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We all want our children to be healthy, both physically and emotionally. Many children’s behavioural problems begin with a little fear, anxiety or phobia, which, if left untreated can escalate into a serious problem. Bed wetting, stool holding, head banging, tantrums, selective eating disorder (picky eating) and sleep disorders, nail-biting, tics, thumb sucking, fears and phobias, can all be treated relatively easily using a form of hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Diets don’t work! How many times have you gone a diet only to pile back on all the weight you have lost? I know I have, many times! By changing your mindset, you can achieve the results you desire very easily. My unique weight loss programme, including Hypnotic Gastric Band Therapy will help you shed the weight, once and for all, and what’s more important, you will keep it off and maintain your
desired weight.

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Blog Posts

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How to Speak with Your Children about the Corona Virus

By Elaine Hodgins | March 16, 2020

News travels fast and nothing has traveled faster in the past few weeks than the news about the corona virus (COVID – 19). It’s everywhere: on the front page of newspapers, on the TV on the radio, on the internet and now even in the school playgrounds. I have had this conversation with a couple…

Young boy yelling into a speech bubble that is drawn onto a blackboard in a classroom.

Can Bad Behaviour be Masking Anxiety?

By Elaine Hodgins | March 4, 2020

Disruptive Behaviour A 9 year – old boy called Thomas has a really bad meltdown in class. He got upset by something one of his class friends had said about him. He shoves the other boy and a fight breaks out. The teacher tries to break them up and calm it down but Thomas goes…

Dad in a grey shirt helping his son who is sitting with a football

How To Help Your Children When They Are Too Hard On Themselves

By Elaine Hodgins | February 27, 2020

“I’m so stupid” – “Everyone hates me” – “I’m fat/ugly/useless” We hear children say these things every day don’t we. Sometimes, it is  simply just a throwaway line, but other times they can be looking for reassurance. Yes, they may be harmless phrases but occasionally this negative self – talk can also be an unhealthy…

What my clients say about me?

I took my daughter Anoushka, (13) to see Elaine as she was suffering from terrible attacks of anxiety. It didn’t seem that anything was particularly causing it – it would just come on! When she started to cut herself  I decided I had to take action and had been recommended by a friend whose daughter had also seen Elaine. After the session, it seemed like Anoushka was back to her old self again. The cutting stopped and although she had the odd mild anxiety attack she simply used the skills and techniques that Elaine had taught her and she was fine. I would recommend anyone with a son or daughter who is depressed or anxious to see Elaine, she really is an exceptional therapist.”

— Moira Richardson, Reading

“My son Reuben (8) was a really fussy eater. Since he was a toddler he had only really eaten about 6-10 foods. Things like bread (one type) pasta (one brand) chicken nuggets, biscuits and chocolate yogurts. He drank milk (thank goodness) and sometimes would drink juice as long as there were no bits in it! It was a complete nightmare. We couldn’t go out to eat as a family as there was never ever anything Reuben could eat and even if there was – it was the wrong type!!

Somebody suggested I take him to Elaine Hodgins, the leading therapist in Selective Eating Disorder (I didn’t even know it had a name I just thought he was a picky eater!) She was amazing! She first of all explained Selective Eating Disorder to us in great detail. Then she worked her magic on Reuben. I say “magic” because that’s exactly what it appeared to be! She talked to him gently about his fear of trying new foods. She then did some role play with him and some “day dreaming on purpose”. He had a great time!

Elaine did explain that the recovery for these children back to normal eating is very slow and that we would have to be very patient with our son. We did everything Elaine told us to do – phoning her several times in those first few weeks for reassurance that we were doing everything right. She didn’t mind at all and was really supportive and helpful ( even putting up with me breaking down in tears a couple of times!) Reuben started trying new foods and within 6 months was eating a much wider range! He was able to do sleepovers at his friend’s houses without worrying about what he was going to eat! It was wonderful. It’s been two years now and I have to say Reuben eats more or less anything now! Going out to eat is a pleasure – not the nightmare it used to be! Yes, Elaine is a great therapist and I would highly recommend her. In fact, I have recommended her to many of my friends for their children and they have all been delighted with the outcome!”

— Catherine Hiscock, Fulham, London.

“Elaine Hodgins is a fantastic children’s therapist, we have taken two of our children to her, one for the Selective eating programme and the other for anxiety and panic attacks – both children have done marvellously and we are all so pleased – it has totally changed the atmosphere at home. Highly recommended.”

— Phillip Edwards, Chiswick.


I took my daughter Amy (9) to see Elaine because she was so scared of flying. A friend of mine recommended her as she had also helped her daughter! Amy saw Elaine four times I think and at the end of it we went Lanzarote on holiday and she was absolutely fine! I also took my son (11) to see her because he had a terrible fear of dogs and she also cured him! Brilliant lady and really loves working with children as well as adults!”

