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BA(Hons), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Dip I Hyp NLP

About me

I specialise in treating anxiety/depression, lack of self confidence, and addictions. Weight gain and eating disorders are anxiety-based. I integrate hypnosis with other methods like CBT to help survivors of domestic violence and bullying where much of my experience lies.

I treat all anxiety conditions such as social anxiety, OCD, IBS and allergies. Phobias such as fear of flying and fear of needles etc can be banished entirely in one relaxing session.

I am able to minimise feelings of guilt. And if you feel you lack self confidence and self esteem, so frequent in today’s image-obsessed society, it’s just a feeling, and hypnosis can turn it right round!

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! You will always go away with an MP3 so you can listen to the hypnosis at home

Personal hypnosis, either face to face or online, is far more powerful than a one-size-fits-all app. This is because it is a unique two-way communication that develops minute by minute. When you experience this connection, your self confidence and self esteem begin to increase instantly.

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 since my early days in nursing. 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.

Selected testimonials


My brother referred me to Penny because she had cured him of fear of needles and he completely recovered. When I went I was worried about hypnosis but felt I had to do this. Penny was exceptionally kind and I soon felt I trusted her especially as she was a registered nurse. The treatment was interesting and not at all stressful. I am a teacher and this was all new to me! I felt better straight away and the flights were great! My two sisters are now booked up with Penny!



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
recommend you

Sarah S



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.

Kaz P


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.

Stella H


I was sent by my family for hypnosis because I was 18 stone 8 lb when I was 16. Now I am 13 st 5lb. I knew I was overweight on the scales but when I looked at myself I didn’t think I looked fat especially as I’m tall. I think now that this was because I wanted to just keep on eating because I felt low about college and other things. Also a lot of girls my age are big so I didn’t really see it as a problem.

I was annoyed when Penny asked me to fill in a food diary because I felt everyone was picking on me and I felt even more depressed. Penny noticed this and listened to me. She did some hypnosis on depression. I started to feel better so then we did the “Think Slim Be Slim” course. Penny said I’d lose 1-3 lb a week and for me it was usually 2lb.

After 5 weeks of seeing Penny once a week with my diaries I was in a routine with exercises and eating healthily. Penny talked to my family to get them on board. I had a booster session now and again with Penny because this went on for months. I had another session with her when I got to 14 stones. Now I am hoping to get to 13 stones soon

Rosie F

I had quite a few problems with my relationship with my fiance. I was always slightly overweight but my anxiety about the relationship made me so upset I started overeating for comfort. It made my worries even worse as the pounds went on. My fiance said I was needy. Penny showed me how to imagine myself the way I really wanted to be, physically and mentally, and we worked on my self confidence, not just my weight. I lost 9 lbs over 5 weeks which was just what I wanted to lose. I went through ups and downs about my engagement during that time, and it surprised me that the upset only made my resolve to.lose weight grow stronger. Perhaps this was because the programme distracted me really well. Also I had quite a bit of homework and Penny always made a point of checking it. Now I stick up for myself more, as well as being healthy and at my ideal weight.


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

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Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

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Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)
Sexual Anxiety
Pornography addiction
Bereavement Through Suicide
Gender Dysphoria
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
Performance anxiety
Confidence dating

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Can I help? Free initial phone consultation

£50 per 90 minute session

ONLINE Sessions WhatsApp/FaceTime/Skype

Reductions for those on benefits or low incomes or other financial reasons

When I work

Face to face sessions as per govt guidelines WhatsApp/FaceTime/Skype/all available Weekdays, Weekend and Evening sessions. I do emergency sessions. CURRENTLY ABLE TO TAKE ON NEW CLIENTS

Further information

Skype by arrangement

Will help clients to set up self help groups if desired

37, Beatty Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9EE

Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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