Alan Gray BSc MA DMS DHP HPD AdvDipH MNCH (Acc) FNCP
Hello & Welcome
Are you are feeling stressed or anxious?
Do you have habits, confidence or self-esteem issues...
Well you have come to the right place
I'm Alan Gray of Scarborough Hypnotherapy, which was established in 2006. Over the years, I've therefore had considerable experience with many clients.
Just call or text me: 07722 071217 to arrange a FREE INITIAL half-hour consultation to discuss your needs.
I can help you resolve emotional and habitual issues, including: anxiety, self-esteem, confidence, stress, habits, weight-loss, smoking cessation, self-esteem, depression, fears, gambling and others issue.
By combining the 'magic' of hypnosis with talking therapies, I'll help you resolve those 'things' that have been getting in the way of your progress through life.
Hypnosis is an natural state of mind.
I therefore take a three stage approach:
i) Fully understand YOUR NEEDS
ii) Create an approach to MEET THOSE NEEDS
iii) Guide and SUPPORT YOU in your journey towards your desired change
Can you be hypnotised?
If you can daydream, yes you can
You'll never be 'taken over', but will be more aware and focused
You'll find me understanding and professional, able to appreciate your concerns
Can you relate to any of the following?
Panic attacks when stressed, lack confidence, feel depressed, anxious, have a weight problem, a low opinion of yourself, drink too much wine beer spirits, suffer from phobias, lack self-belief, have difficulty sleeping, public speaking nerves, tend to over-think things, can't relax easily, smoke - even though it's unhealthy & expensive, get easily embarrassed, negative thoughts, sexual issues, suffer from 'tummy nerves', are pessimistic, have a gambling problem, dread flying, struggle with relationships, are shy, put things off, procrastinate, can't make decisions, fear rejection and more..
Clients also consult me on personal development
For example, to become more socially confident - perhaps to help meet someone special of the opposite sex...
Learning to be more self-confidence, feel more secure, optimistic, resilient, with self-belief
As a person-centered practitioner I integrate evidence-based hypnosis with psychotherapeutic understanding
Helping you become your true self
My Professional Training
I first qualified as a Hypnoanalyst with the Hypnotherapy Control Board and was invited to join The International Association of Pure Hypnoanalysts (IAPH), now the International Association of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy. Over years in practice I've added advanced qualifications - all of which are listed below.
My qualifications also include what is professionally regarded as the "gold standard" Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD). In fact, this is the only externally accredited practitioner level hypnotherapy qualification in the UK.
I completed personal hypnoanalysis myself during initial training...
So I understand what it's like to be in the client's shoes!
I'm also an accredited member of several professional bodies, including a Senior Advanced Practitioner of the General Hypnotherapy Register and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.
An accredited member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy. The NCH is widely regarded as the most progressive organisation within the profession. I follow their code of ethics, professional standards and regularly update my training.
I have been elected to be a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. A Fellowship can only be awarded by the NCP directorate to Members who have quote: 'demonstrated outstanding service to psychotherapy, coaching or education'.
And in 2019 I was nationally elected for a three year term, by many hundreds of my professional peers, to the Hypnotherapy Specific Board of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
This Department of Health approved organization sets the highest ethical standards to protect the public in accessing complementary therapies. Hypnotherapy is the largest register of practitioners in this organisation.
I act as an adviser to the CNHC on all aspects of the hypnotherapy profession, particularly training standards.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
A question which almost all clients ask. The short answer, not unreasonably, is: it does depend. Since people come in many shapes, sizes, personalities, abilities and motivation. They come with different expectations. Each one unique. So one cannot be too prescriptive.
Unless a client has come to stop the habit of smoking - where a single session is normal - then more than one session is recommended. For the majority of smokers, smoking is merely a bad habit - something they automatically do when effectively in natural trance. Highly effective clinical (suggestion) hypnotherapy is the approach here.
If the issue is considered to be quite straightforward, such as a fear of flying or weight loss, then as little as two or three sessions will generally suffice. The Weight loss Hypnotic Virtual Gastric Band is over 4 sessions of one hour each.
For more complex issues a need to identify and resolve the cause of the problem(s) will arise. This is where person-centred hypno-psychotherapy is the preferred approach. A longer programme of weekly sessions is recommended for the serious client who wishes to explore wider issues in depth.
It is not unusual for a client to consult with an apparently simple problem, such as drinking alcohol to excess. Whereas this habit is merely a symptom of more deep rooted issues.
I work empathetically, with the client's interests being central. The view is taken that the client is an expert on themselves and I, as the therapist, facilitate their progress.