— Belinda Miles, London


I did the Focus Hypnotherapy Fear of Flying programme with Elaine and it was really good. It also helped me not get panicky when going in lifts etc.. as it seemed to be the fact that I was in an enclosed space that bothered me! Elaine really knows her stuff, excellent therapist and goes that extra mile to make sure you are confident at the end of it!”

— Judith Darnes, Reading.

“Hi ,

My name is Dan Matthews and I have suffered with fear of flying since I was in a plane a few years ago when we had a lot of turbulence. I just couldn’t get on another plane after that! I then got a new job which involved European travel so it was a case of ” I have GOT to do something about this”. I contacted Elaine and she was great. I did the four session programme and at the end of it I went to Milan on business. The fear had gone completely and even though we had a bit of turbulence it really didn’t bother me at all. Yep – she is brilliant – highly recommend her!”

— Dan Matthews, Tilehurst.


My names Derek Chambers and I unfortunately had a bad accident a few years back which left me totally phobic about driving. Then a couple of years later my lovely wife passed away and I had lost not just my soul mate, but my taxi driver! I decided to do something about my phobia or fear and contacted Elaine at Focus Hypnotherapy. She has an excellent success rate and everyone that I had spoken to had heard only good things about her. During the first session, we dealt mostly with the trauma of my accident but the following two sessions were totally focused on me and driving. Elaine even came out with me on my first drive to make sure I was ok! Yes indeed a wonderful young lady (she’ll love me for that!) who has only YOUR best interest in mind! You would be unwise to delay – do it – you will benefit so much. it gave me a new lease of life!”

— Derek Chambers, Sonning


I did Elaine’s Anxiety Programme six months ago as I was anxious about EVERYTHING (going out socialising, going to work, even if someone phoned me I would start to panic!)  She is absolutely brilliant and she taught me so many techniques to ease the fear! Yes, I would highly recommend her as a therapist.”

— Donna Berkeley, London

“I did Elaine’s Anxiety Programme almost two years ago  – I had anxiety and fear of driving – it was brilliant – even after the first session I went out on the motorway and drove and by the end of the three sessions i was fully confident again! I would highly recommend this programme!”

— Janine Taylor, Reading

“I went to see Elaine, at Focus Hypnotherapy as I had heard such good reports of her success with people who wanted to stop smoking. I did her three session programme and I actually stopped after the first session but I was glad to have the other two sessions as I learnt self hypnosis techniques which got me through a couple of stressful days where I think I may have succumbed to a ciggie had I not known how to relax myself! Yes, I would highly recommend Elaine, a great therapist with a fantastic success record. She even works with young children for various things which most therapist won’t do! That speaks volumes! ”

— Janine Taylor- Smythe, London

“Hallo, my names Cheryl and I used to smoke almost 30 a day for over 20 years. When i heard how successful Elaine Hodgins programme was I signed up straightaway – she has an amazing reputation. I stopped smoking after the first session but then had ONE puff of a ciggie when i had had too much wine one night and didn’t really know what I was doing! Apparentl,y my friend said I shouted: ” I DON’T SMOKE – TAKE THIS HORRIBLE DIRTY CANCER STICK AWAY! ” And promptly threw it away! lol …….Yes I would highly recommend Elaine – she is a fabulous therapist  she also stopped my 7 yr old son from wetting the bed!!!) ”

— Cheryl Mathews, Surbiton


I did Elaine’s Stop smoking programme last year. I had tried everything – patches, cold turkey, gum – you name it I tried it  ( even other hypnotists!) – I stopped smoking after the first session with Elaine, but learnt so much in the following two sessions (techniques to deal with cravings etc) that I really do suggest if you are serious about giving up then Elaine’s programme is the best to go for. I’ve referred a few friends to her and they have all given up too! Brilliant!”

— Tom Jenkins- Smythe, London


My name is Sylvia and I did Elaine’s single hypnotic gastric band weight loss session. I only had two stones to lose so I just had the one session which really changed my mindset towards food! I was able to continue on my diet and had the willpower to say no to all the fattening food and junk that I had been eating! I would really recommend it. It’s a long session ( about an hour and a half ) but Elaine covers everything from willpower to motivation, and self- sabotage to being totally in control of your eating! Yes – absolutely fantastic!”

— Sylvia Reynolds, Tilehurst, Berks

“Hi Elaine, Just wanted to update you! It is now exactly one year since I came to you for weight loss. As you know I had struggled terribly with my weight for many years and was desperate when I saw you! I have now lost in total 7 stones and 3lbs! I am finally at my goal weight and am in a size 10! I can’t thank you enough. If I had never come to see you I reckon I would have been over twenty stones by now! My old man thinks he has a new glam wife and my grandchildren love that I can run around with them and not keep having to sit down to get my breath back! I hope you and your daughter are both well, thanks a million once again! “

— Janine Wainright, Reading, Berks


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