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Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach that combines hypnosis and modern talking therapy techniques to help individuals achieve their desired outcomes by focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It recognises there can sometimes be a subconscious resistance to change and addresses this by utilising hypnosis to unlock the resistance in a safe and gentle way.

Hypnosis or trance is a natural and much-needed mental state for your mind and body. When we are in this state, we enter our "default healing mode." This relaxed physical and mental state has been utilised by mankind for hundreds of thousands of years as a way of coping with this world of ours.

Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy has helped people the world over. It helps us deal with specific issues such as changing unwanted behavior, overcoming addiction, processing fear and phobia, and of course, how to deal with trauma or loss. Hypnosis has been used successfully with chronic pain, pre- and post-medical procedures, and many other conditions.

"We don't need to visit the problems of the past to create a brighter future but we do need an understanding of how these things may have occurred in order to understand what small steps we can take to move forwards"

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How It Works

Neuroscience has advanced hugely with groundbreaking research coming through every year. Since 2010, therapy has changed dramatically as a result because we can now see what is happening in the brain. Through this research, scientists can now see how the brain functions during events or traumatic experiences. This research gives us a much better understanding of how we are affected by thoughts and emotions. What we do with stress, anxiety, and all those negative thoughts truly affects us on a physiological level. Solution-Focused Hypnotherapists use this understanding to help people take control of their thoughts, allowing them to do the things they want to do.

Why It Works

When we are in control of our thoughts and emotions, we feel confident, great, and capable of achieving amazing things. Positive thinking and positive forecasting help us to create positive actions, which leads us to achieving our goals by doing what we want to do in life. This allows us to feel fulfilled, generate a state of happiness, security, and confidence in all that we do. Positive, constructive, and beneficial thinking allows us to remove those feelings of fear or danger so we can move forward and enjoy our lives. Learning how to cultivate these thought patterns and attitudes can make all the difference. Optimism is a skill that can be learned and harnessed for greater success.

How Will I Know Its Working?

We monitor your journey using a system called 'CORPS',a  specifically designed software package for therapists. We are able to show you the progress you are making thereby ensure you achieve the changes and goals you want. The pace of you journey is decided by you and you will be in control of all your goals. the program is confidential andf the treatment plan unique to the individual. We know when things are working and we can see the success by using CORP.


Chart showing clinical positive change achieved by The Milton Practice (21.06.2023)


The Milton Practice


What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxed, focused attention, similar to having a controlled lucid dream. It is usually a light "Theta wave" brain state. In this relaxed mental state, your mind is open to creating positive changes by rewiring the brain, and you will be able to re-evaluate unwanted thoughts and behaviors in order to create positive change. Technically, we gain access to the subconscious and 'primitive mind', allowing the consciousness to direct these areas towards new, wanted behavior without subconscious resistance to change. For more information please use the link below


S.F. Hypnotherapy explained


'The Primitive Mind opperates our Freeze, Flight or Fight, (Self-defence system.) it is the center of our emotions. This system  is called our 'Limbic System' and consists of the Amygdalae, Hypocampi and Hypothalami and is directly connected to our vagus nerve. For more information please use the link below


The Primitive Mind explained

Meet Richard

Richard Lepper specialises in Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. His focus is on the treatment of mental health issues helping individuals to create the change they are seeking but struggle to do. His work is all about empowering clients to find solutions to their situation, behaviour, or symptom while explaining the mind-body connection. Learning how to cope and improve a situation by harnessing the power of thought. The way think affects the way we feel and the way we feel has a physical impact on our bodies. Richard has had great success over many years, whether the presenting problem is complex, acute or specific in nature. He works with clients who present with depression, stress, anxiety, addiction, emotional trauma, performance issues, PTSD, self-esteem, phobia, IBS, pain management, sleep issues as well as rehabilitation & recovery from injury or surgery and pre operation and post operation preparation.


Richard also works in sports psychology and mental health training, helping athletes with confidence issues, a drop in form or learning how to achieve and maintaining peak performance. Refining or improving technique and enhancing mental stamina and strength are often the domain of the mind and the difference between two similar athletes can be the mental approach they take. When seeking to refine, adapt, or improve in sport (or in life), an understanding of the mind-body connection is essential to success. Learning how to implement specific mental techniquesin competition and training sessions can help an athlete continually improve, so they can perform to their very best at all times. At the very highest level, those small marginal gains regularly taken make all the difference. At the very highest level athletes understand the importance of having someone like Richard in their corner.

Richard Lepper - DHP HPD

Richard is fully qualified and accredited clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist who has helped numerous clients over the last decade, with various unwanted behaviours, conditions, or symptomsby using a combination of Brain Based Research, Brief Solution Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP & CBT.


