As you are aware all of my work is confidential and can never be made public.  However, occasionally my clients wish to help others who may have suffered similar traumas to themselves and request that their experiences be shared with as many sufferers as possible.

To this end, Mr & Mrs. Gatley and Jane have allowed the following information to be released.

Jane Gatley (13 years old) on holiday with her parents and brother in Carmarthen requested my help as a professional Hypnotherapist to rid her of Trypanophobia (the fear of needles and injections).

Her doctors and dentist in Switzerland and Wales had all tried and failed as she became traumatised as soon as the needles came near her.

She refused to have any injections and her parents had become alarmed, as some injections were necessary and routine to keep Jane in good health.

After assessing the likely outcome, Anthony Wilson began using relaxation techniques to calm Jane, and this led her into a hypnotic state.  Counseling techniques were used at subsequent sessions to trace the cause of Jane’s anxiety.  When the root cause of the phobia was established, all fears were eliminated using post-hypnotic suggestions.  This then brought Jane to the strengthening techniques using guided visualisation until she felt totally confident to enter the doctor’s surgery now and in the future.  Her final comment came after confronting the needle when she said, “Well, there is nothing to it really, it didn’t hurt at all.”

Anthony Wilson is a leading Hypnotherapist, specialising in many of the 300 plus phobias currently suffered worldwide and has a busy practice at Warminster Osteopathic  Centre  He also deals with Obsessive-Compulsion Disorder (OCD), stress and anxiety, smoking and weight loss.

Anthony Wilson can be reached on 01373764828 or 07775630085

Mr & Mrs. Gatley can be reached on 00413 195 10478


What is Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy and equally what it is not?

Perhaps to start, it is easier to say what hypnotherapy is not.

It is not a loss of consciousness but rather a change in awareness as to when we become immersed in a good book or some enjoyable pursuit.

It is not being controlled by another as stage hypnosis may imply. In therapeutic hypnosis, the client is always in control and can end the hypnotic session anytime he/she wants.

It cannot be used to make anyone do anything that they would not morally or ethnically do at any other time.

What does hypnosis feel like? It is the relaxed feeling we get just before falling asleep at night or just as we awaken in the morning. Have you ever dozed off whilst listening to the television or radio, and been half-aware of what is being said but been too comfortable to take much notice?

Therapeutic hypnosis is used to enable the client to achieve harmony in mind, body, and spir[t

The BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION once described it as a treatment of choice, and Pope Pius X11 said the church is perfectly happy to endorse it providing it is administered by an ethical and professional manner

All our Hypnotherapists are insured, professionally trained and are provided with CPD.

Anthony Wilson,


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Most of us suffer from various ailments and pains from time to time, so we can all sympathise with a person who complains of severe pains.

Pains are, as you know, a symptom that something is wrong somewhere in your body and should have attention.  None of us like pain, but there are some that are so terrified that they may become phobic.  This can then spoil their daily lives as they become paranoid about anything happening to them which can cause pain, i.e. the person who is fearful of walking too fast in case they slipped and hurt themselves, or those who take copious amounts of pills and painkillers in case of a headache or some muscular strain occurring.

Take John (fictitious name) who came to me with Algophobia.  He was paranoid about any pain and suffered from a low pain threshold.  It all began when, as a child, his mother continually complained of pain in almost every part of her body.  John eventually was convinced that any pain is intolerable and he became frightened that the same problem would happen to him. This made John very cautious, and eventually phobic, that he would actually induce panic attacks at the mere thought of pain attacking him.  He, therefore, gave up sport, exercise and even slept downstairs for fear of hurting himself descending his stairs.  Later he was due to have an operation and he realised that there would be pain after the surgery, so he came to me in desperation to rid him of his phobia.

I regressed him back to his origins of the anguish he heard from his mother, and after several sessions, he realised his mother’s problems were no longer and he became more rational as he progressed.  Eventually, under hypnosis, his subconscious mind accepted that he was strong and could bear the pain if it came along and more than likely it would rarely occur.  He went off for his operation which was bearable and now he is completely cured.

I also work with phantom pain which is a condition whereby pain is felt from an amputated limb long after it is separated from the body.

Hypnotherapy is particularly effective for releasing the sensation from amputees so that their subconscious mind is no longer playing tricks on their emotions and feelings.


Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine.

I deal with a lot of clients suffering from deep depression and am always so relieved when together we are able to expel all the dark thoughts and emotions using Hypnotherapy.

As such a client moves forward into a positive frame of mind I am often able to introduce some light into their lives by encouraging laughter into their thoughts and this will speed progress to happiness and permanent attitude towards laughter as the best medicine.

I have personal knowledge of this fact.

