Temporary location during refurbishment closure

Temporary location during refurbishment closure and Covid-19 information

The Therapy Centre is now closed for its extended refurbishment program. Reopening dates will be posted later in the year.The good news is that you can access your hypnotherapy treatment at Optimal Chiropractic & Wellness Centre in the meantime. 

Where is Optimal Chiropractic Clinic?

Optimal Chiropractic
Optimal Chiropractic, 44 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, CF14 3UQ.
Full address: 44 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, CF14 3UQ.Optimal Chiropractic is approximately 1.3 miles from The Therapy Centre when you drive up City Road and then through Cathays Terrace. The practice can be found on the right halfway between Sainsbury’s and The Heath pub. The practice building is on the corner of Whitchurch Road and Allensbank Crescent, opposite the Army Barracks. 


There is free unlimited roadside parking on Whitchurch Road between Talygarn Street and Optimal Chiropractic.  Some free parking can also be found in the side streets of Allensbank Crescent, Talygarn Street, and Manor Street.Free limited (1 hour) parking can be found on Whitchurch Road between Optimal Chiropractic and The Heath pub. More limited (1 hour) parking can be found further towards Sainsbury’s. There is also (2 hour) limited parking in Allensbank Crescent. 

Entering Optimal Chiropractic for your hypnotherapy appointment

Your hypnotherapy appointment may take place (1) during the Chiropractic Clinic opening hours or (2) when the Chiropractic Clinic is closed to chiropractic patients.1. During Optimal Chiropractic opening hoursOptimal Chiropractic has the following opening hours:
  • Monday 3pm – 8pm      
  • Tuesday 8am – 1pm 
  • Wednesday 3pm – 8pm
  • Thursday 8am – 1pm, 2pm- 6pm     
  • Friday 8am – 1pm
Enter the building from the main entrance on Whitchurch Road. You will be greeted by the Optimal Chiropractic receptionist who will ask you to wait in the reception area or direct you to the 1st floor waiting area. My treatment room is room 3 on 1st floor, accessible using stairs. Text me when you arrive. I’ll call you at your appointment time.Text me on 07738 938197 if you have any problems on the day.If your mobile phone is not functional or you do not receive a text back from me, then please wait outside the clinic main entrance at your appointment time. I will come down to the reception to greet you. 2. Outside of Optimal Chiropractic opening hoursThe practice is secured when the Optimal Chiropractic receptionist is not available.When I have finished with my previous client, I can personally let you in to the practice for your consultation, usually up to 5 minutes before your appointment time.Send me a text when you have parked your car or if you have walked to the practice, so that I know that you are nearby. I will reply as soon as I am available to allow you entrance into the practice. Enter the building from the main entrance on Whitchurch Road. My treatment room is on 1st floor and is accessible using stairs.Text me on 07738 938197 if you have any problems on the day.If your phone is not functional or you do not receive a text back from me, then please wait outside the clinic main entrance at your appointment time. I will come down to reception at your appointment time anyway if I have not had an arrival text from you.  

Clients with health issues

If you have any health issues and would like me to wear a face covering (mask), then please let me know in advance of booking your appointment.If you have any further health concerns about face to face treatment, I offer the very effective treatment option of online hypnotherapy by video call


Toilets can be accessed on 1st floor towards the back of the building. 

Skype hypnotherapy

Skype hypnotherapy and online therapy can bring professional hypnotherapy and therapy services to you when you are unable to travel to the clinical hypnotherapy practice.

Using Skype or any other media or digital related-technology and software applications (e.g. FaceTime or WhatsApp), you can have your hypnotherapy consultations in your chosen familiar environment, including the comfort of your own home. Other methods of communication (telephone, email and email chats/texts) can also be used to facilitate your treatment when you are unable to visit the clinic or make a video call. Another name for it is e-therapy.

Skype hypnotherapy
You can have greater access to the treatment you want using Skype hypnotherapy and online therapy

What makes Skype hypnotherapy and online therapy so appealing?

With online therapy, it doesn’t matter where you live; online therapy opens the doors to access your treatment without the need to travel to your appointment. So, no more travelling costs or being stuck in congested peak time traffic!

