What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy? 

In my approach I tailor a blend Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Coaching depending on the individual needs of my clients.

So firstly, what is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern approach that combines recent discoveries from the world of Neuroscience with a mix of the most effective therapeutic practices within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, (TA) and Traditional Hypnotherapy.

The beauty of this approach is that it is focused and structured but remains utterly flexible.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy enables you with the knowledge and skills needed to take back control of your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Take three minutes to watch this short animation narrated by Trevor Silvester, the founder of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy:

What does Cognitive Hypnotherapy feel like?

Some people see the word “hypnotherapy” and are unsure as to what will be involved. Will I wave a pendulum in front of you? Will you lose control? Will you start dancing like a chicken? Will I say in a monotone voice: “You are feeling veeeeeery sleepy…”?

The answer to all these questions is “no”. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is just a conversation between us. You will be in control at all times. You will not do anything that you don’t want to do. It might be that our entire session feels just like a chat, or it might be that you close your eyes and listen to my voice, but at all times you will know where you are, what you are doing and you can open your eyes and talk
whenever you feel like it. Cognitive Hypnotherapy facilitates the process of reframing your brain so that the areas in life that are holding you back can gain a new meaning.

The great thing about this therapy is that people often leave the first session feeling different. You may be surprised to start noticing little changes starting to happen in your life, which gradually grow into big changes. Before you even realise it, you begin to think differently and behave differently to the point when you might not even realise why you were so worried in the first place! And the reassuring thing is that I am talking to your unconscious mind, so there is no pressure on you.


Have you noticed times in your day when you are “in a trance”? For example, when you are driving somewhere and arrive, barely remembering your journey? Or perhaps you are so engrossed in a good book, or film, that you don’t hear your partner asking if you fancy a cup of tea?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy believes that we all go in and out of trance every day. When we are “doing” our problem we are in a trance as well. Cognitive Hypnotherapy techniques seek to alter or disrupt the trance you are in when your problem takes over.

An Evidence-Based Approach

The Quest Institute is run by the founder of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Trevor Silvester. Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) launched a unique research project in 2011. Using a team of QCH therapists, clients with anxiety and depression were assessed using the same outcome measures currently used to assess the effectiveness of talking therapies within the NHS.

The pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015. It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT). To our
knowledge, this is the only hypnotherapy approach to have been validated in this way.

For further information concerning the research project and pilot study released in the Mental Health Review Journal please visit the evidence-based therapy research page. https://www.qchpa.com/evidence-based-therapy/

A conversation won’t cost you anything and may just save you a lot!

QCH Evidence Based Therapy

Practical communication tailored to the real world

Using a blend of Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Coaching, I help people with their fears, anxiety, general blocks or unhelpful internal dialogue or who are struggling to get back their voice and feel that they belong and are understood.

Are you someone who is highly able but have found yourself in a position where you just seem unable to move forward effectively?

Or perhaps you feel impotence or apathy, anger, anxiety or frustration at being stuck in a rut, pushed out, or maybe you even feel like you don’t fit in any more or are struggling to find your place and your purpose.

It could be that you’ve had a huge curveball thrown into your life and you aren’t sure how you feel about it and or how to navigate your new reality. There may be feelings of guilt, of confusion, of anger, of anxiety. Maybe you’ve lost your confidence and those feelings don’t seem like they even make any sense and you need some help to clarify.

Perhaps you have been triggered into facing things that have happened in childhood and are unsure how to move forward.

You just want to once again navigate your life with more ease, happiness, flow, more comfort, more clarity.

Life is just difficult and you want to explore ways of making it feel easier.

But you overwhelmingly just want to feel empowered again, light, free and able to take on the world. You want to feel worthy and worthwhile, confident, happy and fulfilled.

You want to feel ready, excited and positive to take on the next challenge.

You miss feeling in charge of own destiny and able to cope with whatever life throws and deserving of your place in the world where you feel peace and contentment wherever and with whomever you are.

Lets work this out!

Hi, I’m Una,

People generally do not expect a therapist to be practical, however my approach is extremely down to earth, realistic and practical. Some of what we do can sound a bit woo woo at times, and believe me, there was even a time I thought that myself, however there is logic to all we do, even when it sounds like “just” a conversation.

Before training as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, I worked International Senior Management. Part of my remit was looking after the Pastoral Care of the entire team worldwide. Helping people overcome obstacles has been my driver since I can remember.

I grew up in Spain and speak Spanish fluently. I also have a very good personal and professional understanding and deep respect for different cultures.

I have lived my entire life with the mantra that every problem has a solution and a wall is just an obstacle and to this day I would say that on the whole, this mantra holds true.

And I would say the same about therapy. A human being, and crucially our brains, are not made of stone. Our brains are constantly adapting, learning and evolving. With enough will and the right support, change is always possible regardless of what we have been through or are going through. Just like with software, we can reprogram our brains and we can train ourselves to adopt a new normal, which is free from old unwelcome behaviours and constraints.

Through our work, and obviously taking into account other important factors, I primarily help my clients deal with the emotional aspects interfering with their lives, be it professionally, personally, socially, or even with themselves.

Only once we stop being hijacked by our emotions and our anxieties we can relax, be happy, effectively communicate, grow, succeed and achieve the outcome we so desire.

No one should feel like they do not have a voice!