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About me

Hello, my name is Ali & for over 12 years I have successfully helped clients in my full time practice. My approach to therapy is client centred and I understand that every client and their needs are unique. I aim to educate and empower clients to enable them to make positive choices and changes in their lives. This 'alliance' between client and therapist, at all stages of any treatment programme, ensures that methods used and the goals agreed upon will always be fully discussed.

This approach, along with testing your desire factor for change, has been found to greatly enhance the effectiveness of my approach to hypnotherapy and coaching. This enables my clients to change their behaviours on a long term basis.

Hypnotherapy can help you whether you are looking to lose weight, stop smoking, conquer a fear, improve confidence and self-esteem, manage your stress and anxiety levels, sports enhancement, soothe IBS or reduce exam nerves. Just give me a call or email me, to arrange a no obligation, free initial telephone consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Degree in Psychology (BSc with Honors)
Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Certificate in Stress Management
Diploma in Nutrition
Diploma in Sports Psychology
Diploma in Sports Nutrition

Diploma in Life Coaching

Diploma in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Certificate in Social Science
Registered Member of General Hypnotherapy Register

Member organisations


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.

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



I offer a free initial telephone consultation and work on a 2 session basis, each session being approximately 1 week apart. There are a number of reasons for this; you can't have an addiction (i.e. food or smoking), or a problem or fear for years and expect after one session it will be cured. Also it takes 21 days to break a habit. With my eclectic approach and the support of a 2 session programme it is a highly effective approach. I suggest 2-6 sessions depending on your issues, the number of sessions will be discussed at your free initial consultation and before your first session.

A hypnosis download is also part of the programme.

Each session is charged at £75 in person or £65 via Zoom

Further information

I am also a Life Coach and hypnotherapy trainer working with Weller Associates Training, we offer the highest quality Hypnotherapy Training and Stress Management Training.

Our professional training in hypnotherapy allows you to becoming a registered and practicing hypnotherapist. Our hypnotherapy courses are taught in Swindon, Chessington, Oxford and many other areas.

Our students come from a wide range of backgrouds and no former qualifications are required. Whether you are looking for a career change, a second income or just want to enjoy self development this course is for you.

Desire for change & Weller Associates provides professional trainers, lots of essential practical experience enabling you to master the skill of hypnotherapy, and after you have qualified, we support our students with 3 months free coaching and supervision.

For further information please visit http://training.wellerassociates.co.uk


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a hypnotherapist's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the hypnotherapist to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Sessions can be via Zoom or at my practice in Thatcham.


Ali Gatenby BSc (Hons) Psy, HPD, Dip Hyp, Dip Nlp, Dip S.Psy, Cert SM

Ali Gatenby BSc (Hons) Psy, HPD, Dip Hyp, Dip Nlp, Dip S.Psy, Cert SM