Ivy Kirk: Person-centred/humanistic Hypnotherapist, London, SE14
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Ivy Kirk

Person-centred/humanistic hypnotherapist
London SE14
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About Me

Hello, I am a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years specialising in anxiety disorders. Based in South East London and online, I work with adults and young people (age 11+), in English and French. I offer warm supportive guidance, to help you unpack your issue and get to the root cause of anxiety. 

Anxiety can manifest in a variety of ways including stress, general or social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive behaviours, procrastination, dissociation, burn-out, depression, post-natal depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, identity problems, unhealthy eating or trauma responses. I will focus on resolving the root cause of your issue.

My practice of hypnotherapy is informed by neuro-developmental psychology. Our Central Nervous System has evolved to detect threats in our environment, to act appropriately and keep us safe. However, anxiety arises when our Central Nervous System gets dis-regulated or overloaded.

Anxiety is associated with habitual, ritualistic, avoidant or addictive patterns of behaviours and coping strategies designed to soothe unwanted emotions and make us feel in control. However in the long run, they  and become limiting and self-sabotaging and maintain anxiety.

Together we will work on:

  • Identifying unhelpful coping strategies
  • Identifying the root cause of your anxiety
  • Re-processing any traumatic or unresolved emotional events
  • De-sensitising triggering situations
  • De-conditioning fear responses
  •  Building capacity, increasing your threshold to stress
  •  Re-introducing fluidity in the CNS, to come in and out of stress responses 
  • Learning strategies to regulate in and out of stress responses 
  • Reframing negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs
  • Generating and adopting new healthy behaviours

I use evidence based methods, to achieve effective lasting change. 

What to expect?

During sessions, we will spend time discussing your issue, then I will guide you into hypnosis to explore it at a deeper level and activate change. The hypnotic trance state is safe and you remain in control. Most people find it enjoyable and relaxing.  

Why use hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective approach to deactivate anxiety. It can also enable you to explore past sensitising events in a safe way, discover your unconscious drives, resolve internal conflicts, generate new behaviours and activate your personal transformative resources.

How many sessions will you need?

This depends on your issue. If you want to resolve a specific issue, perhaps a feeling or coping mechanism you would like to change, NLP techniques can be effective in 5-6 sessions. If you are thinking about therapy and need a safe space to talk to identify your needs, you can book just one session.

If you are going through a difficult time and need ongoing support, or if you feel the need to heal deeply, come to terms with your past, learn to set boundaries or regain control over your life, we can work on an open basis and you can end therapy whenever you want.

Taking the first step:

If this sounds good, you can book a free chat now. This will give you the opportunity to ask me any questions and see if you feel comfortable working with me. I will ask you to tell me a little bit about what brings you to therapy. There is no obligation at this stage, as I recommend you take time to consider whether you are ready for therapy and whether we are a good fit. Feel free to contact me on 07838169923 now .

I follow the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) codes of ethical practice.  

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First Practice
Ivy Kirk Hypnotherapy
33 New Cross Road
SE14 5DS


I also provide my services online.

Issues often worked with

Cultural issues
Interpersonal relationships
Panic attacks
Sexual abuse
Social anxiety
Burnout/Work-Related Stress
Sexuality and LGBTQ

Therapy offered

In person
By phone
On video

Client groups



Initial chat on the phone, free.

First assessment, 60 minutes, £70.

Further sessions, 60 minutes, £70.

I can offer concessions, depending on your individual financial circumstances. Please don't hesitate to ask.

Sessions available online and face-to-face in SE14.

Training and qualifications


  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, 2016.
  • MSc Neuro-developmental Sciences, Birkbeck University, London, 2012.
  • BSc Psychology, Open University, Milton Keynes, 2009.
  • Cert Business Management, Birkbeck University, London, 2006.



  • Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy training, National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, 2017-19.
  • Mindfulness training, www.bemindfulonline.com, 2017.
  • CBT training, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, 2016.
  • Mind over Matter, BPS, 2016.
  • Parenting Skills training, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, 2016.
  •  Using Play in Children’s Therapy workshop, Place2B, 2011.
  •  Psychosynthesis and Creative Visualisation workshop, University of East London, 2010
  • Child Centred Solution Focused counselling training Childline, NSPCC, 2008.
  • Professionally insured
  • Enhanced DBS

I am a Graduate Member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and Trainee Member of the UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapists).

Verified professional membership

TRAINEE: UK Council for Psychotherapy