Michael Hughes BA (Hons) HPD CNHC SQHP Senior Therapist & Supervisor Est 2005
16 years of direct experience and expertise. Accredited Senior Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist with over 11 years supervising other therapists and 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.
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 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 and enhanced psychological education.
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
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 tend to get referrals for complicated and complex areas. I also see numerous cases where they have had therapy/hypnotherapy somewhere else beforehand but have been highly recommended to see me instead.
Due to my extensive caseload, I am not taking on any further cases involving depression or smoking cessation.
Due to demand to see me for appointments, I may provide an appropriate referral in the event that you require an appointment sooner than I can offer.
IMPORTANT: Any session (initial or subsequent) are paid for in advance in order to confirm the appointment in the diary or it will not be booked.
Initial Consultation and Assessment
*£75 if before 3pm whether face to face or online via zoom Paid in advance on the day of booking to secure the appointment. Subject to terms and conditions.
(Including a complementary relaxation CD/MP3)
Initial or subsequent Sessions before 3pm pm - Zoom Online or in person
*Fee £75 Duration: 50 minutes. Subject to terms and conditions.
Sessions from 3pm onwards - Zoom Online or in person
Stop Smoking Therapy (Not currently available)
(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 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 50 minutes.
Subsequent sessions are 50 minutes.
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 only.
The clinic is closed on weekends and phones are switched off until 9 am 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.
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 can't thank you enough for the help you have given me in returning my sleep pattern back to almost what it was before I became ill. Any periods of wakefulness are because of pain in my legs. Sleep is something I used to take for granted but now it is something I value and am grateful for.
Chronic Insomnia and Pain, Bristol.
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
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