Dr Rachel Gillibrand

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C.Psychol., Dip.AfSFH., Dip.NCH, AFBPsS
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Weston-super-Mare BS23 & Bristol BS37
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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 Brief Therapy, awarded by BRIEF International.

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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Member organisations

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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.

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)

The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) was set up to provide information about a modern form of Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits to members of the public. The main aim of the AfSFH is to spread awareness of the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Its secondary aim is to support Hypnotherapists in their businesses by encouraging good practice and self-care.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

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.

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£90.00 - £150.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Initial Consultation £90 (£100 at The Old Rectory Clinic).  We will work out why you feel the way you do, what you want to achieve and how we can go about it. This will take an hour.

£90 per subsequent 60 minute session (£100 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 60 minutes and the number of sessions you require is decided by you. We will check in at each session reviewing progress and goals and you will know when you are happy with your progress. There is plenty of free parking at both sites.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Face to face and online appointments available weekdays 10:00am - 8:00pm

Please phone 01934 623062 if you do not receive a reply to the instant message service and leave a message.

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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Weston-super-Mare, BS23

The Old Rectory Clinic, High Street, Iron Acton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS37 9UQ

Type of session

In person

Key details

There is a steep drive and steps up to the clinic door. Parking can be arranged next door which provides a short walk and two steps to front door. Clinic room is on the ground floor.


Dr Rachel Gillibrand
Dr Rachel Gillibrand