Some Client Testimonials
Hi Alan, just letting you know that I passed my driving test yesterday and only had a small amount of nerves. I'm convinced my nerves would have taken over me more if I hadn't had hypnotherapy with you so thanks very much! Sophie
I visited Alan Gray earlier this year as I was experiencing personal problems. On my first visit I found Alan to be a person who never judges you, but who was quite happy to sit and listen to the problems I was experiencing. The more sessions I attended the more I found I was able to talk openly about my troubles. The hypnotherapy I underwent has made me stronger as a person and all this is down to one person: Alan Gray. I would not hesitate to seek treatment from Alan in the future if I need to.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for giving me my life back. When I wake in the morning I'm ready to face the world with confidence and relish. Once again Alan many thanks. If it wasn't for you I would still be suffering from the problems that you have been able to resolve with your patient treatment and also sense of humour and understanding. Best wishes, Steve from Whitby.
I went to hypnotherapy to seek help for a phobia that I have had for as long as I can remember and I thought I was going to have it forever. When I went to Alan I was skeptical however I was greeted with a lovely, chatty gentleman who made me feel very at ease and after my first session with him I saw a drastic improvement in my phobia. I had 3 sessions and my phobia has disappeared and I can now live without the limitations that my phobia caused me. I never thought it would be so easy to get rid of but it was. I would highly recommend Alan to anyone. Kind regards, Jade-Taylor
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Advanced Neuro-Noetic Hypnosis Certification
- Diploma in Hypnoanalysis & Psychotherapy
- Advanced Diploma in Stress Consultancy
- Licensed Practitioner Hypno-Band (Virtual Gastric Band)
- Master Practitioner Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Advanced Practitioner Emotional Freedom Techniques
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Pure Hypnoanalysis
- Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
- Diploma in Past Life Regression
- BSc (Hons) (Uni Wales)
- DMS (Uni Strathclyde)
- MA (Uni East Anglia)
- Doctorate in Metaphysics (AIHT)
- Smoking Cessation Certification
- 5-PATH Advanced Transformational Hypnotherapist
- Advanced Practitioner Meridian Energy Therapies
- Certified Practitioner IBS Holistic Therapy
- CertEd (FE) (Uni Portsmouth) & National Vocational Qualifications Assessor
Recent Continuous Professional Development (CPD):
Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Clinical Hypnotherapy (Robert Gordon University)
Health Psychology for Behaviour Change (MSc module Robert Gordon)
Mindfulness for Therapists (Samye Ling Buddhist Centre)
- General Hypnotherapy Register (Senior Advanced Practitioner)
- National Council for Hypnotherapy (Accredited)
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (Registered)
- National Council of Psychotherapists (Fellow)
- Associated Stress Consultants (Fellow)
- International Hypnosis Research Institute (USA) (Chartered)
- GHR Central Register Stop Smoking Therapists
- UK Guild of Hypnosis Practitioners
Institute of Biology (MIBiol)
NHS Provider Code: 8HE88
Enhanced Certificate Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) (Protection of Children Act)
I can help children from the age of 8 years to under 16 years old when accompanied by a parent or guardian during therapy. Generally children respond well to hypnosis.
I follow the Codes of Conduct and Ethics of my professional memberships.
I am very happy to see clients from Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington, Malton, Driffield and all villages between within surrounding areas and beyond. In fact, I've seen clients from as far away as the Netherlands.
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.
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.
The Hypnotherapy Association is a leading independent professional body in Britain representing approved hypnotherapists in active practice. All members agree to follow a code of ethics.
There are a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member, Licentiate Member, and Full member, with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience.
Hypnotherapy Association is a Registered Member of UKCHO (an umbrella body for the hypnotherapy profession in the United Kingdom).
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.
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.
Session fees have been maintained at their present level for the past four years.
Free initial 30 minutes consultation. Stop smoking is £120, including a free follow-up session. All other treatments are £55 a session. Where four sessions are booked and paid in advance the fee per session is reduced to £50. A session is between 60 and 75 minutes depending on needs.
Cash or card payments can be taken.
Please note cheques are not accepted.
For best results it is important that clients are disciplined in keeping appointments. Where there is a programme of sessions to be completed, it is recommended that weekly attendance is recommended where possible.
The more complex a problem a clients presents with the greater the number of sessions will be needed to resolve the underlying cause. Every effect (symptom) will have a cause (usually emotional).
Hypnotherapy can provide a relatively quick solution to many issues. Nonetheless, clients should be realistic in their expectations. Therapy should not be regarded as a "quick fix" requiring no involvement or effort by the client. As with all 'talking therapies', it is unrealistic to provide a guarantee of success.
Please note where possible at least 24 hours notice of a missed appointment should be given. Otherwise, as is normal in professional practice, a cancellation fee of £30 will become payable.
All sessions are by pre-appointment only. Appointments can occasionally be made outside of normal working hours (after 5pm and on Saturdays).
All appointments are currently online with Zoom or Facebook Messenger
Free parking (3 hours) is available close by at Sainsbury's Supermarket, or free for up to 3 hours on some local streets. Generally Sainsburys is best.
You can enter the Scarborough Hypnotherapy building in privacy.
There is no receptionist to ask you questions. So please take a seat in the comfortable waiting room and Alan will see you at your arranged time.
The Practice is situated on the ground floor and has wheelchair access.
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