I provide professional and highly effective psychological therapy to young people and adults in the areas within and around Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful children, adolescents and adults ranging from 7 to 78 years of age and presenting with a wide range of different problems and goals. I am a qualified and experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Coach and Solutions Focused Counsellor. My background includes 25 years working in the National Health Service using training and leadership skills to assist staff to develop their potential.
In a comfortable, quiet and relaxing setting, I offer compassionate yet practical solution-focused help. My offerings include Counselling, Psychotherapy, Life, Wellness, Career and Business Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Clinical Hypnotherapy, and many other psychological techniques to help you resolve your issues, achieve your goals, and feel calmer and more in control of your lives.
Take the first step....and I will take it from there...as a result of taking that first brave step in the right direction, you can start to see before you, a life free from pain, anxiety and stress, and start to feel happier, more fulfilled, and more confident to lead a successful life without your problem or issue holding you back.
Some examples of the types of issues I work with:
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
OCD and Obsessive behaviour (e.g. skin and hair picking)
Fears and Phobias
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Stress Reduction and Management
Addictions: Quit Smoking, reducing Alcohol Consumption
Weight Loss / Healthy Eating / Motivation to Exercise
Eating Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Eating
Self-Awareness and Development
Confidence and Self Esteem Building
Improving Work & Sports Performance
Career & Interview Coaching
If you are unsure how hypnotherapy works, you may be interested to read the FAQs further down this page.
The role of the Clinical Hypnotherapist is to help you make changes to your mind set through the use of hypnosis and other related therapies. My work involves helping you overcome emotional or psychological illness or addictions and as a profession, we are often able to offer a cure as opposed to simply alleviating symptoms. In fact, I regularly hear how clients have attended a variety of different mainstream therapies over many years, even decades, but unfortunately not achieved the outcomes they desired. It's not uncommon to hear "you are my last hope". I am pleased to tell you that I am able to help the majority of my clients not only achieve their outcomes and solve their problems, but provide the self-management tools and strategies to sustain them.
We all need help sometimes....it seems to be an indication of the stresses and strains of modern day life, that many of us today find ourselves in need of emotional or psychological help to make sense of our internal world. Even those of us that appear to be the strongest, most confident people in society, will struggle at some point with internal negativity, anxiety, depressive episodes, fears and phobias, or other ways that indicate all is not right in our minds and the way we are experiencing our lives. The first and most important thing is for you to find someone you can talk to, to work with, to help you achieve your wellness outcomes. It's vital that any therapist you choose to work with over a period of time is genuine, compassionate, non-judgmental, honest and can provide you with evidence of successful working with others. We should also have suitable professional qualifications to assure you of our training and be members of recognised therapy bodies who require certain standards and ethics including regular supervision. Please feel free to ask for any such evidence about my Practice.
If you are unsure if I offer what you believe you need, why not call for a chat? That way you can discuss your symptoms and goals with someone who understands your distress, and you can decide if I feel right for you. It’s your decision; there's no commitment to book therapy.
The approaches I use....as referred to above, I use a range of different approaches and techniques to help you achieve your goals and resolve your problems. For those of you with some knowledge and interest, this range of approaches includes the following: Cognitive Behavioural, Solution-Focused and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis, Solution-Focused Counselling, Psychotherapy, EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique, EMDR - Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Parts Integration and Timeline Therapy, Mindfullness, Coaching and NLP - Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Children and Adolescents... I currently work predominantly with adults but increasingly work with young people who are suffering from negative feelings,self-harming, the victim of bullying, eating disorders, feeling they don't fit in or don't feel as good about themselves as they should. With younger children, we generally use Story Telling or Metaphor once the child is in a deep state of relaxation, which allows him/her to use their wonderful imagination, and make the relevant connections in their own mind in order to learn. It's both fun and very effective. The youngest client I have worked with was 7 years old and suffering from a limited diet and anxiety around eating and meal-times.
Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness, frequently associated with relaxation, where you are able to open yourself to suggestions and can make use of your imagination to help you make positive changes in your life. These suggestions are made to your subconscious mind, which is infinitely more powerful than your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind accounts for about 90% of your mind's potential and will always 'win' over your conscious mind.
The power of the sub-conscious...it is possible for hypnotherapists to work with both the conscious and sub-conscious mind and by doing so, enable you to make the positive changes required for a happier and more satisfying life. What I ask is that you are fully committed to making the internal changes required to address your issues, which can often require a great deal of hard work on both my part and yours. This includes carrying out the life based exercises in between therapy sessions that I set for you to do, and attending therapy until a joint decision to discharge you has been reached. I will always promote independence and self-reliance on the strategies and techniques I have taught you to use.
Remember I offer psychotherapy/CBT, EMDR, EFT, NLP and the full range of counselling and coaching services to help our clients achieve their desired outcomes; so whatever the presenting problem I am generally able to help.
FAQs about Hypnotherapy - Why Choose Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been approved for use by the UK Government and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The changes are MORE RAPID, EFFECTIVE and LONG-LASTING.
Much research carried out by mainstream medical practitioners and health experts, now evidences the short and longer term benefits of hypnotherapy.
In fact, in a Manchester hospital, the NHS have now created a Hypnotherapy unit to help with gastro intestinal medicine and conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
What is Hypnosis?
A state of relaxation in which you are very aware of what is going on and are always in complete control. It feels somewhere between being asleep and being awake and is extremely relaxing and calming. A hypnotic state is sometimes referred to as ‘trance’.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis so if they choose to really let go and trust the process, they can access the state of trance. Once they've learned to do this, it’s easier to go into trance again in the future.
Can I be forced to do anything against my will?
No. In Hypnotherapy you are always in control and your mind chooses what it’s willing to accept.
How does it work?
Hypnotic relaxation allows the Hypnotherapist to make more direct communication with the sub-conscious mind. It therefore makes it easier to resolve the root cause of the problem by accessing feelings and emotions and past memories which may not be so accessible to the conscious mind. In addition, the mind is then more receptive to positive suggestions for change.
What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?
There are two main ways a Hypnotherapist can use Hypnotherapy - Suggestion Hypnotherapy and Analytical Hypnotherapy.
With relaxation the mind is more receptive to accepting ideas and suggestions. Positive suggestions for change are made which are more readily accepted and acted upon because it is possible to communicate more directly with the sub conscious mind.
Some analysis of the underlying cause of a problem is often helpful. When this is done using Hypnotherapy the root cause can be identified much more quickly than by any other therapeutic means. Any issues that emerge can then be worked through in a way that is most effective for the client's desired outcome.
What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is a technique that enables a person to take themselves into a gentle hypnotic relaxation, similar to meditation. It is easy to learn and can be undertaken as part of the Hypnotherapy treatment. It can be used to help people continue with the benefits of Hypnotherapy and relaxation long after the sessions have ended. Often a recording will be available for the client to take away to continue with self-hypnosis practice. This allows the important messages to be repeated over and again to the client's mind, thus making it more likely they will quickly and effectively change their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.