About Achelois Clinical Therapy
My name is Wendy Paterson, I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, registered with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, and a member of The National Hypnotherapy Society. I hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, having trained at one of only two Hypnotherapy schools in the UK to be recognised by The British Psychological Society. I also have specialist qualifications in weight loss and smoking cessation hypnotherapy. I am also qualified in more advanced specialist techniques of using the eye movement therapy EMDR. This can be a powerful tool in the treatment of trauma along with other emotional difficulties.
I have been a qualified nurse for over 25 years, working in Acute Medicine, Critical Care and Public Health. I have BSc Hons in Behavioural Sciences, (which gives me eligibility to become a member of The British Psychological Society), Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing, and BSc in Critical Care Nursing, and a Post Graduate Qualification from the University of Leicester in Psychodynamic Therapy; I worked in a busy therapy centre for four years whilst obtaining this qualification.
During my career, I have worked professionally with other agencies and disciplines to promote the best outcome for my patients. Along with specialist training for adult mental health and wellbeing, I have undertaken specialist training in areas pertinent to childhood mental health and wellbeing, working closely with CAMHS and education services. Regularly visiting schools to work with children and young people who were experiencing emotional difficulties. This is in addition to my studying psychology and psychodynamic therapy. All of this knowledge and experience will benefit my patients. I work conscientiously to ensure they receive high-quality care and service.
I encountered a great many patients and their families, often during their worst times, providing support for them and aiding their progress and recovery. Sometimes the littlest gesture can be the most profound. I have learned a great deal about the human condition and that even when resolve is tested, there can be hope. I am also fully aware of everyone being different; unique. Which means that every treatment will reflect this uniqueness. I deal holistically with each person and the treatment will reflect this.
For decades I have been fascinated by the mind and how it can lead us into light or darkness. Its capacity to adapt and change is immeasurable. We are profoundly affected by what the deepest part of our mind focuses on, this is not always a conscious process. The unconscious is like our storage facility, it holds our memories, experiences and related feelings. Its default position is to respond in a familiar way, using the information already there. It draws upon our previous behaviours and habits. These behaviours and habits can be either helpful or unhelpful, but the beauty is Hypnotherapy can help to effect the change needed for individuals to fulfil their potential; whatever that may be. It engages the unconscious mind, whilst allowing the conscious mind to concentrate on whatever it chooses. The meaningful act of challenging habitual thoughts which lead to habitual behaviours is the essence of hypnotherapy; it is where the change happens, this then becomes a catalyst for the conscious mind to take note.
No two people are alike, neither are their dreams and ambitions.
All of this clinical and life experience, knowledge and passion is relevant to you because it informs you of my being experienced in dealing with people; whatever their concerns, age, diagnosis/prognosis. My professional life has furnished me with an un-shockable ability to deal with whatever arises. The Clinical Therapy I offer will be practical, based on experience and will focus on and take direction from you as an individual. This therapy belongs to you.
How I Work
Hypnotherapy sessions are, as with all health appointments, strictly confidential ** Sessions are usually one to one. Initial appointments are usually one and a half hours, subsequent sessions are one hour. As well as face to face appointments, I am experienced in providing effective online therapy. Given current concerns over Covid 19 transmission, any appointments offered will follow individual lockdown rules and abide by professional body/Government advice regarding practice and Covid measures. The duration of the treatment would very much depend upon the presenting problem but 3-4 sessions is a suggested minimum time frame. This reflects the timeframe in which a habit or behaviour can develop; it usually takes about three to four weeks; hence the time frame for appointments, we are then able to create a change in existing behaviour. The requirement for sessions would very much depend upon the level of engagement and work between sessions too. Some treatments, smoking cessation, for instance, are usually only one session; others will require a longer duration. Following the initial assessment, a brief review of progress will be performed at each appointment, before continuing on with the therapy.
As a Clinical Therapist, I will incorporate differing therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural, Solution Focussed, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Psychodynamic etc. along with hypnosis as a method to bring about the changes sought. Hypnotherapy, as with other therapy modalities has its foundation in the relationship between patient and therapist. As this relationship is fundamental to the process, I would recommend an initial session before making any decisions as to whether you want to continue to work together. That way you know you are with the right person for you. A free initial telephone consultation, to discuss your concern and whether hypnotherapy would be helpful, is usually the beginning of this relationship.
When dealing with children it is usual that once the initial assessment is completed the child engages in the session without an adult present; unless of course, they would be too worried to do so. In older children, it is most likely that they are alone during the initial assessment and subsequent treatment.
All patient information will be held as per laws on data protection and GDPR rules.
**unless there are significant concerns for your or another person’s well-being as a result of your actions. Should this occur, permission would be sought to refer you to the most appropriate agency. On very rare occasions it may be necessary to refer without your consent in order that your safety is preserved.