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Hypnosis can help a multitude of conditions, some of which are:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Chronic pain
  • Confidence
  • Depression
  • Fertility
  • Habits
  • Hypnobirthing
  • OCD
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Sleep issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Weight Loss

These are just a few of the conditions, please don’t hesitate to ask if you don’t see your problem listed.


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. It’s quite often a fight not to eat the last slice of cake in the office or fend off the need to rummage in the fridge at 12 am.

Part of the therapy that I offer includes understanding your relationship with eating and the habits that you may have built up over the years. Each of us deals with individual stresses and difficulties in life, and these can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and sometimes addictions.

On the surface, it seems an easy thing to change habits when it comes to food, but it can be quite tricky to achieve without a significant mindset change. Often you hear the adage of eating less and workout more – though this is great advice for many people it’s not so easy to put into practice!

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.

Whether your weight issues are due to binge eating or long-term overeating, hypnotherapy can help to clear your mind and break out of the negative patterns/cycles that keep you from reaching your goals.

Changing the way that you view food and eating can have a dramatic effect on your physical health by avoiding diabetes and heart disease, the two most prevalent ailments linked to overeating and obesity.


Smoking is deadly and kills. It’s one of the leading causes of heart disease, many types of cancers and other such illnesses as emphysema and chronic lung disease.

You might have tried all the stop smoking tricks and still be stuck with the agonising need to have one last cigarette. According to the NHS that “last” cigarette can treble the risk of all the terrible diseases and ailments that I listed above.

There are so many positive reasons to stop smoking, and these range from having a better immune system to fight off colds, living longer and saving money!

There’s a multitude of ways that you can quit smoking using e-cigarettes, switching to patches or chewing gum. Most of these treatments work by changing your dependency on nicotine and slowly lowering the dosage.

However, quitting smoking is also a mental battle. We tend to lean on smoking when times are stressful or when we need to take a break from our desks at work. Quitting smoking won’t take those stressors away which is why it’s so difficult to give up, especially for those who have smoked for a long time.

Using hypnotherapy, I can guide you to change the way that you deal with stressful moments and break the routines that you’ve built up over time. This will, in turn, stop you reaching for the cigarette packet and lean towards healthier coping mechanisms.


(including low self-esteem and lack of confidence)

Depression and Anxiety are often part and parcel of each other. They can both have a dramatic effect on your career as well as your relationships with family, friends and most importantly yourself.

I can treat you with hypnosis for both or just one of the two mental illnesses depending on your needs and preferences.

Depression can take a variety of forms. The symptoms are different for each person that suffers from these debilitating illnesses.

Some of your symptoms may include;

  • Being unable to enjoy parts of life that you used to
  • Being unusually emotional
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Finding yourself restless or unnecessarily agitated
  • Being lost for words or having a hard time remembering things
  • Sleeping patterns being disrupted
  • Isolating yourself from family and friends

Anxiety disorders also come in a few different forms including GAD, social anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD and BDD*

Anxiety is often a form of the flight and fight response, which we all have, becoming active at unnecessary moments in time. This can lead to lots of physical symptoms which can frustrating, embarrassing and emotionally taxing.

As with depression hypnotherapy treatment, there are many routes that your anxiety may take and as such the treatment that I will take you through will be specially tailored to your needs.

During our lifetime we all suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. However, when these problems begin to interfere with our wellbeing, on a daily, basis, it is time to act and nip it in the bud!

Hypnosis and CBT will certainly help you do just that, and it will change your life.

*Generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.


(including fertility, trauma from labour and post pregnancy weight loss)

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting life experiences that we go through, so it’s very important that we start off with a great experience. Going into it many women can feel overwhelmed and anxious about the whole thing. Feeling mentally comfortable and confident during your pregnancy can help with the physical symptoms that you might be experiencing which is great for both you and baby. Hypnosis and NLP, together with some fantastic relaxation techniques will help you through your pregnancy and the birth.

Some women suffer from infertility problems, and quite often they can benefit from learning how to relax and de-stress. Hypnotherapy is a superb treatment for alleviating anxiety and helping one to relax thoroughly to allow the reproductive organs to do their job!

In some cases, birth trauma is an unavoidable part of bringing your child into the world. Even after you and the baby come out on the other end, PTSD and post-natal PTSD can still wreak havoc on your psyche.

The symptoms of birth-related PTSD can include;

  • Avoiding things that might remind you of your traumatic experience.
  • Fear and stress responses to the idea of future pregnancies or general day to day tasks including your new baby.
  • Trouble bonding with your new-born.
  • Feeling alone in your experiences especially when speaking with other mothers.

