Kate Kellaway - Arts Journalist with The Observer
"Finding the right therapist at the right time is important but not easy. It is a gamble. How can you tell in advance what to expect? I was incredibly lucky to stumble across Mark Davis at a time when I was stumbling in a more general way. I felt I was at a turning point. My health had temporarily deserted me and I felt this was a 'wake-up call.' I decided to listen. I resolved to stop leaning on old props (alcohol and caffeine). I hoped to feel free, healthier, able to make changes in my life. But I wanted the process to be liberating rather than a dreary struggle. And I was not sure I could change without help. I did not know what hypnotherapy might do or mean (was only aware that it had helped me years ago to give up smoking). But I thought it was worth a try. Nothing to lose - I reasoned - everything to gain.
I liked Mark immediately. He is a refreshing example of someone who practices what he preaches without ever being smug. He has an enthusiasm for what he does which is contagious and illuminating. And he also has a delightful sense of humour. He is, in every way, confidence inspiring. He made the most extraordinary difference to me, making me feel I could make all the changes in my life that I had envisaged in a calm, positive way. But he did more than that. Above all, he taught me the value of relaxation. This, for me, was a quiet revolution - something I could never in a million years have taught myself. He made me see that being able to live in the moment is a most precious thing when you can achieve it. He made me re-examine the way that I live and made me see the folly of being in fast forward, of anticipating the next day rather than appreciating the one we are lucky enough to find ourselves living."
Alice Hooey - Journalist for Benenden Healthcare
"Since my session with Mark, my sleep has been markedly improved. I had developed a cycle of poor sleep - worrying during the day about whether I would sleep and how it would impact on my day and going to bed feeling stressed and anxious. As a result, I suffered from sporadic insomnia. Mark helped me to focus more on relaxation and remove the emphasis on sleep. I now give little thought to sleep during the day and know that even if I do sleep poorly I'll be fine the next day. Now, when I go to bed I don't think about sleep. Instead, I follow some of Mark's simple relaxation techniques and just enjoy relaxing after the day."
Note from Mark: Alice attended a session and interviewed me for an article she was researching on Sleep Solutions for Benenden Healthcare. Read Alice's full article here:
Another testimonial on the insomnia treatment programme:
"I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know that my sleep is
going really well and to say a big thank you for your help.
I think it's probably the best it's been since university as whilst I
still have the odd bad night my mind no longer seems to pick out
Sunday and Monday nights as problems. My husband and I are now back in
the same bed and we just came back from holiday where the baby was
also in our room and I slept fine. We're also now talking of a second
child which terrified me back in October because of the sleepless
nights and what it might do to my sleep pattern in the long term but
now I think it will be fine.
It's made such a massive difference to my life and it's reassuring to
know that I now have some tools to help and you to come and visit if I
hit a few bumps in the road.
Thanks again and best wishes". - Sarah S.
Stop Smoking Programme - Sulaiman Al-Rafee, Dubai
"I came to see you about 6 months ago in Harley Street. Just wanted to thank you and let you know that I haven't had a smoke (cigarette, cigar, or sheesha) for 6 months now. My last cigarette was outside your office, before I came in. I also have "zero" urge to smoke. Not only that, and I don't know if you had anything to do with it or not, but I started living healthy, exercising regularly.
Thank you again :)" - Sulaiman Al-Rafee, Dubai
- UPDATE: "I've been smoke free for 3 years now. Last cigarette was outside your office!" - Sulaiman
Overcoming a 35 yr nail biting habit - Sophie Pell, London
"In the new year I was searching for ways to stop myself picking and sometimes biting my nails, which I have been doing pretty consistently for 35 years now. I found Mark’s details through the Triyoga website and thought I had nothing to lose by trying a session with him to see if it would help in any way. I was amazed by the impact the 1st session had on me after only 2 hours with him. I kept a log as recommended by Mark for the first week and started off by picking my nails a couple of times in the first few days (normally I would have picked them at least 10 times a day) and by the end of the week I wasn’t touching them at all.
The Habit Reversal Technique coupled with learning deep relaxation skills were and are incredible. I am now completely self aware when it comes to my habit and can stop myself before it happens although the temptation is still there occasionally my nails are now looking the best they ever have, I am proud to show my fingers to people rather than hiding them away as a I would always do before and this is all as a result of only 2 sessions with Mark, amazing!
Mark is friendly, makes you feel completely comfortable and at ease and I cannot thank him enough for helping me to break this habit so quickly and painlessly. One day at a time.... however I truly believe that I am done with it and will not look back now thanks to Marks help. I would highly recommend his sessions to anyone trying to break a habit."
