As a Hypnotherapist, it is important to dispel the myth and stress that this is a therapeutic technique that the client controls by accessing the unconscious, to encourage relaxation and promote wellbeing.
I offer therapy to individuals, couples, or groups and cover an integrative approach of Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic approaches, plus, Behavioural, Cognitive, Humanistic, and alternative Creative Arts and Play Therapies.
Therapeutic Laughter is an uplifting therapeutic tool, which releases oxytocin and endorphins resulting in that "feel good" factor. It has lasting effects on Neuroplasticity with practice and alongside other therapies.
I am qualified to offer numerous therapeutic approaches, either as part of an integrated programme or as stand-alone therapies. I believe everyone has a unique experience of life and, therefore, I tailor my approach to your individual needs. I work organically and creatively, whilst providing a safe and confidential space, supporting clients in their healing and personal growth.
My philosophy is based on TRUST and building a comfortable rapport, in a professional and non-judgemental environment.
I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Laughter Therapist, Reiki Healer, and EFT Practitioner.
Before practicing professionally as a Therapist, I worked for over 30-years in Education, and as an Actor and Director of Drama and Physical Theatre(s). I have experience of co-facilitating with the NHS on Stress Reduction courses and was awarded an International Certificate of recognition from LivingWorks, Canada, (July 2015) for my contributions to building Suicide-Safer Communities.
Alongside my private therapy practice here at Trust Therapy, East Sussex, I work in the voluntary sector for CRUSE Bereavement Care and Place2Be (Children's Mental Health Services) and I have a Therapeutic Theatre Company, Confianca Collaborative (www.confiancacollaborative.com)
I am a Professionally Accredited member of both The National Counselling Society and The National Hypnotherapy Society. I am fully insured and comply with professional supervision requirements.
Seeking therapeutic help can be daunting. Many of us carry on regardless, sometimes ignoring our mental health and remaining adamant that we are fine because we don't want to appear "weak". However, the bravest step anyone can take when they are suffering from mental ill health, whether it's Low Confidence or Self-Esteem, Depression, Anxiety, or another deep rooted problem, is to walk into the therapy room for the first time. I know this because, years ago, that's what I did and that's what instigated me to become a Therapist.
I have also treated clients who have been cautious of therapy / counselling either because they don't know what it is or they have felt that previous therapy / counselling has been unsuccessful. Some have been resistant because they have been concerned about sharing things that they might be worried about or that they might never have told anyone else or that they may feel they would be judged on. All of these fears are normal and many of my clients who have felt this way have been the most successful on their therapeutic journey. This is because we work in a confidential, non-judgemental way to build TRUST.
It's important to remember that, when seeking help, not every therapy is appropriate for every client, and not every therapist is right for every individual. It's like buying clothing... try it on and hopefully, if it fits, it will give you some comfort and make you feel good. Therefore, I offer a free telephone consultation, so that you can decide if I am the type of therapist that's right for you. Our first meeting will often take longer than subsequent sessions, usually 90 minutes, to establish the best way of working for you and to identify what you would like to achieve throughout your therapeutic journey. Treatment can be brief or long term and can last from a few weeks (normally 6 weeks to 12 weeks) to beyond, dependent upon individual need. Sessions usually last 50-60 minutes. Hypnotherapy is usually 90minutes.
My areas of treatment include, but are not limited to, Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, Weight Loss, Addictions, Panic Attacks, Trauma, Pain, Anger Management, Stress, Low Self-Esteem and Confidence, and Enhancing Performance