I'm an experienced cognitive hypnotherapist and master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner as well as a fully qualified personal trainer. I bring all of these skills together to offer individually tailored programmes for both mind and body. I have a warm, open and down-to-earth approach and draw from my varied experience and training to find the best way to support you to achieve your goals, whether these relate to physical health, mental wellbeing or both.
I completed my hypnotherapy training at the Quest Institute and am a member of the national council of hypnotherapy (NCH) and the QCHPA. I have also been working as a personal trainer for the last 7 years. In this time, I have to come to understand that our minds and bodies are one and the same and that to improve either physical or emotional health requires using techniques that bring the two together.
We can’t improve our mental health without addressing our physical health and vice versa. For these reasons I use a holistic approach when working with my clients as I have found this to be most effective in helping them reach their goals and ensuring they get the most out of our sessions
DipCHyp (Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy)
HPD (National Council for Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma)
NLP Prac (Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner)
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a dynamic, evidence-based therapy aimed at supporting the potential for lasting change in the individual.
It provides a framework (way of thinking, range of therapeutic techniques, ideas and tools) to enable you to achieve your personal outcomes.
Built on four key principles, it is based on the idea that every person is unique and that the best way to help someone reach their full potential is by tailoring the approach to the individual.
We are all doing the best we can under the circumstances, with the tools and resources we have available to us.
We have everything we need to solve our problems within ourselves – we just may not realise it yet.
We create problems in our minds by perceiving things in a certain way. But we can also find solutions by changing the way we look at the problem.
The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you take charge of how you respond to life, and to support you to feel empowered in doing so.
Using Hypnotherapy, we look at identifying and changing what drives problematic behaviours.
The drives behind behaviours and our feelings, are powered by unhelpful beliefs, hidden at an unconscious level, out of our awareness. When we are born, we are a blank canvas, and we gather knowledge as we develop. The knowledge that is used to help us function in the world as a result of what we know creates a behaviour, we take an action because we believe it will do something consciously or unconsciously. We do not have anxiety or depression; we DO anxiety and depression and other behaviours as a learned coping mechanism to a trigger or stimulus in your environment.
In the first session we will start with discussing the problem you’re experiencing and how it affects your life.
From there, we’ll come up with a personal plan. Over the course of your sessions, you’ll be given audio recordings to listen to at home. These are personalised to you and will cover some of what we have discussed during our sessions.
Cognitive hypnotherapy can be a useful tool for overcoming a range of common problems
from difficulties sleeping, to quitting smoking, improving confidence and self-esteem or overcoming a particular fear.
We often accept the way we see things as reality – but by changing our perception, how we look at a situation or at ourselves, we can begin to take control over how we feel about the situation and in turn how we react to it. Learning to question and shift our perceptions can help us align ourselves with what we truly want. When we start to do this, we begin to respond to our environment in a way that allows us to live more authentically and meaningfully.
I believe that experiencing something difficult or unpleasant is the best way to learn how to deal with it. Using hypnotherapy, we can work together to better understand these feelings.
People tend to think of hypnotherapy as something that is done to them. They imagine someone putting them into a trance, where they are no longer conscious of what’s happening.
Cognitive hypnotherapy is a very different process. It involves letting yourself enter a more relaxed state where you can let your mind wander and allow the therapist to guide you. This is similar to the daydreaming we do in everyday life – you’re in control the entire time. The therapist merely acts as the facilitator, helping the client see different possibilities.
Hypnotherapy addresses a number of issues that can block our ability to be calm, centred and focused on what we want to achieve.
Some of the benefits can include (amongst others), improved sleep, feeling less distracted by unwanted thoughts, a general sense of wellbeing, being able to relax and be present.
The most important thing is to be open, curious, and willing to learn about yourself.
In my experience, clients who bring these things to our sessions are able to make profound and lasting positive changes in their lives.
This really depends on the individual and the extent of difficulties experienced.
Some people find that 3 or 4 sessions is enough while others prefer to meet regularly over a longer period of time. It’s entirely up to you based on what you feel is appropriate and we will of course review your progress as we go.
Cognitive hypnotherapy - £120 per 75-minute session
(please allow for 90 minutes)
Prepaid package deals:
Hypnotherapy – 4 sessions for £440
*Please note that any cancellations require at least 24 hours written notice or the full fee applies.Enquire now
“Laur is very professional and supportive. I have been dealing with anxiety, insomnia and other mental health issues for years and our sessions really helped me.
He is very caring and always encourages me to express myself and talk about the problems in order to create a plan that fits with my needs. I immediately felt very comfortable sharing information to him that I have kept for myself for years. I'm getting better every day and I am able to see results that I was not expecting at the beginning.
He is the best and I would totally recommend him!”
Antonia- law student
“Before meeting Laur, I had been addicted to Weed for 7 years, smoking everyday throughout the day - through university lectures, through my workday - it didn't matter what responsibilities I had, I prioritised getting high. I also had been addicted to pornography and masturbated multiple times a day. I felt very ashamed and I had little-to-no love for myself. I had become dishonest with my partners, my family, my friends and myself.
With his guidance and practices, I was able to go back to the root cause of my addiction and understand what I was hiding from. I was able to see that I had hidden anger inside due to trauma that I never dealt with. I was able to understand that these self-defeating actions (smoking weed and pornography mainly) were also linked to a side inside me that was trying to protect me - distancing myself as a form of protection. I realised that I had to forgive myself for these actions as I had known no better - but Laur helped me find the better way.
Laur is different to any therapist I have had. He is not a "How does that make you feel/template therapist". It's as if he is with you along your journey, like he has been along this path, and not an outsider looking in or judging you. He is supportive and almost maternal in his kindness and understanding. I am grateful beyond measure that I had the courage to send him an email, as I am once more excited about my future and am ready to handle both the ups and the downs of life.”
Maddy W. - Software and Technology Consultant.