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Sokalmia® Training-16/9/2017

Sokalmia® Training with Malika Stephenson in North London.

Stress and Trauma Resolution Therapist, Sokalmia® Trainer & Mindfulness Coach.

Co-hosted with Sarah Brambleby, Hypnotherapist, Counsellor & Coach.

Saturday 16th September, 2017
9.30am to 4.30pm
De Vere Theobalds Estate, Lieutenant Ellis Way
Chestnut, Hertfordshire, EN7 5HW.

Sokalmia® sounds like it’s “So Calm Here” – is an acronym for Sensory Overloaded Kinesthetic Auditory Linguistic Mindfulness In Action.
The process has been created by Malika who was seeking a technique that quickly and without re-traumatising, got straight to the root of any issue and resolved it.
Using a variety of methods that Malika evolved from over 16 years of professional experience of working with the most dissociated and traumatised, Sokalmia® has been specifically designed to deliver the full package including:
1. Defining the actual issue.
2. Brain activity and using metaphor
3. Harnessing this knowledge for “individually focused” solutions
4. Implementing the process to resolve
Deceptively easy to deliver and yet with an incredibly complex background, Sokalmia® Training gives Practitioners a sound, evidence based process to work with anxiety, trauma, dissociation, fear amongst many, many other issues. And it’s FUN!
Sokalmia® Training has been provided to GP’s, Psychologists, Social Workers, Independent Therapists and Coaches, Health Services workers and more. Details via Eventbrite or

Come and join us for an innovative day of learning a technique that is both useful for clients and self.

Early Bird Price £145 available until Friday 18th August 2017. Limited Early Bird tickets available so get yours now to avoid disappointment.  Price will then be £260 from Friday 18th August.

Testimonials and Feedback from Delegates

“I loved this training. I would like ALL therapists to have this skill.”
“Definitely a valuable toolkit for all”
“It was a very interesting and informative course. The simplicity of the Sokalmia technique belied its effectiveness. Thank you.”
​”A fantastic training opportunity; innovative, evidence-based, effective. Delivered with support and expertise”
“Malika has a huge talent in making complex ideas & information understandable and simple to put into practice – a very valuable learning experience.”
“Can’t tell you what an enjoyable process it was. Some of the best training I’ve attended. Thank you!!”
“Loved the explanations along with everything else – a great range / variety of content. Relevant & fun. Thank you very much Malika.”
​”Great day and looking forward to exploring this further and using with my young people. Have definitely learnt some very useful techniques.”
“Smoothly integrated with how I work. What did I find most useful? – Hmmmm ….. ALL OF IT.”
“Malika has a wealth of expertise and delivers the training in engaging and interactive ways. Fantastic!”
“Great set of tools and new ways of thinking to add to my practice.”
“AMAZING – from your inspirational set up to the quality of information & delivery. Thank You.”
“Great day. Fab delivery style. Very informative and thought provoking. Would have been happy to have had an extra day or two!”
“Malika is a wonderful trainer who knows her subject inside and out and generously shares her wealth of knowledge. I love her ability to connect with myself and others in a very authentic way and look forward to training with her again.”

Therapy Solutions


Therapy Solutions

Goodbye To 2016 And Say Hello 2017

shutterstock_154633811As 2016 ends and you move on into the next year, take some time to review, to contemplate and to maybe mindfully meditate. Give yourself the opportunity to have a brake just for a day or two before you go back into your normal routine – to work, back to school or just your everyday life.  

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and a pen, and get your journal or notebook to write your answers.  Take a little time to create space and freedom to reflect on the past year. As we can learn a lot by reflecting the past year by celebrating your achievements even the small things, mourning your losses and being grateful for an eventful and challenging life.

Here are a few questions to get you started…

Reflective questions:

  1. What was your highlight/achievement of 2016?
  2. What was the most challenging/hardest thing that happened?
  3. Who were the most important people in your life last year?
  4. What was the most important thing that you learned last year?
  5. What was your biggest time waster in your life this past year?
  6. Choose 3 positive words to describe 2016
  7. Choose 3 negative words to describe 2016
  8. What was the best book you read
  9. What was the best film or programme you watched
  10. What was the best thing you experienced.
  11. In what ways did you grow either emotionally, physically or spiritually last year?
  12. What was the best use of your time last year?

Lastly, create a phrase or a short statement that describes this past year for you.

