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Overcoming anxiety, stress, phobias and more

About me

Hi, my name is Carl and I am a clinical hypnotherapist. I'm here to help you focus on the positives and feel good about the road ahead. I'm dead easy going, approachable and keen to help you out of your dark places.

I use solution focused hypnotherapy to find the best solution for you: to eliminate your fears of anxiety, depression, or any phobias you may have.

Many suffer for a long time before seeking help, either because GP waiting lists are so long or because they don't realise the effectiveness of treatments like hypnotherapy. I'm here to help you now so you move forward with your life.

Solution focused hypnotherapy is a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis. I am focused on helping individuals to heal, energise, and become aware of their inner strengths. My promise is to be there for you every step of your journey.

Areas of special interest and experience include:

  • Anxiety
  • Weight loss
  • Driving test nerves 

If you are interested in changing your life for the better and knocking your anxiety and fear on the head for good get in touch. I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation or zoom (if you prefer).

Call on 07380 253063 or send an email.

I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can.  In the meantime please read some of the following common questions I get asked:  

What is Solution focused hypnotherapy?

  • It's a type of 'talking therapy', that combines the use of psychotherapy with hypnosis. Hypnosis or 'trance' is a very natural, relaxing state, encouraged by using guided meditation.

What can I expect during a session?

  • A brief talk about your week. This helps you to discuss what positive things have been going on, and whether you have noticed or made any changes in your life that are moving you nearer to your goals!

What can I expect from the initial consultation?

  • Just signing the consent forms. an explanation of how the brain works, why we suffer with anxiety, depression, etc.. and what we can do to move forward.

How does solution focused hypnotherapy differ from other forms of hypnosis?

  • It's different because it doesn't require the therapist to 'dig into' a person's past, as this is not deemed necessary. Only focus on going forwards.

Is Hypnosis safe?

  • we all naturally go in and out of trance states many times during the day – perhaps when we are driving, reading a good book or even washing the dishes. Yes, its safe.

My therapy room is situated in a quiet, peaceful location. I provide an environment which is safe, warm, private, and comfortable which will allow you to explore your feelings and thoughts thoroughly.

You can me on 07380 253063 or send an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH)
  • Association of Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (MAfSFH) (Reg)

Ex Armed forces

My background was in the Armed Forces. When I finished my Royal Navy service in the late 90's I felt like a square peg in a round hole. Civilian life was very difficult to adjust to,  and I started to suffer with anxiety. My GP referred me for counselling sessions, but these were not very effective for me. There wasn't much help back then for ex-service people, so I decided to undertake my own research. One afternoon I read an article online written by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg- who are solution focused hypnotherapists in the USA. I decided to try hypnotherapy myself, at my own expense,  and after my first session felt instantly much calmer! 

My further research into anxiety, phobias and depression encouraged me to become a therapist myself. I enrolled with the Clifton Practice Bristol- the gold standard of hypnotherapy training-and re-trained to become a Solution focused hypnotherapist.

My training was intense, it deepened my knowledge, I finally understood how the mind worked - which was a revelation to me. I've never looked back since, it's been a great journey, and my own experiences help me greatly when I am dealing with my clients. I am focused, and dedicated to helping anybody who suffers with anxiety. 

My motivation is for my clients to feel self worth, to have self confidence, and to move forward with their lives.

Solution focused hypnotherapist: Positive Outlook Hypnotherapy

I founded Positive Outlook in 2021. There has been a lot of interest within my local community: Taster sessions, hypnotherapy workshops and much more are planned for 2022. I have a real passion for my work, and enjoy witnessing the positive changes in my clients very quickly. I have treated many people successfully who have been overweight, anxious, had low self esteem, depression, and phobias!

Member organisations


Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)

The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) was set up to provide information about a modern form of Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits to members of the public. The main aim of the AfSFH is to spread awareness of the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Its secondary aim is to support Hypnotherapists in their businesses by encouraging good practice and self-care.

