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Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Sheffield

Anxiety is a common emotional response that we all experience when faced with situations perceived as threatening. It's entirely normal to feel anxious when dealing with stressful events, such as a medical procedure, a driving test, or an important exam. Anxiety can, however, become overwhelming, causing discomfort, fear, and even preventing us from doing things we want to do.
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What are anxiety and panic attacks?

Woman with anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, or unease, which can be mild or severe. Symptoms of anxiety include overthinking, restlessness, a feeling of dread, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and being overly emotional.

Anxiety symptoms can also manifest themselves physically through dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, sweating and having a dry mouth. We all suffer from feelings of anxiety from time to time, as it is a natural human response that occurs when we feel that we could be under threat.

Many of us experience anxiety when we are sitting an exam, being interviewed, or delivering a presentation, and this is perfectly normal. However, if you suffer from persistent worries which impact your daily life, this might mean that you have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

A panic attack is a sudden, intense surge of fear, anxiety, or panic that triggers severe physical reactions, even though there’s no real danger or apparent cause. Symptoms may include a racing heart, trembling, shortness of breath, a sense of impending doom or feeling like you’re losing control.

Why I considered hypnosis: I decided to consider hypnosis to find a way to tackle my problems with public speaking, which have caused panic attacks over many years. These episodes have affected my quality of life, causing general stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and mental health issues. My health suffered, from loss of sleep, shortness of breath, poor temper, tension and lack of concentration. At times I felt desperate and unhinged, despite knowing deep down the feelings were unfounded and irrational. I buried the problem for too long, choosing to ignore it and hope the problems would not repeat. After lockdown, I felt tension increasing and problems re-surfacing. So I decided I had to do something about it, and contacted Richard at Sheffield Wellness Centre to seek help. The process: I don’t like being the centre of attention, or talk about my feelings, so was originally concerned the setting might be strange or intimidating. However, I found the Centre welcoming and relaxing; a space to be able to open up and be honest. This was essential for the first session, which was to discuss my past problems. During the hypnotherapy sessions, I didn’t know what to expect, so was initially slightly nervous. But I relaxed into it quickly. The set-up was slightly unnatural – speech was slow and deliberate, and I just listened for 50 minutes. But there was nothing worrying about the situation. I felt in control the whole time, and not brainwashed like you might think from seeing hypnosis on TV. The first part of each session helped me relax and study my breathing, relax my body, be ‘present’ and ignore external distractions. Richard used carefully crafted words to promote positivity, which were specific to the problem, but which were also general enough to apply to other situations. Richard was totally understanding my problems, which showed his intuitive nature, bringing years of practice and experience. At some sessions I felt like I drifted into a trance. And on all occasions, I finished the session feeling totally energised and like I had experienced a factory re-boot, feeling completely relaxed, happy and sociable. The recordings have been really helpful. Having them available to me after the session has enabled me to re-enter the feelings I had in the Centre. They have helped me repeat key parts, or sections I missed the first time. By listening back, I have been able to practice and embed the positive messages in my head. The outcome: I met with Richard 4 months ago. We had 4 sessions in total over 3 months. After the 2nd session, I had to make three public speaking presentations at work. I am delighted that these went really well. Although stressed beforehand, I was able to control my nerves and be clear, coherent and engaging, which I hadn’t been able to do previously. I can’t imagine how disastrous and stress-inducing the presentations might have been without hypnotherapy. This positive experience gave me so much confidence and a real mental lift, and showed how powerful and valuable the process had been. I know that I am not miraculously ‘cured’ – I still need to invest regular time and effort to overcome my issues. Although I am very happy with progress, I will continue to work on what I have learned, and go back over the recordings to keep it up. I am really pleased I chose this path to seek a positive improvement in my wellbeing. Life is short; this issue has affected my health throughout my life, and I am glad I chose to confront it before causing more years of harm. I feel this has been an investment in myself. It has taught me to take things slower and make myself more of a priority; to give myself more downtime and space to recuperate. I would recommend this path to anyone else who feels they are in a similar situation. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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.

I came to focused hypnosis as i’d been suffering with anxiety and was having panic atacks…. I found the actual process of being hypnotised incredibly relaxing and Richard himself was extreptionally supportive and professional…he explained the process very thoroughly and i felt at ease.. Since the process i have seen and felt like the man i wanted to be…my breathing is relaxed,i have a positive focus for the future and, the tools in place to deal with life again…. i cant recommend this process and this company highly enough.. It really is life changing…

I’ve had four sessions of hypnosis, which was prompted by a new job, anxiety and feelings of imposter syndrome. I found Richard to be enthusiastic and able to explain hypnosis and the mind in an accessible way, and I feel like I learned a lot. The sessions themselves were peaceful and relaxing, with recordings provided to listen in between and afterwards. I’ve noticed big improvements in my general levels of anxiety, my sleep pattern, and confidence, which is amazing. I also felt like the decision to continue and/or stop sessions was completely up to me, there was never a feeling of pressure to do either which was great.

