Reviews and Testimonials
D McCarthy Dip.Hyp.GQHP.GHR.Reg.
Registered with The General Hypnotherapy Register &
The Hypnotherapy Association
Freephone: 0800 999 4245 Tel: 01702 619996
Reviews and Testimonials
D McCarthy Dip.Hyp.GQHP.GHR.Reg.
Registered with The General Hypnotherapy Register &
The Hypnotherapy Association
Freephone: 0800 999 4245 Tel: 01702 619996
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David has received from happy clients.
I found the experience of hypnotherapy unusual but quite pleasant and relaxing, and involved some talking therapy too. I found David very easy to talk to and he quickly understood the problems I was experiencing, and established the changes I wanted to make. The results have been remarkable and what surprised me most is how efficient they were.
As a bonus, we managed to kick an embarrassing habit I’ve had for 40 years after just one session!
I am continuing with a few more sessions to deal with some ongoing issues but have seen vast improvements already.
Hi, just to let you know I went on a good drive today and felt the best I have so far. Tackled the 2 roads I’ve been dreading most and was fine with the music on as you suggested!!
I will continue to practice and let you know if I need any more help! Am feeling super happy and proud so thank you!!
Update – 4 months later:
Hi David. I hope you’re well. It’s R G who came to see you for a while about my driving phobia. I just thought I’d let you know, I now need to drive to work in this [Covid-19] crisis (you might remember I work in [the NHS]). I am driving every day to R****** and I never thought that would be possible a year ago when I couldn’t even drive to p******* road!
I occasionally feel on edge but it gets easier every day and you gave me the confidence and strategies to build it up. And so I wanted to thank you again! Take care
I initially went to see David after getting redlined on 21’s, I was struggling terribly with nerves on every appearance and on the lead up to them, I knew I had the knowledge in me but was finding it hard to show the examiners what I knew and was almost self sabotaging the appearance just to get out of the chair as quickly as I could.
I must admit I was initially sceptical but was willing to try anything.
I found David extremely calming and knowledgeable about the whole process and he helped me with different techniques to help control the nerves.
I can honestly say that after seeing David, whilst the nerves never disappeared completely for me I was no longer filled with dread in the waiting room and in the chair and was able to show the examiner what I knew.
I had 5 appearances after seeing David for the first time,and only failed to score once with Mr Gunning, I received my Req on the 26th July and my green badge on 5th October,
I can’t recommend David enough I my only regret is that I didn’t go to see him earlier.
I thought I’d give you an update on how things have been. Well, I’ve not had a single day’s sick leave since our sessions which is quite amazing, and last week I managed to get a new job within the company – speaking openly about mental health issues, my journey, and hypnotherapy.
I am now having a week’s annual leave before starting my new role. I just had to message you to say how very grateful I am and how none of this would have been possible without your help.
I would really like to learn more about hypnotherapy and how I could help others. Can you recommend any books or courses? Once again, thank you so much David, I feel blessed to have met you.
Hi David, you saw my husband PH recently regarding his phobia of snakes before we went on holiday to Australia.
I would just like to say thank you, the difference was amazing. He walked through long grass and bush land without a worry. He went into a reptile house and even managed to walk past a man holding a huge python. We even sat at a table with a snakes and ladders game imprinted on it, 1st time my 31 year old son had played the game!
You are more than welcome to use my text. I have today recommended you to my friend who has a fear of flying.
Thank you again so much.
Hi David, it is B’s wife here.
He has asked me to send you a photo of him receiving his badge and to pass on his sincere thanks to you for all your help in his knowledge journey. You made a great difference to his confidence and helped him get through those dreaded appearances.
Thank you once again. Best wishes
I can’t stress how helpful I found both David and his sessions were.
When I first came to see David (upon hearing from other study partners based at the London Knowledge School in Grays) I was struggling big time handling my nerves and anxiety on my appearances. The nerves were causing me to almost self sabotage my appearances just so I could finish them over with quickly.
