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 & Eating Disorders 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 eating disorders. 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.

Hypnotherapy for eating disorders is a very powerful intervention. I have seen many clients overcome anorexia, bulimia and binge eating by looking at and changing the internal thought / emotional processes that govern the behaviour.

I also treat people with addictions and work with clients to help them realise that addiction isn’t a prison from which there is 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.

Emma Spiegler


Love, Relationship & Sexuality Coach

Hi, I’m Emma a Love, Relationship & Sexuality Coach

My work is necessarily ground-breaking and immersive. I work from a trauma-informed perspective that includes the science of the nervous system and addresses deep-rooted but outdated core beliefs and survival strategies we take on as children or at certain points in adulthood.

These are the beliefs that affect the way we love or don’t love ourselves, the types of dynamics we create or re-create in relationships and how we experience our sexuality and pleasure (or lack of pleasure) in life.

I began my own journey in the field of sexuality and relationships 8 years ago after many years working in the mental health and addiction sectors and my training has led me to study with some of the world’s most inspiring and respected teachers in the areas of love, sex and relationships.

Prior to becoming a coach, I founded and managed an award winning charity for 10 years that supported people impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse to drugs and alcohol.

My results-focused coaching programmes are exclusively tailored to you and your desires and goals around love, relationships, and sexuality. They use detailed written notes and audio practices that help you to uncover the core blocks preventing you from tackling your issues from a different perspective.

My coaching sessions are holistic, integrative and sex-positive, viewing you as a whole person and they aim to support you to remember and rediscover the authentic sexuality and natural expression of self-love that predates all the cultural, peer, family and relational conditioning that has happened since.

I’ll guide you in the transformational power of coming out of your mind and into your body and support you to build new patterns of thinking supporting you to increase your self esteem, feel calmer, improve your relationships and access greater levels of enjoyment and pleasure in all its forms.

Heeral Gudka

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Life Coach

I’m Heeral Gudka and I’m the life coach for Zoe Clews & Associates

Life can feel like a NASCAR race – going around the same track over and over again, always going in the same direction as everyone else, with the occasional and inevitable pile-up. Unthinking, Maybe unfeeling. On autopilot.

Although not quite, because even while you’re going round, deep down your instinct is telling you that things could be different. If only you could accept the message your gut is telling you, to drive off the track and head in another direction altogether.

Except it’s not so easy to do it on your own. I didn’t do it on my own either. We all need someone to cheerlead for us when we can’t see how deeply delightful we are. We need someone to give us tough love when we’re being slack and not taking ownership of our own lives. We need compassion when our best efforts come up short. We need to see ourselves with true self-awareness, when the devil in our head is telling us stories and the people in our life are just nodding along – unthinking and maybe not even understanding us.

By working with me you will become comfortable with who you are, learning to live your life from a position of self-acceptance. You, the wonderfully flawed human being: learning to live your best life; planning a meaningful future; facing with aplomb the challenges you’ll face on your path. That’s how you transform your life. And that’s what I’m here for. Holding you accountable, with tough but compassionate love, helping you see things you haven’t noticed before, widening your horizon and raising you up so you can fly.

How did I come to be me? For 15 years I was hamster-wheeling through a City career that didn’t motivate me. My heart felt leaden and days were devoid of meaning. I guess spreadsheets aren’t for everyone even if you’re good at them …

Then, during a management training course I really didn’t want to go on, the man who remains my mentor to this day inspired me to change the path of my own life. I enrolled on an International Coach Federation accredited training programme and learned the skills and techniques that I now use every day to help people transform their lives. I  have continued my training to include emotional-intelligence, existential, group and relationship coaching. I am also trained to coach from a trauma-informed and emotional-pain perspective.

And because I have significant experience in the City, I’ve been able to combine my coaching expertise with my leadership experience, supporting and guiding clients in London, Bermuda and Singapore over the last 5 years.

In my work I see a great many people and they all struggle with similar things. They want to be better at being leaders, better at connecting with other people and the world around them, they also want to be better humans. And this world is thirsty for better humans.

As part of the team at Zoe Clews & Associates, I’m here to help you see and create opportunities, to look at your life honestly and figure out practical ways to make everyday changes. Pointing you to a wholly different, vibrant and glowing existence.

If you’re ready to have me hold up a mirror to you, if you want to change the voice in your head, if you want to be the version of you that’s been buried under years of disappointments, expectations, obligations and conditioning, then work with me. Together we will build a life that brings you more joy than you could have imagined.

Lucy Barker

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Infant & Child Sleep Consultant

I’m Lucy Barker and I’m a certified baby sleep specialist, infant & child sleep consultant and mum to two small children.

