Tara Economakis

Tara Economakis


Chilton Foliat

01488-685151 / 07768 152614

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About me

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 15 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 ;
optimise well-being.

I also teach classes and private tuition in HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method - the original, statistically validated Childbirth Education Program. I am a member of the UK Advisory Board and one of the longest standing practitioners in the UK. Please see www.HypnoBirthing.co.uk

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:


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)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

        * If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.

        Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

        HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method


        Please contact me to discuss. Concessions are available .

        Further information

        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

        Basingstoke, RG24
        Hungerford, RG17

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: Conversational Greek and French


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Yes

        My office is on the ground floor. Premises are close to exit 14 off the M4.


        9-6 daily, including some week-ends