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BA[Hons] HPD CNHC SQHP Senior Hypnotherapist Psychotherapist

About me

Established in 2005 with 17 years of full-time experience as a Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist, Senior Psychotherapist and Coach. With over 12 years as a Senior Clinical Supervisor, Mentor and Pioneer for change for new, innovative ways of working within the profession. 

An expert in the profession with over 15,000 hours of providing tailored therapeutic experience in dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues where patients are supported to develop strategies for managing problems and for working out new, more helpful solutions and perspectives on their world.

Considered by many to be a leader in the field of modern effective clinical hypnotherapy and one of the most established practitioners there are in the UK. Certainly one of the most successful hypnotherapists there is in Bristol and the UK. 

I practice exclusively in Clifton one of the most prestigious clinics Bristol known for its desirable location, secluded, quiet, surrounded by trees, easy to park and conveniently located a couple of streets from Clifton Village. I also see patients worldwide - online via Zoom

I am also qualified to supervise, mentor and teach other hypnotherapists (for 12 years) and other hypnotherapy supervisors in clinical practice. Invariably, people know I am very successful and well known in the profession for my specialist areas of expertise, but I am best known for my knowledge of brain areas and how these explainations are linked into therapy. 

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues. 

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

"Research shows that there is more evidence for Hypnotherapy than any other Complementary Therapy...by using hypnosis people can perform prodigious feats of will power and self healing".

Hypnotherapy is a fast, effective and powerful tool for lasting change.

Clinical Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time. It works on things when we know that we would like to change yet we are unable to put those plans into action. This is where hypnotherapy comes in to help you become unstuck and move forward.

Working with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we work together, collaboratively, to look at what you want to change and achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.  The approach focuses on the present and your preferred future and not on the past.

Hypnosis is a completely natural state and it often occurs when we are deeply absorbed, like watching television, reading a book or doing something repetitive. Being hypnotised tends to vary from person to person as everyone experiences hypnosis differently.  In general, most people tend to feel very relaxed and comfortable whilst being hypnotised. Think of it like listening to the radio in the background whilst you restfully close your eyes. When hypnosis occurs we have access to the subconscious mind where the mind can let go of whatever is holding you back and enter into a solution based intellectual mode whereby negative behaviour patterns can be changed in favour of more positive patterns and where unwanted habits can be effectively changed.

This is exactly why Solution Focused Brief Hypnotherapy is increasingly becoming the ‘treatment of choice’.

The science of hypnosis regarding brain activity and connectivity

Research shows that during hypnosis there is a decrease in activity in an area called the dorsal anterior cingulate, part of the brain’s salience network. “In hypnosis, you’re so absorbed that you’re not worrying about anything else,” Spiegel explained.

Secondly, they saw an increase in connections between two other areas of the brain — the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula. He described this as a brain-body connection that helps the brain process and control what’s going on in the body.

I prefer to work more long-term, as the brain requires repetition to form a regular new pattern of response. Some people request one or two sessions of therapy as this is a bit of a pointless exercise to be honest…as habits are created through repetition until they become automatic. 

You can call or email me to ask any questions about the process or whether hypnotherapy can help you and I appreciate your patience in response times as I’m a very busy therapist practitioner. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am one of the most Senior Practitioners in the UK and certainly one of the most experienced practitioners as a Level 5 Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with a level 5 Qualification that is currently the highest award in the country of its kind as most others achieve level 4. 

I trained in 2005 at the prestigious Clifton Practice in Bristol, an accredited centre of excellence and the Gold Standard of Hypnotherapy Training. CPHT is one of the foremost and leading Hypnotherapy establishments in the UK.

