Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a powerful, effective and rapid form of therapy as it works with the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a completely natural state that we all enter in some part of our day, for example when you are reading a book or watching a film and you are so focussed you don’t hear what is going on around you, but you are completely in control...that is a hypnotic state. Perhaps sometimes you have driven somewhere and you can’t remember how you got there...another example of an hypnotic state. In an hypnotic state our subconscious mind is more susceptible to suggestion and can take on the realistic, positive suggestion given through therapy. You are fully in control in therapy and the changes will only work if you want them to work.
Psychotherapy is often known as 'talking therapy' and it is a safe space for you to reflect on you, your life any emotional difficulties. Often people think something bad needs to be going on to need or want to have therapy, however you don't need to be in crisis to access therapy. Psychotherapy can help you understand yourself better, help to achieve specific goals, help with emotional or mental health problems. It can be a relief to talk about things that are upsetting you with a professional who is objective, who is really listening to you and is not judging you in anyway. We all deserve to feel heard.
How do I book a session with you?
You can contact me via email or via phone/whats'app and we can go from there. Sessions can be online or in person.
In person sessions are held in Kent at two locations: Whitstable & Strood.
I have never had therapy before, what can I expect?
You may feel nervous reaching out to me or before our first session, and this is completely normal. If we think about it, intially I am a stranger and you are going to share with me your feelings, areas of your life and perhaps you do not often share how you feel with anyone! However, these feelings of nervousness quickly disappear once we start talking and get to know each other. Most of my clients tell me that they feel nervous at first, but they quickly feel relaxed and comfortable with me.
I will encourage you to be yourself, express yourself and feel comfortable to be your authentic self within your sessions.
What happens if I can't attend the session?
When we book you in for your first session I will be sharing with you a terms and conditions contract, for you to read, sign and return back to me. Within this contract there is an area regarding cancellations and changing session bookings.
What are your qualifications?
I am a qualified & experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist and I have a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy & a Diploma in Hypnoanalysis.
I am currently undertaking further training in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I am registered with therapeutic governing bodies which only qualified therapists can join. I have studied different therapeutic modalities to continue my professional development.
Previous to becoming a therapist I worked in the NHS as a Registered Nurse, then further trained to become a Health Visitor (Specialist Nurse with adults and children), and I have a 1st class degree in Specialist Public Health. I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC.)
Why do you not have any testimonials on your website?
It is considered unethical to use client testimonials in accordance with the ethical code of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP.) Testimonials would need to be verified in order to comply with UK advertising standards, which would mean client confidentiality would be breached. The process is about you as the client, and not me as the therapist.