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Barbara Butcher MSc has been in practice since 1984 and is regarded as one of the leading Hypnotherapists in the UK.

She is a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapists and was voted Researcher of the Year in 2007. She is also a member of the National Register for Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. She is an Employee Assistance provider for BUPA and Validium.

In addition to her work as a Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist Barbara is a qualified Psychosexual Counsellor, helping couples and individuals with all aspects of relationship issues.

She has a Masters Degree in Sexuality and Relationship Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming.

Barbara gives stress management seminars, runs workshops and gives lectures and talks.

She helps people deal with a range of problems such as:-

  • Stress
  • Stopping smoking
  • Weight
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders)
  • Pain control
  • Confidence and concentration
  • Exam fears
  • Memory
  • Sexual and relationship issues
  • Performance anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin disorders (eczema)
  • Sports visualisation
  • Depression
  • Fear of flying
  • Phobias
  • Children’s issues
With over two decades of experience working with clients in private clinics and her own Consultancy she is one of the UK’s leading practitioners in helping to deal with life’s daily challenges.


During the initial consultation, the client will talk about their problem and Barbara will make an assessment as to the most appropriate treatment for that client, advising them about the approximate number of sessions needed to help resolve the issues.

Barbara uses a wide range of techniques to help individuals make the changes they want rapidly and permanently.


A common misconception about hypnotherapy is that the practitioner has control over the client. This is not true and hypnotherapy should not be confused with stage hypnosis. In a typical hypnotherapy session a client will enter a deeply relaxed state just by listening to the practitioner. The client is not asleep, nor wide awake, just in a very pleasant and comfortable state of relaxation. During this state the sub-conscious mind becomes receptive to beneficial suggestions for change.

The treatment is safe, non-invasive and brings about rapid change. Most people hear what is being said, whilst some will be in a deeper state of relaxation and will not recall the content of the session, but will enjoy the beneficial changes.

In some cases the client will be taught how to practice self-hypnosis at home. This is particularly beneficial with pain control and pre-operative preparation. It is also helpful with cases of IBS.


Barbara believes that each person’s need for change is highly individual and so her approach is personalised for each client. After discussing a client’s needs, Barbara will choose a plan for the particular problem using a variety of techniques from her “Tool Box” which may include hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, NLP or stress management.

Her clients range in age from young children, teenagers, mature adults, to the elderly. Barbara’s gentle approach is ideal for working with children and she has helped youngsters with problems ranging from nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks, bullying, lack of confidence and bed wetting. She is CRB approved.

Where clients find it difficult to travel, she is able to arrange to visit them at their choice of location. If you would like an informal discussion before making an appointment feel free to telephone Barbara on 01548 580175 or 07890 764161 All consultations are strictly confidential.

During her long career Barbara has helped thousands of people with many different problems. The following brief details may be helpful to people dealing with stress or with various fears and phobias.