I believe in finding a supportive environment for our best work, and after years of renting different offices around town, I woke up to the real need – for me and my clients to be out in nature…
… Some days, the beach feels right – the water creating a ‘blue mind’ effect, and the tides reflecting our own ebbs and flows. Other times, we explore woodland whilst navigating the inner terrain of feelings. Strolling through parks and rose gardens offers an uplifting mood, with beautiful landscapes of colour and thoughtful design.
Between us, we choose where and when feels ideal for the session, and the pace can be varied from striding along purposefully to ambling, and resting on benches to take a pause. There are no formal seating arrangements, walls or waiting rooms to negotiate. The space belongs to all.
Skype or Zoom sessions
For some, getting out of the house is unmanageable. Childcare, the weather, location and work hours can make it tricky to find the right therapist in the right area. If you prefer not to use video calling, that’s fine. Some sensitive people find it over-stimulating and prefer the good old telephone (not suitable for hypnosis sessions). Either way, you save time and money traveling to your appointment and you can be comfortable in your pj’s if you like!
Hypnosis is a tool that can aid relaxation and focus the mind towards its objective. It is a natural state of consciousness we dip into several times a day. When we become engrossed in an absorbing story or film (or even daydreaming) or the mundane journey to work, we’re less aware of our surroundings but we have the resources to become alert and react if needed.
As you relax from your normal state of consciousness (beta), you move into a restful alpha state. For some people, this is enough to allow changes in their thinking patterns, but we can also deepen the experience by entering the state known as theta, associated with the subconscious mind, dreaming and some types of meditation. Time distortion is common, where an hour can seem like just a few minutes
How can Hypnotherapy help?
The subconscious mind deals with emotion and primal instincts for safety, rather than logic. It’s also where memories are stored – some forgotten or even repressed since childhood. As we go through life, it takes either time and repetition to change a long-held belief, or a powerful and unexpected event can sometimes shift our perspective (because the mind briefly enters the receptive state needed for learning). But a simpler way is to harness hypnosis to resolve any conflict between your conscious desires for change and what your subconscious will allow. There are plenty of powerful therapeutic techniques and strategies that effect lasting change. Your imagination is the limit here.
Waking hypnosis explained
It is also possible to create a gentle hypnotic state whilst walking and talking. This is ideal for athletes and hypno-birthing mums, who need to keep moving and responding to their situation but also want to command focus and harmony with their bodies. Because a lot of the work I do with clients is outdoors and walking, we can use hypnosis in this way to relax into the scenery and access a deeper focus. Plus, walking has the benefit of helping both sides of the brain communicate more effectively, and many powerful insights are experienced during these walks.
Easibirthing home visits
Childbirth is one of the most natural and beautiful experiences a woman can have – in some cultures, that is. There are many women around the globe giving birth easily and without fear, but over time, our society seems to have set us up for a highly medicalised, stressful time with intervention being the norm. I feel passionate about helping women achieve the birth experience they deserve.
I have trained in the easibirthing(TM) model of hypnosis for childbirth and consulted with local midwives to offer a course designed to reflect UK birthing methods. There are many similarities to the American Hypnobirthing model, although I offer a highly flexible service aimed at helping mums-to-be and their partners at any stage of their journey.
From around 30 weeks, we generally have a good amount of time for your five birth preparation sessions (see more details below). Your relaxation is vitally important, and we carry out all sessions from the comfort of your own home. I am happy to travel to most parts of Southend and surrounding towns. We can discuss this prior to booking.
Sessions can be tailored to your personal needs as I work on a one to one basis (or with your partner present), rather than in a group setting. This allows you the privacy to explore all aspects of your unique situation in a confidential way.
Among other things, we cover the specific relaxation techniques your body needs, ideal breathing methods, pain and anxiety management skills, visualisation and self-hypnosis. Much of what you learn, you can apply post-natally in adjusting to parenthood as well as during the labour itself. This course focusses on empowering you to have a positive birth experience and to feel calm, confident and in control whether you have a hospital delivery or are planning for a home birth.
The cost per 90-minute session is £109. If you book the complete course of 5 sessions and pay in advance, you save £95 on your total investment (£450).
The who, what and where of your therapy is an important choice. Before we can make any decisions on the best methods for you (and from there, your investment), I give a free 30-minute consultation to see if we would be a good fit. This can be in person or via telephone or Zoom/Skype.
There’s no obligation to proceed from there, but I’ll let you know what I believe is the ideal next step for you, including referral suggestions if appropriate.
When you book a session with me, I put aside that time solely for you. If you need to cancel, please give as much notice as possible, to allow others access to the appointment time. If less than 24 hours’ notice is given, a cancellation fee will be charged – the cost of that session.
If severe weather warnings threaten to spoil our outdoor session, I’m happy to switch (in advance) to a Zoom or Skype session, or reschedule if absolutely necessary. Saying that, there’s lots to be learned from experiencing all weather, just as we aim to accept the full range of emotions we feel, so I do recommend you embrace the four seasons.