John Paradise (Cert Ed. Adv Dip TA, Dip Hyp, NLP, GQHP, GHR Reg. MBACP Reg.)

John Paradise (Cert Ed. Adv Dip TA, Dip Hyp, NLP, GQHP, GHR Reg. MBACP Reg.)

The Haven
11 Gandy Street

Watermill Lodge
EX18 7JY

07768 134537

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The Haven
11 Gandy Street

Watermill Lodge
EX18 7JY

07768 134537

About me

What I Offer
I am a psychotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist.  My approach to hypnotherapy is tailored to your own unique needs. The combination of a psychotherapeutic approach with hypnotherapy can be very effective in helping clients make the change they want.

I do not read hypnotic scripts to clients, I work with you as a unique individual, tailoring your therapy your own unique requirements.

Client successes include overcoming;

  • Bulimia
  • Vertigo
  • Fear of Spiders
  • Losing Weight
  • Smoking Cessation

If you have come this far, then the chances are you are here because you want to make change of some sort in your life.

Hypnotherapy may help with:

  • Phobias
  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Increase Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Pain Control
  • Sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Unwanted habits & addictions
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Lack of confidence
  • Low self esteem
  • Examination nerves
  • Skin disorders
  • Migraine
  • Sporting & Artistic performance enhancement
  • Anger management

What Can Hypnotherapy Be Used For?

I am often asked “What can hypnotherapy be used for”? The answer is pretty much anything.  Hypnotherapy can treat anything where the individuals attitude or beliefs can have a bearing of the condition.  So what about something as severe as a broken leg? Well obviously hypnotherapy will not heal the leg but it can treat the patients attitude to pain, surgery, flashbacks to the incident when the leg got broken, facing the future etc.

What is Hypnosis or Trance?
By conscious mind I mean that every day chatter or voice in your head. It is that part of you that has to deal with work, home, money, family, school runs, servicing the car, etc. Hypnotherapy is just a deeply relaxed state of being where all the distractions, noise and things we see and have to deal with everyday are left in the background. It is a deeply relaxed state that can be experienced with your eyes open or closed. It is similar to that wonderful feeling just before we fall asleep or just before we wake up.  That point where we are not quite asleep and not quite awake but somewhere in between and very calm and relaxed. It is when we are in this state that we can access our inner self our core being or our unconscious mind. I don’t mind what name you want to call it by.  It is that part of you that spends most of the time in the background and it is a vital and important part of us and the part of us that allows us to make profound and lasting change

Hypnotherapists refer to the hypnotic state as trance.  Trance state is just a relaxed state, you are always in control and you will always be in control. You can not be made to do anything against your own will.

So How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis works by using your deeply relaxed state. Your unconscious mind stores an enormous amount of information and emotion, something over which you will probably have no conscious knowledge. However, although you have no conscious knowledge of it,  it still causes your conscious mind to think and react in the way it does. Sometimes, there are conflicts between the way these parts of the mind see the world, and this can give rise to problems. To give an example: phobias. The conscious mind knows that there is no logical reason to be afraid of spiders (for example), but the unconscious mind has attached a fear to the spider, and the unconscious fear over rides it.  With hypnotherapy the therapist sets out to give the client’s unconscious mind beneficial suggestions, which aim to change the way it deals with events or situations.  This can be very helpful where a situation is just about to present itself, for example, to help someone stop that smoking habit or biting their nails , or with a fear of flying .

Every experience you have had as a person is locked within your unconscious mind. You may not remember or recall it from your conscious mind but that does not mean it is not still there within you.  Many issues that we no longer desire or like can be unlocked from your unconscious mind.

So who can benefit from hypnotherapy? The answer to this question is virtually anyone. Hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential.  Given that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true.  However it is not just potential which hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to affect beneficial change. In this regard it is the innate healing capacity of your own body that may be stimulated by hypnotherapy.

Remember that you are the one that makes the change I merely facilitate you doing so.

Curious? Then call me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (Dip Hyp)
  • General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP)
  • Advanced Diploma in Transactional Analysis Studies (Adv Dip TA)
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner
  • Level 2 Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
  • Hypnotherapy supervisor with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).
  • Certificate in Education - Greenwich Univrsity

I belong to the following professional bodies:

GHR – The General Hypnotherapy Register

BACP - British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

UKCP – UK Council for Psychotherapy (trainee member)

UKATA– Association for Transactional Analysis (student member)

IARTA - International Association of Relational Transactional Analysts.

Member organisations


Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.

Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

As both a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist there are many areas that I help people with.


Fees from £40

My fees are:

  • All one to one fees  charged at £40 per session.
  • Couples £55 per session
  • Men’s Group £20 per 90 minute session.
  • Smoking Cessation from £185

A session is typically  60 minutes.

Our initial session is an opportunity for you to describe what it is you would like to change in your life. You may have questions about therapy and how it works and importantly it allows you to decide if I am the right therapist for you.

Irrespective of the type of therapy being practiced it is recognised that the most important part of any therapy is the relationship between therapist and client.

Further information

I work as a psychotherapist and as a clinical hypnotherapist.  I find that combining both approaches can be a very helpful approach.  I work in a contracted way and by this I mean it is important that the client and I have a clear idea about what the client wishes from therapy.

Exeter, EX4 3LS
Chulmleigh, EX18 7JY

Practical details

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Monday - Thursday

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