I am a member of the following organizations:

  • National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) Senior Supervisor 
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
  • General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR Acknowledged Supervisor and GHR Acknowledged Senior Level & Clinical Supervisor Practitioner)
  • Member of The Professional Standards Authority 

I am registered with all the above which ensures that I meet national standards and abide by a strict code of conduct, performance, and ethics. When choosing a Hypnotherapist to ensure that they are registered with the CNHC and check their details are in the database in order to protect and safeguard yourself and that they regularly attend supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychotherapy in Pain Management - May 2022

Treating the severe OCD client - May 2022

Bridging the evidence-based gap: From pathological narcissism to narcissism survivors - May 2022 

How to Work With Shame - January 2021

How to Work with the Traumatised Brain - January 2021

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - 29th April 2018
Motor disorders with Parkinson’s UK - Mending brains with Parkinson's disease - Why being distracted makes you fall over - CPD - Dr. Emily Henderson is a Consultant Geriatrician and lead for Movement Disorders Research at the Royal United Hospitals Bath and an Honorary Consultant Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol - March 2018
Drug Addiction with the Bristol Drugs Project - Why do people overdose. How do we treat drug dependence - CPD - March 2018
Dementia with BRACE - Making and maintaining memories - Why brain cells stop working properly in dementia - CPD - March 2018
Mental Health Disorders - Finding more effective interventions for major depressive disorder. What does sleep have to do with our mental health - CPD - March 2018
Evidencing The Science of the Initial Consultation - 3rd December 2017
Treating Intrusive Thoughts - 19th December 2017
Psychological Science - 2017
Willpower - Self Regulation and Control - 24th September 2017
An Introduction to EEG electroencephalogram (Measuring Brain Activity) and Hypnotherapy - Saturday 23rd September 2017
Self-Hypnosis for Pain Management - 2017 Hypnotherapy Supporting People undergoing Chemotherapy and Emetophobia -  Dorothea Read & Sarah Whittaker 2017
Needle Phobia - Dorothea Read & Sarah Whittaker  2017
Masterclass in Hypnotic Language and Metaphor - 2017
Masterclass in Conversational Hypnosis - 2017
“The Domesticated Brain: How the Changing Social Environment Turned Us into Children" - Professor Bruce Hood - 18th March 2016
Masterclass in Ericksonian Indirect Hypnosis - Dr. Robert McNeilly 11th & 12th April 2015
Hypnotherapy For Clients Having Chemotherapy - Dorothea Read & Sarah Whittaker  18th September 2015
Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice - SQHP CPHT 
National Council of Hypnotherapy CPD Training - 15th February 2014
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Claire Brigg OCD - 15th June 2014
‘A life in neuroscience: from brain mechanisms to public policy’.Professor David Nutt - Friday 11th October 2013
The Relationship between Neuroscience and Obesity - Claire Brigg 26th August 2012
Neuroscience and Research - Dr. Naeem Iqbal 28th April 2012
Solution Focused Brief therapy talk with Evan George - BRIEF:LONDON - 26th November 2011
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Refresher Course for fully qualified hypnotherapists  - David Newton 30th October 2011
The Contagious Power of Positive Thinking - Dr. David Hamilton - 13th September 2011
Getting More Clients - Marketing Course - 26th June 2011 Nicola Griffiths 
Psychoneuroimmunology - The Impact of Hypnotherapy on Disease - 20th February 2011 - Dr Ken Murray
Introducing Neuro-Linguistic Programming - July 2011
Head of Research for Association For Solution Focused Hypnotherapists - 2011
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Refresher Course - David Newton 27th & 28th Nov 2010
SFBT Supervision for Hypnotherapy Diploma - AccHypSup; NCH Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor 
Solution-Focused Group Supervision Certificate - 20th June 2010 
Solution-Focused Supervision Diploma (16th December 2010)
Diploma in SFBT Skills for Hypnotherapists: SFBT-Hyp-(21 September 2009) taught by David Newton 
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills: CBT-Hyp-(8th June 2009) taught by David Newton 
Certificate: Drug Addiction: Addiction, Dependence & Change…Biology Or Belief - taught by Phillip Harris (29th June 2008)
Certificate: ‘Solution-Focused Film Show’ (April 2008) training by David Newton 
Certificate in Mindfulness and Acceptance-based strategies (27th July 2008) taught by Denise Clark 
Certificate: Miracle Question (29th April 2007) training by David Newton 
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy HPD DHP Professional Practitioner (2006) taught by David Newton 
Certificate in Life Coaching - February 2006 awarded by Newcastle University 
Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 2005 awarded by Weston College 
RSA NVQ Assessor Award - January 2001
Employment and Diversity Training Certificate (2000)
BA HONS DEGREE 2:1 - 1992-1995
BTEC National Diploma in Multidisciplinary Design - 1990-1992 awarded by Darlington College 

