Sean Heneghan BSc Hons, LicAc, MBAcC, HPD, DipCHyp, MBACP

Counsellor, Acupuncturist
& Cognitive Hypnotherapist

With extensive training and a range of
therapeutic experience, I can help
people with a range of physical and
emotional problems.


Looking for a male therapist/counsellor in Berkhamsted?

Posted on 12th May 2024

If you're looking for a male counsellor or a male therapist in Berkhamsted, Sean is based on Berkhamsted High Street. Click here to learn more

Struggling with anxiety? Develop your self compassion

Posted on 27th Apr 2024

Struggling with anxiety? Sean Heneghan provides counselling and acupuncture in Berkhamsted. Click here for some recommended reading

Counselling in Berkhamsted with Sean Heneghan - Should everyone have counselling?

Posted on 7th Apr 2024

Should everyone have counselling? It's a common question. Click here to read more about counselling in Berkhamsted with Sean Heneghan

NHS Information page on Acupuncture

Posted on 12th Dec 2022

The NHS provide a useful basic information sheet that can be helpful for anyone thinking about having acupuncture. Click here for details

Updated opening hours

Posted on 19th Jul 2022

Click here for my current opening hours at my full time base in Berkhamsted

New Client Testimonial - September 2020

Posted on 10th Sep 2020

A recent client Testimonial

Online therapy vs face to face counselling: Benefits and pitfalls

Posted on 21st May 2020

Click here to learn more about online therapy vs face to face counselling with online counsellor Sean Heneghan. Sean also provides face to face counselling in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Clinic closed for the time being to prevent spread of Coronavirus

Posted on 18th Mar 2020

Clinic Closure to slow spread of Coronavirus - As of Tuesday 17th March I will be closing clinic for the time being to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. For counselling clients, I will be offering counselling by Skype. I will be offering acupuncture appointments again whenever I deem it appropriate in light of government announcements as they happen.

Counselling for stress in Berkhamsted

Posted on 14th Mar 2018

We often say we're feeling stressed without knowing much of the specifics of what we feel. Counselling can help explore these feelings in a way that helps drastically reduce stress levels. If you're looking for Counselling in berkhamsted click here to learn more about Berkhamsted counsellor, Sean Heneghan.

Counselling in Berkhamsted: How Depression manifests in the language we use and how counselling can help

Posted on 7th Feb 2018

Recent research shows how the language we use and our emotional state are connected. Click here to read more, if you're looking for counselling in Berkhamsted or are seeking counselling for depression please feel free to get in touch.

Hypnotherapy in Berkhamsted: What does it mean to be in a hypnotic trance?

Posted on 2nd Feb 2018

Are you looking for hypnotherapy in Berkhamsted? Sean is a cognitive hypnotherapist based in Berkhamsted high street. Click here to learn more about hypnotherapy and how it could help you.

Understanding acupuncture from a modern physiological perspective

Posted on 22nd Jan 2018

The theory of traditional acupuncture is full of strange and exotic concepts that can sound strange to modern ears, so it's valuable to learn about how acupuncture works from a modern physiological perspective. Here, berkhamsted acupuncture practitioner Sean Heneghan links to the lecture of Thomas Lundeberg one of the foremost modern researchers into acupuncture mechanisms.

Counselling for addiction in Berkhamsted

Posted on 19th Jan 2018

If you're looking for counselling or hypnotherapy in berkhamsted to help with drug or alcohol addiction click here to reach the website of Berkhamsted therapist Sean Heneghan. Sean provides counselling, acupuncture and hypnotherapy in berkhamsted and can help with a variety of emotional and physical problems.

Counselling for confidence and low self esteem in Berkhamsted

Posted on 9th Jan 2018

Are you looking for counselling for confidence or low self esteem in Berkhamsted? Sean is a counsellor and cognitive hypnotherapist based on Berkhamsted high street. Click here to learn more about cognitive hypnotherapy and counselling might help you.

