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

Hypnotherapy has helped countless people eliminate stress, depression, unhealthy lifestyles, social & general anxiety, poor self-esteem, unhelpful habits, perfectionism, unsatisfactory relationships, phobias, burnout, pain & illness. After hypnosis they have better health, glowing self-esteem, healthy & mutually beneficial relationships, increased energy, inner contentment, and a positive, calm, can-do outlook.

I have a clinic not far from Tenterden, Kent, and I also offer hypnotherapy and training for businesses in London, the South East & further afield by arrangement.

Thank you for visiting my website. How may I help you? Maybe you want to give your children that all important advantage over their peers when it comes to those final exams and auditions at school, college, university or in job interviews and presentations. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for enabling you to beat the competition. Or perhaps you want to lose some weight or to give up smoking? Or perhaps you want to feel more confident in social situations or when dealing with difficult people, or to get help for anxiety and depression? I have been the main hypnotherapist in Tenterden since 2000, and have built up a lot of experience helping patients with a truly wide variety of problems.

People come to me because they have a problem that they cannot resolve despite their best efforts. This might be unwanted habits, emotional, physical or mental, and may relate to their work, home, social or family life. Hypnotherapy works very powerfully on the unconscious mind and changes the the way you think, feel and behave.

I work in Tenterden and people come for rapid, powerful therapy from all over the South East and beyond. I have been in practice since 2000. Sessions are an hour and a quarter long (65 minutes) but for smokers I do an extra long session (1 hour 30 minutes). Included in the price for stopping smoking is a free back-up session if you need it. I have seen an awful lot of smokers over the years, and hardly anybody has ever needed to come back for that back-up session.

Hypnotherapy is one of the best things on the market to help you lose weight. Hypnosis works very powerfully on the unconscious mind and will help you adjust your eating habits so that you eat smaller portions, make better food choices and substantially reduce your sugar, fat and carbohydrate intake. You will look at yourself in the mirror and watch the weight melt away. Your friends will tell you how well you look. You will have more energy, sleep better, be able to think more clearly and your skin will glow with good health.


Hypnosis is like a halfway house between being fully wide awake and fast asleep. Most people experience it as a slightly altered state of consciousness. The body becomes relaxed and the mind both relaxed and focused at the same time. During this state the person is much more receptive to positive and constructive information for change.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) actually recommend hypnotherapy for IBS according to Peter Whorwell of the University of Manchester in the UK "We've produced a lot of incontrovertible research" - New Scientist

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis. You are in a trance like state where your body is deeply relaxed but your mind is active. We all go into such states of mind naturally in daily life, for example, when daydreaming or concentrating deeply on something.

"I suffered from IBS for 2 years. After having 6 hypnotherapy sessions with Helen I was stronger in mind and body. I found Helen to be open honest and understanding. I am happy to say her treatment worked well for me."
B S Bush, Kent

You stay in control at all times. You may feel heavy or light but remain relaxed. When you are in this relaxed state your hypnotherapist suggests things that might help you to change your behaviour or relieve symptoms. No one is exactly sure how hypnotherapy works. One theory is that your conscious mind switches off while you are relaxed. Your unconscious mind is then open to the helpful suggestions of the therapist.

The therapist works with you to change your behaviour in a positive way or to reduce physical symptoms. But even if you are hypnotized, you don’t have to take on the therapist’s suggestions. No one can be hypnotized if they don’t want to be. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis; since starting out as a hypnotherapist in 2000 I have never had any patients that have got stuck in hypnosis - this is an urban myth.

Many contented patients have found that hypnotherapy has helped them bypass their problems, often with remarkably little effort on their part. Often people spend years battling with troublesome habits, distressing emotional states and unhelpful thought patterns and are delighted to get such quick and lasting change.

Hypnosis can produces very rapid changes, sometimes in as little as two sessions.

I have been in practice since 2000 now and there are people who came to see me for hypnotherapy to stop smoking back in 2000 who are still non-smokers. Becoming a non-smoker will be good for your health and your wallet, but most of all it will give you back your self respect.

Hypnosis is both very gentle and very powerful. It harnesses the power of the unconscious mind and patients find positive changes happening without quite knowing how this has happened. For example, under hypnosis some IBS patients can reduce the contractions of their bowel, something not normally under conscious control (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 64, p 621). Their bowel lining also becomes less sensitive to pain.

These are some of the things people mainly come to see me for: hypnotherapy to stop smoking, weight loss hypnosis, anxiety, fears, phobias, panic attacks, hypnosis for depression, hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), help reducing alcohol consumption, hypnotherapy for insomnia, fear of flying.

