How It Works
Getting in touch needn’t be daunting. We can chat on the phone, or over email at first if that suits you, getting to know each other before we organise an initial consultation in person.
Everyone I meet has a different story, a different set of circumstances which affect them in very different ways. This is why it’s so important that we have this initial session – which can be held online or face to face.
It’s your chance to tell me what you want to change in your life, ask me any questions, get to know each other and find out if I’m the right person for you and, most importantly, to start making those first steps towards your goals.
This session builds on our first chat. I’ll ask you questions that really get to the heart of exactly what’s happening for you right now, why and the specifics of your goal. We’ll also break the goal down into specific steps and actions so you’re clear on what you need to do to get here. We’ll look at your medical history.
After this session I’ll devise a treatment plan made up of a range of techniques including coaching, mindfulness and hypnotherapy, which will be specifically tailored to you.
Now you know how it works, you decide whether you’re ready to get started!
These will depend on things such as the issues, goals or problems you’re working on, how ready you are to make changes.
What we do will vary depending on your circumstances so that you get what you need and what suits your lifestyle. We’ll clarify exactly what you want to achieve by the end of your treatment plan, and how life will be different once you’ve achieved this. And I’ll outline the steps of how we’ll get there at the start of each session.
Once we’ve had our chat and in-person consultation I’ll have a good idea of what you’ll need in order to achieve what you want. And that depends on various things (such as readiness for change, how simple or complex the issues or goals are)
I’ll outline the plan to you before we get going, to ensure you’re comfortable. Generally the plans I agree with people fall into two categories:
- For more acute issues like phobias, social anxiety, public speaking, a specific goal or project etc., a short-term treatment plan of normally between 4 to 8 sessions will yield real and notable progress. In some cases one or two sessions may be all that’s needed. Sessions will generally be set fortnightly (but we’ll discuss what works best), and I’ll set tasks for you to complete between our sessions to ensure we maintain momentum and you achieve the results you want.
- For more general needs, such as learning about Mindfulness, relaxation skills training, or ongoing coaching sessions, one-off sessions, a longer-term plan or an ‘as needed’ arrangement may be more appropriate for you. We can arrange regular sessions on e.g. a monthly or quarterly basis, a course of several sessions, or you can request each session as and when you need it.
Finding the right person for you is so important because the relationship between client and therapist/coach is an integral part of success. It’s important to understand from the outset that there’s no magic wand in my methods. We’ll work together as a team, and I’ll need your trust and full engagement to ensure we get the best outcomes possible.
In sessions we will often agree on an activity for you to practice in between sessions or a goal to work on. These can have a significant impact on the success of your overall goals.
I genuinely enjoy hearing from my clients between their sessions. Whether it is to tell me about successes you have had or perhaps the opposite, please feel free to send me an email. While it may not be immediate or at great length, I will always try to respond.
Fees are payable in advance of each treatment plan or session by bank transfer. If it has been agreed that payment will be made in person, fees are payable at the beginning of each therapy session by cash or cheque only. Cheques can be made payable to ‘T. Cleary’.
Please note that 72 hours notice must be given of any change or cancellation. This is the only way to help ensure that a slot that becomes vacant can still be used by another client. Please be aware that any less than 72 hours’ notice may result in being charged for a full session.
All information, whether verbal or written, is treated as strictly private and confidential in accordance with GDPR Regulations. You will receive a ‘Privacy Notice’ with additional information on this upon starting.
As a coach and therapist I have a responsibility to both you and to the community at large. Some moral and legal limitations therefore apply to confidentiality. These limitations mainly concern risk of serious self -harm, harm to others, and child protection issues. In the unlikely event of a situation arising in which the moral or legal limits of confidentiality are exceeded, the reasons will be explained and discussed with you at the time.
I carry full professional indemnity and public liability insurance and I am registered with the following organisations:
The General Hypnotherapy Register
The British Psychological Society
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
I adhere to the Code of Ethics set down by the General Hypnotherapy Register of which I am a member. Copies of this are available to clients on request.
Continuous improvement is one of my key values in life. If you have any feedback on how you think I can improve my practice, the way I communicate, or anything else, I’d love for you to share it with me so I can adapt where possible.
