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Create change by using the power of your own mind….
Are you experiencing any of the following:
- Have you experienced a trauma?
- Are you experiencing any flashbacks, mood swings or chronic stress, anxious or depressed?
- Feeling disassociated, numb or avoidant?
- Are fearful, hypervigilant, extreme emotions including anger, shame, guilt or embarrassment?
- Had any Adverse Childhood Experiences ACE’s?
- Been bullied or abused either physically or mentally/emotionally?
- Are you feeling stuck/trapped, overwhelmed or out of control?
- Have you lost a loved one, stuck in a grief cycle or recently bereaved?
- Suffering with insomnia, sleep issues?
- Have you been recently diagnosed with a critical illness?
- Experience of an abusive, coercive or challenging relationship, or going through a separation or divorce?
- Have OCD, intrusive thoughts, fearful/anxious feelings or repeated behaviours?
- Have Health Anxiety, phobias or fears of Death or Dying?
- Have you experienced baby loss, miscarriage or have fertility issues?
- Do you want to give up or change a habit?
- Have you had suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or self-harmed?
- Have low self-esteem, low self-worth, or confidence issues?
- Want help but only with a single issue?
- NEW! Certified Trauma Informed Clinical Supervision is available for professional Counsellors, Hypnotherapists, integrative therapists or coaches. Approved status with The National Hypnotherapy Society.
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I offer a professional, confidential, caring and supportive private mental health service for Adults and young people over 16 years old. My private clinic is based near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire provides a large comfortable, safe and non-judgemental environment. I aim to empower my clients by building on their own strengths and internal resources to grow more resilience for life’s challenges. Additionally, I also provide self help sheets with useful tips, tools and techniques, creating a virtual toolbox that can improve emotional wellbeing for everyday life.
In 2014, I became fascinated by the neuroscience and neurobiology of trauma, how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) changes the landscape of the brain, which increases the risks for mental and or physical illness, disease later in life.
Contrary to popular belief, trauma is much more common and comes in many shapes, forms and sizes. Dr Ronald Ruden’s ground breaking work (author of ‘When the Past is Always Present’ 2010) provides a scientific understanding of trauma which is a different memory process and the memory is stuck in place with a sticky substance and cannot be updated unlike our normal memory function. So we cannot ‘just get a grip and get over it’ but with new healing modalities, we can delink to remove the distress using Havening Techniques, or with neural loops create a preferred response using BWRT.
There are different types of trauma acute, chronic and complex. Trauma isn’t what happens to you, but how you respond to the situation, which can be both experienced or witnessed or even from a story told by a caregiver or from films, books etc. Acute trauma stems from a single dangerous or stressful experience. Chronic trauma develops through exposure to multiple stressful events or situations. Complex trauma describes both children’s or adult’s exposure to multiple traumatic events as well as any long-term effects of this exposure.
Long after the distressing event has passed, the nervous system can still remember a traumatic memory, which is like an open wound that hasn’t been allowed to heal. That can leave people in a more vulnerable state for years, feeling hypervigilant, anxious, stressed, depressed, dissociative or numb. With increased emotional distress for example acute feeling of shame, guilt, angry, rage, regret, overwhelmed, panic, fearful etc.
With new advances in neuroscience and psychosensory treatments, we now have the ability to release the distress of traumatic memories. Unlike older traditional techniques like counselling, CBT and Mindfulness which often struggles to release the roots of the deep-seated emotional distress and the somatic body’s responses including the autonomic nervous system.
Being trauma informed I believe is essential to effectively work with the mind and the body’s connection. The Polyvagal theory which defines the way that the Vagal Nerve reacts to the experiences and its role in safety as the Autonomic Nervous System regulates the responses.
“Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and under treated cause of human suffering.” Peter Levine
What Is a Trauma-Informed Therapist?
A trauma-informed therapist’s approach understands the adverse impacts of trauma, life experiences and distressing memories. I have a number of effective trauma treatments for recovery. We can more easily recognise the signs and symptoms and use a compassionate approach, which minimises re-traumatisation. It also helps prioritise treatment, as trauma can keep you stuck or trapped in the past no matter how old it is.
