Hello, I’m Howard

A practising Advanced Hypnotherapist, bespoke Hypnotherapy training course trainer & Virtual Reality Simulation Therapist.
  • Advanced Senior Hypnotherapist – Oxford School of Hypnosis.
    (DHP.Acc.HYP), (YHT.Dip) & (SICH.D. Hyp) (DISTINCTION)
  • Virtual Reality Simulation Therapist.
    (One of only a few therapists in the UK offering this therapy)
  • Accredited bespoke Hypnotherapy training course trainer
  • Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor & senior practitioner
  • Paediatric Hypnotherapist for children – Enhanced DBS certificate holder.
    (Member of The International Society of Paediatric Hypnotherapists from around the world.)
  • NLP Practitioner (SICH CNLP) & (YHT.Cert. NLPS)

As a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist, I can help people to overcome their life’s debilitating obstacles.

I teach people to reframe their negative thoughts, behaviours, and emotions and make a real difference to people’s life’s and future happiness, rather than dwelling on the challenges they are facing.

The practice is insured to offer “Worldwide” Hypnotherapy & Virtual Reality Simulation therapy including America & Canada. Where as with most practising Hypnotherapists their ‘worldwide’ insurance policies exclude USA and Canada as standard.

Howard

How I can help you More about me

What I do

Hypnotherapy

As a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist I can help you to overcome a wide range of challenges and make a real difference to your happiness.

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Virtual Reality Therapy

By using virtual reality simulation technology we place you in a hyper realistic environment and measure your progress as you go at your own pace.

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Accredited Training Courses

Our hypnotherapy training course has been fully assessed and officially accredited for our commitment to provide a first class workshop theory and practice based course.

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How I can help you

By using the benefits of hypnotherapy, we can discover how the problem started, and this will help establish a way to remove the primary cause allowing us to change the automatic jump to fear that most anxious people have. We use a non-medical intervention, which is simply a talking therapy which helps you to challenge the aspect of your mind that is in charge of your unpleasant messages circulating your brain.

Whatever you’re suffering from, I can help

Anxiety/Panic

Low Mood

Confidence

Stress

Weight

Smoking

Phobias

Bereavement

Insomnia

Pain

Relationships

… and much more

What our clients say about us

We’re proud to have helped people like you overcome their challenges. We probably have the most 5 Star google reviews in Surrey & Lincoln!

