Laurence Knott

Cognitive Hypnotherapist, MNCH (Reg), DipCogHyp, HPD, MNLP

About me

'Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.'

Carl Jung

I am a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Life Coach specialising in helping people overcome a variety of personal problems including stress, anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, fears, and addictions.

I've worked in Harley Street London, as the in-house coach and therapist at the Body Holiday report in St Lucia and now run my practice in Chorlton, Manchester. I offer socially distanced and Covid safe in-person sessions and and on online via Zoom.

Our work together involves gently shining a light on the unconscious habits of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that hold you back or limit you. I use a mix of conversation and various techniques in my work. Working together I help you tap into your own wisdom, resilience, and capacity for change.

I use Cognitive Hypnotherapy and a range of complimentary approaches and techniques to create a bespoke package of support to help you move from your problem state to your solution state.

Here is a 4 minute introduction to Cognitive Hypnotherapy by founder Trevor Silvester:

Whether you want to create a whole new way of being in the world or simply want to let go of a longstanding habit or phobia I will help you create a new reality.

I offer a free consultation of 30 minutes in person, phone or online. In this session we will connect and we can explore what the change you want to see in your life looks like and what has until now, been holding you back.

You can call or text me on 07540 845390 or send me an email.


So, what is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy (CogHyp) is a brief, solution focused therapy that draws on a wide range of disciplines that include Neuroscience, Humanistic and Evolutionary Psychology and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). The acclaimed hypnotherapist and best selling author Trevor Silvester developed Cognitive Hypnotherapy as a flexible and versatile therapeutic model that is constantly evolving, seeking to draw in new methodologies and techniques that help clients achieve the change they desire. Cognitive Hypnotherapy can also be seen as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as Trevor detailed in an article ( a few years ago. Whilst CBT has been the predominant therapy modality favoured by the NHS in the UK over the last decade or so, research by the Quest Institute has demonstrated the effectiveness of CogHyp as a brief solution based therapy that compares favourably with other therapy modalities such as CBT.

The CogHyp model is based on three core principles:

1. The first principle is that trance is an everyday occurrence. When we are absorbed in an activity like watching TV or driving a car and we fail to hear the phone ring, or we miss a turning, this is a trance state, that is, an altered state of consciousness. And in CogHyp such a trance state is considered to be part of a client’s problem, where behaviour, thoughts and feelings are manifest against their will, where they are not choosing to behave in this way. In CogHyp it is the therapists job to effective ‘dehypnotise’ the client, so that new choices and ways of being are possible where previously a client was not able to behave, think and feel how they want to.

2. The second principle is that all behaviour has a positive intention. On the basis that 90% of our behaviour is unconsciously driven, Cog Hyp assumes that there is an underlying motivation for doing something that is against the client’s conscious wishes. The approach in CogHyp is to work with this positive intention and through a range of techniques, help the client to reinterpret and change the meaning of past events and experiences so that new behaviours become possible.

3. The third principle is that in CogHyp everyone is unique. Clients arrive at their problem or issue through a series of experiences that have shaped them in a unique way and unlike many other therapies, CogHyp does not attach a label to a problem. Instead CogHyp seeks to tailor a treatment to the client’s unique way of thinking, always asking, “What’s that about and how can I use it?” The CogHyp therapist, through maintaining a flexible approach, can draw on a range of techniques to facilitate a client in accessing the internal resources and answers they need to move from problem to solution. This can include suggestions developed based on the client’s own model of the world and their solution state, delivered as part of the session and often captured as a bespoke MP3 recording for the client to listen to at their convenience over the following days and weeks.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma
  • Advanced NLP Practitioner
  • NLP Sports Practitioner
  • Certified Clarity Coach
  • Innate Wellbeing Facilitator
  • BA (hons), BPl

As a fully qualified and insured Cognitive Hypnotherapist, I trained with the internationally renowned Quest Institute based at Regent's University. I have also worked in Harley Street and in 2015, I spent 6 months working as the in-house therapist and coach at The Body Holiday spa resort in St. Lucia. I also deliver a range of resilience and wellbeing programmes for charities and businesses.

Member organisations


National Council for Hypnotherapy

The National Council for Hypnotherapy holds one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists in the United Kingdom and strives to maintain the highest standards among its members.

There is an agreed Code of Conduct, an established Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure and all members are obliged to maintain comprehensive Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance, maintain regular CPD (continuing professional development) hours, and attend Supervision when needed.

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.

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Additional information

My fees generally depend on the treatment package agreed with the client following the initial exploratory call. I work with clients for a minimum of there months.


I see clients in person on Wednesdays at the Wellbeing Place. I see clients online on Tuesdays 11-8pm, Thursdays 11-7pm and Friday morning 10am-1pm

Further information

I offer potential clients an experience of my hypnosis / guided visualisations downloads from this website, where you can listen and download as MP3s:


The Wellbeing Place
559A Wilbraham Road
M21 1AE

Type of session

In person
Laurence Knott

Laurence Knott