Zoë Clews

Zoe Clews

Confidence, Self-Esteem, Anxiety & Trauma Specialist

Hi. I’m Zoë Clews – the founder of Zoë Clews & Associates.

Part of the success we enjoy as therapists is down to trust and the fact that our clients know us well as individuals – so it’s great to have this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself and explain how I believe I can help you.

To start with, I’m a highly qualified hypnotherapist with years of experience treating a wide range of issues, although I specialise in the fields of confidence, self-esteem, anxiety and trauma.

I graduated from the prestigious European College of Hypnotherapy in 2002 (I’ve also taught there since graduating), trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming with world-renowned hypnotist Paul McKenna and qualified with the Academy of Hypnotic Arts in both Stage & Practitioner hypnosis.

I feel privileged to have been in a position where my work has given me the opportunity to gain extensive first-hand experience as a practicing hypnotherapist – and as a clinical hypnotherapist working for the National Phobics Society I’ve had the opportunity to specialise in the treatment of severe anxiety disorders, though I’m a consummate generalist in the sense that I treat a wide range of issues not directly related to anxiety.

Some of the disorders that fall within my specialist role at Zoë Clews & Associates include, but aren’t limited to, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, phobias, performance anxiety and eating disorders.

I’ve also had 14 years’ experience treating all types of adult and childhood trauma, helping people to free themselves from the often debilitating symptoms they’re experiencing by working with them to acknowledge the impact of their experiences and then building their capacity to move forward with their lives with increased resolution and freedom.

I’m passionate and deeply committed about what I do and feel honoured to be able to help people to feel good about themselves. Please take the time to read the testimonials you’ll find on the site – they tell our story far better than I can!

Tom Fortes Mayer

Tom Fortes Mayer

Relationship, Creativity & Performance Enhancement & Sleep Specialist

Welcome to my page! I’m Tom Fortes-Mayer and it’s great to be able to take this opportunity to explain a bit more about who I am and what I do as part of the Zoë Clews & Associates team.

I’m a graduate of the highly-acclaimed London College of Clinical Hypnosis and have also trained Gestalt counselling, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming) and Emotional Freedom Technique – a relatively new and fast-developing technique in the field of energy psychology.

As a highly experienced hypnotherapist, hypnotherapy trainer, author and international speaker,  I’ve been helping free people from limiting self-belief, negative repetitive behaviour and habits to live with more peace, power and purpose since 2000.

 I’ve been privileged to have been able to work with celebrities, top business people and world class athletes and I’ve travelled all over the world to work in a wide range of different environments – from giving anti-corruption training in Nigeria to delivering emotional intelligence training in prisons.

 Here at Zoë Clews and Associates, I’m known as the Happiness Expert. My book, The Freemind Experience – The Three Pillars to Happiness, is dedicated to helping enjoy their lives more and I particularly specialise in helping people access and enhance their inner creativity, whether for business, creative projects or simply in everyday life.

 I’m equally passionate about working with clients on all aspects of relationships from clients experiencing heartbreak due to a divorce or the end of a relationship to clients who are involuntarily single, people already in relationships who may be struggling with jealousy or intimacy issues to couples experiencing difficult issues – or simply those that would like to have a much better relationship with themselves.

I’m also the sleep and insomnia expert, dealing with all aspects of sleep issues including but not limited to insomnia, nightmares sleep paralysis, sleep apnea and night terrors – helping to reacquaint your subconscious mind with it’s natural and innate ability to sleep deeply and well again.

I’d love to hear from you if you’re experiencing a problem that you just can’t resolve yourself and chat about the ways I might be able to help you get the inner peace you want.

Sandy Robson

Sandy Robson

Weight Loss, Trauma & Self-Esteem Specialist

I’m Sandy Robson, a fully qualified hypnotherapist, NLP and journey practitioner specialising in weight loss, trauma and self-esteem.

I once read something written by Bruce Lipton in his book, The Biology of Belief, which struck quite a chord with me. He wrote that we live 95% of our lives led by the beliefs of the subconscious mind, and that 70% of those beliefs are negative. The key, he said, to changing our lives is in reprogramming the subconscious. I think that’s quite a powerful and inspiring thought.

My own journey in hypnotherapy began at the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies and the Erickson Hypnosis School, London, where I trained. Since graduating, I’ve also become a practitioner of Havening, a therapeutic touch technique developed by two neuroscientists which works to permanently remove the negative effects of trauma from our psyche and our body.

For more than six years I’ve worked with clients on a vast range of issues and I’m particularly passionate about uncovering and releasing negative, disempowering beliefs that, in turn, create challenges and adverse life circumstances.

Trauma and challenging life experiences can often continue to have painful resonance many years after their occurrence and I chose to make this one of my specialist areas. The work I’ve done with people particularly affected by low self-esteem issues as a result of trauma is based on a passionate belief that we all have the innate power to direct the course of our lives; a vast reservoir of resources within the subconscious that can be utilised for our benefit and ultimate freedom.

Together with my hypnotherapy and Havening training, I’ve also studied Inner Child Therapy and this mix of knowledge and expertise provides me with a varied and flexible range of therapies to use and adapt to my many clients.