Clinical Supervision

I am a consistent regular attendee of supervisions and now peer supervision as is required at Senior Level. From 2019 I started to supervise other Senior Supervisors. I believe all practitioners have to attend regular supervision and that this be a requirement to practice.

Constantly Acquiring Knowledge

Additionally, I regularly attend courses, workshops, seminars (see above) and I research/read continuously to keep abreast with any changes or advances within Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Neurodynamics, Neurochemistry, Psychology, Psychotherapy and everything related to the brain and the wider profession. This ensures that I always keep my advanced/prolific learning and continual professional development up to date.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).

Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.

All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.


National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

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.


Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including hypnotherapy.

In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.

A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

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

Please note I only see adult clients over the age of 18 years.

I help adult patients with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, however, in the more specialist areas, I tend to offer private therapy for individuals (be aware that NHS waiting times for therapy, such as CBT often involve long waiting times. 

The Guardian, March 2022 reported

“Delayed treatment increases risk and you can expect problems in application to study or work, relationship issues, other emerging co-morbid mental health issues, for example, depression, with increased vulnerability to self-harm, anxiety with panic attacks and so on.”

A recent BBC survey (March 2022) found that public satisfaction with the NHS has dropped to its lowest level in 25 years after a sharp fall during the pandemic. That is a drop from 53% the year before - the largest fall in a single year. The public said it was taking too long to get a GP appointment or hospital care, and there was not enough staff. Satisfaction with GP care and hospital services were both at their lowest levels since the survey began.

And mental health charity Mind said there were long waiting times to access NHS services and people being turned away are all now commonplace.

It’s estimated that 1.6 million people are waiting for treatment on the NHS, and the number of adults experiencing depression and anxiety is at pre-pandemic levels.

The pandemic, covid and lockdowns have caused a perfect storm for an unprecedented need for treatment and unfortunately, the longer anxiety issues are left unchecked, the more anxiety spirals, and the increasing anxiety makes thoughts, feelings, and behaviours worse, often intensifying existing symptoms or generating new ones as anxiety always has to have a focus. Increasing stress and anxiety work in tandem to heighten subjective units of distress (SUDS scale).

The general feeling is that NHS psychological and mental health support is so stretched and subject to such long waiting times and when patients do finally manage to access services that the provision of support is insufficient (normally 6 sessions) or disappointing. 

I offer professional private treatment for help with: 

Panic Attacks - I get a lot of people referred to me for dealing with Panic attacks and the debilitating feeling that panic propagates. I used to suffer from panic attacks in my twenties so I have a full understanding of the mechanisms of how they operate and hope to overcome them. A panic attack is often caused by a full stress bucket as anxiety always has to have a focus but with panic attacks, the metaphorical stress bucket has subsequently overflowed causing these attacks. If the anxiety is left unchecked it can grow into fear and phobia or cause us to feel trapped by fear and anxiety. We work together in therapy and by significantly lowering anxiety to restore that sense of control, balance and equilibrium to give you your life back. 

Calming the Autonomic Nervous System  

Hypnosis has shown an effect on the regulation of the autonomic nervous system by increasing parasympathetic activity. The Analgesia/Nociception Index (ANI) is derived from heart rate variability and represents the relative parasympathetic tone. This is achieved through parasympathetic  positive trance. 

Hypervigilance/threat anticipation 

People experiencing hypervigilance are unusually sensitive to the environment and people around them. It is not a condition in itself, but a way of behaving that may be caused by trauma or an underlying mental health problem. When someone experiences hypervigilance, their subconscious is constantly anticipating danger. 

