Alan Gray BSc MA DMS DHP HPD AdvDipH MNCH (Acc) FNCP
Hello & Welcome!
Feeling stressed or anxious and want to change?
Perhaps you have habits, confidence or self-esteem concerns...
I'm Alan Gray of Scarborough Hypnotherapy, a Practice which was established in 2006. Over the years I have gained considerable experience in helping thousands of clients.
Just give me a call or text (07722 071217) to arrange a "Hypnotherapy in Your Home" online session
Since the pandemic, for safety and convenience I provide hypnotherapy online with Zoom or Facebook Messenger platforms
A FREE INITIAL informal half-hour consultation is still available to informally discuss you needs.
My passion is to help every person resolve emotional and habitual issues - which include: anxiety, self-esteem, confidence, stress, habits, weight-loss, smoking cessation, self-esteem, depression, fears, gambling and others issues.
Essentially to enhance your life
Below is a free self-help visualization description, to help in these uncertain times.
Just make yourself comfortable in a quiet place. I suggest you first read it through several times to become familiar with the words and pattern. Then, when you're ready, let your eyes gently close. Allow your wonderful imagination to take you on a journey into peace and rest. No pressure, no stress...just you as you want to be...peaceful
As you take a little time to become aware of the gentle in and out of your breathe....in through your nose, out through your mouth...become aware too of sinking into your comfortable seat...breathing in relaxation...breathing out stress...just letting go...since nothing matters...nothing bothers you...nothing troubles you...nothing at all...just simply resting where you are...letting go...into peace...comfort...as you stay in the present...each and every part of you...mind, body and spirit...from the top of your head to the very tips of your toes...each and every part...letting go...letting go...as ripples of relaxation flow down...like ripples in a pond...sinking further into comfort...peace...rest...becoming wonderfully peaceful...more tranquil...letting go more and more...with each breath...going deeper down...into your favourite place...maybe a golden beach...on a beautiful day...or a peaceful secret garden with many beautiful flowers...trees and shrubs...so many colours of green...as you make yourself so comfortable there...on a grassy bank...by a trickling stream...on it's way to the sea...or on the with gently sounding waves lapping on the shore...as you say, or think, to yourself as many times as you wish: "Every day in every way I feel calmer, more peaceful, better and better"...and as you say this press together your thumb and a finger of your dominant hand...and let yourself breath in your most peaceful colour...just the right shade...enjoy being there in this restful place...as you recharge...regain...your true self...calm...safe and confident...and then when you are ready - and only then - return by gently opening your eyes...with a big smile on your face... feeling refreshed...at ease, rested and calmer during every moment of each day. I feel so good to simply feel alive!
Spring is a wonderful time of year and nature is amazing. Let it awaken your spirit! Notice how many shades of green you can see...
Remember that some anxiety in our life is perfectly normal.
Yet we are now in unusual times and our level of concern can have risen
Stress from current life events. From past experiences sometimes too. Unresolved events and feelings. One on top of the other.
Simply our thoughts create anxiety...
Job insecurity, bereavement, moving house, finance, health, coronavirus, worry, relationships... all possible sources of stress. Adding to the total load...
Fear of what might happen, fear of the future.
How we cope can depend on our resilience. We might see difficulties as challenges to overcome. And we might need a little help to move forward
The mind has amazing capabilities.
And often what we believe, we CAN achieve
Just as a belief in getting well during ill health stimulates the body to aid recovery. You may have heard of the Placebo Effect. It's powerful. Since by imagining change, change for the better can begin to happen. Whereas, negative thoughts often give bad results.
When, as a boy, Richard Branson imagined trains, it was not of a train set like most kids. Or planes. It was a much bigger concept on his young mind. His imagination was stimulated. Many years later, of course, Virgin Trains and Airlines happened. His imagination set the seed. And his unconscious grew the seed to maturity
Actually Branson had many business failures on his way to major success. But he was determined. He learned more in "choppy waters", than in a calm sea.
By combining the 'magic' of hypnosis with talking therapies, I will help you resolve those 'things' that have been getting in the way of YOUR OWN progress through life.
And often my person-centred therapeutic hypnosis and psychotherapy approach involves the unconscious mind. It's the most important part of us...
