Berkeley Practice

Berkeley Practice

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Berkeley Practice locationWeston-super-Mare, North Somerset, North Somerset

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I offer both Counselling and Hypnotherapy. My style of counselling is known as person centered, I trained using the humanistic model at Bristol University. This model deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than how a counsellor can interpret unconscious thoughts or ideas. It is a non-authoritarian approach that allows you to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, you will discover you own solutions. I am there to offer compassion, to listen without judgement and to encourage, support and guide you without interrupting or interfering with your process of self-discovery. It works extremely well for anyone who would be would like to gain more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, and the ability to build healthy interpersonal relationships and to trust his or her own decisions could benefit from person-centered therapy. It can also be very helpful for those who suffer from grief, depression or anxiety. Counselling will give you an opportunity to think and talk about yourself and concerns that you often cannot do with family and friends. I offer a safe, confidential space where you can talk about yourself and your life. To listen with no judgment, helping you to make the changes that you would like to happen, working towards improving your life and well-being.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within the BACP ethical framework. Helpful information sheets are available on line which give a fuller explanation of what might be expected during therapy.

I also offer Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH). Chances are when you think of hypnotherapy, you either imagine a swinging pocket watch or a hapless audience member being made to cluck like a chicken on stage in the name of entertainment. Neither of these preconceptions is true. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy combines cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis with theories based on modern neuroscience. CBH is a collaborative process, not simply ‘done to you’. The object is to enable you to essentially become your own therapist over time learning self-hypnosis and mindfulness thus leading to more helpful ways of thinking and behaving. Over the course of the sessions, you will learn relaxation techniques which you can apply yourself and then hypnosis and self hypnosis to deepen the effects and heighten feelings of confidence. The client therapist collaboration is very important. Goal setting is an important part of the process it is important to be specific and have a time frame to work within. The principle of CBH is when you are fully relaxed and in a hypnotic state, this is when you are more susceptible to positive suggestion. Therefore each treatment is bespoke for each client as we are all different and have our own unique ways of seeing our worlds even if it is unhelpful at times. When choosing my training it was imperative to me that the training I undertook was based on theory and evidence which it very much is. I studied at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in London. My accredited Hypnotherapy training is the only externally verified hypnotherapy training programme approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre. I am a registered Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR). I am fully insured for professional and public liability. Hypnotherapy is recognised by the British Medical Association (BMA), the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Hypnotherapy has proven to be a safe and effective alternative that can help with a wide range of problems in just a few hours of treatment.
If you are hoping to be taken back to a previous life in a trance then I am not the hypnotherapist for you. If however you want to experience effective treatment and have a desire to make positive changes in your life and believe that hypnotherapy will work for you then look no further.
As Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we create them”.

I am also a trained Smoking Cessation Hypnotherapist. This is a two-hour session, a treatment that is bespoke for each individual.

Both disciplines can help with a multitude of issues. To establish if it can help you please call or email for a free informal chat.

Counselling per hour is £45
Hypnotherapy per hour is £70
Smoking cessation is £130 for two-hour session.

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Berkeley Practice Reviews

Berkeley Practice Reviews

Review of Berkeley Practice by Andrew
5 21/03/2019 Andrew

I have had several sessions with Rita now. I Have seen two or three different hypnotists in the past but I instantly felt at ease with her which make a huge difference. All of our sessions were tailored to my needs and Rita made sure I got the most out of them. The added bonus of having recordings sent to me after the session is great so I could listen to them in the comfort of my own home whenever I wanted. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone who was in need of a good therapist

Review of Berkeley Practice by Amy  Thomson
5 29/09/2018 Amy Thomson

Rita was amazing to work with. She was warm and experienced and made me feel very comfortable. I had been battling on and off with smoking for years and had come to Rita really as a last resort. To be honest I was sceptical at first but She guided me through the process and supported me at each stage. I have been amazed at the result! I have not smoked since and am not feeling the cravings and urges I used to. I can smell again and walk without getting out of breath also my horrible cough has gone. I cannot thank Rita enough- not just for the hypnotherapy but everything else she brings. She really cares about her clients and has a lot of additional knowledge and experience. Five stars definitly!

Review of Berkeley Practice by JEAN
5 26/06/2018 JEAN

I find Rita very me to become a non smoker.

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Review of Berkeley Practice by Maggie D
5 23/04/2018 Maggie D

Rita is amazing, she really understands tobacco addiction and all the issue surrounding our reluctance to quit. Im now smoke free, but the most amazing part of hypnotherapy is no weight gain or the usual anxiety surrounding stopping smoking.
No more stinky stale smoke smell and a healthy wallet to boot. A massive thank you Rita :-)

Review of Berkeley Practice by Sarah Kallend
5 23/04/2018 Sarah Kallend

Working with Rita was both enjoyable and effective for me. She clearly knows what she's doing and yet I just felt she was really open and flexible in the approach she took with me.. I felt listened to and supported. Thank you.

Review of Berkeley Practice by Sarah Kallend
5 Sarah Kallend

I found working with Rita very rewarding and enjoyable. She's supportive and also knowledgeable so I felt supported and guided. Thank you!

Review of Berkeley Practice by Jean Thomas
5 Jean Thomas

Rita is out off this world. Helped me tremendously with giving up after 45years off smoking. Her theropy last over 2hrs. You really feel different after leaving her practice. I.m so gratefull to her for all her help. Xxxxx

Review of Berkeley Practice by Maggie Duggan
5 Maggie Duggan

Rita is amazing, she really understands tobacco addiction and all the issue surrounding our reluctance to quit. Im now smoke free, but the most amazing part of hypnotherapy is no weight gain or the usual anxiety surrounding stopping smoking.
No more stinky stale smoke smell and a healthy wallet to boot. A massive thank you Rita :-)

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Berkeley Practice Q&A

Berkeley Practice Q&A

What do you love most about your job?

Working with people who have the courage to make changes within their lives and working together to support them.

What inspired you to start your own business?

It was a big step for me to take the decision to start my own business but I am confident that I can make a difference to peoples lives through my therapy.
I decided that as a therapist I can be creativea and put my skills to good use, whilst still working within boundaries and ethics for my practice.

Why should our clients choose you?

As a former registered general nurse I am familiar with working with people in distress from all walks of life. I have a broad experience as a nurse and therapist. I have walked many miles in the wards of the NHS and private sector. I have worked in the drug and alcohol service, both residential and in the community. Most recently, I worked in senior positions of management within the healthcare system and can fully empathise with those suffering with work related stress. I am qualified to offer both counselling and hypnotherapy, including smoking cessation. I follow an evidence based approach with my hypnotherapy practice. I work within the ethical guidelines of my registering bodies and I am fully insured for my practice. My method or working is a collaborative approach with the client, taking the lead from the client.

Berkeley Practice Education


Bristol University

Diploma in Counselling

January 2003.

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