Helen France Hypnotherapy & Counselling Hypnotherapy for Business & the Private Sector
Central London / City of London Kent & E Sussex

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Coronavirus - The sort of things people are now coming for are anxiety, stress at not having enough face to face human contact (nature didn't design us to be solitary beings), frictions arising from having to spend too much time with your nearest and dearest, depression, stopping smoking and losing weight. I am based in Tenterden on the Kent/Sussex border. The area where I see patients is spacious and open plan and social distancing can be maintained with ease. This virus is challenging us all to be much more flexible; with this in mind, I have been doing sessions with patients in their gardens and conservatories with doors and windows open. So, don't be shy of contacting me, I am open to suggestions.

The latest information from the BBC is that apart from old age and underlying health conditions, SMOKING and being even slightly OVERWEIGHT can put you at greater risk of developing complications, pneumonia and even of dying.

You don't need to smoke to live and now is not the best time to be wasting £30, £50 or £100 or more a week smoking. It is money down the drain and you can never get it back again. There are so many relaxed, happy and contented people in Kent, London and beyond that have stopped smoking in just one session with me. Come and join them. Patients are pleasantly surprised how easy it is to give up smoking with hypnosis .

The subconscious mind becomes very receptive to suggestion and during hypnosis I will put suggestions into your mind that will give you compelling reasons to become and remain a non-smoker. See further down the page for an article from the BBC about people who are stopping smoking for fear of coronavirus. In the UK a pack of 20 cigarettes costs about £10.80 which means that if you smoke 20 a day, you waste £3,942 a year. If you smoke for 10 years, a whopping £39,420 will have gone down the drain. And if you smoke for 40 years you will squander a gut-wrenching £157,680.

Sugar, processed foods & "grazing" (eating too frequently) are the prime drivers of the obesity epidemic. In hypnosis, you will learn how to manage cravings, how to avoid the pitfalls of tiredness and excuses. Sugar has been shown to be as addictive as cocaine. GP Dr Warrilow from Charing Medical practice inKent also advocates a 3-5 day water only fast each month for really digging into those fat reserves - do double check with your doctor if you have any concerns or health issues.

The benefits and credentials of fasting are clearly set out by highly respected kidney specialist Dr Jason Fung in the following Youtube video
Dr. Jason Fung: Fasting as a Therapeutic Option for Weight Loss

I have practised 1, 2 and 3 day fasts myself and lost 10 kg over a 3 -4 month period. Hunger does diminish and I have been able to work maintain my exercise regime during the fasts.

Dr Mark Hyman explains how cutting sugar out of your diet will radically improve your life in this video which I also recommend
Dr. Mark Hyman Detox Program - 10 Day Detox Diet Plan

So, where does hypnosis come in?
Hypnotherapy will kickstart your motivation and strengthen your willpower; it will also change the way you relate to food. My therapy is powerful and lifechanging and you will surprise yourself by becoming more acutely aware if certain foods make you feel sluggish, tired, ratty or drained. This may be shortly after eating them or even next day. Foods that Dr Hyman and many other eminent doctors recommend eliminating also contribute to poor sleep.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful & dynamic tool for all areas of your life. It is good for turning your personal life around, and also for improving staff performance and resuscitating directors, managers and staff suffering from excess alcohol, poor eating, stress and burnout, or breaking habits such as smoking, procrastination, irritability and unhelpful eating. It can be used in your private, work, social or family life to motivate the under-performer, reduce resistance to change, increase flexibility, minimize fear, stress and anxiety; and improve courage, resilience and self-confidence. People I treat say that I make them feel better about themselves.

This pandemic is making us all dig deep into our inner reserves, isn't it? My twenty years of experience is enabling me to reduce the anxieties of those consumed with worry about vulnerable friends and family. I am using my extensive skills to help people to adjust more easily to the many changes demanded of us, such as staying at home all day or not being able to spend time in the company of others. For people with depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, having to spend so much time with the stressful or unhappy or self-critical thoughts in their head can feel like being asked to climb Everest. The hypnotherapy I offer can really sow the seeds of profound mental and emotional well-being. People often think of mental health as something that just happens to you that you have little or no control over, however, hypnotherapy can help you make big steps forward in taking control over your own mind and emotions, and can make the inside of your own head a much happier and wholesome place to inhabit.

I work in a way that is both direct and empathetic and I have a real gift for helping people come to terms with and amend the tricky corners of their personality. Because hypnosis harnesses the power of the unconscious mind, it can also enable people to generate exciting, creative and game-changing ideas. After working with me, people find that they approach problem solving with less negativity and more lateral thinking and confidence.

Over the last twenty years I have worked with a lot of business and private patients at all levels, and my clients have been delighted and relieved to find their lives improved by marked and lasting change. All the best businesses treat their employees as their most valuable asset and will spare no expense to nurture them through difficult times, such as downsizing, reorganization, takeovers, mergers, court cases and other prolonged periods of stress.