One journalists story of sadness, depression and the counselling that helped him

Posted on 2nd Jan 2018

Berkhamsted counsellor Sean Heneghan links to a great article by a journalist about his own experience of sadness, depression and the counselling that helped him.

Acupuncture for pain relief associated with breast cancer treatment: Article in Nature

Posted on 11th Dec 2017

A recent article in the scientific journal Nature detailed some interesting research assessing the use of acupuncture for minimising the side effects of treatment for breast cancer. If you're looking for acupuncture in berkhamsted click here for more details.

Counselling for anger management in Berkhamsted

Posted on 10th Dec 2017

Counselling can be a profoundly helpful process for learning to understand and better manage your experience of anger. Click here to read more about counselling for anger management.

Counselling for postnatal depression in Berkhamsted

Posted on 29th Nov 2017

Postnatal depression can be an isolating and lonely experience. Counselling can help support you with whatever it is that you're experiencing to smooth the transition through what can be one of the most demanding times in life.

Counselling for Depression in Berkhamsted: What is Depression and how can counselling for depression help?

Posted on 29th Nov 2017

If you're looking for counselling in berkhamsted or are curious about counselling for depression, you can learn more about the process of counselling here.

Acupuncture for chronic pain: What does the National Institute for Health Research say

Posted on 15th Nov 2017

The National Institute for Health research has just produced a video on acupuncture for pain. The video details their conclusions of recent research into acupuncture for headache, acupuncture for knee arthritis and acupuncture for muscular skeletal conditions, click here to see the video

The dangers of perfectionism: Counselling for help with not feeling good enough

Posted on 13th Nov 2017

Perfectionism is often celebrated in our culture but often there is much pain and anxiety underneath this common characteristic. Recent research detailed in The Independent now links perfectionism with increased incidences of suicide. The drive to be perfect can bring with it terrible costs to mental and emotional health. Sean is a counsellor and offers counselling in berkhamsted, hertfordshire.

Counselling for anxiety and panic attacks in Berkhamsted

Posted on 9th Nov 2017

At my counselling and hypnotherapy practice in Berkhamsted I frequently see people who are suffering with anxiety and panic attacks, but what is the difference between the two? If you need help with anxiety or panic attacks please feel free to get in touch via the contact form.

Counselling for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) in Berkhamsted

Posted on 8th Nov 2017

What is PTSD? Berkhamsted counsellor and hypnotherapist Sean Heneghan describes post traumatic stress disorder and how counselling can help. If you're suffering with trauma and you're looking for help please feel free to get in touch.

Acupuncture for pain: Professor of anaesthesiology’s recent talk on the use of acupuncture for pain

Posted on 3rd Nov 2017

Berkhamsted acupuncture practitioner Sean Heneghan links to recent research into acupuncture for pain

Preventing suicide: recent news from the blog of Berkhamsted counsellor Sean Heneghan

Posted on 3rd Nov 2017

Recent news from Berkhamsted therapist Sean Heneghan. Sean has a counselling, acupuncture and hypnotherapy clinic at Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic, 69 High St.

Are you looking for therapy or counselling in Berkhamsted?

Posted on 27th Oct 2017

If you're looking for counselling or therapy in berkhamsted click here for more details on Sean Heneghan, a Berkhamsted based counsellor, acupuncturist and cognitive hypnotherapist.

Therapy in Berkhamsted: Why counselling isn't just a chat..and why that’s a good thing

Posted on 22nd Oct 2017

News and updates from the blog of Sean Heneghan, counsellor and therapist in Berkhamsted. Often people think counselling is merely a chat, as this blog article describes the two things are very different..and that's just what makes counselling useful

How safe is acupuncture? Recent news from Berkhamsted acupuncturist Sean Heneghan

Posted on 22nd Oct 2017

Berkhamsted acupuncture practitioner Sean Heneghan links to information from The British Acupuncture Council about the safety of acupuncture as a health treatment. According to them, acupuncture is one of the safest treatments conventional or complementary in the UK today.

