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If you need support for anything to do with your mental health you can just book in for a therapy session.

I can support in any way that you need me to. I usually work with clients for around 4 sessions and then they are always able to come back to me whenever they need to but I can tailor the support around you and your budget. A session is £80 and there is no obligation to book in for a certain length of time. I will carry out a full assessment and tailor a treatment plan to you.

How can I support you with sobriety?

 

Are you ready to go sober and want support and accountability?

If you're ready to commit to 30 days alcohol free then brilliant. I can support you with 4 weekly sessions and daily touch-ins via text over that month. We don't only focus on sobriety either, I will also support you with anything else you may need from sleep issues through to anxiety or boundary setting. Going sober can unearth other things you may like to deal with as you sit with your thoughts and emotions in a more present way. See below for more details.

Or do you know you need to do something but are avoiding dealing with it out of fear?

Firstly, everyone feels scared before committing to a sober stint so don't let that put you off. But, if you really are struggling and avoiding the whole idea out of fear then let's talk about that. Let's book in some sessions and work through things together. You shouldn't feel like there is a barrier to beginning to question and challenge how you feel about alcohol just because you feel intimidated. At any point you can decide to start sobriety or you can come back when the time is right but you'll be learning in the process.

Do you need support with emotions in later sobriety?

You may be further along in sobriety and need support with events or with emotions that are now presenting themselves. In that instance you can just book in some sessions to work through things.

One thing I will say is that no one can 'get you sober'. This is something that you 100% do for yourself but you can enlist the help of a professional to make sure that your mindset is on your side and that you're exploring your beliefs about alcohol and your emotions in a safe space. Wherever you are in your sobriety I can support you with sessions either face to face or online via zoom.

The journey into sobriety for a grey area drinker can often take several routes... it isn't always linear and no two people are the same so you need your treatment plan to be tailored to you. If you are alcohol dependant or suspect you may be, please discuss this with your GP who will treat you with discretion and understanding.

MY CREDENTIALS

I am an accredited and fully insured Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist based in the UK combining CBT and hypnosis and specialising in habit breaking. I am an evidence-based practitioner which means the interventions I work with are based on the best available, current, valid and relevant scientific evidence. I always explain why and how things work so that you have an understanding as well. I run a face to face clinic in Newent, Gloucestershire and I also hold online sessions for clients all over the world. I don't just help people with sobriety, I also help with panic attacks, anxiety, depression, confidence issues, pain management and performance.

I am an accredited practitioner with the GHR & GHSC and I am a Senior Member & Registered Supervisor with the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an accredited body of psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK and senior member status is only awarded to professionals with significant experience in clinical practice.

I've been training and working as a therapist specialising in habit change for a number of years. Alongside my clinic work, I'm currently undertaking a Masters in Psychology to further my expertise and am a student member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The focus of my research paper and thesis will hopefully be the link between regular alcohol use and mental health as this is an area that continues to fascinate me. Pending ethics committee approval of course!

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LINDSAY

"Louisa is truly amazing. She is so warm and friendly and genuine and incredibly supportive and encouraging. She is also highly skilled and very wise and true professional. I feel so lucky to have stumbled across her on Instagram and so glad I plucked up the courage to contact her. I am so grateful that she is in my life. Thank you Louisa for all that you have done for me."

 

If you don't want to sign up for a sobriety package, or need help with things other than alcohol I can work with you on a session by session basis. Whatever you may need.

 

Cognitive behavioural therapy, when combined with hypnosis, is a really powerful and effective way to change your habits, thoughts and feelings. Some people just want therapy, some are looking for hypnotherapy and others want a mix of the two. It's 100% up to you what you feel you need. We can achieve a shift in mindset in a shorter timeframe of 4-6 weeks or we can partake in regular, more spaced out sessions if you want ongoing support.

From experience, 4-6 sessions will really make a difference to how you feel and I will ensure that you're armed with the tools you need to support yourself going forward whatever you would like help with.

 

The main thing is that we will set achievable goals for you in therapy and then work towards achieving them together. It isn't about delving into your past or working out why you think or act a certain way... it's about working on today and what you can shift now to make positive changes.​​

Most of the therapeutic work is done outside of hypnosis but we use it to practice and rehearse coping skills in certain situations using relaxation and imagery to bring about lasting change. It's what makes this technique so powerful and one of the quickest forms of therapy you can undertake. You will be given hypnosis recordings to listen to in between sessions.

Cost £80 per session

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Articles and further reading on the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy in combination

with hypnotherapy:

The empirical status of cognitive-behavioral therapy: a review of meta-analyses.
Butler AC, Chapman JE, Forman EM, Beck AT.
Clinical Psychology Review  – 2006
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16199119

Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. 
Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., & Sapirstein, G. (1995).
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63(2), 214-220.
https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1995-26166-001

The Additive Benefit of Hypnosis and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Treating Acute Stress Disorder. 
Bryant, R. A., Moulds, M. L., Guthrie, R. M., & Nixon, R. D. V. (2005).
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(2), 334-340.
https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2005-02854-017

“Why Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?”
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-act-be/201501/why-does-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-work

“What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?”
https://beckinstitute.org/get-informed/what-is-cognitive-therapy/

“How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?”
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296579.php

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