MY APPROACH

HOW I INTEGRATE COUNSELLING

What is Person-Centred Counselling? My favourite quote from Carl Rogers is; “the curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, I change.” This form of counselling is based upon creating a setting where you feel unconditionally accepted, where every part of your experience is unique and valuable. Learning about yourself in this setting alone can allow you to experience yourself without the layers, or ‘conditions of worth’ from the past which may have felt restrictive, resulting in outdated patterns of behaviour or unhelpful emotions. This form of counselling believes that we each have the innate drive and ability within us to be well and healthy and that the counselling setting facilitates this natural ability already within us. 

COGNITIVE HYPNOTHERAPY

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is different to traditional hypnosis. It is a process in which you very much take part, not something being ‘done’ to you. It is a collaborative, two-way process in which I guide you to memories or imagination which allows you reframe negative beliefs about yourself and others. You need to be engaged and active in this process, just like a normal conversation.

Techniques drawn from NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming, CBT and Mindfulness further enhance this reframing which you can then utilise at any given moment.  

YOU ARE THE EXPERT

This empowering concept is embraced by the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach which also believes that we have everything we need within us to create the life we want to live. It is this aspect of Cognitive Hypnotherapy that is so powerful; by allowing your unconscious mind, which already knows deeply what you need, to be dynamic and creative you can bring about meaningful and positive change. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses light trance, which is similar to the everyday nature of daydreaming, or getting lost in thought while driving a car or brushing your teeth, natural states which we all do all the time. Hypnosis is no different; it is a natural state of awareness where you will not do or say anything that you do not want to. However, it is in these moments that you can access memories, or experiences that are related to your problem, and it is in these moments you can change how you feel about them, how you perceive them, and therefore create new responses to them. Because Cognitive Hypnotherapy believes that we go in and out of trance every day, when we are ‘doing’ our ‘problem’ we are in this trance state too, therefore Cognitive Hypnotherapy seeks to change or alter this problem trance giving you new insight and awareness. 

MY BACKGROUND

I originally started in the film production industry and after the progression to a junior producer, I felt increasingly dissatisfied and disconnected from myself and the world around me. I completely reassessed my direction and work purpose after having children and have greatly enjoyed re-training and working as a counsellor in various settings since 2011.

I am fully committed to working with clients in an ethical, professional way and I am a fully insured member of three regulating bodies; the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Accredited Member (BACP), National Hypnotherapy Council (NCH), and Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association (QCHPA). 

EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH 

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) launched a unique research project in 2011. Using a team of QCH therapists, clients with anxiety and depression were assessed using the same outcome measures currently used to assess the effectiveness of talking therapies within the NHS. The pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015.

It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT). 

For further information concerning the research project and pilot study released in the Mental Health Review Journal please visit the evidence-based therapy research page.

QUALIFICATIONS & CPD 

Qualifications:

  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy Diploma (DipChyp)

  • National Council of Hypnotherapy Diploma (HPD)

  • Diploma in Counselling BACP Accredited (MBACP Accred)

 

Other Experience: 

  • Marie Stopes International Sessional Counsellor  London W1 and SW2

  • Place 2 Be School Counsellor Enfield EN1

  • CCI&W Bereavement Counsellor London NW3

Further training & CPD:

  • Trauma: Psychopathology & Treatment SDS Seminars BPS Approved 

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy Module SDS Seminars BPS Approved

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Module SDS Seminars BPS Approved

  • Mindfulness Module SDS Seminars, BPS Approved 

  • CBT Introductory Course SDS Seminars, BPS Approved 

  • Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness SDS Seminars, BPS Approved 

  • Experiential Intro in Mindfulness-Based Cog Therapy Mindfulness Training Ltd 

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills  CPCAB

  • Certificate in Counselling Theory CPCAB