I originally trained as a teacher and spent nigh on thirty years working as a hands-on advisory teacher with children and young adults with a variety of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties - including several years teaching in secure placements.
I extended my therapy skills and training by training as a hypnotherapist with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy on their course at Oxford University and now, having retired from full-time teaching, I concentrate my working life on my hypnotherapy practice.
I am now, and always have been entirely solution focused in my work with clients and I believe that 'doing with' rather than 'doing to' is much the most affective way to provide therapy.
I offer support in a whole range of areas of work and would urge you to look at my own web-site in order to fully understand me and how I can help YOU: www.paulavard-hypnotherapy.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the BRIEF practice certificate in solution focus practice - the first one ever issued and following on from this I was, for a number of years, Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom Association of Solution Focus Practice; a trustee and then Chairperson of the largest solution focus (brief therapy) practice in the UK - 'CHANGE - Birmingham Brief Therapy Practice'.
I am a Registered Hypno-therapist with C.N.H.C (Complementary and Natural Health Council), A member of the National Council of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness; an Associate Member of the BPS and having trained with Dr Dan Nightingale and Katherine Nightingale, I am a UK based Member of Dementia Therapy Specialists - who do what it says on the tin and specialise in working with people with dementia in all its forms and with family and other carers.
I have recently completed training with Sharon Mustard of easibirthing (r) and am now a Certified Hypno Birthing Practitioner (CHBP) registered as such with easibirthing (r) and the National College of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.
I am an Ericksonian in my approach to hypnotherapy and believe that he and Bill O'Hanlon, Rossi and others are to be admired for their work on collaborative, non-directive person-centred therapy.
Other than my B.Ed (Hons) I also hold an MA.Ed in Inclusive Educational Practice as well as a number of other trainings in Special Educational Needs.
I use solution focus brief therapy approaches in hypno-therapy, psychotherapy, coaching, organisation and team working, which the consultancy offers as training to interested individuals and companies.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Drug abuse *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Post-traumatic stress disorder *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sexual issues *
- Sleep disorders *
- Stress *
- Weight loss
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Hypno-birthing (easibirthing (r)), and Working with Children.
My fees, generally, are £60 per hour. However, PLEASE NOTE, I also operate a sliding scale of fees - as I do not believe that limited income should equal limited access to help - of any kind, and particularly not to mental health help.
I am fully peripatetic - I will come to you - as lots of people prefer the comfort of their own homes, and not operating my own office suite helps keep my costs down; savings which I can pass on to you, the client.
Details / addresses will be discussed on initial contact. I travel across the West and parts of the East Midlands and am generally based in the Tamworth / Birmingham areas.
I will work over the phone and SKYPE - and have done and both approaches work.
Appointment times are made to suit YOU.