My practice attracts clients from the following areas: Ashford, Maidstone, Medway, Canterbury, Tenterden, Rye, Battle, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Gillingham, Rainsham, Sheppey, Tonbridge, Dover, the Kent coast and even from as far afield as Windsor and Norfolk.

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 realise that I always need to pop to the toilet after waking up. After just one session 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, Energy Consultant, Property and Energy Services

So whether you are need a hypnotherapist in Maidstone, hypnosis in Ashford or hypnotherapy in the Medway Towns, you can rest assured of a professional, experienced and confidential service.

Often people come to me after other therapies such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy have not succeeded in resolving their difficulties. These therapies are excellent forms of treatment in themselves, but often patients find that hypnotherapy sorts out problems far more quickly and effectively. What might require twelve to twenty sessions with other therapies can often be achieved in four to six hypnotherapy sessions, saving the patient a great deal of time and money.

Counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy may also require the patient to spend long hours talking about painful episodes in the past. Dwelling too much on the past risks etching painful episodes more deeply into a person’s mind; by contrast hypnotherapy gently lays old ghosts to rest, puts the past into the past where it belongs, and frees the patient to thoroughly enjoy the present and look forward to the future with pleasure, confidence and excitement.

"YOU ARE A MAGICIAN!" G. from Kent

People from the Medway towns come for hypnotherapy in Maidstone. Those looking for hypnosis or a hypnotherapist in Ashford come to Maidstone or Tenterden.

Home visits may be possible for those who are housebound.


I wanted to tell you how grateful I am after I had your treatments. Indeed when I came to see you I had a lot of trouble focusing, a bit of a lack of self-confidence and was quite over-stressed by the events in my life. It took 3 sessions for me to be able to be back on track. But from the first session already I could feel the deep changes. The way you use hypnotherapy with patients is ever so comforting, supporting, which allows us to feel secure. It is the key element for treatment to work. Thus I highly recommend your work to my patients who could find benefits from your approach for daily problems and/or with deep recurrent patterns. Not only you are a great practitioner but you are also a great colourful person with a large amount of empathy & taking the time to listen to one's story.
Thank you again, Stephane Roux, Osteopath.


To procrastinate or not: the answer may be down to differences in how our brains are wired, a study suggests.

It identified two areas of the brain that determine whether we are more likely to get on with a task or continually put it off.

Researchers used a survey and scans of 264 people's brains to measure how proactive they were.

Experts say the study, in Psychological Science, underlines procrastination is more about managing emotions than time.

Big clue
It found that the amygdala - an almond-shaped structure in the temporal (side) lobe which processes our emotions and controls our motivation - was larger in procrastinators.

In these individuals, there were also poorer connections between the amygdala and a part of the brain called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (DACC).

The DACC uses information from the amygdala and decides what action the body will take. It helps keep the person on track by blocking out competing emotions and distractions.

"Individuals with a larger amygdala may be more anxious about the negative consequences of an action - they tend to hesitate and put off things," says Erhan Genç, one of the study authors, based at Ruhr University Bochum.

The researchers suggest that procrastinators are less able to filter out interfering emotions and distractions because the connections between the amygdala and the DACC in their brains are not as good as in proactive individuals.

Mindfulness control
Prof Tim Pychyl, from Carleton University, Ottawa, who has been studying procrastination for the past few decades, believes it is a problem with managing emotions rather than time.

"This study provides physiological evidence of the problem procrastinators have with emotional control," he says.

"It shows how the emotional centres of the brain can overwhelm a person's ability for self-regulation."

Dr Pychyl is optimistic about the potential for change. He said: "Research has already shown that mindfulness meditation is related to amygdala shrinkage, expansion of the pre-frontal cortex and a weakening of the connection between these two areas".

He said this showed that changing the brain was possible.

Dr Caroline Schluter, the lead author of the study, said: "The brain is very responsive and can change throughout the lifespan."

Tips for procrastinators
Productivity expert Moyra Scott thinks we need to take personality into account when motivating ourselves.

"We need to recognise when we are procrastinating and have 'tricks' we can employ to get us doing something," she said.

Her top tips are:

If you don't have an external deadline, use a timer to focus for set periods - for example, 25 minutes at a time with 5 minute breaks and a longer break every 90 minutes.

Write a list of tasks but break it down into smaller, more specific ones. This makes them easier to action and complete.

Try to minimize interruptions like email notifications. Putting your phone on airplane mode or going somewhere to work where you won't be disturbed will also help.

Being "busy" is easier than doing the thing we are avoiding. Instead of doing the task at hand, we do other stuff instead and kid ourselves that we don't have the time. You do have the time. You just need to make it.

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