What is Hypnotherapy and is it safe?
Hypnosis or trance describes times when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. Trance is used during hypnotherapy and is very different from what we may see in 'stage hypnosis'.
We naturally go in and out of trance many times during the day, perhaps when walking or running or watching television. In this relaxed state, we experience changes in our conscious awareness - almost like being in a day dream. During this time the unconscious mind is more aware, becomes open to and can focus on helpful suggestions and thoughts.
Trance is a very natural and safe state and when we are in trance we are still in control and we process and decide whether information or suggestions are useful to us or not and will not accept or do anything against our will.
Hypnosis or trance is a very natural, enjoyable state, encouraged by using guided relaxation, where the mind can relax and then focus on thoughts and suggestions that might be useful. As a modern psychotherapeutic approach, the therapy I offer uses practical, structured and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.
What are EFT Tapping, NLP and Mindfulness?
EFT tapping combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, specifically acupressure, with modern psychology. It involves gently tapping on specific meridian points on the body while focusing on the issue at hand. This process helps to release emotional and energetic blockages. It is an amazing tool to help change our negative beliefs and behaviour patterns.
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a set of techniques that explore the relationship between neurology (the mind and body), language and patterns of behaviour. It offers practical tools to understand and change the way we think, communicate and behave. NLP helps to reframe negative thoughts and experiences, allowing us to adopt more empowering beliefs and strategies. I use it to help clients to overcome fears, break destructive patterns, enhance motivation and create coping tools and strategies.
Mindfulness helps us to become more aware of our automatic thoughts, emotions and physical sensations associated with unwanted behaviour or beliefs. By developing mindfulness skills, we can observe these patterns without getting caught up in them. Mindfulness can increase self-awareness, reduce stress, improve emotional regulation and promote overall well-being.
My name is Kate Bethell, a clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, a registered NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, a registered EFT Tapping practitioner, Eating Disorders Specialist and Mindfulness Coach working in the Borough of Richmond - Hampton Hill, Teddington and Twickenham and surrounding areas as well as online. I studied psychology at A and degree level, hold a Diploma in IET (Integrated Energy Techniques) and hold a CPCAB Level 3 certificate in counselling skills. I am a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and hold and Advanced Diploma in Eating Disorders and Obesity from the NCFED (The National Centre for Eating Disorders).
I trained in hypnotherapy at the Clifton Practice based in Guildford, a recognised centre of excellence for hypnotherapy in UK. I am a registered member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), the GHR and the CNHC and I adhere to their high codes of conduct and ethics. I have a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) certificate, a current first aid certificate, a current Youth Mental Health first aid certificate and a current Level 3 Safeguarding certificate and I am fully insured.
Kate Bethell BA (Hons) HPD, DSFH, AfSFH (Reg),
NCH (Reg), CNHC (Reg) GQHP
What People Say
When I first started seeing Kate, I had had trouble with IBS for many years. She explained that symptoms of IBS were greatly increased by stress and anxiety. The explanation of how anxiety is created and learning how our primitive minds have so much control over our modern-day lives, was life-changing. Learning to relax and help with sleep were the first two things that made an enormous difference to my well-being. My IBS is now under control and my life is so much easier. I can't thank Kate enough and I can't recommend her more highly.
I have suffered with anxiety for pretty much my whole life. Kate was recommended by a friend and I really enjoyed our sessions together. I wasn't sure about hypnosis but now I am really pleased that I took the leap into therapy. It started working so much quicker than I expected or hoped and the trance is so relaxing. I love my download. I would definitely recommend Kate to anyone that is wanting to change their lives.
Hampton Hill UK
I had booked a flight for the first time in two years. I began to feel like my phobia of flying was really affecting me enjoying going on holiday and I almost cancelled. A friend told me about Kate and so I had 3 sessions with her. She is kind and patient and all I can say is that I did get on that flight and I was fine. The phobia sessions really made sense and really helped so thank you so much and I really recommend Kate to anyone.
Kate was great to talk to. She didn't judge or dismiss my sleeping problem and actually took the time to provide me with advice on how to handle it.
Kate really knew how to relax me and I came out of the first session feeling much better. She cured me of my insomnia and my constant waking up in the middle of the night. I was able to sleep through the night after a few sessions with her and she was always very friendly and easy to talk to.