After having a few sessions with David i came from 3-0 down on 28s to get back to 3-3. Albeit I messed the last one up to lose 4-3, I had another crack at 28s with more sessions to get through 4-1, followed by passing 21s at the first time of asking. I didn’t see a finishing line prior to meeting David but he helped me realise it wasn’t an IF I’ll finish the Knowledge, it was WHEN!
Thankfully he was right!
I have nothing but praise for David at 4u4 life even after the first consultation I walked out feeling on top of the world.
David helped me through the Knowledge, he helped with my nerves and my confidence, he also helped with lots of other things in life, I gained so much from the sessions even when not being hypnotise I found the chats we had really good and would highly recommend him.
David is an excellent hypnotherapist. Made me feel supported, understood, and most importantly helped me tremendously with overcoming my phobias. I now live an excellent fear- ridden life because of him. I cannot thank him enough. I was amazed to have such support through the tough time I was having, as well as someone who genuinely wants to listen to what you have to say.
Would 100% recommend.
It’s been a long long time since I saw David for a severe phobia of needles. What can I say….hypnotherapy must work! I still feel apprehension and worry when I need a blood test or injection but I can get through it now whereas before I just couldn’t even be near the whole prospect of having it done!
I am now able to get my health in order now that I can have the blood tests!
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your services in helping me with my severe Anxiety attacks whilst I was on the Knowledge of London exam appearances.
I had never suffered from Anxiety before and just thought I had bad nerves, so for you to highlight the difference and work with me step by step to control it was the best thing I ever did.
I spent 6 years on the. KOL and the final exam process was where I fell down and nearly gave up after being double red lined but decided to give it another shot but had to do something to control my ‘nerves’ then another student gave me your number and the rest is history.
I felt so much better after a few sessions that I even had the courage to agree to do the Channel 4 documentary last year and have never looked back. I finally received my ‘Handshake’ last August and got my badge in October.
It’s not been an easy transition for me but gradually you get used to the long hours and change of circumstance from your previous life’s employment! For me it is one step at a time but nothing beats being your own boss!
Thank you once again and I strongly advise anyone dealing with Anxiety no matter in what profession or circumstance to get help and let David help you deal with it!
All the best
I am 65 years old and have been a compulsive nail biter all of my adult life. I was that obsessed with biting my nails that on occasions I would use a Stanley knife blade to cut off the bits that I could not bite with my teeth. My dentist told me that I had worn away my front teeth from persistent nail biting. I can’t put into words just how bad it became.
My wife, who was now fed up with seeing me with my fingers constantly in my mouth, suggested seeing a hypnotherapist. Being the cynic that I am I poo pooed the idea, but to keep the peace I made an appointment to see David McCarthy.
Not knowing what to expect David made me feel comfortable in a large leather reclining chair. He told me that he would do all the talking and all I had to do was close my eyes and take myself off to somewhere warm and sunny. Forty five minutes later I woke from a light sleep and having not heard much of what David had said.
I now have beautifully manicured nails. I actually feel guilty when I have to cut them.
If you have any doubts about hypnotherapy I suggest you give it a try. Whatever your problem might be give David a call.
I met David pretty late into my exam process. After 9 appearances and only 1 D, I moved onto 21’s. It was here that I seemed to lose my way and my confidence. I was given 2 D’s in a row and my head was messed up, I couldn’t see a line when sitting in the chair during the exam.
David came recommended by some colleagues at my knowledge school. After seeing David, by using different techniques, he managed to instill positive thinking and calmness in me. I felt at ease walking into the exam room, could see everything clearly and called the best I ever had.
I would thoroughly recommend using David.
I saw David back in February to April of this year to find a ‘cure’ with my fear of heights. 6 sessions later I’m back to enjoying life and not letting things get in my way.
Hey David, I just wanted to say that I won’t be needing any more sessions at the moment as I’ve never felt so in control with my drinking and eating and I really can’t thank you enough for all your help.
