Hypnotherapy for PTSD in London2022-12-06T20:11:27+00:00


Hi, I’m Steve. I am a Member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy and hold a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma and Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy awarded by the CPHT, considered the gold standard in hypnotherapy training. I have extensive experience with hypnotherapy for PTSD in London and online.

If you would like to discuss how I can help you to overcome trauma please call: 07966 464 005 or via this contact form

Steve Dell BA (Hons) HPD DSFH MNCH (Reg) NCH AFSFH

NCH Hypnotherapy London
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CPHT Trained Hypnotherapy London


When we sleep well, we process the day’s events so that they’re filed away.

When we experience a trauma, however, that event can be too big to be filed away during sleep. And so it remains “live”, with the emotions still attached to it. And because of the large size of the event, it often causes a log-jam in our nightly processing so that even the smaller, simpler, day-to-day events fail to get processed. And when that happens, we can experience increased levels of anxiety, depression or anger.

I’ve been trained by David Muss in the Muss Rewind Technique. It’s a therapeutic technique that allows the trauma to be processed and safely filed away. It’s conducted over a single session (plus one follow-up session). And it’s a technique that can be used with hypnosis or without.

If you’d like to discuss more about hypnosis for PTSD and the Rewind Technique, please call: 07966 464 005 or contact me via this form


After my car crash in 2009, I was left with PTSD. It never occurred to me that hypnotherapy might help. Now I feel very different.”

– S.J, London


“At the start, I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical but I am so thankful for everything you have done. Words can’t express my gratitude. I feel like this has opened a new door for me.”

– A.N, London


Processing the trauma doesn’t remove the memory of it completely; it just files it away. The trauma remains accessible, but only if and when we want to access it. In other words, we have control over it. It no longer invades our thoughts or has an influence over our reactions. Processing the trauma also has the beneficial effect of freeing up that log jam so that our regular, day-to-day events can now start to be processed in the normal way, during sleep.

And very often, those symptoms of anxiety, depression or anger can start to fade too.

Would you like to learn more about we can work together to overcome negative feelings? Call me on 07966 464 005 or complete this contact form to arrange a free initial consultation.

Results vary from person to person.


As a clinical hypnotherapist, trained at CPHT which is considered the gold standard for hypnotherapy practitioners in London, UK, I believe therapy needn’t be painful. I am passionate about how we can navigate our way towards the actual solutions to your issues and bring about the changes that you want.

Please complete the form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


I have a hypnotherapy practice at Muswell Health (North London) and also at The Terapia Consultancy (Central London). I also run a virtual practice, with many of my clients enjoying the process of hypnotherapy online, from the comfort of their own homes.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in discussing further, just call 07966 464 005 or complete this contact form to arrange a free initial consultation.


  • Terapia Consultancy, 9 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL


  • Muswell Health, 71a Athenaeum Place, London, N10 3HL


“It was my first time trying hypnotherapy so didn’t know much what to expect. Steve has a great personality and very easy to talk to and made the sessions very relaxing.”

– H.S, Central London


“I had difficulty with anxiety and confidence which stemmed from PTSD. He has really helped me through a series of sessions.”

– J.H, Highgate


How to Help Someone with PTSD?2022-01-21T20:33:27+00:00

Sleep is obviously important. We all know how much better we function when we’ve had a good night’s sleep. One of the reasons for this is that when we sleep well, we process the previous day’s events and file them away tidily, out of the Limbic System. Previous day’s events tagged with emotions and sensations move into the Pre-Frontal Cortex. It’s here they lose that rawness and immediacy.

When we experience something traumatic, the Limbic System holds onto it for two reasons. Firstly, for our survival, it wants to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again. And so it holds onto it by not allowing it to be processed. But not only does it hold on to it visually, it holds on to the emotions, the sounds, the smells and all the potential “what-ifs” of that traumatic event.

And secondly, traumas are more often than not, too big to be processed during a night’s sleep. And because of that, they get stuck, causing a log-jam, preventing those smaller, day-to-day events from getting processed. And as a result of the trauma, not only do all the memories and sensations of it remain fresh and raw, so too do those simpler day-to-day events.

And this often causes a downward spiral into anxiety, depression or anger. In fact, many instances of depression or anxiety are the direct result of somebody experiencing a trauma of some sort.

PTSD is the Limbic System doing a good job at pattern matching the trauma. But because of its scattergun approach, what it selects to match the trauma to, can often be well wide of the mark.

The classic example is the war veteran suffering the trauma of losing colleagues in an explosion. Returning to civilian life and reacting to the sound of fireworks or a car back-firing as if it were a life-or-death situation.

But not all traumas are as clearly delineated as that. And people can feel guilty categorising their own traumatic experience in the same bracket. Nevertheless, the mental health effects on the more domestically traumatised can be just as debilitating. I define trauma as any life-threatening incident that, however long ago it happened, still feels raw and continues to negatively affect the emotions, reactions and the decision-making of that person. The traumatised person is usually thought of as the one directly involved but they can just as easily be a witness to or a first-responder to the events. Here is a list of just some of these. Road traffic accidents, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, street violence, medical trauma, armed assaults burglary, bullying, plane or train crashes, people who have been trafficked, as well as natural disasters like fires, floods and extreme weather.

Memories can’t be removed using hypnosis (nor would it be ethical to try to do so). But however complex or deeply engrained the trauma feels, or from however long ago it was experienced, there is a fairly simple, therapeutic technique called a Rewind that can process the trauma so that it moves from the Limbic System and is filed away. In effect, the trauma becomes more like a distant memory, with all the emotions and sensations that were connected to it, snipped. A memory however, that can still be accessed should you choose to, just like any other distant memory.

What is PTSD?2021-06-17T12:51:27+01:00

First of all; a bit of context. There’s a collection of structures in the brain called the Limbic System that combine very effectively to keep us alive. You could say it’s the survivalist part of the brain. One of these structures is the amygdala. It’s primarily in charge of the Fight, Flight and Freeze response. But also in deciding which memories should be kept fresh and present, and which memories can be filed away. The amygdala works closely with the hippocampus a structure with an important function. It forms new memories and links emotions, sounds, smells and other relevant sensations to these new memories.

And because the Limbic System is there for our survival one of its characteristics is its quick reaction time. Its nimbleness and its somewhat scattergun approach to what it deems important. And because it has to react quickly there’s no time for constant, fresh interpretations. Instead, it patterns-matches; hence the memories it chooses to keep fresh for our survival.

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