Penny Iveson BA(Hons), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Dip I Hyp NLP
37 Beatty Avenue
01273 819163 / 07806 802875
I specialise in treating anxiety/depression and addictions. This includes anxiety conditions such as OCD, IBS and allergies. I give a free phone consultation to be sure I can help you. You tell me what you want to achieve and we go for it! If you want to bring along a friend to be in the room during the hypnosis part of the session, please feel free.
I believe hypnotherapy is the most effective and promising therapy developed in recent years for modern problems. All addictions, like overeating and gambling, are rooted in anxiety. I have spent many years treating most anxiety conditions such as phobias, OCD, agoraphobia, health anxiety and performance anxiety. I keep abreast of the latest psychological and scientific research on successful treatments in these fields.
Depression is a field that has always engaged me. In recent years there have been important advances in scientific understanding of depression as an emotion, and my hypnotherapy treatment reflects this.
I am a fully qualified mental health nurse as well as a hypnotherapist, and worked in the National Health Service for many years. My background in nursing has prepared me for putting you at your ease in and making you feel at home. You will be welcomed into a comfortable environment where confidentiality and privacy are essential.
I would like to thank you so much Penny because I was so worried all the time and you showed me how to cope. I didn't believe I could feel so calm and keep calm all day long. I sleep much better too. My husband and daughters have really noticed how much more relaxed I am and we go out as a family and enjoy life a lot more now. All the bad thoughts are under control because you showed me that's all they are, thoughts, and I can ignore them or reframe them or change them. It's getting easier the more I do it. Thank you again and I will
Due to feeling I was drowning once in the sea when I was about ten years old, I became afraid of any waves. I couldn't go in the sea at all, even when it was calm in case a wave came and I couldn't watch anything on the TV or films with waves in it such as sealife and nature programmes. This included news clips showing high seas in local areas. The family just got used to it. I am a martial arts teacher and felt pretty stupid hiding behind cushions. Penny did the Rewind Technique which frankly was all a blur. Afterwards I went straight to her laptop and watched some clips of disaster movies involving waves. For the first time in 30 years I could watch. I can swim in the sea again even when there are waves. I still remember that first panic when I was 10 but now its just an ordinary bad memory, not a fear, and I go in the water and don't think of it at all.
I used to spend all day crying. I tried everything. I think it was my bad childhood and Penny let me talk about that. I told her things I have never told anyone else. Sometimes she asked me to list my thoughts on a form. That was CBT and I was surprised I liked doing that. Then we’d discuss the forms and I found out I was always doing the same things, looking on the dark side or blaming myself. I realised a lot of my depression was guilt even when I had done nothing to be blamed for. Penny showed me how easy it was to get out of these habits. We played “The blaming game” which did make me laugh. I enjoyed my sessions including the hypnosis because I have never felt so relaxed for years. I still fight depression but it is much much better and I hardly ever cry now, just get on with things till I feel my mood lifting.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Philosophy and Psychology University of Leeds
Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health) University of Brighton
Diploma in Counselling Institute of Counselling
Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Institute of CounsellIng
Diploma in Integrated Hypnotherapy and NLP Coaching IHN Hypnotherapy and NLP
NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
Accredited register membership
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 *
- Gastric band hypnotherapy
- 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
- Sex addiction *
- Sexual issues *
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- 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
Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)
Bereavement Through Suicide
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
Can I help? Free initial phone consultation
£50 per 90 minute session
Reductions for those on benefits or low incomes or other financial reasons
Skype by arrangement
Will help clients to set up self help groups if desired
Weekdays, Weekend and Evening sessions. I do emergency sessions if I am free.