David Kerr DipHE DCHyp ACertCSHyp
HPA-Hypnosis is a blend of ethos and science that delivers you results through the use of cutting edge hypnosis techniques.
You have two systems that protect you from threats. One is the immune system, a collection of cells and lymph nodes that orchestrate an attack when they come across internal intruders. The second is the hypothalamus- pituitary -adrenal axis (HPA axis) which is a complicated feedback loop that starts in the brain and switches on when you perceive a threat. Most people would know this as the ‘fight or flight’ response.
The ‘fight or flight’ response causes a cascade of physical reactions preparing the body for action. However, modern threats such as job interviews, novel situations and the worry about jobs or relationships can cause physical responses that are usually disproportionate and last too long. This elevates stress hormones in the body leading to fatigue, weight gain, heightened levels of anxiety and poor health.
Luckily there are a host of things that you can do to reduce your stress levels . Developing insight into the source of your stressors, getting enough rest, a little exercise and good nutrition will have you well on your way to balancing your health. Hypnosis is useful at re-balancing your autonomic nervous system and dampening down your HPA axis leading to better health and better ability to cope with stressors.
Understanding the science is the first step in reducing stress levels. The ethos behind HPA Hypnosis is Helping People Achieve…
HPA Hypnosis is able to provide consultations to all those in the city, along the M4 and A470 corridors with relative ease and assured confidence.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Cardiff at the Natural Health Clinic, one of Cathedral roads oldest health establishments. Also with a clinic in Pontypridd's favourite osteopathic clinic, which has just recently celebrated its 29th year.
Recognising the importance for clients to be able to access health care when it is right for them, David is able to arrange appointments outside working hours and on the weekend.
Many of David's clients arrive at the clinic having tried various avenues with limited success before they decide to benefit from hypnotherapy, some having visited their GP and yet to find a solution.
If there is a possibility that you are experiencing a problem that is psychosomatic in origin, there is a good chance hypnotherapy can help. This means that whatever is causing you stress, worry or some sort of barrier could be related to thoughts or feelings that result in changes in behaviour or how you feel physically.
David sees a wide range of individuals from professionals to the unemployed; children to the retired. Each individual is provided with bespoke sessions with a focus on developing emerging strengths rather than discussing weaknesses.
Despite the difficulty some individuals find making that initial consultation, many wish they had made it earlier after experiencing the effects of hypnosis.
David's approach is grounded in science, artfully delivered to achieve fast and effective results for his clients.
Having trained with some of the most influential figures within the field of hypnosis and behavioural change from across the globe, you can be assured that whatever you are currently looking to change or improve, David is in a good position to help you achieve your goals.
Hypnotherapy for a range of conditions including:
Addictive behaviours (including smoking, alcohol, substance misuse) infertility, phobias, panic attacks, weight issues, sleeping problems, fears, bed wetting, IBS, performance anxiety, dental treatment issues, child birth, dystonias, bruxism, OCD, pain control, chronic fatigue syndrome, tinnitus, blushing, psychosexual disorders, acute Stress disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, ultradian stress syndrome, sporting and corporate performance.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2009, David trained with the prestigious BST foundation under Andy McCann, a prominent figure in the field of sport hypnosis, gaining a distinction with merit for achieving over 90% in a practitioner diploma, awarded the letters DCHyp. Continuing with further studies with the BST he then completed an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Strategic Hypnosis, adding to a growing repertoire of skills, awarded the letters ACertCSHyp. David then completed a University Diploma of Higher Education in Clinical Hypnosis with the BST Foundation awarded by St Mary’s University College allocated the use of the letters DipHE.
David has continued with his professional development completing three levels of training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy under Ingrid Wallace at Cardiff University.
In 2015, David spent two weeks in Spain completing an NLP practitioner and coaching certification program led by Dr John Grinder, co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming so he can offer clients the highest level of flexibility in helping them make the changes they want.
Before entering the field of hypnosis, David had already created an impressive C.V. gaining qualficiations in several different employment sectors including finance and other areas of health. He has over fourteen years’ experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, line managing 25 staff and delivering services for people with challenging behaviour and complex needs. Having a keen interest in promoting equality David is often approached for hypnotheray sessions by family members of individuals with disabilities, other health care workers or by individuals themselves.
David also continues to benefit from the extensive and wide range of clients he sees at his two clinics. Each one, teaching him new things about human potential. Please get in touch via e-mail, text or phone when you are ready to discuss your needs.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
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.
£50 per consultation plus card surcharges between 50p-£1 depending on location.
If clients have conditions that prevent them from attending a clinic, please contact for details about home visits. A small mileage fee may apply.
Parking available behind the Muni Arts Centre and various locations for Pontypridd.
Natural Health Clinic is less than ten minutes walk from Sophia Gardens car park but you can also usually find a space on Cathedral Road if you allow an extra five to ten minutes.