2017 Goal Setting

As you move forward looking into 2017 it is more helpful to think of solutions rather than resolutions. I don’t believe in resolutions because resolutions are plans and for most people plans rarely worked out particularly well. Its funny that resolutions are meant to bond us and be helpful because we all want to change something, like lose weight, stop a habit, learn something new like a language, play an instrument, add a skill or experience or start on that novel.

  1. Quit smoking, stop drinking, eat more healthily, do more exercise, or lose weight
  2. Stop procrastinating, improve motivation
  3. Become more confident, maybe more social
  4. Get more sleep, or improve quality of sleep
  5. Improve relationships or find a new relationship
  6. Find a better work/home life balance
  7. Improve financial situation
  8. Learn to let go of past hurts, traumas and find a new way to deal with issues
  9. Learn how to control your emotional responses
  10. What three things would you like to see or do this year?
  11. What would you like to change this year?
  12. If you got to December 31st 2017 – what would you regret not doing, saying, experiencing?

If you are feeling stuck or don’t know where to start then this is where I can help. Contact Sarah for a FREE no-obligation initial phone consultation on 07734 104421 or email

Find more balance, be happier, more resilient and successful by:

  1. Schedule some fun time everyday
  2. Stop overthinking and take action
  3. Believe in myself & tap into my confidence
  4. Let myself off the hook
  5. Remember my true worth
  6. Be prepared to take risks
  7. Take my needs seriously
  8. Be kind to myself
  9. Keep my sense of humour
  10. Appreciate everything I have… “I am grateful for….”

Well, there you have it, a list of advice and tips to help you see your New Year’s plans through and make some long-term changes in your life. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

Sarah Brambleby is an experienced Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner and Certified BWRT® Practitioner. Registered with the Accredited Voluntary Register and a member of the both the National Hypnotherapy Society and the National Counselling Society accredited bodies. She uses an integrative approach with Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Havening Techniques®, BWRT®, EFT, CBT, Mindfulness and Coaching, in a safe and friendly non-judgemental therapeutic environment based at the Risborough Therapy Clinic in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire.

Stop Smoking Testimonial with BWRT®

My BWRT® Experience

Why I had BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®

I have a very addictive personality and always take ‘trends’ to extremes. I am 27 years old and have been smoking since I was 15/16. I started smoking because it was ‘cool’ and I wanted to fit in with the ‘cool kids’. Initially it was smoking in lunchtime at school and at parties I went to. Then, when I started my first part time job – I smoked more (smokers got additional breaks). And that is where my routine/habit started. I could go a whole day without smoking if I had a ‘duvet day’, but the minute I walked to the station, had a beer, had my lunch break etc – that was cigarette time. It is also my ‘stress reliever’ go to.

I want to stop smoking because I have got bored of the routine – and I need help changing this. I have quit for some 2-3 months at a time, but the minute any high stress levels occur, game over.

Having the therapy

Sarah explained how the therapy worked, and what was needed from me in terms of information and also mind-set in order for BWRT® to have the greatest result. After completing a detailed questionnaire, Sarah talked me through my answers to ensure she understood the ‘route’ of my smoking.

During the visualisation process (the main part of the therapy), Sarah was calm and structured and I felt secure in her guidance. Her words and tone of voice made the deep visualisation possible for me. Where it was needed, she was patient and gave me time to go through the steps at my own pace.

After she had gone through the full process/ cycle with me, Sarah explained that this would STOP me smoking – that it was still dependent on me being strong will-powered. But that BWRT® would assist me in being able to ‘walk away’ from temptation with relative ease. She also explained that with my personality – the other areas/trends that I have been known to do in excess may temporarily increase.


I have found that my addictive personality has gone a little OTT recently – as Sarah suggested may happen. But – I plan to have BWRT® with Sarah on a 2nd level to focus on some additional of these areas so that I am in control.

I had BWRT® 6 weeks ago and have not smoked a single cigarette. I do however have the odd puff on my e cigarette – maybe 5-8 times a day. I think the next step for me will be to remove the e-cigarette (the final crutch in this process I feel) and continue the great progress I have made.

I was sceptical at first, but – EXCELLENT RESULTS – LIFE CHANGING. JA 

See BWRT® page for more information.

