Hypnosis is dangerous and illegal in the wrong hands.

Hypnosis should only be used by licensed medical professionals. This means that only doctors and psychiatrists should be able to use the incredible powers of hypnosis. In the wrong hands it can be a dangerous and, in some cases, illegal practice.

Fortunately, a video clip of some unauthorised and illegal use of hypnosis has surfaced and I urge you to watch it so that the next time you hear the cry “Hypnosis is dangerous in the wrong hands” you can direct people to this post.

Video clip of dangerous and illegal hypnosis (the clip has a short advert in Welsh before it starts).

Please spread the word.

Be happy,


Clinical Hypnosis

Why the “Martians” were happily stuck in a trance.

“Three Martains left in a trance” makes a great headline and creates a lot of publicity for the stage hypnotist involved but were they really “stuck” in hypnosis? No, of course they weren’t.

The answer is in the article (click here for the full piece) which states “We asked them if they knew what had happened and they all said that they were aware of what was happening and could hear a commotion but because they were in a sleep, they had no desire to get up and do anything unless they were told to.”

“Three happy people on stage” doesn’t make such a good headline though, does it?

Be happy,



Mr Universe trains his mind as well as his body

Neale Cranwell, Mr Universe and Mr World (World Class bodybuilder), has recently started to enjoy the benefits of training his mind with sports hypnosis before he embarks on his first year on the pro-circuit which means entering (and going there to win!) events around the world. Neale regularly appears on The Active Channel and is the owner of Krunch Gym. This is what he has said about the benefits of hypnotherapy:

“I have been bodybuilding competitively for over 10 years and have trained every muscle in the body in order to win my recent Mr Universe and Mr World Titles, but I have never trained my mind until meeting David Sabat. I had been highly recommended seeing David by another sports person and whats fantastic results I have had! I have refound vigour and energy towards not only my sport of bodybuilding but also in my life. The drive and focus I have towards my goals and dieting is as fantastic as it was when I first started out! Since seeing David my personal bests have all increased in the gym and my mindset is so positive I cannot thank him enough! I highly recommend anyone interested in achieving their very best in life that they see David Sabat”

The mind-body connection is massive and an improved outlook and expectation manifests itself in improved belief and performance. Also, mental rehearsal has been shown in many studies to directly improve performance. What’s the quickest and most powerful way to achieve this? Sports hypnosis. If world class athletes use it, shouldn’t you?

To see how I could help you achieve your goals, give me a call on 01923 243500.

Be happy (and better at your sport whether you’re a weekend warrior or a champion),

Dave Sabat.

Sports Hypnosis

Be happy and live longer.

Happiness. Is it worth the effort? Big subject, loads of opinions and lots of unanswered questions.

What is happiness? Well, it’s simply taking charge of your own thoughts and what they mean to you. Your thoughts become emotions which then manifest physically as feelings or actions.

What’s the point of being happy? Simply, it’s a choice. The only thing you are truly in charge of is your thoughts and you can choose to be happy.

Science Daily – Happy people live longer.

I don’t really think that we needed a bunch of boffins to confirm this but as a result of the studies linked to above, the fact is that happy people live longer. So, without trying to ponder life’s great questions, just be happy because the bookies would make you an odds on shot to live longer. Do you want to live longer and enjoy life? It’s got to be worth the effort, hasn’t it?

Be happy ( if you need a hand showing you how to be happier, give me a call),

Dave Sabat


BBC Late Kick Off Brentford Goalkeeper Richard Lee – Sports Hypnosis

BBC Late Kick Off recently featured Brentford Goalkeeper Richard Lee singing the praises of sports hypnosis after working with me. Chappers interviewed Richard and saw a session in action.

Catch the episode quickly on BBC iPlayer

What is hypnosis and what does it involve? Hypnosis is the quickest way of installing new habits and beliefs with the only “tool” being words. It’s that simple. Well, it’s simple if you are working with a good, skilled, experienced and professional hypnotherapist.

We are creatures of habit and the whole point of any work that we do together is to make the exceptional become normal, to perform at your peak without having to really think about it.

Richard explained how his football goalkeeping performances have improved by leaps and bounds since choosing to use hypnosis and many world class athletes and boxers have credited hypnosis, not sports psychology or NLP, but hypnosis with their improved results.