Richard is also a Sports Performance Mindset Coach, the Lead Lecturer at IHT Sussex, was a director of the National Council for Hypnotherapy and has been featured in The Times and interviewed on BBC Radio about hypnotherapy.

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What You Say About Us

A small collection of nice words we received from our happy clients over the few last years

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  • Testimonial from a clinet struggling with Anxiety, Confidence & a large life change


    Hypnotherapy & Richard was recommended to me by a family member who could see I would benefit from his help.


    It started with an initial consultation call to see if it was the right therapy for me. Instantly, Richard made me feel at ease and comfortable. I had recently gone through a divorce and my confidence was at an all-time low and my anxiety was at an all-time high. I had never really experienced anxiety like it before. I was lucky enough to have most of my sessions in person but the Zoom ones were still really effective. It was really refreshing to know that Richard’s hypnotherapy was normally a 4-8 week process, so a weekly session for about 5 weeks, then we moved to fortnightly, then once a month until I felt ready (although I always knew I could go back for a ‘top-up’ session at any time).


    From the very first session, it had an immediate impact. Richard was able to educate me about the brain and behaviour and then teach me strategies to break the cycle of anxiety. The hypnotherapy part of the session was so powerful. I always left each session feeling so calm, peaceful and positive. The strategies and knowledge I gained from him will never leave me and I will be forever grateful that I was lucky enough to receive the therapy.  It changed my life. 


    Thank you Richard.

  • Testimonial relating to a PTSD Sufferer:
    (This clinet is a a person who suffered multiple traumas both as a child and as a young adult).


    I have always seen myself as broken in some way. Many of my experiences were hidden from me, in that I had very few memories, but manifested in my life as physical and psychological pain and I was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). From what I had read and from what my doctors told me I had had to come to terms with the fact that this was something incredibly difficult to treat and recover from, and that it probably was something that I would have to live with for the rest of my life. Prior to starting the hypnotherapy I had suffered from sleepdeprivation for many years, but had started suffering from nightmares, anxiety-attacks and was diagnosed with severe depression. It is an understatement that Solution focused hypnotherapy saved my life. Eventhough it sounds dramatic, it is the truth. After three months of weekly sessions my sleep-pattern is now back to normal, meaning I enjoy full night sleep and rarely suffer from nightmares. I have learned to control my anxiety and I have also gained the confidence to unearth hidden memories. The biggest change that the hypnotherapy has accomplished is that I now look forward to living my life, rather than just surviving it, and that is the greatest gift of all!


    I no longer regard myself as broken, instead I have mended myself and become something amazing and beautiful!"

    Thank you so much Richard for your time and your skills which have given me a new kind of life! A better life!
    I will always be grateful to you! 


  • Testimonial from a person struggling with retirement:


    After being made redundant from the NHS after 53 years I had a routine visit to my GP who surprisingly diagnosed depression and feelings of loss and although I knew I felt down was unaware of how much my perceived lack of role had affected me. My GP wanted to refer me for counselling and gave me an appointment for this.

    However  I was told about motivational hypnotherapy and the benefits of positive thinking and so I did some research and found a practitioner. (The Milton Practice)

    After 2/3 sessions I found I was sleeping better, and experiencing a sense of calm and feelings of positivity. I was no longer feeling negative about the future and could successfully address other issues such as weight gain and insomnia that had been upsetting me. Richard explained the process of positive thinking and gave the researched evidence for this in a calm and professional manner. 


    Thank you Richard for your expert help to enable me to get back on track and for facilitating some Skype sessions to keep up the momentum.

  • Testimonial from someone struggling with unwanted behaviour patterns:


    Sessions with you have completely changed my life.

    When I first came to you I was quite regularly drinking a bottle of wine a night, and on the weekends much more. I felt like I was in a rut that I could not escape, especially as I suffered addiction problems as a teenager and admittedly was dubious about the type of therapy as I had never tried it before.  I have been through lots of cognitive therapy, which helped with some work on myself, but I was at a time (and still am) where I didn't need to keep going back over it all, I wanted and needed to move forward and gain some positivity into my life and head!!

    After the 6th session, annoyingly work called and I was unable to come back, I didn't think I could achieve what we had been working on with it being cut that short, but I suddenly became aware that I was drinking less and less days a week and then that I was no longer drinking on a worknight, my night anxiety was gone and my positivity and happiness had started to come back!!  Im not saying my life is perfect but for me this has been everything and seems only to be getting better.

    Thank you so much Richard for helping me literally change my life