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About Me

I am a NCH registered hypnotherapist and psychotherapist providing hypnotherapy and psychotherapy for individuals in Portishead, North Somerset and Bristol.  I have over eleven years’ of experience working in the mental health field for various counselling agencies, local governments and The Priory Hospital, Bristol.

 

I work in this area because I believe clients can reach their full potential with a little bit of help. Also, there is a belief in this busy world that life is tough, negative and full of strife - it doesn't have to be that way.  I enjoy showing others how it is possible for them to return to their true self (or the best versions of themselves).
 
In my Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy practice, I work with clients from all walks of life who sense they are at some ‘critical point’ in their lives; perhaps they are stuck, confused or unsure of the way forward - at a crossroads. Hypnotherapy can be transforming and help clients to realise new perspectives and horizons.

With more than 11 year’s experience,my approach is very much 'tailored' to the individual needs of the client. I am fortunate to be able to draw on the rich experience of working with many skilful trainers and therapists, and the courage, integrity and uniqueness of my clients. My aim is to give those I work with, the space, support, and understanding, to be more of who they truly are.  Also, there is a belief in this busy world that life is tough, negative and full of strife – it doesn’t have to be that way.  I enjoy showing others how it is possible for them to return to their true self or the best versions of themselves. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I trained at a recognised Centre of Excellence in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy - The Clifton Practice. I am also a qualified Psychotherapist with over 11 years of experience. 

I am a member of the following organisations:

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapist (AfSFH)
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

My qualifications include:
Diploma in Hypnotherapy - DHP ( 2014)
Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy - DSFH (2014)

 

My psychotherapy qualification was gained after 4 years of intense study and hundreds of hours of client work.  They include;

Btec Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2003) - a Foundation Degree level qualification.
NVQ 3 Advanced Certificate in Counselling. (2001)
NVQ 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counselling. (2000)

 

I also have gained qualifications in;

 British Sign Language Level 1 

  British Sign Language Level 2

My experience includes;

- The Priory Hospital, Bristol. 

The therapy groups I ran within the Priory were: Assertive Training and CBT Group therapy for the General Psychiatric - Stress and Depression group. Drug and Alcohol treatment based on the 12 steps, including CBT, inlcuding 1-to-1 sessions with outpatients not based on the 12 steps. I also ran an Eating Disorder group using CBT, some elements of the 12 step and an elective approach towards therapy.

I worked to help patients gain control of their addiction(s) on the Addiction Treatment Programme. Addiction is often a cluster of addictions. For example alcohol, exercise and bulimia are often habits that go together. I work to help clients manage their compulsions and respond in a better way. I also worked within the Eating Disorder unit, looking at control, control around food and sense of self worth. Supporting patients to achieve their goals in a healthy, proactive way. I also ran groups within the general psychiatric unit on depression and anxiety, also assertiveness training. I remain incredibly passionate about supporting my clients to move forward making their own choice and changes a reality. I also counselled out-patients for 1:1 sessions for addiction, work related stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and with sleep hygiene.

-South Glos Youth Offending Service. Working as a psychotherapist and as a Drug & Alcohol Specialist Practitioner with young people.

-South Glos Council. Working in schools with young people to support them to facilitate change.

-Bristol City Council. Working with Children in residential care.

-ARA. Helping clients with addictions.
-The Swan Project.
-Dementia Care Trust.
-Akousis.

I attend regular supervision sessions, courses and workshops to keep up to date and increase my knowledge.
 

 

 

'Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself.'    -    George Bernard Shaw.

 

 

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