You're faced with a bewildering choice of therapists. Who should you pick? How can you tell who's going to be right for you? I'd suggest weighing up two factors in particular when you scan the listings: depth and breadth of training resulting in a theoretical foundation that you can trust, and an approach to practice that treats you as the complex individual you are rather than just another 'case' of X, Y or Z.
My experience as a therapist goes back to 1997, when I qualified as a person-centred and existential counsellor/psychotherapist after taking part in the highly regarded three-year FACETS programme at London's City University. This founding stage of my professional development included more than 750 hours of study with such eminent tutors as Maria Luca and David White.
Ten years later I embarked on training at the Quest Institute in Regent's College, London, under the world-renowned originator of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Trevor Silvester (former Ethics Director and Supervision Director of the UK's most reputable accreditation body, the National Council for Hypnotherapy), gaining a Distinction in the Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and a Practitioner's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I also trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and studied the work of many other leading exponents of the most modern and sophisticated psychological therapy techniques.
The extent of my training gives a spectrum of perspectives and practices from which I can precisely match your needs…
• I use a humanistic, person-centred & existential model of psychotherapy and counselling to assure you of a truly safe, non-judgmental environment. The existential element allows a more dynamic and stimulating process than you’d be likely to get from old-school person-centred or psychodynamic styles of therapy.
• Popular TV and movie representations of hypnotism are misleading. With Cognitive Hypnotherapy you'll encounter no swinging watches or 'look into my eyes' weirdness, and you can forget about stunts involving people dancing like chickens. There's no flaky mysticism and absolutely no loss of control. Trance is an everyday state we all experience. Have you ever 'zoned out' while driving so that by the time you reach your destination you can't really remember how you got there? Have you lost an hour or two with your head in a book? These are states akin to hypnosis. The Cognitive model is at the leading edge of the field, integrating the best of psychotherapy with the latest scientific findings. You know what’s going on throughout sessions and simply enjoy a sense of relaxation and calm.
• NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming – but don't let the clunky American terminology put you off. This extraordinarily useful model of dealing with life issues is more about deprogramming. By enabling us to reframe and redefine our habitual patterns of language and thought, it helps bring about profound changes in the way we feel, think and behave.
• Also known as ‘tapping’, EFT is Emotional Freedom Technique: it’s one of those slightly unusual therapies that can seem almost too good to be true. There are speculative scientific explanations of how it works but it can sometimes feel more like magic… For many people it brings about truly surprising results in a short space of time.
Nobody I see is palmed off with standardised, formulaic procedures. I recognise that every client is a unique individual. There's no such thing as a cure-all and what works fabulously for one person may be ineffective for another.
Some reputable therapists in respected disciplines operate largely according to stock definitions of problems and corresponding off-the-shelf treatments. If you happen to fit neatly into one of their predetermined 'boxes' you may come away with a good result. That's not how it is with me. I understand that the causes of most people's problems are complex and often messily interrelated, so I never jump to simplistic conclusions about how to treat them. With multiple techniques at my disposal, I tailor what I offer specifically and precisely to you at each stage of your particular process.
Central south London location near Brockwell Park – convenient access from King's Cross, Blackfriars, London Bridge, Victoria, via Herne Hill/Tulse Hill rail/Brixton tube.
Training, qualifications & experience
FACETS Diploma in Person-Centred & Existential Therapy, City University, 1997
HPD Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, validated by NCFE & NCH
DipCHyp (with Distinction) Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Quest Institute
NLPPrac Practitioner's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Quest Institute
MBACP (Reg) Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
MNCH (Reg) Registered Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy
CNHC (Reg) Registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council
NB The CNHC is the only Government-supported national regulatory body in the field. The Department of Health has recommended that where people are looking for complementary healthcare therapists they use someone who is CNHC-registered.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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
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
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.
Please see my website for details. Note that Mon-Fri daytime sessions cost less than evenings (I don't work during weekends). I also always try to keep some concessionary slots available at still more affordable fees for those on low incomes. Please don't hesitate to ask if you think you may qualify.
There’s no risk in deciding to come. You can try before you buy. I treat the preliminary consultation as a chance for us both to evaluate: if at the end of our first meeting you (or I) don't feel that further work together will be worthwhile, you may choose not to pay. If we do agree to proceed, that first session is, of course, charged at my standard rates (see website) and we go on from there.
Your safety and security are assured. All my practice conforms to the strict requirements of the BACP and NCH codes of ethics and conduct, as well as those of the CNHC, and I am fully insured in all relevant aspects of professional and public liability.