I am so impressed with the results and so grateful to have my life back. I would recommend hypnosis to anyone suffering with anxiety or panic attacks and would highly recommend Richard.”

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If you have anxiety and live in Sheffield you NEED to read this

This page is dedicated to the anxiety suffers in Sheffield who are looking for a solution. You are not alone. In fact, more than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life.

There are 1,569,000 people in Sheffield so in an average week, 261,500 people just like you will experience problems related to anxiety.

Don’t suffer in silence

There are many different ways of tackling anxiety and there is the potential for improvement. You just need to do something different to what you have done in the past.

“I found Richard to be very professional and friendly. He helped my feelings of anxiety in just a few meetings. It really made a difference in my life. Many Thanks”

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I was amazed at the dramatic results, my anxiety levels are significantly lower…  I am so impressed with the results and so grateful to have my life back. I would … highly recommend Richard.”
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“The outcome of my hypnotherapy session is that I no longer feel dread or panic at the thought of the birth of my son I genuinely am looking forward to it I feel much more positive!”

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How could hypnotherapy help you achieve your goals?

Anxiety is a focus on the future combined with an overactive imagination that contemplates things being a way you don’t want them to be. Your brain can’t take the chance that what you are imagining isn’t really happening right now so the fight of flight response is triggered.

Hypnosis in Sheffield for anxiety could help you to interrupt this learned behaviour. This could be interrupted consciously using specific imagination and breathing based techniques.

Hypnotherapy could help you to bring about unconscious changes as well. This is where you are more how you would like to be without trying to be. Your behaviour just happens to be what you would like it to be without consciously trying to make it that way.

Quite often it can be a combination of both conscious and unconscious change.

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What Others From Sheffield Say About Me