To see feedback I’ve had so far, visit my ‘Testimonials’ page.
My goal is to help every client achieve their best and my testimonials reflect this.
I provide the tools and techniques for you to be successful and it is up to you to apply them in your life. In the same way that a personal trainer at the gym cannot do the exercise for you, your commitment to the process is fundamental in your success. This is why the teamwork between us is so important.
I am always happy to answer any questions about this so get in touch if you would like to ask about any of this.
*Disclaimer: individual results may vary and cannot be guaranteed.
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
Tom Cleary, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Coach.
BSc. (Hons) Psychology, MBPsS, Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, Cert. Evidence-Based Hypnosis, Cert. Behavioural Hypnotherapy, Cert. Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Cert. Mindfulness Teaching, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice, GHR Reg., CNHC Reg.
BSc. (Hons) Psychology, with a focus on Emotional Intelligence, Relationships, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, with a focus on teaching and learning with children.
Diploma and Certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in London. The leading UK training centre for evidence-based hypnotherapy integrated with CBT (Hypno-CBT®) and accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Accredited by NCFE, BPS, GHR, NCH and REBHP
General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice, from the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and General Hypnotherapy Register
Certificate in Mindfulness Teaching, incorporating ‘Mindfulness Now’, from the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation and College of Central England, accredited by the British Psychological Society
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), CPD, (2017) with the London Hypnotherapy Academy.
Evidence-Based Approaches to PTSD: Trauma-Focused CBT, CPD (2017) with Daniel Mirea and the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Smoking Cessation Masterclass, CPD (2018) with Mark Davis and the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Theory and Practice of Hypnosis in Enhancing Sports Performance (2018) with Adam Eason, Dr Jamie Barker and Gary Turner at the Royal Society of Medicine
Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR Reg.)
Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC Reg.)
The short answer is yes, and there is a great deal of evidence to support this. However it also depends on how it is used and I can fully understand any scepticism some people may have, because I used to have it myself. Sadly, while there are many excellent practitioners, there is also a lot of very poor practice in this field and it therefore has a varied reputation.
My training is in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (an integrated model of CBT and hypnotherapy) which focuses on those aspects of hypnotherapy which have been shown through scientific studies to work. Studying a course which focused on the scientific and psychological studies and removed those elements not supported by evidence, means you can be very confident that what I provide actually works. The Diploma in CBH I have is approved by the British Psychological Society and accredited by all of the major Hypnotherapy Organisations.
Case Study – A Real Life Example
Sometimes it’s easier to see an example of how things work. So here’s a story of someone I helped, to illustrate my style and the process.
A client came to me with an overwhelming phobia of going to the dentist. Just the thought of it gave him a gag reflex and severe anxiety, to the point where he couldn’t have a check- up without anaesthetic. He’d been to a long list of dentists and people who claim to help with dental anxiety. He’d researched techniques and tried them out. I was very much
seen as a last resort by someone who would never have considered Hypnotherapy or Mindfulness. (I do get a mix of people like this and those who are very keen to try it!)
After our initial chat and consultation session, I devised a four-session treatment plan which involved coaching strategies, Mindfulnesss and Hypnotherapy, along with some relaxation and desensitisation about those aspects he found so unpleasant.
As a sceptical client it wasn’t all plain sailing at first. After our first session I set him a task to do before our next meeting, which he didn’t complete as he didn’t see the point. I told him we couldn’t work together if he wasn’t 100% committed to the process. I’m open-minded, supportive and caring, but I’m strict too when I need to be, to ensure we stay on track with your treatment plan. It’s important to me that you achieve what you want! And if you don’t want to achieve your goals I’ll suggest you come back when you do. Although don’t worry, I know there are times when life gets in the way and you can’t always get things done between sessions!
He came back two weeks later with the task completed, and I’m pleased to say that by the end of our four sessions, he went to his dentist and didn’t need anaesthetic. And he wasn’t worried or anxious. For the first time in over 50 years. In fact his Dentist commented on how calm he’d been, and said he couldn’t believe the transformation!
Clearly not every case works in the same way, but this example shows what can be achieved when we work together.