Berkhamsted acupuncture: Acupuncture for low back pain - American College of Physicians now recommends acupuncture

Posted on 21st Oct 2017

Low back pain is so common that many people have questions about whether acupuncture is a useful treatment for the problem. Here you can find recent links to The British Acupuncture Council's factsheet on acupuncture for lower back pain and news that the American College of Physicians now endorse acupuncture for this specific problem.

Berkhamsted counselling and hypnotherapy: Techniques for anxiety from Gestalt therapy

Posted on 20th Oct 2017

At my counselling and hypnotherapy practice in Berkhamsted I work with people with all sorts of problems and my therapeutic work is informed by a number of approaches, Gestalt therapy is one of these. One of the many attributes of Gestalt therapy is increasing our capacity to be aware of ourselves which can prove very useful with problems like anxiety.

Berkhamsted acupuncture: Arthritis UK page on Acupuncture for arthritis

Posted on 18th Oct 2017

Berkhamsted acupuncturist and counsellor Sean Heneghan links to useful factsheets on acupuncture for arthritis via Arthritis UK, the UK's main leading charity for the research into and cure of Arthritis. There are many forms of arthritis which can cause considerable pain and stress to live with and there are various forms of support available. For counselling or acupuncture in berkhamsted feel free to get in touch with any questions you have.

Counselling in Berkhamsted: How talking about our feelings helps regulate the brain

Posted on 17th Oct 2017

An article from the blog of Berkhamsted Counsellor Sean Heneghan on how counselling helps anxiety, depression and other emotional problems. If you're looking for Counselling in Berkhamsted Sean is based at Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic, 69 High St, Berkhamsted, HP4 2DE.

Berkhamsted acupuncture: Research into Acupuncture for period pain

Posted on 17th Oct 2017

Research news from the blog of Berkhamsted Acupuncturist Sean Heneghan. Here Sean links to recent research into acupuncture for period pain

Berkhamsted Hypnotherapy Research update: Hypnotherapy & Ulcerative Colitis

Posted on 17th Sep 2017

Researchers at the Division of Gastroenterology at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago have been investigating the impact of hypnosis and hypnotherapy on clinical remission rates over a one year period in patients with Ulcerative Colitis.

Research update: Acupuncture evidence update 2017

Posted on 18th Jul 2017

Every year Mike Cummings the head of The British Medical Acupuncture Society pools the latest evidence for acupuncture across a spectrum of conditions and also details updates in the understanding of acupuncture mechanisms from a biomedical perspective.

Research update: acupuncture and counselling for depression and pain

Posted on 17th Jul 2017

In recent research from The University of York, the influence of both acupuncture and counselling were studied to ascertain the difference they made to patients suffering with pain and depression when added to standard medical care. In the first trial 29 high quality clinical trials were used and around 18,000 patients were assessed. The patients were suffering from various types of pain from neck and lower back bain to head and knee pain

Happy 80th Birthday Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic

Posted on 11th Jul 2017

On Tuesday 28th June Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic celebrated it’s 80th year in practice. This makes it the longest running Chiropractic clinic in it’s original premises in the UK.

What are my qualifications?

Posted on 1st Aug 2014

A list of small letters after my name might not mean much unless you have an explanation of their significance, so below is a breakdown of my qualifications and the membership bodies I’m connected to. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Berkhamsted acupuncture research update: Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression

Posted on 30th Sep 2013

New research into acupuncture and counselling for depression from Dr Hugh Macpherson at The University of York has led to some interesting conclusions by research scientists on the value of adding acupuncture to the standard care of patients suffering with depression.

Berkhamsted Acupuncture research update: Acupuncture in premenstrual anxiety and depression

Posted on 17th Sep 2013

In this month’s issue of Acupuncture in Medicine, recent research from Brazil into the effect of acupuncture on the symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) has led to some interesting results.

