Michael Hughes BA (Hons) HPD MNCH SFBT (Hyp) Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist
5 College Fields
54 Chesterfield Road
I trained in 2005 and have over 10 years clinical experience and I'm an Accredited Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist & Supervisor. Working from two very beautiful clinics in Clifton & St Andrews in Bristol.
I work full-time as a clinical hypnotherapist and have remained consistently busy with a high number of referrals and recommendations over the years. This certainly helps people have confidence and feel much more at ease and assured when booking an initial consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner.
Considered by many to be a leader in the field of modern effective clinical hypnotherapy and one of the most established practitioners there are in the UK. Certainly one of the most successful hypnotherapists there are in Bristol today.
Clinical Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern and well researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time. It works on things when we know that we would like to change yet we are unable to put those plans into action. This is where hypnotherapy comes in to help you become unstuck and move forwards.
Working with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, I look at what the you want to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change. The approach focuses on the present and your preferred future and not on the past.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state and it often occurs when we are deeply absorbed, like watching television, reading a book or doing something repetitive. Being hypnotised tends to vary from person to person as everyone experiences hypnosis differently. In general, most people tend to feel very relaxed and comfortable whilst being hypnotised. When this occurs we have access to the subconscious mind where the mind can let go of whatever is holding you back and enter into a solution based intellectual mode whereby negative behaviour patterns can be changed in favour of more positive patterns and where unwanted habits can be effectively changed.
This is exactly why Solution Focused Brief Hypnotherapy is fast becoming the ‘treatment of choice’ for many people.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Senior Practitioner and a Level 5 Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. A level 5 Qualification is currently the highest award in the country of its kind.
I trained in 2005 at the Clifton Practice in Bristol, an accredited centre of excellence and the Gold Standard of Hypnotherapy Training. CPHT is one of the foremost and leading Hypnotherapy establishments in the UK.
I am a member of the following organizations:
- National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
- Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH)
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice (UKASFP)
- General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
I am registered with all the above which ensures that I meet national standards and abide by a strict code of conduct, performance and ethics. When choosing a Hypnotherapist ensure that they are registered and check their details are on the database in order to protect and safeguard yourself and that they regularly attend supervision. Details of my additional training, qualifications are:
- Head of Research for Afsfh - 2011
- SFBT Supervision for Hypnotherapy Diploma - AccHypSup - NCH Accredited Supervisor
- Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma - HPD
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy - DHP
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma (CBT Hyp)
- Life Coaching - Certificate
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Impact of Hypnosis on Pain and Disease
- Neuroscience and Research
- Drug Addiction - Biology or Belief
- Psychoneuroimmunology - The Impact of Hypnotherapy on Disease
- The Relationship between Neuroscience and Obesity
- Mindfulness and Acceptance based strategies
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy Skills Training
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
I have always regularly attended supervisions and now peer supervision as is required at Senior Level. Additionally I regularly attend courses, workshops, seminars and I research and I read continuously to keep abreast with any changes or advances within the profession. This ensures that I always keep my learning and continual professional development up to date.
I am a exemplary champion of best practice.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Public speaking
- Relationship issues
- Sex addiction *
- Sexual issues *
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- Weight loss
* 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.
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Initial Consultation and Assessment
£70 (Including a complementary relaxation CD)
Session after 5pm
Stop Smoking Therapy
(lasts up to two hours and includes a complementary relaxation CD, & further supporting documents)
Initial Consultation and Assessment
At the initial consultation is where I find out a bit more about you and how you would like hypnotherapy to help you. I also explain how the brain works and what Hypnosis is and what it is not, what it can and can’t do. This session is likely to last for approximately 1 hour and is charged at £70.
Subsequent sessions are 50 minutes.
Please note that due to a continuation of such a high demand for appointment times to see me that arranging an appointment will now be between the hours of 9am-6pm only.
Weekend contact is not permitted.
I offer both short-term and long-term work, depending on your individual needs and requirements. You can call or email me to ask any questions about the process or whether hypnotherapy can help you.
I am pleased to say that around 95% of my work comes via recommendation, word of mouth or referral.
Payment is made by cheque or cash at the end of each session.
You can find out more by visiting the website or visiting the facebook page.
Modern clinical hypnotherapy is a safe and very effective treatment for changing unwanted behaviors, attitudes and thought processes. The Health Education Authority says that:
"Research shows that there is more evidence for Hypnotherapy than any other Complementary Therapy...by using hypnosis people can perform prodigious feats of will power and self healing".
Hypnotherapy is a fast, effective and powerful tool for lasting change.
I'm so glad to hear you are doing so well. I would always recommend you as the level of work you deliver is first class quality so to speak. In other words, it worked for me and others I know of,... even now, years after seeing you. Thank you.
Take care, love Ursula x
Ursula Chokker, November 12th 2015
I can not emphasise enough how much better I feel in such a relatively short time. Thank you Michael, you truly are a great professional and also a lovely bloke too!
K.Smith, Nurse, September 2015, Bristol
'Just to let you know I just went to the dentist and had a tooth out without any panic attacks!! Thanks so much for your advice. Xx'
- AP, Retired, February 2015, Bristol
'I'm probably in the best place I've been for a few months and in particular the past fortnight has been consistently good, with lots of great things happening in my life...I'm a solid 9 on the happiness scale. Definitely. And life just keeps on getting better and better.'
- SH, Student, February 2015, Bristol
'I don't wake up at night or during the night anymore. In fact I can't actually recall the last time I did that. I often wake up naturally just before my alarm feeling energised and calm in the morning after I've listened to you on your relaxation CD. And I'm an 8.5 to a 9 on the happiness scale.'
- LB, Professional, February 2015, Bristol
So far so good, not touched a cigarette since I saw you, not even thought about it that much actually..
Keep going eh.
- MS, Professional, December 2014, Bristol
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