Counselling in LeedsWe have a number of Hypnotherapists and NLP Practitioners at the Tower Clinic in Leeds who can help with a wide variety of life issues including stopping smoking, weight loss, fears and phobias, self confidence, anxiety and many more.

What is hypnotherapy?

The mind is like an iceberg. Only a small part of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the water and this is similar to the conscious mind; the part of the mind which is responsible for everyday thoughts, analysing information and making decisions. Below the surface is the subconscious mind; the much larger part of the mind which deals with memories, emotions and the central nervous system. It is this part of the mind that stores all of the individual behaviours and responses that make us who we are.

Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of mind in which you are aware of everything you experience. Although often mistaken as a form of sleep, hypnosis is actually an altered state of awareness where the subconscious mind is very receptive and alert. During hypnosis, the subconscious mind becomes more receptive to suggestion and hypnotherapy uses this process to communicate with the subconscious mind and suggest new thought or behaviour patterns.

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Closely linked to the field of hypnotherapy, NLP explores how we experience the world around us, the language we use and our behaviour patterns, to find out how they interact with each other and how this affects the way that we respond in certain situations. NLP uses various therapy techniques which are designed to work on both a conscious and subconscious level to replace pre-programmed old behaviours and responses, with new, more useful and positive ones.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy and NLP?

Hypnotherapists and NLP Practitioners offer a calm and confidential space in which to explore life problems and issues, whilst helping you to make the changes that you need to move forwards in your life. There are different types of hypnotherapy that can be used and these include suggestion hypnotherapy, analytical hypnotherapy, cognitive hypnotherapy (also known as HypnoCBT) and regression therapy. One or more different types of therapy may be used depending on your individual needs and situation.

Hypnotherapists and NLP Practitioners at The Tower Clinic can help with a number of issues including:

  • Stop Smoking
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Public Speaking
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Loss (including Gastric Band Hypnosis)
  • Insomnia & Sleep Problems


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Vicki Crane – Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner & Talking Therapist

BA (Hons), D.Hyp, Dip.Thyp, PNLP, MHS (Accred)

I’m a fully qualified and experienced Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Talking Therapist and have been in private therapy practice for more than ten years. During this time, I’ve helped many people with a wide range of problems from stopping unwanted habits such as smoking, to overcoming life changing issues such as phobias, panic attacks, low self esteem and anxiety.

How I can help you

I draw upon a wide variety of influences within the field of talking therapies including Hypnotherapy, NLP, Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), the Rewind Technique, Person-centred Counselling, CBT and Human Givens Psychotherapy. This integrated approach enables me to work with you as an individual, allowing you to explore your feelings and situation at your pace. With a special interest in anxiety, fears and phobias, I also see people with a variety of other issues too including:

  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Public Speaking
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Weight Loss (including Gastric Band Hypnosis)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraines & Tension Headaches
  • Insomnia & Sleep Problems

About me

I began my initial training as a Hypnotherapist with the Northern College of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Leeds where, upon successful completion of exams set by the Medical Hypnotherapy Examination Board, I was awarded Diplomas in both Therapeutic Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnotherapy. Following this, I achieved certification as an NLP Practitioner and since then, I have continued to develop my therapy skills with further training in Psychotherapy, Advanced Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have also completed training in the Rewind Technique, which is a method for helping people who are experiencing high anxiety conditions such as phobias, trauma and PTSD.

As an experienced therapist, I am an Accredited Member of and Approved Supervisor for The National Hypnotherapy Society and provide supervision for students, newly qualified and experienced Hypnotherapists. In addition to this, I sit on the Professional Development and Supervision Committee for both The National Hypnotherapy Society and The National Counselling Society. I am also fully insured and hold a current DBS certificate.

Qualifications & Training

  • BA (Hons) Visual Communications
  • Foundation Certificate in Therapeutic Hypnosis
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Hypnosis
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Certified Practitioner of NLP
  • Certificate in Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Hypnotherapy Supervision
  • Certificate in Precision Hypnosis
  • Rewind Technique Training
  • Regression & Hypnoanalysis Training
  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts & The Critical Inner Voice

Book an initial consultation

If you’re considering therapy sessions, the first step is to book an initial consultation. This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your situation in more detail, as well as answering any questions you may have and deciding on the best options for you. The appointment usually takes around 60 to 90 minutes and includes your first therapy session. Further sessions are 50 minutes and are usually booked between 1 to 3 weeks apart depending on your situation and type of therapy used. Between sessions, you may also be given a CD or MP3 download to listen to, along with tasks to complete. These are designed to complement your sessions, so that you can develop new resources and skills to help you in the future.


