Dip CBH, GQHP, GHR Reg, Dip SMRB
Dip CBH, GQHP, GHR Reg, Dip SMRB
Originally I trained as a biologist (in ecology) but have spent over 30 years working in environmental policy and decision-making, as a consultant, an environmental campaigner and for the last 23 years as an academic at Imperial College London. For some 12 years I split my time between academia and environmental consultancy (as Technical Director at Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd.), which required excellent time and project management skills - and a ready ability to say 'No'! Over recent years I have maintained my academic work at Imperial College while creating more time for private practice as a therapist.
My academic qualifications - BSc (Hons) Biology (Ecology), MSc Environmental Technology, Diploma of Imperial College, PhD in environmental policy and decision-making - and experience are not irrelevant to me becoming a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist. They share a number of the same problem solving and risk assessment models and I have spent many years supporting students often with severe personal difficulties through to completion of their course. And I 'know' higher education, having worked in both 'new' and 'old' universities and been an external examiner for environmental courses and PhDs at numerous universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as having been a personal tutor, an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer, and course director and Departmental Careers Advisor, and supervised countless research projects and PhDs. I am also an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.
My own career path has not been a typical academic one - I have followed my interests and the opportunities, and my passion has always been in the teaching and pastoral support of students. CBH is a natural extension of this, providing a very well equipped tool-kit for dealing with the common personal issues that arise in higher education (and beyond), solidly underpinned by scientific research. Both students and staff face increasing pressures from an education system that benchmarks individuals (and their institutions) throughout their careers and, from student tuition fees to management pressures on staff all cause rising levels of stress and anxiety. Understanding the relationship between your feelings, thoughts and behaviour, and the power of your imagination, can be wonderfully liberating. I am experienced in treating a wide range of stress and anxiety related issues, including low self-esteem, phobias, perfectionism and insomnia.
As part of private practice - and in addition to one-to-one therapy - I run tailor-made workshops (e.g. on self-hypnosis; mindfulness and relaxation) and a practical programme on Relaxation and Resilience, covering mindfulness, relaxation, stress management, assertiveness and personal problem solving skills, specifically for the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, where I am (part-time) Reader in Environmental Assessment and Departmental Careers Advisor in the Centre for Environmental Policy, but also similar sessions elsewhere in Imperial and at the University of Manchester. I teach on the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in London and coordinate a Hypno-CBT® Peer Support Group on behalf of the UK College, for practitioners who have completed the Diploma.
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Dip CBH) from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, 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
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for Insomnia, CPD Workshop (2016), UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder CPD Workshop, with Daniel Mirea (2017), UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Registered Hypnotherapist (GHR Reg) General Hypnotherapy Register
Accredited Practitioner General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
CNHC registered Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Anxiety is an emotional response to something fearful. Symptoms may involve racing heartbeat, sweating, rapid breathing, blushing - typical of the 'fight or flight' response. It can be triggered by many different situations and a common but unhelpful strategy is to avoid such situations. But that can be very restricting, and anyway you can't always anticipate when you may be faced with an anxiety-provoking situation.
Anxiety covers a wider range of issues, from social anxiety (e.g. public speaking, meeting new people, job interviews), exam anxiety, performance anxiety (sport, sex), fears and phobias (e.g. fear of heights, flying, animals) to generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) - worry and worry about worry (e.g. hypochondria) - and panic attacks/panic disorder (often a fear of something more serious like a heart attack).
Mindfulness, relaxation skills training and desensitisation using imaginal exposure - with and without hypnosis - are common and proven cognitive behavioural techniques I use to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Panic attacks can often be treated surprisingly easily once you understand how they work. I find CBH can be especially helpful in addressing the challenges associated with ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), e.g. difficulty focusing attention; disorganisation; procrastination; anxiety/worry especially around academic deadlines/exams or key milestones.
"My experience with Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy: Living with constant anxiety attacks and phobias can be embarrassing and terrifying. It got so bad at one point that I stopped using the Underground with the frequency that I used to and began sheltering myself at home. This is when I decided that if my quality of life was to improve, I needed to do something about it, so I contacted Bill. He was friendly and understanding from the moment I called to book our first appointment. Bill helped me realise that I could take back control over my thoughts and body, and gave me the necessary tools to achieve it. Within a few sessions, and after practising simple day-to-day techniques, I regained the confidence I had lost months earlier. I would highly recommend taking this kind of therapy in order to understand your thinking process and gain confidence in yourself!" – Ingrid, 20, London
".........thank you for all your help and support. You’re helping me massively to look at some of my issues/limitations from a whole new different perspective (something I’ve never been able to do) and that’s definitely started to have an impact on how I address anxiety and problems. Thank you."