I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him. We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my unique requirements. The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want! Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does. I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I’ve flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn’t have been able to do this before seeing Richard. Thank you so much Richard!

First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I went here for hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day. For those questioning wether you should go, don’t hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

I recently went to Richard for hypnotherapy because I was suffering crippling nerves and anxiety when attending job interviews. It was really affecting my ability to secure jobs at the interview stage because, although I was getting the interviews following what must have been good applications, I was not managing to get the jobs. I had three sessions and found them fantastic. In addition, Richard forwards his recording of the sessions afterwards in case anything has been missed whilst under hypnosis, and also giving time to reflect again and reaffirming what he said during the hypnosis. The interview I attended after the last session went well and I secured the job. I can’t say that I wasn’t still very nervous because I was, but I managed to calm myself using the techniques Richard recommended. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and his hypnotherapy to anyone. If you are experiencing confidence or anxiety issues, I would say just go for it as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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

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.

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.

What are the most common causes of anxiety?

Many different factors can cause anxiety. Firstly, many medical conditions cause anxiety, such as:

Additionally, anxiety is commonly caused by external factors including:

We offer a free and friendly call back option to talk through your issue, give you more information about hypnosis and how we could help you.

Sources of support for anxious people

You’re not alone when it comes to tackling anxiety. Sheffield offers a range of resources and support for anyone feeling anxious and hypnotherapy is just one option. This page will walk you through some of the most helpful resources available to you.  These include:
Hypnotherapy (We are biased and think this is often the best solution for lots of people but we ARE hypnotherapists so what did you expect?)
– Self-Help Guides
– Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
Sheffield Mental Health Guide
Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Flourish
National Resources
Mental Health Apps
Other mental health professionals

First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I went here for hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day. For those questioning wether you should go, don’t hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

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.

I recently went to Richard for hypnotherapy because I was suffering crippling nerves and anxiety when attending job interviews. It was really affecting my ability to secure jobs at the interview stage because, although I was getting the interviews following what must have been good applications, I was not managing to get the jobs. I had three sessions and found them fantastic. In addition, Richard forwards his recording of the sessions afterwards in case anything has been missed whilst under hypnosis, and also giving time to reflect again and reaffirming what he said during the hypnosis. The interview I attended after the last session went well and I secured the job. I can’t say that I wasn’t still very nervous because I was, but I managed to calm myself using the techniques Richard recommended. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and his hypnotherapy to anyone. If you are experiencing confidence or anxiety issues, I would say just go for it as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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

I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him. We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my unique requirements. The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want! Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does. I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I’ve flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn’t have been able to do this before seeing Richard. Thank you so much Richard!

Why I considered hypnosis: I decided to consider hypnosis to find a way to tackle my problems with public speaking, which have caused panic attacks over many years. These episodes have affected my quality of life, causing general stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and mental health issues. My health suffered, from loss of sleep, shortness of breath, poor temper, tension and lack of concentration. At times I felt desperate and unhinged, despite knowing deep down the feelings were unfounded and irrational. I buried the problem for too long, choosing to ignore it and hope the problems would not repeat. After lockdown, I felt tension increasing and problems re-surfacing. So I decided I had to do something about it, and contacted Richard at Sheffield Wellness Centre to seek help. The process: I don’t like being the centre of attention, or talk about my feelings, so was originally concerned the setting might be strange or intimidating. However, I found the Centre welcoming and relaxing; a space to be able to open up and be honest. This was essential for the first session, which was to discuss my past problems. During the hypnotherapy sessions, I didn’t know what to expect, so was initially slightly nervous. But I relaxed into it quickly. The set-up was slightly unnatural – speech was slow and deliberate, and I just listened for 50 minutes. But there was nothing worrying about the situation. I felt in control the whole time, and not brainwashed like you might think from seeing hypnosis on TV. The first part of each session helped me relax and study my breathing, relax my body, be ‘present’ and ignore external distractions. Richard used carefully crafted words to promote positivity, which were specific to the problem, but which were also general enough to apply to other situations. Richard was totally understanding my problems, which showed his intuitive nature, bringing years of practice and experience. At some sessions I felt like I drifted into a trance. And on all occasions, I finished the session feeling totally energised and like I had experienced a factory re-boot, feeling completely relaxed, happy and sociable. The recordings have been really helpful. Having them available to me after the session has enabled me to re-enter the feelings I had in the Centre. They have helped me repeat key parts, or sections I missed the first time. By listening back, I have been able to practice and embed the positive messages in my head. The outcome: I met with Richard 4 months ago. We had 4 sessions in total over 3 months. After the 2nd session, I had to make three public speaking presentations at work. I am delighted that these went really well. Although stressed beforehand, I was able to control my nerves and be clear, coherent and engaging, which I hadn’t been able to do previously. I can’t imagine how disastrous and stress-inducing the presentations might have been without hypnotherapy. This positive experience gave me so much confidence and a real mental lift, and showed how powerful and valuable the process had been. I know that I am not miraculously ‘cured’ – I still need to invest regular time and effort to overcome my issues. Although I am very happy with progress, I will continue to work on what I have learned, and go back over the recordings to keep it up. I am really pleased I chose this path to seek a positive improvement in my wellbeing. Life is short; this issue has affected my health throughout my life, and I am glad I chose to confront it before causing more years of harm. I feel this has been an investment in myself. It has taught me to take things slower and make myself more of a priority; to give myself more downtime and space to recuperate. I would recommend this path to anyone else who feels they are in a similar situation. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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.

