Nicola Bisbey

07779 062360 Appointments in Stroud and Gloucester

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

For Your Future Self

I combine talking therapies with Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy incorporating up to date findings in modern Neuroscience.

Hypnosis or 'trance' is a very normal state of mind. It's a state we experience many times a day; when we find our minds wandering. We might call it day-dreaming or have a feeling of not being entirely present, on a car journey or watching the TV perhaps.

We use hypnosis in the sessions to create a relaxed state of mind which, combined with our talking therapy, supports and encourages beneficial changes in the subconscious mind, for long-lasting positive change. 

Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process, during which you remain fully in control. Focusing on your goals for a better life; a better you! ​​

During the sessions we put a real emphasis on your future. We don't need to go into your past, instead focusing on how you would like to be, not how you don't want to be! ​


Hypnotherapy can help with:

Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can be incredibly debilitating conditions, affecting sleep patterns, relationships, careers, focus and concentration, and in the longer term, your physical health. There are many physical and emotional symptoms caused by stress and anxiety which can be alleviated with hypnotherapy. 

Depression & Worry

Depression causes people to experience prolonged low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. A series of sessions of Solution-focused hypnotherapy, along with your commitment to change, can help to alleviate your symptoms and put you back in control. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is typified by unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. Compulsions are repetitive activities that you do to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsession. This can become an incredibly debilitating condition affecting around 750,000 people in the UK.


It's amazing how long people live with a phobia! And how much it can affect your decisions and behaviours. A phobia treatment consists of just 3, one hour sessions, and could significantly change your life! 


I have trained with the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy to be able to help you to overcome specific trauma and PTSD. 

We will work at a pace that suits you.

Weight management

Everyone's relationship with food is unique. My approach is not a one-size fits all. I will provide you with skills for positive changes in your thinking and behaviours which will benefit you for a lifetime.

Preparing for the future

Childbirth preparation


Whatever the stage of your pregnancy, hypnotherapy can be a wonderful tool for a more comfortable pregnancy and birth. Learn self-hypnosis strategies, pain management and prepare for a positive birth-experience.


 My clients notice significant positive changes in them very quickly. Improved communications and relationships are a consequence of the empowering change which my therapies can provide.



I use Mindfulness strategies where appropriate, to enhance your experience and to help you through many of life's challenges. I will also teach you self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy for stress management.

Overcoming fears


Fears may be stopping you from taking a step onto a new path or challenge in your life. Hypnotherapy can help to put those fears aside and to embrace positive change.

Confidence building


With the right kind of confidence, there are no mountains that you can't climb! It's not about ego, it's actually an absence of fear; silencing that voice of doubt and removing anxiety. If you think you could benefit from a little more confidence (or a lot!), come and see me for an initial consultation. 

That's not all...


There are so many things which Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you with. The subjects listed on this page highlight the more commonly experienced. Please contact me to see how I can help you.

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Smoking Cessation


There's no 'bad time' to quit.

Many smokers reach for a cigarette when in a stressful situation. The immediate hit of nicotine after withdrawal may make them feel relaxed but in fact, smoking increases stress levels

Breaking the cycle of addiction

Breaking an addiction is a challenge, especially if it is a lifelong habit, and changing how you think about something can be difficult.

Hypnotherapy focuses on this change. I will support you and guide you through the motions, you’re no longer alone in trying to quit. Because of this, hypnotherapy is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment.

The most comprehensive study into methods of quitting, reported in New Scientist Magazine, found that "hypnotherapy enjoys a greater success rate than any other method in helping people to stop smoking". 

Stop smoking timeline

The time since the last cigarette and how it affects the body:

  • 20 minutes: Blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
  • 12 hours: Carbon monoxide levels drop back to normal.
  • 24 hours: The body starts to clear out the mucus build-up in the lungs.
  • 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.
  • 1 month: Appearance of the skin improves.
  • 3 to 9 months: Lung function can improve by up to 10 per cent.
  • 1 year: Risk of suffering from a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.
  • 10 years: Risk of developing lung cancer falls to about half of that of a smoker.
  • 15 years: Risk of suffering heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker.

It's not really that addictive!

Smoking is a psychological habit triggered by certain stimuli, not a physical addiction to nicotine. During the hypnotherapy session, we will explain how this is so, and why you have been led to believe that you are addicted to nicotine.

The quit smoking session is a one-off, 2 hour session. 

Beginning with a telephone consultation, I will send you preparation materials and following the session, you will receive follow-up notes for continued support. Hypnotherapy is an effective and long-lasting solution.