With almost 10 years experience as a professional hypnotherapist I remain passionate about working with my clients to enable them to make changes in their lives. With a background in Mental Health and as a former Social Worker, I now specialise in treating anxiety, stress, panic attacks and depression.
By working to access subconscious patterns of thought and behaviour it becomes possible to resolve issues that usually lie beyond the capabilities of conscious resolve. In this way I will enable you to take control of your thought patterns and behaviours in a very short space of time. My professional background in mental health nursing and social work gives me a diverse knowledge of the many issues and problems that my clients may be facing. We will work together to enable you to make the necessary changes to reach your personal goals.
Hypnotherapy can help with:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Weight Loss-Hypnotic Gastric Band Available
- Sleep problems
- Reduce pain
- Depression and Negative Thinking
- Stop Smoking
- Irrational fears and phobias
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
- Become more assertive and independent
- Conquer social anxiety and social phobia
- Stop panic attacks and acute anxiety
- Change or control habits (nail biting, hair pulling)
- Improve performance (e.g. presentations)
- Increase creativity and personal self-expression
- Move forward and achieve your goals
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. The Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the application of Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.
What to expect:
Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is "done" to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
The Initial Consultation is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need.
Subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than Hypnosis. During the first part of each session we'll talk about the progress you have made and I'll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
I'll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more useful perspective on the quality of your life. I'll then guide you into a relaxed state of Hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
What is Psychotherapy?
There are many different kinds of Psychotherapy, all of which aim to help people overcome stress or emotional problems. Psychotherapy involves talking together to help clients overcome their difficulties. Psychotherapy is often referred to as a ‘talking treatment’.
Solution Focused Psychotherapy is future oriented:
The type of Psychotherapy I practise is known as a ‘Solution Focused Therapy technique’ and is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests it focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past.
Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems.
Instead we: - acknowledge where you are currently - identify where you want to be - help you to make the necessary changes
Solution Focused Psychotherapy avoids problem talk:
The type of Psychotherapy I practise does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge they happened and help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
What is Hypnosis like?
Actually, we all experience the Hypnotic state in our everyday lives.
Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being Hypnotised.
During Hypnosis you will be guided into a similar state so that beneficial suggestion can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
What Hypnosis is:
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.
Clients often comment about how “ordinary” Hypnosis feels - it’s not unlike daydreaming – you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, you could think of it as guided daydreaming.
What Hypnosis isn't:
Contrary to the image portrayed in films, books and the media, Hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind - no one can Hypnotise you against your will.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having graduated from the University of Bristol with an Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies. I then went on to qualify as a social worker and worked with adults and children for over 12 years to bring about positive change.
My strong belief that people can be enabled to bring about change for themselves led me to study at The Clifton Practice, the UK’s leading Hypnotherapy school with the aim of having my own full time practice. My academic experience along with a diverse professional background brings excellent results for people of all ages.
Recognised by the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), hypnotherapy has proven to be a safe, effective alternative that can alleviate a wide range of problems in just a few hours of treatment. The NHS now recognises that hypnotherapy leads people to perform astonishing feats of will power and self-healing.
"Hypnosis is supported by more scientific research than any other complementary therapy". - The Which? Guide to Complementary Therapies, 2002
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
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.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Weight Management - Hypnotic Gastric Band
From £60.00 to £75.00
Courses of treatment vary from perhaps 3 sessions for a fear or phobia, to 9-12 sessions for depression or anxiety, although the number of sessions varies between clients, depending on their needs.
Smoking Cessation cost £120.
Courses include a free complementary relaxation CD or Download. All sessions are by prior appointment only.
Rae has literally transformed my life. I came to her after a friend recommended her. I wasn't sure at the time what I needed, but I felt I couldn't cope with day to day life very easily and past experiences had knocked my confidence and self-worth. I was in tears the first time I saw her - literally at breaking point and I must admit that at first I was sceptical about hypnotherapy, but what can I say - it worked! I found the sessions with Rae very therapeutic, positive and relaxing to the point where I looked forward to my weekly sessions with her. I now feel much more confident and relaxed. My family have really noticed the difference in me. I feel stronger and happier. Caroline
Seeking help and finding hypnotherapy via yourself was like wiping the mist from the inside of a window, helping me see life more clearly....I can't thank you enough. Andy
I have found that the course of hypnotherapy I had has helped me to cope with the difficulty of my husband going into a nursing home. My mind is calmer and I am more able to cope with his continued condition and all the problems that we have encountered whilst in the nursing home which are many. I would not hesitate to recommend Rae. She has helped me enormously. Dorothy
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help with my sleep problems. I'm no longer dreading going to bed, and you're so lovely to talk to, it makes approaching you really easy! Thank you. Helen