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Solution Focused Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist DHP, AfSFH

About me


With over twenty years experience of working in therapy, (including as a hypnotherapist since 2012) I provide a special combination of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Mindfulness and NLP techniques to provide an appropriate, engaging and successful therapy treatment program tailored to suit you and your particular issues and goals. I also specialise in helping teenagers, together with their families. At my *initial consultation, I provide a free 20-page Therapy Work Book and multiple soundtracks for Sleep Enhancement & Stress Reduction as well as Mindful Practice Breathing & Body-Scanning soundtracks as part of my therapy.


I am here to help you achieve your desired goals, reduce your levels of anxiety and change any unwanted mental or behavioural habits that may be preventing you from fully enjoying your life and achieving what you want right now!

Helping people reduce their levels of anxiety is a key element of my work but I also can help you with a range of specific issues including insomnia, (poor or interrupted sleep), performance in business, public speaking, panic attacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, intrusive thoughts, chronic pain, IBS, phobias (such as flying or dentists), addiction (including alcohol, cocaine and smoking) as well as weight and diet issues. I also specialise in helping young people and there families negotiate the common difficulties arising during teenage years.

The power of human empathy and intuition, the therapeutic alliance, how you and your therapist connect and engage with each other, is the most powerful factor in the process of emotional and psychological healing.

My initial consultation lasts a full 90 minutes and typically clients leave feeling already far more positive and with new empowering insights into their issues and how we are going to resolve them. You will receive my free 20 page Therapy Work Book which will guide you through the therapy process and exercises as well as two Hypnotherapy Soundtracks and two mindfulness Soundtracks. This support material is unique to my practice.

The initial consultation will give you the opportunity to express what you hope to achieve from therapy and find out how we are going to work together to achieve your goals. I will explain the mechanisms behind any negative experiences you wish to address and the precise and practical ways we are going to help.

At the end of this highly informative and empowering session, you will receive a free 20-page Therapy Support WorkBook, two stress-reducing and sleep-enhancing 50-minute hypnotherapy soundtrack downloads as well as a two Mindfulness Practice soundtracks to begin the therapy immediately, as well as a clear understanding of how this therapy is going to work for you.
So if you are ready to make this first step, then please don't hesitate to call me and discuss appointment opportunities or ask whatever other questions you might have.


Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern and well-researched techniques. It can help people to rapidly achieve significant, positive changes in their lives. It focuses on the client’s strengths and resources, enabling them to move forward to a more positive future where they are more in control of their thoughts, feelings and actions. Beneficial results are often achieved faster than with other therapies because we do not focus on the problems, we focus on the goals that the client wants to achieve.

I presently practice from my own very comfortable dedicated Hypnotherapy Consulting room designed to allow 2 metre social distancing.



As the parent of a child who suddenly started having epileptic seizures as a teenager, I have researched deeply, and have a special interest in, teenage brain development and mental health. This is an area where much important neurological and psychological research is being done at this time. I give talks to other therapists about this area and also offer courses to teenagers and their parents to help them make the most of these important years.

Reducing stress in the teenage years can have life-changing, long-term benefits (for the teenager and their family).

Courses for teenagers and their parents

I have developed this original and informative 2 session course, designed to engage teenagers (12-24) and parents alike. I explain the latest neuro-scientific understanding of teenagers’ developing brains and how natural evolutionary developments lie behind the difficulties and challenges of being a teenager (and living with one).

Methods and techniques for reducing stress and anxiety appropriate for teenagers are also explained. The information in this course can be quite a revelation and opens up new understandings and opportunities for resolving conflicts and moving forward creatively. A Hypnotherapy CD is also included. As we and they come to understand what is really happening in their "teenager" brains we can help teens to feel at ease with themselves and their experiences and to direct their energies in creative and rewarding ways.

It is an enlightening course designed to help parents understand what their teenagers are experiencing, how to help them and also feel less stressed themselves! When parents understand what is going on in their teenager's brain they can more confidently handle the inevitable teen crisis which previously caused them stress and grief. In addition, the hypnotherapy and relaxation tips help make this a really empowering opportunity to turn things around.

It is not unusual for teenagers to suffer from sleep problems, self-esteem and confidence issues, anxiety and depression at some time. These symptoms can seriously affect their education and while they may be temporary they can go on to form the foundation for long-term difficulties. Addressing them with the right therapy intervention can enhance their happiness and academic achievements as well as their productivity throughout their adult lives.

For more information about how this could work for you and your teenager please don't hesitate to contact me.



