Sarah Leonard

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Trauma Informed, Adults &Young People, SSP Provider
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Hitchin SG4 & St. Albans AL4
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I have over 18 years experience working with individuals, young people and couples. I provide a safe and confidential space for people to begin to understand their habits, patterns and emotions.

I believe that you are the expert of you - and when given the time & space, your subconscious will allow you to see what is creating your difficult emotions or experience. And you will be able to find solutions to the problems which you face. 

Traditional hypnotherapy can tend to be a one-size-fits-all approach but we are all unique and experience the world and our situations in unique ways. This idea is fundamental to Cognitive Hypnotherapy.

I am trained to listen to you and the language that you use and will use the most appropriate technique from a range of disciplines put together in a way that suits how you think. I have lots of experience to help you overcome unwanted behaviours, feelings or thought patterns. During the initial consultation I will assess which treatment programme is going to be most effective for you to facilitate the change that you want. Change can seem difficult, but many of my clients are surprised what they can achieve in a few short hours.

As an experienced Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Clarity coach I believe that everyone has everything they need to solve their problem, they just need help finding it. It is this active collaboration which makes our work together an effective solution focused therapy. In just a few session you will feel more in control and see the changes that you want to see.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy utilises natural trance states that occur daily. For example, when you drive somewhere and don’t remember part of the journey, you might be reading a book and not notice someone else join you in the room. The depth  of the trance does not really matter, and the depth achieved will depend on each individual. So it’s not like you see on the television or stage, it is a level deep enough for change but light enough for you to facilitate your changes. I use a range of techniques to help you achieve positive long lasting changes.

During all sessions we explore the principles that underpin your Psychology and the effect that they have on your problems and the way life unfolds. This often creates change in more areas of your life than you expected.

I am also trained as a SSP (Safe & Sound Protocol) Practitioner.

The Safe and Sound Protocol by Unyte-iLs is an evidence-based intensive listening programme used  for those with trauma, anxiety and social communication difficulties. It has been developed as a result of over four decades of peer-reviewed research, based on Dr Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory.

The music of the SSP has been filtered through a patented, evidence-based algorithm that highlights specific sound frequencies that help regulate the autonomic nervous system and stimulate the vagus nerve.

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention designed to support the client's emotional regulation and neuroception (i.e. sense of one's safety), as well as decrease the client's auditory sensitivity. The music is designed to stimulate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for calming the nervous system. This allows for enhanced social engagement and resilience in children and adults. The purpose of SSP is to create new, positive connections in the brain that allow the client to regulate oneself by "stretching the nervous system, not stressing the nervous system."

If you're unsure which therapy is for you - contact me for a free consultation or chat, the relationship between client and therapist is essential and i want to make sure that you are completly comfortable before continuing with me.

How Hypnotherapy can help

We work out of our subconscious mind 85% of the time. Hypnotherapy allows you to access your subconscious thinking which is often outdated and keeping us safe. Hypnotherapy is far more than listening to a script, it is a collaborative process where we trust that your subconscious brings to the surface whatever you need to deal with.

What to expect in the first session.

The first session is a discovery session where we enquire and work out exactly how you do your issue. Anxiety for example Is different for everyone so its important that we find out how it shows up for you so that we can disassemble and rebuild in a way that is more helpful to you.


"I would not have got through the last year without her support, and what she taught me has enabled me now to move on and face the world as the happy person I always used to me.  Sarah was a ray of sunshine in my life when I needed it most; I cannot recommend her highly enough."

For the first time I am not needing to run away from my feelings... It’s freeing!!!

"Sarah is calm, friendly and very approachable a great listener with a lovely manner . She is non judgemental and completely professional.

Her sessions are engaging and exceeded my expectations.

Sarah has helped me see things from a fresh perspective. I was very lucky to choose Sarah as my coach as I always feel in tune with her during the sessions. “

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BSc Degree in Psychology and I trained with the internationally recognised Quest institute.

  • Dip Chyp - Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy
  • HPD - Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma
  • NLP M.Prac - Practitioner and Master Practitioner Level - NLP Certificate
  • Certified Clarity Coach
  • EMI Plus Trauma Resolution
  • AMDR - specialised EMDR & Cognitive Hypnotherapy
  • Project you - Personal Coaching Certificate
  • Project you 2 - Couples Coaching Certificate
  • Slim for Life - Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Certificate
  • Baby Quest - Hypnosis for Fertility Certificate
  • The Simmons Method - Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy Certificate
  • Confident Childbirth - Hypnobirthing Certificate
  • Gabor Mate Compassionate Inquiry Training  

GROW Therapeutic Coaching  - Child Therapy - helping children with anxiety, confidence, concerns and worries. I work as a GROW Practitioner working 1-1 with schools.

I work full time as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and have over 17 years experience. I can help with a wide range of issues, for adults and children. I treat the individual rather than the label so can help with a wide range of issues ranging from anxiety, addiction, weight loss, self esteem trauma, sexual problems and resiliance coaching to name a few

Member organisations

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.

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.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Accredited Register Scheme

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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.

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£100.00 - £135.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

  • The cost covers far more than the session itself. A lot of the clients would agree that a lot of change happens outside of the therapy room. All support, handouts and personal hypnosis tracks are included in the cost.

Packages also available - please ask for further details.

I suggest having a free initial consultation, on the phone or face to face to assess whether hypnotherapy is for you.

When I work

I have appointments free throughout the working week and on a Saturday

Sarah Leonard is also registered with Life Coach Directory.

5 Station Terrace, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9UN

17-19 Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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