Sessions for assertiveness, confidence and decision making
"Just a short message to say thank you for your help. After trying so many different forms of the therapy the one that always makes me feel free and good about life is your teaching. I just wanted to thank you for making the difference." - RS (name withheld by request)
"I first went to see Mark in search of an outlet and perspective on life's stresses which had become overwhelming leaving me anxious and worried about my choices and my path. I had trouble sleeping and my anxiety levels were a constant strain. From the first session I could see and feel the benefits and I managed to turn myself and my life around by applying the techniques he taught me and by replaying his golden advice to provide me with a renewed perspecitve which I was sorely lacking. I managed to remove myself from a destructive relationship, turn work pressures in to opportunities to shine and generally gain a positive and more carefree perspective on my future. I am now happier than I've ever been and genuinely attibute a great deal to Mark for how things turned around for me. Although I no longer need regular sessions I will continue to see Mark for "top up" sessions to take stock and refocus on what is important. I recommend him to anyone who wants relief when life gets to be a bit too much and when its become difficult to see the wood from the trees." - GG (name withheld by request)
Sessions for meditation and mind control techniques
“Mark is a truly excellent therapist, whose knowledge and experience go well beyond regular academia and a ‘text book’ approach. A single session has been more powerful than months worth of my own practice and techniques, and Mark has had a massive impact on my journey. I will certainly be seeing Mark again and will recommend stressed family members to do the same.” - Adam Palmer, CEO Apnic Solutions
"I am quite impressed with your relaxation and confidence mp3, not only because it delivers such a wonderfully positive message, but because of your amazingly relaxing voice. I could listen to you speak for hours." - Jim Locke
Sessions for cutting back on alcohol consumption (7 sessions total)
“I met Mark in September 2012, having reached a low point in my life, where alcohol had become one of my greatest friends. Having previously viewed “alternative” therapies with a certain amount of scepticism I attended my first session with some degree of trepidation. However, Mark's relaxed, non judgemental approach immediately put me at my ease and we were quickly able to commence the task in hand. Mark has been instrumental in the change in how I view the world and I now approach the future with optimism and a true belief that I will be able to cope with all that life can throw at me. And, I actually now like myself better than I like a glass of wine! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Mark – a true inspiration." - SJ (name and address withheld by request)
Hypnotherapy Training with Mark Davis
“Mark taught part of the training I undertook. His knowledge and wisdom had a huge impact on my decisions about the kind of practitioner I decided to become. I find him to be very personable, engaging, warm, bright and hugely articulate and I would have no hesitation to recommend clients to see him in private practice or to undertake training with him.” - Sarah Collier, hypnotherapist, www.sarahcollier.co.uk
"I was impressed with Mark's enthusiasm for both hypnotherapy and for
teaching when he helped train on a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy course I attended. So I later
sought his help with one-to-one training in treating insomnia. His professional and
detailed knowledge of the subject was greatly impressive, and he provided
detailed and helpful resources as well as a great deal of encouragement.
It was worth travelling from Estonia for it." - Martin Langrom, Clinical Hypnotherapist, www.hypnoterapeut.ee
"I had the pleasure of being taught by Mark Davis in 2010. He gave us some wonderful insights to the way we mindlessly view and react to the outside world. I gained much profound knowledge from his mindfulness class that I often still refer back to years later. Mark has a really warm, kind and approachable manner. He is very professional and completely committed to the evidence-based approach of hypnotherapy. Don could not have left the college in better, or more capable, hands! I am truly delighted for him as he embarks on the next step of his career. It is well-deserved. Congratulations, Mark, and thanks again for your memorable lectures."
- Alyson Dunlop, Hypnotherapist in Glasgow
NOTE: if you are interested in hypnotherapy training courses or learning self-hypnosis - then we strongly recommend our courses at The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (where Sarah and Martin received their training!)
Testimonials on the Stop Smoking Programme
" I have really benefited from the sessions with you. I must admit I was rather sceptical about it, but I AM a non-smoker! I have had a couple of occasions when I have thought "there is something missing in this equation (i.e. a cigarette) but have then realised and put it out of my mind. " - ZC (name withheld by request)
"I wanted to write and say that I am very happy I have not smoked one cigarette since my last hypnotherapy session with you!
I have been presented with many challenging and emotional situations since then too and it has really surprised me to be able to breathe through it and not turn to smoking as a crutch anymore." - GW
"I just wanted to send a quick thank you email to Mark Davis. I attended a session with him on Tuesday 15th of May for support with quitting smoking. After our session I felt very relaxed and confident in continuing my journey to get rid of the the cravings, it has been just over 1 month now and I have not given in to any of my cravings, through the breathing exercises that I was taught i am now proud and confident to say I am a non smoker.
Thank you Mark" - Marwa Zohdi, London