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About me

Flourish Hypnotherapy provides help for people with anxiety, low mood, relationship/life stage difficulties, fears and phobias and mind-body disorders.

Permanent change is effected through Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which looks at your possible future, rather than dwelling on the past. Through talking and exploring what that future might hold we assemble the building blocks for change and begin to work towards that goal. Because steps are small and decided by the you, it is easier to make change.

Hypnosis, which is safe, and in which you are always in control, helps the unconscious mind to take on board what you hope to achieve and consolidates improvements.

My style is friendly, informal but professional. I believe the rapport between client and therapist is the single most important factor in making change.


"I would recommend Sarah at Flourish Hypnotherapy as she is warm and friendly and apart from the fantastic visualisations during relaxation Sarah is able to help you see and make a positive approach to any  situation.  With regular use of the CD and taking the time to relax each day it has helped to calm my anxiety and given me the ability and tools to deal with any anxious situation that can arise at any time." LC, Thirsk

“I have found Sarah’s down-to-earth, humorous and friendly approach the opposite of many therapies on offer, and much more effective in terms of reducing stress and sorting out my (manic) lifestyle priorities!” Vee Walker, Author

Training, qualifications & experience

My background is linguistics and psychology. I trained in medical and clinical hypnosis and hold the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, which proves that you have studied, answered questions about the ethics and practice of hypnotherapy and have worked the requisite number of hours face-to-face time clients. I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, whose members are all trained, qualified and insured.

I have enhanced DBS clearance, which means that I can work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

I cover a wide range of challenges but am particularly interested in anxiety, panic, low mood and self-esteem problems. These tend to respond well to hypnotherapy because people are keen to resolve the problem.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy believes that everyone has the resources to resolve their problems and with guidance, the individual can find these resources and work out how to use them. This method, developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Berg, has received strong empirically proven results and helps clients break out from the repetition of 'same old same old' thinking.

Flourish Hypnotherapy is open to people of all ages, sexes, backgrounds, identities and sexual orientations.

All sessions can be booked by email or phone and are confirmed by making a small deposit. Initial sessions start with a confidential chat during which I make a note of contact details, lifestyle, health, family situation and interests. I then explain something of how the brain functions and how hypnotherapy works.

Hypnotherapy usually start on session two and is supported by a free recording that clients can use between sessions.

We work together to discuss your possible future and what might make that happen. Hypnotherapy serves to quiet the conscious mind and enable to unconscious to begin to take on board the positive suggestions discussed.

The number and frequency of sessions is set by you with guidance from me. I am always available for 'top up' or 'one-off' sessions.

I work to the belief that all clients are seeking someone who will listen non-judgmentally, who shows empathy and understands that their reality, whatever it may be, is real. In this way, I strive to lead clients out of the dark by offering new ways of thinking, believing and behaving.

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.


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.

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

Skin disorders (eg dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis)

Emotional issues including work, family, divorce, bereavement, sexual orientation.


Additional information

An appointment is secured by payment of a deposit of £25 in advance. This can be done by cash, cheque or BACS. This is fully refundable at the end of a course of treatment, provided any cancellations or postponements are made 48 hours or more before the appointment.

Consultations last around 50 minutes and cost £60.

Full information on fees and payment can be found at

When I work

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and some evening and weekend appointments.

Home visits.

Online appointments using Facetime, WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype.

Further information


I work from comfortable private therapy rooms in the centre of Harrogate, with easy access to free parking and public transport. Anyone with restricted mobility for any reason can contact me for a home visit. A small charge applies depending on the distance travelled.

Online sessions are available by Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp web and Zoom.

Contact me

Get in touch for a free and confidential chat about how I can help you. I can be contacted on my website, which contains my phone number and email address. I have a Facebook page and a Twitter presence.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1

Type of session

In person

Key details

Home visits available.