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

Information about health conditions (*)

Hypnotherapy can enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting hypnotherapy.

Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

Driving test anxiety: Driving test anxiety can be such a nuisance.  I am sorry that you have had to turn to a hypnotist because anxiety is destroying your driving test hopes.  I have had many clients tell me that they felt confident driving for their instructor; in fact they were good, safe drivers and drive perfectly well. However; all this comes apart when its time to take that test! If this is your story then be assured that hypnotherapy for driving test anxiety could help you. A few sessions of hypnotherapy are considerably cheaper than a whole new series of lessons and then a test at the end of them. Give me a call to find out how it works. I'll be glad to talk with you about how I can help you to let go of the fear. 07380253063

Weight Loss: I used to be overweight & I know how difficult it is to lose weight, but more importantly keep it off! I can honestly say that I tried every diet unsuccessfully. My weight would fluctuate and it was a struggle until I discovered Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. I was able to reverse bad eating habits,  and then re-tune my mind into making healthier choices automatically. I lost a massive four-and-a-half stone in one year along with regular exercise, and a healthier diet.  I am living proof that hypnosis is extremely effective in reaching your weight loss goal.  Call me for a free telephone consultation: 07380253063.

Anxiety:  Suffering with anxiety can be very debilitating. It can come on when you least expect it to; it comes in waves, and has peaks, makes you feel nauseous and completely helpless. Nobody should have to go through it, and your quality of life is affected massively. Negative thinking causes anxiety, and this anxiety is stored in what i call a “stress bucket” . When we stockpile too much anxiety in this “stress bucket” it will overflow and cause: Anxiety attacks, depression, and low moods. Call me for a consultation and i'll explain why we suffer with anxiety, depression, OCD, and phobias and what I can do to help you. 07380253063

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Ok I'm interested, what will it cost to see you?

Our first appointment is very important.  I will question you gently and listen to you very carefully while taking an extensive case history. We will get to the heart of what you want and need from the therapy and what kind of therapy is going to be most effective and beneficial for you. One size never fits all and it is very important to get this right.

Initial consultation: £40

General sessions: £60 ph

Smoking cessation: £200 (one-off session)

Sports performance: £60 ph

Weight management: 6 sessions for price of 5 - last session Free

Social Confidence – six sessions for the price of 5

Fear of Flying – 2 x 1.5 hour sessions for £195

IBS  – six sessions over 12 weeks – for the price of 5.

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"Carl helped me with my anxiety after a severe accident in work. He got me back into a good place and made me feel so much better.

He went above and beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend Carl without hesitation."

- Brett Abbott 

"My time with Positive outlook Hypnotherapy helped me apply the positive messages, which in turn allowed me to gain better control off my anxiety. If you want to take control I would definitely have a chat with Carl."

- Jason Brown 

"Great service highly recommend. Helped me with a smoking issue very relaxing calm atmosphere would highly recommend Carl to everyone."

- Bernie Brougham 

"I couldn’t recommend Carl enough! When I first came to Positive Outlook my anxiety was taking over my life and my physical health was poor because I could barely eat. I constantly felt nauseous and my sleep was disturbed. I was waking up in the early hours then couldn’t settle. This affected going to work the next day as I was left feeling exhausted. I’ve tried everything from counselling to cognitive behaviour therapy with no luck-until I started hypnotherapy.
Carl has helped me overcome my anxiety and take back control of my thoughts! After 6, 1 hour sessions I’ve easily had 80 percent improvement.
Carl put me at ease in every session and helped me break negative thoughts by focusing on solutions rather than being stuck with thinking about the problems themselves. He is upbeat, easy going, friendly and kind.
Carl helped me understand how my mind works so I can now work with it- I now have a healthy routine and can achieve the things I wanted to do and also try things out of my comfort zone.
Thank you for all your help and support"

- Rachael O’Connell

"Well worth a visit if you want to quit smoking. Thanks Carl"

- Ralph Howes

Liverpool, Merseyside, L31

Lydiate, Merseyside, L39

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

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