Whatever your sport, whatever your level of participation, if you feel that you could improve your game then feel free to give me a call on 01923 243 500.

Be happy,

Dave Sabat.

Sports hypnosis

BBC Local News London & South East Hypnosis Hypnotherapist.

I was featured on the BBC Regional News programme today showing the work I’ve done with professional goalkeeper Richard Lee (Brentford).

If I can help you in any way, give me a call on 01923 243 500.

You can keep up to date with the latest hypnotherapy info on any of the links below:

Hypnosis website

Hypnotherapy blog

LinkedIn Hypnotist

My facebook page

Clinical Hypnotherapy on facebook

Twitter Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy on YouTube

Be happy,


Prozac? Put it in tap water.

Are you sitting comfortably? Dr. Keith, who writes for The Sun newspaper, says that “Antidepressants can help with so many medical problems that perhaps we should be thinking about putting them in tap water“.

I’m glad you were sitting down and hope that you didn’t fall off your chair after reading that. Sit comfortably again because he goes on to say that if you are given antideps by your GP or MD  don’t think that “he’s prescribed you pills that are addictive (they aren’t)“. Thanks Dr. Keith. I was under the impression, falsely obviously, that some of the prescribed antidepressants are addictive and that some people get hooked on them.

Sit comfortably again. “Because the drugs do work. We’re not always sure why or how.” Great. I always believed the propaganda that said that drugs were rigorously tested before being unleashed on us mere mortals, I didn’t realise that a drug manufacturer simply said to the agency responsible for rubber stamping the production and distribution of these magic pills. “I’ve got this pill. I don’t know how the hell it does what it does, it just does. I’d like to manufacture it and sell it to doctors and medical professionals and agencies who then give it to people to consume.”

Antidepressants should be put in tap water – Dr. Keith

The idea that putting drugs in tap water, so that anyone of any age, any state of mental health, whether happy or sad, and any state of physical health, could benefit is pure lunacy. I could go on about this but I haven’t got time. I’m off to change my website so it says “Hypnosis works! I don’t know how or why it’s so effective, it just is!” If any regulatory bodies or the ASA ask what I’m on about I’ll just tell them that if a medical professional like Dr. Keith, who must surely be subject to more regulation, professional memberships and ethics that I ever will be (I’m not a doctor) can say it, so can I! Dr. Keith, you’ve just set back the “evidence based” and “if it can’t be explained it can’t work” science brigades about five years.

Oh, one more thing before I go. I noticed an article in another newspaper which reported that “Nearly 1000 GPs earning £200,000“. I’ve never thought about it before but do some GPs earn even more by prescribing loads of antideps or get money directly from the manufacturers to promote them? Hmmm, food for thought (rather than pills for thought).

Be happy (without whacking half a dozen Prozac in your morning char),

Dave Sabat.

Clinical Hypnotherapy in Watford

Dave’s December Deals

With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, the yearly binge and purge, pleasure and guilt cycle gets closer. “It’s Christmas, I can eat and drink whatever I want” followed by a January 1st internal voice saying “I’ve got to stop eating whatever I want, drink less, stop smoking, get down the gym and lose weight etc.”!

From the New Year I get very busy, I’ve already got bookings from clients for January because of the “resolutions” that are made (if you want or need help with any New Year’s Resolutions in January give me a call and get booked in ASAP).
December ticks over nicely for me but to generate a bit more business and to help a few of you out, or maybe people you know, here are December’s Deals:
1) 25% off a Stop Smoking Session (2 hour single session)
Over the Christmas and holiday period if you don’t want people wondering where on earth you are because you’ve nipped out for a quick cigarette, if you don’t want family or friends sitting patiently waiting for their turn of the Christmas game because you’ve nipped out for a quick fag, if you don’t want others staring blankly at the paused TV waiting for your return so that they can watch the Christmas programme or film, then stop smoking now.
Dried leaves wrapped in paper (cigarettes) don’t know whether it’s December 25th, December 31st or any other day.
Put some money in your pocket and stop smoking before Christmas.
2) 25% of a Fear of Flying session (90 mins single session)
Are you going away for Christmas but still get a bit wobbly thinking about your flight? Be one of the many people that I’ve helped overcome their fear of flying and enjoy your break!
This is quite simple. The offers apply to all sessions booked, paid for and attended on either December 13th, 14th or 15th at my Watford Clinic.
Save some money and have an even better Christmas and New Year! Call now on 01923 243 500. This offer was made available to newsletter subscribers last week, including extra dates, because newsletter subscribers get details of offers, promotions and hypnosis news first.  Feel free to subscribe now.
Give me a call if you, or anyone you know, have any requirements or would like to find out how I could help you in any way.
Be happy,

I used to have a fear of flying…

I received a postcard recently.

