What can I expect from seeing a me as a psychotherapist and/or hypnotherapist?
To be listened to
For your views to be valued
Being able to speak your thoughts frankly without fear of retribution, criticism or judgement
To be encouraged to take responsibility for your own mental and emotional health
To focus on changing what you want to change and on achieving your goals
To work at your own pace whilst maintaining your direction and momentum
To rely on the right professional support when you find the therapy / coaching challenging. Even positive change can be daunting. The right encouragement and reassurance at the right times is vital
To have session lengths, frequencies & fees agreed from the outset
To know that all information is treated with the strictest confidence. Any exemptions to this should be made clear before therapy begins (e.g. where you are risk to yourself or to others)
To have confidential notes regarding your sessions kept securely locked away. Also to have access to your personal notes upon request
To have the opportunity to review your target/goal on a regular basis throughout the course of the therapy/coaching
I run a full time practice in Salisbury, Wiltshire along with my husband Stewart Mustard. I am a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Life Coach. I have been in practice for over 25 years and so you can be confident that you are consulting a highly experienced professional. Through my career, I gained extensive experience in the field of mental health: working within Social Services, National Health Service & voluntary sector.
In addition to my general psychotherapy practice, I am the founder and director of easibirthing® and parenting. As part of easibirthing® and parenting, I support women and their partners with Hypnosis and Psychotherapy for Fertility, Pregnancy, Tokophobia, Childbirth, Birth Trauma, Post Natal Mental Health & Parenting Support.
The easibirthing® hypnobirthing model had been specifically designed, in consultation with midwives, to reflect birthing methods in the UK.
I also teach professional courses for hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, counsellors and psychotherapeutic counsellors throughout the UK at live events and within the ‘easibirthing and parenting ONLINE training school’ for any professionals working with or have an interest in working with parents or expectant parents to help restore and maintain positive mental and emotional health. The easibirthing® model in fertility, childbirth & post natal mental health is accredited by the ‘National College of Hypnosis Psychotherapy & Mindfulness (nchp)’ to train qualified Hypnotherapists and Hypnotists and throughout the world to specialise in these areas. As an accredited member of the 'UK Council for Psychotherapy', a fellow of the ‘National Society of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy’, and the 'Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council', I am required to abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice. This includes undertaking regular supervision, having appropriate professional insurance and being committed to continued professional development. I am also registered with The United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO). I am also a BUPA and AXA healthcare registered consultant for private health insurance clients.
I also have the UKCP 'child and adolescent proficiency marker' which accredits me for working with children and adolescents. From January 2012 I have ran the counselling service for Godolphin Boarding and day school for girls in Salisbury Wiltshire. I see children and teenagers from age 8-18. As a result of psychosocial development and increasing maturity, teenagers can feel over-sensitive and lack self-confidence as they come to terms with the changes they are going through. Mood swings and shyness are some of the most common features associated with adolescence. It is a period of vulnerability which requires support and understanding. Indiividuals in this age group may come to see me for psychotherapy because of difficult experiences they’ve been going through, such as family relationships, stress leading up to exams, illness or a bereavement. Or they may want help dealing with feelings of sadness, loss of confidence, anxiety or low self-worth that don’t seem to be connected to any particular event. Therapy can help them make sense of their feelings and behaviour.
I became a fully qualified Life Coach in 2004. Being a therapist as well as a coach means that I already understand the underlying processes of interaction, human development and blocks to progress. In 2005 I undertook my advanced Hypnotherapist training ( S to the third power Hypnotherapy ) with UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences, and also became a certified specialist in working with depression.
I am also an honourary fellow of the 'National Society for Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness'. In 2019 I became the first ever recipient of the 'Brookhouse and Biddle award for contribution to hypnosis and psychotherapy'. In addition I am the appointed practitioner for South Wiltshire and West Hampshire within the 'Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group'.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.