“I want Cognitive Hypnotherapy to be a permanent revolution driven by curiosity, united by uncertainty, and guided by evidence, and always in a state of growth”

~ Trevor Silvester, Founder of Quest Institute

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a flexible and fluid model of therapy and coaching. Results are achieved through the client and therapist working together to reach a certain goal. The flexibility of this approach means that most people can be helped, whether it's something you want to get over or get on with.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is based on three key principles that differentiate our practice from that of traditional hypnotherapy.

1. Trance is an everyday occurrence

How often do you think about the breaths that you take? Or the route you take to work?

We are all in a trance like state for much of our day, this is what we call ‘everyday trance’. In fact, 90% of our behaviour is controlled by our unconscious.

Traditional hypnotherapy suggests that we need to be ‘put under’ in order to deal with a problem. Whereas Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses these everyday trance states to solve the problem.

When we are in a problem state, we are functioning in an everyday trance. We are not always conscious of the reason we are facing a particular obstacle. This lack of awareness gives it too much power over our lives. Learning to recognise and manage your own trance states empowers you to make positive choices about the life you want to live.

2. All behaviour has a positive intention

Our unconscious is there to keep us safe…that doesn’t mean that the unconscious is always logical in its choices.

In trying to keep us ‘safe’, it can often hold us back and create habitual patterns of limiting behaviour. Despite these behaviours being problematic, the unconscious repeats them because it finds safety in certainty.

For example, if at primary school you got up to speak and something didn’t go right, then later in life your unconscious tries to protect you from similar experiences, but in doing so it holds you back and creates an unhelpful fear of public speaking. So the unconscious is trying to help but is actually creating a problem.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy works by updating the unconscious with your conscious understanding of reality and your desired behaviour and beliefs.

3. IT IS Unique to you

The unconscious is a unique and complex part of you. So, working with your unconscious to address issues and blocks takes a bespoke approach that is individual to you.

In Cognitive Hypnotherapy we do not diagnose or label the issue in an attempt to find a one-size-fits-all solution. We do not rely on pre-prepared scripts aimed at dealing with certain problems. The path to your solution comes from you and your own ways of seeing your problem.

the process

We’ll begin by discussing your problem in detail. We’ll analyse exactly how you experience it and the effect it has on your life. From there we’ll plan your personal treatment programme together to ensure that we work in a way that suits you best. Over the course of treatment, you’ll be given recordings of hypnotic suggestions to listen to at home to support embedding the changes created through our sessions.


The rate of development is entirely dependent on the individual client. This makes it difficult to accurately predict the number of sessions you will need. As a rule of thumb, I usually expect to see clients for somewhere between three to six sessions. Having said that, some people will get what they came for in a single session.

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This great animation explains a little more about Cognitive Hypnotherapy