Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy Testimonials

MJR * **

Ben was recommended by a friend after I told her about a long term problem I had with anxiety, caused by noise disturbance. I lived with this problem for the best part of my adult life and could not see a way to ever overcome this (other than to suffer in silence and live with this stress as part of my day to day life).  I had tried different things in the past but in the end, thought it was something lacking in my personality. However, I was open to trying anything and so decided to give Ben a call. I found him very knowledgeable, empathetic and easy to talk to during an initial consultation, and this style continued throughout the period he worked with me.

I didn’t know what to expect from Brief Therapy but after the first session I knew it felt beneficial and I left feeling in a better place. This felt different to what I had experienced before ‘therapy wise’. I enjoyed the therapy techniques used and the insights I learned about myself and how to approach the same issue in a different but empowering way.

I appreciated the way Ben always prepared the space to make his clients feel valued, and I was almost disappointed when I got the point of realising (after around 4 – 5 sessions) that I felt ok and didn’t need any further sessions.

In short, the therapy with Ben worked for me and helped me find a solution I did not feel was possible – for me.

(Testimonial 2022)

Adam * **

Before visiting Ben I always struggled trying new foods, I would become extremely anxious.
After only 3 fortnightly sessions with Ben I have been able to try a large range of different foods.
Ben is extremely calming and friendly and when visting him I felt at ease and could discuss anything with him.

5 out of 5 stars (Google 2021)

JF * **

I wasn’t even sure if Ben would be able to help with my habit, it seemed like such an odd one.  If I had wanted to give up smoking or biting my fingernails, that would have been “normal” right?  My habit of biting and picking the skin on my hands and feet felt so shameful that I found it difficult even typing my first email to Ben.  

When I met Ben. I found it easy to talk and be open with him.  The trance part of the session was deeply relaxing, but I still didn’t understand how the session we’d just done could possibly help me break my habit. 

Yet two days after that first session I realised that to a substantial level it had in fact already worked.  I began to feel much calmer in everyday life, getting into my boat any time I felt stressed, and after a couple more session I was no longer doing the “finger thing” at all. 

At this point I could easily have concluded my sessions, job done.  But that wasn’t the only positive change.   

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(Testimonial 2021)

AL * **

I went to Ben for help with a fear of dogs which had got so bad I felt a shiver of fear go through me whenever I was near one. Ben was absolutely lovely and put me at ease straight away, making it easy for me to relax and get the most from our sessions. After only one session I could sense and feel my level of fear reducing and this was proven 2 weeks later at my 2nd session when my score rating came down dramatically. In those 2 weeks I’d also gone for a walk with someone and their dog, something I’d never done before. Since the 2nd session I have felt more at ease in situations with dogs. I am continuing to work on this with friends who are introducing me to their dogs, but this is something I would never have done without the help of Ben. I would highly recommend Ben and his approach as it definitely worked for me.

(Testimonial 2021).

EB * **

I’ve been seeing Ben for a few months and genuinely look forward to our sessions. I looked at a few Hypnotherapists profiles before I found Ben’s, but as soon as I read his I knew he was my therapist and gut instinct proved right. He has helped me become a better person that I sought out to be. He helps me to focus on the now and the future (the past is done), see the positives in things and widens my outlook on life. I’ve really enjoyed the journey with Ben and look forward to what’s yet to come. Thank you Ben 🙂

(Testimonial 2021).


E Jackson * **

Ben Gaskell what can I say!! I started seeing Ben in November 2017 and visit him to this day regularly. He first started his treatment to help with my addiction and negative counter productive thought patterns. Over the years hes helped me learn and grow in every sense, his ability to make me look at things rationally and positively has help in my private and work life tremendously. I use his techniques and meditation videos and audios on a regular basis and it’s priceless. His professionalism is unprecedented and I’ve referred him many times, if he can helps others as much as he’s help me then I’ve done my bit by passing on such a gift!!

(Testimonial 2021).

JM * **

I had a bad habit since childhood that I was unable to stop – cheek biting. While it doesn’t sound so bad, it was affecting my teeth, oral health and making me susceptible to ulcers and oral cancer. I had tried everything to stop but, as it was related to anxiety, I had never managed to. A friend suggested clinical hypnotherapy with Ben, as he had stopped his habit (30 years of smoking) immediately. My scientific background made me slightly apprehensive of this form of therapy but I was willing to give it a go.
On our first session, Ben clearly explained how our own beliefs effect our behaviours, and described how we could change them, if we wanted to. He gave me practical strategies to help with anxiety. We then tried some ’trance’ and I drove away feeling relaxed and armed with some useful techniques for alleviating stress but that was all. What happened next actually blew my mind. From that moment on I stopped biting my cheeks completely. Every time I tried to, my mind spoke back to me telling me simply that I didn’t want to. I had learned to identify the triggers and deal with them. It was a great feeling that made me (and my dentist) very happy.
I then started to think about how I could apply my newly learned skills across other areas of my life. Ben has helped me understand how to control my mind in a much more positive way. Everything Ben said to me made sense. I have stopped being unkind to myself, which has helped me gain self confidence and motivation to achieve my goals. I now feel so much more calm and able to handle everything that life throws my way. I can’t thank Ben enough.