You’ve changed my life and I’ve never felt so positive!
Thank you so much again and I will be in touch if I feel I need any more help
David is a great therapist. He makes you feel very relaxed and at ease. He has helped me with several issues I had and my hypnotherapy sessions worked really well for me and I now feel much more confident and positive. He is so easy to talk to and has a great sense of humour too.
I highly recommend David to anyone who wants help to move on from any problems they have with their lives. You will not be disappointed with the help you get from him.
Thank you so much David for all the help you’ve given me.
Thank you David for helping me with my food addiction.
I returned from our holiday a couple of days ago and can happily report that I actually lost weight, even though there was an unlimited luxury buffet each day! And now I am home, I am back into the frame of mind where I can take or leave food.
I still have not once had the urge to eat chocolate either!
Let me assure you though…. I will be seeking your help before I fly next time, as I was in tears during two lots of turbulence!
I simply cannot recommend David & 4u4life enough. I have absolutely no doubt that David was a significant factor in my achievement of passing the Knowledge of London and doing so relatively quickly.
I have to say I was a sceptic. I had never tried any form of alternative therapy before and on my way to the first appointment with David seriously doubted hypnotherapy would work on me. It did and I’ll forever be grateful to David and the part he played in my achievement.
I had scored on my first appearance despite the nerves but I’d flopped my second. I had been asked four runs that I was sure I knew but just couldn’t get them out. It was as if my brain had shut down and my mind was full of a grey fog that just grew worse the harder I tried to calm down. After three runs I was exhausted and just couldn’t wait to get out the appearance room scoring the inevitable D. I just couldn’t understand how this had happened to me. I had previously held a management position with a great deal of responsibility and had never floundered in such a way before. I felt embarrassed and straight away began to fear the next appearance in 56 days time. Something had to change but I wasn’t sure what I could do.
Some of my colleagues from the Knowledge school had been working with David but I just didn’t think it would be for me but I was pretty desperate not to go through that same appearance room freeze again. I knew my stuff but hadn’t been able to perform as I should.
I met David and was immediately at ease. He was a normal bloke and I someone I could chat to and explain how I’d felt. I felt he understood what I was feeling during appearances and above all he had strategies for dealing with it that worked. From my first session with him he totally changed how I mentally prepared for my appearance and also how I physically responded in terms of my body position and little things such as stopping me covering my face with my hands as I thought of my line.
After two sessions I went for my third appearance. It was no longer the ordeal I had experienced previously. An element of nerves were still there but I found myself more confident and able to think clearly. I could see the lines I wanted to call and use the knowledge I had gained effectively. I scored an A and had recovered the lost ground of my previous D in one go.
David and I settled into a pattern of 2 sessions in the week prior to every appearance. I scored on the next eight consecutive appearances and only received one D before being awarded my green badge which was achieved in a total of thirteen appearances.
Let me be straight. I worked extremely hard on the Knowledge. For me it was a seven day week and often twelve hours a day effort and if you don’t do the work no amount of hypnotherapy will get you through. However, I have no doubt at all that my passage through the appearance stage was made more straightforward and certainly quicker because of David and his work with me. He knows the Knowledge and understands how it works and the effect it has on candidates. We worked on a wide variety of techniques and it never ceased to amaze me how David was able to suggest a little tweak here and there that I’d implement successfully during my appearance. I’ll be honest I loved our sessions and felt incredibly positive and alive after them.
I’m not sure what else to say really other than I cannot recommend David and 4u4life enough. He clearly has the ability and experience to have a substantial beneficial effect on those engaged in the Knowledge of London but I know his skills have a much broader range and I have no hesitation in urging you not to suffer in silence any longer. Go and see David and start to feel more positive about life and what it can give you.
Hi David, thank you for treating me. There were issues that caused me great anxiety and areas of my life where I lacked confidence. It’s still early days but I have found that the anxiety is much reduced if not gone altogether.
