Maria Richards HPD, DipCHyp, MPNLP, MNCH, CNHC

Maria Richards HPD, DipCHyp, MPNLP, MNCH, CNHC

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I am unable to take further enquiries until 02-Mar-2020

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About me

My aim is to help you help yourself in overcoming your problem and for this to be a long and lasting change.

As a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) I adhere to the highest standards in training and follow a strict code of professional ethics and public protection policies. I am also registered with the Complementary and National Healthcare Council (CNHC). My membership of these associations is also dependent on a commitment to continual professional development.

I evolved my interest in self-development and helping others via my work within the media industry, where I served both public service and commercial companies. Promotion from technical roles into managing teams and motivating individuals towards achieving targets and succeeding in their own personal goals.

That’s when my initial interest in learning coaching methods to help others was ignited.

I was drawn to Cognitive Hypnotherapy because of the therapeutic help it provides as a multi-discipline in helping people in so many ways to achieve change. In particular helping them recover from stress and anxiety to lead healthier, happier lives.

If you would like to know more about 'Cognitive Hypnotherapy' as a discipline check out the video under 'further information' below.

Points of interest:

Smoking & Vaping Cessation Specialist:

I am trained in  The Simmons Method - which is based on the latest cutting-edge Neuro-scientific research on how smoking affects the landscape of the brain, which hijacks the internal motivation and reward system making it difficult to stop the smoking. The Simmons Method aims to help you understand much more about what is happening to you, and this training enables me to create bespoke treatments which can help you to break all the unique associations that trigger the smoking in you. We can do this in one or two sessions - check out my website for more information and how to contact me.

Breaking unwanted habits:

Many of my clients have been successful in taking back control and overcoming their unwanted habits.  Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for helping people with all sorts of addictive behaviours including, smoking, poor eating habits, addiction to cola drinks, nail-biting and thumb sucking, skin picking, and pulling hair.

Emotional issues:   Stress, anxiety, panic attacks and low mood, depression and trauma.

We explore how you perceive and experience your problem and work towards making positive changes over a series of sessions, which can enable you to manage your own response to your stress or anxiety. Encouraging a better understanding of what you could achieve with the ability to relax and be much more in control. Gradually and at your own pace, you can move towards your solution state, by drawing upon your own resources and learning new ones that can help you.

I have recently relocated to West Sussex

The East London clinic can continue for Stop Smoking sessions only, with a potential for Tuesday sessions. However, you may also like to consider on-line sessions which have more flexibility for weekdays or Saturdays.

For all other issues consider the possible benefits to you with time, or comfort by choosing to have sessions with me online.

Online Hypnotherapy:

Clients who have worked with me across a secure video connection have found the sessions just as beneficial as being inside a physical office location. All you require is a PC, Mac, laptop or tablet with a sturdy rest, and a stable broadband connection.

As one client said:

"I wasn’t sure how this would affect the experience, but it didn’t lessen the impact in any way. The sessions had an immediate and far-reaching impact on me. Maria’s warmth and steady approach came across clearly, and I felt completely reassured and involved."

Many issues can lend themselves to online therapy very well. Busy lives mean it can sometimes be difficult to travel to different locations even if you are situated in the same county.

It may be that a client lives in another part of the UK or even another country and would like to connect with a therapist who specializes in their issue. UK Law applies to all, including global clients. As a preference, I use Zoom conferencing as my video link option. Which means the client doesn't have to have an app on their desktop. It's also secure and complies with UK regulation and GDPR (confidential data and privacy) rules.

For more information on the benefits of online therapy please take a look at my online page:

Training, qualifications & experience

HPD, hypnotherapy practitioners diploma – verified by The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH). Presently the only independently accredited, professional standard qualification in Hypnotherapy in the UK

DipCHyp, Diploma in Cognitive hypnotherapy awarded by The Quest Institute – the pioneers of Cognitive Hypnotherapy

MPNLP, Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. (NLP)

Eye Movement Integration Plus practitioner (EMI) - has multiple applications including trauma, guilt, and worry.

Rewind Technique practitioner - excellent gentle approach to help with many issues including phobia, trauma, stress, and anxiety.

Help to Lift depression/low mood practitioner: Training and certification with 'Uncommon Knowledge' psychotherapy and hypnosis practitioners.

I've had the honor to assist the founder of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Trevor Sylvester, on the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy diploma course. Quest is a great community of therapists and it was a joyful experience to help guide the budding new hypnotherapists on their journey.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

        * If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.

        Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

        Vaping (e-cigarette) cessation
        Emotional eating

        Therapies offered


        Taking the first step: Initial assessment conversation with all prospective clients at no charge. Everything I do is tailored toward you personally because all clients are unique.

        It's usual to have an initial telephone assessment and consultation for prospective clients. There is no obligation or charge for this service, which may run up to 30 minutes. This enables me to listen to you and gain a better understanding of your situation and how best to support you.

        We can then decide on how many sessions within a framework, a journey which includes other resources tools and interventions, for you to learn and keep.  I would outline the specifics during our conversation. Everybody is different, some clients may need to extend their sessions for a further period of time, others are able to progress in as little as three or four sessions.

        Fees: There are discounts available depending on the amount of session time within the journey package taken. For example, if your journey package included six sessions that would equate to £70 per session. If you decided to split the costs and took an initial journey package that contained 3 sessions (with the option to extend your package if appropriate for you) that would equate to approximately £83 per session.

        All is explained in our initial no-charge conversation.

        Your journey package includes Any MP3 recordings I prepare between sessions, uniquely for you to listen to at home. Any documentation for your toolkit, as a reminder. If required (during a paid journey), the option for a between-session phone coaching-style catch up on your presenting issue, of 20 minutes at no additional charge. The package also includes email or text communication.

        * Duration of each session is up to 75 minutes. Meetings start weekly and may move to fortnightly or, depending on your progress, monthly. A journey can be extended as appropriate to your needs.

        How many sessions: This is client dependent, some people go at a faster pace, whilst others need a more incremental pace of improvement. As a generalised guide, and depending on your issue, some clients require between 4 to 8 sessions. The average is around 6 sessions.

        To find out more contact me via email from the button at the top of this page and tell me, in brief, why you are seeking hypnotherapy.

        I also have a contact and scheduling page where you could book yourself in for an initial assessment and consultation.

        Specialist Smoking Cessation: Usually completes in across two sessions, which are one week apart, all included within the one fee. The fee is dependent on your choice of venue, i.e London venue or an online stop smoking package. Drop me a line if this interests you, so we can set up an initial conversation free of obligation on the phone, or if you'd like to learn more before making contact here is the link to my stop smoking web page.

        Further information

        Future plans: 2020

        For those who prefer - Watch this space for future information about the possibility of clinical settings in the Sussex area.

        I continue my professional development an on-going process which ensures I stay at the top of my game when it comes to providing the best techniques for my clients to recover from their issues.

        I have published various articles in Perception Magazine, which focus on and reviews different aspects of Cognitive Hypnotherapy. You can read some of my articles along with my colleagues at this link, (copy and paste into your search engine) and you can also subscribe for free.

        Want to know more about 'Cognitive Hypnotherapy' and what makes it unique?

        Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy, you won't be locked into years of therapy and you may be surprised at just how quickly you start to experience improvements.   In some cases, four to six sessions can be enough to be in a place where you could be ready to continue your journey without additional help.

        Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43
        London, E18

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: No

        Please note that at the London office address, there is a steep stairway


        Working exclusively on-line, October to December 2019. Weekday availability can include after office hours. Saturday day time can also be booked for sessions.