About Sally Potter
Hi, I’m Sally Potter. I lead from beside my clients to enable them to discover their own full wellness.
I am a fully qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist with many years of experience and learning. This has developed to become specialist approach to helping women, through group work, retreats, and one to one coaching and therapy.
Sally is a wonderful warm person. With her help I have managed to overcome severe trauma and anxiety. I highly recommend her for anyone who is struggling. Or just needs support.
Esther, March ’23
I am passionate about what I do and I find profound satisfaction in helping people to create positive change in their lives.
From Devon to Africa and back again!
I trained as a radiographer in Plymouth and enjoyed a 15 year career in the NHS and private sector before having the first of our three children and moving with my husband to live in Gabon, West Africa.
A few years in Surrey on our return, then in 2005 Devon beckoned once more, and the Potter family has been settled here since then.
Whilst bringing up my family of three, with my husband working away for much of the time, I continued to study with the Open University – Technology, Health and Disease, and Astronomy.
I managed work and volunteering around the busy schedule of the children. However, as they became more independent I realised that I really wanted to return to a caring career. Hypnotherapy was a profession in which I knew I would make a real difference to peoples’ lives.
Sally’s training and experience
Navigating failure and getting back up again
Before becoming a hypnotherapist, I had a varied career! Beginning with selling wedding dresses, and moving through radiography and Direct selling.
Upon our return to Devon, I set up and ran a music festival with a business partner, which was successful for four years. My kids were so impressed to have a mum that ran a festival. It was pretty cool, and incredibly hard work. The closure of the festival when it collapsed in its final year was a huge learning curve. I learnt to manage failure and loss, as well as navigate enormously difficult conversations and decisions. This stressful time had a massive impact on my relationship with my husband, threatened our home, and deeply affected my confidence. I’m proud now to have used this learning to help me help others, and also to build my new, successful business as a hypnotherapist.
I trained in Hypnotherapy in 2015 at the Observatory Practice in Plymouth – part of renowned Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training. I am qualified in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, holding a Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH), and the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD), required for entry to the register of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
Never wanting to stop adding to my skills and learning, in 2019 I added a Certificate in BRIEF Solution Focused Therapy. BRIEF is the Centre for Solution Focused Practice in the UK, and Solution Focus informs my whole practice.
I’m also an alumni of the Neuroscience Academy and study with The Clinical Hypnotherapy School and Mike Mandel Hypnosis
Now with over 7 years of hypnotherapy experience under my belt, I’m proud to be helping people every day.
Sally leading from beside
The Solution Focused approach puts clients firmly in charge. My role is not to try and step into my clients shoes. Rather, it is to follow the lead of each answer to a question, and from beside my client, to ask the next. In this way, the solutions are always those of my clients, which creates powerful, long lasting change.
I quickly knew that this way of working was right for me when I began my training. This is confirmed in the successful outcomes that my clients experience week on week.
Sally is lovely, patient and puts you completely at ease. I’d thoroughly recommend for anyone who feels they need a little brain TLC. Thanks again
Lorna (online client, 2022)
When I’m not working in my practice
You’ll find me on Dartmoor or the beach with my dogs. We currently have 4 Springer Spaniels, all related, from Great Grandma to youngest pup.
I also enjoy managing our little patch of land for wildlife and diversity. I’m just about to learn how to scythe, and I’ll be helping lay a hedge this autumn.
Retreats with Sally
The beauty of where we live has inspired me to create our Healthy Minds Retreats.
More than just another retreat, women come here to mark a change in their lives from doubt and uncertainty, to confidence and new beginnings.
Feeling very at peace. Thank you all for such a great wonderful weekend xx
Lyndsay, January ’23 retreat
If you’d like to share my lifestyle and deeply relax here in Devon for a few nights take a look at the Retreat Page.
Sally Potter – Nourish Membership
I’ve created a beautiful membership for women. In it, we meet online or in person for wellness workshops, relaxation sessions and guest expert spots. It’s a beautiful safe space for deep connection and learning.
Well done Sally and Sandy*. Just perfect.
Made me give a very contented sigh.
Can’t think of better people to nourish with.
Beryl, Nourish Member
Find out more about Nourish here, and join.
*Sandy is my Retreat and Nourish business partner. As well as being a beautiful human being, she’s also a chef, and creates wonderful food for us.
I am insured with Holistic Insurance and hold a current DBS check as well as undertaking regular supervision in line with the requirements of my regulatory bodies.
Clients can choose to see me at my home practice just outside Ivybridge, or online via Zoom from anywhere in the world!