welcome to baytherapy hypnotherapy exeter & torquay, devon

Far too many people continue to live with a problem and often feel too embarrassed to even talk about it.

If you want to make positive changes you have come to the right place.

I am Penny Albertella, and I am one of Devon’s most experienced Hypnotherapists.  I am qualified in both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis and offer hypnotherapy in Exeter & Torquay.

This website is dedicated to make it as easy as possible for you to take the next steps by giving you the information you are looking for, whether it is the symptoms hypnotherapy treats, or to find out more about hypnotherapy and how/why it works.

Hypnotherapy is a wonderfully fast, effective therapy which changes lives immeasurably in a very short time.

All types of physical problems can be treated with hypnotherapy – the mind and the body are inextricably linked – blood pressure can be lowered, pain relief support IVF and help with infertility (unexplained).

Hypnosis for Childbirth,usually known as Hypnobirthing, is often learned because of fear of the birth itself, fear of the pain, fear as a result of previous bad births, or because the Mum wants to give birth as naturally as possible, and with as little pain relief as possible. 


The single most common problem I help people with is anxiety or panic attacks.

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panic attacks

Everybody gets anxious from time to time and this is perfectly normal. However, panic attacks (sometimes called anxiety attacks) are very frightening and unpleasant

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obsessive compulsive disorder

OCD is the name given to a condition which is both obsessive and compulsive; the person has conscious or sub-conscious thoughts which create either recurring ideas (obsessions) or irresistible impulses to act in certain ways (compulsions), or both

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social phobia/social anxiety

Social phobia (social anxiety or social anxiety disorder) is where a person feels a disabling fear or being looked at, or embarrassed in social situations which can eventually lead to agoraphopbia and even to taking alcohol or narcotics to boost confidence

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stress relief

Stress affects everyone at different times in their lives. Stress and health are closely linked. It is well known that stress can induce body-mind disorders. Stress triggers changes in our bodies and makes us more likely to get ill. It can also make physical or emotional problems we already have worse..

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smoking cessation

the BELIEF that you are addicted to smoking. This belief is one of the main reasons (amongst others) that you have found it difficult to quit. Many, many people, including drug companies, the NHS and even hypnotherapists try and treat the addiction but smoking isn't addictive and I'll show you why in the hypnotherapy session.

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weight loss

There are literally thousands of books and exercise videos, drugs and clubs. The trouble is that all these methods rely on willpower, which is why they usually fail in the long-run. Will-power and complicated or faddy weight loss diets are just is not necessary with hypnotherapy for weight loss. This is weight loss without willpower needed.

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sexual problems

Many people have sexual difficulties at some stage in their life, simply because life brings with it pressures, stresses and anxieties that can interfere with this aspect of life. Many of these can be the result of fear of intimacy, anxiety or even hidden shame or guilt. A loss of sex drive is often linked with stress or anxiety.

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erectile dysfunction (impotence)

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the name given to a man’s inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Some sufferers can’t get an erection at all; others get one but it isn’t firm enough to penetrate the partner; and others can manage penetration for a bit, but then lose it

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Frigidity is broadly used to refer to a low libido (sex drive) in women. This term is often used incorrectly to describe a woman who is emotionally cold or does not respond to her partner’s sexual advances.

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premature ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation is one of the most common sexual problems in men affecting about 40% at some point in their lives. However, for some men this can become an on-going problem.

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Vaginismus is a condition where the symptoms of Vaginismus are involuntary tightness of the vagina.

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fears and phobias

Whatever your particular fear, or phobia I will explain how phobias are created, phobia symptoms and perhaps more importantly, how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help with fear and phobia treatments

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commitment phobia

Commitment phobia is the fear and avoidance of having to commit to anything, relationships in particular, but can include other areas of life such as career or home-ownership.

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fear of being sick - emetophobia

Emetophobia is a phobia where the sufferer has a tremendous and overwhelming fear of being sick, being sick in public or watching someone else be sick or vomit. Although nobody likes to vomit, or to see others vomiting, those individuals with emetophobia have an extreme preoccupation with vomiting that can severely compromise everyday life.

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fear of childbirth - tokophobia

As with all phobias there are the symptoms of extreme panic when hearing about childbirth, reading about childbirth or indeed anything childbirth related. Even being around a pregnant woman can induce feelings of real panic or disgust. The thought of giving birth and/or the associated pain is terrifying..