Berkhamsted Acupuncture Research update: Acupuncture for insomnia and sleep quality in pregnancy

Posted on 7th Sep 2013

Researchers at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College’s Division of Graduate Education & Research have conducted a systematic review for non-pharmacological interventions for sleep and insomnia during pregnancy.

Hypnotherapy Berkhamsted: Hypnotherapy for phobias, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Tring, Hertfordshire

Posted on 30th Aug 2013

Phobias are a common source of distress, so common in fact that in the US phobias are the most common form of ‘mental illness’ among women and the second most common in men over the age of 25. Hypnotherapy for phobias is therefore a therapy option that is often sought out, and it’s one that can have profound results in helping people with what can be a disabling problem that severely limits quality of life.

Berkhamsted acupuncture research update: Acupuncture and Pregnancy related back & pelvic pain

Posted on 14th Aug 2013

Pelvic pain and back pain are common in pregnancy with two thirds of women experiencing low back pain, and almost 20% of pregnant women experiencing pelvic pain. During the advancing stages of pregnancy pain can severely impact sleep, mood, and quality of life.

Berkhamsted Acupuncture Research update: Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

Posted on 24th Jul 2013

Acupuncture researchers in Brazil have been investigating acupuncture and fibromyalgia, and particularly the action of needling the multiple tender points which characterize the condition. Fibromyalgia is a chronic rheumatic disorder characterized by a multitude of symptoms such as muscular skeletal pain, numbness, tingling and stiffness, and often fatigue and disturbances in sleeping.

Berkhamsted Acupuncture Research update: Acupuncture and sleep in post menopause

Posted on 15th Jul 2013

Researchers in Brazil have been investigating the effects of acupuncture on sleep parameters, quality of life measures, and symptoms of depression in post-menopausal women.

Hypnotherapy Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire: Hypnotherapy for confidence

Posted on 8th Jul 2013

Hypnotherapy for confidence is something many people ask about when they are thinking of having hypnotherapy. Problems with confidence are very common, and yet it tends to be something people suffer with silently often feeling that the problem is unique to them.

Research update: GP’s most popular Complementary referrals are for Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy

Posted on 8th Jul 2013

In many countries the use of complementary and alternative approaches to healthcare is increasing. Researchers recently distributed a questionnaire to all GP’s registered within the Liverpool Primary Care Trust to determine the referral patterns and attitudes towards the various complementary medical approaches among GP’s. This survey was a follow up to questionnaires collected in 1999.

Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire: Watford, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead & Berkhamsted

Posted on 18th Jun 2013

If you’re looking for a hypnotherapist in Hertfordshire, my hypnotherapy clinic in Berkhamsted is conveniently located at Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic and easily reachable to the many local towns in the west Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire area.

Research update: Hypnotherapy and the stress response

Posted on 16th Jun 2013

While conducting clinical trials with hypnotherapy that honour the individuality of each client is complicated, a recent pilot study by researchers on the use of hypnotherapy for managing stress yielded some interesting results not only in terms of the experience of the patients using the hypnosis, but also on a physiological marker for inflammation – considered a reflection of the stress response.

News update from Berkhamsted clinic: Acupuncture for headaches

Posted on 15th Mar 2013

On the subject of acupuncture for headaches, Mark Bovey the research manager for The British Acupuncture Council has written an interesting piece for the publication Advances in Neuroscience and Clinical rehabilitation.

British Acupuncture Council recognised by Professional Standards Authority

Posted on 7th Mar 2013

As a mark of recognition of the standard of training and development The British Acupuncture Council requires of it’s members, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care have accredited members of the council under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body accountable to Parliament.

Acupuncture research update: Arthritis UK on acupuncture for gout

Posted on 4th Mar 2013

In recent research into acupuncture for gout, Arthritis UK report that researchers have identified that acupuncture is an effective treatment for the condition.

Acupuncture news in Berkhamsted & Milton Keynes: Anxiety UK’s page on Acupuncture

Posted on 21st Feb 2013

The charity Anxiety UK have not only featured Acupuncture in their recent short publication on managing anxiety but also have a short feature on acupuncture for anxiety in conjunction with the upcoming Acupuncture Awareness Week.