"......our meetings have been beneficial to change my whole point of view and how I approach many things in my life."
"I let a number of issues overwhelm me at university, to the point where I was unable to deal with any of them. CBH gave me the skills to simplify things, stay calm, and feel in control of my life. It didn't just help me sort things out at that point in time, it taught me that I will always have the ability to control my stress levels, in any future situation. Equally, the skills gained don't just apply to stressful situations. CBH helped me with calmness, assertiveness and confidence and will help me maintain these skills for life. Bill is a fantastic therapist. He was understanding and calm, but most importantly he told me things that helped me, not just things that I wanted to hear. I felt I could easily open up to him, knowing that I wouldn't be judged and that he would be able to apply hypnosis to my personal problems."
"...... with your help I feel much more calm about the future and let things come along instead of trying to plan everything. ......I feel deeply relaxed, less stressed and ready to start the challenging new term."
"Hypnotherapy allowed me to cut out worries and irrelevant thoughts and enabled me to focus on what really needed attention during each session. For me this was a significant discovery: I never thought I’d be able to completely cut concerns and worries out. Each hypnotherapy session provided me with a blank page to start tackling worries and feelings from their sources. Furthermore, being able to ‘switch off’ the daily life noise allowed me to understand what is important and what is not. Finally, during the sessions I was explained how these techniques work and how to replicate them by myself which is very useful when I’m going through a stressful time."
"I found the exercise really useful; it helped calm the internal storm as it were. .........the presentation went very well and we are very happy on how we delivered; me personally also....."
Over-thinking was a big problem to me because I would postpone making decisions and/or procrastinate based on a fake rational thinking. I used to think about all the possible outcomes out of a situation and, as we all know, there can be infinite outcomes. Without doubt, Bill helped me realise the source of my procrastination and successfully supported me to tackle it through mindfulness and problem solving exercises. This really changed my approach to decision making and it helps me every day to avoid procrastination."
".........it was the most effective therapy I've had."
"Mindfulness has helped me to tackle restlessness thanks to switching focus to the “here and now”. Although it sounds like a cliché it really isn’t. We normally focus on what’s coming rather than enjoying the present moment. This flooded my mind with worries and anxiety about issues that might not even happen. The mindfulness sessions with Bill taught me to be appreciative and to trust myself which changed the way I look at issues and problems."
"....thanks for all the support. The recordings have been really helpful as well and a great resource to transition from the sessions to individual practice."
"Thanks very much again for yesterday. It helped immensely."
"Bill's sessions have been great, really helping me to calm down at times when I've had a lot on my plate!"
"Hypnosis demystified and made accessible in one afternoon! I am looking forward to practicing my own affirmations."
"A fantastic session perfectly balanced between theory and practice. I will take these skills away forever."
"Great session - good mix of theory and practical work."
"Thank you, I found this really useful, especially the 'writing your own suggestions' part."
"Really enjoyed the session. You explained everything very well and made it easy to understand and enjoy."
"Excellent session - keen to learn more!"
"Very helpful to build self-awareness. Really clear guidance and tips."
"Really great. Thank you. Will put into practice."
"Really useful and enjoyable. I can see a lot of potential applications in everyday life. Thank you!"
"Great course - I'm feeling very positive about exploring this some more!"
“The course is very effective. Feeling energised, calm and confident. Thank you.”
“Great balance of intro, theory and practical. Demystifies and makes it very accessible and achievable. Clearly outlines/highlights uses and potential results. Thank you!”
“Surprised myself as to how quickly I was able to reach that deep, relaxed state. Has given me the confidence to go and practice in my daily life.”
“Very well structured and highly practical course. Fully enjoyed it!”
“Really excellent workshop with rich resources and snappy, useful exercises which are easy to apply.”
“A good companion course to the self-hypnosis course, and another useful tool in my resilience toolbox.”
“Just a brilliant session!”
“Great workshop - you have a great calming presence!”
“This course as very illuminating and thought-provoking and provides practical tools to deal with stress and anxiety. Thanks Bill for this very valuable lesson.”
“Perfect introduction to mindfulness for a beginner, with practical exercises to take home.”
“Excellent quick exercises. Amazing how quickly you can relax.|”
“Great combination of theory, practical tips and practice.”
“Many thanks for this well prepared session. Worth joining!!”