Helping you regain control of your life

Ruth Hawker, Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist
Counsel Cert, D.M.H, D.Hyp, CPNLP, EMDR, Dip SMC, BSc Psy (Open)

I have a passion for helping people using therapeutic tools and hypnosis. I have worked with clients (including referrals from GP Practices) to make positive life changes. Learning about the human mind has given me the knowledge and skill to help others. I understand how hard it can be to make changes without support.

My approach is always centred on the belief that my clients have a solution somewhere within themselves, and it is my role to help locate this solution and work towards making it a reality.

Accredited training and qualifications:
Psychology, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. Training includes diplomas in specialist hypnotherapy treatments.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.


Counselling & Psychotherapy

Feeling stuck in life can be distressing and overwhelming. Sometimes we can feel helpless, not knowing how to move forward. This is where counselling or psychotherapy can help. Counselling can help you to explore your feelings and look at the reasons why you are feeling this way. Counselling aims to help you find your own solutions, without making moral judgements or pushing you in a particular direction.



Hypnosis is a state of relaxed awareness, being physically relaxed but mentally alert and in full control throughout. In this state, the subconscious mind is most receptive to hypnotic suggestion. The relaxed state is similar to being completely absorbed in a movie, music, book, or absorbed in own thoughts or meditations. In this state, natural internal resources can be used to help make changes or regain control.


Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a unique, nontraditional form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events and to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have PTSD may experience intrusive thoughts, memories, nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events in their past.


During the session

During the session, you will begin by talking about what you hope to achieve. It is likely that you will be asked about your about your life, including your habits and feelings, to try and establish what may have lead to your difficulty.

You will receive and explanation about how the therapy or combination of therapies; counselling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and EMDR, will work, going through the process with you so you feel comfortable and know exactly what to expect. It is important to ask any questions you have that have not been covered. You should feel comfortable and happy with the process before moving forward.

Once you are happy with the process, your treatment will begin. You may be guided into a highly relaxed, trance-like state, in order to communicate with your unconscious. You will not be asleep, but fully aware of what is happening and you will be in control at all times. Suggestive statements, questions and ideas may be used to challenge your emotional dependence and behaviours, taking your past into consideration for your well-being and emotional state.

Smoking Dependence

Having a smoking problem can be life threatening.
A great number of people find hypnotherapy for smoking an effective treatment. It works by breaking the negative behaviours and thinking patterns…


Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependency (also known as alcoholism or alcohol addiction) is the uncontrollable desire for alcohol. If you are drinking to deal with life’s stressor, then it is considered a problem…



Anyone who suffers from a phobia knows how debilitating it can be. A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of something, someone, a place or situation, which interferes, disrupts and restricts…



People can lack confidence and self-esteem for many reasons. Past childhood experiences or more recent events in your life usually contribute to these feelings. You may not know the reason. Rebuilding confidence…


Eating Dependence

Living with an eating problem can be difficult and even life threatening.
People can form an emotional dependence on eating, or not eating. There is usually an underlying…



OCD can be extraordinarily disruptive to the lives of those who suffer with it. Intrusive thoughts translate into repetitive behavioural traits.
You may have hygiene and contamination issues…



Events in our lives can shatter our sense of security and make us feel helpless, alone, fearful and vulnerable and can cause long-lasting emotional and psychological trauma…


Counselling in Schools

Counselling is one of the most common psychological interventions delivered in schools where children can explore, understand and aim to overcome issues in their lives causing them difficulty, distress and/or confusion…


Gastric Band Hypnotherapy

Gastric band hypnotherapy is a technique used to suggest to the subconscious that you’ve had a gastric band fitted around your stomach, to help you lose weight. It is a non-invasive form…


Stress and Anxiety

Hypnotherapy can reduce levels of stress and anxiety to restore calm. Stress and anxiety can increase without any awareness. People can be in denial about how they are suffering from stress…


Past life regression

Past Life Regression Therapy is a form of Hypnotherapy that is used for accessing and reviewing your oldest memories. With this method, I’ll safely guide…


Counselling in Work (Emergency Services)

It is distressing for an employee who is unable to fully function due to work-related problems and post traumatic experiences, or issues outside work, which can affect overall performance. Not only does the employee…

Are you ready to regain control of your life?