I consider working as a therapist to be a great privilege, but with that privilege also comes a responsibility to do the best I can to help and support you in your time of need. Whether you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or are suffering the loss of someone close to you, counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can be of great benefit in helping you to reach acceptance of a situation which may currently seem beyond your control. These treatments are explained on the relevant pages of my website and I feel confident that I can give you the best possible treatment, drawing on the experience I have gained from working in the support team at Forest Holme Hospice for 9 years. (Forest Holme is a Palliative cancer care unit, associated with Poole Hospital, Dorset)
I first started my training in 2007 and have never stopped learning since then, both by the experience of working with many clients and also continuing to attend many courses and workshops as well as reading and researching new and different ways to enhance my core skills.
How does this help me to help you?
By having a wide range of tried and tested skills, my aim is to support and help you in the best possible way. I feel that I have a friendly, confident, caring and professional manner and would like to assure you that I am happy to discuss and explain any suggested treatment to make sure you are comfortable with it before proceeding.
And because it is so important to choose what is right for you, I offer:
Free 20 min telephone consultation prior to your first session
Free first 20 mins of your initial 60 min session, which is at a reduced rate of £35. The first session will involve a heart to heart chat to identify and clarify your requirements. A discussion of which type or combination of treatments may suit you best and a useful ‘tool’ for you to take away, such as a relaxation technique to help you to feel calmer between the sessions.
Please note that my sessions are for a full 60 mins as I like to give you value for money. Most therapists provide only 50 min sessions which means that you will receive 6 sessions for the price of 5!
A full list of fees can be found on the ‘Fees Page’.
Why did I become a therapist?
It was my daughter’s arachnophobia, an irrational fear of spiders, that brought about my first contact with hypnotherapy. I had tried for over twenty years to convince her that spiders were harmless but without success. When a hypnotherapist cured her phobia in just 3 one hour sessions I was astounded and I just had to learn more about this amazing treatment!
I already had a long-standing belief in the healing power of the mind and when I started to study hypnotherapy, a lot of things seemed to fall into place. I was totally absorbed by the many different methods that can be used to treat such a wide variety of problems that affect all of us at some time in our lives.
I eventually gained my diploma and as often happens, the more I learned the more I wanted to know! I went on to study counselling and then psychotherapy, which seemed a natural progression to further build my knowledge and skills in this fascinating field. It soon became apparent to me that the effectiveness of these separate disciplines could be so much greater when they are combined.
The value of that formal extended training cannot be overestimated, however it is probably true to say that I have learned as much from my clients themselves and working with them, each with their own unique experiences, personalities and ways of responding to therapy. I feel very privileged not only to have been part of their healing process, whatever form that may have taken, changing the negative aspects of their lives into positive empowerment, but to have had the opportunity to learn something from each of them.
My continued training and development as a therapist has led to my becoming an NCH accredited hypnotherapy supervisor. This means I am registered to supervise fellow hypnotherapists on behalf of the GHR and the National Hypnotherapy Society. I also regularly attend courses and workshops to expand my knowledge and keep up to date with new ideas and treatments.
My wife, Joy and I also run our own expanding series of workshops, details of which can be found on our main website swanstherapy.co.uk
My Special Areas of Expertise
I have been a volunteer bereavement support worker since 2008 at Forest Holme, a palliative cancer care unit associated with Poole Hospital. The specialist training, ongoing support and supervision I receive there has always been amazing. This has provided me with the skills and experience needed when working with people who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
End of Life Care (Palliative Therapy)
My work in this field again stems from Forest Holme, where I have received the specialist training required to work in this area. Obviously, therapy cannot and does not claim to cure serious illness, but it can be invaluable in helping people to come to terms with their situation and often improve the quality of the time that remains.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent some time in the Ambulance Service. My experiences in that service led to me taking a special interest in pain management. I have studied the ways in which therapy can work alongside medical treatment in helping both sufferers and their carers to accept and take control of their situation, often giving them increased mobility and improving their quality of life.
Fears and concerns
My personal interest for studying hypnotherapy has led me to undertake extensive training and research in the treatment of fears and phobias and I have worked successfully with many people with a wide variety of fears and anxieties. When making the decision to specialise in end of life care and bereavement, it seemed a natural progression to adapt my experience to suit the fears and concerns associated with these areas.
Certificate in Hypnotherapy Supervision
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certified Group Facilitator
Certified CPD (Continuous Personal Development)
In various aspects of counselling and hypnotherapy
Reiki level 1 Certificate
Senior Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register
Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor with the National Council of Hypnotherapy
Accredited Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society
Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society