17 years of full-time experience and expertise. Accredited Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist with over 12 years supervising other therapists; from newly qualified therapists to Senior Supervisors and by industry standards, this is substantial/practical experience.
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 and I can say this because it’s true and factual.
I practice exclusively in Clifton -at Bristol’s most prestigious and desirable locations, 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 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 extensive Neuroscience knowledge and enhanced psychological education.
Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues.
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
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. When this 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’.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Senior Practitioner and a Level 5 Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. A level 5 Qualification is currently the highest award in the country of its kind.
I trained in 2005 at the 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)
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice (UKASFP)
- General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR Acknowledged Supervisor and GHR Acknowledged Senior Practitioner)
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
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 Chemotherapy and Emetophobia - 2017
Needle Phobia - 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 - 18th September 2015
Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice - SQHP
National Council of Hypnotherapy CPD Training - 15th February 2014
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - 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 - 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 - 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
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 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)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills: CBT-Hyp-(8th June 2009)
Certificate: Drug Addiction: Biology Or Belief - Phillip Harris (29th June 2008)
Certificate: ‘Solution-Focused Film Show’ (April 2008)
Certificate in Mindfulness and Acceptance-based strategies (27th July 2008)
Certificate: Miracle Question (29th April 2007)
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy HPD DHP Professional Practitioner (2006)
Certificate in Life Coaching - February 2006
Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 2005
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
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
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
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
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
I regularly get patients referred to me for:
Health Anxiety (Specialist area of mine and one I used to suffer chronically. I have vast knowledge and experience of HA.
OCD: Obsessional Compulsive Disorder - another specialist area and one which I suffered from in my teens and twenties so I understand it’s deeper workings and how to overcome it.
GAD: General Anxiety Disorder.
Cancer Anxiety Reduction - I get patients referred to me from multiple referral streams for this.
Confidence and Self-Esteem Issues
£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
15 minute contact call (free)
If you would like to, we can set up a free telephone or online video call (up to 15 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.
Initial Consultation £80
*Paid in advance on the day of booking to secure the appointment. Subject to terms and conditions.
(Including a complementary 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 complementary 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 limited availability of sessions that are reserved for 1:1 face to face /recurring weekly attendance.
Initial Consultation £80
At 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.
Subsequent Sessions £80
Subsequent sessions are 50 mins to 1hr and are prepayment is required to secure any session.
Due to high rental/ other business costs there are no discounts or concessions.
My fee is higher than some other hypnotherapists due to my extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise.
Payment can be made by card, cash or 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 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
See contact page on website for availability.
I offer both short-term and long-term work, depending on your individual needs and requirements. You can call or email me to ask any questions about the process or whether hypnotherapy can help you.
DAVID “DAYVID” CARDEN
a month ago 5 Star Review
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.
a month ago 5 Star Review
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.
a month ago 5 Star Review
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.
I am pleased to say that around 98% of my work comes via recommendation, word of mouth or referral.
Modern clinical hypnotherapy is a safe and very effective treatment for changing unwanted behaviors, attitudes and thought processes. The Health Education Authority says that:
"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.
Clients recent 5 Star Google Reviews 2021
A week ago - New 5 Star Review
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.
2 weeks ago - NEW 5 Star Review
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.
2 weeks ago NEW 5 Star Review
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.
3 weeks ago - NEW 5 Star Review
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.
3 weeks ago - NEW 5 Star Review
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!
4 weeks ago NEW 5 Star Review
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.
a month ago - 5 Star Review
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.
a month ago 5 Star Review
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.
a month ago 5 Star Review
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!
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