The situations they are trying to spot might be:

• a physical danger
• a repeat of a traumatic event
• something wrong in a relationship

This super alertness makes people with hypervigilance feel and act as though there is always a threat around the corner.

Normally, they are not responding to a real threat. Rather, their brain is overanalyzing, and overreacting to, input from their senses.

I help many patients to overcome this type of overactive threat detection system. 

Post pandemic anxiety  -  “The mind, brain, and the body are inextricably linked and interconnected“...I help many patients with the aftermath of symptoms or anxiety that the pandemic, multiple lockdowns and covid have produced such as brain fog, anxiety, lack of motivation, apathy etc Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can help to reduce the fatigue, stress, anger or anxiety surrounding the symptoms and can be highly effective in helping the individual with better coping strategies, resilience, restore energy, balance and equilibrium. It's important to consult your GP to rule out any medical aspects. 

The evidence around COVID’s impact on mental health - A study of 236,379 adults, monitored for six months after receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis, has shown that 24% had experienced a mood or anxiety disorder. This was the first diagnosis of such a disorder in 8.6% of patients.

Of these 236,379 Covid-19 survivors:

18% had an anxiety disorder
13.6% had a mood disorder
17.4% had an anxiety disorder
5.4% had insomnia

Intrusive Thoughts - Experiencing sudden, involuntary, unwanted thoughts that are often repetitive and can be disturbing or distressing for the individual. Intrusive thoughts can be a symptom of anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 100% of the general population has experienced intrusive and disturbing thoughts, images or ideas at various points in their life and heightened stress and anxiety can fuel intrusive thoughts/images or ideas. The most common are intrusive thoughts about relationships that can place a strain on the relationship itself. Examples of relationship intrusive thoughts can include:

analyzing the strength of their feelings for their partner obsessively and finding fault
constantly seeking reassurance from their partner or doubts regarding fidelity, controlling behaviours etc 

Trauma processing Dealing with deep-level trauma that intense anxiety and stress exacerbate - helping to release any repetitive subconscious negative habits that are affecting the mental or physical aspects of a person's life for stress-related issues that have been ruled out medically, have not responded to standard talking therapies etc and are a direct result of trauma/anxiety/depression and stress. 

Psychological Numbness - I've helped a vast number of patients who experience numbing of emotions (aka emotional blunting) as this is a primitive response to protect oneself from unpleasant or painful feelings. Elevated stress, anxiety, depression or trauma can often fuel emotional numbing that gains strength (if left unchecked) to avoid future potential “threats” often fuelled by negative forecasting, rumination and future discounting and other cognitive distortions. 

Workplace Issues or anxiety whereby patients want to access external, private, therapeutic support to talk through their concerns with total confidentiality. I particularly enjoy helping people who experience bullying in the workplace to assist them in significantly reducing the stress and anxiety bullying causes, to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence to tackle the work situation assertively and effectively to empower themselves to transform from the “victim” to the “creator” of their circumstances to help facilitate the patient to move forwards from the toxicity of the bully/bullying. 

Insomnia and sleep issues When we sort our sleep out then generally everything else sorts itself out. We need our sleep to go into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) to process each day's events through clear dreaming (a rerun of the day or through metaphor or stories). When our sleep suffers then we aren’t able to clear out or process the very issues or concerns that cause stress and anxiety in the first place.  Unfortunately, as adults, we are restricted to just 20 per cent of REM so we can see how when sleep is disrupted that we can’t process emotion, stress or anxiety effectively. Hypnosis is clever as it replicates REM so we can process these feelings or emotions that have accumulated and finally let go of the things that have been piling up in our lives (in our metaphorical stress bucket) or that continue to bother us but with hypnotherapy we can restore our ability to find solutions, gain insights, solve problems and get our life back on track. 

Perfectionism and excessive devotion to work to the point that individuals exclude hobbies and friendships. The three types of perfectionism are socially prescribed perfectionists, other-oriented perfectionists, and self-oriented perfectionists. The approach of “healthy striving” can help people find the middle ground between high performance and damaging overachievement. I offer relevant and tailored treatment for perfectionism, the anxiety that fuels such exacting standards and behaviours and to help the person achieve a greater life balance. 

