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About Therapy

Talking therapies are a very personal thing and it’s important that you feel comfortable.  Therapy isn’t there to tell you what to do, it is there to take your hand and walk beside you while you find the answer.  As your therapist, I can guide and support you using the correct theraupeutic intervention to help you achieve the best outcome.


Hypnotherapy is defined by the NHS as a complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, an altered state of consciousness, to achieve therapeutic benefits.

It is thought that most ancient civilisations – Egyptian, Greek, Mayan, Druid etc. all used a version of hypnosis but the word hypnosis wasn’t actually coined until the mid 1800’s. It is important to separate hypnotherapy with stage hypnotism, the classic ‘look into my eyes, not around my eyes’ image that is portrayed on the television.

Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool that can help with a huge array of life issues – everything from IBS, pain relief, weight management, smoking cessation, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, self esteem, phobias, exam preparation, enhancing performance, first night nerves…….the list goes on and on.

Hypnosis and the Stage

Hypnosis has long been associated with the stage – with the mysterious and the supernatural but there is nothing really mysterious or supernatural about it at all. The chances are that you have been in a hypnotic state thousands of times: when you are driving and suddenly realise you don’t remember driving the last 5 miles; when you are deeply engrossed in a book and don’t hear someone speak to you. This is a natural, hypnotic state.

What happens in a session?

During a therapy session, we will work together using the best protocol for you.  This could be hypnotherapy, Brain Working Recursive Therapy, EFT, EMDR or any one of the many therapies in my toolkit.  At all times, you will be totally in control and fully aware of what is going on around you. You will not be asleep in hypnosis (although some people do ‘nod off’ because they are so relaxed). And, rest assured, you will never be turned into a chicken, nor will you ever leave one of our sessions still hypnotised. You are in control and can NEVER be made to do anything you don’t want to do.

How many sessions do I need?

The number of therapy sessions the ‘average’ client has is 3-6 but there is no average client. Each is unique with a unique set of thought processes, histories, beliefs and coping strategies.

How much does it cost?

We will have a consultation session together, over the phone – this takes approximately 15 minutes and this first session we have together is free. During this session, we will discuss the areas you would like some help with and you can ask as many questions as you wish. Sometimes it can be hard to ‘open up’ to someone you don’t know so it is important that you feel you can do so, that you feel comfortable with me.  Many of the therapies I use can be ‘content free’ which means you don’t need to discuss anything personal if you would prefer not to.

Once you decide to go ahead and book a face to face session with me, we can look at convenient appointment times. Evening and weekend appointments are available should you wish to utilise them. A standard 1 hour session is £70. Weight management, anxiety or smoking cessation can either be done as a pay-as-you-go by the hour option priced as above or can be completed as a structured program of 4 x 1 hour sessions for £250.00 – any additional sessions can be purchased at the discounted rate.

There are a number of different options, giving you absolute freedom to choose which suits you and your pocket best. The sessions are held at either The Balance Rooms, Pickering, Pickering Medical Centre or the Bondgate Clinic Helmsley. If you would prefer not to come to the clinic, a number of other options may be available.

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