The priority for trauma recovery is to re-establish feelings of safety first and to grow more stability throughout the following sessions. If you have found traditional mental health services have not helped you, it may indicate that your issues have a basis in trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences.
“Trauma is a psychic wound that hardens you psychologically that then interferes with your ability to grow and develop. It pains you and now you’re acting out of pain. It induces fear and now you’re acting out of fear. Trauma is not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you.” Dr Gabor Maté
Introducing two modern neuroscience based therapies, they both work with how the brain actually functions working on the psychological processes.
Havening Techniques® and BWRT® have both revolutionised my practice. As we all have Neuroplasticitywhich is the brain’s own ability to learn, change and adapt. Through Neuroplasticity, the brain is consistently rewiring itself and modifying its connections. It can reorganise itself both in structure and how it functions. Without neuroplasticity, we wouldn’t be able to do many of the things that make us human. This includes learning, developing, and forming memories.
In my experience these newer therapies achieves a rapid and more permanent result for the client and sometimes even within one session, helping the client to achieve a better and happier life. Being relatively new therapies, means we do not have lots of the clinical evidence yet, however from the data we have already collected, both of these wonderful techniques will be here for a very long time to come.
Over the last decade or so, there has been an amazing growth of clinical research studies and the results have increased and underpinned our understanding of Neuroscience and neurobiology, particularly of trauma and the mind-body connection (Flight, Fight, Freeze survival mechanisms). These newer therapies do not rely on growing just your cognitive understanding to change emotional responses or behaviours, or even in some cases changes your belief.
I work flexibly, so it is entirely up to you how long we work together and the frequency between sessions, as there are no fixed number its based on when you feel better. Usually you can expect a minimum of three, however it can longer if it is more complex.
“Our brains continually form maps of the world, maps of what is safe and what is dangerous.” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Psychotherapeutic Counselling Skills (Distinction)
Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner
Certified BWRT® Practitioner
Certified Clinical Supervisor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Practical Analysis (also known as hypno-analysis) and Regression Diploma.
Trauma Informed Supervisor and Therapist
Registered with AVR
Accredited member with National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS)
Accredited member with National Counselling Society (MNCS)
Member with The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (MAPHP)
Member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), independent UK regulator
Fully Insured and under regular Supervision
QNUK Level 3 award Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) 30/9/21 valid for 3 years
Regular Continual Professional Development to keep up to date with best practice and increase my range of skills.
Continual Professional Development
Additional Training from 2012 – Present:
Anxiety Masterclass Hypnotherapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Louise Baker Advanced Hypno birthing
Valerie Austin Hypnotherapy Conference
Valerie Austin Cancer Diet & Hypnosis
Virtual Gastric Band – Sheila Granger
Louise Baker – Hypnotherapy practitioner’s course for brain cancer and the BrainTrust
Irritable Bowl Syndrome – Hypnotherapy MasterClass
Advanced Regression Techniques (Hypnotherapy)
Reiki – Stage One
Mindfulness (Hypnotherapy & CBT)
Dying to know (General course on Death & Dying)
Psychogenic Pain Control (Hypnotherapy & CBT)
Sokalmia® Sensory Overloaded Kinesthetic Auditory Linguistic Mindfulness In Action for complex trauma, PTSD, phobias, fear responses, dissociation, chronic pain, relationships, loss, grief, bereavement and anxiety.
Applied EFT Practitioners Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping technique).
Louise Baker Advanced Hypno birthing
MHS – Advanced Weightloss Techniques
Uncommon Knowledge Stop Smoking techniques
Terence Watts – Practical Analysis & Regression Diploma
Terence Watts – BWRT – BrainWorking Recursive Therapy – Certified Practitioner – General Psychopathology
Terence Watts – General Anxiety Disorder
Havening Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner
Terence Watts – Warriors Settlers & Nomads
Terence Watts – Broadband for the Brain
Janet Thomson – Placebo Diet for Practitioners
Terence Watts – Relationship Repair
Terence Watts – Serious work for Serious Issues
Terence Watts – BWRT Level 2 training – working towards certification in Psychology of Identity and Behaviour
Terence Watts – MAGIC Coaching Course
Terence Watts – Transformational Coaching BWRT, MAGIC & WSN – working towards certification
Terence Watts – Psychosexual Dysfunction Diploma – working towards certification
Terence Watts – Smashing Depression
Terence Watts – BWRT Level 3 – working towards certification in Psychophysiology (mind and body)
Terence Watts – Conscious Analytical Therapy – or CAT
Terence Watts – SymbioDynamics® personal coaching
Terence Watts – Brief Interventions
Cruse Bereavement Care – Loss and Bereavement Advanced Skills.