I came to focused hypnosis as i’d been suffering with anxiety and was having panic atacks…. I found the actual process of being hypnotised incredibly relaxing and Richard himself was extreptionally supportive and professional…he explained the process very thoroughly and i felt at ease.. Since the process i have seen and felt like the man i wanted to be…my breathing is relaxed,i have a positive focus for the future and, the tools in place to deal with life again…. i cant recommend this process and this company highly enough.. It really is life changing…

I’ve had four sessions of hypnosis, which was prompted by a new job, anxiety and feelings of imposter syndrome. I found Richard to be enthusiastic and able to explain hypnosis and the mind in an accessible way, and I feel like I learned a lot. The sessions themselves were peaceful and relaxing, with recordings provided to listen in between and afterwards. I’ve noticed big improvements in my general levels of anxiety, my sleep pattern, and confidence, which is amazing. I also felt like the decision to continue and/or stop sessions was completely up to me, there was never a feeling of pressure to do either which was great.

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.

Anxiety hypnotherapy accesses the subconscious mind, addressing underlying causes. Relaxation and focused attention induce a suggestible state, reframing negative thoughts and promoting calm.

Research has shown that clinical hypnotherapy can be effective at easing anxiety in patients. Whilst there are free treatments for anxiety available on the NHS, often waiting lists are long, so Focused Hypnosis could offer you an accessible and efficient form of natural treatment.

Your hypnotherapist will help you achieve a deeply relaxed mindset, where you can clearly imagine the thing or situation which makes you anxious. Then, your hypnotherapist will talk you through coping methods that will help you control your anxiety.

Related blog post: Hypnotherapy based techniques for managing anxiety 

At Focused Hypnosis Sheffield, we will work with you to tackle the negative thought patterns that occur with anxiety and replace them with positive images and verbal repetitions. By mentally facing your anxiety in a safe environment, you will be more likely to tackle it in real life.

What are the benefits of reducing anxiety with hypnotherapy?

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We offer a free and friendly call back option so you can book a time that is convenient for you to talk through your issue, find out more about hypnosis and how we could help you change your life.

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We would love to help you so whether you have a question, would like some more information about hypnotherapy or how we can help you, please get in touch.

What to expect from an anxiety hypnotherapy session?

In your first hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will begin by explaining how hypnosis works. After that, you’ll have a conversation to establish what you think might be causing your anxiety and agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use.

Once the initial groundwork is set, your hypnotherapist will guide you into a deeply relaxed state known as hypnosis. During this state, your conscious mind takes a step back, allowing your subconscious mind to become more receptive to positive suggestions.

Then, the hypnotherapist may:

Will hypnotherapy cure my anxiety?

Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment if you need help tackling anxiety. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone. For example, if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not achieve a trance-like state. Also, for some serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypnosis can have detrimental effects as it can create false memories.

