Richard D'Souza

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Hypnotherapy Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

BA (Hons), PGCE, DC Hyp
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Cardiff, CF14 3UQ
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

You already have the answers and solutions that you need. My role is to re-connect you with those inner resources.

I am an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist and Stress Management Consultant. My practice in therapy is based on the strong belief that we have the potential to transform our experience. This can be achieved by using the inner resources within our minds. Hypnotherapy is an effective method that can help access these resources and empower the individual to achieve their full potential.

Before training as a hypnotherapist, my career was in the health and fitness industry, teaching and coaching. My work has brought me into contact with people of varying backgrounds who have often sought motivation from very challenging situations. Being effective in this role has meant listening without judgment and observing with an open mind. It has also meant communicating at an appropriate level that maintains a respectful relationship and directs the individual to achievement of their next goal.

I recognise the important role that physical health plays within our lives. But a vital part of how we direct our lifestyles is based on our beliefs, values and emotions, shaped by positive and negative past experiences. My training as a hypnotherapist has helped me recognise how anxiety, stress, depression, low self-confidence and low self-esteem can inhibit the development of our emotional health and well-being. It has also equipped me with therapeutic tools that can encourage growth and positive change.

I have been in successful practice since 1997 and have worked with The DTR Clinic, The Heath Hospital and local companies such as Companies House. As a qualified teacher, I have taught complementary therapies in local adult education. I maintain registration requirements for continuous professional development, I am CRB checked and fully insured.

My approach considers that you already have the answers and solutions that you need. My role is to re-connect you with those inner resources. My style is relaxed and informal, using analysis techniques that help you to stay in control throughout the consultation. I commonly treat patients struggling with anxiety, panic, stress and depression. Problems with relationships, weight, smoking, drinking and other habits are treated with the emotional issues that go with them. Low-self esteem and self-confidence are treated as fundamental development points for your well-being.

I welcome the opportunity to work with you to:

  • Manage your stress and weight issues
  • Overcome your anxiety, fears and phobias
  • Conquer smoking, depression, panic attacks and self-doubts
  • Break unwanted habits, obsessions and compulsions
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve relationships
  • Help your child with their habits, anxiety and confidence issues

If you would like to discuss your issues in more detail, you can contact me by email. I also welcome a brief chat on the phone or in person to answer any questions that you may have for me. It will also help you decide whether I am the right therapist for you.

I look forward to speaking to you soon!

Are you aware that your treatment can be done remotely by video call? Paste this link into your browser for more information?

Kind regards,
Richard J D'Souza Hypnotherapy Cardiff

Training, qualifications & experience

B.A. (Hons.) Sports Studies
Post Graduate Certificate in Education

I qualified with a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy in South Wales in 1997. As a member of several professional associations, I am bound by a strict code of conduct and ethics.

I am a member of the following Associations and organizations:

  • The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council,
  • The Hypnotherapy Association and
  • A senior registered practitioner with The General Hypnotherapy Register
  • The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (G.H.S.C.)
  • The Central Register of Stop Smoking Therapists (C.R.S.S.T.)
  • Registered NHS service provider.
  • DBS checked.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 (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.

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.

International Hypnotherapy Association
International Hypnotherapy Association

The International Hypnotherapy Association is one of the leading organisations supporting hypnotherapists in practice. Established in 1997 and representing several hundred therapists, you can be sure to find the properly qualified, ethical and experienced practitioner to meet your needs, wherever you are in the world.

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

  • Psycho-somatic conditions
  • Hair pulling (trichotillomania)
  • Food phobias
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Irritable bladder
  • Overactive bladder syndrome
  • Stress Management
  • Bereavement
  • Migraines
  • Performance anxiety, including exams, driving tests, interviews and public speaking
  • Self hypnosis

Photos & videos


£80.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

£80 per consultation. Each session usually lasts for about an hour.

When I work

You can email or text me anytime. I will respond to your enquiry as soon as I am available.

Further information

Client testimonials:

Claustrophobia is bad enough but the panic attacks it causes are scary and debilitating.

Richard gave me the understanding that I have the control to change it and through discussion and gentle persuasion helped me to identify the triggers that start the conditions and most importantly, how to manage them.

                                                       Stephan Miles, Project Manager


Having phobias nearly all my life, struggling with anxiety, panic and stress, I felt that I could not take any more.

Richard helped me by giving me coping strategies to deal with my phobias when I went out. He has helped me to come to terms with my past and helped me to deal with other situations. Discussing my problems and giving me home-tasks to do each week has helped me to live a better quality of life.

I am now much more confident and positive. Thank you.

                                                         Rosemary Gillard, student counsellor


I am grateful to you for your help with my situation. Hypnotherapy played a part in building my confidence

I know a lot of psychotherapeutic theory but needed help putting my ideas into practice.

I am pleased I came to see you for those sessions on my return from Southern Africa where I had a torrid time.