  • Initial Consultation: £80 (60-90 minutes)
  • Further Sessions: £80 per session (50 minutes)
  • Stop Smoking: £220 per person (2 hour session including Remain a Non Smoker CD or MP3 and information pack, plus a complimentary hypnosis relaxation CD or MP3)
  • Discounts are also available when booking a block of sessions – please see my website for more information

Client Reviews

“I saw Vicki just over a month ago to help me stop smoking. After years of smoking and finding excuses to justify the habit, I finally decided to bite the bullet! The session itself was pretty straight forward and I was also given an MP3 to listen to after my session, which I listened to most days for a couple of weeks. I threw my last packet of cigs in the bin during my session and haven’t even thought about it since. Best thing I’ve done in a long time.”

NA, Leeds

“I used to be terrified of flying and couldn’t stand the thought of getting on a plane. But after booking a holiday, I knew I had to somehow get over it. I had 5 sessions with Vicki and the week after my last session, I went on holiday. Both flights there and back went really well with no stress at all. I thought I might be anxious getting on the plane, but it didn’t happen! I also listened to the hypnosis recording I was given during my sessions and that helped me to relax during the flights as well. Hypnotherapy has been the best thing I’ve done in ages and I can’t recommend it enough.”

CB, Harrogate

“I had been having problems with anxiety for some time and it was affecting my work as well as going out with friends and family. After a few therapy sessions with Vicki, I feel a lot better and can now start looking forward to things again.”

DB, Leeds

“Vicki helped me to recover from a very difficult time in my life – I didn’t think I would ever feel OK again, but during the course of my sessions she helped me to feel better about myself and to understand that I do have a choice. I couldn’t imagine what the future might hold for me or what it might be like, but now I can and it looked a lot brighter now. Thank you so much.”

ML, Skipton

For more information or to book an appointment:

Call The Tower Clinic on: 0113 267 2067



Liane Dean

Liane is a qualified Hypnotherapist offering hypnotherapy to treat a range of physical and psychological conditions.
Her background is in dentistry where she has over 12 years’ experience as a Dental Hygienist, and she still practices part time. Over this time client care has become second nature to her. Liane is committed to helping people achieve their goals in both a dental and hypnotherapeutic setting. She takes a person centred approach in her work, meaning she will work with you to identify your needs and goals, and tailor a package of support around this and specific to you.

Liane developed an interest in hypnotherapy as she began to see where it could help clients in a dental setting to improve oral health (by helping patients overcome dental phobias or helping them stop smoking), but also how it could help them overcome or deal with things that affected their general physical or mental health such as stress management, weight control and confidence building.

She has been awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in Clinical Hypnosis, and is currently studying a PG Cert qualification in Clinical Hypnosis. She studied both courses at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) which is the only hypnotherapy organisation recommended by the NHS, and they are the only qualifications accepted for registration to the BSCH

Liane is registered with the BSCH, and carries full indemnity and public liability insurance.

the hypnotherapy itself felt like a lovely session of relaxation. It is only afterwards, when you are in situations that would normally make you anxious, that you realise you have a new found confidence

I have had breast cancer which forced me into the early menopause. The drugs I am taking have given me side effects, the worst being hot flushes and night sweats. This led to me become extremely tired as I could not sleep, life became difficult and embarrassing. Liane has been fantastic and i have found that hypnotherapy has helped with these awful flushes. The sessions at tower clinic are friendly and professional and in a lovely environment. I would recommend Liane to anyone who needs help with this problem. She has helped me towards getting my life back

Contact details
Please call the Tower Clinic on 0113 2672067.



Sara Pugh

My name is Sara Pugh and I am a Hypnotist, Movement Teacher, Neuro-therapist and Biochemist.

Why work with the nervous system and brain?

  • The brain receives input, this comes from eyes, ears, skin, joints via receptors
  • The input travels up the spinal cord to the brain. The brain analyses the input, compares it to all other pasts experiences, attaches meaning to the input and makes a decision
  • The brain produces an output this is usually movement but also organ response, blood pressure changes
  • The path to creating a better body and a better brain lies in ensuring this input, decision and output sequence is working correctly.


