About Me

Why Me?

Maria Richards Cognitive Hypnotherapist

Maria Richards

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Hi, I’m Maria Richards, and I’m a fully qualified and comprehensively insured Cognitive Hypnotherapist. Who trained in Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) and successfully gained my Master Practitioner level in Neuro-linguistic-programming (NLP)

QCH as an evidence-based therapy using solution-focused techniques and recognised for the results of its work by the Mental Health Review.*
I help women and men to tackle and overcome their issues with stress, anxiety, traumatic experiences, phobic reactions, and habits. I’m also a certified Stop Smoking specialist and trained in the Simmons Method.

My career path hasn’t always been in the therapy field

I loved TV and Radio technology, especially in my college days you’d find me hanging out and on-air presenting with the student radio station. One degree later and I entered the Media Industry – taking on many roles from administration to mixing sound and vision and directing TV presentation and progressed towards management and specific client facing responsibilities.

Along-the-way one recurring factor was how I found out that I was also very much a people person and I took great delight in managing teams and motivating individuals towards achieving targets and succeeding in their own personal goals.

In a highly pressurised environment where split-second decisions can end in much praise or sheer disaster, people needed to feel that they were listened to and valued. So as well as ensuring confidence in skill set by having access to training, I also mentored people and encouraged them to be all that they could be. It was gratifying.


To improve my skill-set, I privately enrolled in various coaching courses, people management, and confidence building.
Building on these skills enabled me to forge stronger links between individuals and teams of people. And in sharing what I’d learned, I was able to motivate and help others in their daily work and in acknowledging their own capabilities to achieve much more.

Why Cognitive Hypnotherapy

With the knowledge that my Media career was coming to a close, I sought out ways to fulfil my passion for enabling others. And (long-story-short), as if by Hypno-magic, I was lead to The Quest Institute and Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
The first thing I did once I’d qualified was to set up a great space in South Woodford. I began to help people who suffered from work stress and this lead to a deeper understanding of anxiety, trauma and the seeds of self-doubt that limit people’s progression.
By continuing my own professional development, I was able to learn new skills within these areas that have benefited both my clients and areas of my own life.

What an honour

To see someone develop and grow before one’s very eyes is a humbling and joyful experience. And what I’ve learned to be true is that each and every one of us has the capabilities to shine through and make changes. Sometimes we need guidance and wisdom from experience. What leads to new perspectives can be the difference that makes a difference in life and that’s a good thing.

Professional membership

As a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), I follow the highest standards in training and a strict code of professional ethics and public protection policies. I ensured to register with the Complementary and National Healthcare Council (CNHC). This is a government body set up to protect the public by providing a UK register of qualified and ethical complementary practitioners.

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QCH (Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy is evidence-based and solution focused.

* National Institute of Clinical Excellence and Mental Health Review

following a report in 2000 from the House of Lords Science and Technology Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicines, the Princes Foundation for Integrated Health set up the CNHC as a regulatory body to oversee the quality of practitioners to protect the public. The programme was supported by the King’s Fund and the Department of Health.

The Quest institute has also aligned itself with the Pragmatic Research Network which works towards a better understanding of how we, as cognitive hypnotherapists, can maximise the effectiveness of the work we do with our clients.  By utilising these assessment tools in your session we can track any progress you have been making. Results show that this can help to motivate and reinforce those positive behaviours which can help to accelerate your improvement.