The particular time and day of your treatment is also more flexible for you to have your treatment when it suits you best. Some later appointments can be accommodated when The Therapy Centre is closed.

Even if you are based in Cardiff, there are certain situations or medical conditions which can benefit from online therapy. Examples include physical mobility issues, agoraphobia, panic attacks and social anxiety.

If you regularly travel away from Cardiff with work commitments, then using Skype therapy can mean fewer disruptions in your treatment program. Consider online therapy to keep your therapy moving!

Skype therapy and online therapy is not just for clients living in Cardiff. You can access treatment for your condition anywhere in UK. Even if you live abroad, you can access online therapy with all its benefits from an English speaking professional hypnotherapist anywhere in the world!

Is Skype hypnotherapy effective?

The demand of any new situation needs a period of adjustment. You were probably apprehensive when you received face-to-face therapy, getting to know your therapist and their methods for the first time. But soon after that initial stage, you were able to relax and benefit from the experience. The same can be said for Skype hypnotherapy. It can take a little time to adjust to the style of communication, but it can be an effective method of treatment with a few contingencies in place.

There is growing evidence that, in the right situation, online therapy can be used as effective methods of therapy. Skype hypnotherapy, in my opinion, should not be a complete replacement for all face-to-face therapy; but it is a good substitute when, for whatever reason, you are unable to access the face-to-face therapy that you want. Therapy, in any form, requires commitment on your part to help make it work. When you are committed to your treatment, online therapy is another way to help you achieve your therapy goals.

How does Skype hypnotherapy work in practise?

If you have never previously used Skype to communicate in work meetings or to chat to friends, then it would be an ambitious step to use Skype first for hypnotherapy. I suggest you get acquainted with all of its features and then resume your hypnotherapy treatment using Skype.

Compared to audio (telephone) and text/email therapy (which all have their benefits in the right situation), the live video link ensures that body language and “facial” communication is retained. Thus by positioning the webcam, tablet or smart phone, I can observe many of the visual features of hypnosis shown on your face.

The stages of treatment involve:

  • Your initial enquiry: Your initial email or telephone enquiries usually involve me answering some questions about the suitability of hypnotherapy to treat your presenting condition. You may have already found these answers online or within my website. Your acceptance of the online terms and conditions means that you are ready to go to the next stage.
  • Completion of medical questionnaire by email: The completion of an online medical questionnaire will include your personal details, medical history, lifestyle details and brief mention of your presenting condition/therapeutic goal.
  • Book an online initial consultation assessment: A brief online initial consultation can be arranged using the selected hardware and software digital media e.g. Skype or FaceTime. The can ensure that there is sufficient compatibility and contingencies in place.
  • Online payment when making your appointment: All online therapy consultations require full payment immediately after booking. 24 hours notice is needed for any appointment changes. A late cancellation fee is payable.
The initial online session will ensure compatibility with our devices

Duration of online therapy sessions: Online therapy sessions are usually 45-50 minutes in duration.

What about technological disruptions or failures? During the initial stages of the treatment, a “safe mode” is activated so that if communication is lost, you can return to your safe place and gradually return to consciousness. Another method of communication e.g. landline or mobile phone (offline) can then be used to recover the session.

Technical requirements for online hypnotherapy

Please ensure that you have the following:

  • A fast internet connection e.g. cable or DSL broadband.
  • A computer with integrated microphone or headset with microphone.
  • A webcam for face-to-face therapy sessions.
  • A valid Skype (or other application) account and the latest software.
  • A location that is private (free from any distractions if possible).
  • A location that is comfortable (sitting or lying position) and still in view of the webcam, phone or tablet video camera.

For mobile and tablet users:

  • Battery life to cover up to 60 minutes of communication
  • A tripod or similar device to hold your mobile during hypnotherapy sessions.

Your suitability for online therapy

Skype therapy is not suitable if:

  • You are under 18 years of age (parental consent is required).
  • You are feeling suicidal (please contact The Samaritans).
  • You are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs prior to or during your consultation.
  • You are not under the supervision of a psychiatrist or suffering from any diagnosed psychiatric condition, psychological illness or epilepsy.
Skype hypnotherapy: choose the device that works best for you

Terms and conditions

Please read the general terms and conditions and particularly the “Skype hypnotherapy & online therapy terms and conditions” prior to booking your first appointment. By completing the Contact form, you are confirming that you have read and accept these terms and conditions.