I use a mixture of hypnosis and neurology to work with the brain meaning I have helped lots of people help with a wide range of issues. I work to reduce or eliminate negative issues such anxiety, fear, anger, addiction, pain and to increase and improve positives states such as confidence, strength, resilience, mobility, creativity and peace. To be honest if it’s not listed or something unusual, spiritual or embarrassing, please ask, because I will help you if I can and if not I will tell you straight away.

I deal with the person sat in front of me, with a unique method of Rapid Neuro Hypnosis. I can do content free sessions if you don’t want to tell me what the issue is. I am quick at hypnotising as I come from a stage hypnosis and entertainment background, so I am used to distractions, time constraints, difficult people and having to prove myself. This means that most of the session you pay for is spent on solving your issues, not putting you into hypnosis.

Neurological conditions

Regarding neurological conditions, I have lots of experience with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, early stages of dementia and strokes. I am have presented at Parkinson’s UK Harrogate AGM twice and I am currently working with the chair of the Parkinson’s UK Harrogate branch on ‘Hypnosis for Parkinson’s. I offer movement and brain based therapy for people with Parkinson’s and dystonia at a reduced rate.

I also work with the visual, vestibular system (inner ear) and relevant brain lobes post TBI (traumatic brain injury), such as whiplash or concussion to correct issues which arise or persist months or years after the initial trauma. If you think about it most people have had some kind of head injury in the past, have you?


I teach Pilates classes, but I include lots of other movement disciplines in the sessions to add value.

‘The body is like a machine, it’s designed to move’
‘Movement is man’s best medicine’

Hypnosis, movement and nervous systems aren’t just a job, they are a passion for me…..when you meet me you will understand.


“I have two neurological disorders, Parkinson’s and MS, which makes walking very difficult. After a session with Sara I find great improvement in my balance and posture, which helps my walking. Sara explains carefully and clearly how the pathways to my brain need to be “exercised” to help re-connect to my limbs. Sara has a whole range of things that will alleviate a broad range of symptoms – ranging from exercises to a programme that runs on my laptop – with lots of things in between. I am already recommending Sara to other members of the Parkinson’s Harrogate branch.”

Renee Dickinson, Chair Parkinson’s Harrogate

“Tonight was the first time I’ve ever seen sheet lightning. It lasted hours. Because of you I stood by the window and took a video. Still buzzing so many fears were taken away! The fear of spiders which you didn’t even mention is still gone! This is the first time in years walking home without feeling like an elephant is sitting on my chest!! I feel amazing!! Thank you x”

Mel Fisher, NHS Administration – Hypnosis for multiple phobias

Get in touch today and see how I can change your life for the better.

All the best


To book an appointment with Sara, please call the Tower Clinic on 0113 2672067


  • £55 per hour, £45 concessions
  • £30 30min, £45 45min express sessions available depending on room availability.

24 hr Cancellation Policy, but I understand ‘life happens’ so I’ll be accommodating.
Under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult

Karen Connolly

I am a weightloss coach, mindset and motivation expert and clinical hypnotherapist based in North Leeds.

I trained with Innervisions which is one of the UK’s leading hypnotherapy training companies and use a combination of clinical hypnotherapy, NLP and the principles of CBT.

I am a fully trained Hypnoslimmer consultant, FATnosis practitioner, a full member of the association of weight loss hypnotherapists and a member of the GHR.

Having experienced Hynotherapy myself and having achieved astonishing results I decided to follow my passion and train as a clinical hyonotherapist. I specialise within the area of weight-loss and offer a range of weight-loss coaching and hypnotherapy solutions which are specifically tailored to each clients needs. I have continued to attend further training within the area of weight-loss including being trained by the ‘Weight Loss Master’ Steve Miller, star of Sky’s ‘Fat Families’ and press regular, whom I continue to work closely with.

As a very busy mum of three young children I fully appreciate the pressures of modern living and am here to support, motivate and inspire you to achieve your weight loss goals.