(Testimonial 2021).

GR * **

Ben helped me out of the most difficult work related circumstance that I have ever experienced. By helping me to turn the situation around and giving me the confidence to recognize not only my strengths but also giving me coping mechanisms so that I could manage stressful situations. No matter how strong a personality you are we can all find ourselves lost and feeling isolated at some point in our lives; don’t suffer in silence give Ben a ring.

(Testimonial 2020).

CL * **

Ben is absolutely excellent at his job. I cannot thank him enough for how much going to therapy with him has helped me. He has allowed me to better understand myself, giving me tools and suggestions of things I can do outside of therapy. I believe he tailors each session to his clients, taking time to know and understand them. What I really like about seeing Ben is that he tells me the science behind some anxiety related things and this allows me to understand it better, and be kinder to myself. As well as being kind, patient and a good listener, he makes me laugh, and I imagine his other clients say similar things. I feel that if I met him in a different situation, he’d become my friend who gave excellent advice and had great music suggestions. In saying that, Ben is very professional, allowing clients to feel safe, and confident to talk. I always leave sessions with Ben with a clearer head. I cannot recommend him enough, and have mentioned him to others I feel would benefit.

(Testimonial 2020).

JD * **

I attended hypnotherapy sessions recently as I wanted to control a bad habit I had. At first I didn’t think that it would help me but after 4 seasons they helped me to relax and Ben the hypnotherapist taught me a couple of techniques to help me control my bad habit. It was worthwhile for me.

(Testimonial 2019).

Steve * **

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the sessions are very comforting, positive-thought provoking and extremely relaxing so over these 10 weeks I began to feel so much better. I was relaxing more, my thoughts were shifting towards the positive and away from the negative, I was focusing on becoming healthier in what I ate and I even started cycling regularly. I then started visiting Ben on a monthly basis over the course of a year and I am now living a much healthier, active life and I even had the confidence to find a new job which is less stressful and much better for my well-being.

(Testimonial 2019) – You can read the full testimonial HERE.

Sarah * **

I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that I booked that session for smoking cessation therapy! I have tried to stop smoking on numerous occasions without success, after seeing you I haven’t had 1 cigarette or felt that I have needed to use a e-cig or anything! So I just wanted to say thanks and let you know that it has worked for me!! 🙂

(Testimonial 2019)

Peter * **

Ben was great to talk to and really helped me deal with some anxiety issues. I’ve never seen a counsellor or used this type of support before but I kept an open mind and got a lot from it.

(Testimonial 2018)

Paula * **

Ben has been Fab! So very professional, welcoming and would highly recommend. In just short of 4 months seeing Ben every 2 weeks approx, I’m in a much better place after struggling with pain/stress/Anxiety. Give it a go. Be open minded. Its had a huge positive impact for me and I’m so glad i contacted him when i did 🙂 Thankyou Ben.

5 out of 5 stars (Google 2018)

John * **

I came to see Ben after trying a number of different therapies with varying degrees of success. I was struggling with my mood and felt regularly overwhelmed and anxious. Ben helped me to focus on the positive aspects of my life and gave me some practical tips to cope with what I was feeling. I always came away feeling more positive, in contrast to other therapies that focus on negative thoughts, that often made me feel worse. After seeing Ben for a few months, I now feel better equipped to deal with difficult emotions when they arise – and thankfully now, they arise with much less frequency and intensity. I also have a new perspective and a much more positive outlook for the future. Thank you Ben.

(Testimonial 2018)

IK * **

It appears I’m naturally very fit and I can still make use of that. The idea of wasting that natural ability is driving me on. And the joy this is bringing me outweighs any desire to smoke and for the first time ever (as far as I can remember) I really feel like I’ve got this. My perspective has shifted completely. On top of this, my partner is loving the change in me, especially in my energy and happiness.

(Testimonial 2018)

Daniel * **

Came into my sessions sceptical at the start, but noticed a drastic change almost immediately without much effort. Really beneficial and easy.