With the easing of lockdown regulations, The Newman Practice now has a new consulting room layout carefully designed to ensure that clients can keep a safe 2 Metre plus distance at all times.

You can see the room layout below.

When you book an “in-person” appointment you will be sent clear instructions regarding SAFELY entering and leaving the building and accessing toilet facilities

preventing you from enjoying your life and achieving what you want right now!

Training, qualifications & experience

In the 1970's I studied Psychology at The University of Edinburgh as a part of my  MA  Gen. Arts degree.

In the 1980's I went on to train nd work as a TNI instructor with the American psychologist Frank Natale, the founder of The Phoenix Center (for addiction) in New York and the originator of the popular TNI Relationships, Self Esteem, and Results courses.

In the 1990's I was a co-founder of the London Humaniversity, a centre for personal development in Crouch End, North London, where we ran weekly gestalt therapy groups.

I graduated as a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist from The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training school (CPHT) in Bristol, an accredited centre of excellence in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in 2012

I am a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and registered with the National Council of Hypnotherapy, I follow their strict code of ethics and have full professional liability insurance.

I am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council.
I also have Enhanced DBS Certification to work with vulnerable children and adults.

Continuous Professional Development:  I have lately completed courses in Neuroscience with Dr Naeem Iqbal to compliment my own research into teenage brain development as well as Mindfulness training with Matthew Dyson. I am presently focused on studying the Human Givens approach (Ivan Tyrrell).

I give regular courses and talks on adolescent brain development designed for teachers, teenagers and their parents.

I run weekly meditations at the Sweet Track Counselling Services in Glastonbury High Street.

I am a Trustee and the Secretary to a local educational charity: The Library of Avalon: an educational resource which organises talks, courses and symposia as well as providing research and learning facilities with over 15,000 books on psychology, philosophy and various other esoteric subjects.

For more detailed information about my work you can visit my website:

Member organisations


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.


Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)

The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) was set up to provide information about a modern form of Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits to members of the public. The main aim of the AfSFH is to spread awareness of the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Its secondary aim is to support Hypnotherapists in their businesses by encouraging good practice and self-care.

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

Confidence, Mindfulness Training, Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety, Reading Difficulties, Anxiety at Work

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From £60.00 to £120.00

Additional information

Initial Consultation: Duration 90 Minutes. Fee £60*. My Initial Consultation includes my unique FREE 20 Page Therapy Work Book which will guide and support you through the therapy process as well as a 30-minute sleep enhancement /stress reduction hypnotherapy soundtracks AND a 10-minute Mindful Breathing Practice Soundtrack and 20-minute mindful practice Body scan soundtrack via download or on a CD when further sessions are booked.

Subsequent Therapy Sessions:  Duration 60 to 90 minutes. Fee: £60.

6 Sessions booked in advance:  £330

10 sessions booked in advance: £550

AfSFH Smoking Cessation:  Duration 90-120 minutes.  Fee £100.

Special NewMan Teenager Support Course: Duration 2x 90 minutes. Fee £120.

I offer discounts to NHS and Carehome Staff, students, pensioners and those in receipt of state benefits including full-time carers in receipt of carer's allowance. Please contact me for more details.

When I work

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Open 9 am - 8 pm weekdays & 10 am - 4 pm weekends. The NewMan practice is designed to meet Covid 2 meter social distancing requirements. I also offer consultations on Zoom if you prefer.

Further information


You can read some testimonials from previous clients below or at

“Thank you for your help and treatment to help me stopping smoking it seems to have really worked. My health is a lot better already. I can't thank you enough.” Diane ,  Somerset (Smoking Cessation)

“I felt very comfortable talking to Richard and he was extremely understanding and flexible with appointments. A superb therapist and someone I felt able to trust when I felt at my most vulnerable.” Peter, Factory Manager, Somerset  (Panic Attacks - Anxiety - Insomnia)

“I just want to thank you for putting me back together when the world pulled me apart.”  Patricia,  Healer, Somerset    (Addiction - Insomnia - Fear of Death)

“Richard is a true professional. He is knowledgeable in his field and extremely personable. Richard manages to combine an insightful, scientific approach to the workings of the mind with a more personal discussion - based interaction. He is warm, open and emotionally available, which puts one at ease and makes one feel as though they can be completely open and honest about whatever issue they are trying to resolve. I found both the solution based hypnotherapy and the mindfulness practice to have enormous positive transformative effects over a short space of time. I cannot recommend Richard more highly and I hope he continues to help a growing number of clients.” M. Harris, London (Anxiety - Confidence - Relationship issues)

46 Benedict Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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The therapy room is on the ground floor. There is one 5-inch step up to the front door.

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