“This is the best thing that I have every done, not just for me but also for my family. It is like Karen has completely reset my mind without having to resort to a diet I now just feel differently about food. I am 20lbs down and counting and am so excited about the future”Laura, Leeds

“The FATnosis programme is amazing. I have tried everything to lose the weight including surgery but nothing every fitted in with my busy work and social life. For the first time in my life I wanting to eat well and find it easy to have control around food. I have just finished the program and have lost 1 stone without feeling like I am trying and am now going to continue. It is not a diet it is my new lifestyle it is just what I do now”Ann, Leeds

“I had an addiction to diet coke and was drinking up to 10 cans a day. I never felt that I could kick this addiction but with a mixture of hypnotherapy and tools that Karen gave me to use at home I now drink no cans of diet coke whatsoever and I feel so much better and more energetic for it. I found Karen really supportive and full of good ideas to help with my cravings and found the hypnotherapy sessions amazing”Emma, Leeds

Karen Breeze BSc(Hons) GQHP DipCHH DipSCT CertNLP

Clinical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy & NLP and EFT Practitioner

Karen is a fully insured registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP, EFT and Reiki Practitioner. Karen is a member of the GHR, CNHC and INHA, with several years’ experience in private practice and working within a charitable organisation as a voluntary complementary therapist. Within this role Karen offers valued and supportive weekly sessions of hypnotherapy/reiki to terminally ill patients.

Karen runs regular private clinics in Jesmond, Newcastle and Leeds, West Yorkshire. She offers both a caring and confidential service, professionally tailored to suit the individual needs of her clients. Karen works closely with her clients to achieve positive life changing goals in as short a time frame as is practically possible. Positive life changing results can often be experienced within 2 – 3 sessions, however, as we are all uniquely different it is impossible to predict exactly how many sessions a client will need as this is usually determined by the complexities and how deeply rooted issues are found to be. For complex or deep rooted issues Karen often uses analytical or regression/age regression hypnotherapy to establish cause and release by the setting up new learning patterns, through visualisation, metaphors or imagery. Karen is a strong believer in the benefits of regression therapy which is something she demonstrates several times throughout the year to student hypnotherapists. Karen’s toolkit is extensive and she adopts a multi-modal approach in her practices. Karen has experience working with a diverse range of issues such as;

  • Stress, Anxiety, PTSD, Fears, Phobias
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Pain Management
  • Weight Control and Virtual Gastric Band
  • Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Menopausal Support
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Hypertension
  • Confidence, Self Esteem & Motivation
  • Exam Nerves/Public Speaking/Improving Memory
  • Sleep Disorders

Hypnosis is a proven effective treatment, for using non-intrusive techniques to help to bypass your conscious mind, helping clients to overcome many problems. Hypnosis helps clients to eradicate unwanted habits or behaviours, supporting clients to find relief from specific emotional issues or assisting clients to build more confidence in their daily life. Hypnosis, in itself is not a therapy but it is used in hypnotherapy to access the unconscious mind in the treatment of emotional, psychological and physical problems. During hypnosis the client remains in full control and is totally aware, just in a deeply relaxed state of mind. Karen often combines hypnotherapy practices with that of NLP ideas or EMDR psychotherapy approaches. (Neuro – concerns the brain, the things that go on in your mind and the five senses, Linguistic – relates to language, both spoken and non-spoken and Programming – is about behaviour and thinking patterns.) NLP techniques are a collection of ideas and tools that can help to understand life more effectively. These set of ideas, aren’t necessarily truths or facts, they are just a set of ideas for a way of approaching life. The essence of NLP is about understanding yourself and about the understanding between you and other people. In conjunction with hypnosis and NLP, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) can help clients to release distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored properly in the limbic system of the brain and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed and EMDR is another way to do this.

EMDR Process

EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body and after a thorough assessment clients are asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep will be recreated simply by asking the client to follow the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Eye movements will last a short while and then stop and then you will be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.

Karen is also an Occupational Stress Management consultant, a GHR Acknowledged Supervisor and qualified meditation teacher. As part of her specialist programmes Karen often teaches Mindfulness, self-hypnosis and EFT. EFT (Emotional Freedom Tapping) is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, NLP, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT). It is best known through Gary Craig’s EFT Handbook, published in the late 1990s, and related books and workshops by a variety of teachers. EFT and similar techniques are often discussed under the umbrella term “Energy Psychology”. EFT may be used to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders, and as a simple form of self-administered therapy. EFT has an 80% success rate with all types of anxiety.

EFT Process

During a typical EFT session, the person will focus on a specific issue while tapping on “end points of the body’s energy meridians”.

The procedure consists of the participant rating the emotional intensity of their reaction on a Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS) (scale for subjective measures of distress, calibrated 0-10) then repeating an orienting affirmation while rubbing or tapping specific points on the body. Some practitioners incorporate eye movements or other tasks such as humming a tune. The emotional intensity is then rescored and repeated until no changes are noted in the emotional intensity.

If you would like to make an appointment with Karen, please call the Tower Clinic on 0113 2672067.

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