Children have the most vivid imaginations, as they soar through space in a cardboard box or troop through the jungle in the back garden their ability to enjoy and explore stories is admirable.

Having qualified with a degree covering child development from 0-19 and having had a career working with children which spans over 16 years I am passionate about supporting children and teenagers to resolve the worries, anxieties or traumas which are affecting their day to day lives.

Children’s brains are going through consistent changes at a rapid speed from birth until 12 (when plasticity occurs and our thoughts become more logical) but the development continues until the early twenties. historically we have believed that we should leave children to ‘grow out of’ their worries, habits or anxious feelings but with time and the development of neuroscience we are discovering that these thought pathways do go on to impact their adult life.

With a career which spans early years (nurseries) and teaching (16+) alongside working in child obesity in the NHS I was aim to offer treatments which support children to break their thought processes and reprogram their responses. The session length varies between children and the underlying cause of the worries but they offer a release from the limitations that affect them. Using hypnotherapy, BWRT, NLP and life coaching, these therapies are a calm, supportive and enjoyable way to allow children and teenagers to resolve their internal battles and move forward feeling happier, and at peace.

I additionally have a published set of children’s books called the ‘Adventures of Brian’ which support children to resolve their thoughts and worries from the safety of their own homes.

Please contact me with regards to identifying the appropriate treatment for your child.

Children’s Therapy

5-9 year olds

I offer both hypnotherapy and BWRT treatments for 5-9 year olds which offer a non-intrusive treatment which are designed to create an enjoyable therapy option.

Hypnotherapy sessions – I create scripts (stories) which are specific to children’s particular interests so that I can connect with them to treat their individual requirements. This allows children to connect with the characters and themes without even realising that we are treating things they previously found difficult.Sessions are completed through an initial consultation where children can come and meet me and we can plan their story and then a story session where they come to listen to them. Children are provided with a copy of their story as well as an audio to listen to at home. Children will need to listen to this regularly after the session to get the maximum benefit from the treatment.

BWRT Treatments – BWRT sessions are a fast and effective visualisation technique which allows children to enjoy the magic of changing their thoughts and reactions to particular issues. BWRT stands for BrainWorking Recursive Therapy which is a highly effective therapy technique which allows children to replace their unwanted responses with new preferred ones using visualisation and imagination techniques. As the children make their own choices for preferred responses they take control of their own minds and feel empowered to change their behaviours.The sessions are completely conscious and the results become stronger in the days after the session. We work on children’s own memories of the issue affecting them and so they are completely in control of the session. Each technique is adapted depending on age and it can be used from 5years-11 years.

Therapy sessions are available after school and at weekends.

Treatments generally require 1-2 sessions, each session costs £45.

Please note that some sessions will require homework activities to complete with your child

LEGO Therapy

5+ years

Lego®-Based Therapy is an interactive therapy programme designed to support children aged 6- 16 in mastering particular social and interaction skills. Children attend over a 12-week programme lasting an hour a week working in the same small group each week. Each session is planned to allow children to develop skills as a team, it was found that traditional therapy methods could ‘teach’ social skills but children could not apply these to social situations outside of the therapy sessions. Therefore Lego®-Based Therapy offers children roles to master, achievement certificates to attain and the accomplishment of achieving their models which are built weekly (and later over a period of weeks).

It is particularly beneficial for:

  • children on the autism spectrum
  • children with social- communication difficulties
  • children who struggle with social interactions
  • children with anxiety disorders (especially social phobia)

Lego Therapy supports children over a course of sessions to develop a range of skills including: motivation, social skill building, listening skills, interactions through roles, turn taking, sharing, following social rules, cooperation, eye-contact and using greetings and names.

Each week children have different models to construct, which grow as they accomplish the levels of the programme. Children are given the opportunity to develop skills through three roles:

  • Engineer – reading and directing the instructions to build a chosen model
  • Supplier – Listening to directions and seeking out pieces for the model
  • Builder – Listening and confirming instructions and constructing the model

Children also have opportunity to then apply these skills to free style building where they create their own team plan for construction and develop this together. This supports children to apply the rules and social skills they have developed to more natural play environments which children would navigate in social or social situations.

Courses are for 12 weeks and are 1 hour per session – costs £195 – please contact for dates.

Children’s Consent

Parents need to ensure that the child wants to come to the treatment session and they should not be forced to attend against their will.

Parents are required to stay at the session with their child. Should a child aged over 12 request to attend alone then parents written consent will be required but the parent will need to drop off and collect.

Children should be given a choice about attending for example by saying, ‘I know a lady who has helped lots of children who (insert problem) and she thinks she can help you too. What do you think?’

Please do not refer to the sessions as being medical or creating an air of work as this will prevent the success of the session.

What can it treat?

  • Separation anxiety
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • School worries/change of routine
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress related symptoms
  • Eating issues and behaviours
  • Being bullied
  • Concentration
  • Learning problems and exam fears
  • Trauma
  • Behaviour difficulties
  • Night time fears and sleep problems,
  • Pulling hair out,
  • Thumb sucking, nail biting etc.
  • Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) and encopresis (soiling)*

*Both of these issues require a visit to a GP/specialist prior to any hypnotherapy so that any medical problems can be ruled out

(This list is not exhaustive – please call Nicky to discuss your child’s worries in more detail)

Please note:
I thoroughly encourage an informal meeting, especially if children are concerned or worried in which they can come along and meet me as part of a consultation before a separate treatment session is created.