Confidence in my own right to be has increased and I am sure that as time goes on I will experience further benefits.
I was doing over 60 hours a week on the knowledge, I got red lined on 56’s and I was now 3-1 down on 28’s, It wasn’t like I wasn’t putting the work in I will just have to blame it on the chair as I’m sure you will all agree, as soon as I would come out of an appearance, the lines would come straight to me, of course it’s too late then.
Then I found David and hypnotherapy.
I never believed in it at first, but trust me it works I went straight through 28’s then 21’s and up against some of the main people you would not want to call your name in the waiting room, in the end I would of happily done an appearance sitting in front of all the examiners at the same time, this help is unbelievable and will change your life.
I’m now working with David with my fitness goals now, watch this space, be lucky !
I went to see David as a life-long issue seemed to be getting worse. I was about to start a new job and I wanted to overcome my phobia first.
David put me at my ease from the very beginning and I was amazed as we dug out some of the triggers that had caused my fear. I still wasn’t convinced hypnotherapy would work! However, pleased to say that after a few sessions I felt like a much stronger and more confident person and the majority of the issues I had have disappeared or become significantly less of a problem.
Interestingly, it has also helped me come to terms with, and move on from, some traumatic experiences at school that have always haunted me.
I certainly wasn’t expecting that! Thank you David
Hi David thanks for all your hard work with me. I was absolutely fine on flight. Didn’t even feel bothered beforehand
Update – 2 years later via Facebook: I’ve just come back from Caribbean – my first long haul flight. A few years ago I couldn’t even contemplate getting on plane – hypnotherapy changed all of that. Have done several short haul flights too.
Update – 2 years 5 months later:
I developed a fear of driving on busy roads,motorways and dual carriageways. It was a physical fear my palms would sweat, id spin out mentally and go into a total anxiety attack. Id let the fear go on for about 3 years, as i didn’t need to drive often.
Went to see David as i knew it wasn’t something the doctor could sort out! About 4 sessions, and I’m back to my old confident self on the roads!
Well worth it, don’t let a fear rule your life!
Thank you so much David
David has helped me in so many ways. Not just through hypnosis but also by helping me to understand the events and thinking that led to my phobia in the first place.
This in itself gave me an immense sense of freedom after feeling enslaved by my fear of flying for so long. I can now fly with no problem and can start thinking about all those holidays I have put off.
I recommend David with huge enthusiasm.
David is a really fantastic Hypnotherapist. In my first session he made me feel completely comfortable and relaxed.
I couldn’t recommend 4u4life more highly.
Thankyou once again David!
I first went to see David 10 months ago as I was trying to pass the knowledge to be a London cab driver and kept failing appearances.
I have suffered with dyslexia my whole life and was told to leave school early because there was no point in sitting any exams.
David used hypnotherapy to help me to control my nerves and learn memory techniques so I was able to pass the last six exam appearances in a row and qualify fully as a London Cab driver.
Thank you David for all your help.
I thoroughly recommend him and will be seeing him again to sort some other things out later.
for anyone thinking about trying hypnotherapy think about all the times you have asked every one else what you should do In a situation and every time it’s failed
Look inside yourself its where the answer is and then do the work
Hypnotherapy is not what you see on the television it’s life enhancing and helps you figure stuff out
It’s also great de briefing if your a business owner as I am
I have worked with this man and it helps me remain true to myself and see through life’s bullshit !
But my dad always taught me about the power of the mind and guess what it’s true. You can achieve anything if your prepared to do the work!
Thank you friend!
I gave up smoking thanks to your hypnotherapy – nearly 18 months have passed since our sessions and I’m grateful everyday that I’ve got my life back – thank you so much for what you helped me do – I would and do recommend your work to anyone needing help with any addictions! I know I will never go back to living a life I didn’t control – I’m a very happy ex smoker.