Health Anxiety (Specialist area of mine and one I used to suffer severely with in my twenties. I suffered particularly badly with a severe case of papulopustular rosacea (PPR) that primarily affects the face whereby I practically hibernated for 9 years, despite useless creams and steroids being prescribed by various doctors, dermatologists, acupuncture, etc, I never gave up and continued to research the condition myself and I finally discovered what worked to clear my skin...Soolantra, a cream that was developed containing ivermectin. I fully appreciate the debilitating effects that living with this type of condition impacts severely tests one’s mental and physical health/resilience. 

I have vast knowledge and experience of Health Anxiety...a condition in which a person is excessively and unduly worried about having a serious illness. I’d suffered from Health Anxiety or hypochondria, depression, panic attacks and worries about all aspects of health in my twenties. Health Anxiety is:

• Being preoccupied with having or getting a serious disease or health condition
• Worrying that minor symptoms or body sensations mean you have a serious illness
• Being easily alarmed about your health status
• Finding little or no reassurance from doctor visits or negative test results
• Worrying excessively about a specific medical condition or your risk of developing a medical condition because it runs in your family
• Having so much distress about possible illnesses that it's hard for you to function
• Repeatedly checking your body for signs of illness or disease
• Frequently making medical appointments for reassurance — or avoiding medical care for fear of being diagnosed with a serious illness
Avoiding people, places or activities for fear of health risks
• Constantly talking about your health and possible illnesses
• Frequently searching the internet for causes of symptoms or possible illnesses

OCD: Obsessional Compulsive Disorder - another specialist area and one which I suffered from extensively when OCD ritual behaviours started in my teens (my symptoms developed when I was 12) and twenties (before training as a therapist) so I understand its deeper workings and how to overcome it or positively direct it, as I did during my therapy training. 

Fears and Phobias 

I deal with many cases of Emetophobia (Fear of being sick) and Pseudodysphagia (fear of choking) and also for Globus hystericus (GH) is a subjective feeling of a lump or foreign body in the throat thought to involve psychogenic factors. Driving phobia is another area I get numerous recommendations and referrals for, having treated it successfully many times before. Vestiphobia - fear of clothing is another anxiety area I see much of. Social phobia or social anxiety is a common presenting issue that I help patients with and there are many other fears and phobias that I've helped patients with over the years so these are just a few examples but there are many more fears and phobias that I can help people with. 

GAD: General Anxiety Disorder: People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. 

Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:

  • panic disorder
  • phobias, such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
  • social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

Health-related Anxiety Reduction - I get patients referred to me from multiple referral streams from other practitioners and organisations for this. 

Relationship Issues I see patients that have experienced a range of issues from controlling behaviours or arguing and jealousy or resentment patterns that erode relationships. I also tend to see a lot of patients where the relationship has ended and they feel empty/lost/grief regarding the temporary void that this causes we work on processing these emotions and subsequently rebuilding and restoring confidence, self-esteem, new ways of thinking, feeling etc 

Helping Men Heal from Narcissistic Abuse

At the end of a relationship, narcissists may become combative, passive-aggressive, hostile, and even more controlling. People with NPD often fail to understand other people's needs and values. They are hyper-focused on their egos but do not account for how their actions affect others. I help patients to understand this toxic relationship and emerge from a victim mentality to one of personal empowerment by strengthening their sense of self through subconscious ego-strengthening suggestions in addition to increasing self-worth, self-esteem, educating the patient around appropriate boundaries and assertiveness whilst understanding not to enter in the realms of the narcissists game playing, gaslighting, controlling and manipulative behaviours that narcissistic personalities attempt to continue to snare their “prey” with. Healing from narcissistic abuse can often be a complicated process to navigate but with the right therapy, there is hope and help in moving towards a loving and mature relationship where you feel respected and emerge from the chaos that narcissistic abuse often causes. *I no longer see women who want help with narcissistic abuse due to negative client transference/projection in these instances but I will offer a referral to another therapist for these cases. 