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Our reviews

We sincerely hope that our anxiety hypnotherapy reviews prove to be inspiring and valuable to you. It’s remarkable to witness the number of individuals we’ve been able to assist in overcoming anxiety. We take great satisfaction in being a part of their transformative journeys, and it sparks our enthusiasm to continue supporting others.
Anyone who suffers with anxiety or panic attacks I would really recommend you go for a session or two! Completely changed my life
Liam P.
Liam P.
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 C.
Gabriella C.
I’ve had four sessions of hypnosis, which was prompted by a new job, anxiety and feelings of imposter syndrome. I found Richard to be enthusiastic and able to explain hypnosis and the mind in an accessible way, and I feel like I learned a lot. The sessions themselves were peaceful and relaxing,... with recordings provided to listen in between and afterwards. I’ve noticed big improvements in my general levels of anxiety, my sleep pattern, and confidence, which is amazing. I also felt like the decision to continue and/or stop sessions was completely up to me, there was never a feeling of pressure to do either which was great.read more
Suzannah Evans F.
Suzannah Evans F.
I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him.We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my... unique requirements.The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want!Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does.I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I've flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn't have been able to do this before seeing Richard.Thank you so much Richard!read more
Tim C.
Tim C.
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
rebecca B.
rebecca B.
I recently went to Richard for hypnotherapy because I was suffering crippling nerves and anxiety when attending job interviews. It was really affecting my ability to secure jobs at the interview stage because, although I was getting the interviews following what must have been good applications, I... was not managing to get the jobs.I had three sessions and found them fantastic. In addition, Richard forwards his recording of the sessions afterwards in case anything has been missed whilst under hypnosis, and also giving time to reflect again and reaffirming what he said during the hypnosis.The interview I attended after the last session went well and I secured the job. I can’t say that I wasn’t still very nervous because I was, but I managed to calm myself using the techniques Richard recommended.I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and his hypnotherapy to anyone. If you are experiencing confidence or anxiety issues, I would say just go for it as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.read more
Gaynor M.
Gaynor M.
Why I considered hypnosis:I decided to consider hypnosis to find a way to tackle my problems with public speaking, which have caused panic attacks over many years. These episodes have affected my quality of life, causing general stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and mental health issues. My... health suffered, from loss of sleep, shortness of breath, poor temper, tension and lack of concentration. At times I felt desperate and unhinged, despite knowing deep down the feelings were unfounded and irrational.I buried the problem for too long, choosing to ignore it and hope the problems would not repeat. After lockdown, I felt tension increasing and problems re-surfacing. So I decided I had to do something about it, and contacted Richard at Sheffield Wellness Centre to seek help.The process:I don’t like being the centre of attention, or talk about my feelings, so was originally concerned the setting might be strange or intimidating. However, I found the Centre welcoming and relaxing; a space to be able to open up and be honest. This was essential for the first session, which was to discuss my past problems.During the hypnotherapy sessions, I didn’t know what to expect, so was initially slightly nervous. But I relaxed into it quickly. The set-up was slightly unnatural - speech was slow and deliberate, and I just listened for 50 minutes. But there was nothing worrying about the situation. I felt in control the whole time, and not brainwashed like you might think from seeing hypnosis on TV.The first part of each session helped me relax and study my breathing, relax my body, be ‘present’ and ignore external distractions.Richard used carefully crafted words to promote positivity, which were specific to the problem, but which were also general enough to apply to other situations. Richard was totally understanding my problems, which showed his intuitive nature, bringing years of practice and experience.At some sessions I felt like I drifted into a trance. And on all occasions, I finished the session feeling totally energised and like I had experienced a factory re-boot, feeling completely relaxed, happy and sociable.The recordings have been really helpful. Having them available to me after the session has enabled me to re-enter the feelings I had in the Centre. They have helped me repeat key parts, or sections I missed the first time. By listening back, I have been able to practice and embed the positive messages in my head.The outcome:I met with Richard 4 months ago. We had 4 sessions in total over 3 months.After the 2nd session, I had to make three public speaking presentations at work. I am delighted that these went really well. Although stressed beforehand, I was able to control my nerves and be clear, coherent and engaging, which I hadn’t been able to do previously. I can’t imagine how disastrous and stress-inducing the presentations might have been without hypnotherapy. This positive experience gave me so much confidence and a real mental lift, and showed how powerful and valuable the process had been.I know that I am not miraculously ‘cured’ – I still need to invest regular time and effort to overcome my issues. Although I am very happy with progress, I will continue to work on what I have learned, and go back over the recordings to keep it up.I am really pleased I chose this path to seek a positive improvement in my wellbeing. Life is short; this issue has affected my health throughout my life, and I am glad I chose to confront it before causing more years of harm. I feel this has been an investment in myself. It has taught me to take things slower and make myself more of a priority; to give myself more downtime and space to recuperate.I would recommend this path to anyone else who feels they are in a similar situation. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.read more
Brian E.
Brian E.
I came to focused hypnosis as i'd been suffering with anxiety and was having panic atacks....I found the actual process of being hypnotised incredibly relaxing and Richard himself was extreptionally supportive and professional...he explained the process very thoroughly and i felt at ease..Since... the process i have seen and felt like the man i wanted to be...my breathing is relaxed,i have a positive focus for the future and, the tools in place to deal with life again.... i cant recommend this process and this company highly enough..It really is life changing...read more
Gary N.
Gary N.
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
Jordan H.
Jordan H.
First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.I went here for hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day.For those questioning wether... you should go, don't hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable.Would definitely recommend!read more
Awly T.
Awly T.
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
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Additional help with Anxiety in Sheffield

Experiencing anxiety, stress, or other mental health issues is common, and it’s crucial to remember that help is available. Sheffield offers various resources to assist people dealing with these challenges. Some key mental health support services in Sheffield are: the Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Flourish, Sheffield Mind, and Anxiety UK.

