Dr Laura Cariola

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Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G12 8BX
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About me

I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist and my practice is located in the west end of Glasgow just off Great Western Road/Byres Road, offering an outstanding service to adults and teenagers who experience anxiety disorders, behavioural and emotional problems, and family and relationship problems. I have worked for more than 15 years in private practice. Currently I offer online sessions only.

My therapeutic approach assumes a humanistic framework that is informed by  cognitive behaviour therapy,  person-centred therapy, relational psychoanalysis, compassion-focussed therapy, and clinical research.

What are the benefits of Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is an effective clinical intervention to treat the discomforts of behavioural, emotional and health problems. Inevitably, the therapeutic changes will restore the client's well-being in both mind and body. These changes also are often reflected in new positive thought patterns and a fresh sense of freedom in making choices and decisions, allowing the client to enjoy a fulfilling and authentic life!

How does Hypnotherapy work? Hypnotherapy is a goal-directive approach to health that facilitates changes in behaviour and symptoms, as the client relaxes in the therapy chair and listens to the therapeutic suggestions. This process will achieve a state of deep relaxation in which the client subconsciously accepts the therapist's healing suggestions without engaging in conscious thinking.

After the client has been awakened from the deep relaxation, the unconscious mind will remember the therapeutic healing suggestions in association with the positive feelings. These associations facilitate the desired emotional, physiological and behavioural changes to occur because the unconscious mind will seek to replicate these feelings of relaxation and enjoyment experienced during the deep relaxation.

What is deep relaxation? Deep relaxation is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and can be compared to daydreaming, wherein we seem not to attend consciously to our immediate environment. Most importantly, during the deep relaxation the client will remain in control and maintain willpower.

What is Cognitive-Behaviour Hypnotherapy? Cognitive-Behaviour Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach based on the principle that behavioural, emotional and health problems do not stem from disturbing past events (e.g., childhood trauma), but from negative self-beliefs formed around these events (Ellis, 1962). These dysfunctional self-beliefs are similar to negative self-fulfilling prophecies, and sabotage achievement and fulfilment of the client's goals and needs. Consequently, the aim of Cognitive-Behaviour Hypnotherapy is to uncover these underlying negative self-beliefs in order to develop a more positive and helpful self-philosophy, and subsequently to create and maintain a happy and successful life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an insured, qualified and registered clinical hypnotherapist and hold a Certificate and Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis, British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH). I also obtained a Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Regent's College, and a Practitioner Diploma in Emotional Freedom Technique. At present, I am training as a Counselling Psychologist. This means that I attend regular supervision and continuous professional development. I am a registered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I had placements in the charity sector and NHS Scotland, including psycho-oncology (cancer care), chronic pain management, childhood trauma, and community mental health. 

In addition, I am a lecturer in applied psychology at the University of Edinburgh and my research focuses upon mental health stigma, and transcultural identities and experiences in children and families. I am also the founding editor of the journal "Language and Psychoanalysis" and the lead editor of the book series "Language, Discourse and Mental Health". Please see my new book on "Eating Disorders in Public Discourse: Exploring Media Representations and Lived Experiences" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eating-Disorders-Public-Discourse-Representations/dp/1804130095/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1671820612&sr=8-1

Professional bodies of which I am a member include the British Psychological Society, and the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Member organisations

British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)

The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy. There are various types of membership of BSCH, including associate members, full members, diplomats and fellows. Registration demands good quality training, ethical practice and adherence to a code of conduct.

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

  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Hypnotherapy
  • Spiritual Hypnotherapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique


£50.00 per session

Additional information

General treatments are priced at £50 per sessions. 

Smoking cessation is based on a one-session approach priced at £100.

The initial consultation session and any other sessions last 1 hour. Smoking cessation sessions last up to 2 hours.

Prior to the first session, there will be a 30-minute phone conversation to identify whether I can help you, and to confirm the appointment. 

Psychosomatic Disorder:

  • Chronic pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. IBS)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stress

Self-Developmental Hypnotherapy:

  • Assertiveness training
  • Dysfunctional relationship patterns
  • Past-life regression
  • Self-exploratory hypnotherapy

Unwanted Habits and Behaviours:

  • Blushing
  • Bruxism
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Nail biting
  • Smoking
  • Substance addictions

Anxiety-Related Disorders:

  • Performance anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks

Emotional Problems:

  • Dysfunctional relationship patterns
  • Inhibitions and shyness
  • Life dissatisfaction
  • Self-confidence problems
  • Traumatic experiences

When I work

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Further information

To inquire about appointments, please call me on 07985-772019 or send a message via the Hypnotherapy Directory.

24 Kersland Street, Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G12 8BX

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Hypnotherapy online only.

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Dr Laura Cariola
Dr Laura Cariola