There is a myriad of other issues that can crop up from this kind of PTSD which can be challenging to discuss! I have treated many women for post-traumatic shock after they have given birth, due to an extended or complicated labour. Hypnosis will re-frame those memories and allow the patient to move forward.

Lastly, I can offer help with losing that post-pregnancy weight. Most of the time it doesn’t fall off (wouldn’t it be nice if it did though). By helping you create routines and healthy eating habits through hypnosis, you can lose the extra weight from carrying your baby. For more information on this see our weight loss section!


Weddings are almost always a source of happiness. For some people, however, they can cause undue stress and nervousness. Whether it’s obsessing over the minute details of the day itself or not being comfortable being the centre of attention there are times when it’s difficult to embrace all the positive parts of your wedding.

On your wedding day, you want to be relaxed and confident, not be in a panic or worry about anything. Hypnosis and NLP will help you to relax and prepare for your special day!

In a survey, establishing what people most feared in life, it was discovered that more people were frightened of public speaking than dying! I’m sure we have all suffered the fear of speaking in public, being in the limelight or the centre of attention, I know I have.

Many school projects and work assignments will have you performing public speeches of some capacity. You might know the material from top to bottom, but the thought of having to speak aloud to a room fills you with fear.

Having the ability to work through the anxiety and performing with confidence/conviction can do wonders for your self-esteem as well as on those projects that you need to complete!

Changing our thoughts and the way we talk to ourselves can make a huge difference. In just a few sessions you feel more confident, learn how to breathe correctly while delivering your speech/presentation, and will enjoy the experience.


Drugs and alcohol are two of the most common addictive substances in the UK. With thousands of people being affected by substance abuse every day and the death rates rising year on year there has never been a better time to give up.

Keep in mind that the abuse of substances doesn’t only affect you, the user. The emotional impact that addiction and substance abuse can have is widespread. Relatives and friends can also be affected by your addictions, and for this reason, I offer treatment for those people close to you to.

Whether you are an alcoholic, drug addict or the relative of one, I can help you get through the recovery process. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy together with NLP and Hypnotherapy is the treatment of choice and is excellent at helping the patient understand why he/she uses alcohol or drugs.

As with most addictions, your reasons for using will vary from person to person. In my one-to-one sessions, we will attempt to reach to the root of your addictions. By doing this, we can investigate some of the reasons that you look to drugs or alcohol and create healthier pathways for you to follow (rather than escapes) when you need it most.

I am not judgemental, and of course, everything that is said in my consulting room is entirely confidential.

What my clients say about me?

“Elaine has been so brilliant with my son and in a matter of weeks has stopped him having Covid-related nightmares. I was cautious initially as I thought Zoom sessions would be a poor alternative to meeting face-to-face. However, my son responded immediately, asking to ‘see’ Elaine the day after the first Zoom session. He is a much happier child at night now, not waking up panicked and not demanding to sleep in our bed. 

Elaine creates a bespoke story for your child to calm them from their fears. She is a miracle worker as well as being both charismatic and attentive to parent and child. I was recommended via FB and regret that we had not heard of her earlier. I am now thinking of working with her with other issues as she works with adults as well-I know she can help me too”.


— An anxious family, Reading

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

We first came to Elaine with our 7 yr old little girl who was very anxious, had very low self-esteem, found it hard to make friends, found school challenging and when she got home would lash out with huge meltdowns.  

After just a few sessions we noticed not only an improvement with a reduction in meltdowns & lashing out but noted that she was trying to apply different techniques to help her calm down. Since she has been seeing Elaine, she is able to talk about how she is feeling and what she needs from us to help her.  This is a big breakthrough for us - the techniques she is learning is not just helping her now but will give her the tools to help her through her life.  

A big wow moment for us was today's session. Due to the lockdown, we had to do our session via Zoom. I emailed Elaine the night before warning her that she might not get much out of my daughter as she was not responsive to social media communications - we had tried zoom sessions before with friends, family and tutors - but my daughter would just sit miserably not say anything or hide under the table.  

However, to my amazement, my daughter was so interactive with Elaine - she had a great session - I could not believe it was the same child. I was so proud, it made me so emotional. She spoke confidently, was comfortable and happy,  not to mention she managed to get through the whole session. Yes, she fidgeted during the session but she remained focused on listening & interacting with Elaine.   

 Elaine has an amazing talent to get children to open up. I really did not think we would have got much out of the zoom session, but we did. I cannot thank her enough. We are still work in progress, but so pleased with the improvements so far. THANK YOU ELAINE  




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