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Dr Bill Sheate, Dip CBH, GQHP, GHR Reg, Dip SMRB

Dr Bill Sheate, Dip CBH, GQHP, GHR Reg, Dip SMRB

London, SW7 & WC1A

07553 825424

About me:

Originally I trained as a biologist (in ecology) but have spent nearly 35 years working in environmental policy and decision-making, as a consultant, an environmental campaigner and for the last 25 years as an academic at Imperial College London. For some 12 years or so I split my time between academia and environmental consultancy (as Technical Director at Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd.), which required excellent time and project management skills – and a ready ability to say ‘No’! Over recent years I have maintained my academic work at Imperial College while creating more time for private practice as a therapist.

My own career path has not been a typical academic one – I have followed my interests and the opportunities, and my passion has always been in the teaching and pastoral support of students. CBH is a natural extension of this, providing a very well equipped tool-kit for dealing with the common personal issues that arise in higher education (and beyond), solidly underpinned by scientific research. Both students and staff face increasing pressures from an education system that benchmarks individuals (and their institutions) throughout their careers and, from student tuition fees to management pressures on staff all cause rising levels of stress and anxiety. Understanding the relationship between your feelings, thoughts and behaviour, and the power of your imagination, can be wonderfully liberating. Although I specialise in anxiety and stress in higher education, I treat clients from all walks of life; anxiety and stress know no boundaries.

Training, qualifications & experience:
My academic qualifications – BSc (Hons) Biology (Ecology), MSc Environmental Technology, Diploma of Imperial College, PhD in environmental policy and decision-making – and experience are not irrelevant to me becoming a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist. They share a number of the same problem solving and risk assessment models and I have spent many years supporting students often with severe personal difficulties through to completion of their course. And I ‘know’ higher education, having worked in both ‘new’ and ‘old’ universities and been an external examiner for environmental courses and PhDs at numerous universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as having been a personal tutor, an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer, and course director and Departmental Careers Advisor, and supervised countless research projects and PhDs. I am also an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

I am experienced in treating a wide range of stress and anxiety related issues, including low self-worth/self-esteem, phobias, perfectionism, insomnia and (because of my environmental background) eco-anxiety (fear about the state of the planet). I also have a research interest in mindfulness and sustainability. My approach to cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) fully integrates CBT with evidence-based hypnosis, incorporating mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and relaxation, with a strong focus on practical techniques and skills training for building long-term resilience and self-efficacy. I am able to tailor treatment individually to work with you on specific issues.

As part of private practice – and in addition to one-to-one therapy – I run tailor-made workshops (e.g. on self-hypnosis; mindfulness and relaxation; eco-anxiety) and a practical programme on Relaxation and Resilience (covering mindfulness, relaxation, stress management, assertiveness and personal problem solving skills) specifically for the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, where I am (part-time) Reader in Environmental Assessment and Departmental Careers Advisor in the Centre for Environmental Policy. I deliver similar sessions and workshops elsewhere across Faculties and departments throughout Imperial and at the University of Manchester, for undergraduate, postgraduates, PhD research students, and staff. I teach on the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in London and facilitate a Hypno-CBT® Peer Support Group on behalf of the UK College, for practitioners who have completed the Diploma. I am a GHR Acknowledged Supervisor.
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