Confidential Hypnotherapy in London
How Our Hypnosis Sessions Work
Hypnosis is a safe, pleasant and natural state that has been used for thousands of years to help people. It is accessible to anyone of normal intelligence. You experience light states of hypnosis when you daydream, watch TV, take a familiar journey or enjoy a novel from your favourite author.
Our cutting edge hypnotic protocols directly address the root of problems in the unconscious mind. They work especially well to make changes normally outside our conscious control.
In 1955 a report from the British Medical Association marking hypnosis as a valuable medical tool. No one has ever gotten stuck in hypnosis or been harmed by hypnosis. There are no side effects and people often find they make multiple positive changes in their life without any conscious effort.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the hypnotist is simply a coach to guide you through the process of getting into trance and using therapeutic techniques to make the changes you want. Hypnosis is not sleep. In fact if you went to sleep you'd miss the whole thing! When the hypnotherapist says sleep you should understand that as 'Close your eyes and go deeply relaxed'.
We practice a pluralistic approach to therapy which includes aspects of cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and solution oriented therapies.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. You experience light states of hypnosis when you daydream, watch TV, take a familiar journey or enjoy a novel from your favourite author.
Hypnosis does not cause loss of control, or cause you to divulge secrets. Even at the deepest layers our unconcious mind has protective functions that given unhelpful suggestions would get rejected or even cause the patient to emerge from hypnosis altogether.
In its most profound states hypnosis can afford us total absence of pain (anaesthesia) that is strong enough to permit deep brain surgery with no chemical anaesthetic, better recovery rates and no side effects.
Stanford University research has identified the areas of the brain that have altered activity during hypnosis. For instance, they saw a decrease in activity in an area called the dorsal anterior cingulate, part of the brain’s salience network. “In hypnosis, you’re so absorbed that you’re not worrying about anything else,”
A1 Hypnosis Director Adam Awan is a member of the Bristish Society of Clinical Hypnosis and qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis in 2007. He came from an engineering background in medical sensor design working as CTO for the medical research startup Xim Ltd.
His previous work includes advertising and marketing systems for Google, statistical monitoring tools for Gambit Research and chief architect of the artworks systems for Colnaghi, the world's oldest art gallery, having been established in 1760. He holds a 97th percentile score on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) and a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from King's College London University.
Adam designed software that we use with medical research grade sensors to measure heart rate variability, temperature and EDA in real-time. EDA or Electro-Dermal Activity measures the Galvanic Skin Response which represents sympathetic nervous system arousal. From this we can derive features related to stress and strong emotions, allowing us to perform biofeedback.
In certain cases we offer analysis of daily activity such as sleep patterns, heart rate variability and EDA. We combine this with our automated journal system to help troubleshoot problems and improve your daily life.
We also use our proprietary Virtual Reality technology (available on request) to deliver messages to each eye individually whilst immersed in 7.1 surround sound that delivers audio messages to each ear individually. All messages are signed off by the patient before we start. The threapist's voice, synthesized voices and the patient's own voice is used in the session to convey messages that have been augmented with Natural Language Processing algorithms to maximise their effectiveness.
"The inventions of movable type printing, mobile technology and the Internet have empowered society with new modes of mass communication, irreversibly changing its structure, allowing people to connect across time and space, build relationships and synthesize ideas in ways not possible before."
"The impact of these inventions inspires my confidence that innovation is the key to developing large-scale connections among people and expanding our freedom. My ambition therefore is to pursue the maxims of lifelong learning and lifelong contribution, to further connect humanity through innovation." -- Adam Awan.
A1 Hypnosis Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Raj Persaud is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and is voted as one of the top ten psychiatrists in the UK. Dr. Persaud consults on medically related cases, writes medicinal prescriptions and provides clinical supervision for our patients to ensure we meet the highest standards of care.
Dr. Persaud was consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, is a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of London and has a Visiting Professor role at Gresham College for Public Understanding of Psychiatry. In 2002 he was voted one of the top ten psychiatrists in the UK by a survey of the Institute of Psychiatry and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, published in the Independent on Sunday newspaper.
Dr. Persaud regularly appears on radio and TV programmes, as either interviewee or presenter and was resident psychiatrist on the well-known daytime television programme This Morning. In addition to writing regularly for The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, Persaud also had columns in the Times Educational Supplement, Cosmopolitan and Canary Wharf City Life magazine. He is a former presenter of the BBC Radio 4 psychology and psychiatry programme All in the Mind. He was a presenter for Travels of the Mind for BBC World Service. He is the joint editor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists "discover psychiatry podcasts".
Dr. Persaud is author of several popular titles on psychology including The Mind: A User's Guide, Simply Irresistible: The Psychology of Attraction, The Motivated Mind, and Staying Sane: How to Make Your Mind Work For You. He holds regular Cine-Talks events that open discussion of popular psychology topics related to the latest films to the public who attend private screenings and join the discussion after the show.
Hypnotherapy specific clinical supervision is provided by Peter Mabbutt D.Hyp (Distinction), FBSCH. Originally trained in Psychopharmacology, he has co-authored over 20 research papers on anxiety, tranquilliser dependence, learning and memory. As Director of Studies for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis Peter heads the team evaluating and incorporating current research into their training programme whilst lecturing to both trainee hypnotherapists and to the medical profession. Peter is author of the book Hypnotherapy for Dummies.
A1 Hypnosis Clinic London
How to Find Us
We are located 10 minutes walk from Earl's Court tube station (Zone 1 district & circle lines). Closest bus routes are C3, 328, 74 and C1.
Or just 5 minutes from bus stops 414, 14 and 211 next to the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital on the Fulham Road.
Pay and display parking is available and residents spaces are free after 6pm.
51 Tregunter Road,
Kensington & Chelsea,
Phone: 0203 870 4111
A very brief history of hypnosis
Egyptian Sleep Temples (3000 BC)
Over 5000 years ago the Egyptian sleep temples offered the first recorded example of hypnosis used for healing.
The sleep temple practice involved chanting, ingestion of herbs, hypnotic states, meditation, fasting, hot baths and dream analysis. The practice of sleep temples later spread to the Middle East and Ancient Greece.
Franz Anton Mesmer (1734 - 1815)
Mesmer was a German physician who theorised there was a natural energetic transference called animal magnetism which he used to perform collective treatments for up to 20 people at a time.
Mesmer would make passes over the bodies of patients with iron magnets and heal them of psychological ailments. Mesmer didn't fully understand how his methods worked and mistakenly attributed their success to magnetism.
James Braid (1795 - 1860)
Often thought of as the godfather of modern hypnotism, the Scottish surgeon and "gentleman scientist" James Braid, was the first to investigate the matter of Mesmerism in a scientific way.
At first a skeptic, he found that Mesmer's "magnetic trance" could be induced by merely concentrating the patient's attention on one object or idea and that no magnetic agency of any sort was required.
Braid used the accounts of Oriental meditation documented in ancient texts that the Magi of Persia and the Yogi of India practice of meditation as proof that hypnotic phenomena could be self-induced and didn't have to rely on a 'Magnetizer', as argued by Mesmer.
Milton Erickson (1901 - 1980)
Erickson contracted polio at age 17 and used self-hypnosis to control his chronic pain and survive what his doctors told him was a terminable disease.
He developed extensive use of metaphor and story with hypnosis, coining the term “brief therapy” for his method of addressing therapeutic change in a very short time.
At the time doctors were prohibited from using Hypnosis to treat patients and so Erickson pioneered the use of 'conversational hypnosis', using indirect suggestion and confusion techniques.