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Bristol and Bath Hypnotherapist


John Crawford - DHP, HPD.


My own interest in creating positive change began well over twenty years ago. A brush with serious illness which was too close for comfort, left me in no doubt that there was a need for me to understand the process which had led me to that point; and, what I would need to do differently in future. In my own search for wellness I went on to explore many therapies and philosophies, getting lost plenty of times along the way before finally meeting a therapist who showed me the way back to physical and emotional health. Now many years on, and with plenty of professional training in between, this picture of cause and effect has become remarkably clear. It is my pleasure to pass the torch on by helping you to overcome your difficulties and reconnect positively to life and your potential.


How do I work?


My work as a therapist is essentially clinical. I offer a practical, scientific approach incorporated into a modern solution-focused psychotherapeutic framework. We always keep in sight however the fact that some aspects of the work we do require "heart". In practice this means that I will work comfortably with you whatever personality type you are. If you are scientifically minded we can work effectively with facts, logic, and clinical perspectives. There is science at work here and I will make sure you fully understand that science as part of the work we do together. If you are a more "existential" type of personality and prefer to work with matters of the heart then I am entirely comfortable working in that way too.   


I pride myself on staying right up to date with the best of therapeutic research and draw from many different psychotherapeutic models to create an overall approach which is focused on "what works!" I am committed to continued professional and personal development. I regularly attend advanced training events to stay up to date with the latest developments and the best of current thinking, as demonstrated by research and experience; a process which continues indefinitely. I hold specialist certification as an "OCD & Anxiety Disorders Specialist". I am formally trained and qualified in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to NVQ4 level. I have over thirteen years experience as a full time hypnotherapist and held accredited status with the APHP and the NCP.

  • Accredited Member (MAPHP(acc.): These members have at least 5 years of practice experience and ongoing supervision.

I am very approachable and I bring to my work a sincere sense of humanity and compassion, an ingredient I consider vital to all healing. My consulting room is a judgment free zone. Your individuality and circumstances will be honoured.

****Important Notice****

At the beginning of 2016 I closed my one to one practice for 2016 to write and publish some therapeutic books (www.youcanfixyouranxiety.com). This work continues. As a result, I allowed my Professional Association Memberships to lapse at renewal 31st December 2015. I am now working with only a very small number of clients and have decided at this point not to renew my memberships immediately, but can confirm my 13 years of continuous membership prior to 2016. I will of course work to the same codes of conduct! 

I remain insured as a professional therapist. 

What do the Letters Mean?




DHP-      Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy - Clifton Practice Training (formerly EICH (Bristol).

HPD-      Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma - National externally (NCFE) accredited Diploma to NVQ 4 level - Please click here for full details.   

CBT (Hyp) - Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy - Externally (NCFE) accredited Diploma - NVQ4. 


Previous Professional Association Memberships: (Now lapsed)


MAPHP (Acc) - Accredited Member of the Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy

MHS -      Full Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society

MNCP (Acc) - Accredited Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists


Professional Achievements: 


I was honoured to be invited as a guest speaker to the APHP Annual Conference in 2011 where I spoke as guest speaker on the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have lectured many times for Clifton Practice Training and am a significant course contributor to their current practitioner training courses. I have also been a guest lecturer for OCD Action, the largest national OCD charity in the UK. I have spoken regularly at smaller supervisory events for local practitioners. I have three published books.    


Code of Practice


I work to a strict professional code of conduct which ensures full client confidentiality. An estimate of the expected treatment period will be provided during our initial consultation. I provide a highly professional, caring, and committed service to my clients at all times. Although I am not currently renewing my memberships I will continue to work to the high standards set out in the relevant codes of practice. 


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