Carol Hickson - Cheshire Hypnotherapist
Carol Hickson - Clinical Hypnotherapy, EFT, Life Coaching, Mindfulness & Reiki
Hi, I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist working locally with individuals and companies and also nationally as a volunteer hypnotherapist for several charities. Within Clinical Hypnotherapy I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) and other modalities to help you find solutions to your problems.
I offer a client centred approach which gives you back control. In addition to hypnosis I will teach you techniques for change which will enable you to understand and deal with your own triggers. The aim is to stop the negative responses, thoughts, behaviours etc which lead to the negative habits you’re looking to change. By becoming aware of your triggers, you can stop the repetitive roller coaster of stress or anxiety taking hold.
Repetitive patterns for example, anxiety, smoking addiction, phobias etc create neural pathways in your brain. Over time the pathway becomes more ingrained and you may notice that your problem seems to be getting worse. I can help you fill in these negative pathways and install new positive ones of how you’d prefer to feel.
We need to work at this level because these habits are like out-dated software on your computer. If your computer is going to run efficiently then you keep the software updated. Our brains work in the same way. Some of the problems we have go right back into our past, even our childhood, they stop us from having the future that we want. And so just as with a computer we remove anything outdated that is affecting us negatively.
During our session you will go in and out of mini trances, just like those times when you are deeply relaxed; just before you fall asleep or when you get caught up in a good book. The process will help you take control and reprogram your subconscious mind to overcome what you want to overcome and to create a more appropriate life for yourself.
I want to share what I have learnt with my clients, I want you to see rapid results and once you do you will realise just how much control you do have.
Anxiety, Fear and Stress
Are you living with anxiety, insomnia, stress or emotional issues? Are you debilitated by chronic pain or dealing with fears and phobias?
Life has ups and downs but at times we can feel overwhelmed and find ourselves stuck in the downs. I can give you tools to use independently to combat the triggers and symptoms you may be facing. Please know that the latest research says that these feelings are not genetic, that they can be improved or even resolved, you don't need to be permanently stuck. As a volunteer for a major anxiety charity I see people make significant changes everyday.
Insomnia and Chronic Pain
I suffered with chronic insomnia for 4 years, getting 56 minutes a night at the end; I know how exhausted and helpless it leaves you feeling. When I discovered how to improve my own sleep I set up a resource website to share my experience and some tips I learnt along the way, please visit it at (www.insomniacheshire.co.uk)
I also understand the difficulties of living with chronic pain. I have five broken discs in my neck and lumbar region and a diagnosis of Dystonia but am now pain free. I am commited to helping you; I am a volunteer with a chronic illness charity and see improvements regularly for those who struggle. Please check my website to see if I have any free 'introduction' events upcoming, where I share tips and techniques.
Please see a few of my testimonials further down the page.
You can read my thoughts on how Hypnotherapy can help to release chronic pain by clicking here.
Unsure if hypnotherapy will work for you?
Please call me or email me for a free consultation, over the telephone or face to face. I will explain what I do and give you an honest opinion as to whether I believe that I can help you. Whether you have had hypnotherapy in the past or you are new to it this will give you the chance to ask me any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- B.A. (Hons) Education First Class.
- P.G.C.E Secondary Languages.
- Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner Level 1 & 2.
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with the Manchester College of Coaching and Hypnotherapy.
- Certificate in Life Coaching.
- Mindfulness Teacher.
- Reiki - The Usui System of Natural Healing.
- Fully supervised and insured.
- A member of the General Hypnotherapy Register.
- CNHC registered (complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).
- A member of Aamet International (The Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques).
- A member of the Chamber of Commerce.
- Enhanced DBS checked.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Food addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
I use a combination of Hypnotherapy and Reiki, Hypno-Reiki, where appropriate. Clients can join me in solution oriented visualisation whilst experiencing a Reiki treatment.
