About Me

Sue


I am an experienced, qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist whose practice is underpinned by Humanistic/Person Centred theory and blended with Systemic, Psychodynamic and Behavioural approaches

I work with clients through a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD,  low self esteem, historic child sexual abuse, sexual and domestic violence, bereavement, relationship worries, separation and divorce, betrayal, chronic pain, anger management, loneliness, bullying, weight concerns etc.

I hold a Master of the Arts qualification in Contemporary Relationship Studies and the CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – No. 374849

I am a Level 1 member of ACTO (Association for Counselling Therapy Online) and am experienced in offering counselling/psychotherapy over the telephone or via video platforms such as Wellola Talk or Zoom.

Susan

I hold a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and have been awarded the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

Registered Hypnotherapist – Registration No: 8484

Hypnotherapy

THE GENERAL HYPNOTHERAPY
STANDARDS COUNCIL (GHSC)
The GHSC was initially established in order to
offer a facility through which the diverse field of
Hypnotherapy could collectively work towards
the status of Professional Self-regulation.
(N.B. This was achieved in December 2010 when
the Department of Health supported regulator, the
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council -
CNHC, accepted the profession into its Federal
Regulatory Programme.)
The Council is composed of numerous
Professional Hypnotherapy Organisations and
Training Schools and all are listed on our website
at www.GHSC.co.uk. Each member organisation
nominates one named person with the authority to
act as its Representative.
The Council’s main areas of responsibility are in
setting criteria for the validation of training
courses, overseeing the criteria for the ongoing
registration of individual practitioners within
the General Hypnotherapy Register and
enforcing compliance with the Code of Ethics &
Practice via its Complaints Procedure.

THE GENERAL HYPNOTHERAPY
REGISTER (GHR)
The GHR is the registering agency for the General
Hypnotherapy Standards Council. It was originally
established following Department of Health guidelines
that each separate Complementary & Alternative
Medical Profession (CAM) should have a single,
central Register of Practitioners. (N.B. All GHR
therapists registered at practitioner status are now
eligible for inclusion within the CNHC’s regulatory
programme.)
The Register is composed of *individual practitioners
and is open to any hypnotherapist who is able to satisfy
the criteria with regard to both training and ongoing
requirements as periodically determined by the
GHSC. All Registered Practitioners are required to
maintain adequate Public Liability & Professional
Indemnity Insurance and to accept our published
*Code of Ethics & Practice and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure. 
(Available to view on our website).

What is Hypnosis?
Healing by trance state has been acknowledged for
centuries and has been observed, in one form or
another, in virtually every culture throughout the world.
However, the term ‘hypnosis’ (from the Greek
‘hypnos’, meaning ‘sleep’) was only coined around
1840 and remains a somewhat less than accurate
description of the experience as, in most respects, the
hypnotic state is entirely dissimilar to sleep. At our
current level of knowledge, the phenomenon cannot be
conclusively defined but perhaps a reasonable interim
definition might be that: ‘Hypnosis is a state of mind,
enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and
physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able
to communicate with our conscious mind’. This state
of mind may be brought about either by oneself unaided
(self-hypnosis) or with the help of another person. If
this other person is a trained professional, who utilises
the resultant state to encourage beneficial change to
occur, the process is referred to as ‘hypnotherapy’.

What is Hypnotherapy?
Psychological therapy and counselling (collectively
referred to as the ‘talking therapies’) is the
treatment of emotional and psychological
disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable
feelings, using psychological techniques alone. The
aim of all such therapy is to assist people (usually
referred to as clients) in finding meaningful
alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of
thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends
to help clients become more accepting both of
themselves and others and can be most useful in
promoting personal development and unlocking
inner potential.
Hypnotherapy could be legitimately described as
the original psychological therapy and somewhat
more contentiously perhaps, as the basis for many
of the more recent styles of psychological
intervention. There are many forms of
psychological therapy but hypnotherapy is
distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s
subconscious mind. In practice, the hypnotherapist
often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be
in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of
the client’s own imagination and may utilise a
wide range of techniques from story telling,
metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful
to the individual client) to the use of direct
suggestions for beneficial change. Analytical
techniques may also be employed in an attempt to
uncover problems deemed to lie in a client’s past
(referred to as the ‘there and then’) or therapy may
concentrate more on a client’s current life and
presenting problems (referred to as the ‘here and
now’). It is generally considered helpful if the
client is personally motivated to change (rather
than relying solely on the therapist's efforts)
although a belief in the possibility of beneficial
change may be a sufficient starting point.
Regardless of the techniques employed, perhaps
the most important thing is that a client should
expect to feel comfortable and at ease with their
therapist. This is of particular importance in
hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment
is greatly enhanced when there is confidence in
the practitioner. For this reason we recommend
that a single session only is initially booked,
leaving the client subsequently free to decide if
they wish to proceed with more. Unlike many
other psychological therapies, hypnotherapy is
generally considered to be a fairly short-term
approach in which beneficial change, if it is to
occur, should become apparent within a relatively
few sessions.
(N.B. In actual practice, most hypnotherapists will
combine hypnotic procedures with other appropriate
counselling and therapeutic techniques. Should there
be any doubt about the combination of skills utilised in
individual cases, the therapist should be asked directly
for a further explanation of their preferred therapeutic
approaches.)

