I encourage my clients to focus on the smallest rays of light....and we build on those.
My personal story
I thought it might be a good idea to share a little bit about me and how I ventured into becoming a hypnotherapist....
I won't give you my whole life history but suffice to say, I was always an anxious child! I worried about everything, and probably experienced my first panic attack at the tender age of 5. I was lying in bed, trying to work out why I existed, what lay beyond the stars, what else was out there and to my utter dismay, could not find an answer that satisfied me. It resulted in a mini meltdown that I completely internalised.
I grew up to be an anxious teenager, overwhelmed by my awkwardness and inability to fit in. But I did begin to grow out of it especially after I left home, made more friends, went to University and discovered the joys of independent living. Anxiety was never far behind me though, always waiting to pounce and hijack any attempts to form close relationships with the opposite sex, speak in large groups, abseil down the sides of tall buildings….and the odd thing was that nobody really noticed (except the maybe the abseiling thing). My anxiety was very well hidden, I believe it’s termed “high functioning”. I did function very well; a high achiever, some may say. However, no matter what I achieved, I never really addressed my cripplingly low self esteem. I had a deeply held conviction that I was not good enough, and never would be. In spite of overcoming many challenges in my life, I believed I could not handle any future challenges.
Things came to a head a few years ago when my panic attacks returned, hand in hand with their best mate, enduring and distressing insomnia. This seemed to be partly related to hormonal fluctuation (I am a woman of a certain age!) and my doctors did little but offer me drugs that were risky and addictive. In desperation, I decided to try hypnotherapy. The main lessons I learned were that no matter where this stuff comes from, it IS possible to make positive changes. My problems lay deep within my subconscious primitive brain, in its misguided attempts to keep me safe. All my life, I had been telling myself that I was not capable or worthy in spite of any evidence to the contrary – no wonder my brain panicked whenever it was faced with challenges! No wonder it couldn’t relax and let me sleep! So began a slow process of inner discoveries, relentless positive reframing and regular pats on the back.
I learned to love and appreciate the person that I am, faults and all, because none of us are perfect. I let go of the past and became more focused on helpful solutions. You can do this too! Anxiety can be your best friend when you are in real danger, but it can destroy dreams and create an inner void so vast that no amount of good company, love of others or realised ambition can fill. I believe that you can really change the way you think and feel through hypnotherapy. It gave me a chance to move on, and I want to help others to do the same. I don’t have a magic wand but I have a great sense of humour, a real appreciation of the wonderful warped, imperfect weirdness of the human condition and a genuine desire to help others. If you are interested in working with me, I will be completely committed to helping you to the best of my ability.
Qualifications and Accreditations
I hold a Diploma in Solution-focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) and a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) gained from the renowned and prestigious Clifton Practice. I am a registered member of the Association for Solution-focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and the National Council For Hypnotherapy (NCH). In addition I am also a registered member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is a government-approved register. You may be able to claim the cost of your treatment from your insurer if you are referred from this site. I abide by professional codes of conduct which I can provide you with upon request. I am fully insured, and have an up-to-date enhanced disclosure and barring service check (DBS). This means I can safely work with children as well as vulnerable adults.
I am fully GDPR compliant, which means that I take great care to protect your data. I am committed to providing you with a confidential, non judgemental service in a safe space.
I've recently completed additional professional training in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and working with children.
Initial consultation, including hypnotic recording and trance taster session
During this session we will talk about how I can help you, and what your goals and outcomes are. I will ask you to let me know about anything you feel is relevant to your issue and make a note of any medical conditions you might have that you think I should know about. I will then explain to you how the mind works in more detail, in relation to your issue, and how many sessions you are likely to need. You will have a chance to experience "trance" and raise any questions or concerns.
60 minute session - face to face £60
During this session, I will ask you to reflect on positive things that have happened since we last met, and ask you to reflect on how you want things to be. It may feel strange at first, because you will want to talk about your problem, but I will gently encourage you to focus on your outcome from the very start, and how you might notice small changes. You will spend at least 30 minutes in a hypnotic trance, after we talk.
60 minute session - online via Zoom £60
As above, but we will do all of the work via the internet. You will need a good internet connection and a phone, laptop or tablet. The effects of the therapy will be the same, with the added bonus of not needing to leave the comfort of your own home.
30-40 minute guided relaxation in person £20
Many people find that they enjoy the experience of a hypnotic trance so much, that they just want this alone! It is a profoundly relaxing experience that I offer now as a stand-alone service and it can be customised to your preference.
Customised recorded visualisation £20
As above but online, by prior arrangement
Talks and workshops - £80 per hour
I am able to come and talk to groups and teams, upon request. I am able to cover topics such as managing stress in the workplace, coping with anxiety, and improving confidence and self-belief. A group "guided relaxation" is included in the price.
Investing in yourself, your wellbeing and your future is the best decision you will ever make...