I am an experienced psychologist and practitioner successfully treating many conditions and specialising in anxiety, stress and trauma. I live near Stratford-upon-Avon/Bidford-on-Avon close to the Warwickshire/Gloucester border and have a second clinical practice in Cwmbran, Monmouthshire within easy reach of the M4 corridor where I treat patients on the weekends. I treat adults, teenagers and children from roughly the age of ten in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Appointments are flexible and are available both during the day and evenings.
I have experience in alleviating many problems using Clinical Hypnotherapy integrated with CBT, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and EMDR. As a psychologist I find that the integrated approach of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) together with Hypnosis, is a fast acting, effective and long lasting cure for the treatment of behavioural and emotional problems, and is achievable much quicker when this joint approach is used.
My PhD Doctorate in Music Psychology from the University of Leeds, focused on anxiety and stress in music performance as well as general anxiety and proved the effectiveness of the above treatments for these conditions. I have recently published a book on nine of my case studies documenting anxiety in different performance situations (music, sport and in the workplace): Transforming Performance Anxiety Treatment using Cognitive Hypnotherapy and EMDR. Routledge ISBN 978-1-13861493-2
I treat conditions such as:
- weight problems
- suicidal thoughts
- performance anxiety
- sport anxiety and enhancement of performance
- sleep problems
- exam nerves and much more
During my career in music performance and teaching spanning more than thirty years I have had wide experience of anxiety states and negative thinking and know the detrimental effect that this creates. I am dedicated to alleviating such conditions not only in music performance but in any area in life. I believe that everyone has the right to a full and positive life and this can be achieved once negative thoughts have been replaced with positive ones.
Normally appointments are made either through email or telephone contact. Please call me either on my mobile: 07719 401399 or landline: 01789 772669 or click here to send an email.
At this time, it is helpful if the patient gives details of the condition, presenting symptoms, and any personal and medical history which he/she relevant to the condition. In the first session (which is normally one and a half hours in length) a thorough history is taken and the most appropriate treatment discussed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a psychologist with a PhD Doctorate from the University of Leeds in Music Psychology and have an MA (with distinction) from the University of Sheffield. I have teaching Diplomas in both piano and singing. I am a Master Hypnotist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistic Programer and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing practitioner.
I am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register and a validated General Hypnotherapy Standards Council Practitioner. I am also a member of the CNHC.
Local hypnotherapist meets new national standards
A Stratford-upon-Avon based hypnotherapist has become one of the first in the country to achieve a new national standard of excellence for her therapy.
Elizabeth Brooker has been registered by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulator for complementary healthcare.
The recognition places her at the forefront of a national drive to provide a benchmark for standards and safety for the public. Practitioners registered with the CNHC meet national occupational standards and abide by a vigorous code of conduct, performance and ethics.
Elizabeth Brooker said: "Achieving registration is not only good news for me and my patients, but a vital step for hypnotherapy. The most popular uses for hypnotherapy are around stress and anxiety, particularly relevant during this time of economic uncertainty. The underlying causes of many conditions are anxiety-based and can lead to IBS, GAD, and addictive behaviours such as weight problems, smoking and alcohol abuse".
By providing a verification of standards, the CNHC allows GPs, hospitals, private healthcare providers and insurance companies to refer patients to hypnotherapy practitioners, making hypnotherapy more readily available in health centres, clinics, doctors' surgeries and hospitals.
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
- Performance anxiety
- Public speaking
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Fees vary according to the nature of the condition being treated, but as a rule a first consultation including treatment will be £80 and will last approx. 90 minutes. Subsequent treatments are £70 per. hour.
Smoking cessation is £150 and treatment usually lasts an hour and a half. A second treatment if required will be free.
I am available Monday-Friday and also on weekends and have emergency slots available.
Her recent publications are:
Music performance anxiety: A clinical outcome study into the effects of cognitive hypnotherapy and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing in advanced pianists. Psychology of Music 2018, vol. 46(1) 107-124
Her book, Transforming Performance Anxiety Treatments Using cognitive Hypnotherapy and EMDR, is now available for purchase. Routledge ISBN 978-1-138-61493-2. A flyer is attached.