Who can be hypnotised?
The answer to this question is undoubtedly
virtually everyone. This claim must, however, be
qualified by the observation that some are more
readily hypnotisable than others and that it will
also depend upon one’s willingness to be
hypnotised at the time. This willingness will itself
depend upon a number of factors, not least of
which will be the strength of the person’s
particular need and their trust and confidence in
the therapist concerned. A corollary to this
question is: What level of trance is required in
order to achieve a beneficial outcome? Although
there remains some disagreement over the answer,
most researchers concur that the actual level (or
depth) of trance experienced does not relate to
the beneficial results that might be obtained. In
practice, this means that even where a person feels
that they have not been hypnotised, given time
(and this is a very important factor), the desired
outcome of therapy might yet materialise. This
matter of time is especially important in our
current society, which has, in many respects, been
coerced into believing that gratification of every
desire should be instantaneous. Hypnotherapy can be
extraordinarily effective but it is not magic. However,
if the right ingredients are present, if the time is
right and if a suitable practitioner can be found with
whom the client is willing to work, then all their
(realistic) goals are achievable.

Who may benefit from Hypnotherapy?
Again, the answer to this question is virtually
everyone. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to
access a person’s inner potential and that probably no
one is performing to their actual potential, then this
answer is literally true. However, it is not just potential
which hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also
one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. In
this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own
body that may be stimulated by hypnotherapy.
Consequently, the list of problems which may be
amenable to hypnotherapy is far too long and varied to
catalogue but certainly includes: anxiety, panic,
phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g.
smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep
patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear
of examinations and public speaking, allergies and
skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS). Additionally, it has proved of value
within surgery, where normal anaesthetics have not
been practical, in the wider sphere of pain
management and in the areas of both sporting and
artistic performance enhancement. As an adjunct to
other counselling techniques, it can also assist in
helping to resolve relationship difficulties and be
useful within anger management strategies.
Although there remain many other areas of human
suffering in which hypnotherapy may bring relief, there
are instances in which it may be contra-indicated.
These could include some manifestations of depressive
illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and
some breathing problems.

Some Common Concerns
Clients are sometimes concerned that they will ‘lose
control’ in hypnosis. However, general consensus
indicates that regardless of how deeply people may go
in hypnosis and however passive they may appear
to be, they actually remain in full control of the
situation. They are fully able to talk if they wish
to (or not, as the case may be) and can terminate
the session, stand up and leave the room at any
time.
Neither can a hypnotised person be made to do
anything against their usual ethical or moral
judgement or religious belief. It is likely that the
notion of a loss of control stems from most
people’s misconception of stage hypnosis, wherein
participants are apparently persuaded to perform all
manner of (usually foolish) acts. However, the
reader should be aware that participation in a stage
act is an entirely voluntary process (thus
‘permission’ is already given to the hypnotist) and
that there can be no such volunteer who is unaware
of exactly what they are letting themselves in for!

Finding a Suitable Hypnotherapist
Every GHR Practitioner is eligible for registration
within the Department of Health supported
regulator, the Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council (CNHC), and thus contacting a
GHR therapist should afford clients the necessary
confidence to proceed with a full consultation.

All queries should be addressed to:
The Registrar
GHR, PO Box 204 LYMINGTON SO41 6WP
E.Mail: admin@general-hypnotherapy-register.com
Web: www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com