I see patients in a quiet, spacious location in Tenterden. The ground floor is open plan which makes social distancing easy. But it is also possible to arrange for a session via Facebook, Skype or WhatsApp which means I can treat people from anywhere in the world. Nowadays, some patients have the first session face to face and subsequent sessions via Zoom. Other people give me the details of their problems by phone or email and then I email them a hypnotherapy session.

Coronavirus: Smokers quit in highest numbers in a decade
By Rachel Schraer
Health reporter 15 July 2020

More than one million people have given up smoking since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, a survey for charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) suggests.

Of those who had quit in the previous four months, 41% said it was in direct response to coronavirus.

Separately, University College London (UCL) found more people quit smoking in the year to June 2020 than in any year since its survey began in 2007.

Government advice says smokers may be at risk of more severe Covid symptoms.

Between 15 April and 20 June, a representative sample of 10,000 people, enrolled by pollster YouGov on behalf of Ash, were asked about their smoking habits.

The results were used to estimate the total number of people giving up smoking in the UK.

Just under half of people who had quit in the past four months said the pandemic had played a role in their decision. That may have been down to a range of factors including health concerns, access to tobacco while isolating or no longer smoking socially.

A team at University College London has been asking 1,000 people a month in England about their smoking habits since 2007 as part of the Smoking Toolkit Study.

In the year to June 2020, 7.6% of smokers taking part in the survey quit - almost a third higher than the average and the highest proportion since the survey began more than a decade ago.

On average, 5.9% of surveyed smokers quit per year since 2007.

Ash director Deborah Arnott said: "Over a million smokers have succeeded in stopping smoking since Covid-19 hit Britain, but that still leaves nearly five times as many who have carried on smoking."

About 7 million people in the UK in total were smokers in 2019.

Ash is launching a stop-smoking campaign funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, targeting people in areas of the country with the highest rates of smoking.

Mr Craggs was hospitalised in January, and again in March - although he has not tested positive for coronavirus
Terrence Craggs, who lives in Newcastle, quit smoking after spending time in hospital on oxygen - although his coronavirus test was negative.

"I could hardly breathe," he said. "I was hunting for air all the time. [The pandemic] is more of an incentive to stay off them, even though it's more difficult at the moment because of the stress," he told the BBC.

The North East has seen a bigger fall in smoker numbers than anywhere in England since 2005.

What are the risks?
Data from the Zoe Covid Symptom Tracker app suggested smokers were 14% more likely than non-smokers to develop the three "classic" symptoms of coronavirus infection - fever, persistent cough and shortness of breath.

The app, created by researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals and King's College London, analysed data from more than 2.4 million UK participants.

Their analysis found smokers with a positive Covid-19 test were more than twice as likely as non-smokers with coronavirus to be hospitalised.

This aligns with research from the US which found hospitalised smokers with coronavirus were 1.8 times more likely to die.

Although the small number of smokers in the Zoe study who took a coronavirus test appeared to be less likely than non-smokers to test positive, those that did were more likely to report serious symptoms.

Some studies from around the world have suggested smoking may actually have a protective effect against coronavirus. This is based on groups of hospital patients where smokers seemed to be underrepresented, compared with their numbers in the wider population.

Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, from the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, said there was a "biologically plausible" explanation - that nicotine could be blocking the same receptors use by the virus to get into your cells.

But, she said, the "clinical significance" of these studies is "entirely unclear".

"This isn't consistent across studies and it's unclear if the data from these studies are reliable," she said.

Smoking itself, rather than just taking in nicotine through a patch or gum, is "uniquely deadly" she pointed out, meaning the the health harms far outweigh any potential benefit.

Public Health England's guidance states: "There is strong evidence that smoking tobacco is generally associated with an increased risk of developing respiratory viral infections.

"Smoking causes damage to the lungs and airways and harms the immune system, reducing your ability to fight infection."


  • Speak in front of others with calmness and confidence

  • Anxiety relating to public speaking, giving presentations, fear of shame and failure.

  • Eliminate unnecessary test nerves and exam stress. Radically reduce procrastination

  • Improve mental health

  • Dental and medical phobias

  • Deal with difficult people ... wherever you are.

  • Fear of flying and travel.

  • Fear or phobia of spiders, wasps, bugs, bats and beetles

  • Phobia of heights, glass lifts. Here is the feedback from one Sept 2019 patient
    Here's how she described her problem
    "My problem with heights didn't really affect me as a 20 yr old. I would go on fair ground rides but probably since having children it has slowly come about and is getting worse as I'm getting older. Going on cable cars, high castle stairs/towers is where I have noticed it. The O2 up in the gods.... I sweat, feel like I'm losing my balance, tremble and legs feel like jelly! How I have coped so far is looked at the back of someone's head (family or friends). And tend not to do/avoid doing/going - easier than feeling upset."
    And after hypnosis
    "Hi Helen,
    I am really pleased with the progress I saw/felt over the bank holiday weekend....went in a glass lift and staircase with gaps and 3rd floor !!!!! Really pleased thank you."
    Kate B, E Sussex.