                                                    Michael Picardie M.A. M.Phil., ex-senior Lecturer, 

                                                       University of Botswana 1995-1997


I went to see Richard at a time when I was desperate for help. I was suffering from anxiety, stress and Panic Attacks. I was paralyzed with fear especially when flying. I was taking antidepressants for years.

His sessions helped me enormously, I learned so much about myself and with his help and encouragement I overcame my fears. He has had a huge impact on my life!

He is a true professional in what he goes. I am forever grateful.

                                                        Mrs. Mary Mouzakis, Merchandiser


Following recommendation from a relative, and from one of her friends, I contacted Mr. D’Souza when having difficulty coping with gravitational eczema. Mr. D’Souza took pains to warn me not to expect improvement in the eczema itself. However, I hoped that his treatment might help to reduce the stress it caused. A few consultations were, indeed, most effective in teaching me ways to relax, calm down, and look for positive ways of dealing with problems.

                                                         Margaret Pengelly, English teacher (retired)


After joining the National Phobic’s Society, I contacted Richard D'Souza. I had emetophobia and claustrophobia and my life was not my own – I hated crowds, always had to have an end seat at the cinema, avoided certain modes of transport, and had never flown.

Therapy wasn’t always easy – I was not accustomed to talking about my phobias – but it was beneficial: my confidence grew, my creativity surfaced and my world opened up. I have not looked back since.

                                                         Mrs Lynda Nash, writer and teacher


My experience of hypnotherapy has brought many positive changes to my life. I would recommend it to all, even those who are naturally sceptic as I was myself.

Richard put me at ease straight away and has helped me achieve a much happier and relaxed lifestyle.

                                                         Dr. Jo Williams, researcher


I had a number of sessions with Mr D’Souza to help me with a phobia. I enjoyed my visits and always came away feeling relaxed and more positive.

The end result was a little short of spectacular and has often been commented on by family and friends. With Mr D’Souza’a help, I have largely conquered a fear I had been living with for very many years.

I have recommended Mr D’Souza to friends and members of my family who have been extremely happy with the therapy they received.

                                                      Jane Ovenden, Finance Officer


I was recommended sessions with Mr D’Souza by a family member.  I had been suffering with an anxiety related medical condition for over 12 months and wanted to try anything to help me feel better.  After just a few sessions with Mr D’Souza I was surprised at how much more relaxed I was and positive about getting better.

Mr D’Souza’s therapy has turned my life back around and with his help I am now able to control my condition and get back to the life I had before.

I would not hesitate to recommend Mr D’Souza after the therapy I had and cannot thank him enough for all of his help and support in aiding me in my recovery”.

                                                         Gareth Taylor, Technician


I visited Richard D'Souza at a time when I had suffered a bereavment and was finding it difficult to cope day to day.  Losing a loved one turns you and your family's world upside down and it really helped me to talk openly to Richard and also to experience the benefit of hypnosis.  He was extremely professional and showed a calm and caring nature.

Shortly after this a close friend was experiencing a difficult time and I also recommended her to Richard.

                                                       Gail Hewett, Account Manager


In the past I prided myself on being the sort of person who was able, with the help of family and friends, to cope with whatever life has in store. I did not feel that I was the kind of person who the needed ‘outside’ help. Recent events in my life however made me realise that sometimes there is a need for professional help, help from someone who is
trained to listen and who can help you find the answers you need – so thank you for helping me through a very difficult time.                                   

                                                           G Downing, Retired teacher


I first came to Richard on the advice of a friend at a time when I was not sure how to find help. I had never tried hypnotherapy before but I was soon reassured that I could begin to address my concerns with Richard's expertise. His active listening skills were excellent and I soon felt sufficiently confident to bring my teenage daughter to see him as well."

                                                       Elaine Moore,

                                                       Wales Director - Alliance of Sector Skills Councils


I went to Richard D’Souza for help with a phobia that I’d had since childhood.  Within 5 sessions we had achieved everything that we had set out to and I was so delighted that I recommended Richard to several friends with issues ranging from giving up smoking to fear of public speaking.

His is approach is sensitive, intelligent, practical and results driven.  If you have decided that enough is enough and you want to make a change for the better in your life, then Richard is the one to call.

                                                      Claire Symons, Cardiff


Mr. D'Souza was recommended to me by a friend. My daughter has benefited from his help on two separate occasions; first aged 8 and then, aged 11.The reasons we came differed but the support offered was always life enhancing. He is able to create a rapport with a child; inspire confidence and convey great empathy. He never patronises and explains the different stages of therapy, clearly.

I was able to gain useful advice which enabled me to practically support my daughter in between sessions and after they were completed.

The atmosphere he creates is safe, warm and positive. His expertise combined with his empathy and understanding has lead to real and long term improvement in my daughter's life.

I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. D'Souza and the work that he does.

                                                    Ceri Capel, ESOL teacher


Optimal Wellness Centre, 44 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, CF14 3UQ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Room is on 1st Floor which can be accessed using stairs. Home visits are available if you are unable to attend the practice (there is an additional fee for this service).

Online platforms