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You have already taken the first step towards seeking help.

Changing your life and how you think, behave and feel can appear difficult.  However, lifelong change can be achieved. With the right help and support, and with your motivation, you can make changes now and have the tools and approaches that you can continue to use to manage any future challenges.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) is a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with clinical hypnotherapy.   The approaches of both therapies are proven to provide successful outcomes; however, clinical research has shown that the combination of the approaches results in even greater outcomes for clients. 


CBH is recognised as safe and effective.  The therapy uses a powerful set of tools and therapeutic approaches to support clients to become clear of, or ‘unstuck’ from, a broad range of conditions or issues. Many people struggle with issues and conditions that can be successfully addressed and supported using CBH.  These range from anxieties, insomnia and habits (such as smoking) and chronic pain to specific conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

My approach and the tools I use are evidence-based.  That is, that the treatment plans I design with the individual client will use proven therapeutic techniques.  For most treatments, only four - six sessions are required to support lasting change.

So, what next?  A FREE, confidential, initial telephone consultation can be arranged to discuss any questions you may have about your individual situation and the therapeutic approach we might take, your suitability for CBH and any general questions you may have about hypnotherapy.  The telephone consultation generally lasts approximately 20 minutes (this can be arranged at a time that is convenient for you).  During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to book your first face-to-face treatment session.

To arrange your FREE telephone consultation, please contact me.  

About me...

Hello.  I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, specialising in stress and anxiety-related conditions.  I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Dip CBH) and a Diploma in Stress Management & Resilience Building (Dip SMRB).  Plus, I am a Certified Hypnotic Birthing Practitioner and I have further specialised hypnotherapy training in insomnia and smoking cessation.  My CBH qualification and training is through the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, which runs the only hypnotherapy training programme to be approved by The British Psychological Society.  The Diplomas are verified by the national awarding organisations, CPCAB and NCFE.

I am registered/accredited practitioner with, and a member of, the following organisations and registers and adhere to all relevant Codes of Ethics and professional standards:

• British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

• National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

•The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)*

*The Department of Health recommends that, if you are looking for a hypnotherapist, you consult with someone who is CNHC registered.

I have a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) certificate for working with children, young adults and vulnerable adults.  I also have professional indemnity insurance.

I have the following qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Humanities (Psychology & Sociology)

  • Level IV Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Dip CBH

  • Diploma in Stress Management & Resilience Building Dip SMRB

  • Certified Hypnotic Birthing Practitioner CHBP

  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in Insomnia

  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in Smoking Cessation

  • Level II Certificate in Counselling

  • Level III Certificate in Counselling

  • Certificate of Achievement in ‘Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT’, University of Reading

  • Diploma in Personal Nutrition (Distinction)

[I complete many hours of continuing professional development each year to keep my skills current.]

My background is in the management and development of family support teams and information services within children and family services. I am very keen to use my previous experience to support those affected by stress, and associated disorders, to improve their mental health and well-being.

I am working with clients across South East London and north Kent, particularly Bexley, Bickley, Blackheath, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Eltham, Grove Park, Lewisham, Mottingham, Orpington, Petts Wood, Sidcup.

I work predominantly in Chislehurst, although home visits can be arranged (an additional charge may be incurred for home visits).

Sarah Bourne  BA (Hons), Dip Couns, Dip CBH, Dip SMRB, CHBP

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