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Hypnotherapy MA (Ed), MACH. MCAHyp, Master NLP practitioner

About me

                                     TIME FOR A CHANGE?


Hypnotherapy can give you the confidence, self belief and techniques to take back control of your life. The results can be life changing. Why not give it a try?

Covering Ipswich/ Colchester and all the surrounding towns and villages for 20 years Hugh Clover is a very experienced and respected Advanced Hypnotherapist, Hypnohealer and Master NLP practitioner. NLP (Neuro-linguistic-programming) is a world wide accepted means of providing strategies for excellence in therapy, business, education and sport).

Hugh is a member of the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy , The Atkinson Ball College of Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing, and the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, where he has trained to the standard of Master NLP practitioner under founder Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna.

Using the state of the art techniques of advanced hypnotherapy and NLP to help clients to overcome the huge range of difficulties that can be helped in this way is Hugh's passion.

Hugh believes we all have the resources within ourselves to achieve what we want in life. Hypnotherapy and NLP is a powerful and exciting means to help you unlock that potential.

(Hugh practices from Stratford St Mary - just off the A12 on the Essex/Suffolk border with easy (free) parking - in comfortable reach of Ipswich, Colchester and the surrounding towns and villages)

Hugh has spent his whole career interested in helping people. He started his professional life as a journalist before entering social work, and then special education, where he gained his MA at Cambridge with the University of East Anglia. Hugh sees his previous professional life experience as the perfect platform for his present expertise in advanced hypnotherapy and NLP.

Hugh supplies an ethical, caring, quick and confidential service. Please see Hugh's website for much more detail about his services and testimonials from satisfied clients.

Hypnotherapy and NLP can help with more or less any problem at any time and can enhance performance.

Standards of hypnotherapy have been talked about for years. Recently there has been an attempt to combine all hypnotherapists under one standard register to 'protect the public'.  Unfortunatley the standards of a register to include every hypnotherapist in the UK must be low. How could it be otherwise?

So the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy has drawn up its own standards - The Atkinson-Ball Standard. These standards are taught at the Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing. The standards are laid out clearly under 'standards' on Hugh's website  The standards are also clearly laid out on the Corporation website To discover more about how this standard of hypnotherapy can enable you to overcome problems and achieve more of your potential, quickly and elegantly, please consult these websites.

All members of the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy are trained in some of the most advanced hypnotherapy techniques in the world. These techniques include effective and elegant tools, enabling clients to overcome lifelong, limiting beliefs. The question underlying all our work with clients is 'What does this client need?'

More and more, the medical profession is turning to Advanced Hypnpotherapy to deal with chronic problems of stress, anxiety, depression, and  IBS to name but a few.

The term hypnotherapy gets banded about, giving people the assumption that it is basically one method. This is not the case.

Most hypnotherapy is based on the work of Dr Milton Erickson, who took suggestion to a whole new level. His rambling way of working belied the genius within.

Unfortunately, most Ericksonian therapists rely on scripts to get results. Dr Erickson never used a script in his work.

More direct methods of working were devised by Mr Dave Elman, who, in the 1940s and 1950s, taught his method to doctors and dentists in the USA.

The more advanced techniques of modern hypnotherapy are based on Elman's work. They are direct, quick and effective, partly, because the therapist goes with what the client is experiencing, rather than telling the client what they will
be experiencing.

All Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy (Atkinson Ball Standard approved) therapists are supervised and insured. Complaints are directed straight to the president of the Corporation.

Direct personal access for information or complaints means no more being directed to a committee or some faceless organisation. By having an understanding of just what to expect from both your therapist and the process, it takes the guesswork out of chooosing an effective hypnotherapist.

Every therapist on our register practices advanced hypnotherapy. As it is more effective than conventional hypnotherapy, it is often cheaper, due to the fewer number of sessions required.

When a client contacts Hugh with regard to therapy he or she is asked to come to see Hugh for an initial consultation. Here the client is able to explain their difficulties in more detail, while Hugh explains what hypnotherapy entails, answers any questions the client may have, and explains exactly how he would work with the client. There is no pressure to undergo therapy after the initial consultation if the client decides not to.

A list of just some of the problems hypnotherapy is regularly used to help with (by no means comprehensive) is:

Agoraphobia, allergies, anxiety, anger, childbirth, claustraphobia, compulsions, lack of confidence, depression, driving test, eating disorders, eczema, exam nerves,sense of failure, fears, guilt, bad habits, headaches, indeciveness, indigestion, inferiority feelings,insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, learning difficulties, marital problems, memory difficulties, migraine, nail biting, nervousness, neurosis, nightmares, pain control, panic, phobias, psoriasis, public speaking, rejection feelings, self consciousness, sexual problems, shyness, sports abilities, smoking, stage fright, stress, tension, timidity, weight control and worry, and much more.

All the above problems Hugh has worked with over his 20 years of experience. Hugh particularly specialises in working with anxiety, confidence, self esteem and panic, but no problem is too big or too small to be considered.

Due to his previous professional experience as a teacher and social worker, Hugh is comfortable working with children and teenagers.

Hypnotherapy, as Hugh practices it, is a fast, comfortable, effective, and no-nonsense therapy, and can genuinely be life-changing.


'Hugh provides a life-changing service in a calm and trusting environment and has a deep understanding of the human psyche. Hypnotherapy (and NLP) with Hugh actually changed the way I think about my work and personal life in ways I never expected it to. I believe everyone should try it'  Mrs E.K

Training of the highest standard can be offered by the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy to those interested in becoming effective/elegant advanced hypnotherapists - see  It is hoped that a course will be held in the area of the Essex/Suffolk border next year.

Training, qualifications & experience

Member of the Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing

Member of the Corporation of the Advanced Hypnotherapy (An elite group of hypnotherapists who have all completed post graduate training in hypnotherapy. The corporation is one of the founder members of the British Complementary Medicine Association, and abides by their strict code of ethics).

Member (Master Practitioner) of the Society of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) (trained by NLP founder Richard Bandler)

Member organisations


The Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy (CAH)

The Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy was formed in 1986, and is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards within their profession. Members are Advanced Hypnotherapists, which means that their therapists have proven to have completed their advanced training in Hypnotherapy, and have satisfactorily demonstrated their advanced skills. The Corporation is active in representing all its members on a national level. All of their U.K. and Ireland members are registered with The U.K. Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations – UKCHO.

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.


Additional information

Hugh does have a defined fee classification. This is discussed with clients at the point of first contact.

Further information

Hugh believes a mature life experience - aligned to a thorough, comprehensive training with the best hypnotherapy and NLP training schools available - is essential to becoming an effective therapist.

Prior to becoming an advanced hypnotherapist Hugh worked as a journalist, social worker, and a teacher in special education (gaining his MA in education at Cambridge - through the University of East Anglia).

Hugh's work in education and social work allows him to feel comfortable working with children and teenagers as well as adults in hypnotherapy and NLP.

All Hugh's professional experiences in life have been driven by his urge to help people culminating in his present profession of Advanced Hypnotherapist and Master NLP practitioner. He sees his profession now not as one of work, but his raison d'etre, his passion.

Hugh is married with two grown up children.

Telephone: 0206 323089

Welland, Upper Street, Stratford St Mary, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6JW

Type of session

In person