I got in contact with Richard because I was struggling with confidence and anxiety around my placement as a student paramedic. I had previously been having CBT sessions, which were okay but not impactful enough for me. Whilst having an occupational health check, I was encouraged to try hypnosis, and a Google search later, I came across Richard. I was a little dubious at first, because I thought that I would not be able to go into trance and that it wouldn't work for me. But Richard had no doubt about the former. He talked me through all my questions and concerns and reassured me that if it wasn't for me, I would get my money back. He also highlighted to me that hypnosis is not a magic wand, it doesn't solve the problem for you; it gives you the tools to help you help yourself.Listening to Richard is like being immersed in honey; his words and the way he speaks makes you feel safe and calm. Being in a trance is like that period before you fall asleep. And it was so easy to get there. I was aware of everything at the time, but now I look back on it, I wouldn't remember the things that Richard was saying to me. If I wanted to move, I could have done, but I was so relaxed that I didn't even want to move my hand to scratch my nose. After every trance, I awoke feeling absolutely amazing and so good about myself. I don't feel like hypnosis particularly helped me when I think about it. However, it must have done, because I have since become a qualified paramedic. My mentor said that the change in my behaviour and confidence was profound. Maybe my conscious mind is unaware of the changes in my subconscious and that's why I don't feel different? I don't know how this stuff works, but I suppose it did! So, thank you Richard, you've helped me open the door to my brand new career.The only reason why Richard doesn't get 5 stars is because he forgot about one of our appointments and turned up 15minutes late, and I wasn't emailed a copy of our second recording session and was therefore unable to listen to it in my free time.read more
Gabriella Lunt
Gabriella Lunt
12:27 09 Jan 19
Ultimately, I realised hypnotherapy isn't what I am looking for but Richard nevertheless gave great advice and showed a real understanding of my issue. With his help I am confident in moving forward and thinking more about the future and less about the past!
Conrad Guiney
Conrad Guiney
16:15 06 Dec 18
Richard was very helpful in helping me understand what may be causing my recurrent nightmares. Even after the initial consultation on the phone and then in person just by talking about the issue and having his input I felt I could control them more effectively. The hypnotherapy was something that I hadn't tried before and I found relaxing and interesting. It has been helpful to go back over the recordings of the sessions again. Richard also had some very sensible suggestions for improving my work life balance and skills / tips to decrease the things that cause me stress to do with my work. Thank you very much Richard.read more
Jennifer-Jane Turner
Jennifer-Jane Turner
16:12 07 Nov 18
I had suffered from panic attacks regularly in the past due to anxiety, it got to a point where I felt like I couldn't cope anymore. I visited Richard for an initial consultation where he gave me some tips on how to cope until our first session and even that was an unbelievable amount of help. I have had only one session with Richard and I feel as if the anxiety has near enough disappeared from my life. I finally feel like my old self again. Highly recommend, such a lovely man and so easy to get along with, felt like I had known him for years.read more
14:56 19 Oct 18
An amazing experience of hypnotherapy, I cannot recommend enough. I am quite sceptical but this actually works and changed my life, so pleased. Thank you!
Lucie Behounkova
Lucie Behounkova
20:57 17 Jan 18
Brilliant I didn't know what to expect but from the minute I meet Richard I felt at ease.Iwanted help with diet issues I'd been dieting most of my life and I'd had enough of not eating proper food ,counting points felling fed up tierd hungry not even wanting to have food as I'd lost intrest it was boring to me.But not anymore after 4sessions with Richard Ive opened up a new chapter in my life no more points being normal in what I eat were and when it's a great feeling anyone struggling with their diet should try this , Richard makes you feel at ease comfortable and the best bit he dosnt judge you he helps Ive noticed a big difference in myself I'm happy enjoying my life without constantly thinking of my diet Ive really enjoyed my session so a big big Thankyou richard.read more
Amanda Jayne Greenwood
Amanda Jayne Greenwood
20:39 29 Aug 17
Richard was very professional and kind in offering his advice and support for my situation. He is the type of person who would go the extra mile for you. I would recommend his services to anyone.
18:54 20 Jul 17
My problem was weight loss and not having the motivation to do anything about it. I contacted Richard Hennessy and after one chat and one hypnosis session I was on my way. The actual hypnosis was nothing like I imagined. I thought I would go into a trance like in the movies!! I was totally aware of everything the whole time and at the end felt completely relaxed. Before hypnosis I would eat because it was meal time regardless of whether I was hungry, but after, I only eat when I am hungry and I can leave food on my plate instead of clearing it - a flashback to childhood days when you couldn't leave the table until your plate was clear. I had one more recording from Richard, because I couldn't get to another appointment, and don't feel I need anymore. If I feel as if I am slipping back into old ways I listen to the recording and feel fine again. Richard provides a recording of all sessions to take away with you so its not like he is pressuring you to going back again and again.I would fully recommend him to anyone. Thankyou Richard!!read more
Val Barnsley
Val Barnsley
12:55 02 Jul 17
Emetophobia - a fear of sickness or illness, It had a name and i never knew, but thanks to Richard it is now a name i don't associate with me and it is all down to the power of hypnosis .One session of just talking then 4 sessions of hypnosis and now i feel able to do things without having bad thoughts. Cannot thank Richard enough.I first saw Richard in March 2015 since then I have travelled abroad 6times(3 more to go ) something I wouldn't have thought possible especially as I travelled by coach, at the age of 65 a world of travel is something I really enjoy and as I have said before it's all down to Richard thanx againread more
Susan Simpkin
Susan Simpkin
17:16 09 May 17
I sought help from Richard with regard to anxiety and depression. I was looking for help to clear the 'chatter' in my mind so that I can more easily focus and make progress towards goals that are important to me. I found the deep mindfulness I gained from the sessions helped to clear my mind and give me tools that I can use in everyday situations. I am more able to calm myself for work presentations and better focus on what is needed for my family.I feel like I have tapped into the core of who I am and can now channel my inner energy for postive outcomes for me.The recordings of the sessions were great in helping me continue my practice after my sessions with Richard and his nuturing and assertive style made me feel very comfortable and at ease.read more
Eleanor R Reynolds
Eleanor R Reynolds
06:59 25 Apr 17
Richard may have saved my life! I was smoking 60 cigarettes a day and had no other way to quit. There was not a single thing I wanted to do without smoking and not a single emotion that I didn't associate with smoking. Richard sat with me and talked about all the triggers and issues that I felt, he spent a long time before the session started. Then in the session he made me feel relaxed about everything and confident that we were going to beat the habit. When I came out of the the session, I didn't smoke, and I haven't for over 7 months now. I had tried everything else previously, and he is the only person who has made me feel truly like a non smoker. I hang out with smokers, I go to smokey venues, and I just don't need it myself. He is truly a miracle worker and I am so impressed and grateful for what he did. Thank you Richard, please keep changing people's lives for the better. read more
suze collings
suze collings
18:07 27 Aug 16
I saw Richard during the course of four sessions to help me get my weight under control without going on some magic diet. Richard is a lovely, friendly, and knowledgeable person, who made me feel at ease from the word go. The sessions where highly enjoyable and allowed me to explore the inner knowledge and strength that I already possessed but wasn't aware of, by being nudged in the right direction. I immediately saw a change in my eating habits which have resulted steady loss of around 1 kg per week (16 kg in total so far) without much change in what I eat. Through the sessions, I have learn to regain control of my eating and to allow myself to enjoy food again. If you are serious about losing weight and need someone who you can trust to help you, I can HIGHLY recommend hypnotherapy with Richard! Many thanks :)read more
Gunnar Mallon
Gunnar Mallon
12:03 08 May 16