I’m passionate about sleep. It’s key to our development and our sanity. Sleep deprivation isn’t a joke, I know because I’ve been there (a sleep consultant changed our lives when she helped me to get my two children sleeping after months of nightly tag-teaming) and I know how isolating and debilitating it is trying to survive on a few hours of sleep when work is looming.

But I also now know how incredible it feels to come out the other side. I trained with The Sleep Nanny, Lucy Shrimpton, one of the UK’s leading infant and child sleep experts, and I work with families from all over the world, successfully turning exhausted, seemingly snooze-resistant little ones into champion sleepers.

Teaching your child to sleep can be tough, but I bring my extensive experience as a consultant and my empathy and understanding as a formerly sleep-deprived mum to every single family I work with so that you never feel like you’re going through it alone.

I work with children from 18 weeks, but I have to confess that I particularly enjoy the challenge of a cheeky toddler. I see a lot of sleep issues crop up when a child turns one and while these children can be quite noisy in the process, once they’re sleeping well, you’ve got a child who’ll sleep well forever!

Sleep is a learned skill and lots of children need to be taught how to self-settle at bedtime and during those natural night-wakings we all encounter.

The methods I use are proven, and every sleep plan I develop is tailored to the family I’m working with – no two children are the same, so there really is no single approach that’s going to work for everyone.

I love seeing sleep-deprived parents start to smile again, but the change in their children is the most inspiring – when I sleep trained my toddler (which is how I came to this incredible profession in the first place) the reduction in tantrums was life changing for us all!

Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson

Transformational Mindfulness Coach

Hello! I’m Debbie Johnson, the Transformational Mindfulness coach at Zoe Clews & Associates, specialising in confidence, relationships, self-esteem, anxiety, trauma & the menopause.

My aim is to use Mindfulness to help you process your thoughts and feelings without judgement, and to develop choices regarding how you respond to the chaos of everyday life.

Mindfulness is an incredibly powerful method of treating mental health issues because it teaches us to have a much greater emotional and psychological connection with ourselves – something that’s absolutely fundamental to healing effectively both mentally and physically.

So, the explosion over recent years in the popularity of mindfulness therapy is hardly surprising – the power of focusing our awareness on the present moment allows us to acknowledge and accept our own feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Often this is described as ‘being present’ – and it’s essential for any healing to start.

I have 25 years of experience in Mindfulness training and in that time, I’ve achieved high levels of success working with clients across a wide range of issues and disciplines that include mindful parenting and corporate mindfulness. I also coach one to one in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

In my coaching sessions, I draw on my many years of practice, research and study and more than a decade of teaching MBSR / MBCT in group to deliver mindfulness healing techniques in a unique and intuitive way.

I also offer one-off mindfulness sessions and shorter courses for workplaces and organisations, beginners and established practitioners as well as courses in Mindful Relationships, Mindful Parenting, Mindfulness One to One Coaching, and Supervision for mindfulness teachers.

I can promise a supportive environment in which you can learn lifelong skills to reduce stress and anxiety and enjoy your life to the full.

Lottie Passell-Syms

Lottie Passell-Syms

Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist

Hi! I’m Lottie Passell-Syms, Psychosexual & Relationship specialist here at Zoe Clews & Associates.

I’m a highly qualified psychosexual and relationship therapist, CBT practitioner, clinical supervisor, EMDR specialist and trainer, and I work with couples and individuals facing difficulty and crisis in their relationships.

Whether the challenges you face are related to communication, intimacy, sex, trust issues, affairs or dysfunctions, I can help you.

I successfully work with clients on their relationships, helping them to reconnect and design a new contract with each other. My work helps clients to learn to love, look at intimacy and sexual dysfunctions and vision.

Having sexual difficulties can feel very isolating. You may feel self-conscious and unable to speak up about them. It takes emotional strength, courage and commitment to recognise you might need help to resolve a problem as an individual or in a relationship.

I’m passionate about working with my clients on all aspects of their relationships and I can help you to feel able to discuss your life and love story, looking at ways to enhance your emotional connections. The truth is, relationship difficulties and sexual problems are very common, and the best way to tackle them is to talk about it.

Talking about sex and understanding how we relate to sex in a non-judgmental space can be an illuminating and liberating experience. Therapy provides the opportunity to explore and understand more fully the relationship you have with yourself and sex.

Together, we’ll explore the challenges and obstacles you face, and we’ll look at how you can achieve the love, intimacy and sexual satisfaction you deserve.

I’ve worked extensively with transgender and LGBT individuals and couples, exploration of transition, gender, sexual identity and preference – and I’m looking forward to working with you, too.

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