N K
N K
2022-04-18
Howard has helped me tackle anxiety which I have struggled with over the last 20 years. I had tried medication, CBT and counselling and nothing had helped. He has helped me to understand the power in my own mind to overcome my anxieties and be more positive. I have learnt to re-frame and stop overthinking and being negative. He has helped me to deal with some major life events that were haunting me. My family and I have seen a dramatic improvement in my mindset and the way I tackle issues that ordinarily would have resulted in debilitating panic attacks. Could not more highly recommend Howard.
ss b
ss b
2022-03-29
Firstly Mr Howard is very professional throughout the process. He looks after like a mother, he politely check if the techniques are being implemented with the clear understanding. He is very humble and down to earth in approaching very sensitive issues of the individual. He then designs the program according to the specific requirements of each individual. He changes his approach instantaneously if clients struggles to visualise or do something. I found him very dedicated to his work, he responds 24/7. Sends reminders, study material to bring positive energy in every aspects of life. God bless you Mr Howard. It is a blessing to have a mentor like you.
Janice Graham
Janice Graham
2022-02-07
On the 20th November 2021 I suddenly and from nowhere, developed Tinnitus - to say this hit me like a ton of bricks is an understatement. Howard, who can relate to the condition of Tinnitus, was able to completely understand my situation, and help me through it. We completed a session and Howard was able to calm my nerves and my racing brain by teaching me some coping methods through Controlled Breathing and Tapping. Howards calm and informative ways allows a person to understand what anxiety and stress is doing to their bodies, and how to overcome it. He very kindly sent me a tape to listen to for Controlled Breathing and Self hypnosis which has helped me immensely when I feel anxiety creeping up on me. Thank you Howard for the informative zoom session on Tapping, Controlled Breathing and Self Hypnosis.
Penelope Nanton
Penelope Nanton
2022-02-07
Have had many hypnotherapy sessions with Howard over the years. He has helped me through many difficult passages and taught me how to deal with stress and anxiety and taught me how to look at life with a different vision. Howard is always there for me when most needed if I slip backwards or if I am faced with a challenge. In addition to this his seminars are a great place to learn and continue learning. Thank you Howard for always being there and all you have helped me achieve.
Steven Howard
Steven Howard
2022-01-15
Howard treated me for ptsd and my stress was under control after the first session. His hypnotherapy technique made me feel like I’d had the best deep sleep I’d ever had and that was in an hour session! Unbelievable results that I cannot thank him enough for. I recommend Positive Belief to anyone with stress or anxiety problems like I had as an overworked paramedic.
Tony Charlton
Tony Charlton
2021-12-07
Having smoked for 38 years I have given up thanks to Howard's positive therapy. I gave up before our first zoom meeting and the whole experience has been inspirational. I'm a great believer that you get out of life what you put in. Well I can honestly say that in this case I have put some effort in but have got so much more out of the experience. If this helps just one person to give up like me then im happy . Many thanks Howard .
Manjit Dhillon
Manjit Dhillon
2021-12-06
I had been a “Yo-Yo” Dieter, been a “High Volume” eater and a “All or Nothing” person all my life. I lost the weight and then regained it as I never worked on how to lose weight and maintain WHILE eating healthy foods. Having gone through the menopause (losing focus , memory and gaining weight around my tummy ) I thought, that was it and I would never be able to lose weight again. Also I lived on” Artificial Sweeteners” and low fat foods for as long as I can remember. Howard kick started my healthy eating plan. He provided the structure, the accountability and techniques that helped to work with me to lose 20lbs in 6 weeks (while still feeling full and eating lots of food). I know that I was his toughest client. I now have everything that I need to continue on my own until I reach my goal. It is all sustainable weight loss. I no longer have any artificial sweeteners in my tea,( I had been looking for ways to give up on it for years). I had information overload about diets. Howard explained that stress was the biggest culprit and learning to work with breathing, tapping, coping techniques and hypnotherapy helped the body & mind work more effectively and in harmony to achieve the goals desired. Howard helped to be more mindful and calmer in the whole approach. Thank you Howard. You are a Star!!!
Elaine Conaghan
Elaine Conaghan
2021-07-02
Delighted with my progress in 6 weeks of working with Howard Ratcliffe I am mentally physically and spiritually transformed! Howard is a genius in motivational and intense support! Howard has monitored and supported my progress for 7 weeks over 16 hours a day 7 days a week . I’m in awe of his dedication to me snd I owe to him my success although he claims it is me!! I would highly recommend Howard, I will definitely be coming back for alternative treatments and I suggest if you really want to change your holistic self then you invest in Howard because he will genuinely be invested in you!.
Georgia Wilkinson
Georgia Wilkinson
2021-05-13
I had been suffering with chronic pain in my stomach for over a year, struggling with walking, sleeping, attending school and living a normal 16/17 year old life. After having countless tests, scans and appointments through the hospital and having no real results or diagnosis, I was getting more and more frustrated. The only thing I was advised to do was continue taking pain killers and seek support from the pain clinic to handle living with the pain. The only times, during this period, that I felt even a remote sense of relief from the pain was when I had acupuncture sessions. However, this only lasted for a few hours. This all changed after travelling to see Howard. My sessions with Howard were empowering, informative and life-changing. He was very knowledgeable and helped me to understand how the brain and body processes pain and stress. After the hypnotherapy, I was feeling the most relaxed and hopeful I had felt in a long time. He has a very calming presence and was both very professional and easy to speak to, making me feel at ease throughout. Now, over a year on, I am happy to say I have been pain-free since then, with only the occasional flare-up (of which I can control, using the methods Howard taught me). I regularly listen to the tapes that Howard has sent me and have integrated the methods and techniques he taught me into my daily life. I am very appreciative of Howard’s help and support, and I will forever be grateful for how much he has helped me to improve my life and health. I would definitely highly recommend Howard to anyone who would benefit from help and support in changing their life for the better, no matter how big or small their challenges may be. Thank you Howard 🙂
Flower Power
Flower Power
2020-12-15
After one virtual relaxation and meditation session with Howard I was able to sleep better that I had in months... a whole night of unbroken sleep and I feel like I can tackle the world again! It was great to be able to access this even with Covid-19 restrictions and I really look forward to my next session. Many thanks Howard.

