Counselling and Hypnotherapy

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a relationship, a lively human and personal experience between two people. The aim of the relationship is to assist the client to find their own answers to their problems, so as to make it as meaningful for the client as possible.

You may be confused between the difference between a Counsellor and a psychotherapist. Truth is there is very little difference these days. The initial differences were that psychotherapy was born out of the medical world and has now filtered down into the mainstream. The beginnings of counselling started from a ‘grassroots’ movement that has evolved and the ideas have grown upwards.

The two disciplines are pretty much indistinguishable from each other. There are times in our lives when we experience distressing events or trauma that leaves us lost and not aware of a way forward. We may be able to pinpoint the event that has been the problem but often people find themselves in distress without a visible cause.

Counselling can help identify issues from the past that may be hindering our thought processes. Counselling can help by talking things through, any problem can be talked through and often a positive outcome will arise. Having a dedicated time and safe, non judgemental space to discuss our issues gives us time to think. Ideas thoughts and feelings can be aired; even the parts of ourselves that we may not like may be discussed and dealt with.

So whoever you are, whatever your problems are, whether they are a life event like divorce or bereavement or feeling confused, disillusioned, worried or depressed it can be helpful to talk things over with a trained counsellor.

Justine Dickinson is trained to take the best elements of counselling and psychotherapy models and put them together in a unique approach, which concentrates on treating all the problems most commonly seen by professional counsellors and therapists.

Justine is an integrative counsellor which essentially means she integrates different models and approaches in counselling to adapt to individual problems and needs.

What is Hypnotherapy?

It is a very painless and relaxing experience. The practitioner will ask you to sit comfortably in a reclining chair and to concentrate on the sound of her voice. She will then take you through a relaxation process where you simply have to sit and listen. Gradually you will go into a mild trance which will feel as if you were day dreaming and you will still be completely aware of everything that is going on around you. Once you are at this stage she will introduce some suggestions that address the issues trying to be resolved after which she will slowly bring you back to full awareness. People find the relaxation from hypnosis is a benefit by itself.

So, how does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnosis is a state of mind brought about by the use of a variety of techniques. It enhances concentration and makes individuals more open to suggestion with the resulting changes to behaviour or thought.

When working together with the practitioner,  you will always be aware of what is happening around you and you cannot do anything that you do not wish to do. You will always be safe and the process is free of risk.

By using hypnotherapy you are accessing the subconscious mind. The subconscious is where we store our life experiences, good and bad. Often we use it to hide away many of our secrets and regrets or past trauma. Effectively we are trying to hide them from ourselves giving the false impression that we have dealt with them. In reality all we are doing is storing up problems for ourselves resulting in symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, depression etc.

Additionally our subconscious is where our behaviours and habits can be influenced. Hypnotherapy can help access the subconscious and bring out the real issues which can then be managed.

We all drift between the conscious and subconscious states of mind in our normal lives. When we daydream or do repetitive things on ‘auto pilot’ it is our subconscious that is controlling our actions. Hypnotherapy allows us to access the subconscious part of the mind to work with existing neural pathways, reprogramming them and often creating new neural pathways that are more beneficial to us and our well-being.


Counselling (50 mins) – £61

Hypnotherapy (60 mins) – £61

Combination Therapy/ Stop Smoking (90 mins) – £150

(Counselling and Hypnotherapy)

Discovery Session (30 mins) – £31

(The Discovery Session allows you to meet your practitioner and discuss any concerns, worries or questions you might have, before committing to Hypnotherapy, Counselling or a combination of both)