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Michelle Louise Balson

Bright Thinking Therapies, Michelle Louise Balson

I am a highly qualified and experienced Solution Focused Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist and I also work as a Nurse Practitioner in a busy health centre in Somerset.


I pride myself on keeping up to date with the most contemporary way of working, using evidence-based therapy techniques and methods to help people to improve their lives. My approach is Solution Focused which means that we don't necessarily need to visit past, sometimes painful, experiences but instead we will work together to help you find a way to cope with the present and make changes which will help you move towards your preferred brighter future.


Becoming a nurse came from a desire to care for people in their times of need. I became interested in hypnotherapy when I wanted a way to help people to live better emotionally and physically. I believe that when we have greater control over our mental health then we are able to make healthier choices which can lead to a full and happy life.


Living with conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks can have a huge impact on someone’s life and clinical hypnotherapy can help enormously with these and other conditions.  


I believe that Clinical Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Therapy is the perfect way to change unwanted behaviour.


I am qualified and experienced in working with teenagers and adults. I see clients face to face in Hampden Osteopathic Clinic, Winscombe, Somerset and online via Zoom. I also take referral from Cowan House, Weston Super Mare.

I have insurance and enhanced DSB clearance to work with adults and children.

I am a member of The Orchard Therapy Partnership .We are a partnership of highly qualified psychologists and therapists who care about you and your mental health. We run clinics in the South West and remotely, providing the most effective evidence-based therapy to meet your needs.


MSc in Psychology, BPP University, accredited by The British Psychological Society.

BSc Nursing (Health Studies) University of Plymouth

I am currently studying for Masters (MSc) in Advanced Clinical Practice, including non-medical prescribing at the University of Plymouth.

Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DSFH)

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD). This Diploma is accredited by the NCFE, a national awarding organisation for further education. 


Certificate in Solution Focused Practice with BRIEF which is the centre for solution focused practice and Europe's largest provider of solution focused training.

Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy from The Clinical Hypnotherapy School. This diploma has built on my knowledge of how hypnotherapy can help people with significant health challenges including long term health concerns such as cancer and the associated treatments, palliative care, pain, complex phobias (needle or blood phobia), emetophobia (fear of vomiting), health trauma and weight management.


Certificate in Menopause: The Foundations from The British Menopause Society.

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for the Management of Hot Flushes and Night Sweats from The British Menopause Society. 

Certificate in Confidence in Menopause for Health Care Professionals from Newson Health  Menopause Society.

Professional Memberships

The National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH) 


Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).


Some private health insurance companies will offer either full or partial reimbursement of hypnotherapy fees if the therapist is a member of the CNHC.


Royal College of Nursing (RCN)


Nursing and  Midwifery Council (NMC).

The British Menopause Society (BMS)

Orchard Therapy Partnership

​'I feel totally relaxed and calm after seeing Michelle for hypnotherapy.​ I would gladly recommend her to anyone.'

Contact me now to find your way to 'Bright Thinking'.

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