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I have always been passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness. Although one can argue that it is much more widely spoken about now it saddens me that so many people continue to find it difficult to reach out and get help, to frightened to talk to friends or family, or believe that “nobody will understand.”

More than ever people are experiencing difficulties over health, finances, lack of companionship, which has only been worsened by COVID and the economic crisis. If I can reach one person to seek help by drafting this article, I will be incredibly pleased. Organisations such as NHS, charitable, voluntary services and private practice are here to support and help you recover and manage your wellbeing. You really don’t have to suffer in silence, people like myself are here to listen and to help in your recovery.

So, a little about me. As a registered Mental Health Nurse and Hypnotherapist, I use a range of psychological interventions and skills including Hypnotherapy to support people with mental health problems. I work with the knowledge that we need to address the ‘whole’ person, if one element of our wellbeing is out of sync then this affects the whole of us.

One of the questions that I often get asked is “Can Hypnotherapy help me”? Hypnotherapy works by bypassing the conscious and working with the sub-conscious to bring about effective and positive change. It’s a wonderful feeling of relaxation and awareness in which the client remains in control.

Some people say, ‘I can’t be hypnotised’ this can be true, but if you are open to hypnosis then it is likely that you can embrace Hypnotherapy, what’s more you can learn to self-hypnotise, carrying these skills for a lifetime whenever and wherever you need them.

“Change can happen,” negative attitudes are changing, the more we talk about mental illness and mental health and wellbeing the more the stigma will reduce. The more we educate our children now, future generations will accept mental illness as we accept physical illness. I’m so pleased that there is a ‘Wellbeing’ festival coming to Abergavenny to highlight and talk about mental wellbeing, I hope to see you there.


Helen Garrett

RMN, BSc (Hons), Dip (Adv), Cert Hypno CS
Registered with Nursing Midwifery Council
Registered with National Hypnotherapy Society

I use a combination of therapeutic models such as CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) with Hypnotherapy to empower positive change & recovery. I may be able to help you with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety management i.e., generalised anxiety, social anxiety
  • Fears and phobias
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Confidence & self-esteem building
  • Pain management
  • Emotional regulation i.e., anger issues/triggers
  • Trauma including PTSD

Please contact for a free no obligation consultation (approx. 30 mins)
Offer: 10% reduction for key workers

Helen Garrett

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