Your Therapist -
(HPD. AHD, GQHP, DHP, LAPHD, MNCH(Reg), MASFT)
Rachel studied Solution Focused Hypnotherapy at The Clifton Practice, a leading teaching authority providing the Government-recognised (HPD) Hypnotherapy Training Practitioner Diploma Course & a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP). Later she gained an Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD) (Jan 2018) at the Clifton Practice which included courses in Psycho-neuroimmunology, Neuroscience, NLP, OCD,
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, NLP, Mindfulness, Neuroscience & Obesity. This most recent qualification puts her in a different league to most in her profession, from a qualification perspective.
Rachel has also just graduated from the Clinical Hypnotherapy School with a Diploma in Medical Hypnosis (Sept '20) qualifying her to work with complex and significant health issues such as PTSD, phobias and care during Chemo.
Rachel is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NHC) and is bound by their codes of practice.
Rachel maintains her CPD and undertakes regular Peer-to-Peer Supervision.
Sage Hypnotherapy does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, mental status, or sexual orientation. It welcomes all members of the LGBTQ+ community and practices a non-discriminatory, non-judgemental approach with all clients.
A personal note:
"I came to Hypnotherapy after initially training and working as a Cordon Bleu Chef, then moving over to the health sector where I worked as a Head Hunter. My husband and I moved down to Devon where a lifelong, niggling back problem became a disc prolapse, effectively crippling me for over a year and resulting eventually in major surgery. During this period I suffered considerable pain and as a result some 'low mood' and worry, spending endless hours at home and wondering what I was going to do with my life when I eventually recovered; My surgeon had told me that unless I wished for a repeat of the same experience I must change careers completely and, if possible, work for myself in an environment that doesn't involve me sitting at a desk all day staring at a screen.
So, post-surgery, with plenty of time on my hands, I started to read about the power of the subconscious mind when it comes to pain and its relationship with anxiety, and how negative patterns of thought and a focus on 'the problem' simply feed the problem, enhancing and increasing it and depleting our capacity to cope with it. Even this bit of research I did made a difficult time bearable and, by the time I was mobile again, I had registered on a course to train as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist.
I studied at the prestigious 'Clifton Practice' in Bristol and found the course to be an intense, comprehensive learning experience that taught me not just the skill of hypnosis and the application of it alongside psychotherapy, but, much more importantly, the workings of the brain and how we can vastly improve our lives when we understand it a little better. The subconscious mind is believed to be the most powerful entity in the universe I am still constantly amazed at the extraordinary benefits we can reap when we harness that power and use it promote our own emotional well-being.
I have never looked back, setting up my practice immediately on completion of my training in 2012. For the past six years I have successfully managed my residual back pain using self-hypnosis, and am generally calmer, more content and 'centered' than I've ever been in my life, and I put this down entirely to better understanding and management of the processes of my conscious and subconscious thought processes. Sharing this knowledge with clients and then watching them regain emotional control and self-esteem, kick bad habits, reduce stress, become happier and more balanced and start living the lives they want to live, is hugely rewarding.
If you happen to be a prospective client, think of a course of hypnotherapy as a course on how to 'drive your brain' in order to get the very best out of live. It takes commitment, dedication and practice (just as a course of driving lessons does), but is potentially life-changing in the rewards it brings and is well the effort required.
Given the spiralling rates of mental illness in the UK, I believe this understanding of the way our brains work and how to manage them should be incorporated into every school curriculum across the country. Until then, I hope to continue making a difference to those that seek help in this corner of North Devon."