Hypnotherapy in Cambridge

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I’m Ian and I offer hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in Cambridge and its surrounding areas including Cambourne, Newmarket, Royston, St Neots and Saffron Walden.

I specialise in helping children and adults to overcome all types of anxiety and insomnia so that they can look forward to living life to the full.

My goal is to guide and support you in this process for as long as you need me.

I am a fully qualified and insured Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and I am registered with several awarding bodies including; The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, The National Council for Hypnotherapy and  The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

These bodies regulate the hypnotherapy industry to help make sure their associated therapists give the best treatment possible.

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 Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy in Cambridge

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe, modern type of ‘talking therapy’ that combines the use of psychotherapy and hypnosis. It offers a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing and has its basis in neuroscience. This makes it particularly effective in treating anxiety and related conditions as the methods used to replicate the way your brain works when it is functioning well. I help to enhance your brain’s natural ability to reduce anxiety and think logically.

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we recognise that we can’t change the past therefore we begin with the end in mind. We look at what you want to achieve (the solution) as opposed to what prompted you to seek help (the problem). Often prioritising analysing the problem can lead to other issues being unearthed, leaving little emphasis on actually getting you to a place where you are free from your condition.

Solution focused hypnotherapy uses a simple 3 step process to help people make positive changes to their lives.


#01 Discover

You learn what’s happening to make you feel the way you do and how together we can quickly make you better.

#02 Change

We work together each week to bring about positive change helping you to calm your mind and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

#03 Thrive

No more living with anxiety. You’ve completely changed your way of thinking, allowing you to enjoy living the life you want.

Can I be hypnotised?

Trance is a very natural state, we go in and out of trance states many times a day. Hypnosis or trance describes a time when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness.

Perhaps you can recall having a conversation with a friend of a friend but at the time couldn’t remember their name. It’s only later that the name pops into your head. To recall the name, you’ve actually gone into a relaxed trance state. 

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How can hypnotherapy help me change?

brain during hypnosis in Cambridge

Your brain has an amazing ability to change and adapt. Early neuroscientists thought that an adult brain was a fixed organ without the capacity to change. We now know this is not the case, our brains have the ability to change and develop well into our twilight years. By getting you to focus on the positive aspects of your life we help to develop the positive, problem-solving part of your brain. By developing this area of your brain we can help you to view your life more positively, which can lead to lowering stress and anxiety levels.

Hypnotherapy and mental health well-being service in Cambridge

You are certainly not alone if you sometimes find life difficult. High levels of stress and anxiety are unfortunately all too common in modern-day society. Stress and anxiety can easily be created as a result of the demands placed on us at home and at work. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in the UK each year. That’s a staggering 11 million people. With our lives becoming more stressful it is, unfortunately, unlikely that this number will decrease in the near future.

Hypnotherapy can be used to help people address and overcome many different problem areas in their lives.  It is often used effectively to help people to lower their levels of stress and anxiety and to feel much more positive in their everyday living. Hypnotherapy can be used to change self-limiting thoughts and beliefs, helping to bring back a sense of calmness and control. This in turn can lead to an improvement in mental health as you allow yourself to view your life with a more positive outlook. We spent a lot of time inside our heads, thankfully I have had continued success in helping people to make their headspace a much calmer and positive place to be.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is extremely versatile, amongst other things it can be used to help people:

Therapy for children in Cambridge

Mental illness is unfortunately all too common in children. Statistics show that 3 in 4 mental illnesses start before the age of 18, with 2 in 4 being evident before the age of 14. The long wait for services such as CAMHS means that 70% of children are currently not receiving help for their condition, with some waiting for many years for support with their mental health.

My experience of being a teacher for the last 17 years paints a similar picture. Whilst there has without a doubt been a rise in the prevalence of children’s mental health conditions, the amount of money going into addressing them hasn’t, leaving the system overstretched.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy offers very quick results, it can be extremely effective in helping children from around the age of 8 upwards to find relief from their condition. As it is outcome and future-focused there is never any need for a child to discuss the actual problem concerning them. This allows the child to become engaged in their therapy as they are able to imagine and describe their future when the problem no longer exists.

The solution-focused method is in fact so effective, that the NSPCC use it as their approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. You can find out how to use solution-focused practices with your child through the following link. Many parents have, however, trusted me to help their child to improve their mental health and well-being. I have worked with children of many ages to take control of a wide range of different types of anxiety including; phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, disordered eating and OCD.

You can watch an interview with Matt where we discuss his experience of using solution-focused hypnotherapy to help his daughter to overcome OCD here. If you would like more information on teenage anxiety please visit the highlighted link.

Online Hypnotherapy in Cambridge via Zoom

I conduct my therapy sessions via Zoom so I am able to help people from a wide geographical area. However, I find many of my clients come for hypnotherapy in Cambridge and its surrounding areas including Cambourne, Newmarket, Royston, St Neots and Saffron Walden.

We are by nature creatures of habit, our brain loves repetition. When things are comfortable our brain feels safe and is able to relax more. 

The electrical waves in your brain actually change as you begin to relax.  What could be more comfortable than sitting back in your favourite armchair or lying on your bed to take part in your therapy session? Being in a familiar environment may make it possible for you to enter a trance state more quickly.

This means that your brain will have more time to focus on, further absorb and reflect on the things we have discussed during the session.

A number of studies have been conducted comparing the effectiveness of online hypnotherapy to face to face sessions. None of the studies found online hypnotherapy sessions to be less effective, whilst some of them found it to be a more effective method of delivery. This is because you’re more likely to be able to enter a trance state quicker when you feel safe and comfortable in a familiar environment.

As long as you have a good internet connection, a device connected to it and an area in your house where you won’t be disturbed then your therapy session will be just as effective as one conducted face to face.

If you would like to find out more information regarding online hypnotherapy, please use this link

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Moving forward

I look forward to meeting you during your free initial consultation where I can explain how your mind works, why you currently feel the way you do and more importantly how I feel I can help you to become the best version of yourself.

Interesting facts about Cambridge

Hypnosis in Cambridge
  • Cambridge University is usually ranked in the world’s top 5 universities. It is believed to be able to trace its roots back to 1209 when a group of scholars congregated at the ancient trading post for study.
  • Peterhouse, the first college of Cambridge was founded by The Bishop of Ely in 1284.
  • Cambridge has more museums and galleries within a square mile than any other UK city outside London.
  • It is believed that the first game of ‘modern football’ was played on Parkers Piece in 1848. The participants abided by the ‘Cambridge Rules’ which were later changed to the Football Association rules in 1863.
  • Cambridge United FC play their home matches at The Abbey Stadium.
  • Cambridge is considered to be the centre for technology within the UK with around 3,000 tech and science-based businesses located in the city.
  • The population of Cambridge is approximately 160,000
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