Some 25 years ago as I was struggling to start my business and endeavouring to look after two children as well as establishing a renovation of our mill home in Wales things built up and I became overcome with dark emotions and could not find the way to cope as everything and everyone seemed to be against me. I joined Aberystwyth Library and each Friday as I finished work I would loan a comic video that I knew was my favourite comedian and watched that over the weekend. So I had laughter to always look forward to. Not what others may have enjoyed but my time to let go and relax for an hour or so.

As the long winter went on this helped pull me through and I got through those dark times and emerged in the spring with PMA and a renewal of hope as the sun-warmed and I could see light at the end of the tunnel.

So as they say “When the going gets tough the tough get going by  taking a daily dose of laughter.”


Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire


As my readers will have noticed over the last year phobias come in all different forms and levels, some causing minimal disturbance to a sufferer, i.e. a person suffering from a fear of crocodiles would probably never visit a zoo and put themselves through agonies by going into the crocodile area.  Other sufferers may have their daily lives affected, i.e. a person afraid of rain can have each cloudy day spoilt in anticipation that it may start to deluge.

However, Phagophobia or the fear of swallowing can be with sufferers every waking hour

Take Peter (a fictitious name) for instance.  At 15 years old his parents brought him along in desperation as his weight had dropped down to a very dangerous level and they were fearful for his future.  He had suffered for 12 years from the fear of swallowing.

As a two-year-old, he began to reject several foods that his mother gave him and this led to any chewy meats, which in turn led to bread and many vegetables.

Over the years he was put onto various drugs by the medical profession, and psychiatrists, in particular, were puzzled as all the tests showed he had no obstructions and a completely normal digestive tract.

As I began to work with Peter, I traced back the origins of his fears and it became apparent that as he developed from soft baby food to firmer foods, his subconscious mind became traumatised (maybe a one-off choking fit) and his problems started.

Under hypnosis, Peter’s subconscious mind went back to his first two years and it remembered that all was safe at that time and then Peter was able to instruct the inner core of his subconscious to now find a safe place, i.e. it is perfectly acceptable for a normal human being to swallow any foods after chewing and that this is what could then allow him to become healthy once again and put on weight. He previously had never been to a pub with his mates because of the fear.

After three weeks of gradual improvement, Peter started to gain confidence, and when his course finished, he could eat most foods which previously were causing him problems.  Even a daily vitamin could be swallowed without a problem.  He also became more calm and serene whenever eating or drinking in public, so his socialising became more enjoyable also, so he no longer felt the odd one out



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I received a request from George (I shall call him), “Could I visit him in his house on the edge of Swansea as he was a prisoner!”

When I knocked on the door, I was met by a pleasant, quiet young man of 22 years of age. His story as it unfolded was one of a normal upbringing until the age of 15 when he suffered from bullying at school. He began to play truant and roam the streets and adjoining fields and parks. However, he then started panic attacks whenever he was on his own outside. This fear of exposure to the outside world eventually became so bad that he was unable to go far at all.

His doctor was eventually called and diagnosed an anxiety state and prescribed tranquillisers. George appeared to respond a little and managed to finish his schooling and land a job nearby. However, he was unable to come off his drugs but despite being reliant on the tranquillisers, he met a young lady, managed to get married and had a young daughter.   His wife wished for them to go out as a family, shopping and socialising, but George found this increasingly difficult until a massive panic attached forced him back to his house.

By the time I arrived, he had given up his job and could not even step out of his front door despite his doctor prescribing even higher doses of drugs.   These kept him calm and relaxed him whilst in the house, but could not calm him outside.

No fear anymore of open spaces for George

After taking detailed notes of his life history, at a subsequent session, we used Hypnotherapy to take the traumas out of the original vicious bullying experience. Then we did the same for his major panic attacks, whilst starting to reduce his drug intake little by little. We then started behaviour therapy which meant a daily trip out of his front door.

The first week it was onto his garden path, then week two onto the pavement beyond his garden gate, and so on until he could walk to the end of the road alone.

Meanwhile, his Hypnotherapy was progressing as I used taped sessions to strengthen his subconscious mind and convince it that the open spaces out of his house were safe and secure. By this time he was off the drugs completely and was walking to the shops locally, and eventually could walk into a local pub and began to socialise more readily.

His father bought him an “old banger” and George was then able to take his family to the beach and onto the Brecon Beacons, and as he said, “I feel I have my freedom back again and I can set an example to our daughter by walking anywhere and being in full control.”



Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire



There are an estimated four million phobics in Britain, so if you suffer from a phobia it may be a little consolation to know that you are not alone!

There are many that are unaware that help can be at hand to overcome phobias, others who use avoidance techniques, i.e. “I will not walk under ladders or climb high mountains etc.” That is easy enough as their lives are hardly affected if they never climb a mountain.

