Michael Hughes BA (Hons) HPD CNHC SQHP Senior Therapist & Supervisor Est 2005
5 College Fields (Lower Ground Floor)
The Arches Therapy Rooms
198 Cheltenham Road
I trained in 2005 and have over 13 years clinical experience and expertise as an Accredited Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist & Supervisor. I work from a prestigious location in the BS8 area of Bristol, near Clifton Village and Bristol Zoo with easy parking. The clinic is peaceful, tranquil & surrounded by trees.
From the end of January 2018, I’m very pleased to announce that I will also be practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from a brand new clinic called The Arches Therapy Rooms in Montpelier, Bristol in BS6 (See Photos). This is so that my clients in BS1, BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS6 and BS7 or the surrounding areas can access therapy from a convenient central location (only 3 minutes from the city centre by car).
I am also qualified to supervise, mentor and teach other hypnotherapists and other hypnotherapy supervisors in clinical practice. (I am at full capacity with the therapists and graduates I supervise and as always, there is a very long waiting list of therapists that are waiting to be mentored by me). 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.
Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:
- Fears and phobias
- Physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines
- Anxiety and stress
- Work Related Issues
- Anger Management
- Insomnia and other sleeping problems
- OCD, obsessive thoughts, feelings or emotions/compulsions
- Panic attacks
- Lack of confidence
- Exam Nerves. Fear of Failure and pressure to achieve.
- Fear of socialising and going out
- Eating Disorders
- Addictions and addictive cycles and behaviours
- Weight Management
It can also be used as a tool to:
- Manage pain
- Improve performance at work or in sport
- Improve birth outcomes
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 are in Bristol today.
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 forwards.
Working with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we work together, collaboratively, to look at what the 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 ensure that they are registered with the CNHC and check their details are on the database in order to protect and safeguard yourself and that they regularly attend supervision. Details of my additional training, qualifications are:
- New courses - February 2018 - TBC
- The Science of the Initial Consultation (NEW)
- Treating Intrusive Thoughts (NEW)
- Psychological Science (NEW)
- An Introduction to EEG and Hypnotherapy (NEW)
- Self-Hypnosis for Pain Management (NEW)
- Hypnotherapy Supporting Chemotherapy and Emetophobia (NEW)
- Needle Phobia
- Head of Research for Afsfh - 2011
- Masterclass in Ericksonian Indirect Hypnosis - Bristol
- Masterclass in Hypnotic Language and Metaphor
- Masterclass in Conversational Hypnosis
- SFBT Supervision for Hypnotherapy Diploma - AccHypSup; NCH Accredited Supervisor
- Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma - HPD
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy - DHP
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma (CBT Hyp)
- Life Coaching - Certificate
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Certificate (NLP)
- Impact of Hypnosis on Pain and Disease
- Neuroscience and Research
- Drug Addiction - Biology or Belief
- Psychoneuroimmunology - The Impact of Hypnotherapy on Disease
- The Relationship between Neuroscience and Obesity
- Mindfulness and Acceptance based strategies
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy Skills Training
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
I have always regularly attended supervisions and now peer supervision as is required at Senior Level. Additionally I regularly attend courses, workshops, seminars and I research and I read continuously to keep abreast with any changes or advances within the profession. This ensures that I always keep my learning and continual professional development up to date.
Accredited register membership
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
- Addictions *
- Alcohol abuse *
- Anger management
- Anxiety *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *
- Depression *
- Eating disorders *
- Exam stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction *
- Gambling addiction *
- Insomnia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low self-confidence *
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions and compulsions *
- Pain management *
- Panic attacks *
- Phobias *
- Public speaking
- Quit smoking
- Relationship issues
- Sleep disorders *
- Sports performance
- Stress *
- Stuttering *
- Tinnitus *
- Weight loss
* 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
I tend to get referrals for complicated and complex areas. I also see numerous cases where they have had hypnotherapy somewhere else beforehand but have been highly recommended to see me instead.
Photos & videos
Initial Consultation and Assessment
£70 Or £75 Paid in advance to secure the appointment
(Including a complementary relaxation CD/MP3)
Subsequent Sessions before 5pm
Session after 5pm
Stop Smoking Therapy
(lasts up to two hours and includes a complementary relaxation CD, & further supporting documents) Before 5pm only.
Initial Consultation and Assessment
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 1 hour.
Subsequent sessions are 50 minutes.
Block Booking Discount
£350 payment in advance for 6 sessions for the price of 5 (Saving £70) All block booking sessions must be before 5pm only and do not apply for 5pm or 6pm slots.
Up to 10% NHS Discount on individual sessions only with valid ID. No other discounts apply.
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-6pm, Monday to Friday only.
I do not provide Skype sessions or home visits.
The clinic is closed at weekends and phones are switched off until 9am on a Monday.
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.
I am pleased to say that around 98% of my work comes via recommendation, word of mouth or referral.
You can find out more by visiting the website or visiting the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHughesHypnotherapy/
Or you can find the clinic in Twitter https://twitter.com/hypnotherapynow
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.
I will be forever grateful to you for the help you gave me. You took a bag of highly stressed anxiety, suffering from the worst exam nerves in history and transformed me. I walked into my exams calm and confident, and walked out as a winner. My only regret is wasting time by not going to see you sooner!
Cheryl Fitchew, Bristol
I'm so glad to hear you are doing so well. I would always recommend you as the level of work you deliver is first class quality so to speak. In other words, it worked for me and others I know of,... even now, years after seeing you. Thank you.
Take care, love Ursula x
I can not emphasise enough how much better I feel in such a relatively short time. Thank you Michael, you truly are a great professional and also a lovely bloke too!
K.Smith, Nurse, Bristol
'Just to let you know I just went to the dentist and had a tooth out without any panic attacks!! Thanks so much for your advice.'
- AP, Retired, Bristol
'I'm probably in the best place I've been for a few months and in particular the past fortnight has been consistently good, with lots of great things happening in my life...I'm a solid 9 on the happiness scale. Definitely. And life just keeps on getting better and better.'
- SH, Student, Bristol
'I don't wake up at night or during the night anymore. In fact I can't actually recall the last time I did that. I often wake up naturally just before my alarm feeling energised and calm in the morning after I've listened to you on your relaxation CD. And I'm an 8.5 to a 9 on the happiness scale.'
- LB, Professional, Bristol
So far so good, not touched a cigarette since I saw you, not even thought about it that much actually..
Keep going eh.
- MS, Professional, Bristol
For video testimonials please visit my website http://www.michael-hughes.co.uk/about/
Clifton BS8 Monday 12-7pm, Wednesday 11am-6pm Friday 11am-6pm The Arches BS6: Tuesdays 10am - 3pm and Thursdays 10am to 3pm