Assertiveness, Boundaries and Empowerment 

I work with numerous patients on correctly asserting themselves, understanding, asserting and maintaining appropriate boundaries without it being confrontational or feeling guilty. The therapy empowers individuals to improve their work, relationship and the way they feel about themselves in order to transform their lives on an automatic subconscious level and this also shows up consciously in the persons new perspectives, positive interactions and positive outcomes. 

Dysfunctional Social Interactions - I see many patients when they are in conflict for whatever reason that is negatively impacting their social interactions, how they react to other people and blame others for the unfortunate events or unfair treatment or circumstances that they feel have left them angry or apathetic. 

Confidence and Self-Esteem Issues. I work with patients that present with things from Victim type mindsets or Imposter syndrome/self-sabotage/secondary gain to negative childhood patterns that are carried through to adulthood. 

Exclusion Particulars

Please note I only see adult clients over the age of 18 years. I can offer a referral to another therapist for patients under 18 that have time to deal with the additional workload that this requires and I became increasingly dissatisfied with the amount of external interruptions and administrative requests these cases required. People were adequately warned I would retract the service for under 18’s if this continued. My caseload is simply too busy and sometimes highly complex for such matters that I no longer have the time for. 

You may contact me to ask if I offer therapy for the issues you are seeking treatment for but I'm known to be quite particular about the patients I choose to see. It's often assumed I will just automatically take on anyone that makes an enquiry but I will make that decision whether or not I wish to take on an individual or not on a case-by-case basis and this depends on my current caseload. I do not make same-day appointments or get involved in the drama of requiring an immediate appointment - this is not the way I work as my caseload is busy enough. Similarly, if a patient doesn’t leave sufficient time for the presenting issue(s) (such as fear of flying or a driving test) to be treated then I’ll simply redirect you elsewhere. 

Unfortunately, I am unable to see people that have a phobia of dogs and appreciate that people do not enquire about Cynophobia (fear of dogs) and find another practitioner do deal with this. 

• Please note that there are some issues I do not offer therapy for, for example, I no longer offer therapy surrounding sexual problems, drug abuse, alcohol addiction or stopping smoking - although people keep on enquiring, I’ll just refer these people onwards. 

Gastric Band hypnosis, Autism, Aspergers ADHD, BPD, MPD, personality disorders PTSD or CPTSD are also issues I no longer offer therapy for but I can offer you a referral to a colleague or one that specialises in the treatment of sexual issues or for stop smoking therapy. Some further exclusions apply such as I do not travel to see people off-site, I never have as I do not have the time to do so because I’m simply too busy. I no longer treat children as the administrative aspect and liaison with the parents, schools, CHAMS takes up far too much time but I can offer a referral to a therapist that offers therapy to children or teenagers.

UK hypnotherapy regulation prevents hypnotherapists from providing a clinical diagnosis and this must be done so via your GP and a necessary referral where appropriate. 

I simply do not deal with any enquiries regarding “past life regression” in any instance. Past life regression is widely rejected as a psychiatric treatment by clinical psychiatrists and psychologists. A 2006 survey found that a majority of a sample of doctoral-level mental health professionals rated "Past Lives" therapy as "certainly discredited" as a treatment for mental or behavioural disorders.

I do not respond to rude or aggressive messages or behaviour in any form. If messages or emails are not respectful then the patient will lose their rolling slot and any treatment will be terminated and contact will cease. 

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£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

10-minute contact call (free)

Please note I only see adult clients over the age of 18 years. If you would like to, we can set up a free telephone or online video call (up to 10 minutes) so that you can ask me any questions you may have before booking in for your initial session.  Just go to the contact page and send me a message. Do note that my core hours are 9 am until 5 pm and that requesting a preferred time is not the way the diary operates…any remaining time that’s left in the diary is the time slot that will be offered as other spaces are often already taken up by other patients. 

Initial Consultation £85 

Please note I only see adult clients over the age of 18 years.

*Paid in advance on the day of booking to secure any appointment be it face to face or online via Zoom. Subject to terms and conditions.

