Jude StarkeyHypnotherapy hypnotherapist
Hello, I'm Jude,
If you're here looking for some therapy, perhaps you're having a difficult time. I understand that it can feel a little overwhelming trying to find the right kind of therapy and the right person to help you.
I’m passionate about supporting people, being caring, and being emotionally understanding. Creating a space where you can be listened to, and your inner peace can be nurtured and nourished, is at the heart of my vision and ethos. I am a hypnotherapist and I work from my practice address and online. You are very welcome to engage in the most convenient way for you.
Hypnosis is achieved through deep relaxation and guided visualisation. The therapist uses their voice as the instrument to calm and relax you and will tailor the language they use according to your personal needs and preferences. This is what makes it effective, putting you at the heart of treatment.
What happens during hypnotherapy?
During hypnotherapy with me, you don’t need to talk, I will get you comfortable - and you engage the relaxation experience. I have a very comfy couch, blankets, and eye pillows here in my therapy room. I’ll sit a few feet away and we can enjoy the beauty of silence or have relaxing music in the background. If you’re online, you can make yourself comfy at home whilst we work together to tailor your experience.
Many people will have the idea that hypnosis makes you do things you don’t want to, like dancing on a stage, being a chicken! It’s absolutely nothing like this at all. This is a therapy; it is person-centred care where trust is formed towards your therapist who will listen and understand.
You never lose control whilst hypnotised, it is a very deeply relaxed state of consciousness, even if you nod off, which can happen, you’re easily able to come back to awareness. My job is to care for you and ensure you feel comfortable and secure; I’ve been highly trained to deliver hypnotherapy and I’ve spent many years looking after dental patients (I was a dentist in my previous professional life), so I have a lot of experience in caring for people, especially if they feel anxious.
What if you get emotional before or during therapy? You don’t need to worry if you do - emotions are part of who we are and unblocking them can be very soothing. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.
When you come for therapy, the first appointment is spent talking together, you telling me what you want hypnotherapy for, what changes you would like to make, and what barriers you feel are in the way. Hypnotherapy is ‘solution-focussed’, so we work together to identify your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours at this first appointment.
I will then guide some deep relaxation so that you have an experience of what it feels like to be hypnotised. I also give you access to a recording to listen to at home until your next appointment.
The first appointment is 90 minutes, subsequent appointments are 60 minutes, and I will most usually treatment plan a further 6 sessions for you - I prepare my therapy behind the scenes, as well as recordings for you to listen to between sessions at home. Your appointment fees cover this time as well.
What is hypnotherapy helpful for?
Hypnotherapy is a short-term therapy that is designed to help you focus on positive aspects of yourself, and life, to help you enjoy a different perspective and embrace positive change. It is also deeply relaxing and engages your parasympathetic nervous system. This is your body’s powerful ability to calm and rest.
As a hypnotherapist, I have my personal areas of interest, I provide hypnotherapy to support the following issues that are believed to benefit:
- Weight management
- Work-related stress
- Exam or test related anxiety
- Dental phobia and medical treatment anxiety
- Self-esteem and confidence
At the moment I work with adults, I plan to work with children soon. I am familiar with neurodiversity, supporting the visually and hearing impaired and I will always do my best to accommodate the less able bodied within my therapy space. Likewise, it can be really relaxing to receive your treatment at home in your own space.
What hypnotherapy can’t help with, and when it is unsuitable
If you have epilepsy, psychosis, moderate to severe depression or bipolar disorder then this is not the therapy for you. You would be advised to seek support and advice from your GP.
My other professional experiences
I am also a yoga teacher, so I sometimes introduce Breath Work and Meditation if you would like this, both of which are so calming. Before training as a hypnotherapist, I was a dentist for 24 years and worked as a Clinical Lead and Partner. Having a background in healthcare has given me a strong foundation, I have a lot of experience in looking after people, understanding health issues, and forming trusting professional relationships.
Come and see what I can do to help you care for your wellbeing through hypnotherapy.
With my best wishes,
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
My Initial Consultation Fee is £45 for 90 minutes
Thereafter my sessional fees are £60 for a one hour appointment - usually I treatment plan 6 treatment sessions
There is a lot of work behind the scenes in hypnotherapy in preparing your treatment script. All fees cover this time too.
For students or people on a low income where they are in receipt of income support or similar benefits, I offer reduced rates: £25 for your initial consultation and £35 for each hour-long treatment session
Training and qualifications
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Introduction to Counselling Skills
300 Hour Qualified Yoga Teacher
Certificate in the Principles of Management and Leadership (CMI)
Bachelor of Dental Surgery 1996 University of Liverpool