  • Anger management - Hypnotherapy will help you learn emotional wisdom. Genuine anger is a last resort for emergencies. Using it regularly is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut and exposes your brain and body to a lot of harmful toxic chemicals and you CAN learn to do it differently.

  • Eat healthily - hypnotherapy strengthens willpower and awareness, enabling you to refuse salty, carb-heavy, sugary, fatty foods and to really love greens and salads. Understand the hidden calories in fruit juices and most dressings and sauces. In hypnosis you will understand the many, many reasons why we eat far more food than our bodies need.

  • Get the motivation to exercise, and/or study

  • Change behaviours that stem from low self-esteem, such as not standing up for yourself. It isn't healthy to be dominated and manipulated by others. Using my many years of experience both in the City and as a therapist, I can help you devise shrewd strategies to help you break free from people who are excessively dominant and manipulative and I will work with your unconscious mind so you can find inner strength and resilience and self-confidence which will make others less likely to try to dominate you.

  • Break unwanted habits and addictions such as smoking, nail-biting, hair-pulling, vaping. But please note I do not treat drug addictions (heroin, cocaine, cannabis etc under any circumstances )

  • Improve sports focus and performance

  • After working with me, customers report that their ability to go out and really enjoy their life is vastly improved


  • Get relief for various types of pain (e.g. complex regional pain syndrome) and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

  • Reduce the frequency of epilepsy

  • Enjoy a good night's sleep. Eradicate nightmares

  • Help for eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.

  • Post traumatic stress disorder and more minor traumas such as divorce, bereavement, injustice, being involved in a trial, breakdown of a relationship or friendship


    Some more information on some of the above conditions in alphabetical order.

    Alcohol - Excessive drinking

    Anxiety – constant worrier, panic attacks, always imagining the worst, generalized anxiety disorder, free-floating anxiety.

    Blushing and self-consciousness - "I found myself chatting to people in the lift at work, something I had never done before."

    Depression – persistent low mood, focusing on loss, incapacity, weakness, frustration, pain and setbacks, constant rehashing of negative events in your life, sense of disempowerment.

    Divorce A patient recently described her hypnotherapy sessions as 'invaluable' in helping her get through a painful divorce.

    Eating Disorders/Weight Loss Some people are sugar addicts, others eat too little of the right foods and too much of the wrong things. People eat to make up for a lack of love now or in the past, to deaden emotional and mental suffering, to counteract a sense of failure, hopelessness and being not loveable enough. People eat out of habit. People find it hard to eat healthily in company. My hypnotherapy gets to the heart of the matter without criticizing or judging.

    Eczema and psoriasis/Skin disorders -

    Exam nerves,

    Recently, it was my great pleasure to help yet another patient achieve her lifetime ambition of getting a place on a course. A couple of years ago, she had quit a prestigious job to try for a place on a course to enable her to pursue her goal, only to fail the audition. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, including some things that were completely beyond her control. However, her dream career continued to haunt her and she applied afresh, but this time she came for hypnosis prior to taking the audition. In hypnosis we worked on strengthening her self-esteem and her presentation skills. I suggested a lot of practical ways in which she could promote herself and anticipate and deflect possible criticisms. Using hypnosis her subconscious mind was powerfully strengthened and although there were 80 applicants for only four places, she proved herself a worthy candidate and won one of the coveted places.

    Fears and phobias flying, spiders, dentists, needles, being trapped, lifts, ‘of there being not enough air,’ social situations, fear of people.

    To The Tenterden Hypnotherapist, Helen France
    Dear Helen, thank you once again for your help. I have given your details to my G.P. and massage therapist so perhaps you will hear from them. Life is easier for me now since I stopped carrying the sole responsibility for my son and his family and now have a better sense of where any boundaries need to be. Once again, thank you, Diana Austin.

    Insomnia -

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    Low self-esteem - Self confidence and Courage

    Migraines and Cluster Headaches
    "I went to Helen to see if she could help me with the migraines that I was suffering from. She taught me techniques to control the pain and in general, her methods were very useful. She also enabled me to deal with other aspects of my life, after only three sessions. G. from Kent"


    "I just wanted to thank you for the truly astounding result of your hypnotherapy session with me. I had been waking in the night with quite horrific nightmares and come to realize that I always need to pop to the toilet after waking up. After just a few sessions with you, where you taught my inner self to simply wake me up peacefully when I needed a pee, I have not had a single nightmare since. The result is a more restful night. "
    Ian Lloyd, Property and Energy Consultant

    Obsessive compulsive disorder - compulsive hand-washing, cleaning, counting, tidying, checking locks, hoarding and collecting are all very responsive to hypnotherapy, after which you will have a lot more time to actually enjoy your life.

    Panic attacks, fears, phobias and anxiety

    Perfectionism -

    Post traumatic stress disorder -

    Public speaking

    Relationship difficulties


    Teeth grinding (bruxism)

    Tics An episode of 'I'm Different, Let Me Drive' (BBC) hypnotherapy is used to control a learner driver's tics so that she is safe to drive. After years of lessons, she finally passes thanks to hypnotherapy.


    Weight loss.

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