A free, 1 hour consultation is offered before commencing any program or therapy session, which is an opportunity for me to meet you and your child and talk about how you would like the current situation to be different.
I will also teach them about the different parts of the brain and what causes us to move from the rational, positive part that makes proper assessments of situations, to the more anxious, angry, depressed part. And because Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is an approach that has evolved through clinical research and modern developments in Neuroscience, I will be able to explain exactly how and why this process works so effectively. So, even if your child feels like they are not ready at this time to book in with me, they will leave the consultation with new strategies and an understanding of how to self-manage their mindset and mental health better in the future.
Areas of impact will vary depending on a number of factors, such as your child's individual needs, personal outcomes they have identified, engagement in sessions and effort with positive activities set in-between. These are examples of (and not limited to) the potential benefits of this particular programme.
HPD, DfSFH AfSFH CNHC MNCP MNCH (Reg.)
Clinical, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, NLP
The breakthrough - a term I'm fond of using to describe the moment in which I can clearly see the change in the young person I'm working with. No doubt about it.
For some, it occurs quickly, after a couple of sessions. For others, a few more. Everyone makes change at their own pace.
But when it happens, I am flooded with absolute pride for the young person in front of me.
There are many ways I can evidence a child's progress throughout the therapeutic process. Self-assessment within sessions, feedback from parents and other key figures (where appropriate) and of course, the young person's own observations of behavioural and emotional changes.
I'm also a member of CORP, a national research programme measuring the amount of clinical 'significant change' that takes place with each individual using this therapeutic approach. Your child (and you with their permission) can be shown their weekly and overall progress visually which can be lovely to look back over and see just how far they have come.
But the breakthrough is something else. Impossible to fully capture with data, numbers and progress graphs.
It's more significant than that. It's...
That moment when a 16 year old boy, usually so insecure he talks with his head down, shielding his face with an overgrown fringe, walks in, dressed to the 9's, hair tied up, and sits open and upright in the chair with a big smile his face.
Being unable to get a word in, when a 10 year old girl, who struggled to think of any daily positives in session 1, barely takes a breath in-between the list of 15 she is happily reeling off.
Realising that the 15 year old girl, who was so terrified of the dark she still slept with the light on, walked to her session by herself at dusk. And the look of surprise on her face when you point this out because she hadn't even noticed - it just wasn't a problem anymore.
When the 12 year old girl, who was so shy and scared of saying the wrong thing that Mum had to talk for her in the consultation, struts in....yes struts...plonks herself down, looks you straight in the eye and just glows with self-esteem.
When a 15 year old boy, who had such crippling anxiety and paranoia that he hadn't been to school in months, stops on the way out and says, 'Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you. I've decided to go back to school next week.' No fuss, no fear, like it's the most normal, casual thing in the world.
I could cite many, many more examples of significant moments of change like these but I know right now, you probably want to hear more about how I can help your child find theirs.
The point at which all the different elements of the process come together. Where they don't even appear to recognise the enormity of the changes themselves, even though we clearly can.
Because this is who they are now. Being that person they always wanted to be.
Happy, calm, confident, in control.
You can be confident your child is in an experienced pair of hands. In addition to training in Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy I also have over a decade's experience of working with children in an educational setting as a teacher and Head of Year, responsible for the social and emotional well-being of the students in my care.
Part of my therapeutic process includes teaching you and your child how the brain works to create the issues at hand so they can understand why they have been feeling or behaving this way. They will learn strategies to help them take back control in the first instance, and then be able use this knowledge and skills to better self-manage their emotions and behaviours more easily in the future.
I am creative in nature and this allows me to be flexible and responsive to individual needs. With younger children I may adapt explanations to include their favourite characters or interests and use various sensory resources if necessary to encourage positive engagement.
I have an up to date Enhanced DBS certificate and am a member of the following professional bodies:
Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
National Council For Hypnotherapy (NCH)
National Council Of Psychotherapists (NCP)
Association For Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
To protect the identity of the young people I work with, names, including those of the parents giving feedback may be changed.