Hello, I'm Sarah and I'm a Bristol-based Clinical Hypnotherapist.
I first became interested in Complementary Therapies and Hypnotherapy in 2001 when I was at University. I was so impressed with the effectiveness of these therapies at helping reduce stress and anxiety that I decided to train in Complementary Therapies and then Hypnotherapy.
Through seeing many clients over the years for various complementary therapies, I started to notice how some people struggled to cope with their thought processes and emotions when faced with certain situations or when a significant life event occurred, while others were able to remain positive, focus on what they wanted and get through their hardships. I increasingly became more interested in this and my desire to help my clients overcome their problems and move forward in their lives grew stronger. Many of the clients who came to see me were suffering with stress and anxiety and I became fascinated at how the mind works and how we create unnecessary anxiety for ourselves by thinking negatively. My thirst for knowledge, desire to help people and the need to move towards a therapy which was more evidence based, culminated in me embarking on studying Hypnotherapy.
My initial training in hypnotherapy was solution focused and Eriksonian in its approach. This served me well for a number of years allowing me to help clients suffering from a wide range of issues. As I gained more experience and a deeper understanding of hypnosis I recognised areas in which I wanted to develop, better myself and improve how I worked with my clients. I decided to undertake a second hypnotherapy diploma, this time one which focused on a cognitive behavioural approach to hypnotherapy. As I studied I gradually incorporated more of the evidence-based techniques in to how I worked with my clients until now, having completed the training, I am wholly using this approach with my clients to great effect. I like to know that what I'm using with my clients has been researched and shown to be effective which is why I now favour this approach.
In addition to seeing clients for hypnotherapy, I am also a classroom assistant on the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma run by The Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Bournemouth. My role as a classroom assistant, along with the other assistants, is it to assist and support the College Principle, Adam Eason, and the students on the course.
There are many hypnotherapists in and around Bristol to choose from which can make it difficult to decide which therapist to go and see. I would highly recommend that you do some research and find out as much as you can about a therapist's credentials, experience and approach before deciding to seek sessions with them.
Please do read through my website. It contains a lot of useful information which can give you an idea of what hypnosis is, how I work with my clients, what you will be required to do to ensure that you get the most out of our time together and what you can expect from sessions with me. If you have further questions, please feel free to get in touch and I will endeavour to answer your questions.
I am a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist, having had thousands of hours in clinical practice, and I am one of Bristol's Senior Clinicians. It is so important that whichever therapist you decide to go with, whether it's myself or someone else, that they have a recognised hypnotherapy qualification from an accredited hypnotherapy training college and that they regularly take part in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to ensure that their knowledge and understanding of the field of hypnotherapy is up to date and in line with recent research. I studied at two UK Hypnotherapy colleges, The Clifton Practice in Bristol and the prestigious Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Bournemouth. I hold the gold standard for Hypnotherapy qualifications (the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma or HPD) in addition to a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (Dip. Hyp.), a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP), and an NLP Practitioner Diploma. I am dedicated to continual learning and study to further enhance my knowledge and skills and regularly attend seminars, courses and conferences on a wide variety of subjects relating to hypnotherapy. Some of my more recent courses have included working with children, insomnia and sleep disorders, Eriksonian indirect suggestion, pain management, professional burnout, self hypnosis, anatomy & physiology, treating intrusive thoughts and inner critical voices, rapid inductions and hypnotic phenomenon. I am also working towards an Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma.
In addition to CPD, it is imperative that the therapist you choose to work with regularly undergoes supervision. Supervision supports the therapist and allows them a space to reflect on the work they do with their clients, discuss development needs and explore their approach. I attend both one-to-one and group supervision in person with my supervisor in Bristol on a bi-monthly basis. I find supervision is invaluable and I have benefited greatly from it.
There are a number of hypnotherapy governing bodies here in the UK. They all offer pretty much the same assurances to prospective clients – that the therapist registered with the organisation is qualified, insured, regularly partakes in CPD, attends supervision and adheres to a code of conduct which ensures the welfare of the client. I am currently a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), one of the main professional bodies for hypnotherapy in the UK, and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Conduct. I have been awarded Accreditation through the NCH due to my considerable practical experience in the profession. I am also a member of the Professional Hypnotherapy Network which strives to ensure that all of its members are kept up to date with the most recent hypnotherapy research through access to the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
In addition to there being many hypnotherapists out there, there are also a number of different approaches to hypnotherapy. When you choose a therapist, ensure that they are using evidence based techniques in order to get the most out of your sessions. I work to an evidence based Cognitive Behavioural model with my clients and as such I use techniques that have been significantly researched by scientists and found to be effective.
If you like what you read here, please get in touch to book in for an initial consultation which will give you the opportunity to meet me and explore the hypnotherapy route much more thoroughly.
I have appeared on local Bristol radio discussing various aspects of health and hypnotherapy.
Nov 2013 - I was a guest speaker on BBC Radio Bristol discussing Hypnotherapy and Phobias, in particular Spider Phobias.
Jul 2012 - I had an article published in the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) quarterly Journal about my experience on the Radio and my advice to those who have not experienced it before. Read the article "Listen Very Carefully with Phil Hammond's special guest - Sarah Mortimer"
Oct 2011 - I was a guest speaker on Dr Phil Hammond's BBC Radio Bristol Show. Listen to me speak about Hypnotherapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder on the YouTube video below.