Richard Newman, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist DHP, AfSFH,

Richard Newman, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist DHP, AfSFH,

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46 Benedict Street

Apple Tree Therapies
17-19 Benedict Street

07792 584968 / 07792 584968

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About me

My Therapeutic Approach

With over twenty years experience of working in therapy, (including 6 years as a hypnotherapist) I combine Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Mindfulness and NLP techniques to provide an appropriate, engaging and successful treatment program tailored to suit you and your issues and goals.

Your initial one-hour consultation with me is FREE. (Not included in this free consultation offer: Special programs including Smoking Cessation, Teen Support and Fast to Sleep programs

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 and also at Apple Tree Therapies in Glastonbury.

How I can help you

I am here to help you with reducing your levels of anxiety and achieving your desired goals or to change any unwanted mental or behavioural habits that may be preventing you from achieving what you want in life 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 and smoking) and weight issues.

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 at least an hour and typically clients leave feeling already far more positive and with a new insight into their issues.

It will give you the opportunity to find out if you are happy working with me and to express what you hope to achieve from therapy.
I will explain the mechanisms behind any negative experiences you wish to address and the way we are going to help you successfully achieve your chosen goals.
At the end of this highly informative and empowering session, you will take with you a free stress reducing and sleep enhancing 50-minute hypnotherapy CD or download and a clear understanding of how your therapy will be structured and is going to work for you. There is no actual hypnosis during the initial consultation unless it is to quit smoking.
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.



As the parent of a child who suddenly started having epileptic seizures as a teenager I have researched, 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.


Fast to sleep

Sleep is essential for good mental health. I offer a special 2 consultation course focused on helping you personally towards good quality sleep.

It includes a thorough review of your sleeping problem and associated symptoms, a presentation about sleep, stress and the brain, a personalised sleep support program, a support guide, and workbook as well as a Hypnotherapy CD / Download. There will also be a Hypnotherapy session as part of the second consultation. An optional follow-up session after 6 weeks is available for £30.


UNIQUE OFFER. I am now able to offer hypnotherapy for couples together, in my spacious dedicated consulting room which has both a comfortable couch and a recliner. Coming to hypnotherapy together to Quit smoking as a couple or to get help with sleep problems affecting you both can be both more effective and less expensive.

Training, qualifications & experience

In the 1970's I studied Psychology at The University of Edinburgh.

In the 1980's I went on to work and train 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:

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Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

        * 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

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

        Photos & videos

        • Richard J L Newman Hypnotherapy
        • The Glastonbury consulting room
        • New Hypnotherapy Recliner



        My Initial Consultation includes a free 2 track CD with sleep enhancement /stress reduction and mindful practice soundtracks when further sessions are booked.
        Please note my consultation last longer than most, being typically 75 minutes.

        Consultation Prices:

        • £45 per consultation
        • £250 for 6  consultations booked in advance! (save £20)
        • £60 per consultation for couples
        • £90 for the  Special AfSFH smoking cessation session - (Allow 2 hours)
        • £140 for the 2 hour Special AfSFH smoking cessation session for Couples- (Allow 2 hours)
        • £90 for the 2-session Special Teen Support Course.
        • £90 for the 2-session Special Fast to Sleep program.

        I offer discounts to students, pensioners and those in receipt of state benefits including full-time carers. Please contact me for more details.

        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)

        Glastonbury, BA6 9EY
        Glastonbury, BA6 9NE

        Type of session

        Home visits: Yes

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Yes

        Wheelchair access is only possible at the AppleTree Therapies where I can arrange to see clients as required, but you must inform me this is required when making your first booking inquiry.


        I am available between 9 am and 8 pm weekdays and 10 am till 4 pm weekends at my practice in Glastonbury and also on Skype if you prefer.