About Carolyn

Helping people find a better balance so that they can feel happier and get on with living a great life


Taking control of your life and your emotions takes courage. Making personal changes can be a daunting prospect but it is absolutely worthwhile – your happiness matters. I find it incredibly rewarding seeing people turn their lives around and become happier and more fulfilled.


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About Me

Hello, my name is Carolyn Gillan. You’ll probably want to know some more about me before you decide to make an appointment .

Carolyn Gillan, BACP Accredited Counsellor and CHNC Registered Hypnotherapist in Plymouth, Devon

My background

Originally from South Wales, I moved to Plymouth in 1995 – I love being close to the sea and the moors. I qualified as a therapist more than 10 years ago and feel privileged to be able to help people discover and realise new possibilities in their lives.

How I work

You’ll find that I tailor my approach to suit your needs and personality. Because I am trained in several therapeutic approaches, including hypnosis, you will benefit from the best that each of these therapies has to offer.    

Using the latest insights from neuroscience you will learn more about why you are suffering in the way that you do and what you may need to do differently to change things. People often tell me that learning the basics about how the brain works is a transformative part of the process.

Whilst your past is important, we will focus more on how the problem is affecting you now, how you would like things to be instead and what needs to happen for you to find a resolution.

What my clients say about working with me

“ This fabulous woman helped me to transform my life.There are no magic solutions, it takes commitment and effort to adopt the tools for life that Carolyn helps you to develop — but it works, and if you’re open to it positive changes can be achieved really quickly. Highly recommended. ~ D Charlton

“ I would highly recommend hypnotherapy to anyone suffering with anxiety. Carolyn is extremely friendly and personable and immediately put me at ease. I am delighted with the progress I have made with Carolyn’s help and now know exactly what I need to do to continue to improve. Not only will I miss the therapy, I will also miss chatting and laughing with Carolyn, I always left her feeling buoyant! Many many thanks Carolyn. ~ L Gannon

I would highly recommend this process to anyone. I never thought that this would not only enable me to be myself again on an emotional level but it also gave me my physical energy back too. All I can say is it’s simply amazing and what could you possibly have to lose by putting your needs first, I very highly recommend this process of healing. ~ E Barlow

Why I became a therapist

I know from experience how devastating mental health problems can be and how difficult it can also be to find a good counsellor. My late husband suffered with bipolar disorder – a mood disorder that involves episodes of mania and depression. It was a very difficult time for both of us for several years before we found the right support. 

This experience taught me that I had the personal qualities and skills to make a good counsellor: 

compassion for others  an ability to listen and understand  an interest in psychology  curiosity  patience  perseverance  the emotional resilience to cope with another person’s pain and  a sense of humour. 

I trained as a counsellor and hypnotherapist because I wanted to do something that would make a real difference to people’s lives – as cheesy as that sounds!

My qualifications and experience

You can be assured that I have been trained and assessed to a good standard. I gained an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling with the Iron Mill College in Exeter in 2008. The course was accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) — the professional association for the counselling professions in the UK.

In 2015 I became a BACP Accredited Counsellor. Accredited BACP members have to achieve a higher quality standard than registered members. To become accredited I completed hundreds of hours of training, supervision and clinical practice and went through a rigorous application and assessment process.

I trained as a hypnotherapist with the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school and successfully gained the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) in 2015. The HPD is an accredited, nationally recognised qualification. Hypnotherapists who hold the HPD are trained to a high standard and have met rigorous requirements.

I am registered with two Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers – BACP for my work as a counsellor and CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) for my hypnotherapy practice. Registration is not compulsory. I choose to register because I believe it shows my commitment to my profession and to maintaining high standards. Counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists in the UK are not regulated by law like other healthcare professionals such as doctors or nurses. This means anyone can call themselves a therapist. That is why it is important to choose someone who is registered on a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register. It is the safest way to ensure that the therapist you choose is competent and trustworthy.

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