Fully accredited & certified

(Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists & Hypnotherapists)

Accredited Hypnotherapy Training Course Trainer

Member of The International Society of Paediatric Hypnotherapists T.I.S.P.H

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Frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy

Contrary to popular belief, hypnotherapy is not an unusual state of consciousness (trance) associated with loss of willpower and self-control. Hypnotherapy is a 100% safe and effective method of therapy where you remain in complete control of your mind and body and is a powerful way to create changes in what you believe and feel. Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions. If you have any questions or your own or want to know more about hypnotherapy and the services we offer, please get in touch with us today.

Hypnosis conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment.

Hypnosis is considered safe as long as a trained professional does it and used in NHS hospitals.

Hypnosis is considered safe and in fact, if there is an emergency at any point, a person would naturally be able to come out of the hypnotic state by simply opening their eyes and stretching or speaking.

In therapy a hypnotherapist will you give suggestions and if you disagree with them, the suggestions will not work. It’s a deep state of relaxation during where suggestions are made to the client to create beneficial changes in ideas or behaviours.          

Hypnotherapy involves skilful communication which is aimed at guiding a person’s thoughts and imagination in a way that helps reframe psychological and physiological changes in client’s perceptions, feelings, thoughts, and behaviours

The number of sessions required usually varies from person to person, however most people feel some benefit from hypnotherapy immediately.

When you enter into a state of hypnosis you have a heightened focus and concentration and the ability to concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out sources of distraction with a heightened state of suggestibility

It is also used for Creativity

Hypnosis is the ideal state for enhancing creativity and imaginative pursuits.  Many artists, writers, musicians and inventors have produced their best work during trance states when ideas flow more easily and abundantly.

It is also used for Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis is taught in groups or individually.  During therapy a post-hypnotic suggestion may be given to achieve the desired state, giving you the confidence, you need to free yourself from self-limiting beliefs.

It is also used for Self-Healing

In group experiments, tests have shown that patients treated with hypnotherapy have enhanced anatomical and fracture healing.  

Before anaesthetic was discovered some 75% of patients operated upon would die during or shortly after the operation, compared to 5% of those treated with hypnosis.

Hypnosis should not be used for people with serious mental disorders, such as people with:

Q.  Can anyone be hypnotised?
A.   Yes indeed. Anyone can achieve this state if they desire.  

Q.   Can I be made to say or do anything against my will whilst I am in hypnosis?
A.   No.  Clinical hypnosis is not the same as stage hypnosis, you are free to accept or reject any suggestions made.

Q.   Will I be aware of what is happening or being said whilst I am in the hypnosis state?
A.   Yes.  You will feel deeply relaxed but will never lose contact with the Hypnotherapist’s voice.

Q.   What happens if I don’t come out of trance or something happens to the Hypnotherapist before I am brought out?
A.   You would simply come out of the trance naturally as the rapport would be lost with the Hypnotherapist.  No-one has every remained in trance indefinitely.

Q.   Will I be able to drive afterwards?
A.   Yes.  You will still be feeling relaxed; however, your actions and reactions will be functioning super efficiently.

Q.   When I am in hypnosis am I unconscious?
A.   No, you are in a state half-way between sleep and wake.

Q.   Is there anyone hypnotherapy can’t help
A.   Certain people are not suitable for hypnotherapy. Children under five, whose language isn’t advanced enough to understand the necessary instructions. People with serious mental health problem that results in a chemical imbalance in their brain, such as schizophrenia or clinical depression

Q. Are you always in control of the thoughts or suggestions that are going to influence you and do you also have the ability to accept or reject them at any time you wish.
A. Yes you are in control at all times and whilst in hypnosis you can have a conversation, and reject or accept the therapist’s suggestions.

What Is Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to create changes in what you believe and feel and can automatically modify the way you feel, as the therapist guides the person into a relaxed trance state for an agreed purpose and time 

Every event and experience that happened to you during your life has had an effect on you and can set up negative beliefs, and we can hold these beliefs at the subconscious level.