Self-help guides can be a valuable first step in understanding and managing anxiety. This NHS self help anxiety guide could be a great starting point for you. They offer practical strategies and can help you explore and understand your feelings of anxiety. Several free guides are available for download, providing you with actionable advice and techniques to improve your anxiety

The Sheffield Talking Therapies Service (formerly IAPT) provides a variety of mental health courses that you can access for free. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or worried, these courses can provide invaluable support, ranging from online group sessions to one-to-one video appointments. They can also introduce you to mindfulness, a proven technique to help with relaxation and stress management

The Sheffield Mental Health Guide is a comprehensive, 24/7 information service aimed at anyone who is struggling with mental health issues in Sheffield. This guide offers details about mental health services, support, and activities in the city. Personalised support is also available via phone line and email, providing a more tailored approach to your needs

SHSC provides a range of services for people feeling anxious, stressed, or worried. They offer a variety of self-help guides that you can download for free, helping you understand your feelings and suggesting practical ways to manage your anxiety​​. They also provide mental health courses, including online groups and one-to-one video appointments, through their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service​. If you have tried these resources and wish to speak to someone about your feelings, your GP can refer you to one of their services​

Sheffield Flourish is a charity that works on innovative digital and community projects, acknowledging the strengths of people who have experienced mental health challenges. They run a number of mental health groups in the city, including the Digital Creators Group, the Learning Space, Flippin’ Mental Theatre, Connected Worlds, Open Door Music, Oasis, and CAST. Each group offers a unique way to engage with mental health in a supportive environment​. They also have the Brunsmeer Awareness FC, a mental health-friendly football club running weekly sessions for men and women

Several UK-wide resources are available to Sheffield residents. Anxiety UK offers practical support and guidance for living with anxiety, including specific information on managing anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic. Every Mind Matters, a national campaign run by the NHS, provides useful advice on mental wellbeing and resources, including an app to help track your mood. The Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign is based on evidence that there are five key ways to improve mental health and wellbeing: connecting with others, being physically active, learning new skills, giving to others, and mindfulness. The Mental Health Foundation offers tips on better mental health, including advice on managing daily stressors such as housing, finances, employment, and relationships

Sheffield Mind is an independent mental health charity that has been a leading provider of services in the city of Sheffield for over 40 years. They are committed to putting service users at the heart of all they do, determining their care and support, and planning and running their services​​. They offer various programs and initiatives, such as the gambling awareness project and eco-friendly activities like Spring cleaning in the garden​

If you’ve tried these self-help resources for anxiety and feel you need further support, don’t hesitate to talk to your GP. They can provide a referral to specialist services, ensuring you get the help you need. Alternatively if you are looking to be seen sooner than the NHS can manage you may want to see someone privately. The Sheffield Wellness Centre have private Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Counsellors, coaches and more

Anxiety UK is a user-led organization that supports individuals living with anxiety disorders by providing direct services. Their services include providing information, support, and understanding through an extensive range of services, such as 1:1 therapy​.

SHSC recommends several apps to improve mental health, some of which are free, while others require a subscription​. In addition, there are numerous online self-help resources available for free, provided by charities in Sheffield and organizations working across the country​.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, remember that it’s okay to ask for help. These services exist to provide support, guidance, and care. You’re not alone, and there are people and resources available to assist you

Frequently asked questions

We’ve gathered our most frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy in Sheffield, putting them all in one place for your convenience. We understand that there are many curiosities surrounding hypnosis and its role in therapy so we’ve pulled together this compilation to provide you with accurate information. Take a look, and if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to reach out and ask us directly.

Different people need a different number of sessions, even if each person has the same issue. As a general rule though, the average number of treatment sessions people have is about three.
At the beginning it is usually best to have each treatment session around 7 days apart. This gives the work done in each session the time to sink in and to be processed by the brain and during this time you may begin to notice your thoughts, attitudes or behaviours changing.
Some people find that a treatment process can last for the rest of their life. It is affected by the severity of the issue, the circumstances the client is dealing with and the skill and experience of the hypnotherapist.
Issues hypnotherapists often treat are weight loss, phobias, stopping smoking, and confidence issues (like public speaking – the UK’s #1 phobia). If you have a specific requirement, please call us on 01143830123.
You could find a cheap hypnotherapist that charges as little as £40 per session and sometimes for this price you can get someone who is good at what they do. Equally you might be able to find some that charge £90 per session and they might be rubbish at what they do. I would recommend finding a hypnotherapist you want to work with that takes account of their cost. More importantly, focus on other factors like the number and quality of their reviews, the quality of their website, the gut instinct you get from speaking to them and if they work at home, out of a back bedroom or if they have a professional clinic.
Focused Hypnosis was established in 2009, is one of the highest rated hypnotherapy clinics in the city and is based at the Sheffield Wellness Centre which is one of Sheffield’s fastest growing private health clinics.
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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 again

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!!

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.

The Rooms are so cosy and welcoming. A great place to meet clients

Going to see Richard for focused hypnosis was one of the decisions I've made. It has been life changing.

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Fi Hennessy
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First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I went here for hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day. For those questioning wether you should go, don't hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

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.