Five-week program to change your eating habits. (Please see testimonials)
If you keep trying to lose weight but find that as soon as you stop dieting it piles back on, then you will have learnt through sheer frustration that there is no easy fix. Many of us eat to feel better because at some stage we have associated food as comfort. In my five-week ‘change your relationship to food’ program I introduce a variety of energy techniques which complement each other, and which deal with multiple aspects of the problem. In addition to using Solution Oriented Hypnotherapy I teach my clients to use the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) aka Tapping to use at home, to deal with emotional issues rather than resort to the biscuit tin. It is also effective when cravings come on to distract the mind and refocus on more positive solutions. I am a Mindfulness teacher and meditation and mindfulness feature strongly in these sessions because when we can regulate our own emotions we will no longer look to food to make us feel better. Reiki too is a healing energy and as a practitioner I may use it with a client as a stand alone or with Hypnotherapy to enable a greater experience of relaxation and visualisation of the better version of you who is waiting in the wings. I will also teach you energy exercises because these are vital at shifting energy which may be stuck in your body. They will not only rebalance your energy but increase your positive ‘can-do’ attitude.
Food is fuel. Food is not therapy. Change your relationship to food. Change your life.
The program includes the following:
Mp3 recordings to use at home
Further techniques to help
Research regarding emotional eating
Four one-hour sessions together on a weekly basis followed by a further support session. Minimum face to face time seven and a half hours.
It costs £250 for the complete package.
Sleep Issues (Insomnia)
Five-week sleep program – wake up to a better you
If you suffer from sleep problems, you will have learnt through sheer frustration that there is no easy fix. In my five-week sleep improvement program I introduce a variety of energy techniques which complement each other, and which deal with multiple aspects of the problem. In addition to using Solution Oriented Hypnotherapy I teach my clients the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) aka Tapping, to use at home on the stress that comes from not sleeping. I am a Mindfulness teacher and meditation and mindfulness feature strongly in these sessions because when we can’t sleep the next best thing is to know how to get to a place of calm where we can revitalise our minds and bodies. Reiki too is a healing energy and as a practitioner I may use it with a client as a stand alone or with Hypnotherapy to enable a greater experience of relaxation and visualisation for the client. I also, use energy exercises because these are vital at shifting energy which may be stuck in our bodies. They will not only rebalance your energy but increase your positive ‘can-do’ attitude.
As a former long-term sufferer of insomnia, resolved through trial and error, I have designed an holistic approach to dealing with the problem because sleep is a much more complex experience than those little five letters might have you believe.
The program includes the following:
Mp3 recordings to use at home
Research regarding the cycle of sleep
Four hour-long sessions together on a weekly basis followed by a further support session. Minimum face-to-face time seven and a half hours.
It costs £250 for the complete package.
For more information on my own journey through the trauma of sleep issues I invite you to look at my free sleep resource, set up following my own recovery, to provide hope and help to the sleep deprived community. You can find this at http://www.insomniacheshire.co.uk/
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Free Initial Consultation – I offer an initial free telephone consultation where we discuss your reasons for seeking help. I'm also happy to explain why this is happeneing to you because I believe that knowledge empowers us. I will always give you an honest response as to what you can expect should you decide to work with me. You are under no obligation, all you need is an open mind.
I charge £60 per 75-minute session. £150 if three sessions are booked and paid for together.
5-week holistic weight loss package 'Change your relationship with food. Change your life. A personalised blueprint for a healthy body and a healthy mind'. £250 for minimum 7.5 hours face to face. Also includes Hypnotherapy, MP3 recordings, booklet, EFT and the latest research. Average weight loss after 5 weeks is 15lbs, there is no dieting and no deprivation. We rebuild your will-power together. See above for further details. Please see testimonials below.
5-week holistic sleep improvement program 'Wake up to a better you. a personalised blueprint for better health'. £250 for minimum 7.5 hours face to face. Also includes Hypnotherapy, MP3 recordings, booklet, EFT and the latest research. See above for further details.
KI Winsford - Food program
Carol, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve lost 2 stone in 2 months on the food programme. I really can’t believe how easy it is. I am not dieting or going without but literally my mindset to food has completely changed. I love listening to the recordings before I go to sleep and as well as the weight loss I’m sleeping better. I’ve also got my motivation back to exercise too! I can’t wait to see how much I’ve lost by Christmas!
Thank you so much.