When we change the negative beliefs that you have developed and ingrained as part of life, it can have a dramatic effect on the way you feel and ultimately behave 

So how does hypnotherapy really work?

By using the benefits of hypnotherapy, we can discover how the problem started, and this will help establish a way to remove the primary cause allowing us to change the automatic jump to fear that most anxious people have. 

We use a non-medical intervention, which is simply aTalking Therapy” which helps you to challenge the aspect of your thinking, that is in charge of your unpleasant messages circulating in your brain

What makes hypnotherapy different?

Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy and together we can create new behaviours and make them automatic in weeks, not months or years. 

However, just because change is quick does not make it short-term. Once the transformation happens at a subconscious level, it tends to last.

Hypnotherapy is different because it works on the mind at a subconscious level. It bypasses the conscious mind and suggests new thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Your subconscious mind can adopt and use these new ideas in the future.

If we can prove to your subconscious mind that these new ideas are for your benefit, the subconscious will often accept and implement the new routines.

Helping change people’s negative behaviours.

We can successfully help change people’s negative perceptions in life, so they are able to create new thought processes and reactions by changing negative behaviours and habits which have or currently holding them back in life.

A client can walk into my clinic with fears, behavioural problems, weight issues, addictions and even physical problems, and walk out a few weeks later behaving in new, more appropriate ways. 

What’s more, they don’t even have to think about the old problems anymore.

As a practice we cannot offer any guaranteed success with regards to the outcome from therapy . 

So now you know Hypnotherapy can educate people to overcome their life’s debilitating obstacles

Hypnosis involves focused attention and the client always remains physically and mentally in control. 

The client goes into deep relaxation like going into a daydream, reading a book or being captivated in a film. 

Once the hypnotherapy session is over, people are perfectly safe and competent to legally drive your vehicle. 

Therefore, the answer is “YES” as one can drive a motor vehicle immediately after hypnosis.

It is impossible to predict the total amount of therapy sessions needed until we have seen a completed Clients Information Form and evaluate the feedback, we receive during the 1st session.

This will very much depend on the degree of the issue that the client wants to address and the degree of their desired outcome.

As results vary with each individual, an estimation of therapy sessions will be given to the client at the end of the first therapy session, however most people feel some benefit from hypnotherapy immediately.

Our therapy sessions are generally longer than most at around 2 hours in duration, as our aim is to accelerate results and reduce the amount of sessions needed . Session time can be reduced if needed.

Hypnosis is very effective and also used by the NHS.

Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation during in which positive suggestions are made to create beneficial changes in deep rooted negative thoughts, actions and behaviours. 

Hypnotherapy can be successfully applied to all manner of issues, as in hypnosis the mind is very receptive to new ideas and open to suggestions which encourage more sensible, balanced or helpful attitudes to reality.

Hypnotherapy is a non-medical intervention, which is simply aTalking Therapy” which helps you to challenge the aspect of your thinking, that is in charge of your unpleasant messages circulating in your brain. 

In the clinical office setting, symptoms associated with stress or anxiety can be greatly helped, however in some cases, it may not be a substitute for medical treatment.

As the mind and body greatly affect each other, in hypnotherapy the person as a whole enormously benefits by this holistic approach. 

Most people feel some benefit from hypnotherapy immediately.

Hypnotherapy can work successfully alongside a client’s healthcare G/P practitioner even if they are taking medication and many clients who approach us have already visited health care practitioners and turn to hypnotherapy to enhance their progress.

Throughout the process we can inform them on the progress of their client’s therapy. 

Hypnotherapy is a helpful tool.

We can play an essential role in a client’s mental well-being, by working as a supplement alongside the individual’s healthcare professional /s. We can also provide clients with relaxation and coping regimes with reference to past, present or
any potential future issues.

We can encourage a transformation in a person’s negative thinking behaviour and mental outlook.

We can teach clients the benefits of self-hypnosis that will employ mental rehearsals for stress, emotional reduction and future goal settings.

We can help reframe any past, present or future worries which may be a key contributor to a person’s emotional issues.

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