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BA (Hons), Dip CBH, Dip SMRB, CHBP

About me

I am a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, with a Diploma from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (the only hypnotherapy course to be approved by The British Psychological Society). I specialise in stress and anxiety-related problems, with a Diploma in Stress Management & Resilience Building.  I have additional specialised training in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for Insomnia and Smoking Cessation and I am a Certified Hypnotic Birthing Practitioner.

Many people struggle with issues and conditions that can be successfully addressed and supported using Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.  These range from stress and anxieties, phobias and fears, habits (such as smoking and nail biting) and chronic pain to specific conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

My practice uses evidence-based approaches and a modern, integrative combination of clinical hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.  Using this combination, I can tailor the therapy to the individual needs of each client, in a practical and solution-focused manner. I provide a professional, calm, warm and focused therapeutic environment for my clients.

I offer a free initial phone consultation, with no obligation, where we can discuss your concerns and you can ask questions.  This will help you to make an informed choice about whether to progress with treatment and how we will work together.  What we discuss will be treated in confidence.

As a registered practitioner, I adhere to the code of ethics and conduct of the professional associations I am a member of (see Further Information section below).

I have a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate.


M, 17; therapy for insomnia.  ‘Through a series of hypnotherapy sessions, my insomnia issues and negative attitude towards sleep, which had been ingrained for some years, were transformed. The sessions themselves were comfortable and constructive, while the techniques used were effortlessly relaxing. The sessions helped instil a routine in to my sleeping habits, the benefits of which were noticeable almost immediately. Most significantly is the change in the outlook I have towards sleep, which has become considerably more positive and calm. Thanks to my hypnotherapy sessions, I have not only been able significant progression to solving a long-term problem, but believe I have learnt the tools and reasoning skills to confidently address the issue on my own if any bouts of insomnia reoccur.’

A, 40s, therapy for weightloss. ‘I loved Sarah.  She has helped me so much.’

C, 20s, therapy for anxiety.  Dear Sarah. I found our sessions together very beneficial and have since seen positive and permanent change surrounding my issues with anxiety and panic disorder. During the sessions I felt understood and also that plenty of attention was paid to the specificity of my issues. The techniques used and discussed during the sessions were focussed and helpful and through the application of these techniques I have seen positive change.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Dip CBH
  • Diploma in Stress Management & Resilience Building Dip SMRB
  • BA (Hons) Humanities (Psychology & Sociology)
  • Certified Hypnotic Birthing Practitioner CHBP
  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in Insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in Smoking Cessation
  • Level III Certificate in Counselling
  • Certificate of Achievement in ‘Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT’, University of Reading
  • Certificate of Achievement in ‘Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance’, Monash University
  • Diploma in Personal Nutrition (Distinction)

[To keep my skills current, I complete many hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year.]

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Member organisations


National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

The National Council for Hypnotherapy holds one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists in the United Kingdom and strives to maintain the highest standards among its members.

There is an agreed Code of Conduct, an established Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure and all members are obliged to maintain comprehensive Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance, maintain regular CPD (continuing professional development) hours, and attend Supervision when needed.


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.


The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

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

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.


Additional information

* See website for current special offers *

I provide a FREE, no obligation, telephone consultation for all treatments, lasting approximately 20 minutes, at a convenient time to you (contact to arrange).  During this, you can discuss your condition and learn more about cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy and whether the treatment is suitable for you.

Initial assessment session (approx. 90 mins duration) - £70

General sessions (approx. 60 mins duration) - £60

(Enquire about reduced rates for young people up to 21 years.)

For most treatments, only four - six sessions are required to support lasting change.

The Stop Smoking therapy programme costs £295.  This price includes the initial consultation, a 1-hour introductory session, followed a week later by the main 2 - 2½ hour Stop Smoking therapy session, plus other support.

(Enquire about current special offers.)

[Please note: prices include all recordings and written information provided prior to, during and following therapy.]

Fees can be paid by bank transfer in advance of the session or in cash at the session.

If you are unable to attend your session for any reason, please give at least 48 hours’ notice.  If less than 24 hours’ notice is given, the session will be chargeable at 50% of the full rate.  Please note that arriving late for your appointment may mean that you receive a shorter session.

When I work

Monday-Thursday 8.00a.m.-8.00p.m. (last session 7.00p.m.); Friday 8.00a.m.-4.00p.m. (last session 3.00p.m.); Saturday 8.00a.m.-1.30 (last session 12.30p.m.)

Further information

I am registered with the following professional associations:

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) (as recommended by the Department of Health)

Central Register of Stop Smoking Therapists (CRSST)

Chislehurst, BR7

Type of session

In person

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