(Including a complimentary relaxation CD/MP3)

Stop Smoking Therapy 
[Stop Smoking Therapy is not currently available as I do not have the time slots to include this]

(lasts up to two hours and includes a complimentary relaxation CD, & further supporting documents) Before 5 pm only. For stop smoking sessions I ask for a non-refundable deposit of £125 payable via PayPal or bank transfer, at the time of booking to secure the appointment. Subject to terms and conditions. Stop smoking appointments can not take place in Clifton due to the limited availability of sessions that are reserved for 1:1 face to face /recurring weekly attendance.

Initial Consultation £85

Please note I only see adult clients over the age of 18 years.

The initial consultation is where I find out a bit more about you and how you would like hypnotherapy to help you. I also explain in great detail how the brain works and what Hypnosis is and what it is not, what it can and can’t do. This session is likely to last for approximately 50 minutes to an hour. Prepayment is required to secure any session (face to face or online via Zoom) or I will not be present as I have a busy schedule with other commitments and I value my own time. Understand that I will not continue to see any patient that decides to waste clinical time. 

Subsequent Sessions £85

Please note I only see adult clients over the age of 18 years.

Subsequent sessions (face to face or Zoom online) are 50 mins to 1hr and are prepayment is required 1 week in advance to secure the rolling slot. The prepayment session fee must be paid by 5 pm on the day of your last attended session or it will not be secured. 

You must pay for all your scheduled appointments whether or not you attend them. 

No Discounts 
Due to high rental/ other business costs, there are no discounts or concessions. Discount requests will be respectfully declined as this negatively impacts the therapeutic alliance as all courses I’ve attended to acquire my knowledge have been self-funded. The stated fee is the fee that stands as I offer a premium service and always give 110 per cent in the service that I provide and I expect my patients to be respectful as such. I do not entertain discussions regarding requests for discounts as my training and knowledge reflects the set fee. Any discourteous, rude, offensive or aggressive messages will not be responded to as per the code of ethics regarding abusive patients. 

My fee is higher than some other hypnotherapists due to my extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise.

Payment is always in advance by BACS bank transfer.


Please note that due to a continuation of such a high demand for appointment times to see me that arranging an appointment will now be between the hours of 9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

See contact page for availability. My contact hours are strictly Monday to Friday 9 am until 5 pm. I do not provide an out of hours, evening or weekend service as I have other commitments. 

Further information

Five Star Google Reviews


My first time trying hypnotherapy, he is both caring and supportive, Michael helped me deal with some tough issues both personal and professional. He allowed me to move forward after being stagnant for a long time.

Michael is a wonderful hypnotherapist. I met him approx 10 years ago. I first went to him to overcome a fear of flying and went on to fly solo to Australia feeling calm and enjoying it (and did several internal flights out there!)!

Years after that, I suffered acute anxiety and panic through extreme pressure at work so I went back to Michael. He taught me all about the biochemical responses that were happening as a result of the stress & worked with me to calm my Amygdala’s response. His sessions were the only time I could relax and my hypnotherapy sessions ensured my recovery.

I’ve since been back at various times when I know I need some time with Michael. I love our time together. Not only do I learn so much, I also have a safe space to talk and be heard, and know that I’ll receive the best hypnotherapy to work on myself and being the best version of me.

Michael is calm, funny, caring, patient, and reassuring. He is excellent at what he does and without a shadow of doubt, I would urge you too book some time with him & experience the benefits for yourself!

Life changing experience.

Michael is without a doubt one of the most important people I ever met in my life.

He not only changed my ailment, but my whole perspective on life as a whole. I highly recommend him to anyone on the fence.

Thank you so much for what you do Michael.

ALISON BALL Michael is calm, friendly and patient and he certainly knows his stuff when it comes to the brain and mental health. The combination of hypnotherapy and positive talking therapy is very powerful. We have used twice for OCD issues. Cannot recommend highly enough.