What is your unease based on?

Anxiety is the worrying about things that haven’t yet happened. It tends to be that people can be very anxious about things that have a very small chance of actually happening. In some cases, the low chance of something happening does nothing to reduce the amount of worry it causes.

Anxiety can be a totally normal and natural reaction in certain situations but when it has a negative impact on your life it is time to something about it.

hypnotherapy for anxiety can be a great way to bring about changes

Could feeling this unease actually be useful?

A study has shown that anxiety can actually be useful in some situations. Anxious people pick up on other people’s aggressive facial expressions faster than non-anxious people.

In this kind of social situation, anxiety helps but most of the time anxiety is not required to be at high levels. Hypnosis can help you reduce your stress levels.

What does it feel like when you’ve had those feelings of dread?

I’ve spoken to hundreds of people over the years who have been anxious and I am yet to meet two people who have experienced it identically. There are wide-ranging symptoms which may or may not occur when someone is experiencing anxiety or an anxiety attack.

What many people do experience as part of their anxiety is fear and worry that their symptoms are indicators of something more serious. People often think that they have heart problems because of the palpitations that sometimes happen. This can result in mobile monitoring being used over the course of a few days or weeks. The results from this testing is often the confirmation that there is no heart problem. They are told: “it’s just anxiety”.

This does not match in with their experience though. How could “just anxiety” cause that feeling that was SO unpleasant? It often leas to worry that the doctors have missed something which just fuels more anxiety.

Far from the diagnosis of “just anxiety” helping, it often makes things worse.

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What causes the feelings of unease and dread in the first place?

Stress, phobias and panic are common sources of anxiety. All these boil down to what you think. If your thoughts are uncontrolled then anxiety is much more likely. People are creatures of habit. Some only realise that they have developed an unhealthy habit when it is beyond a point that feels manageable.

By then though there has been so much practice of this unhealthy behaviour that it has become familiar and expected, even though it is not helpful and can even be damaging.

What treatments are available?

There are many different treatments which range from medication to talking therapies. Hypnotherapy for anxiety, however, is one of the natural remedies for anxiety and could be the solution you have been looking for.

There are more details below about both medication and non-medication based solutions for anxiety.

Can hypnotherapy really make a difference?

Your anxiousness does a great job of undermining your confidence and sows seeds of doubt about your abilities to change. That is why hypnotherapy can be so effective because it is all about getting you back into that better place.

Many people ask “Does hypnosis work?” The short answer is “It could.” In “The Hypnotherapy Journal” Spring edition 2009 they published that hypnotherapy for anxiety, relating to asthma attacks, had “statistically significant superiority to a placebo.”

My work speaks for itself. To read the reviews of people just like you who were able to beat their anxiety have a look at the page dedicated to anxiety hypnotherapy reviews.

It is an inappropriate heightened response

Anxiety is based on apprehension or fear about the future. An anxiety attack is a heightened response from the body that has been provoked by the mind. It is often in relation to a specific trigger and once that trigger is removed the anxiety passes.

The first thing people often notice when anxiousness hits is an increased heart rate or the speed of breathing increases. This change in heart rate or breathing can be seen as scary if it is unexpected and this can fuel the experience and amplify it.

What are the symptoms of an attack?

