My aim is to help people make good, useful, and lasting changes in their thoughts, behaviours, and lives. I have been in professional practice for 20 years, and see clients in Berkshire (particularly Hungerford and Newbury), Wiltshire and Hampshire.
Hypnotherapy can assist you to:
explore personal issues and problems in your life;
eradicate detrimental habits and addictions (quit smoking, manage gambling addiction, alcohol abuse, insomnia );
deal with anxiety, health problems and weight loss;
overcome phobias, fears, low self-confidence and barriers to personal development ;
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness, usually achieved with the help of a trained therapist, although it can be taught to be self-induced. In this state (often called trance) a person can easily access new possibilities and alternative patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic method which utilizes the hypnotic state to bypass the limiting beliefs of the conscious mind. Habits, phobias, stress, unhappiness and dissatisfaction are often the result of being locked into repetitive, ineffective patterns. Hypnotherapy provides the beneficial conditions which enable a person to access his/her own experience -based capabilities and resources to effect change and personal growth.
Hypnotherapy is not something strange, paranormal, or out of control. Each of us actually knows much more than we think we know. Since the moment we were born we have been storing information, experiences, talents, memories, beliefs, values and ways of reacting to situations. We each have inside ourselves all the answers to our questions, and all the solutions to our problems, based on our own life experiences. Using the altered state of hypnosis we can tap into this storehouse of resources to effect whatever change we wish, to achieve whatever we want, and to live however we desire.
What are the aims of Hypnotherapy?
The aims of hypnotherapy are:
- To reduce suffering and distress
- To help find ways to cope more effectively with the demands of everyday living
- To develop insight and strengthen a sense of self-mastery.
What conditions/problems can Hypnotherapy alleviate?
The range of conditions/problems that hypnotherapy can address and help is wide. The most popular three are hypnotherapy to stop smoking, to control anxiety, and to deal with eating issues and weight loss.
Will I lose control?
Hypnotherapy has no relation to “stage hypnosis”, nor does it impose behaviour or manipulate memory. It is an interpersonal process in which a client’s conscious and unconscious messages are modified in the direction of a desired solution. It is the client who chooses and initiates the change; a skilled therapist supports and reinforces that which the client considers and desires.
Can anything go wrong?
On the contrary, in the hands of a well-trained therapist, hypnosis is both safe and effective. Dr. Milton Erickson, an American psychiatrist, pioneered modern hypnosis and developed an advanced system of hypnotherapy which recognises and utilises the individual, innate resources of each client. By increasing choices, hypnotherapy makes it possible to avoid automatic, repetitive and undesirable responses to stressful situations. Life can be made creative, freer, and more positive.
How many sessions might I expect to attend?
Deep and Lasting changes can be made quickly and easily; Hypnotherapy is brief and highly effective. "Two and review" is often the rule for sessions.
How valid is Hypnotherapy?
The Health and Education Authority confirms the popularity, medical credibility and scientific validity of Hypnotherapy. It also stresses the importance of finding a competent, properly trained, registered practitioner. Hypnotherapy is a complementary practice, and is not a substitute for orthodox medical care. Patients who are undergoing medical treatment should always consult and remain in the care of their physicians.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and am also BUPA recognised I also belong to The National Council for Hypnotherapy, The National HypnoPsychotherapy Council, and The European Council for Psychotherapy.
My Training and Experience is listed below:
COUNSELLING & THERAPY QUALIFICATIONS
2020 - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) for PTSD and Trauma
2019 - Memory Reconsolidation Therapy and continuing supervision with Bruce Ecker
2018 - Single Session Integrated CBT with Professor Windy Dryden
2017 - Certification in Paediatric Hypnotherapy
2015 - Certified in Sequent Repatterning Therapy (SRT) for Misophonia
2014 - Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills
2013 – Certification as Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) Practitioner
2012 – Specialist trainings in Hypnosis for Stroke Survivors and Hypnotic Work with Athletes
2011 – 2 day Tinnitus and Chronic Illness Workshop with Ken Hogan
2010 – National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy Certification as Tinnitus Practitioner
2009 – Qualified as Hypnosis Instructor
2008 – Specialist Training in Brief Approaches to Therapy
2007 – Specialist Trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Gambling Addiction
2006 – Specialist training in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
2005 – Certification as a Happiest Baby Educator
2005 – Qualified as Fertility Therapist and Happiest Baby Educator
2004 – Certification as HypnoBirthing Practitioner
2003 – Diploma in Performance Coaching
2002 – Specialist Training in Managing Addictive Behaviours (including Eating Disorders)
2001 – Specialist Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Panic Attacks
2000 – Registration with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
2000 – Six Month Research Project at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton – Pilot Study on the use of Hypnotherapy for Detrusor Instability
1999 – Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (N-SHAP)
1998 – Specialist Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapeutic Interventions for Pain Management, Terminal Illness, and Bereavement
1997 – Diploma in Therapeutic Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (National School of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy N-SHAP)
Full Member of the Central Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists
1996 – Intermediate Practitioner of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (N-SHAP)
1994-1997 – Accredited and Practising CRUSE Bereavement Counsellor
1991-1993 – Two Year Course in Clinical Theology (Based on the work of Frank Lake)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists
The National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (NRHP) was formed to promote the skilled use of hypno-psychotherapy. There are a number of different membership categories e.g. Associate 1, Associate 2, Associate 3 and Full Member, with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Regulated Members of NRHP are obliged to meet all the rules and regulations of NRHP including the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice and the Guidelines for Supervision and Continuing Professional Development.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is an umbrella organisation, with over 80 training, or accrediting organisations in membership.
Registration with UKCP is obtained through one of their Member Organisations and each practitioner must maintain membership of a Member Organisation to maintain their UKCP Registration.
Members must adhere to approved Codes of Ethics and Practice and be accountable to UKCP Complaints and Appeals Procedures.
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
Please contact me to discuss. Concessions are available .
I am now working online. During these challenging times of Covid 19 I am offering free of charge sessions to all NHS health workers/staff, and a 40% discount to all new uninsured clients.
Published Articles: Just in Case: Gaining a Sense of Control over Detrusor Instability through Hypnotherapy, Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol 35, No. 1, 2007, 54-62