RHIANNON WOOD The best way to describe what Michael does is to give an example. When I first started seeing him I had spent my whole life with an inner monologue of negativity. My mind would never leave me alone. I'd suffered breakdowns and was starting to worry my life would only be a maelstrom of negativity. After the first two sessions (the first was talking and the second was talking and hypnotherapy) I found myself sitting at work and realising I hadn't had a single thought in an hour. I was completely in the present and engaged with my surroundings. The difference he has made in my life is incalculable. If, like I did, you suffer from anxiety, depression, low self esteem (or any of the other myriad of things he treats) he is absolutely the man to see. My life has gone from strength to strength since I started seeing him. He does not judge, he is kind and patient with everyone. I cannot recommend him enough.

GARY BETTON Michael has been supporting me with weight loss through hypnotherapy, my journey started 18 months ago with an initial set of visits where Michael used his extensive skill to put me at ease and work with me toward my goal, through these sessions and support, I lost 3 1/2 stone over the following months, I returned recently to successfully loose a further half stone, the therapy has not only empowered me to hit my initial goals but also helped with sleep and stress management leaving me in a far more relaxedand positive. Michael shows a genuine interest in your needs and works with you to achieve your desired goals, he is supportive and radiates a calm, positive and trusting environment.

HELEN JONES When I first went to Michael I can only describe myself as being broken, having tried various other therapies nothing had worked, I was desperate to find a way forward.

From my very first meeting with Michael I knew that this was my way forward, he was understanding, kind and compassionate and appeared to know me better than I knew myself. Michael changed my life in the most positive and incredible way.

Michael saved me and I am forever telling people how amazing he is.

I have known Michael since 2011. During that time he has supported me personally and professionally and has been instrumental in developing me as a person and helping me fulfil my potential in a professional services environment. Michael is not only a fantastic hypnotherapist, but a lovely person and I always look forward to our sessions. Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the years. 

I've known Michael for more than ten years and I would encourage anyone to contact him if things feel too challenging or overwhelming.

Michael has supported me through a number of stressful times in my life and has helped me to reflect on personal relationships with others and more recently to cope with major surgery and a difficult recovery. He helps me to understand how I respond emotionally in different situations and how to find positive solutions.

I appreciate being able to ask Michael for guidance and support which is always given with warmth and kindness.

I met Michael at one of the lowest points of my life when I couldn’t find a way forwards.

His calm and reassuring approach has really helped me to turn my life around.

I really can’t rate him highly enough. Thank you Michael for changing my life for the better!

I am struggling to write this review as Michael has helped me so much that it’s very hard to articulate or even start to explain the impact he has had on my life.

Michael is able to understand who you are and what it is you need to feel better, he does this with compassion, sincerity and totally without judgement. He brings a reassuring humour so you can see light at the end of the tunnel. A session with Michael feels like seeing an old friend and you can’t help but feel a little lighter.

He is a total professional and his knowledge of the brain and mental health is second to none. He goes above and beyond and I feel a huge comfort knowing he is there should life throw another curve ball.

If you have any doubts about hypnotherapy or feel nervous about the process then please don’t, give it a try, it has saved me more than once.

I first visited Michael for help with insomnia and found his support and knowledge really helpful. I have consulted him on various issues over the past few years and always find him to be calm and supportive. I find checking in with him a couple of times a year, really helps to support my emotional well-being.

Michael is the best therapist I've ever met. If I have some bad times, I go back to him and he fixes me back up quickly.
Life is unpredictable and we all face ups and downs. Normal counselling or therapy did not help me fast enough when I had the biggest "downs". I have felt helpless and so desperate at times.
When I tried hypnotherapy with Michael, I realise what an amazing change this could bring to my life. I've had rough times again since the 1st time and Michael welcomed me back despite a long waiting list. I was back facing the hardship of life shortly after.
If you feel lonely, or desperate, or lost, then contact him, he can help where no others can.

For video testimonials please visit my website http://www.michael-hughes.co.uk/about/

5 College Fields, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HP

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Older adults

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I’m a Senior Supervisor with 17 years experience and 12 years of supervising hypnotherapists at all levels across the profession.

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