The Neuroscience Academy – Dr Sarah McKay – An accredited, professional-development program in applied neuroscience and brain health.
Terence Watts – BWRT You Protocol – Level 2
Terence Watts – BWRT Deep Mind Protocol
Terence Watts – BWRT Abolishing Anxiety
Terence Watts – BWRT Defusing Depression
Terence Watts – Gold Standard Therapist
Terence Watts – LifeMapper SymbioDynamics® personal coaching
Terence Watts – BWRT Banishing Fertility Problems & Improving Self Worth Protocols
Terence Watts – Warrior Settler & Nomad Level 3
Terence Watts – BWRT Reptilian Magic Expanded
John Cinderey – Essex Institute CAT course refresh
Emm-tech short course Emergency Muscle Management
Mental Health First Aid 2 day course (MHFA) – Ali Johnson
BWRT Griefbuster protocol for traumatic/complicated or ordinary Grief
Terence Watts – Ageing Unplugged (Coaching for ageing)
Professor Paul Grantham SDS – Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision)
David Kessler on Grief & Grieving: Finding Comfort after Death, Divorce, and Betrayal
Holly Wincote – Hypnotherapy for Depression Certificate
Terence Watts – BWRT Major Life Reset
NICABM – The Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma
Holly Wincote – Hypnotherapy for Eating Disorders
Professor Andrew Reeves – The challenges of supervising risks in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Professor Windy Dryden – Single Session Therapy: Help at a point of need.
Kate Robillard-Day – Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
Holly Wincote – Pain Management Hypnotherapy
Nscience Christine Sanderson – Becoming a Trauma-Informed Supervisor: The Role of Trauma in Supervision
Martin J Smith – Time perspective and timeline applications in therapy and coaching
Nscience Silva Neves – Gender Identities & Sexual Orientations: A Contemporary Understanding of Sexology
TADF – Training Master Class in Race, Culture & Intersectional Therapeutic Practice (RC&I)
Dr Kate Truitt – Enhancing Eating Disorder Treatment with Havening Technique
Nscience Christine Sanderson – Wading Through Mud: Fragmented Minds, Dissociation and Psychosis
KRD Training – Working with Self-Harm and Self-Sabotage
Nscience Babette Rothschild – Revolutionising Trauma Therapy: Expanding Therapy Options and Tools for Therapists and their Clients
Clinical Supervision – 6 days comprehensive training – working towards a diploma incl. 4 more days training by end 2023.
Dr. Dan Siegel’s Comprehensive Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) Course – Ongoing
MindBody Breakthrough Wale Oladipo – Understanding & Treating Complex PTSD
Holly Wincote – Hypnotherapy for Trauma & PTSD (working with psychological distress)
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
An initial chat is free with no obligation for up to 30 minutes. Full initial consultation, assessment and first therapy session will be £97 for 2 hours. Following sessions are usually £80 for 1 hour. Fees are subject to change. I accept credit or debit card payments. NB. Concession rates available for hardship. Please note that cancellation fees will apply within 48 hours of the appointment.
Please contact me on 07734 104421 or email email@example.com to book a FREE offer no obligation initial phone consultation.
Therapy sessions may be conducted in person or via my dedicated Zoom therapy room.
When I work
Clinic Opening Hours in 2023 (are subject to change):
Monday 11am-8pm, Tuesdays 10am-6pm, Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursday 11am-8pm
Disclaimer - I do not provide any medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion or treatment to you or any other individual. It is not intended as a substitute for medical or professional care and treatment. Always consult either your local General Practitioner or a recognised health professional.
Please note that it is often necessary to contact your GP or medical consultant, to get their agreement before we start work together for any physical conditions, such as pain control, sleep issues etc.