Welcome to The Hitchin Hypnotherapy Practice





I continue to work with existing clients remotely using Zoom or Skype ONLY.   Please ensure you have a PC or iPad, have downloaded  Zoom (or Skype) in readiness, and have the sole use of a quiet, comfortable and undisturbed space for the duration of your session. 


I am sorry for any disappointment caused, but I currently have NO AVAILABILITY to take on new clients and already have a waiting list of people waiting to be seen, who I am now referring to other local therapists. 



My Approach 


I use a range of different approaches to enable you to feel and think the way you would like. These include self-empowering coaching, solutions focused counselling and holistic hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.  In a comfortable, quiet and calming setting, we work together in a compassionate and supportive, yet focused manner.  If you would like to read some example reviews from clients I have been fortunate to work with in the past, please click on the on-line reviews on the left hand side of this page (if on a PC), or at the bottom of this page (if on a mobile phone). 


These approaches include :-


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) aka "Tapping",

Clinical Hypnotherapy including Regression to Cause,

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy / Parts Integration Therapy,

Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT),

Mindfulness and Yoga Nedra,

Inner Child Work & Self-Compassion building,

Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) therapy, 

Havening Technique,

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), 

Life and Performance Coaching, including NLP techniques,

Myers Briggs (MBTI) Personality Typing. 



It's all about our experiences, and our feelings within our memories, and processing these in a compassionate way....


Our bodies remember every one of our life experiences - positive ones like the freedom and exhilaration of jumping on a trampoline or learning to ride a bike, or the excitement of getting ready for a first date or the euphoria of falling in love.  However, our bodies also remember the unhappy experiences like being bullied at school, criticised / blamed by a parent, caregiver or teacher, the trauma of an accident, or the grief and sadness of the death of a loved one. 


In an ideal world, when we feel traumatised by negative feelings, we process the experience successfully and release all the negativity from our body and mind.  However, often what happens is that we don't fully accept or deal with our inner responses at the time of the trauma, or suppress and block the flow of energy and bury the memory and the feelings.  The echo of the negative expereince then becomes embedded into our bodies, and woven into the muscles, joints and organs.  The blocked feelings of guilt, shame, pain, hurt, fear, anger or disappointment, become the tensions we feel in our bodies, the illnesses and diseases that are generated.  So releasing the blocked energy from our bodies is vital to maintain good health and wellbeing, physical and emotional. I recommend working with a holistic and complimentary therapist to accept and release negativity from the mind and body, and working with a therapist or yogi to release the physical blockages from the body is the best possible route to healing and maintaining wellbeing. 


The way I work with my clients is to respect the connections between their mind and body, and help them to become aware of their negative feelings and beliefs, to understand them, and then to utilise their subconscious to determine the origins of these feelings i.e. returning to the memories with the physical and emotional feelings attached.  A time when beliefs about the self or the world were formulated that may be causing the client to think and feel negatively. Often when we are very young and a bad thing happens to us, that makes us feel strong negative emotion, we formulate a belief that we are bad, worthless, evil, disgusting, shameful etc. and we do not have the cognitive processes and intellectual development in place to understand that bad things happen all the time and they do not make us a bad person. So a feeling of being unlovable or worthless could come from what now seems an inoccuous event at a young age, when you were told off, left out, or blamed. My work helps to identify the underlying feeling, where it originates from, and then together we can heal that part of the distressed child in the client's subconscious. 


My clients are aged 16+ and ready to do the necessary work to get well. 


Below the level of symptoms, e.g. alcohol abuse, inability to lose weight, inability to sleep, unexplained physical pain, feeling disconnected, or angry outbursts, are these negative feelings which are triggered when certain people or situations are experienced.  These negative feelings can lead to self-sabotaging behaviours which display as symptoms, like dependency on alcohol or recreational drugs, gambling, not taking proper care of ourselves with sleep and food, obsessive compulsive behaviours, eating disorders, poor performance at work or unhealthy relationships.  Often, we lose a sense of ourselves, become very critical or judgemental about ourselves and others, and feel uncomfortable in the company of other people or alone with our own feelings of inadequacy or fear.  We can simply start to feel 'not good enough" and this seems to effect every area of our lives.  Self-compassion and self-acceptance work is a focus within my therapy, because whether you are simply feeling a little lacking in confidence or completely unaccepting and rejecting of part(s) of yourself, you will benefit from a return to your inner child at times of great need, to demonstrate love, validation, forgiveness and kindness.   


Under hypnosis, I use Regression to Cause or 'Floatback' technique to help my clients identify the originating memories of the negative feelings and emotions they are currently experiencing.  Once the related memories have been identified with the help of the client's sub-conscious mind, we use EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocesing, to help my client process his/her unhelpful memories in a more positive way, so that the emotional charge they once held in their subconscious is reduced or eliminated. As a result, feelings about the self and others can be improved, and self-limiting beliefs changed to those which are more positive and helpful. 