They are similar to the symptoms of anxiety just more extreme and noticeable. The symptoms for part of what is known as “panic disorder” so the things people experience during a panic attack or anxiety attack are similar.

There can be:

  • Palpitations
  • Sweatiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Pins and needles
  • Churning stomach

And the list could go on and on.

How to deal with an attack of uncontrolled thoughts

The first step it to tell yourself that the feelings will pass. Rather than trying to find distractions or to run away from the situation it can help to confront the feelings. Prove to yourself that they are not stronger than you, that you can ride it out and get back to a state of being in control.

How can you stop an anxiety attack by breathing?

Breathing is often one of the first things to change when anxiousness happens. Some people forget to breathe. Other people breathe shorter, faster breaths.

When you take control of your breathing and focus on all the little details of each breath as it happens then instead of focusing on the anxiety you are focusing on something that can dissolve the anxiety.

This technique uses elements of mindfulness which is an increased awareness of the present moment and an acceptance of what is happening. Mindfulness in itself can be a good thing to learn if you want to tackle anxiety.

What is the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack?

An anxiety attack is usually a response to a trigger and is a comparatively short-lived episode. When the trigger or situation is removed then the anxiety passes. While the feelings associated with the moment are often unpleasant they are not too extreme.

A panic attack happens with no conscious awareness of a reason for it, the symptoms are a lot more severe and many people think that they are having a heart attack or are about to die.

Is there a test so I can check if this is really anxiousness?

One of the better anxiety tests online is from the website Psychology Today. The test takes about 10 minutes to complete and will give you a better idea if the symptoms you have could be anxiety.

With a clearer understanding of the symptoms you have experienced, it makes it easier to move towards a solution that meets your needs.

What are the possible solutions to these feelings and thoughts?

If you go to a GP with your symptoms and they diagnose anxiety is is highly likely that rather than helping you to find a solution for the cause of the anxiety they will instead focus on treating the symptoms.

This is most commonly done with medication.

There are three main groups of medications that are commonly prescribed for anxiety symptoms.



Being prescribed antidepressants for anxiety symptoms is a little concerning for some people and they are keen to point out that the medication is not for depression. The reason these drugs are often prescribed though is because when a person’s brain is experiencing depression it is doing similar things to a person who is anxious.

Antidepressants prescribed for anxiety include citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline and fluvoxamine. It can take six weeks or more for some of these drugs to get to a point where they have an effect. There can also be some rather unpleasant side effects to using these drugs.


Drugs in this category include Valium, diazepam, and lorazepam. GPs tend to prescribe these for a very short amount of time because they can be highly addictive and have the potential for side effects such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Sleepiness
  • Memory problems

Beta Blockers

These drugs are often used to reduce high blood pressure or reduce heart palpitations. They can be used to treat a specific situation that might have caused anxiety, like a job interview or getting on an aeroplane.

Used for the treatment of high blood pressure and a racing heart, they can be effective for anxiety over something specific. For instance, if you were anxious over a future presentation or exam then beta blockers could be a good way of tackling anxiety symptoms.

For more information on anti-anxiety medication, there is a great page on panic-attacks.co.uk

Are there any treatments that don’t involve medication?

Medication is not the answer for everyone. Some people are fearful of the side effects of medication. There are several options when it comes to tackling anxiety without medication.


The number one recommendation I have is hypnotherapy for anxiety. As a hypnotherapist, I would say that though! I have seen hypnosis for anxiety change people’s lives for the better and in some cases, anxiety can vanish overnight when you work with a skilled hypnotist.

A great hypnotherapist will be able to help you change your attitude, to change your focus and get the results you desire. If you would like to find out more about how I could help you to address anxiety using hypnotherapy just drop me a line.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been successfully used to treat anxiety for some time. CBT is a conscious process that over the years has integrated several techniques from the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which is closely related to hypnotherapy.

CBT is available through the NHS although the resources made available for this approach are limited so there could be an extensive waiting list if you want to tackle anxiety through CBT.


Mindfulness is all the rage at the moment and rightly so. It is based on an increased awareness of the present moment and an acceptance of things as they are. This method involves observing thoughts rather than engaging with them. There are further benefits from the breathing techniques associated with the process.

The evidence base for the effectiveness of mindfulness is growing by the month as more resources are put into researching this field.

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