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About me

Desmond is a psychologist and hypnotherapist with over 20 years' experience helping people change their lives. With clinics in South London and Harley Street, Desmond specialises in creating profound transformation within three sessions or less.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Desmond went on to complete an MSc in Educational Psychology at the Institute of Education, London. His interest in hypnotherapy was awakened when he and his wife used hypno-birthing to support the unassisted, drug-free birth of their two children.

Desmond studied hypnotherapy under Tom Fortes Mayer, pioneer of the Freemind system, which uses music (live and recorded) as a catalyst for powerful and long-lasting transformative work with hypnotherapy clients.

Desmond is compassionate, intuitive and incisive in his work. Priding himself on his ability to make his clients feel confident, relaxed and completely empowered, Desmond aims to achieve profound and lasting results in the fewest sessions possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

BEd - University of Cambridge

GradDipPsych - University of East London

MSc - Institute of Education

DipHyp - Tom Fortes Mayer (Freemind)

Desmond studied for his B.Ed. at the University of Cambridge before going on to studying for a graduate diploma at the University of East London. Desmond completed his MSc in Educational Psychology at University College London and he trained as a hypnotherapist under Tom Fortes Mayer, pioneer of the Freemind system.

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

As a writer, composer, performer and producer I also specialise in working with actors, musicians and performers of all disciplines, helping them with everything from stage fright to career development. Previous clients include some very well known faces and voices from TV and radio.

Photos & videos


£60 per hour.

Sessions last for one hour, although the first session can last up to one and half hours.

Smoking cessation consists of one intensive two hour session with a follow up session (if needed) and is charged at a one-off rate of £300.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a hypnotherapist's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the hypnotherapist to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Harley Street appointments available on Sundays. South London appointments available weekday mornings (not Wednesday). Evening appointments available by prior arrangement.


Desmond O'Connor - BEd(Cantab), DipPsych, MSc, DipHyp

Desmond O'Connor - BEd(Cantab), DipPsych, MSc, DipHyp