Solution-Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy

Solution-Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy

Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist in Bristol

I am an experienced Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist MA (Oxon) DSFH HPD MNCH (Reg) CNHC practising Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

I consider myself incredibly privileged to be able to support people suffering with stress, anxiety, and fear, to build their confidence, self-belief, sense of calm and resilience in order to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

I have the pleasure of working with people of all ages and backgrounds, often with professionals signed-off with work related stress, and equally with young students, mothers returning to work, and retirees struggling with their own personal set of challenges.  I can help support you overcome panic attacks, exam nerves, social anxiety, low self-esteem, disturbed sleep, and phobias such as public speaking, flying, spiders and more.

“The sessions I have had with Amy have been invaluable in helping me through a situation that was dangerously close to overwhelming me.”

She has also helped me combat my biggest fear of public speaking, a phobia that was really starting to impede on my career development.  

I now feel confident that I can cope with anything that I previously would have considered petrifying and no matter how stressful a situation may first seem I know I can now deal with it stress-free.  

Amy’s knowledge and understanding of her subject makes her an exceptional therapist and has given me confidence that with her help I could overcome any stress, fear or anxiety.

Trainee Solicitor

Bristol

Why Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled, gentle communication approach aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes they are seeking, in some perceptions, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.  It combines clinically proven techniques (talking therapy) and a scientific understanding of how the brain works, with Hypnosis (trance) to help people make the positive changes they are seeking so they can improve the quality of their lives.

How does it work?

Our brain is immensely adaptable throughout our lives, able to develop and strengthen new neural pathways through the repetition of thoughts and behaviours.  

Some people believe hypnotherapists can change a person’s mind just like the stage and TV hypnosis shows. Actually, these are more like magic tricks, and in reality you will always remain in control: no-one can make you do anything you don’t want to.  

My skill is to help you get your mind in the relaxed state where you decide what is best for you. Perhaps think of this rather like when you are with a friend who is upset. We don’t join them in their distress and the physical feelings associated with their issue, rather we can think clearly and calmly and help them move forward. In trance, we can do this for ourselves – it allows us to be our own best friend.  

In a typical session, we will explore how the brain works, why we can struggle as we do, and what we can do about it. Drawing from leading brain science, and the best of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), I will help you find solutions which build your strengths and resources, and move you towards your chosen goals.  We will finish each session with a wonderful relaxation trance on the couch: using gentle music, restful language patterns, and positive images and metaphors, I will guide you to a natural, relaxed state and support you to start to find and embed the positive changes you seek in your thinking and behaviours.

“Working with Amy has enhanced my life in so many different ways.”

Before I began working with Amy, I was exhausted and in an extremely fragile state physically and emotionally having become a single parent with a young child.  As we worked together she helped me understand what was happening in my life and how my brain was reacting to these stresses. She helped my come up with achievable strategies to move forward in small achievable steps.  I loved the theory, science and neurology that Amy explained clearly and repeatedly during our sessions. Now, nearly 2 years on, I regularly sleep for at least 7 hours a night, which I can’t ever remember doing before and have a whole bucketful of strategies to manage the stresses that try and interrupt my now happy life.  

I wholeheartedly recommend Amy’s work and know that I wouldn’t be the person I am now without the work we did together.

Speech therapist and single mum

How can I help you today?

Call me direct on 07557 911 606 or email amy@the-executive-alchemist.co.uk.

Alternatively fill in a contact form here or book a free initial consultation here.

I run a busy clinic at The Family Practice, 116 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NL, and also see clients via Skype or Zoom.

I can help with:

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Anxiety

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Panic attacks

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Stress including work-related stress

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Exam nerves

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Phobias such as fear of public speaking, flying, spiders

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Low confidence and self-esteem

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Social anxiety

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IBS

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Disrupted sleep

Can hypnotherapy help my child?

Yes, as a mum of three school children, and with seven years teaching hundreds of students at Cardiff Business School, I am passionate about supporting children and teenagers to get back to the happy, secure place they all deserve to enjoy in life.  Young people respond very well to hypnotherapy, provided they recognise there is something they want to change, such as lack of confidence or exam nerves. It is their desire to address an issue – rather than their parents’ hopes and wishes – which is critical to their success.

As parents we often overlook how influential we are on our children, and we can all too easily forget to look after our needs when we are worried about them.  For this reason, I invite the main carer of any young person I work with to see me for an initial consultation separately to their child. It might be that we decide that we should work together for a short time too.

Price

Free one-hour initial consultation, including a relaxation MP3 track

£65 per session (£50 for concessions and low income); or payment in advance of £600/£450 for ten sessions. 

"I never knew I had so much control over my mood and how I reacted to situations, I genuinely feel like a different person"

Since seeing Amy my life has changed, everything seems so much clearer and lighter. I never knew I had so much control over my mood and how I reacted to situations, I genuinely feel like a different person. Something that would have made me a stressed and anxious mess 2 months ago, now excites me and I look forward to the challenge. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!! 

Accounts Assistant, Bristol

“I would thoroughly recommend Amy”

My work as a CEO is very challenging at the best of times. I started seeing Amy when the juggle of my demanding job with a very busy home life started to affect all aspects of my life and I was finding it  extremely difficult to focus and identify a way forward at home or at work. Working with Amy worked amazingly. Within a few sessions I had started to sleep through the night again and learnt how to relax. This had an incredible affect and things which previously felt like a major chore once again became a challenge to be overcome or a problem to be solved.  I would thoroughly recommend Amy.

CEO and mum of two

“I feel much more in control and am much happier”

I originally went to see Amy in the hope that she might be able to help me improve my poor sleeping habits but before the end of the first session I realised that it wasn’t just about sleep, it was about how I handle stress and anxiety in all areas of my life.  

Amy’s basis of treatment is an understanding of what’s happening in the brain in times of stress, which helped me realise how I needed to change my approach to thinking about stress in order to work with my brain rather than against it.  By focusing on positive thoughts and unpicking my tendency to catastrophise, I was able to complete a major work project without succumbing to stress-related illness, and by practising Amy’s techniques regularly, I was able to let go of the anxiety I had built up around going to sleep.  

These techniques have now become part of my everyday routine, and they give me a comforting sense of being able to cope with new challenges as they present themselves.  I feel much more in control, and am much happier.

Senior Surveyor and Evaluator