How it works

Programmes for change

I offer two types of programme: a focused programme and a full programme. 

The focused programme works with a single issue, whereas the focussed programme is about deeper personal transformation. You may know which you want before we start, or I can advise you.

I can’t predict exactly how many sessions you will need as this depends on many variables, but it’s in both of our interests to get you there efficiently.

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The Focused Programme

Aim: Coping strategies for a single issue

Examples: pain management techniques, preparing for an event at work, dealing with stress, coping with intense anxiety

Duration: roughly 2-6 sessions

The Full Programme

Aim: Turn a corner in your life permanently

Examples: eradicating long-held depression, support for chronic physical conditions, improving digestion, becoming more confident

Duration: roughly 4-24 sessions

Note: I may recommend other therapies (for instance, nutritional or physical therapy) to support your transformation

The way it works

  1. Initial conversation – no charge: 30 mins or less, to see if we are right for each other
  2. First session –  an introduction to the mind training skills involved and a further assessment of your situation
  3. Plan Preparation – I draw up a suggested programme treatment plan
  4. Second session –  we discuss the plan at the beginning of your second session
  5. Check-ins between sessions (Possible) –  to help you stay on track or provide audio file support
  6. Regular feedback – I will continually check the approach tracks your needs

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The techniques

This is solution-focused therapy. We build new ways of being in the present in help you reach your goal rather than over-focusing on the past.

I use a combination of various schools of hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and cognitive behavioural techniques. Mindfulness comes into every aspect of the work I do whether my clients meditate or not. I teach from the Mindfulness Now framework from the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. Approved by the British Psychology Society it is based on seminal  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programmes.

This involves holistic mindset training as part of the mind-body-lifestyle system. We may talk about how thoughts, feelings, habits, the body and nutrition interact.

These techniques work well in groups.

Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy includes visualisation and other mental exercises that can be accompanied with physical and mental relaxation. It is enjoyable, natural and safe.

It is a long-standing practice and evidence supports its ability to help with physical health, unwanted habits, behaviours and fears, depression and anxiety as well as helping to improve performance for instance at work or in sports

The experience can vary: you might stay conscious of the room and feel nothing special has happened or you might drift off elsewhere in your mind, or both.

An example:

Mindfulness meditation

This involves mental and movement practices. A secular reworking of Buddhist formal and informal practices, it trains the mind to focus on the present moment and sets out attitudes to life. It also provides intentional downtime.

Evidence shows that mindfulness benefits both mental and physical health as well as performance.

People often think they can’t do meditation because their mind wanders. Everybody’s mind wanders – it is about noticing this not eradicating it.

An example:

What to expect

  • Sessions can include discussion and learning breathing, relaxation, meditation and hypnosis skills as well as role play
  • Neither special clothes nor closing your eyes are required. You can sit upright or stretch out if facilities allow. Some techniques require standing up
  • Afterwards you can get on with your day as normal though allow a little time before you drive or operate machinery
  • Usual session length is 50 minutes though sometimes I may recommend a different duration for efficiency
  • Regular opportunity for feedback