Updates: The terms and conditions on this page may be revised without notice. If you have restarted therapy after a period of absence, then please check that you are still in agreement to any amendments made since your previous course of therapy.

Online terms of service

Richard J D’Souza is a UK qualified and registered hypnotherapist. He follows professional codes of conduct that fulfil the membership requirements of UK based hypnotherapy associations.

All clients agreeing to use online therapy from Richard J D’Souza are accepting that this therapy contract/agreement, and the services to which it relate, are subject to the jurisdiction of the Laws of England and Wales, UK. You are accepting that any dispute or differences in relation to this contract/agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales, UK.

All therapy services offered are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Please consult with your GP prior to your treatment to diagnose and treat any medical conditions.


Hypnotherapy Newport

Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff

Hypnotherapy Newport and Cardiff offers professional and confidential hypnotherapy treatments for a variety of anxiety and stress-related conditions. Hypnotherapy is commonly used for weight loss, smoking cessation, modifying habits, alleviating fears and removing phobias. But it can also be used for panic attacks, depression, relationships and performance issues. A more comprehensive treatment lists can be found here.

Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff

offers hypnotherapy excellence across South Wales


What can you expect from Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff?

Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff
Choose hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff to achieve your therapeutic goal
Experience – Established in 1997, you can be assured that this extensive experience of using clinical hypnotherapy will help make the most informed decisions in your treatment.Expertise - The most effective techniques will be used to get you rapid results including solution-focused, analytical and/or regression-based strategies to deal with your issues.Professionalism – Being a registered member of the Hypnotherapy Association, General Hypnotherapy Register, and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, you can be assured that the highest levels of hypnotherapy practise standards will be met during your course of treatment. 

Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff:

A small journey is worth making when it delivers results


Making an appointment

Prior to your first appointment, your level of suggestibility can be assessed using this hypnosis test.Contact me by email or by telephone to discuss your presenting situation. A mutually convenient first appointment can then be booked. Each consultation last for approximately an hour. 

What happens in your first hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff treatment?

There are two main stages to your first consultation. The first stage includes:
  • Taking a brief medical history to establish to what extent any medical conditions are affecting your presenting situation.
  • Exploring any associated lifestyle issues that are impacting on your ability to achieve your goal.
  • Discussing any background issues that have contributed to your presenting situation.
  • Establishing your treatment goal and formulating a relevant treatment plan.
  • Alleviating any concerns about hypnosis. More information on hypnosis can also be found in the latter section of the hypnosis test (see link above)
In the second stage of the consultation, hypnosis techniques will be used to help you to achieve your therapeutic goal. 

Follow-up sessions

Where follow-up sessions are required, the first part of the session will discuss your progress and any developing issues since your last consultation. Revised advance hypnosis techniques will be used in the second part of the consultation to continue your treatment. 

Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff: Location & Practice

The Therapy Centre: Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff
The Therapy Centre: Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff
The Therapy Centre is based in Roath, Cardiff and is easily located in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre. It can be accessed by car using Cardiff City’s major link roads (Newport Road A4161, City Road, West Grove or Fitzalan Place A4160).Parking: There is free parking for patients situated behind The Therapy Centre building. The car park can be accessed from the front entrance.By train: The Therapy Centre is about a ten minutes walk from Queen Street train station. Trains from Cardiff Central train station depart every few minutes to Queen Street Station. Check local train timetables for more information.By bus: Bus stops can be located in City Road, West Grove or Newport Road. The Therapy Centre is less than five minutes walk from these bus stops. Check local bus timetables for more information.The Practice: The Therapy Centre offers traditional and complementary therapies to the local Cardiff community including physiotherapy, osteopathy and acupuncture. The practice is accessible to other local areas including Barry, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cowbridge, Cwmbran, Merthyr Tydfil, Penarth and Pontypridd. 

For further information on how hypnotherapy can help you, contact Richard J D’Souza, senior hypnotherapist at Clinical Hypnotherapy Newport & Cardiff