“Dear Dave,

Did not want to chance posting this from Cuba as you may never have received it.

I had a fantastic holiday, the first in years that I actually enjoyed and relaxed as I was not uptight the whole time worrying about the flight home!

All my fears of flying have gone. I am amazed and a massive thank-you for giving me a new lease of life literally.

I even looked out of the window when landing and we took off for home in a  thunderstorm which did not bother me at all!

The fantastic thing is I came home and immediately booked another holiday for the end of next year to the Maldives somewhere. I’ve always wanted to go but thought I would never be able to!

I have recommended you to everyone. BIG BIG THANK YOU!!!”


Be happy, it really is easier than you think,


Hypnotherapy for fear of flying

Richard Lee talks about hypnosis for improved sports performance.

Professional goalkeeper Richard Lee has recently seen his sports and football performances improve for the better quite dramatically by using hypnosis and hypnotherapy with me, Dave Sabat.

This is no exageration; in the four matches played since working with me he has been involved in two cup penalty shoot-outs, making fantastic saves to take his team through on both occasions.

Hear what Richard has to say about the benefits of hypnosis;

or watch the video on YouTube here.

There are many ways of improving your performance in any sport and hypnosis is the real deal; positive, beneficial changes can be made to your game and performance quickly and effectively when working with me.

If I can help you as an individual, or as a team, please call me on 01923 243 500.

Be happy and enjoy your sport!


Sports Performance Hypnosis

Derren Brown – Hero at 30,000 feet

Hm-mm, I watched this and must admit to mixed feelings. Derren Brown is someone who I find incredibly entertaining, his “tricks” using misdirection, showmanship etc. mostly leave me amazed and gobsmacked but as a fan I felt pretty let down. There were no “whoa” moments for me, none.

Derren’s use of traditional hypnosis is obvious to spot, his use of Perception Without Awareness is brilliant especially when it isn’t PWA, it’s simply slight of hand or misdirection which causes the forums to be full of false claims of “I know how he did that..” quotes, which confirms his mastery of misdirection, but I didn’t see any of that in his latest show.

As a fan I felt let down. I didn’t go “Whoa”, how the hell…?” at any time. Other people at the original auditions for the “game show” are telling how there were a number of suggestibility tests and Matt passed all with flying colours, that’s Rule 1 for all my clients reading this, that was why he was “selected”.

It was pretty obvious from the moment Matt got out of the Taxi in the petrol station that he must have had an inkling of what was going on so as a fan I was pretty disappointed.

But, as a hypnotherapist who encourages everyone to break out of their comfort zones and live their lives their fullest, I loved it! One of my favourite sayings that my clients have heard loads of times is “yesterday’s history, tomorrows a mystery, enjoy today”.

Yes it was a cheesy ending, yes there was a lot of feelgood and emotion at the end and yes I genuinely believe that Derren meant every word when he said that it was his proudest moment. As a hypnotherapist with the same philosophy and beliefs, I loved it.

The show covered 30 days of Matt’s life where he broke out of his monotonous lifestyle, set some goals, and felt better about himself and the people that meant something to him as well as complete strangers. Fantastic.

Now, when it comes to psychological illusion and showmanship Mr Brown would muller me in a head to head. But, when it comes to helping people achieve their potential and become happier about themselves and life, I’d have a tenner on myself in a head to head with Derren.

If you felt inspired by his show or want to reach new personal goals of happiness and achievement, or if you know someone that you think could benefit, give me a call (01923 243 500). Stop being a “one day I’ll…” person and become a “today I’ll…” person.

Life isn’t a rehearsal, this moment right now, even as you read this, is your real life performance. Enjoy it. 01923 243 500.