(Testimonial 2018)

Hey Ben,

Just wanted to send a massive thank you for all your help with my flying.

I’ve just returned from my 3rd trip to LA, I leave for NYC Friday and then off to Barcelona the day after I get back.

Jetting off all over the place with no issues, I never imagined I’d be able to experience it all!

Thank you so much again, what you were able to do really is a massive life changer for me!

(Update Sept. 2019)

Jenny * **

I came to Ben for hypnotherapy as I was suffering with stress, anxiety and low confidence after a relationship break up. My eczema had also flared up with the stress and I felt desperate. I didn’t know if it would work for me or what to expect but I was willing to try anything to feel better.

Ben straight away put me at ease with his warm and humorous manner. The sessions gave me the chance to focus on the positives in my life and enjoy some much needed relaxation and increase my confidence levels. A great knock on effect has been that my eczema has pretty much healed now that the emotional stress is better managed.

I really find listening to the audio support recordings to be very helpful as well, I still listen to them now a year on!

I can’t thank Ben enough for his help, I’m definitely a different person than I was a year ago and the hypnotherapy with Ben has played a big part in boosting my confidence to move my life forward. I definitely recommend Ben as a hypnotherapist.

(Testimonial 2018)

Jen * **

Ben made me feel immediately at ease, and is very professional and friendly. I really enjoyed the relaxing techniques and using the CD he gave me, I can actually sleep longer, which makes the next day better. Ben’s treatment has made me feel better about myself, and for the first time in a long time able to feel worth something.

(Facebook Post 2018)

Hannah * **

Extremely helpful, non judgmental. Felt comfortable and secure in talking through my issues with Ben. Highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars (Facebook 2017)

Isabel * **

If you’re thinking of trying this kind of therapy, then I highly recommend this practice. I found Ben to be a very approachable, professional and effective therapist. I have recommended him to other people, and have had nothing but positive feedback. Give it a go, I’m really glad I did!

5 out of 5 stars (Google 2016)

Helen * **

I would thoroughly recommend this service. I’d never really considered hypnotherapy before and I’m glad to say all my pre-conceptions have been proved wrong. I’ve been having sessions for a few months and I can really see and feel the difference. As a solution based therapy the whole experience is incredibly positive and I feel like each week, I learn a new skill that helps me on a daily basis. The environment is really welcoming and Ben the therapist has really understood what I want to focus on and has worked hard to create sessions that I find beneficial.

5 out of 5 stars (Google 2015)

Alison * **

I have had 5 sessions to date and have very much enjoyed the experience. I have found that I have a more positive attitude which is having a beneficial effect on all my relationships. I have recently made a life changing decision and the sessions have greatly improved my confidence and given me the support I needed to start up a new business!

I can highly recommend this therapist who has a friendly but professional approach

5 out of 5 stars (Google 2015)

Simon * **

I was experiencing major stress levels and confidence issues at the beginning of the year, but thanks to Ben I managed to break my negative thought patterns and get back on track. Professional friendly service in a hospitable relaxing environment. Thank you for all your help! 🙂

5 out of 5 stars (Facebook 2016)

Carly * **

I had a course of sessions before my honeymoon to help with an ocean/shark phobia- it really helped as I managed to get in the water further than knee deep! Ben was very approachable and I felt he listened properly to my fears and devised a tailored approach to overcome them. Thank you

4 out of 5 stars (Facebook 2015)

GW * **

It is surprising how relaxed and peaceful you can feel if you know how to stop yourself from becoming anxious. It helps with your mental well-being, physical well-being, and helps with eating, sleeping, and everyday life. It can make a massive difference.

(Testimonial 2016)

*Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help people like you to achieve amazing goals. Whether in the form of being able to get up and go to work in the morning or get that personal best. There are no magic pills though and this means that your participation and engagement is needed.

**Success is not guaranteed and your full commitment, such as listening to the relaxation/support CDs, is essential for the sessions to be worthwhile.

I explain all aspects of therapy at the Initial Consultation.

A bit more information

Ben Gaskell is a Clinical Hypnotherapist working with clients who suffer from anxiety, stress, low mood and phobias. He practices from Stretford and Deansgate, Manchester and serves the areas of:


Altrincham, Stockport, Trafford, Urmston, Didsbury, Sale, Chorlton.


Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Spinning fields.

Further details can be found on the ‘getting here’ or ‘contact’ page. For more information on how Ben at Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy can help you please call 07756 932 702 or email Ben@greater-manchester-hypnotherapy.com.

ONLINE SESSIONS ONLY, whilst we move to a new location!