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Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy

About me

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What is hypno-analysis?

Hypno-analysis is effectively psycho-analysis which takes place with the client under hypnosis. Undertaken in this way it is fast and effective, and often produces life-changing improvements to the client’s emotional well-being. The subconscious mind is like a self-programming computer, but unfortunately for us, some of the programs it generates are not in our best interest. Phobias are a good example. We may know consciously that spiders do not present a threat to us, but our subconscious mind has decided that they do, and it generates extreme fear when we see one. Under hypnosis, a client can re-visit the event that caused this ‘program’ to be installed, and it can then be un-installed.

How does it work?

Hypnosis is really nothing more than a state of deep relaxation, and in that state the client has access to memories and emotions in the past that are generally not accessible in the conscious state. Under hypnosis, events are not so much remembered as re-lived, and the emotions that were felt at the time can be expressed and consequently released.

Releasing your true potential.

By releasing all the unhelpful emotional baggage that we have accumulated since early childhood, we actually become ther person who we were destined to be. Many of the negative emotions which we routinely express (such as anger or guilt) have actually been trapped in us at key stages in our childhood. This therapy unburden us of them, and many clients report that it feels as if they have just taken off a rucksack which they did not realise they had been carrying.

What is it like to be hypnotised?

Many people’s perceptions of hypnosis have been acquired through watching stage shows of people being encouraged to do silly things. The reality is very different - hypnosis is a pleasant daydream state in which our deep relaxation allows us to detach our mind from the present and focus effortlessly and clearly on, in this case, events in our past.

What happens in each session?

The first session, which is free, sets out to establish exactly what the client would like to change. It also provides an opportunity to establish that we are both happy to work with each other, because openness and trust are essential. Subsequent sessions would involve me helping you to become deeply relaxed, and then you letting your subconscious mind wander through a wide range of childhood and teenage memories - a process known as 'free association'. Some of these memories may not seem relevant at first, but they will gradually home in on the key issues which you need to release. Clients frequently find that they dream vividly between sessions and this signifies that the subconscious is working away to resolve past issues. When the process nears completion, the dreaming returns to normal, typically after six to twelve weekly sessions.

What can I expect to achieve?

At the end of the process I would expect a typical client to feel far more relaxed, confident, unburdened and happier in their own skin. In many cases the outcome can be truly life-changing. If, for example, one of your subconscious core beliefs is that you don't deserve to be treated with love and respect, you may have spent many years being attracted to partners who will not love and respect you. By changing the core belief, you change who you are attracted to, and consequently find a partner who treats you with the love and respect that you deserve.

Testimonials - there are longer and more detailed testimonials on my website.

' I would like to offer my sincere thanks to you for helping me to turn my life around.'

' I thank you for your sympathetic approach, your wisdom and understanding, and your extreme professionalism.'

' I feel a real sense of a heavy load having been lifted.'

' The peace this brought me was absolutely immense.'

' So many people at work were amazed at the change in me.'

' I feel a totally different person.'

' I feel a deep passion and drive for life ... I could not have done this without Richard's expert guidance.'

Training, qualifications & experience

Having studied the Lightning Process to help people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Psychological Kinesiology, I finished my training with the Kent Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, gaining a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy. I am a member of the National Council of Pyschotherapists, and hold a current DBS Certificate.

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.


Additional information

The initial consultation is free - subsequent sessions cost £60 per hour.

I offer a free initial consultation which can take 1 to 2 hours which is completely without obligation. During this time I take a detailed client history and give an honest assessment of whether I think I can help. If I can, and the client is happy to proceed, we agree a timetable of weekly sessions which are charged at £60 per hour. The number of sessions required may be as few as 1 or 2, and is very unlikely to exceed 7 or 8 even in the most complex cases.

When I work

I offer daytime, evening or Saturday sessions

Shipbourne, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11

Type of session

In person