Hello and thank you for reading my profile. I am described by my clients and those who know me as being calm, warm, friendly and approachable. In the 20 plus years of therapeutic work, I have always been blessed with repeat custom, in both the private and statutory sector. This is my way of describing being popular and highly recommended. I think being open and kind does encourage individuals to trust and respect me. Wouldn't you want to return to a therapist like that?
My sessions vary in length, depending upon the client. They usually last around 90 minutes. Why so long? I take the time to get to know my clients and give them the space they need to talk about their problems. Then I use the hypnotic trance to help them create change in their thoughts, feelings and subsequent behaviours. Does 90 minutes sound long? Don't worry, if you are not a big conversationalist, that's fine. It won't take as long. One of my clients was a 16 year young man who spoke only a hand full of words in our sessions. He was also unable to tell me exactly what the 'big issue' was that caused him severe social anxiety. Despite never vocalising the exact 'personal flaw' he believed he had, we worked together and his severe anxiety (HADS) that was a symptom of his 'belief set', returned to normal after a few sessions. Thankfully he was once again able to enjoy time out with his friends and have fun again.
What should you expect in hypnotherapy? Can you be hypnotised? Will you tell me your deepest darkest secrets and how much money you have in the bank?
After a friendly chat, where I get to know you and what you would like to work on, I ask you to sit comfortably with your eye's closed. I then use some techniques to relax you and then I do some work on teaching the deeper part of your mind (what I term the subconscious mind) a new story. For example, do you have a phobia? Are you afraid of spiders? If the answer is yes, you may tell yourself in your mind, how scary spiders are. You may remember the first time they ever made you feel afraid. You may keep the windows closed in summer (despite the heat) incase they climb in the windows. Sound familiar?What I do, is work through those memories with you (before the trance) and then 'tell your mind a new story' in trance, where the spiders are no longer threatening. Because we are working with the deeper mind, the story becomes embedded and it's like your mind's 'new perspective on spiders' that feels like a natural change in your thoughts. The fear then reduces to a comfortable level. In some people, it totally disappears. An 11 year old girl I worked wth had a severe dog and cat phobia, causing severe panic. After only 3 sessions with me, she was able to get a pet herself.
As for telling me your secrets, you will never tell me anything you don't want me to know...even if I asked. You are in full control at all times so forget what you see in stage hypnotism. Do you have a great desire to bark like a dog on a stage, being the centre of attention? Yes? Well, you will be ideal for a stage act with one of the famous stage hypnotists. Or did you say No? Then you will simply refuse to bark like a dog on stage. I personally refuse to speak under hypnosis...mostly. Not sure why because I enjoy a good chat. But, I have the control to do that and exercise that! So, you can rest assured that you too will be in control and I won't be able to encourage you to support your arch enemy rugby team either. As for being hypnotised. You could resist and prevent me from being hypnotised yes. But, why waste your money. If you come to see me for hypnotherapy you are looking forward to getting rid of thoughts, feelings, experiences or memories that are ruining your life. Sounds dramatic I know, but that's usually how bad things have become when we decide to make a change, isn't it so?
Are you too far to travel to my clinic in Hull? Are you in another country? Would you find it difficult to see me in person? Would you feel embarrassed walking into a clinic with a massive sign outside? That's absolutely fine. I not only offer face to face sessions at an unmarked clinic and home visits (upon negotiation and depending upon area) but I work on line too. How? Skype, Zoom (password protected), Microsoft Teams. You sit in the comfort of your own home and we do the session on line. Whether you are face to face or online, I will offer you a recording (no extra cost) to listen to afterwards (if you wish). I have clients worldwide whom benefit immensely from this service.
Call me for a free telephone consultation. No obligation, only a chance to ask questions and see whether my voice would be calm and warm to listen to.
As a person, I am spiritual and carry out daily grounding exercises of a humanistic persuasion. Because of my faith I am very open to and respectful of the faith of other individuals and I work with all members of the community. Although I am only fluent in English, I have many clients from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I am told by many that I speak clearly and am easy to understand. I believe my personal experience living within other diverse cultures and in homes where English was not the first language (except for myself) I have an ability to understand individuals with a strong accent and perhaps developing English skills. So feel free to make contact.
See additional information for services offered. Some conditions may require medical supervision and if so, I will advise this accordingly.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy
- NLP Practitioner (Neurolinguistic Practitioner)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree
- Counselling Lecturer (Further Education, previously)
- Psychosocial Therapist (NHS, previously)
- Learning Mentor & Reintegration Coordinator (PRU, previously)
I have worked in a therapeutic post since 1999. As a fully qualified Hypnotherapist since 2017. Previous posts have included working in Education, NHS Psychiatric Inpatient care and Disability Trust (acquired brain injury).
I am currently involved in community environmental work (unpaid) and am an Events Manager for One Hull Of Forest (PATT Foundation). This involves working with the Veteran Community and I am about to train in Horticultural Therapy to assist these Green Task Force projects.
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.
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
COVID anxiety and stress
Fees vary depending upon the service so please contact me for advice. You can expect to pay around £70 a session.
Some concessions offered to NHS, Veterans, Students and low income families. Proof may be required but please feel free to make contact.