Be happy (and you can be even without staged armed robberies and straight-jackets to help you on your journey)!

Dave Sabat.

TV Hypnosis

How strong are your emotional foundations?

Many people go through life justifying to themselves why they must do something or have to do something. It is always better to want to do something as opposed to thinking that we must do something, but our reasons for doing a certain thing very often are for others or the benefit of others.

Whilst this can be seen as being selfless, and is very often a great attitude to have, it is important to keep hold of the fact that you must also put yourself first at times, not in a selfish or egotistical way, but in a way that benefits you on a personal level.

Some people are like the “rock” of the family or social group and while offering great love, help and support to others, forget to give themselves the love, help and support they need.

It is OK to put yourself first. Not all the time, every time, but often enough for you to feel good about yourself. When a rock is sitting on a foundation of jelly, it isn’t much good to anyone.

If you need help to turn that emotional foundation of jelly into something more substantial, give me a call on 01923 243 500.

Be happy,


Self-confidence hypnosis

Hypnosis, Football and Gloucester City.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years in its various guises but during the last 30 years or so it seems to have been given even more different terms, titles and disguises.

Virtually every sportsman uses a mental rehearsal process, notice the start of every 100m final where the runners simply stare down the track, and sports psychologists use visualisation techniques (cough…ahem…) with athletes, golfers, footballers, rugby players and many others.

There are studies around to show that the power of the mind can increase muscle mass, no weights or movement, just by “imagination”.

Can hypnosis help a football team win?

Watch Henry put the fluence on Gloucester City players.

Be happy,


Hypnotherapy for sports performance

Vitamin Water – or is it?

Hypnosis is when the subconscious mind takes on board a suggestion that common sense would usually reject. Advertisers use this theory of hypnosis all the time to market their products, some of it is blatant, some not so blatant.

How does a company market a product that is little more than sugary water when most people would not willingly pay money for little more than sugar and water?

They use hypnotic techniques such as linking action, fitness, social acceptance, coolness and many others to associate their product with a particular lifestyle or benefit or, being truthful, a perceived lifestyle or benefit.

Vitamin Water

Some adverts are great, some make me cringe. Don’t be fooled by some of the stuff you see on the adverts breaks on TV.

Be happy,





“The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” By Charles Swindoll.

Be happy,



There aren’t many people that I pay attention to….

….because a lot of the self-help world seems to consist of paying someone else to show you how put your faith in something or someone else rather than take responsibility for your own actions and, most importantly, showing you how to take charge of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Me? I’m one of the few that encourages people to take responsibility for themselves and most are surprised at just how easily they can.

Ask. Believe. Receive. No thanks, I’d rather decide, plan and take action.

In the world of hypnotherapy I feel the same. There are only a few hypnotherapists that I would gladly bare my therapeutic soul to, many I wouldn’t even let look after my cat.

One guy, nothing to do with hypnosis, that I pay attention to is Geoff Thompson. Many years ago when my testosterone level was bigger & my stomach was smaller, Geoff chinned me and made my brain wobble. Not in anger but on one of his training days.

He talks a lot of sense.

There aren’t many people that I would pass some of my blog “link juice” to but Geoff is one of them. Click on the link below to see why.

Extraordinary Ordinary

Be happy,


Herts Hypnosis.

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Please change the link address……….

Having re-vamped this blog from the old style, the link address has changed slightly.

I know some people use the feed from my blog on their own blog or website and many people have added my blog in the list of their favourites or on their blogroll, and I thank all of you for that. If you have added this blog, or want to add, to Google Reader you need to change the link address to keep or start reading.

Please check that all links are changed to http://www.exuberancehypno.co.uk/blog and that all future links use this address.

Thanks to everyone that links to me, thanks for taking a moment or two just to simply change any links to the new address and thanks to anyone that feels like adding me to their Google Reader or newsreader service.

Please feel free to add me to your blogroll or favourites at this new address.

Thanks and be happy,


Watford Hypnotherapist

Putting a face to a name……..

I’ve just updated my website exuberancehypno.co.uk and dabbled with youtube for the first time. Big plans for the website with loads of pages to go up over the coming months.

For those of you that like to put a face to a name, here is an introduction to me and my website:

Be happy,


Clinical Hypnotherapy

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