After suffering a very severe recurrence of hives (urticaria) which medication wasn’t controlling, I sought Richard’s help to manage my condition. I’ve had one consultation and four hypnosis sessions. The hypnosis, for me, was very deeply relaxing and that has helped me to let go of anxieties I didn’t even realise I was holding on to. Richard has also taught me techniques to re-focus my thoughts and see things from a different perspective. The hives are now significantly reduced and I can now sleep through the night without being constantly woken up with itching, burning skin. I have also managed to halve my medication and I am continuing to gradually reduce this. I returned to Focused Hypnosis for a second time, after struggling with pre-exam nerves in which I hit the 'panic button' and went into overdrive. Through hypnosis, Richard helped me to re-frame my anxieties & provided me with some useful 'tools' to help me manage my nerves. On the day, I was still a bit nervous but not paralysed with fear. I actually found I quite enjoyed both the assessment & receiving the feedback afterwards & I'm pleased to say I passed. For me, hypnosis is a very gentle & deeply relaxing experience in which you learn to tap into your own resources to regain the 'control' you have within yourself & I would highly recommend it.

Thank you Richard!! I've smoked for the past year and after a few treatments I haven't smoked in 3 weeks. Small steps but can't see me smoking ever again!

I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him. We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my unique requirements. The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want! Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does. I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I've flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn't have been able to do this before seeing Richard. Thank you so much Richard!

I recently went to Richard for hypnotherapy because I was suffering crippling nerves and anxiety when attending job interviews. It was really affecting my ability to secure jobs at the interview stage because, although I was getting the interviews following what must have been good applications, I was not managing to get the jobs. I had three sessions and found them fantastic. In addition, Richard forwards his recording of the sessions afterwards in case anything has been missed whilst under hypnosis, and also giving time to reflect again and reaffirming what he said during the hypnosis. The interview I attended after the last session went well and I secured the job. I can’t say that I wasn’t still very nervous because I was, but I managed to calm myself using the techniques Richard recommended. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and his hypnotherapy to anyone. If you are experiencing confidence or anxiety issues, I would say just go for it as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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.

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Mario Ride
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*SPEECH THEREPY HYPNOSIS* Richard helped me last year to overcome a BIG fear of mine - delivering a speech at my wedding! I got married in September last year and I knew I wanted to tell a few stories and thank some special people. My determination to do it was there, but my confidence and anxieties about my how I speak and how I might come across, started to make me feel a little overwhelmed. I found Richard Henessy's details online. Just after the first phone call, talking about the techniques and my current situation, I already felt more at ease. At the end of my sessions with Richard, I felt calm and was actually very excited about delivering my speech. Come the big day - I absolutely nailed it and loved every second of speaking. Something I never thought I'd be able to do. Thank you so much Richard! You helped me a great deal, not just for my wedding speech, but being more confident when I speak in general.

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.

During lockdown (Covid 19) I barely used my car. When restrictions were eased I travelled to see friends using the motorway which had suddenly become a very frightening, stressful place for me. Everything seemed so busy with lorries thundering past and I had a complete panic attack whilst on there. I really thought I would never be able to travel on there ever again which limited travel for holidays and social events. I spoke with Richard at length both on the telephone initially and then face to face at the first consultation. He listened carefully to everything I said and was so reassuring. At the first session I was a bit nervous but he soon relaxed me and I listened to his voice, unaware that I was actually in a trance - it didn't feel like I had lost control or anything - it was just like listening to music and relaxing. During the following session he made things personal to me and had clearly spent a lot of time tailoring the session. He gave me useful techniques to practice in between sessions and then it was time to put it all into practice. I did it!! I went on the motorway for one junction and back again. I was calm and in control. I then progressed over a few days to travelling further and overtaking the lorries I had been so freaked about before. I was absolutely buzzing and I cried with relief as I can now get on with my life and visit friends. Richard has taught me how to iron out the daily stressed of my life as well as the issues I was having on the motorway. He has changed my life and I can't thank him enough for it. I went into hypnotherapy with an open mind and I came out a calmer, happier person.

The hypnosis completely turned around my mindset in just one hour - I couldn’t believe how effective it was! I had got very panicky about my driving test and when I broke down in a lesson a couple of weeks before my test, decided to get some help. Richard instilled me with confidence and I left feeling amazing, drove great and went to the test calm and prepared :) He put so much energy into his voice and used how I already think to tailor the session to me. Thanks Richard for helping me pass my test!

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Natalie Fahy
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I came to focused hypnosis as i'd been suffering with anxiety and was having panic atacks.... I found the actual process of being hypnotised incredibly relaxing and Richard himself was extreptionally supportive and professional...he explained the process very thoroughly and i felt at ease.. Since the process i have seen and felt like the man i wanted to be...my breathing is relaxed,i have a positive focus for the future and, the tools in place to deal with life again.... i cant recommend this process and this company highly enough.. It really is life changing...

I found the experience here absolutely wonderful. Richard is very professional and brilliant at what he does. My sessions really helped me get over my fear of performing in public and Richard offered me a discounted rate when he realised I wasn't working. I'm still scared when it's a stage with things plugged in but I'm generally OK with small groups of people now and I would happily do some busking and jam sessions now. I'm still using the recordings from our sessions to continue hypnotherapy at home. I really recommend this place, you won't regret it!

Why I considered hypnosis: I decided to consider hypnosis to find a way to tackle my problems with public speaking, which have caused panic attacks over many years. These episodes have affected my quality of life, causing general stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and mental health issues. My health suffered, from loss of sleep, shortness of breath, poor temper, tension and lack of concentration. At times I felt desperate and unhinged, despite knowing deep down the feelings were unfounded and irrational. I buried the problem for too long, choosing to ignore it and hope the problems would not repeat. After lockdown, I felt tension increasing and problems re-surfacing. So I decided I had to do something about it, and contacted Richard at Sheffield Wellness Centre to seek help. The process: I don’t like being the centre of attention, or talk about my feelings, so was originally concerned the setting might be strange or intimidating. However, I found the Centre welcoming and relaxing; a space to be able to open up and be honest. This was essential for the first session, which was to discuss my past problems. During the hypnotherapy sessions, I didn’t know what to expect, so was initially slightly nervous. But I relaxed into it quickly. The set-up was slightly unnatural - speech was slow and deliberate, and I just listened for 50 minutes. But there was nothing worrying about the situation. I felt in control the whole time, and not brainwashed like you might think from seeing hypnosis on TV. The first part of each session helped me relax and study my breathing, relax my body, be ‘present’ and ignore external distractions. Richard used carefully crafted words to promote positivity, which were specific to the problem, but which were also general enough to apply to other situations. Richard was totally understanding my problems, which showed his intuitive nature, bringing years of practice and experience. At some sessions I felt like I drifted into a trance. And on all occasions, I finished the session feeling totally energised and like I had experienced a factory re-boot, feeling completely relaxed, happy and sociable. The recordings have been really helpful. Having them available to me after the session has enabled me to re-enter the feelings I had in the Centre. They have helped me repeat key parts, or sections I missed the first time. By listening back, I have been able to practice and embed the positive messages in my head. The outcome: I met with Richard 4 months ago. We had 4 sessions in total over 3 months. After the 2nd session, I had to make three public speaking presentations at work. I am delighted that these went really well. Although stressed beforehand, I was able to control my nerves and be clear, coherent and engaging, which I hadn’t been able to do previously. I can’t imagine how disastrous and stress-inducing the presentations might have been without hypnotherapy. This positive experience gave me so much confidence and a real mental lift, and showed how powerful and valuable the process had been. I know that I am not miraculously ‘cured’ – I still need to invest regular time and effort to overcome my issues. Although I am very happy with progress, I will continue to work on what I have learned, and go back over the recordings to keep it up. I am really pleased I chose this path to seek a positive improvement in my wellbeing. Life is short; this issue has affected my health throughout my life, and I am glad I chose to confront it before causing more years of harm. I feel this has been an investment in myself. It has taught me to take things slower and make myself more of a priority; to give myself more downtime and space to recuperate. I would recommend this path to anyone else who feels they are in a similar situation. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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.

I found Richard online and was eager to find a professionally qualified hypnotherapist. His website gave me all the information regarding his services and MOST importantly his professional qualifications and affiliations. After my free phone conversation with Richard I attended for an initial consultation where we discussed my needs and problems. I wanted additional confidence in the work place and for my hobby of singing and performing at the Lyceum. I have now finished my last session (of 3) and feel a great improvement. After the 1st session I had an audition and instead of being petrified I sailed through and got the part I wanted. At work I have been able to perform a disciplinary procedure without doubting my ability or authority and I perform better under stressful conditions. I even found the deep relaxation helped a very painful back spasm!! All in all a winner. Richard is thoroughly professional and adapts his technique and mannerisms to match the needs of his patients. If you're a skeptic Hypnotherapy may seem a bit "far out" when compared to traditional science and healthcare but it definitely works and proves that it really is mind over matter.

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

I heard about Richard through someone I work with and she couldn’t thank him enough for his help. My nan has always struggled with eating chocolate to the point it’s affecting her health and it’s gone on since childhood so I thought Richard might be able to help her and which he did. It only took 2 sessions with him for her to stop eating chocolate all together, he’s changed her life around we can’t thank Richard enough for helping her and will always be telling everyone about him. You can tell he’s not about the money and he’s genuinely wanting to help people overcome their problems.

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Liz Davis
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So, I'm sat in a bar at the other end of the country- on my OWN, food ordered and Rattlers cider going down nicely. I'll SLEEP well AGAIN tonight and be both RELAXED and at the same time EXCITED about the adventures ahead of me. 2weeks ago I cried at the thought of scaling a ladder; last week I climbed a playground ladder and descended by the slide; TODAY I went scrambling round and jumping off rocks coasteering!! All this I'd say is testament to Richards fantastic work which has helped find more of 'me'. I now say 'I can'!!. Thanks Rich. I'm recommending you to everyone I know! :-D

Richard has helped me manage stress, which has in turned helped manage my migraine condition. I'm now medication free and migraine free.

WOW.. I'm not sure where to begin.. Richard at Focused Hypnosis has honestly given me a life changing experience. When I initially saw Richard I asked him to help me with x 3 things- insomnia, a habit and the wish for my thoughts to be a reflection of the positivity that a big move to the other end of the country could mean. ..I am now in Cornwall and my journey with Richard was so much more than the above. He also helped me to be more confident in certain social situations and lastly has helped me literally make leaps and bounds in my fear of heights. The latter whereby I would actively avoid ladders, slides, crossing stepping stones across water and would in no way have entertained climbing or coasteering whilst on holiday. Richard seems to have a natural ability to put you at ease. At the same time he demonstrates a real depth of knowledge and passion for his work. I was a little apprehensive about the process of hypnosis but Richards calm, soothing voice and appropriate choice of language allowed me to relax. Everything felt 'heavy'- in a good way and I found the whole process very relaxing. Its difficult to really explain except to say that maybe its that feeling of being somewhere between being awake and asleep- like you're dozing off on the beach! Richard even accommodated my wish to take my fear of heights/ falling into a more practical scenario which I'm sure was invaluable to me. Richard records the sessions for you and there is 'homework' to do- and I like this because it feels like you are an active party in your progress. At the time of writing this I have now moved to the other end of the country with an even more positive and relaxed frame of mind. I now sleep better, can walk into a pub on my own AND I am reflecting on a morning of scrambling and jumping off rocks coasteering around the Cornish Coastline (2 weeks ago I struggled to climb up and down a ladder- there were tears!) If you're having doubts about whether hypnotherapy can help- ring Richard!!! Thank you Richard for all your help and guidance - I wont forget it and I'll keep up the homework! x

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Liam Pond
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Anyone who suffers with anxiety or panic attacks I would really recommend you go for a session or two! Completely changed my life

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 :)

Quality treatment, quality person.

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.

I’ve had four sessions of hypnosis, which was prompted by a new job, anxiety and feelings of imposter syndrome. I found Richard to be enthusiastic and able to explain hypnosis and the mind in an accessible way, and I feel like I learned a lot. The sessions themselves were peaceful and relaxing, with recordings provided to listen in between and afterwards. I’ve noticed big improvements in my general levels of anxiety, my sleep pattern, and confidence, which is amazing. I also felt like the decision to continue and/or stop sessions was completely up to me, there was never a feeling of pressure to do either which was great.

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Fay James
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I found listening to Richard's free Relaxation download extremely relaxing and soothing. I would recommend that anything one who has 30 minutes spare - to listen to it, and allow the stresses and strains of the day drift away. I felt refreshed, chilled and ready to face the rest of the day. I would imagine it would also be really useful for anyone who has problems getting to sleep. Thank you Richard

I met Richard at one of my training events and not only is he a nice person and a knowledgable Hypnotherapist, I discovered he is also an expert on web site and web optimisation (SEO Search Engine Optimisation). I wanted to achieve more with my own web site so engaged the services of Richard. He speaks in an easy to understand language (You know what I mean) and he explained what I should do from my "end" and what he would do from his "end". Richard then did what he does and I have the result I wanted and he made it easy. If you wish to improve your site ranking in web searches then engage Richard, reasonable pricing and great value for money.Thanks Richard, all the best. John Dewar @ John Dewar's School of Hypnotherapy.

After having tried to loose two stones in weight, with no success, I decided to try hypnotherapy. I found Richard, at Focused Hypnosis, from searching on the internet. I have been amazed at the difference a few sessions has made to me. Not only have a lost 10lbs in a few months but my whole outlook on life is far more positve. The recordings made of the sessions is a very useful tool to take away and replay to help reinforce what you are trying to achieve. I have recently been on two all inclusive holidays and I only put on one pound! By December I aim to loose another 7lbs and I can see that this target is well within my grasp. Getting in touch with Focused Hypnosis has been a turning point in my life.

I am living a super happy life with Richard's professional and friendly help. I came to Richard when I was confusing about the meaning of life and happiness after some awful things happened. Then I felt I was hurt deeply and I couldn't make it through and I wanted to remove the unpleasant memories using hypnosis. Richard told me that it's impossible to remove the memories but he's able to help me with changing the attitude towards those memories. It really make sense to me and bring the tough me back again. The process of being hypnotized is a sweet dream that can relax me deeply and help me to think about life. Hypnosis is a sweet dream that can impact positively on my life. I do enjoy my sessions with Richard and hope people need help can sort their difficulties out. Please ignore my bad grammar and wrong usage of words and catch my sincere recommendation.

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.

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!

What a thoroughly friendly, relaxed and professional experience this was! I had never had hypnotherapy before but having heard good things about Focused Hyponosis I booked an appointment with Richard. I had tried other forms of counselling (which were very pricey) but was willing to try something new. After just one session I left feeling more confident, more relaxed and already looking forward to the next session. Richard put me completely at ease and was professional and understanding throughout the session. Open your mind to the possibility of this helping you - it certainly did for me. Highly recommended!