Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Carolyn Gillan MBACP (Accred), HPD, DHP, MNCH, CHNC (REG)

Carolyn Gillan, Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist in PlymouthI’m Carolyn Gillan, a qualified counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist in Plymouth, Devon.

I trained as a counsellor with the prestigious Iron Mill Institute in Exeter and am a registered accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

I qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist at the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Centre, based at the award winning Observatory Practice in Plymouth, Devon. I’m an NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) accredited hypnotherapist, and a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH).

My Qualifications

I hold the following qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Mental Health

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (recognised as the ‘gold standard’ in hypnotherapy practice)

Diploma Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH)

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)

Transactional Analysis 101

MBTI Step 1 Practitioner

Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level A)

Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level B)

Certificate in Counselling

CIPD NVQ IV Training and Development Learning Development

Counsellor / Hypnotherapist Training and Experience

I have been trained in the best and most up to date therapeutic approaches. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Person Centred Counselling, Psychodynamic Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. I’m also dedicated to keeping my knowledge and skills as a hypnotherapist and counsellor up to date and I regularly attend professional supervision.

I’ve been working with people in a therapeutic capacity since 2007 helping them to get the best from their lives. I’ve helped people suffering from a range of problems, including: anxiety, bereavement, depression, IBS, OCD, relationship problems, low self-esteem, self-harm, stopping smoking, stress, weight loss and trauma.

Before starting in private practice as a counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist in Plymouth, I worked as a counsellor for GP practices in Plymouth and Ivybridge.

I’m a published author, having co-written and co-edited the book ‘The Art of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: A Collection of Case Studies’. I’m also published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal for a review of the research into the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for IBS. I’m also a visiting lecturer on the Foundation Course in Solution Focused Therapy at the University of Plymouth.

Background Information

Prior to working as a counsellor and hypnotherapist in Plymouth, I worked in human resources at Plymouth University and then at a national business law firm. I was responsible for providing training and coaching to employees in personal, managerial and business skills. This gave me a good understanding of the challenges people face in the workplace and balancing the demands of work and home.

I became interested in mental health when a close family member was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (manic depression). I was inspired to become a counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist when I saw how therapy had helped them. This experience also showed me the difficulties faced by someone experiencing mental health problems and the affect on their loved ones.

Originally from South Wales, I lived in York and Hong Kong before settling in Plymouth in 1995.