My Personal Goal
My passion to help people with life’s emotional and mental struggles through counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy began when I suffered with acute anxiety at the age of 23. I am now 50 This was terrifying for me, but I found solace through psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Emotional and mental problems can be very frightening and debilitating and remove the joy and happiness from our lives that we all deserve. Addictions which are psychological or habitual, such as smoking or eating can start from being annoying to taking over ones life.
Therefore, my personal aspiration and own internal values are to offer clients a safe, empathic, comfortable, relaxed environment. I feel it paramount to be non-judgemental and to genuinely listen to each of my client needs so we can work together to ease any pain that you have and achieve your goals.
I have gained invaluable experience working with people who have severe and enduring mental health illnesses. I worked as a counsellor for the Phyllis Tuckwell hospice supporting clients with terminal illness and family members through pre-bereavement and bereavement, and therefore helping people suffering with grief. I also was a volunteer with SAdAS (Southern Addictions Advisory Service - www.sadas.org.uk) who are a Guildford based charity offering help and advice for people suffering with alcohol and drug addiction. Finally, I worked as a crisis worker for people who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse and rape.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and fully insured hypnotherapist and psychotherapist and am a member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (www.nrhp.co.uk) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (www.cnhc.org.uk). I abide by a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.
I undertook training in all the main models of psychotherapy and counselling including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavioural therapy, gestalt, psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioural and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I also receive regular supervision.
I studied with the National College of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy www.hypnotherapyuk.net and am a member of their student and alumini guild which involved 1800 hours of Masters Degree level degree training. I was awarded my diploma in 2008 when I completed a 12,000 word dissertation entitled ‘Anxiety and its Disorders’. I am currently working towards my Advanced Diploma which will allow me membership to The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (www.psychotherapy.org.uk) and the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP).
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.
My fees are £50 for each session except the first session which is free. The first session is for me to understand more about you and why you have come for therapy and therefore how I can best help. It is also for you to decided whether me as the therapist and indeed therapy feels right for you.
My hours are flexible. I have weekday, evening and Saturday appointments to offer.