Alternatively, we may use what's generally referred to as 'Parts' therapy, or Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy which helps us identify all the different parts that exist within the client's psyche and work towards healing the 'exiled child' parts that are remembered within the subconscious and causing the client emotional and often physical pain or illness. 


So regardless of whether you have an addiction, or a phobia, are suffering from stress or sleep deprivation, issues with food and eating, or having flashbacks to past traumatic events, the way we work is to enable you to identify what you are feeling now, tracing this to the first and related times you felt this way, and helping you to recognise your negative feelings and patterns of behaviour.  We then use the psychotherapeutic techniques of Regression to Cause and EMDR or the IFS model, to release the emotional and physical feelings trapped inside your mind and body.  


What we think and what we feel can be, and often are, two entirely different things.  It is our feeling, emotional, sub-conscious, that tends to 'run our show' so understanding a situation and being able to rationalise it, doesn't mean you can actually change how you feel about it on an emotional level. This is where a professional is required to help you through the process of transformation. 


General Information about Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis:


There are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy, hypnosis, and what these involve, so you may be interested to read the FAQs below...


The role of the Clinical Hypnotherapist is to help you make changes to your mind set through the use of hypnosis and other related therapies.  My work involves helping you overcome emotional or psychological illness or addictions and as a profession, we are often able to offer a cure as opposed to simply alleviating symptoms.  In fact, I regularly hear how clients have attended a variety of different mainstream therapies over many years, even decades, but unfortunately not achieved the outcomes they desired.  It's not uncommon to hear "you are my last hope".  I am pleased to tell you that I am able to help a large number of my clients not only achieve their outcomes and solve their problems, but provide the self-management tools and strategies to sustain them. 


Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness, frequently associated with relaxation, where you are able to open yourself to suggestions and can make use of your imagination to help you make positive changes in your life.  These suggestions are made to your subconscious mind, which is infinitely more powerful than your conscious mind.  Your subconscious mind accounts for about 90% of your mind's potential and will always 'win' over your conscious mind.


It is possible for hypnotherapists to work with both the conscious and sub-conscious mind and by doing so, enable you to make the positive changes required for a happier and more satisfying life.  What I ask is that you are fully committed to making the internal changes required to address your issues, which can often require a great deal of hard work on both my part and yours.  This includes carrying out the life based exercises in between therapy sessions that I set for you to do, and attending therapy until a joint decision to discharge you has been reached. I will always promote independence and self-reliance on the strategies and techniques I have taught you to use and as such won't keep you in therapy any longer than I can add value. 

Remember I offer psychotherapy - CBT, Clinical Hypnotherapy, EMDR, BWRT, EFT, NLP and the full range of counselling and coaching services to help my clients achieve their desired outcomes; so whatever the presenting problem I am generally able to help those committed to helping themselves.


FAQs about Hypnotherapy - Why Choose Hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy has been approved for use by the UK Government and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The changes are MORE RAPID, EFFECTIVE and LONG-LASTING. 


Much research carried out by mainstream medical practitioners and health experts, now evidences the short and longer term benefits of hypnotherapy.  


In fact, in a Manchester hospital, the NHS have now created a Hypnotherapy unit to help with gastro intestinal medicine and conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


What is Hypnosis?
A state of relaxation in which you are very aware of what is going on and are always in complete control.  It feels somewhere between being asleep and being awake and is extremely relaxing and calming. A hypnotic state is sometimes referred to as ‘trance’.

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis so if they choose to really let go and trust the process, they can access the state of trance.  Once they've learned to do this, it’s easier to go into trance again in the future.

Can I be forced to do anything against my will?
No. In Hypnotherapy you are always in control and your mind chooses what it’s willing to accept.

How does it work?
Hypnotic relaxation allows the Hypnotherapist to make more direct communication with the sub-conscious mind. It therefore makes it easier to resolve the root cause of the problem by accessing feelings and emotions and past memories which may not be so accessible to the conscious mind.   In addition, the mind is then more receptive to positive suggestions for change.

What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?
There are two main ways a Hypnotherapist can use Hypnotherapy - Suggestion Hypnotherapy and Analytical Hypnotherapy.

With relaxation the mind is more receptive to accepting ideas and suggestions. Positive suggestions for change are made which are more readily accepted and acted upon because it is possible to communicate more directly with the sub conscious mind.
Some analysis of the underlying cause of a problem is often helpful. When this is done using Hypnotherapy the root cause can be identified much more quickly than by any other therapeutic means.  Any issues that emerge can then be worked through in a way that is most effective for the client's desired outcome.

What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is a technique that enables a person to take themselves into a gentle hypnotic relaxation, similar to meditation. It is easy to learn and can be undertaken as part of the Hypnotherapy treatment. It can be used to help people continue with the benefits of Hypnotherapy and relaxation long after the sessions have ended.  Often a recording will be available for the client to take away to continue with self-hypnosis practice.   This allows the important messages to be repeated over and again to the client's mind, thus making it more likely they will quickly and effectively change their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.


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