Acupuncture for back pain in Berkhamsted and Milton Keynes

Posted on 15th Feb 2013

Acupuncture for back pain is perhaps one of the conditions for which acupuncture gets the most exposure; this is in part due to the increased attention that acupuncture received after being endorsed by NICE (The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) in 2009.

Research news from Acupuncture Milton Keynes: Acupuncture & sleep

Posted on 6th Feb 2013

In some interesting research news on the subject of acupuncture and sleep, researchers from Tianjin University in China have been assessing the effect of acupuncture stimulation on brain wave patterns using EEG (electroencephalograph) signals

Hypnotherapy for pain: What happens to the brain in hypnosis?

Posted on 27th Jan 2013

One of the more slippery aspects of investigating hypnosis has been teasing out what’s actually going on when people are hypnotised (being ‘hypnotised’ can be understood as simply participating in a process of suggestion using focus, attention and imagination).

Simple Questions: dialogues with modern acupuncturists

Posted on 23rd Jan 2013

This one’s more likely to interest acupuncturists rather than the patients that see them but I thought I’d highlight a brilliant website I found a while ago, ‘Simple Questions – dialogues with modern acupuncturists’. It’s a great resource of interviews with leading figures in the field of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and for the reason that it’s sleepily hidden in a corner of the internet I thought it deserved a mention for its treasures.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Tring: Recent media articles

Posted on 19th Jan 2013

A couple of blog posts ago I linked to Trevor Silvester’s short video explaining what Cognitive Hypnotherapy is all about. Here you can read a little more of Cognitive Hypnotherapy’s coverage in the media in this article which featured in The Guardian’s health and well-being section of Life & Style.

What is acupuncture like? Patient experiences & acupuncture awareness week

Posted on 16th Jan 2013

All sorts of people have acupuncture for a great many problems, and yet there are many misgivings about what acupuncture involves. In a recent survey The British Acupuncture Council discovered that 21 per cent of the British public thinks an acupuncturist’s needle is as large as the needle used for an injection – something which is fortunately not the case.

Research update from Acupuncture berkhamsted: Arthritis Research UK on acupuncture

Posted on 9th Jan 2013

In today’s BBC Health news section, the health editor comments on recent research looking at complementary approaches for musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis. According to the researchers, many complementary approaches showed little evidence in support of their use for this condition except acupuncture, and in addition, massage, tai chi and yoga.

Research shows yoga improves lower back pain

Posted on 1st Nov 2011

An article in today’s Guardian reports the conclusions of recent research showing that patients with lower back pain who had a 12 week course of yoga experienced greater mobility and pain relief than patients on current standard care. Benefits were also maintained even 9 months after the yoga was stopped, which could see yoga being recommended for patients with lower back pain and integrated into conventional care.

Research update: Tai Chi may be effective in controlling pain and improving function in Osteoarthritis

Posted on 27th Oct 2011

A systematic review and meta analysis of the effect of Tai Chi on Osteoarthritis has concluded the results as “encouraging, and suggest that t’ai chi may be effective in controlling pain and improving physical function in patients with OA in the knee”.

The science of positive thinking: A video from New Scientist

Posted on 19th Sep 2011

In an interesting article published online in the New Scientist, writer Jo Marchant explores the evidence for looking at how our mental and emotional activity affects our physical health.

Research update on complementary medicine

Posted on 10th Sep 2011

An interesting study has just been published through the Department of Economics at Tilburg University in The Netherlands about the cost effectiveness of complementary approaches to healthcare and the impact of their use on mortality rates.

News from acupuncture milton keynes: Insights into traditional techniques of emotional healing in China

Posted on 6th Jul 2011

Heiner Fruehauf is the Founding Professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Having delved deeply into Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed post doctoral training in China, he’s a great source of information, particularly about Chinese Medicine as it was practised outside of the institutionalised settings of Chinese hospitals and universities.

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