Update – 2 years later via Facebook: This man CHANGED MY LIFE – I never thought I’d be able to give up smoking but after three sessions I stopped instantly and have never looked back. Over two years later and I still haven’t even picked up a cigarette.
Amazing – inspiring – friendly – genuinely WORKS!
Hi David just wanted to say thank you from me, my husband and my friends they can’t believe the difference in me. I’m so much more relaxed and feel so much happier having a great time. Hardly any nerves at all. I feel so different I can’t begin to tell you. I think everyone is fed up of me saying David says this David says that… so lovely to board without feeling nervous.
Update – 2 months later: Been away boarding again at Easter was really good by the end of the week I was going where everyone else was and not worried about different slopes or lifts or anything.
I’m happy for you to use these and I’ve recommended you to people too.
David is very professional and made me feel very relaxed. He explained during consultation how the hypnotherapy would work and what I could expect from it. By working with David I managed to overcome my anxiety before and during exams. Highly recommended.
David is an absolutely awesome therapist. I’ve consulted him for two complex issues and on both occasions we have achieved swift, dramatic results. The first time I consulted him was a few years ago and the changes we achieved have been both effective and long lasting. The second time I consulted him the issue was resolved in one session.
He is a brilliant hypnotist and therapist who is very good a reaching the root of an issue.
I would highly recommend david and his professional services. If it’s for phobias, any addiction, or habits. i my self went to david with an addiction, which i have had since i was 11 years of age. I am now 39 and free from addiction.
I would like to thank david from the bottom of my heart for changing my life. Xx
Before coming to you [my son] had never had a dry night, that meant that at the age of 14 he had never had a sleepover, couldn’t go on school trips or rugby tours and only spent the night out if I was with him.
On our consultation visit David made us feel so relaxed about the whole process and [my son] couldn’t wait to start the process as David knew just how to talk to him and really connected with him.
After the first official visit where we left [my son] by himself with David, we came away hoping that things would start working and it did! [my son] was dry for the next 29 days, he then had a slight relapse due to changes in his schedule then after that he hit every target David set for him. One, two and three months dry.[my son] is so happy and pleased with himself. He has since had sleepovers and his confidence has soared. We were sceptical at first but it was the best thing we could ever have done for [my son].
Thank you David, you were amazing with [my son] and I have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
Thanks once again for changing our lives for the better.
I arrived very distressed and in a dark place as they say. I’d lost all self confidence due to anxiety and depression which was a very new experience to me. David was so assuring and I felt at ease straight away. I can face things now that I couldn’t. If you choose hypnotherapy route I couldn’t recommend it more. Nothing ever to be worried about. It’s been an enjoyable experience actually. I feel so much better. I had paramedics to my house from stress and anxiety and now I know that won’t happen again. There’s not a day at the moment I don’t quote what I think you’ve done for me .
Thank you x David and wish you well.
David, I have been meaning to ring you. I wanted to tell you that it actually went so much better this time. I wasn’t nervous and felt quite in control. The whole event was surprisingly upbeat and we all supported each other.
Thank you for the consultation. It was very helpful to me. I’m sure it would have been a different story if I hadn’t seen you.
Having broken my breaking point and hit rock bottom with the biggest of bangs, with nowhere else to go I contacted David as the only alternative I could see was looking at the world from the bottom of a wine bottle or greeting a bus head on.
A year on, with the help from David, I no longer have panic attacks and can face the world and all it throws at me with a smile, I enjoy having a clear head having not had a drink in all this time and have lost over 4 stone, my halo is about to strangle me.
So I would like to say a big thank you David for all your help and may you continue your good work with all who see you.
Have just finished my sessions with David. I realised I had a problem with alcohol when I needed it just to get through the day. David helped me to sort my life out and deal with the stress in much better ways rather than trying to drown it out. I would recommend him to anyone who has a drink problem it has certainly changed my life around.
