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About me

Rachel Crawford (AHD, HPD, LAPHP, DMedH, mCNHC)is trained to an Advanced Level in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. She uses this high level of training and several years experience to implement the use of hypnosis alongside Solution Focused Therapy. This combination results in a powerful treatment which can help with a variety of symptoms over a period of just a few weeks.

Hypnosis is very normal; we all drift in and out of a trance-like state many times daily (e.g.: whilst driving to work, becoming engrossed in daily tasks etc); Through progressive muscle relaxation a state of relaxed but focused attention (trance) is induced that helps by-pass the critical control faculty of the conscious mind and deals directly with the subconscious. The subconscious mind isthe root of most of our problems, but also most of our solutions too. Hypnotherapy utilises the extraordinary power of the subconscious to bring about positive change and improvement, whilst retraining an anxious or depressed brain, coaxing it out of its emotionally aroused state and into calm, controlled, problem-solving intellectual mode.

For more information please visit www.sagehypnotherapy.co.uk or my Facebook page Facebook.com/sagehypnotherapy.


Anxiety & Feeling Down

Insomnia & Sleeping Disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Emotional Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Panic Attacks

Anger Management

Fears & Phobias

Skin Disorders

Pain Control

Weight Management

Exercise Motivation


Goal Achievement



Public Speaking


Dental Phobia

Training, qualifications & experience


Rachel Crawford (DHP HPD, GQHP) studied Solution Focused Hypnotherapy at The Clifton Practice, a leading teaching authority providing the Government recognised Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Practitioner Diploma Course, and gained her Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP).

Rachel completed a Medical Diploma in Hypnosis in the summer 0f 2020 which qualifies her to work with clients with more complex medical needs such as needle phobia, chemo sickness and pain management.

She has also completed her Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy Training. This qualification puts Rachel in a different league to most in her profession, from a qualification perspective The training involved theoretical and practical courses in:

Clinical Neuroscience, Psychoneuroimmunology, Fertility, Hypnosis for Childbirth, Working with Children, Clinical Application of Mindfulness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Rachel is a member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and is bound by their codes of practice.

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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Additional information

How much does it cost?

The initial consultation is £45, and during this appointment you will gain significant insight into how the brain works in relation to Anxiety and Depression and related disorders, plus you'll get a free MP3 Relaxation & Hypnosis recording (or CD).

Each subsequent session is £55, however evening sessions (from 5pm to 6pm) are charged at £60 (as of 01/01/18). The number of sessions required depends on individual circumstances which will be discussed at the initial consultation, however most disorders require between 8-12 weekly sessions, although specific Fears and Phobias can be near 4 or 5.

When I work

Monday to Friday. Please email or telephone to arrange.

Online only at present

Further information

About Rachel

I came to Hypnotherapy rather late in life, after a varied career which included training and working as a Cordon Bleu Chef and later a Head Hunter. My husband and I moved down to Devon where a lifelong, niggling back problem became a double disc prolapse, effectively crippling me for over a year and resulting eventually in major surgery.  During this period I suffered considerable pain and as a result some 'low mood' and worry, spending endless hours at home and wondering what I was going to do with my life when I eventually recovered; My surgeon had told me that unless I wished for a repeat of the same experience I must change careers completely and, if possible, work for myself in an environment that doesn't involve me sitting at a desk all day staring at a screen.

So, post-surgery, with plenty of time on my hands, I started to read about the power of the subconscious mind when it comes to pain and its relationship with anxiety, and how negative patterns of thought and a focus on 'the problem' simply feed the problem, enhancing and increasing it and depleting our capacity to cope with it. Even this bit of research I did made a difficult time bearable and, by the time I was mobile again, I had registered on a course to train as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist.

I studied at the prestigious 'Clifton Practice' in Bristol and found the course to be an intense, comprehensive learning experience that taught me not just the skill of hypnosis and the application of it alongside psychotherapy, but, much more importantly, the workings of the brain and how we can vastly improve our lives when we understand it a little better. The subconscious mind is believed to be the most powerful entity in the universe I am still constantly amazed at the extraordinary benefits we can reap when we harness that power and use it promote our own emotional well-being.

I have never looked back, setting up my practice immediately on completion of my training in 2012. For the past six years I have successfully managed my residual back pain using self-hypnosis, and am generally calmer, more content and 'centered' than I've ever been in my life, and I put this down entirely to better understanding and management of the processes of my conscious and subconscious thought processes. Sharing this knowledge with clients and then watching them regain emotional control and self-esteem, kick bad habits, reduce stress, become happier and more balanced and start living the lives they want to live, is hugely rewarding.

If you happen to be a prospective client, think of a course of hypnotherapy as a course on how to 'drive your brain' in order to get the very best out of live. It takes commitment, dedication and practice (just as a course of driving lessons does), but is potentially life-changing in the rewards it brings and is well the effort required.

Given the spiralling rates of mental illness in the UK, I believe this understanding of the way our brains work and how to manage them should be incorporated into every school curriculum across the country.  Until then, I hope to continue making a difference to those that seek help in this corner of North Devon.

Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39

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