHS and the not for profit sector, as a counsellor, a trainer and researcher. Over the past 5 years I have developed expertise around weight management and have particular interests in:
- weight loss
- stopping smoking
- fears and phobias
- relationship issues
- loss and bereavement
- confidence issues.
- Working with people affected by breast cancer
I trained as a hypnotherapist after experiencing how hypnotherapy helped me to make changes in my own life. I had one of those "light-bulb" moments when I realised that this is what I wanted to help others to do too. There is nothing more exciting than seeing people gain the confidence and motivation to make the changes they wish for and turning their lives around.
I trained at the renowned Clifton Practice in Bristol, a recognised centre of excellence for Solution Focused hypnotherapy, which ensures its graduates have a full grounding in practice as well as theory. I have also had additional training in hypnobirthing and working with children and hold an up to date DBS certificate.
Solution focused hypnotherapy is based on sound evidence and neuroscientific research and can help you achieve change within a relatively short timeframe.
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.
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.
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
Fears and phobias e.g. bridges, heights, spiders, flying etc
Tics and habits e.g. nail-biting
Initial consultation £70 (Stroud) and £75 Cirencester (including free relaxation CD/mp3 download)
This session is 1.25 hours.
The initial consultation is a chance for us to get to know each other, to talk about how the brain works and how hypnotherapy can help you. We don't do trance work in this session, but having an understanding of what's happening in our brains allows you to start making changes right away.
Subsequent sessions £65 (Stroud) £70 (Cirencester) (55 minutes)
Smoking cessation £150 one-off 2 hour session)
I have 2 concessionary places in my practice so please ask for more details
I am one of the founding members of the Stroud Hypnotherapy Practice (SHP), a centre for excellence based in the centre of town. At SHP we have a commitment to building our expertise by seeing at least 10 clients a week, continuous professional development, and regular supervision. This means we are fully informed, keep up to date with emerging research and offer a consistently high standard and professional service.
Both The Cotswold Health Centre and the Cirencester Hypnotherapy Centre are in the town centre with several car parks nearby.