Who am I – and why should you
choose to work with me?
Choosing a Hypnotherapist
If you’ve decided to try hypnotherapy, take a little time to pick your Therapist. Hypnotherapy is an amazing tool and can be used in lots of ways. There are many types of hypnotherapy so spend a little time researching and choosing which one may suit you.
Anybody considering hypnotherapy should first check with one of the regulatory bodies that exist, for advice and direction to therapists in their area. The General Hypnotherapy Register and The National Hypnotherapy Society are amongst the largest and are happy to confirm that a practitioner is properly qualified, and insured. On saying that, the hypnotherapy community itself struggles to agree on which of the myriad qualifications are the best to have, and many of the often great streams of letters after practitioners names, refer only to their membership of professional organisations and are not necessarily qualifications at all.
After checking out and finding a therapist, the next most important thing in choosing a hypnotherapist is quite simply how you think you’ll get on with them, and with the techniques they use. Some say that the relationship you have with your hypnotherapist is one of the most trusting relationships you should have. Who else do you trust with your eyes closed? This is known as the Therapeutic Alliance, and the better your relationship with your therapist, the stronger this alliance will be. Go with your instincts.
- Diploma as a Master Hypnotist
- Diploma In Hypnotherapy (Dip Hyp)
- IEMT Practitioner (Integral Eye Movement Therapy)
- Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Advanced courses on the following:
- Rewind Technique Therapy
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Children’s Hypnotherapy (from the age of 5)
- How to lift Depression Fast
- Uncommon Psychotherapy
- Conversational Reframing
- Weight Management Specialist
- Smoking Cessation Specialist
What does that mean?
Dip Hyp is a Diploma in Hypnotherapy,
GQHP is a General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice, GHReg, means I am accredited and registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register, and HS means I am registered with the National Hypnotherapy Society.
My name is Heidi Walker. Dip Hyp GQHP GHReg (HS).
I am a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and now a Master Hypnotist. I trained with Central Academy of Clinical Hypnosis & NLP, (Hypnofocus in Rugely), which trains to a gold standard accredited course. Their course is one of only two in England that is recognised and approved by The British Psychological Society. When I made the decision to become a hypnotherapist I researched the best training available, and a course that was recognised by the NHS.
I am also an accredited IEMT Practitioner, and registered with The Association for IEMT Practitioners. (See my IEMT page).
What led me to hypnotherapy?
I worked as a prison officer for 18 and a half years, dealing with young offenders and adults, and throughout this time I have come across many mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, confidence issues, bullying, suicidal thoughts, family issues, disabilities, physical illnesses, to name but a few. I am also part of the Care Team which is a group of volunteers who look after the staff when there has been a serious incident, or if a member of staff is having personal issues and needs support. This gave me the initial training based on the same as the Samaritans receive, including listening skills, and confidentiality.
For 20 years I always wanted to be a counsellor, but when researching counselling courses, I felt there was ‘something’ missing, I found this ‘something’ in clinical hypnotherapy. It sparked my interest in the way it can help people in a completely different dimension. I found it fascinating, to say the least, and felt compelled to work in this area to help people.
Imagine waking up every morning feeling like you can take on the world. How great would that feel? I opened the doors of my practice to clients in Leicester, Leicestershire, and surrounding areas originally, offering a hypnotherapy service to guide them through life’s challenges and most trying times. And in 2020 I also started to offer hypnotherapy to anywhere in the world using zoom or skype and offering online sessions, especially through the pandemic of COVID-19.
I’ve now worked with hundreds of clients, ranging in all sorts of problems, and all sorts of ages, but I specialise in the more ‘mental health’ side of therapy, PTSD, trauma, grief, anxiety and depression, I also love phobia’s too! Anything to do with fear I love helping people with.
Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Hypnotherapist can make things better. I care about your well-being and will provide you with all the tools you need in order to seize the day.