New Testimonial

“After my first session with Sarah, I instinctively knew that her approach would help me. By digging deep into traumatic areas, Sarah helped me to understand my behaviour and gave me the answers and guidance that I needed. Sarah enabled me to clear my mind and move forward. She has given me a virtual toolbox when facing stressful situations. Most importantly (for me) Sarah has given me the confidence to realise that I have great qualities and I’m actually quite proud of what I have achieved.  Thank you for being on my journey during what was a very difficult time in my life. Always grateful.”  MG, Booker

Mind, Body, Fertility Workshop – Sat 21st May

logoI am excited to be one of five complementary therapists from the Thames Valley area that have combined their expertise to create a workshop specifically to help with unexplained infertility.  It is a one day practical programme to assist couples or individuals who want to conceive and may be experiencing emotional and/or life stress.

Fertility and the ability to conceive is unique to you and your partner, there is no magic bullet and no one size fits all solution. Yet there are things that you can do to get your body and mind in their optimum state. We’ve created a practical workshop to help you gain unique insights and information for both mind and body, and you will get the chance to have your questions answered by our team of experts.

I am thrilled to be participating in a mind, body, fertility workshop. As a specialist in anxiety disorders there is so much that can impact the body at a sub conscious level. I thought it might be useful to understand why hypnotherapy is a very effective therapy with fertility issues…. Mind, Body, Fertility Workshop Flyer final.
There is a growing body of research on psychological aspects and the relationship with infertility. It is believed that psychological stress alters levels of cortisol (F), prolactin (PRL), and progesterone (P), which in turn have an adverse affect on pregnancy outcome. Whatever your specific psychological issues are, hypnosis assists by developing a new narrative around infertility and can remove negative emotional patterns and change thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

However regardless of which member of the couple may be experiencing the problem, the issue of infertility is still shared by the couple. Together the couple will have a much better understanding of what the other one is going through and be more supportive.

Typical fertility psychological issues:fertilityphoto

  • Performance pressures
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma (especially childhood trauma)
  • Pre-existing physical conditions or issues e.g. pain
  • Guilt
  • Grief/Loss
  • Loss of identity
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Anger

Come and experience hypnosis for yourself during my workshop session and learn useful tools to manage your stress/anxiety to help you to move forward in your journey to pregnancy and beyond.

Workshop Booking Details:

Date: Saturday 21st May, 2016

Time: 9am – 6pm

Venue: Thame Barn Centre, Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ

Costs: £195 each. £300 for couples. More information is available

To Book Eventbrite

For further information please contact either Sarah Brambleby on 07734104421 or Saffron Rogerson on 07926 004062. Restricted places available due to room size, so book as early as you can to avoid disappointment.

Downloadable Flyer Mind, Body, Fertility Workshop Flyer final


Havening Techniques local training opportunity

HaveninglogoHavening Techniques® – A Better Life Through Neuroscience

Havening Techniques certified 2 day practitioner training opportunity, coming to venue on the boarders South Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May, 2016. The course venue is very easy to reach of both M25 and M40 motorways and for anyone living or working in London or the Home Counties areas. If you are interested to book or discuss the benefits of this training, please email Louise Carmi, certified trainer on and for more information see

Participants completing this training will be eligible to attend our exclusive Havening Conference in Solihull 10th & 11th June, 2016. With presentations from Dr Ronald Ruden, Dr Stephen Ruden and Dr Paul McKenna.

The Havening Techniques® is a psychosensory method, which is designed to alter thought, mood and behaviour. Changing the brain to de-traumatise the memory and remove its negative consequences of particular stressful life events or traumatic experiences. As part of it’s protocol, the Havening Techniques® uses the sensory input of Havening Touch® which can either be facilitated or self applied, which triggers the delta waves in the brain. The delta waves in turn prompt helpful chemical chain-reactions in the amygdala. This removes specific AMPA Receptors from the surface of neurons in the amygdala where the traumatic event is ‘stored’.

The Havening Techniques® have three distinct applications, one is for emotional disturbances and encoded psychological trauma, second is for wellness, stress management, and peak performance, and the third is as a self-help tool. These techniques are the result of over 14 years of scientific research and development by New York based Medical Practitioner and PhD in Chemistry, Dr Ronald Ruden, author of ‘When the Past is Always Present’ and ‘The Craving Brain’ with support of his brother Dr Steven Ruden. Both doctors use Havening Techniques regularly in their practices.

Now you can learn the techniques for your own personal use. This

Meeting Dr Ronald Ruden, Author When the past is always present & creator of Havening Techniques.

