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Work with me

So many issues resolve themselves when we are balanced, when what we do or think
comes from a space of equilibrium and awareness.


Are you looking for support or guidance with a particular issue?

I can help to:

...and so much more!

If what you experience is not listed, if you cannot put your finger on why you don’t feel right, just give me a call to discuss. By adjusting your breathing, working on your relationship with your thoughts, learning to deeply relax etc. there is a lot we can work on together to make you feel empowered within. 
What I can hep wth
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“I just wanted to thank you again for the immense power & positive energy you have given me. Sometimes, when standing still and looking back, I can’t believe you made me grow and change my mind and ways of thinking so quickly and effectively.”

LAURA, ANTWERP

Our work starts in the present, taking into account your current reality and your aims for the future rather than dwelling on the past.

I work holistically and flexibly around you, on a framework of breathwork, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) integrated with hypnosis and present-moment awareness

Together we will uncover the automatic thoughts and behaviours that are ruling your life and give you back control.

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Therapy is seldomly a quick-fix and never a one-way street. I see our collaboration as a partnership in which you allow me to help you re-discover your centre. Of course, like with most things, the more time you invest in-between sessions, the quicker you will feel a difference.

 

There are probably as many possible approaches to an issue as there are therapists, and finding the one that works best for you involves mutual feedback and flexibility. Throughout therapy I equip you with tools so you can help yourself once our journey together comes to an end.

Modalities
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FRAMEWORKS & MODALITIES:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely accepted therapies, and for good reason. It can deliver highly effective results, relatively quickly and is backed up by a mountain of evidence. The theory of CBT is based on the three way interrelationship between cognitions (thoughts and beliefs), feelings and behaviours, often referred to as the ‘cognitive triangle’. It centres on the idea that it is not life’s events themselves that cause us problems, but rather the way in which we interpret them. In other words, the way in which we think about the world impacts our behaviour – and ultimately how we feel. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) combines Clinical Hypnotherapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and seamlessly integrates the social, cognitive and behavioural psychology and psychotherapy with a modern approach to hypnosis. In combination, changes are generally quicker and more powerful. Hypnosis draws on the power of your own mind and imagination in helping you find the solutions to your issues. You probably already know how powerful your mind is - we can invent, create, experience and destroy things with thoughts alone.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT - pronounced as the word ‘act’) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that aims to empower people to be more willing to accept discomfort and pain of any sort – which it sees as unavoidable - in order to live a fuller, more meaningful life. It differs from traditional cognitive behavioural therapy in that, instead of teaching people to control their thoughts, feelings and actions, ACT teaches us to notice, accept, embrace and act in line with our values. While reducing psychological symptoms and emotional pain is part of the therapeutic process, the primary goal in ACT is to help you accept the realities of life and create a richer sense of purpose, meaning and satisfaction. Transforming our relationship with our thoughts and emotions, rather than trying to change them or wishing them away, is the key to healing and realizing our true potential. We learn to see them as harmless - albeit uncomfortable - and let them come and go without interfering. As such, the goal of therapy is to learn how to deal with painful experiences and help clarify what is truly important and meaningful to us so we can more fully engage in doing what truly matters to us.
  • Breathwork
    Your breath is your brain’s remote control! Everyday we take more than 17,000 breaths but chances are, which is probably not something to which you've given much thought. Breathing is one of a very few functions in the body that run perfectly well independently, but where we can also take conscious control. This is one of my primary aims when working with you, as breathwork is much more than just a topical wellbeing trend (*). The breath is a bridge between the mind and the body and the way we breathe influences many different aspects of our physical and mental health. All of our thoughts and feelings interact with our bodies via breath. Whether we're feeling stressed, sluggish or anxious, our breathing has the power to centre us and make us feel better. When we harness breathwork, we can use our bodies to tell our minds to slow down. This is particularly helpful when we're feeling overwhelmed or worrying or when our minds are racing. From a physical aspect, focus on the breath can cause the harmful effects of cortisol to be lowered (also known as the stress hormone) and heart rate, blood pressure and inflammation markers adjusted, to name just a few potential benefits. On top of that, it also gives you a sense of control, it is free and you always carry it with you. Coherent breathing is the main of several breathing techniques I work with (5 to 6 breaths a minute - also called the universal breath). It provides one of the best and easiest ways to make a profound difference to your health and happiness by increasing heart rate variability (HRV) and balancing the stress-response systems. When our breath becomes more coherent, our heart rate variability becomes more coherent, helping every system in our body become more coherent. With everything working more optimally we build greater strength and resilience, enabling us to recover and rebound from challenging events. Research is still in its infancy regarding the full effects of coherent breathing; however, there is lots of promising news. We know that this type of breathing can be helpful for insomnia, anxiety, depressive symptoms, stress, immune system response, menopausal symptoms, migraines, alertness, concentration, vitality, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit disorder. (*) Slow breathing techniques at rates of 5-6 breaths per minute have actually been known for centuries and are found in Yoga, Qigong and Buddhist meditation as well as in many lullabies and prayers.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR)
    Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is an anxiety-reduction technique first introduced by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the 1930s. The technique involves alternating tension and relaxation in all of the body's major muscle groups in turn. When your body is physically relaxed, it calms your mind and you cannot feel anxious. Clients often find that the symptoms of long-standing ailments are drastically reduced as a side-effect.
  • The Rewind Technique
    The Rewind technique is a comfortable and effective treatment that can greatly reduce, and even remove, traumatic or phobic symptoms quickly through relaxation and guided imagery, all without even having to talk about the details of the traumatic incident(s) in question. Information from a non-traumatic event will normally be transferred from short-term memory (also known as working memory) to long-term memory through a very old part of the brain called the hippocampus. However, during a traumatic experience, because the body’s survival mechanism is activated, the presence of stress hormones within the body inhibits the hippocampus from processing the information in the usual way. Therefore, the memory of the traumatic event becomes trapped or stuck in short-term memory, and a person will feel like they are involuntarily re-living the traumatic event in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive and distressing images, or physical sensations. Whilst in deep relaxation the Rewind technique can help significantly reduce, or in some cases remove, PTSD symptoms and this often in just one or two sessions. If you have any questions about the Rewind Technique, or you want to explore how I can help, click here to get in touch.
  • Reiki
    Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient Japanese technique used to balance out body, mind and emotions. It is well recognised as a route to reducing stress and promoting relaxation, which in turn benefits our sleep, immune system and general health and wellbeing. Reiki is based on the idea that we have a 'life force energy' (known as ki, chi, qi or prana) that flows within our bodies and is centred around our chakras. When this energy is low or blocked in our chakras, it makes us more likely to become unwell. It is a non-intrusive treatment performed with clients remaining fully clothed. My hands will be gently resting on and/or slightly raised above your body and you will feel deeply relaxed.
  • Integrative hypnotherapy
    Integrative hypnotherapy is a targeted, short course therapy. This means that it doesn’t drag on for months and, while we talk in some depth about what is going on with you, we do not spend a great deal of time delving into your past. We concentrate on what will make your specific problem manageable in the here and now and equip you with the tools to manage the future. The idea is to help you move forward with your life, and most people find that once they start creating new, healthy patterns, they become self-reinforcing, and virtuous cycles replace the vicious ones.
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"No matter what we eat, how much we exercise or whatever genes we have inherited, none of it really matters if we are not breathing correctly"

