Simon Bates

Simon Bates

Phone:  07968 399 414

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About me

I first qualified as a hypnotist in 1995 when I trained with Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler.  Since that time I have continued to hone my skills, most recently updating them at The Quest Institute, London.  The Quest Institute is the home of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, a modern, evidence based, brief therapy encompassing a number of NLP shortcuts together with Word Weaving, a fast, highly targeted and bespoke form of hypnosis. This training led to my membership of the National Council of Hypnotherapists in 2013 and became an accredited member in 2017.

To ensure my clients get the service that best meets their needs I also have training in ‘Eye Movement’ work (IEMT and EMI) together with EFT and metaphor work. These additional services often provide the fastest and most permanent turn-arounds for emotional conditions and are a great addition to a standard hypnosis session when called for.

The majority of my clients come to me for issues relating to mood disorders, especially anxiety, depression and trauma. Many of my clients have previously gone through other therapy such as NHS provided CBT and were unable to get the change they needed.


Freedom Hypnosis

Freedom Hypnosis began in 2013, offering a general Cognitive Hypnotherapy service in central London. In addition to seeing clients in Gower Street and the Central YMCA in Bloomsbury, I see clients from my home office in West Drayton.



At Exeter University I received a BSc Hons in Cognitive Science – a joint honours programme offering a Psychology and Computer Science degree with a focus on modelling brain processes. My interest was in computer assisted psychotherapy.


Memberships & Affiliations

I am a member of the National Council of Hypnotherapists (NCH).
I am a member of the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association(QCHPA).
I am a member of The Quest Institute and a teaching assistant on their Hypnosis Practitioner courses.
I am a volunteer Hypnotherapist for the YMCA’s Positive Health programme (a health programme for people living with HIV).
I am a member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).



Whilst I endeavour to adapt my style for each client’s need, my sessions tend to include explanations of how the brain does what it does, how it goes wrong and how this can be turned around quickly. There can also be quite a bit of insight, humour, provocation and confusion – I promise it won’t be dull.



I charge £90 per 90 minute session. I prefer longer sessions, so we get more done in each session. I create personalized MP3s for some clients when they need a daily conditioning hypnosis session to make the most progress; I don’t currently charge extra for this.


Any questions – please do not hesitate to contact me.