Hi, I’m Neil and I specialise in Anxiety, Depression & Stress. I will help you to break free from that fog of mental confusion and overwhelm, and upskill you so that you become your own therapist, so that you can take back the reigns of your life moving forward. I offer in person & online sessions.
It was my own experience of mental health difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress and addiction, that eventually lead me into the field of therapeutic Cognitive Behaviour Change work.
Addressing my own issues lead me through a process of extremely deep and meaningful change. This is where my passion for guiding others through the process of meaningful changes stems from.
Since resolving my own mental health issues in 2014, I have consistently been educating myself in the field of psychology in relation to mental ill health. This has provided me with invaluable in depth knowledge around mental health at all levels, from mild to severe.
Whilst studying and working in academia, I have carried out research in various areas of clinical psychology including an evaluation of 3rd Wave Therapies (e.g. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Interventions), investigated the role of perfectionism in body image and eating disorders, evaluated the effectiveness of the ‘Stress Control’ programme in the NHS Tier 2 IAPT service, and written clinical updates on the issue of substance misuse, and educational articles for GP's in the British Medical Journal.
Neil Dolan, Melanie Simmonds-Buckley, Stephen Kellett, Elizabeth Siddell, Jaime Delgadillo (2021). Effectiveness of stress control large group psychoeducation for anxiety and depression:Systematic review and meta-analysis. https://bpspsychub.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjc.12288
C, Mitchell., N, Dolan., K, Duersteler-Macfarland (2020). Clinical Review: Management of dependent use of illicit opioids (BMJ), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m710
Alongside this, I have been consistently working in the field of cognitive behaviour change work across various settings including schools, community teams, adult addiction rehabs, a specialist family rehab, and complex psychological needs services. I currently work part-time as a Therapeutic Worker in residential rehabilitation. I find a great sense of satisfaction and connection when working with people to resolve their current dilemmas, helping people to cultivate new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
I believe in taking a person centred approach to therapy, treating the person not the condition, focusing on your personal needs, wants, desires and goals.
We can all struggle at times to deal with the many day to day stressors of life or specific traumas. We can easily start experiencing difficulties which can lead to negative patterns of thinking and numerous difficult symptoms, such as anxiety, fears, stress or even addictions. These issues can often lead to relationship and work difficulties.
Together, we can explore what has brought you to therapy and address any psychological mechanisms which are maintaining your current issues. My aim as a therapist is to help you to change the way you perceive your situation and the way you relate this to yourself.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation prior to your first session. This is for you to make sure that I am the right therapist for you as it is essential that you are comfortable and confident with the therapist that you choose. The therapeutic working alliance (between you & therapist) is the biggest single robust predictor of successful treatment.
I am passionate about helping my clients to quickly and effectively move forwards with their lives, independently and successfully beyond treatment.
Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or require further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychological Research (clin.psy)
- BSc (hons) Psychology
- Certified Executive/Life Coach
- Practitioner Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Practitioner Diploma Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Level 3 Diploma Social Science's
- Level 3 Certificate Substance Misuse
- Level 2 Certificate Counselling Skills
Accredited register memberships:
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.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
National Hypnotherapy Society
The National Hypnotherapy Society is a Learned Society whose primary purpose is the advancement of the knowledge of hypnotherapy and the fostering of professional hypnotherapy expertise through training, accreditation and continued professional development of their members. The Society seeks to contribute to public wellbeing both through the use of hypnotherapy and by ensuring that hypnotherapists are safe, competent and ethical in practice.
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
All sessions are £80.00 per hour, except for Stop Smoking and Hypno-Gastric Band treatments.
Stop Smoking: £195.00 for a single 2 hour session.
Hypno-Gastric Band: £395.00 for 5 X 1 hour sessions.
The initial 90 mins face to face assessment is till charged at the standard £70.00 rate.
Also, please bear in mind that the hourly rate also covers my additional time around planning and preparing your therapeutic interventions prior to each session.
Day, evening and weekend availability. Please feel to ring for more details.