NT Chester - Food program
Carol, just wanted to say how helpful I have found the programme, it has really changed my relationship with food and enabled me to take more control of what I’m eating and when. So far I have lost 16lbs. My goal is to lose 2 stone and whilst it is coming off slowly, it is coming off at a steady rate and probably a healthy rate. I feel so much better already.
In addition, the programme has got my mind back on exercise. I had gotten to the stage that I just couldn’t get motivated prior to the programme and now I am exercising thoroughly each week and introducing new exercises each time such as boxing, skipping, floor exercises (plank etc) squats and just recently started running again. It is little and often but the feel-good factor is now back so hopefully I will continue with this moving forward.
All in all, I feel much stronger, much more focused and looking forward to getting down to my ideal weight and staying at that weight. Really glad I met you and really glad I started this programme.
PH, Cheshire - Fear of Flying
I did it! Thanks Carol so much for helping me. We had the holiday of a lifetime and I would never have believed it was possible. I've just booked the flights for our next holiday and I can't wait. You've changed my life!
A, Cheshire - Anxiety
Carol has the most amazing positive attitude… I have never met anyone like this before! She is such a knowledgeable lady, gentle and reassuring.
I had some expectation prior the first session, as I did experience hypnotherapy years ago. But Carol is different… she blends energy psychology, hypnotherapy and Reiki providing such a unique experience.
The sessions were like talking to a good friend who wouldn’t judge me, who would show me a different perspective on my life, who would truly understand me.
Carol didn’t just focus on my severe anxiety. She also helped me to overcome a very deep-rooted self-hatred and hatred towards certain people. I honestly never thought that would be possible… Forgiveness is beautiful… I truly feel like I was born again… I am in such a good place now.
Thank you Carol.
DH Northwich - Food program
Carol, just wanted you to know that your weight loss programme is Fabulous, I’ve lost 12lbs it’s slow & steady & more importantly I’m enjoying my food & not on a diet. It’s remarkable how much I’ve learned about sugar & flour & how over processing can cause such problems for you.
Your recordings are part of my day I feel energised & find myself up early in the morning getting ready for the rest of my day.
My daughter & my friend have also lost well over a stone on your programme. I would like to thank you for all your hard work & wish you well for the future.
B, Cheshire - Stress
I am very open to complementary therapies but I had never tried hypnotherapy before and it was amazing. I was a bit nervous as I was worried that I might lose control and Carol reassured me that that wouldn’t happen and that I would be aware of everything and I would always be in control. I left our session feeling alive, everything was clear and during the hypnotherapy I felt incredibly warm and saw the most amazing colours. I didn’t want to move! I just wanted to stay in this amazing feeling. I will definitely do more sessions in the future especially when I am a bit stressed. And Carol is going to show me how to do self hypnosis which will be good.
DM, Winsford - Sleep / Insomnia
I went to see Carol because I was having problems sleeping and I felt so tired all the time. I kept lying awake worrying about things and Carol showed me how to calm my head down. I liked working with her because she understands how it feels when you just can’t sleep. I also, learned how to do it myself and now in the night if I’m wide awake I can use it on myself. I have so much more energy and with carols help I’ve signed on for college. I am excited about it all. Thanks again.
SD, Cheshire - Chronic Pain
I went to Carol on the recommendation of a friend. I suffer from chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis and was looking for a way of managing this without drugs. I am in my forties, so am trying to avoid knee replacement surgery also at this stage. We dealt with the pain in two ways, hypnotherapy and EFT, both aimed at releasing the emotional connotations of the pain: the ‘I can’t exercise, can’t cycle, can’t walk properly’, ‘I’ll never be free of this, ‘It’s with me for the rest of my life’, ‘Oh here we go again, immobile’, ‘I don’t want an operation’, ‘Why me?’ thoughts.
Now all this baggage has been removed, it’s been surprising how easy the pain has been to manage. Yes, I still get twinges, but they are temporary. It only took us two sessions to get to this point and I haven’t used codeine since. I also still use EFT on my own e.g. if I’ve got a headache at work or something has upset me. It still surprises me how useful it is, it’s a bit of an emotional and physical Swiss army knife. Throughout, Carol was supportive and perceptive. She knows her stuff. I can strongly recommended her