Maria Richards HPD, DipCHyp, MPNLP, MNCH, CNHC

Maria Richards HPD, DipCHyp, MPNLP, MNCH, CNHC

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10 The Shrubberies
George Lane
E18 1BD

07809 639790

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10 The Shrubberies
George Lane
E18 1BD

07809 639790

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 and monthly supervision meetings.

I evolved my interest in self-development and helping others via my work within the media industry, were 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 effects 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 at 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.

Weight & emotional eating: Help, guidance and techniques for people wanting to change their relationship with food.

We uncover what your issue with food is about. Then we explore how we can use this information to help you to reprogram your brain to replace those unwanted behaviours with something more positive because this can lead to lasting change. When you get off the battle ground with food, you could discover a much more healthy relationship begins and continues to be a normal part of everyday life. This can also have a significant impact on any concerns about your weight and healthy eating.

Online Hypnotherapy:

Some issues can lend themselves to online therapy very well. Busy lives means it can sometimes be difficult to travel to different locations. 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 for Global clients. It's not necessary to download Skype as there are other web-based options. PC, Mac, laptop or good tablet with a sturdy rest, and a stable broadband connection are the main requirements. Check out my website for more information:

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.

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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


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.

This may mean a series of 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.

Fees: Depending on the venue, fees can equate to between £80 to £85 per visit - depending on the initial journey package we agree. (For example pay up front for a journey which includes 4 office sessions £330, or 5 office sessions for £410*) Seeing me is just one part of a journey package which includes, a set amount of visits to see me, alongside other things I prepare outside of sessions to give to you. For example,...

Your journey package includes:  Any MP3 recordings I prepare uniquely for you to listen to at home. Any documentation for your tool kit, as a reminder. If required (during a paid journey), the option for a between session phone catch up to 20 minutes at no additional charge. The package included email, phone or text communication.

* Sessions at my office up to 75 minutes. Visits start weekly then would 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, between 4 to 10 sessions. The average is around 6 sessions.

To find out more contact me via email and tell me, in brief, why you are seeking hypnotherapy.

Or visit my contact page and book yourself in for an initial assessment and consultation.

Specialist Smoking Cessation: Usually completes in two sessions and has a specific pricing structure due to two different services. Drop me a line if this interests you or you may like to browse my web page first

Further information

Future plans: 2017

I am looking forward continuing my professional development, and 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.

London, E18 1BD

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Saturday sessions are available, and weekday has the possibility for after office hour appointments. Let's discuss at our initial phone conversation.