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fear of driving

Many people suffer from a fear of driving – many more than you would think. It can be very frightening and very inconvenient.

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fear of flying

Some people with this severe fear won't even contemplate flying at all. Some cannot even bear to look at aeroplanes or airports.

Whether mild or severe, it can have the devastating effect of dreading or ruining holidays, never being able to visit relatives who live a long way away, missing weddings or other important events, stopping career moves which involve business trips and much more.

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help with unexplained infertility

The diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility’ can create feelings of helplessness and frustration in couples who long to become parents as there is no answer or apparent ‘fix’. Yet, in many ways, this diagnosis is good news – there is no physical reason why you may not become parents. You are not infertile, you just have not conceived yet.

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fear of childbirth - tokophobia

As with all phobias there are the symptoms of extreme panic when hearing about childbirth, reading about childbirth or indeed anything childbirth related. Even being around a pregnant woman can induce feelings of real panic or disgust. The thought of giving birth and/or the associated pain is terrifying.

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Help with the symptoms of menopause

The symptoms of perimenopause and menopause can be very distressing and debilitating in a woman’s life. Woman with vaginismus Only 10% of women require the common medical treatment for the menopause known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, HRT is not for everyone and more and more menopausal women are looking to complementary therapies to help.

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children and teenager issues

Even the happiest of children or teenagers can at times have behavioural problems and when these begin to affect their lives regularly, then hypnotherapy can help. If your child is experiencing some problems, whether they be physical, emotional or psychological, call or e-mail me to arrange a telephone discussion in the first instance.

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building self-confidence and self-esteem

Hypnotherapy (hypnoanalysis) can help with increasing self confidence and self esteem

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sports development/confidence

Hypnosis is equally useful in all kinds of individual and competitive sports. The greatest of champions and athletes also tend to be the ones who have learned to think successfully, they have mastered the psychology of their individual sport

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Depression is very common – as many as 1 in 6 people are estimated to have suffered from depression symptoms. The good news is there is a depression treatment with hypnotherapy. When you’re depressed, you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time.

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help for anorexia or bulimia nervosa

The key eating disorders are well-known. However, there are also many variations which fall under the diagnosis of EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified) and within all these disorders there are many degrees of severity:

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hypnobirthing hypnosis for childbirth

More and more mums are discovering the incredible power of hypnobirthing in the UK and learning how to give birth more easily and naturally, gaining all the benefits hypnobirthing brings. It is perfect for those wishing a quicker, easier, more relaxed birth or even a natural birth. With hypnobirthing there is often less need for drugs and sometimes none at all are needed.

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I always offer a free initial consultation in the first instance. This is completely confidential and gives you a chance to meet me and be sure you feel comfortable working with me, to find out more about hypnotherapy and how/why it works, the different types of hypnotherapy, and ask all the questions you need. It also gives me a chance to take a full history and be able to discuss the best approach for you in your circumstances.

If you are looking for Hypnotherapy Exeter or in Torquay, You can come to either of my Hypnotherapy Clinics.

Please be assured, there is never any pressure to make a decision then and there; you can go away and have a think about it and make an informed choice.


My main hypnotherapy practice is located in the heart of Southernay, Exeter at Southernhay Clinic, just two minutes walk from the new Princesshay shops, restaurants and bars. (see map below)

There are several car parks within 2-3 minutes walk of the Clinic as well as on-street metred parking. I recommend the long stay car park in Southernhay Gardens (just off Southernhay East) as this is very reasonable.

When you get to No 4, there is a panel of buzzers for Southernhay Clinic, press the buzzer marked Portobello. You will hear a click and buzz, push the door open and come on up to our 2nd floor waiting area where there is comfortable leather seating. There is also a rest room here if you need to freshen up.

Southernhay Clinic

4 Barnfield Crescent




01392 420740

01803 859471



The practice is in the heart of Wellswood Village situation in Boho Hair & Therapy Rooms, There is restricted on-street parking immediately outside, and further down Ilsham Road is unrestricted parking. There is also plenty of unrestricted parking in the surrounding streets.

When I am in, Boho is shut to the general public, so the front door is locked for safety and privacy. When you arrive at Boho, please wait at the front door until your appointment time when I will come down to let you in.

I will send you all this information (and a map) via a confirmation e-mail when you book an initial consultation.

13A Ilsham Road





01392 420740

01803 859471