Therapies-2 2017-02-24T14:24:03+00:00

Within my work I use a number of tools such as hypnosis, guided imagery, solution focused therapy, neuro linguistic programming [NLP] and coaching.


Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis to induce a deep state of relaxation known as a “trance state” Hypnotherapy is a safe, non-invasive and enjoyable process that can change lives in the most amazingly positive way, allowing individuals to achieve their potential. Hypnosis is not “mind control” and you cannot get stuck in a trance state. The hypnotic state feels very pleasant it is often described as ‘very relaxed, yet fully alert’ where you are in full control of everything you do.

During hypnosis our unconscious mind is highly receptive to new ideas, perspectives and suggestions. It might surprise you to know that our unconscious mind learns behaviours and responses as well as our conscious mind. Our unconscious mind tucks away these learned behaviours and responses so that we can call upon them at any time, even without thinking about it e.g. showing concern and empathy, walking, learning to tie our laces or getting dressed. These are all positive learned responses that help us get through life and that we all demonstrate without even thinking. Our unconscious mind keeps us safe and helps us. It takes care of all of our automatic responses such as blood circulation, breathing and our hearts beating, even though we are completely unaware and not having to consciously think about doing these things. Hypnotherapy is used in a surprising number of clinical fields including psychotherapy, surgery and dentistry. It can also be used for non-medical disorders to help people overcome bad habits or help improve our confidence and self esteem.

Neuro Linguistic Programming:

NLP is based on the understanding that all behaviour has a structure behind it. By discovering these structures an how they interconnect we can know exactly what to do to get more of the same or this structure can be unpicked and if necessary be re-programmed to bring about lasting changes. When used in conjunction with hypnosis it can be even more effective.

Guided imagery

Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that helps reduce emotional arousal and allows therapeutic change to happen. It is used to reframe life circumstances by using metaphors and rehearsing in the imagination any required changed behaviours and/or feelings.


Coaching has been described as:

‘Unlocking peoples potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them’                      John Whitmore [2009]

Many people are stressed due to work issues. Some feel undervalued, some not able to achieve their full potential others feel bullied.

I use life coaching, business coaching and leadership development techniques which will help you move forward with life despite an ever changing world, complex situations and competing demands. This enables you to gain a balance between life and work and helps you explore where you are, what you really want and helps you find solutions to put in place to allow this to happen. I do this by using advanced listening and questioning skills and offering an objective and constructive perspective to your individual situation. This can often raise awareness of areas that you may have not considered and may have missed. I then inspire you to take action to move forward with life.

My approach is tailored to the individual needs, with a strong belief to enable you to ‘be the best you can be’ helping you explore new ways of thinking and understanding by using the resources within you to develop solutions to help you embrace long lasting change and move forward with life.

What type of coach are you looking for?

Life Coach

This can help you:

  • Improve self-belief and confidence

  • Improve self-esteem, mood and behaviour

  • Increase motivation

  • Improve work life balance

  • Improve communication skills

  • Problem solve

  • Make a career change

  • Make the most of you

Business Coach

This is a way to help move organisations forward towards its goals of delivering its business objectives. It can do this by developing your leadership capability, emotional intelligence and resilient leaders and staff.  External coaching can improve your return on investment, increase productivity, increases customer satisfaction and makes for high performing teams.

Unlike mentorship, the coach does not have to be an expert in your area of work to ensure you gain the benefits.

Packages are tailor-made to your organisation and can be delivered on or off site.

Make An Appointment

You can use the form below if you would like to make an appointment or get in touch for a free chat.

Looking forward to speaking with you.


Barbara Smith