So how does this all work?

Discovery Call

(20 minutes) FREE

We can chat, over email at first if that suits you, getting to know each other before we organise an initial, complimentary consultation session on the phone.

Everyone I meet has a different story, a different set of circumstances which affect them in very different ways. This is why it’s so important that we have this initial session – which can be held online or face to face and at a time that suits you.

It’s your chance to tell me what you want to change in your life, ask me any questions, get to know each other and find out if I’m the right person for you and, most importantly, to start making those first steps towards your goals.

Now you know how it works, you decide whether you’re ready to get started!


First Session

(75 minutes) £65

You’ve dipped your toe in, told me a bit about you and your goals. Now it gets real. You really want to change? Let’s do it!

This session builds on our first chat. I’ll ask you questions that really get to the heart of exactly what’s happening for you right now, why and the specifics of your goal. We’ll also break the goal down into specific steps and actions so you’re clear on what you need to do to get here. We’ll look at your medical history. And we’ll often start using Hypnotherapy or Mindfulness techniques (depending on why you’ve come to see me) .

After this session I’ll devise a treatment plan made up of a range of techniques including mindfulness, hypnotherapy and coaching, which will be specifically tailored to you. You will be given audio files to use at home to keep the momentum going, inclusive in the therapy plan we create together. It’s all emailed to you for you to agree upon before we take the next meeting.


Your Treatment Plan

These will depend on things such as the issues, goals or problems you’re working on, how ready you are to make changes or integrate new ways to help yourself into your life.

What we do will vary depending on your circumstances so that you get what you need and what suits your lifestyle. We’ll clarify exactly what you want to achieve by the end of your treatment plan, and how life will be different once you’ve achieved this. And I’ll outline the steps of how we’ll get there at the start of each session.

I offer reductions in my fees for block bookings and for anyone on low income, I offer a sliding scale and payments in instalments.

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How many sessions do I need

Once we’ve had our ‘Getting To Know the New You’ session I’ll have a good idea of what you’ll need in order to achieve what you want. And it depends on various things (readiness for change, how simple or complex the issues or goals are,

I’ll outline the plan to you before we get going, to ensure you’re comfortable. Generally the plans I agree with people fall into two categories:

  • For more general needs, such as learning about Mindfulness, relaxation skills training, or ongoing coaching sessions, one-off sessions, a longer-term plan or an ‘as needed’ arrangement may be more appropriate for you. We can arrange regular sessions on e.g. a monthly or quarterly basis, a course of several sessions, or you can request each session as and when you need it.

  • For issues like phobias, social anxiety, public speaking, a specific goal or project etc., a short-term treatment plan of normally between 4 to 8 sessions will yield real and notable progress. In some cases one or two sessions may be all that’s needed. Sessions will generally be set fortnightly (but we’ll discuss what works best), and I’ll set tasks for you to complete between our sessions to ensure we maintain momentum and you achieve the results you want.


Working Together

Finding the right person for you is so important because the relationship between client and therapist/coach is an integral part of success. It’s important to understand from the outset that there’s no magic wand in my methods. We’ll work together as a team, and I’ll need your trust and full engagement to ensure we get the best outcomes possible.


Home life

In sessions we will often agree on an activity for you to practice in between sessions or a goal to work on. These can have a significant impact on the success of your overall goals.

I genuinely enjoy hearing from my clients between their sessions. Whether it is to tell me about successes you have had or perhaps the opposite, please feel free to send me an email. While it may not be immediate or at great length, I will always try to respond.


Payment

Fees are payable in advance of each session by bank transfer. If it has been agreed that payment will be made in person, fees are payable at the beginning of each therapy session by cash. Cheques are not accepted.

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Changes

Please note that 48 hours notice must be given of any change or cancellation. This is the only way to help ensure that a slot that becomes vacant can still be used by another client. Please be aware that any less than 48 hours’ notice may result in being charged for a full session.


Privacy

All information, whether verbal or written, is treated as strictly private and confidential in accordance with GDPR Regulations. You will receive a ‘Privacy Notice’ with additional information on this upon starting.

As a coach and therapist I have a responsibility to both you and to the community at large. Some moral and legal limitations therefore apply to confidentiality. These limitations mainly concern risk of serious self -harm, harm to others, and child protection issues. In the unlikely event of a situation arising in which the moral or legal limits of confidentiality are exceeded, the reasons will be explained and discussed with you at the time.

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Professional Stuff

I carry full professional indemnity and public liability insurance and I am registered with the following organisations:

The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)

I adhere to the Code of Ethics set down by the General Hypnotherapy Register of which I am a member. Copies of this are available to clients on request.


Feedback

Continuous improvement is one of my key values in life. If you have any feedback on how you think I can improve my practice, the way I communicate, or anything else, I’d love for you to share it with me so I can adapt where possible.


Does Hypnotherapy work?

The short answer is yes, and there is a great deal of evidence to support this.  However it also depends on how it is used and I can fully understand any scepticism some people may have, because I used to have it myself. Sadly, while there are many excellent practitioners, there is also a lot of very poor practice in this field and it therefore has a varied reputation.

My training is in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (an integrated model of CBT and hypnotherapy) which focuses on those aspects of hypnotherapy which have been shown through scientific studies to work.  Studying a course which focused on the scientific and psychological studies and removed those elements not supported by evidence, means you can be very confident that what I provide actually works.  The Diploma in CBH I have is approved by the British Psychological Society and accredited by all of the major Hypnotherapy Organisations.