I’m also the resident weight loss expert, specialising in the Virtual Gastric Band which is a remarkable weight loss programme which uses the power of hypnosis to retrain you to be satiated by smaller amounts of food.

I fundamentally believe in broadening my portfolio of techniques so my clients always get the very best solutions to their challenges and problems. In fact, all my current clients are referrals from positive word-of-mouth – the best recommendation there is!

Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson

Medical Hypnosis, Sports Performance & Addiction Specialist

Hi. I’m Paul Gibson and it’s a privilege to be a part of the team here at Zoë Clews & Associates.

 My background is in therapy and medical practice and I’m absolutely passionate about what I do. As it says at the top of the page here, my area of expertise is medical hypnosis, sports performance and addiction. In short, what that means is that I use the medical knowledge and skills I gained as an experienced dermatology nurse to inform the way therapy can help alleviate common (and not so common) problems.

There’s extensive research to show a clear emotional link to conditions like eczema, IBS, psoriasis, alopecia, allergies and Fibromyalgia. Much of my work – both as a practising therapist and as a visiting lecturer – is to tackle the emotional factors that often trigger those conditions and I’ve seen my clients enjoy tremendous success in their treatment as a result.

For me, my work is all about you, the patient – so I’m always reluctant to talk too much about myself. But I’m a great believer in continuous learning. I have diplomas in, among many others, Psychology, Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills, medical hypnosis, sports hypnosis and the neuroscientific method of Havening and my training has taken me all over the world, learning from some of the world’s best practitioners.

As a sports performance specialist I’ve worked with athletes to help them gain edge over their competition as well as perform optimally. The greatest athletes in the world are at the top of their game because they have the intense focus necessary to succeed. Hypnosis can give an athlete that edge, as well as help them overcome performance anxiety or pre-game jitters. And it’s not just the professionals who can benefit, either – I also really enjoy working with people who enjoy sport as a hobby and are looking to enhance their experience and enjoyment.

I also treat people with addictions and work with clients to help them realise that addiction isn’t a prison from which there’s no escape – that freedom is actually within reach.

I believe most of the difficulties we experience are outside of our conscious control and that the real power comes from our subconscious mind. Most therapies around today focus on the conscious mind for change but using hypnosis we can focus on the real issues in the subconscious and allow you to be the person you deserve to be, not a creation from the past, but your choice for the future.

I’d love to hear from you to talk about how I can help you to move forward in your life!

Elaine Hodgins

Elaine Hodgins

Children’s Issues & Hypnobirthing Specialist

Welcome to my page! I’m Elaine Hodgins and here at Zoë Clews and Associates I specialise in Hypnobirthing and in helping children aged between two and 18.

My early professional life began as a qualified State Registered Nurse, but I also studied paediatrics and achieved the Pat Lucas Award for the Understanding of Children’s Emotional and Psychological Needs in Hospital.

After bringing up my own children, I set out on a quite different professional journey, using all the knowledge I’d gained in nursing and paediatrics to then qualify in Clinical Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, before also qualifying as a Hypnotist at The Academy Of Hypnotic Arts.

As a mother myself, I know that as parents we all want our children to be healthy, both physically and emotionally. Our children are precious and that’s why it’s really important to me that you know the emotional and physical wellbeing of your child is just as important to me as the wellbeing of my own children.

Many of the behavioural problems among children begin with a little fear or phobia which, if left untreated, can easily escalate into a serious problem. But the majority of these issues can be relatively easily solved.

As adults, treatment for any problem – whether through hypnosis or not – tends to be quite formal: we know we have an issue and we’re actively looking to solve it. For kids, it’s a bit different. Paediatric hypnosis is safe and gentle and I make sure the children I treat have fun in my sessions. Often they don’t even realise they’re being treated at all!

Children’s issues come in all shapes and sizes and bring their own individual worries not only to your child, but also to you. From bed wetting to sleep disorders, tantrums to phobias and OCD to bulimia, they can all be treated relatively easily using a form of hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy.

I also treat a great many children with dyspraxia, Asperger’s, autism, dyslexia and many other developmental conditions

Recently, I’ve been studying Neuro Developmental Delay in young children. This highlights how traces of early reflexes can impact a child’s ability to carry out activities which are crucial to their development and learning, and you can find out more about this condition in the Children’s Issues section of this website.

I get huge satisfaction solving children’s issues, but being the Hypnobirthing expert here at Zoë Clews and Associates means I’m also privileged to be a very small part of how a child arrives in the world, too.

Hypnobirthing helps you to nurture yourself during pregnancy, to relax, and to trust your body and your baby. Crucially, though, it’s not prescriptive about how you choose to give birth. It’s about me helping you to have the best birthing experience possible.

In Hypnobirthing, I’m here to equip you to make informed decisions, to have the tools to make it a calm and enjoyable experience, to make sure your birth partner is involved in the way that’s best for both of you and to ensure your baby has the most gentle, loving start in life.

Please note that a parent must be present for any hypnotherapy session involving anyone under the age of 18.

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