My practice provides the following professional services. I am professionally qualified for every service that I offer and I am registered with appropriate professional bodies.
Coronavirus Concerns I have had so many people contact me over the past week struggling to deal with their anxiety surrounding the increasingly distressing global situation regarding the Coronavirus. Both new clients and existing ones are concerned about starting or carrying on with a course of therapy, and wondering what to do. Whilst the situation is deeply upsetting and worrying, it is increasingly important that people look after their mental health and wellbeing. Some years ago I undertook a qualification with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in working with clients on-line. This can be via FaceTime, Skype or Zoom, and clients can be in the comfort of their own home.
So this is an option that is available to new and existing clients. Whether it is due to self isolation, or just preferring to keep your distance, mental wellbeing doesn’t have to suffer while looking after your physical health. However, it is incredibly important that whomever you consult, if they are offering online therapy please ensure that they are qualified to do so. It is just not a matter of setting up a camera and you are qualified to work with online clients. Like clinical practice, online therapy requires a different skillset than face to face therapy in the consulting room. Admittedly, the skillset is quite similar, but there are additional considerations that must be made when working with a client remotely. Whilst I would always prefer to be able to sit in the same room and work face to face, online therapy can still be very helpful and has it's place, especially at a time like this. The research evidence shows that online therapy can be as effective as attending weekly sessions at your therapist’s office. Azy Barak, Liat Hen, Meyran Boniel-Nissim & Na’ama Shapira(2008)A Comprehensive Review and a Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Internet-Based Psychotherapeutic Interventions,Journal of Technology in Human Services,26:2-4,109-160,DOI:10.1080/15228830802094429 If you would like to discuss this option or book an online session, please contact me at email@example.com or call me on 07979 696 745.
Fees (Chester 2020) Hypnotherapy, Hypno-psychotherapy or, Psychotherapy Fees are £70 for an hour Payment is at the end of each session by cheque or cash.
Smoking cessation: £120 single session
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part, to help a person make effective and positive changes as rapidly as possible. It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do. Hypnotherapy is completely natural, safe and the benefits are long lasting and often permanent. During hypnosis, you will be aware of what is happening: most people do not "feel hypnotised." You are still in control.
Hypno-psychotherapy A hypno-pscyhotherapist differs from a hypnotherapist in that they will have undertaken training in psychotherapy theory and practice. This integrative approach utilises both techniques to help with deeper problems that may not be able to be addressed with hypnotherapy alone, allowing the therapist to use their training and skills in psychotherapy to provide a supportive and empathetic therapeutic relationship. Hypno-psychotherapy can be used to help alter a client’s behavior, attitudes and emotions, as well as manage pain, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and dysfunctional habits, promoting personal development.
Human Social Functioning (HSF) About Human Social Functioning (HSF) and what to expect in this therapeutic approach Human Social Functioning along with its assessment tool the HSF Scale can help you to make changes in your life. The HSF scale has questions across a range of areas touching both satisfaction and frustration in daily life. Your responses to the questions provide an indication as to how your energy is being used and by how much, whether positively (providing satisfaction) or negatively (experiencing frustrations). When your answers are scored, the results are drawn out as a diagram so that you can see the balance of your functioning in terms of frustration and satisfaction and the areas where you can start to make changes. This gives you the control over your progress towards your goal. The unique aspects of HSF help you to see yourself as a whole person – wider than what is getting you down at the moment. Change always needs co-operation. You need to be willing to work at it! In HSF the control is in your hands but you are accompanied on your journey as you move towards your desired outcome
What can you expect from a session using the HSF Method? During the first session, you will be invited to talk about what’s happening in your life and where you would like some help. You will be introduced to the questionnaire and asked to complete it in the session, to enable the analysis to be completed and, from your responses, a picture will be drawn that shows your current experience in terms of your areas of satisfaction and the areas of frustration. We call this the ‘life diagram’.
Diversity and Equality I am committed to diversity and equality and seek to ensure that no individual is discriminated against on the basis of age, disability, race, ethnic or national origins, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief or marital status. I do my utmost to provide a non-discriminatory environment where each individual is respected and encouraged to work towards and attain their personal goals.