JAMES NESTOR

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THERAPY SESSIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Free Consultation​​
(up to 20 minutes)

First Session​​
(1 hour 30 minutes)

Therapy Sessions​​
(1 hour 15 minutes)

​The idea is for us to have an informal (but still confidential) chat. You can decide whether I seem like the therapist for you, and I can assess whether I feel I’m in a position to help you. Most of my clients are happy to do this over the phone, but if you prefer to do this over Zoom that is equally possible. If, at the end of our call, we decide to proceed, I may ask you to complete a short pre-consultation questionnaire which will allow us to move more quickly in the first session.

Book your consultation here.

Once you’ve had your free consultation, the first session is a more in-depth assessment of why you seek help. We take some time to really unpack and understand why you feel out of balance or what prevents you from firing on all cylinders and then formulate a plan for how we’re going to tackle the issue together. We clarify together your expectations and come up with a plan of action, establishing realistic, meaningful and achievable goals. I’ll also explain a little about how hypnosis works, and what your role is in the whole process. Depending on the specifics of the situation, our first meeting can involve some relaxation or breathing practice, but this session usually consists of mainly talking. Many people find it very helpful to really gain a better understanding of what’s been bothering them, and often find spontaneous improvements start occurring off the back of this alone.

During the initial consultation, we'll discuss and agree a preliminary therapy plan and I will recommend a certain number of sessions which I believe will help achieve your goals. Every individual is different, and many people often notice great improvements after a single session. However, as a rough guide between 5 and 10 sessions are on average required to create a meaningful, lasting change and your therapy plan will be designed with you and your goals in mind.

What to expect
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