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Berkeley Practice

North Somerset

‘19 Certificate of Excellence

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. www.bacp.co.uk/seeking_therapist. 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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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.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.



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