Hello, I'm Samantha, a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist offering a friendly, professional service from therapy rooms in Buckfastleigh, South Devon. I can help with a wide range of problems including anxiety, stress, panic attacks, low mood, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, sleeping problems, trauma, phobias and weight loss.
Whatever your problem hypnotherapy can help you to overcome the challenges and issues you're facing, enabling you to feel better and take control of your life far more quickly and easily than you may think. On average clients attend for just 6-8 sessions. Simple phobias generally need far fewer sessions, while more complex, multiple issues may take a little longer. Hypnotherapy can help to improve both your emotional and physical well-being, ultimately leading to greater fulfilment in life.
Therapy starts with a comprehensive consultation to help me understand your problem and how it affects your life, as well as your background and general lifestyle. A detailed consultation helps me to decide on the most appropriate approach for you and to come up with a therapy plan designed specifically for you. My approach is goal focused so we'll discuss what you want to achieve and I'll help you to overcome the limiting thought patterns, beliefs, habits and behaviours that are holding you back.
I have an expansive 'toolbox' and use a combination of approaches from psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness and NLP together with hypnosis to help you make the changes that you want. I'll also help you to develop tools and strategies for change that will be powerful and transferable skills for life.
I'm also a registered advanced BWRT practitioner (Brain Working Recursive Therapy). This dynamic and innovative new therapy works incredibly quickly to shift even deep-rooted problems. It can help with a wide range of issues including phobias, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and binge eating to name just a few.
I understand that choosing the right therapist is not always easy so I offer a free 40 minute consultation which includes a CD or MP3 download. I continue to offer face to face sessions in the clinic throughout the Covid pandemic, following advice from my professional body (the CNHC). On-line sessions are also currently available.
It's probably a bit different than what you expect! Did you know we all go in and out of light states of hypnosis every day....like when you’re driving along a familiar route on autopilot, watching TV, absorbed in a creative activity, or even just day-dreaming. Hypnosis is not like sleep – though it’s similar to the state between sleep and full waking consciousness. You’re certainly not unconscious either! Hypnosis is simply a state of focused inner absorption.
You can expect hypnotherapy to be a learnable skill, requiring your active participation…not just a quick fix which you passively receive. It's actually something you do, rather than 'being done to you'. Hypnotherapy empowers you to make your own changes. All that’s required is your desire to change, belief that this is possible and your willingness to fully participate. Most people find hypnotherapy a very deeply relaxing, up-lifting and empowering experience that can lead to transformation in many areas of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Adam Eason School of Hypnotherapy in Bournemouth (now the Anglo-European School of Hypnosis) and have a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, considered the 'gold standard' in hypnotherapy qualifications. I have also completed additional training in the following areas: anxiety based depression, sleep problems, irritable bowel syndrome, metaphor therapy and pain management.
I am registered with the CNHC and the General Hypnotherapy Register and abide by their strict code of ethics, as well as undertaking regular supervision and study to ensure I offer my clients the best service I can.
I trained in BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) with the Essex Institute and am an advanced, registered practitioner.
Prior to qualifying as a hypnotherapist I worked as an Occupational Therapist, employed by the NHS. I have a BSc in Occupational Therapy.
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.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
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
For more information on BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) please see my website https://hypno4freedom.co.uk or the official website https://www.bwrt-professionals.com/
£55 per session - approx 1 hour
£75 for 1 1/2 hours
Stop smoking - £155
“My experience with Samantha has been literally life changing. I cannot recommend or thank her enough. Unbeknown to me, a trauma, years back, had affected every part of my wellbeing. My confidence was low, anxiety and stress levels were high, and I was struggling with relationships. I also suffered with constant colds, headaches and digestive issues.
Amazingly a lot of these issues have significantly decreased, and I can think about the initial trauma on a much more untroubled level.”
“Samantha put me at ease straight away and explained everything that we were doing, which helped me feel more relaxed. I have had numerous therapies over the past 20 years, but I can honestly say that none of them have been as successful as the hypnotherapy. I would definitely recommend Samantha to anyone who wants help to overcome anxiety. It's given me a fresh outlook on life."
“Samantha has totally turned my life around. I came to her not knowing where to start as life was really difficult and I felt in an awful place. She has taught me so much. I now have all the tools I need to carry on and live life in a far more positive way. I really don’t think I have ever felt so good. I am forever grateful.”