Where our "inner resources" reside. Our inner world. Where many, over time, have become automatic, 'knee-jerk' reactions.
Our "computer store"
With 'knee-jerk' responses becoming established thought repetition. We call then habits - good and bad
Learning to drive requires concentration. As a learner your driving has yet to become 'automated'. Like any new skill it has to be learned consciously first - before it becomes 'hard wired'. Think of learning to ride a bike. Once mastered - and you have gained confidence. You never forget how to ride a bike!
Hypnosis is an amazing natural state. And hypnotic trance - like daydreaming - can be 'disengaged' at any time. We're never permanently in hypnosis. But we can spend a lot of time in it
Of course, our emotions make us different. Individual. We've all had different life experiences. Parents. Maybe brothers and sisters too
Think of your conscious mind as the captain of a ship. And the rest of the crew representing the unconscious. Both need to work in together, so the ship reaches it's destination successfully
But should the unconscious (the crew) take control, then there's a problem..
The 'tail is wagging the dog'...
and the result can be depression, panic attacks, fears and anxiety, as well as a load of unhealthy habits
Hypnosis gives access to those patterns that cause unwanted effects
so change can happen
I basically take a three stage approach:
i) Understand YOUR TRUE NEEDS
ii) Create an approach - which can often utilise trance - to MEET THOSE NEEDS
iii) Guide and SUPPORT YOU in your journey towards your desired change
But can I be hypnotised you may ask?
People sometimes worry unnecessarily about this...
The short answer is everyone can...
Well if you can daydream, if you can sleep, be a little lazy at times, then you CAN easily relax into the wonderful natural state of hypnosis
You'll never be 'taken over', or 'go under' - a misleading term from stage hypnosis. Rather you'll be more aware and focused
You'll find me understanding, professional and practical, with a sense of humour too. Based on my experience able to appreciate your concerns, with you - as the expert on you - always in the driving seat
Over the years I've heard it all! I never judge anyone. We are all different, yet basically have the same needs
Can you relate to any of the following?
Panic attacks 'come out of the blue', get stressed, lack confidence, feel depressed, anxious, have a weight problem, low opinion of yourself, drink too much wine beer spirits, phobias worry me, 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, have sexual issues, suffer from 'tummy nerves', fear many things, are pessimistic, get angry often, have a gambling problem, just dread flying, struggle with relationships, are shy, put things off, procrastinate, can't make decisions, fear rejection and more...
Such issues are widespread across society...
In other words, you are not alone...
People consult me on personal development too.
For example to become more socially confident - perhaps to help meet someone special of the opposite sex...
We can learn to be more self-confidence, feel more secure, optimistic, resilient, with that important self-belief
As a person-centered practitioner I integrate evidence-based hypnosis with psychotherapeutic understanding
Helping you become your true self
Some people might view hypnosis as a 'quick-fix'. Even a last resort. In real life, change can take a little longer and requires client involvement, commitment and patience. It's well worth it!
After all life should be a learning experience
People might say: 'history repeats itself', i.e. we don't always learn to avoid mistakes of the past. We forget some mistakes. They get lost in long-term memory, until the next time. Mistakes can become habits
During the impressionable early years it is parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and significant others who help shape and influence our character and personality.
These become programmed into our mind-set
And these early suggestions influence beliefs we have about ourselves
They may not, however, be in our best interest.
We could have been 'programmed' with fear and and anxiety
Low self-belief can cause us to become 'stuck'. Unable to move forward, progress. Unable to rid ourselves of certain thoughts and actions: such as smoking, nail biting, gambling, over-eating, over thinking, worrying
Panic attacks occur when the unconscious ("the crew") takes over. Creating acute fear!
A 'knee-jerk' reaction to perceived stress
Could be an expression of unresolved childhood feelings
"Things" get 'bottled up
Fear not, help is at hand
When we are able to work together
To give YOU back your freedom and set you free
A word about 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.
The drinker may have had an abusive childhood, be very anxious, depressed, and suffer regular panic attacks. Even be bored or lonely. Emotionally unfulfilled. They may find relationships difficult. Self-medicate with alcohol to keep the lid on their negative feelings. This is not uncommon.
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 (*)
Nutritional therapy can help 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 nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
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 £60 a session. A session is between 60 and 75 minutes.
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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