Meeting Dr Ronald Ruden, Author When the past is always present & creator of Havening Techniques.

training is ideal for therapists and professionals working in mental health, wellbeing and people development, who wish to learn about Havening Techniques® and would be interested in starting their journey to qualify as a Certified Havening Techniques® practitioner. It is particularly beneficial for first responders, emergency services (police, fire service, ambulance staff, paramedics, nurses, doctors), psychologists, counsellors, hypnotherapists, coaches and NLP practitioners.

Havening Techniques® combines easily with many other methods and approaches. Examples of therapeutic areas include; trauma, PTSD, phobias, anxieties, stress responses, physical complaints, chronic pain, anger, grief and many other issues like fear of abandonment and panic attacks. In particular Havening Techniques have been used to support the recovery of military veterans and their families with the aftermath of service related trauma.

See the website for more information, training events and a list of fully certified trainers and practitioners.

Self Harm Guide for Parents

shutterstock_134295569Although I work with people who are over 18 years old, I was struck by the increase of parents asking me for advice, after they have discovered their child self harming.

It’s almost impossible to say how many young people are self-harming. It is thought that around 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16, but the actual figure could be much higher.

In 2014, figures were published suggesting a 70% increase in 10-14 year olds attending A&E for self-harm related reasons over the preceding 2 years.

Girls are thought to be more likely to self-harm than boys, but this could be because boys are more likely to engage in behaviours such as punching a wall, which isn’t always recognised as self-harm or doesn’t come to the attention of hospitals. In reality self-harm doesn’t happen to one type of person, it can’t be predicted and scarily, we don’t really know how many people are going through it. This is all really vague, but you can take one thing away from it – you are not alone, whether you are harming or seeing someone you love or work with go though it. It’s more common than you think.

There is help and advice out there and I’ve listed a couple below that may help:

Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research

Young people’s self-harm can leave families confused, anxious and feeling like there’s nowhere to turn. Now, based on in-depth research with parents, a team from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry are launching a guide to help parents and carers who are trying to cope with this difficult situation. Coping with Self Harm Guide

Videos of some of the interviews with parents are also available online:


Selfharm UK is committed to helping people overcome difficulties with self-harm, providing information that can help children stay safe.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

2016 News

13 Dukes Street, Princes Risborough, HP27 0AT.

13 Dukes Street, Princes Risborough, HP27 0AT.

Happy New Year!  I am celebrating my first year working out of the Risborough Therapy Clinic in the heart of Princes Risborough.  I love working there as its very convenient being only a short distance from Tesco’s.  It has been really lovely to see and hear how much this area needed a hypnotherapist and integrative therapist as my client base has grown substantially.  

I’ve had to put my hourly rates up from 1st January 2016 to cover the increases in my overheads. My new fees will be £50 per hour, keeping £65 for 1.5 hours or £75 for 2 hours.  I have also introduced a credit card facility using paypal to improved the client experience.

I am working on a new mobile friendly website which hopefully will be launched before the end of January.

I was very pleased to hear back from one of my clients who has written this lovely testimonial I would like to share with you:

“I had some sessions with Sarah whilst I was dealing with insomnia and they helped me greatly.  What I liked most about Sarah’s approach is her diversity  Whilst having hypnosis sessions with her, she also taught me some powerful techniques that I could use on my own to help deal with my phobia and if I ever just felt like having someone to talk to, we would then spend part of the session having a (much needed) chat.  Sarah is a lovely, warm hearted person and I always felt completely at ease with her.

It has almost been six months since I first came to Sarah’s clinic and my phobia of not sleeping has completely gone.  I still use Sarah’s techniques to this day.  Thank you, Sarah!  you have given me the most amazing tools to bring me out of a really dark place.  I feel like a completely different person.”

HS, Risborough

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Applied EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

I am always looking for effective therapeutic tools to assist my clients to cope with life’s challenges.  I recently went on an EFT practitioners training course, Emotional Freedom Technique which was originally developed by Gary Craig based on the work of Professor Roger Callahan.

Professor Callahan was interested in combining techniques based on the ‘Meridian Points’ of acupuncture with psycho-therapeutic processes.  Instead of using needles as in acupuncture or massaging the actual acupuncture or ‘meridian points’ Professor Callahan utilised a ‘tapping process’.  The results were and are spectacularly effective.

EFT is incredibly effective for emotional issues such as Fears, Phobias, Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Grief, Confidence, Self worth and physical issues such as Chronic Pain.  What I really like about EFT is that its effects are amazingly rapid and in some cases only taking minutes to resolve.  If you would like to know more about this effective tool or to book an appointment please call me on 07734104421.