Dr Rachel Gillibrand, C.Psychol., Dip.AfSFH., Dip.NCH, AFBPsS

Dr Rachel Gillibrand, C.Psychol., Dip.AfSFH., Dip.NCH, AFBPsS

The Old Rectory Clinic
High Street
Iron Acton
BS37 9UQ


01934 623062

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About me

I am a chartered psychologist with a specialism in using hypnotherapy alongside counselling techniques to help you achieve your goals.

I am experienced in working with adults, teenagers, couples and families in resolving issues relating to mental health, coping, anxiety, phobia and relationships. I offer a warm, friendly approach to your wellbeing and will always discuss with you the best way forward for you.

Living with a long-term health condition is a further specialism of mine. I can help you with living with a long-term health condition. Health psychology is a specialist area of psychology that works with you to find the best way to cope with your condition. We will work together to manage your flare-ups, cope with your pain, help to communicate your needs and reduce the anxiety and low mood you may experience from time to time. When you feel better able to cope with your condition, you will get more out of life, you will enjoy the good days and find effective ways for you to cope with the challenges when they arise.

Medical Hypnotherapy
Specialist support is now available for you if you are going through chemotherapy, struggling with needle phobia, fear the side effects of treatments you are having or looking for palliative care.

Health Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist registered with the HCPC and AfSFH bringing you solution-focused hypnotherapy to safely and effectively address your worries and concerns. Treatments incorporate techniques based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing alongside the therapeutic use of hypnosis to provide treatment tailored to you. All treatment offered in a warm, private setting with plenty of free parking.

Please phone the clinic if you do not receive a reply to your request to meet with me, sometimes the emails/our replies to you go to spam! Appointments are available at The Retreat in Weston-super-Mare or at The Old Rectory, Iron Acton. Please contact me to book an appointment at a location and time to suit you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy, awarded by the Clifton Practice, experienced in offering a wide range of treatments and therapy.

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, awarded by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the national standard for hypnotherapy practice.

Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, offering nearly 20 years experience as a health psychologist.

Registered Practitioner (Health Psychologist) with the Health and Care Professions Council.

PhD (Developmental Health Psychology), awarded by the University of Southampton, 2002.

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Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

        * 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.

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        Initial Consultation - we will work out why you feel the way you do, what you want to achieve and how we can go about it. £70 for an hour and a half at The Retreat, £90 at The Old Rectory Clinic.

        £70 per subsequent 50 minute session (£90 at The Old Rectory Clinic).

        £150 one-off fee for smoking cessation.

        I am a member of the Private Practice Register and am approved to provide therapy through private health insurance.

        In a typical session of solution-focused hypnotherapy we follow a series of steps to put you on the path to wellbeing.

        How does Hypnotherapy work?

        • First, you set the goals of treatment and decide what you would like to achieve.

        • We then discuss how the brain works and explain why you feel the way you do.

        • Next, we help you set achievable goals for the coming week.

        • Then we work with trance to put the brain into solution-focused mode which will help you achieve those goals.

        All this takes place in a restful setting. Each session is typically 50 minutes and we would expect to work with you for around 8-12 sessions. There is plenty of free parking at both sites.

        Further information

        Research that I am conducting in collaboration with the Clifton Practice is demonstrating the effectiveness of solution-focused hypnotherapy in stimulating brain activity, in particular, alpha and theta brain waves.

        • Alpha is associated with relaxation and calming, creativity and problem-solving, reduction of anxiety and stress, an improved immune system and illness response, and is a natural way to reduce low mood as alpha waves stimulate the production of serotonin.

        • Theta is associated with positive emotional experiences, intuition and enhanced creativity and problem solving which enables you to connect with your subconscious, allowing you to 're-programme' your brain with ideas and beliefs that you truly want to believe.

        Research shows that:

        • People who regularly use trance and meditation have higher levels of theta and alpha.

        • Increased alpha is associated with immediate improvements in stress and anxiety by up to 20% and improvements in low mood.

        • Increased alpha is associated with a reduction in pain and discomfort in 18 out of 20 people in a surgical setting.?

        • Increased theta is associated with a deeper emotional connection to other people, the ability to focus and learn new skills.

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        Bristol, BS37 9UQ
        Weston-super-Mare, BS23

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        Appointments available Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00am - 20:00pm

        Saturdays 09:00am - 13:00pm. Home visits available.

        Please phone the clinic if you do not receive a reply.