After years of eating junk I was really badly overweight and unfit. David helped me get my weight under control by hypnotising me and getting my mind to change the bad habits. He also made me dislike chocolate, something I thought I would never do!
After living with nocturnal enuresis with my youngest son for 11 years, we were becoming desperate. Over the years we tried all the tips and tricks without success. Doctors assured us that he would just ‘grow out of it’ and tests found nothing physically wrong. We just had to get on with it and it became a family secret. Over the years my son watched his brothers go for sleep overs, scouting and school trips and it broke my heart to think he may never do the same.
I decided to google the problem yet again in the hope of finding something new and came across this site. David responded the next day and was so positive and understanding that my son couldnt wait to get started with the therapy! We both felt empowered and could at last see light at the end of the tunnel with each session.
After [the first] sessions my son achieved 6 weeks of dry nights! He felt on top of the world as he had never experienced more than a few nights in a row and they were rare.
My son has just spent five days away with his school with no problems at all! He would never have felt able to go without David’s help. His improved confidence and sense of achievement is priceless.
Thank you David
David, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and support over the last couple of months.
I knew from our first meeting that things were going to get better. I feel like a completely new person – so positive and confident…..and it’s all down to you!
You have such a caring and professional attitude – I would have no hesitation to recommend you to friends / family.
Thank you again David
I realised I needed help and David was very approachable and easy to talk to.
He was genuinely understanding and caring – perceptive from the start too. He was able to help me realise why I thought spending would make me happy and that actually it didn’t, and why it didn’t (it just temporarily filled the emptiness I was feeling) and he gave me a gentle kick in the right direction to find something more worthwhile, with a purpose, to fill that emptiness, which I am now doing.
Thank you very much David
Hi David I really cannot thank you enough for the help you have given me with hypnotherapy. I have made so much progress with my life and have not for one second been tempted to go back to smoking cannabis. I have now gained employment as a chef. The confidence, which I had lost, has now returned. Another beneficial result, is the effect my turnabout has had on my children, especially my eldest son. He is now due to sit his 11+, you were right, all this positivity does rub off!
Many thanks, and remember you are definitely on my lottery list, my life has come on in leaps and bounds.
I hope you carry on achieving such profound effects with your future clients. I am still singing your praises every where I go as the comments from friends have been astounding!
I am a changed person and all for the better. Definitely the best money I have ever spent.
Im delighted with the results of the therapy. The physical feeling of anxiety I used to get when speaking in public and certain difficulties I had in social circumstances has completely gone. David was a superlative therapist. I’m very pleased.
[My daughter] seems to be quite a bit more relaxed with everything, I am very pleased with how you have helped her! very impressed. If we need your help in the future I won’t hesitate to contact you. I will also recommend you to any of my friends who may need your help.
The Hypnotherapy I received was invaluable. I no longer smoke and understand how the therapy worked. David found my original reasons for smoking and was able to use this in my therapy. I highly recommend him.
I saw David when I felt I needed some help during a particularly stressful time in my life.
I found he was very easy to talk to and very sympathetic in his manner. He taught me some techniques to help me calm down and cope with my situation and then went on to hypnotise me. Afterwards I felt rested and quite calm in myself. This feeling continued as the days went on. I had another session with David the following week and again felt it was very beneficial.
I have no hesitation in recommending David to anyone who may need help at a particular time when they feel stressed or just cannot cope with day to day life.
‘I smoked 15 cigarettes a day for 23 years since I was 13. I really didn’t think hypnosis would work, but I stopped in one session and haven’t wanted one since. It has totally changed my life, thank you so much.
Hi Dave. Thanks for the work that you did with me to get me motivated again. I had got into the doldrums and was feeling as though I couldn’t get going with anything, including my work, I wanted to but kept putting everything off wasting time and day dreaming. Since seeing you for hypnotherapy I have regained my energy and enthusiasm and feel that anything is possible. I would also like to say thank you for your kind and reassuring manner.
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