The Therapists

LUCY GILROY  Bsc(Hons) Dip (Nursing) DHP HPD AfSFH(Supervisor) CNHC

Lucy is the founder and Principle of The Childrey Practice.  

Lucy is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist.  She holds the nationally accredited Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma. Lucy is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and the National Council for Hypnotherapy.  She is a Registered member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.  These Lucy Gilroy 6associations ensure that practitioners maintain professional standards, undertake frequent supervision and practice to a Code of Ethics. Lucy holds professional insurance and an Enhanced DBS certificate which enables her to work with children and vulnerable adults.

She runs a busy private practice, in Wantage, Oxfordshire and her clients come from the surrounding area as well as further afield. Lucy has a commitment to helping her clients get the very best out of themselves, quickly and simply.

Lucy’s expertise has put her in high demand for public speaking and she has given talks to a variety of groups and charities.  She also lectures hypnotherapists in training.

Lucy has a background in nursing with over 20 years of experience.  She trained at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and worked for the majority of her career in London at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where she led the chemotherapy service over two large teaching hospitals. Lucy has also worked as a Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist with an interest in survivorship and life after cancer.  She has consultancy experience working at strategic level within the cancer networks for the National Cancer Action Team.

Professional Development Updates:

  • Health Coaching
  • Psychoneuroimmunology – supporting physical health with hypnotherapy
  • Sports Performance and hypnosis
  • Self-hypnosis for Childbirth (hypnobirthing)
  • Infertility – enhancing the fertility journey through hypnotherapy
  • Working with Children
  • Neuroscience (understanding how brain function influences behaviour)
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Strategies
  • Eriksonian Indirect Hypnosis


Maddy is an Associate of The Childrey Practice and an experienced clinical hypnotherapist who also qualified from the prestigious Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School  in 2005 with a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma.  

                                                               Maddy image 2           Once qualified, Maddy ran clinics in Bristol and West Berkshire before joining The Childrey Practice in 2019. 

Maddy is an experienced and passionate Solution Focused Hypnotherapist who specialises in anxiety disorders. She has completed further training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, fertility and hypnobirthing and works regularly with both adults and children.

Maddy is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and is bound by their code of practice. Maddy maintains full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance and holds an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service  (DBS) check

To get in touch with either Lucy or Maddy please contact The Childrey Practice:  07811 071342 or email:

“Just a note to say a massive Thank you. I have just had my final meeting with Lucy. She was brilliant. Professional, massively knowledgable, explained things so clearly, understanding, sympathetic but most of all great sense of humour! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and have already benefitted from her words of wisdom  and helpful strategies. Thank you so much for recommending her”.   Rachel | Teacher | Wiltshire

“Lucy shows an insightful, professional approach to hypnotherapy, leading me to try to focus on the positives in my life and my abilities. Her nursing background is evident in the quiet, caring way she deals with issues and the relaxing sessions in her calm clinic space allow me to look at things I do from a different perspective.”  Jane | Oxfordshire

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