However, there are some things in life which we cannot avoid and the most inevitable is death at the end of our lives.  Now there is no avoiding this obviously, so most people will get on with their lives enjoying every moment without daily worrying about their demise.  However, for some, the fear of death can become an all-embracing phobia which is called Necrophobia.  They may start off by becoming anxious over a small illness which they may have heard someone near to them had died of during this illness.

One such client of mine, who I will call Peter, was convinced that if he contracted pneumonia as his brother did, that he would die.  He would not accept that his brother actually died from a heart attack.  In other words, Peter developed an irrational fear of pneumonia despite the medical professional’s ability to overcome pneumonia with great success.  Peter admitted that pain and illness did not bother him and he was not a hypochondriac but the fear of dying was so persistent in his mind that he became phobic and believed that every illness could cause death even though he was a healthy man.

Obviously, death is very personal to each and every one of us and no-one can say how we will cope other than religious who know they will hopefully be going to a better life and therefore can prepare and embrace their last moments with a serenity.  I recall the late Cardinal Hume just before he died, being comforted by a fellow prelate who said, “I wish I was going where you are going!”  Apparently, John Paul II was likewise prepared to accept his end.  Therefore, holy men and women can pray and alleviate anxieties, but Peter underwent Hypnotherapy for some time until his subconscious mind became aware that the majority of illnesses do not kill us.  We then rationalised how each day can be lived happily by leading a busy life.  Planning ahead in his career and social life made him so positive that he absolutely knew, and his subconscious mind was convinced that he was happy and positive and healthy, so there was no question of predicting his death.

When Peter realised how many years of needless anxiety he had endured, he was more motivated than ever before, to be thankful each day and look forward to a busy healthy future of happiness and serenity without worrying when it would end.

I still see Peter occasionally in town and he is now a sprightly 81 year- old enjoying every day.



Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

The Magic of Hypnotherapy

Magical Hypnotherapy.

Often in my 30 years of practice, many clients have said that the result and effect of hypnosis are magical. My answer is it is all down to the strongest organ in your body which is your subconscious mind and it can achieve wonderful results most of the time.

However there is one condition that is remarkable to witness and that is Phantom Pain syndrome suffered by those who have lost a limb due to accident or illness. Whenever I am presented with a client suffering thus I take them into a deepening state of Hypnosis and eventually deeper self-hypnosis and when we have achieved this state the subconscious is made aware that the limb is no longer there and therefore cannot experience pain again in the future. Once that has happened and the mind has rationalised this fact then that phantom pain should go and of course, the client can pratise their own hypnosis whenever they wish.

Although that mind is a formidable organ it can also be irrational at certain times until it is shown that once a limb has gone it cannot hurt again.

Never underestimate the awesome power of your subconscious.!

Anthony Wilson



Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire



Of all the help I am asked to accomplish in my daily work phobias are the most common.

There are over 300 phobias worldwide and all have different ways of affecting people’s lives and of various age groups as well. This is why I find great satisfaction in helping my clients to rid themselves of the torments their fear brings. For almost thirty years I have been privileged to witness the transformation in client’s lives from a 3-year-old girl who was phobic about toilets to an eighty-year-old who was terrified of getting her face wet

I can still recall the little 3-year-old sitting on her mother’s knee whilst listening to my voice and then eventually her pride when she said she now was happy to use the toilet. Then the joy when the grandmother could swim underwater alongside her grandchildren so fulfilling a long-held dream.

However one of the benefits of hypnosis is the long-lasting effect of my clients not just being free of their phobias but able to banish fears and anxieties from their lives and have an enhanced life within their families and society.

This is, of course, the most pleasing aspect of my work to know that they are in control of their lives and can look forward to a positive future.



Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

Fear of Flying?

AEROPHOBIA – The fear of flying

One of the most common phobias I have to help people overcome is the fear of flying.  Obviously, over the last 30 years, flying abroad has become commonplace in families’ lives, even for business people, as the global market expands.

Therefore it is very sad if a person suffers from Aerophobia as it can mean they may be prevented from wonderful holidays anywhere in the world or even the joy of meeting loved ones in remote places that only can be reached by plane.

Hypnotherapy has been used by many of my clients to a great effect and is safe and very successful to rid themselves of irrational fears for as we know flying can be safer than car travel.

If you wish to learn of just some of my cases and the joy brought to them by removing the phobia I refer you to some of my reviews which speak for themselves.

Once the fears are removed clients can enjoy the aeroplane journey for the rest of their lives and demonstrate to their families and friends a wondrous benefit flying can bestow

Having concluded each case the client has their own CDs to use whenever they wish and I teach them the skill of self-hypnosis  if they ever wish to boost their confidence whatever they may be doing,



Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire