Thursday, 11 August 2016

New training dates

***Only a few spaces left for our September course***

First weekend starts 24th/25th September.  
Followed by 22nd/23rd October
26h/27th November
17th/18th December
28th/29th January

Weller Associates & Desire for Change will be running our next hypnotherapy diploma course in Swindon starting 26th April and we still have spaces available. The Swindon location is just off the M4 at the Holiday Express Inn and is ideal for students in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Weller Associate's principal Sam Weller has been a hypnotherapist for over 20 years having been trained in 1989 by the world renowned Gil Boyne. The GHR standards consul validates the course.

Our course is run over 5 weekends and is very practical which allows you to develop your new skill.  We will help you master the techniques your need with lots of hands on training, which you can practice between each weekend spread roughly a month apart.

Our approach means you will be qualified far quicker than the more traditional training methods and generating income sooner. Our course content is relevant and focused to the realities of running a modern day hypnotherapy practice.

The training will take place at venues stated, so you will not be moved on elsewhere. Each course will have 2 trainers minimum. The training team for your course consists of Sam Weller & Ali Gatenby. This is not a franchise operation. Therefore all our trainers meet our high standards.

Uniquely we offer 3 months of coaching/supervision/support at no extra cost. No interest is charged for installment payments. The hypnotherapy diploma course is £1,750 (full upfront payment with 20% discount - £1400).

We still have a few places left! If you are interested please contact us as below:

For further details or download a prospectus go to:

Call Sam on 01608 645445 or Ali on 07875 652338

Ali Gatenby - B.Sc (Hons), Dip H, Dip NLP, Dip N, Cert


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Friday, 31 October 2014

Do you want to lose weight & have a good relationship with food?

Are you fed up with constantly trying to lose weight? Are you always looking out for the next great diet plan? Do you constantly tell yourself what you can eat and more often than not what you cannot eat? Do you find losing weight the usual uphill struggle and battle? 

Weight loss for some can be never ending, each new diet or new re-cycled diet offers the same feelings of being deprived and that you are missing out! Unfortunately all these diets works on the starvation principle of some sort, either by drastically reduced calories, or cutting out whole food groups. Whichever diet you choose it's a recipe for disaster. This is because diets slow down the metabolism, after 4 days of a diet (starvation) the body shuts down and goes into starvation mode protecting the very calories you are trying to loose. 

When your metabolism slows right down, you feel lethargic and crave the sugary and fatty foods. Then when you start eating again the weight piles back on and with a slower metabolism the pounds will keep piling back on. Anybody been there before?? 

With all these fad diets being splashed across all forms of media we do not get to hear what dieticians and experts are trying to tell us, that the body likes and needs fat, it serves a useful propose. It supplies us with a food store that we need for healthy skin, hormones, nervous system and it also keeps us warm. Furthermore the subconscious mind still acts as if we were in the cave and we have a need for fat. 

The main problem with diets is that none of them address your relationship to food, which is the underlining reason why most people just can't lose and maintain their weight. Overeating is often associated with emotional issues that are still there after you have dieted and it's these emotional issues which contribute to putting the weight back on. 

Hypnotherapy & Desire for Change can help you lose weight easily, safely & without dieting. We help you to understand why you are overeating, realign your mind and body so you eat what your body needs. By using hypnotherapy, I can help you uncover the emotional issues which were producing this effect. Making emotional overeating a thing of the past, which will enable you to keep the weight off and feel good about yourself. 

Everybody knows what we should and shouldn't eat. We understand that a balanced healthy diet is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. However the key is feeling good about doing it. Unfortunately we live in an age where we want easy, instant miracle diets offering absurd amounts of weight loss in a matter of days or weeks. You won’t be able to lose weight long term this way, you will just be on a constant yo-yo diet, which is extremely bad for your health. I have helped many clients to lose weight who have tried every diet under the sun and feel bad about themselves as they just can't lose weight! 

To make these true, permanent changes in your life, it is necessary to get your subconscious mind in agreement with what you want to accomplish, rather than fighting and struggling to work against it. Hypnosis will have you wanting to eat the right kinds of foods, wanting to drink more water and wanting to be more active. Hypnosis is a process whereby you can work with the body and feel good about doing the things that you know you should be doing. Once you are into a rhythm the weight comes off, slowly, naturally, safely and stays off. 

The desire for change approach will inspire confidence and self esteem. This serves to increase the likelihood of the client continuing with these new behavioural patterns long after the therapy has finished. However, for the therapy to be effective the most important thing is your desire to lose weight and to keep it off. Every client is given their own personal CD or download of their session to listen to at home. This will help you to maintain your new lifestyle. 

Lose weight once not a hundred times!! 

For further information and book a free initial consultation - please visit or email 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Stoptober - make it easier with hypnotherapy!

Have you tried to give up smoking during 'Stoptober' before?  Have you either failed within days or started smoking again? Do you find becoming a non-smoker just too hard?!? Have you found willpower and patches too difficult? Is it the cravings, or is it breaking the habit of smoking, or is it the only thing that relaxes you? Well there is an answer. It doesn't have to be stressful and feel impossible!

At desire for change we understand how difficult it is to stop smoking. It is not surprising as each cigarette you smoke releases over 4,000 chemicals into your bloodstream and many of these chemicals are designed to keep you hooked and wanting more! Also over 50 of them are known to cause cancer (carcinogenic). Hypnotherapy is a highly effective way of becoming a non-smoker, as it helps you to focus on your desire to stop smoking, as well helping you to totally relax. ‘Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little’. (New Scientist, Volume 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 1992, page 6)

At desire for change we use a tried and trusted method to enable results for our clients that last. Stop smoking hypnotherapy sessions are therefore booked, as a block of 3. At the first stop smoking hypnotherapy session the habit is broken. It does not matter how many you used to smoke a day or for how long you have smoked. All you need is a high desire factor for the stop smoking hypnotherapy suggestions to work. Subconscious hypnotherapy programming for stop smoking works if you really want the suggestions to work. The reality is that there are no easy quick fixes and you cannot help anyone do something that they do not want to do. The two follow up sessions will empower you to become a non-smoker for life, also to reinforce those sessions we will also include a CD or download of your last session.

Using Hypnotherapy for stop smoking is a state of enhanced physical and mental relaxation, which allows stop smoking Hypnotherapy suggestions access to the subconscious mind, which is where they work by realigning your feelings to a more positive state. They work because they change your feelings towards smoking. You feel better being a non-smoker. Also you will not replace smoking with eating or drinking too much, so you won’t have the fear of putting on weight. Smoking becomes a thing of the past and you will forget all about it.

One of the reasons hypnotherapy is so effective is that it utilises readiness for change. Therefore whether you are stopping smoking for health reasons, financial reasons or the sake of your family, as long as you have decided to give up and are ready to change, hypnosis is for you.

Take your first step to becoming a non-smoker in Stoptober and contact Ali for a free initial 30 minute consultation or for more information.

Either email or visit

What our client's say:
"Hi Ali, I feel I must put pen to paper regarding my three session stop smoking treatment with yourself.I have been an ardent smoker for 57 years and to be honest I didn't think you had a chance of curing me. Do you remember during  the first session I said that there was some cigarettes in the car and what was the chances of me smoking one of them on the way home, you said 'None' and I didn't. Amazing!!It all collated together and proved to me that it is never to late for change. Thank you so much for all the help in such a short time.  Regards. Colin"

"Having smoked for about 20 years, I really wanted to quit for the sake of my health and my family. I never thought it would be possible to have a 1 hour meeting and walk away as a permanent non-smoker - but that is exactly what happened to me almost 5 months ago! I feel cleaner, fresher, more alert and I've regained my taste buds (I also visit cash machines less frequently and drink less alcohol). Like anything new, Hypnotherapy did make me feel a little nervous at first. However, it is nothing to be afraid of - just let yourself go. Also, the 2 follow up sessions are great to reinforce the messages. If you are serious about giving up smoking, i.e. you WANT to quit (don't think you "should" quit), pluck up the courage and contact Ali. Thank you Anoop"

"It was great to bump into you the other day and as I said it has been 5 years now that I have been a non-smoker thanks to you.  My family and bank balance are forever grateful.  If anyone is thinking of using hypnotherapy to help them stop smoking I would definitely recommend Desire for Change. Thanks again Jo"

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Do you find it hard to get a good nights sleep?

Do you have problems sleeping?  Well you are not alone! I have helped many clients overcome problems of not being able to get a good night’s sleep. We all have the odd night that we can’t sleep or have periods in our lives that sleep is more difficult (i.e. a new baby). However some people just don’t know what it's like to fall asleep when their head hits the pillow and have 8 hours sleep! Also many people find they can initially get to sleep, but wake up in the middle of the night and just can't get back to sleep.

Sleep is really important to functioning properly and feeling ourselves. The effects of sleep deprivation can be:

• Fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motivation
• Moodiness and irritability
• Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills
• Inability to cope with stress
• Reduced immunity; frequent colds and infections
• Concentration and memory problems
• Weight gain
• Impaired motor skills and increased risk of accidents
• Difficulty making decisions
• Increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems

Hypnotherapy can help you relax and have a good night’s sleep you yearn for. Especially if you are stressed or your mind works overtime as soon as your head hits the pillow.

Nevertheless there are things you can do to help yourself get a good night's sleep:

1. Stick to a schedule. Sticking to a schedule allows your body to set its internal rhythm so your body knows it time to sleep and you consistently get enough sleep every night. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too; otherwise it will disrupt your internal rhythm.

2. Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. If you need to take a nap limit daytime sleep to a 20-minute power nap.

3. Exercise. It’s well known that exercise helps you sleep better. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure not to exercise too late in the evening. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

4. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles.

5. Avoid eating just before bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest well during the night, rather than churning away your food.

6. Avoid caffeine. It keeps you awake and that’s not what you want for a good nights sleep. Also if you drink alcohol, keep it to one drink. As one relaxes you, more will stimulate you system and keep you awake.

7. Read a fiction book. It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. And then you can take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep.

8. Have your bedroom slightly cooler. Do not have your room too warm as this encourages your to wake. Our inner clock wakes when it’s warmer and lighter (i.e. morning).

9. De-clutter your bedroom. Your bedroom should be clutter free and a calming environment. Your bedroom should be for sleeping with no upbeat music or TV.

10. If you can’t sleep don’t worry about it. If you are just lying in bed tossing and turning, don’t get annoyed with yourself. Try getting up for a little while, then going back to bed. Maybe the time you go to bed is too early for you. Some people are larks and others are owls. If you can’t sleep and you may be going to bed earlier and earlier as you are tired. However if you are a night owl this will make it even harder to go to sleep.

One of the important things is not to label yourself as a person who has problems sleeping, the more you do this the more your conscious and unconscious will believe it. Remember you are what you think! You need to relax and not worry about not sleeping.

Hypnotherapy is total relaxation, relaxation of the mind and body. Therefore it is extremely helpful with aiding sleep. I also teach my clients self hypnosis, which is a great tool if you are prone to waking during the night.

If you would like to find out more about how hypnotherapy can help you get the night's sleep you can only dream of. Please contact Ali Gatenby on 07875 652338 or for a free initial consultation.