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Whatever
can take us down, 
can also take us up

Combining psychology and hypnotherapy

to find happiness

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Hello,

I am an integrative hypnotherapist, with 15 years’ experience helping individuals recover a healthy mind and find happiness. I can help you with anxiety, stress, low mood, depression, panic attacks, strong emotions like anger, low self-esteem, loneliness, relationship difficulties, and cultural and sexual identity. 

 

My approach 

My background is in neuro-developmental psychology - how the human brain develops during the early years and how you learn to respond in a unique way to circumstances in your life. This means that I have an analytical understanding of your issues. 

Beyond this I have training in counselling and hypnotherapy. Contemporary hypnotherapy is grounded in Solution Focused Therapy. This means that we will focus on creating inner change, developing confidence in yourself and resilience. 

I adhere to the guidelines of ethical practice of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).  

 

​What to expect 

I will induce you into a state of hypnosis which is safe and you can come out as you wish. During sessions, we will first spend time talking about your issue, then use hypnosis to explore it at a deeper level and activate change.

Why use hypnosis? 

It will enable you to rebalance your stress and emotional systems, explore sensitising events in a safe way, discover any unconscious drive and needs, resolve internal conflicts and activate your personal transformative resources. Most people find it enjoyable and relaxing.  

Short therapy 

This may be for you as you may want to resolve a specific issue, perhaps there is a pattern you'd like to change, perhaps you're thinking about therapy and need a safe space to talk and explore your feelings. 

Open ended therapy

This may be for you, as perhaps you may be going through a difficult time and need ongoing support, or perhaps you are interested in unpacking the impact that life events have on you and regain a sense of control. I will help come to terms with your past, let go and move forward. 

​Taking the first step

You can book a chat now. This will give you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have and see if you feel comfortable working with me. I'll ask you to tell me a little bit about yourself and what brings you to therapy. There is no obligation at this stage, as I recommend that you take time to consider whether you are ready for therapy and whether we are a good fit.

I offer sessions in English and French, online and face-to-face in SE14. Please contact me now on 07838169923.

Ivy Kirk,

MSc CAMH, MSc Dev Sc, BSc Psych.

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Welcome to my therapy room.

Mental health services

I have 15 years experience helping individuals with different aspects of anxiety: social anxiety, generalised anxiety, performance anxiety, panic attacks, intrusive thoughts, stress, strong emotions like anger, depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, childhood adversity, relationship difficulties, and cultural and sexual identity.

Short therapy

This may be for you as you may want to resolve a specific issue, perhaps there is a pattern you'd like to change, perhaps you're thinking about therapy and need a safe space to explore your feelings. 

Open ended therapy

This may be for you, as perhaps you may be going through a difficult time and need ongoing support, or perhaps you are interested in unpacking the impact that life events have on you and regain a sense of control. I will help come to terms with your past, let go and move forward. 

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Stress and anxiety

Hypnosis induces a 'rest and digest' response that deactivates the neurobiological reactions to stress we experience in our day to day life.

 

Repetitive high levels of stress may lead to anxiety related difficulties, which could manifest in a variety of ways, including sleep difficulty, obsessive or addictive behaviours, tension pains and headaches etc.

 

Using hypnotherapy will reduce your stress level, reset your stress response system and protect you from anxiety. You'll gain in clarity, energy and emotional stability .

Feelings and emotions are an important signalling system, that gives you feedback about your social environment and relationships. Unfortunately it is biased.

 

Negative emotions are active longer than positive ones. As most of us want to avoid negative emotions, we develop strategies to suppress them.

 

If you have developed an unhealthy pattern to manage negative emotions, using hypnotherapy will enable you to regulate these emotions and change your automatic responses.

Early life adversity

At pre-verbal and pre-cognitive stages, children experience the world through their senses and emotions.

 

When an event is overwhelming, it can act as a sensitising event, triggering a response, which will get reinforced by other unrelated events. This eventually can interfere with your life, or resurface in intrusive form, such as flashbacks, nightmares or panic attacks.

 

Using hypnotherapy will help you process significant emotional events and release their hold on you.  

I offer sessions in English and French, online and face-to-face. To find out more and discuss your personal issue, you can contact me now on (+44) 07838 169923.

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