Kinga Oldham MSc - Psychotherapist

Kinga Oldham MSc - Psychotherapist

Thornfield House
Delamer Road
WA14 2NG

07527 841616

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Thornfield House
Delamer Road
WA14 2NG

07527 841616

About me

I believe everyone has an ability to change in a positive way. To achieve that, the therapist’s flexibility and robust therapeutic relationship is key. I put strong emphasis on building up trust, instilling hope and motivation; creating a warm and non-judgmental environment. At the same time I incorporate interventions that – based on solid research- proved high efficacy.

Structure, collaboration and innovative interventions – have been helping me to achieve continuous good therapeutic results.

To assure that I work ethically and competently and to the best interest of my clients, I follow the Standard of Conduct Performance and Ethics set by BABCP.  I am fully supervised by a CBT therapist accredited by BABCP.

Additionally, I am member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science.

I have been delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy working for CRI (Crime Reduction Initiative) and Anxiety UK.

I have also been working as a accredited clinical hypnotherapist since 2012, using principals of CBT as well psychodynamic psychology.

I have an enhanced DBS checked and am fully insured.

I have an extensive experience in dealing with anxiety disorders, low self-esteem and interpersonal issues, delivering therapies on one to one basis as well as for groups. I often work on the root cause of the problem, neutralise associated traumas, guilt, hatred or other emotional baggage.

I incorporate a number of different modalities in my practice; for example:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
Schema Therapy,
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT),
Meta Cognitive Therapy,
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy,
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mindfulness Based CBT
- all when required powered by hypnotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (University of Salford)
BSc (Social Sciences, Psychology)
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Counselling
Certificate - Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Hypnosis (Melissa Roth PhD)
Parts Therapy, Hypnotic Weight Loss Surgery (The Oxford School of Hypnosis)
Effective Pain Control (London College of Clinical Hypnosis)
First & Second Degree Reiki

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Management with Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy

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NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) an independent organisation, set up by the UK Government which decides which drugs and treatments are available on the NHS, recommends that referral for psychological interventions (hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and/or psychological therapy) should be considered for people with IBS who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months and who develop a continuing symptom profile (described as refractory IBS).

What are the characteristics of IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder.  It is a functional condition identified through one or a combination of the following symptoms: abdominal pain, abdominal spasms, bloating and change in bowel habit.
In order to be diagnosed with IBS the symptoms need to last for at least 12 weeks in a year.
Although IBS is a complex disorder it is not known to be fatal or to be associated with the development of serious disease.
IBS can be classified on the predominant symptom i.e. diarrhoea, constipation or mixed diarrhoea and constipation.
It is estimated that 14-24% of women and 5-19% of men in Britain suffer from IBS.

What causes IBS?
There are no specific known causes of developing IBS.  However, it is believed that symptoms can occur as a result of a combination of factors including colonic hypersensitivity, neurotransmitter imbalance, infection and/or psychosocial factors.

How is IBS diagnosed?
There is no single test for IBS, the diagnosis is based on symptoms and by excluding other diseases which may have a similar presentation, like:
- lactose intolerance
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Celiac disease
- dumping syndrome
- gallbladder disorders
- bacterial infections or parasitic infestations
In addition two main diagnostic characteristics are present:
- There is no weight loss
- There is no blood in the stool.
The extent of the medical evaluation which is necessary prior to making a diagnosis of IBS will vary depending on the duration of symptoms plus the patient’s age and clinical presentation.
It is important to note that the only way to be absolutely certain you have IBS is through a doctor’s diagnosis.

How does IBS differ from IBD?
Principal types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These autoimmune conditions are characterised by chronic mucosal and/or inflammation of the intestines.
There are certain symptoms which are very similar in case of both IBD and IBS, like: abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloating, cramping.
However, in opposition to IBD, IBS does not cause weight loss, nor inflammation, ulcers or other damage to the internal gastric tract.

What percentage of IBS patients do not experience relief from conventional medical treatment?
About 25% of people diagnosed with IBS do not respond to the orthodox medical treatment. Current pharmacological treatments are targeted at symptom control and have limited value. No single drug is effective in relieving all of the symptoms of IBS over a sustained period of time.

Why is it important to treat this non-life threatening chronic illness?
One in five people are affected by IBS symptoms.
The severity of IBS symptoms depend on the individual circumstances. It is known that IBS can considerably impair the quality of life, from social interaction to ability to work; hence it may bear a significant cost both for the healthcare system and the individual.

What will be involved in this IBS management programme?
This IBS intervention is always tailored to the individual needs and will broadly involve the following:
- An assessment of physiological symptoms and its effect on the individual’s life.
- A process aiming to identify the triggers and stressors leading to symptoms.
- Hypnotherapy sessions, which will include deep relaxation, ego-strengthening techniques, confidence- building, addressing any major traumas.
- Therapy addressing associate anxiety
- Gut oriented hypnosis using various techniques to control the intestines and reduce the IBS symptoms.
- Listening to hypnotherapy recordings daily (provided by Kinga Oldham).
- Logging the IBS symptoms daily throughout the period of treatment.
-Learning self-hypnosis.
Practice, commitment and active participation are essential components of this highly effective IBS hypnotherapy treatment.

Is hypnotherapy for IBS supported by the conventional medicine?
There is a growing body of evidence (through clinical trials) that hypnotherapy can be exceptionally helpful in the management of refractory IBS. Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service explained: “IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body”. “During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity.”source

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy for IBS?
-Reported success rate range from approximately 70 to 95 % in all studies with any significant number of patients.
-Hypnotherapy intervention resulted in alleviation of all major IBS symptoms (bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation.
-The IBS hypnotherapy programme improves not only the physical symptoms but psychological well-being.
-There are no side effects of hypnotherapy.

How many sessions will the process involve? How far apart should they be spaced? Why?
For IBS clients we recommend six to ten sessions, each session spaced two weeks apart. This routine is important as any erratic schedule of appointments may result in erratic results. Furthermore, individuals over 50 years old and/or presenting psychopathology may require more sessions.

Kinga Oldham can only provide gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS to those who, at some prior date, have had the condition diagnosed and confirmed by their doctor. If the client agrees a letter may be sent to the client’s doctor outlining the therapy. This therapy is to be used in conjunction with the individual’s general practitioner. This is not intended as an alternative or replacement for conventional medical treatment. Hypnotherapy combined with traditional treatments has been proven produce remarkable results in symptom alleviation. However, hypnotherapy should not be considered a ‘cure’ for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but rather an effective drug-free method for symptom relief.

To find out more – contact Kinga today.


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Altrincham, WA14 2NG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

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