When we buy a complicated new appliance we expect it to come with a manual detailing the different features and how they work. What could be more complex than a living person? People have no manuals but we are gifted with a wide array of natural abilities that when properly harnessed can enable us to make changes in our lives that can exceed our wildest expectations.

John Francis Leader is an experienced and passionate Psychologist who works with a diverse range of people from many different backgrounds with the goal of helping them take control of their own lives and reduce and more effectively manage stress, phobias and an almost limitless list of other complaints in the process*.

John splits his time between research, based in University College Dublin, and private practice which he mostly conducts from his Dublin City Centre clinic. John also spends a significant amount of time conducting training programmes and workshops for teams, businesses and organisations.

A certified and registered therapist, John employs the abundant resources of a client’s subconscious mind to help them work through any issues in a remarkably rapid goal centred environment.



Your mind influences your attitude and every part of your body. Hypnotherapy can successfully assist with disorders and problems of a psychological nature but also the very many physical problems with a psychosomatic origin*. Here are a few of the most common complaints that you may consult with.

Abuse Guilt Public Speech
Addiction Headaches Relaxation
Adequacy IBS Resentment
Anger Independence Self-control
Anxiety Inhibitions Self-esteem
Assertiveness Insomnia Shame
Asthma Memory Shyness
Blushing Motivation Skin Problems
Claustrophobia Nail-biting Slimming
Compulsions Nervousness Smoking
Concentration Nightmares Sports Focus
Confidence Obsessions Stammering
Creativity Overeating Stress
Depression Pain Control Study Habits
Drinking Panic Attacks Twitching
Exam Nerves Performance Undereating
Goal Setting Phobias
Grief Positivity + lots more

Indicated above are only some of the problems that can be successfully helped by hypnotherapy. If you do not see the area that is relevant to you listed simply contact the clinic and we will either confirm that we do provide support for your condition or if not we will refer you on to another professional.


Common Questions

What form of therapy does John Francis Leader practice?

John Francis Leader is a certified and accredited Psychologist who specialises in the use of hypnotherapy and mindfulness approaches to enable people to take control of their own lives resulting in greater productivity and the opportunity to eliminate a wide variety of complaints. John is also experienced and qualified in the use of counseling, cognitive behavioural therapy, conflict resolution, advanced communication skills training and meditation techniques.

What is Hypnosis?

Unlike the television or Hollywood version, hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention, usually including deep relaxation. The difference between simply talking about what you want to achieve, which is itself positive, and attending hypnotherapy is sometimes likened to the difference between hearing the plot of a film compared to actually seeing the film.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes. In fact, most people experience hypnosis several times a day. Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. Also, the state experienced directly on entering and leaving sleep is hypnosis.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Because hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or awareness, at no time will you be asleep or unaware of what is going on. You will, however, be likely to feel more relaxed than ever before. A feeling of peace, serenity and wellbeing generally accompanies this relaxation.

Can I be made to do something against my will?

Absolutely not! There is a safeguard in hypnosis. Anything suggested to you in hypnosis that is against your morals, beliefs, religion, ethics, wants or desires will simply be rejected by you. It is impossible for you to be made to to do anything against your will.

What about those stage shows?

Successful stage hypnosis relies on willing volunteers. Those people have a desire to join in the show and perform. Hypnosis merely helps them to overcome inhibitions that they may, ordinarily, have against performing in public.

Will I remember what is said or done, after I come out of hypnosis?

Hypnosis is not an unconscious state, so you will remember what is being said and done. If you have no apparent memory of what is said or done, this is likely to be because you were drifting and daydreaming in your own pleasant thoughts during that part. You should expect to remember the contents of the session just as much as you would expect to remember a film that you just watched in the cinema, however even more as the affect is practiced in your day to day life.

Am I giving up control during Hypnosis?

No! You will be in such complete control during the entire session that if anything is said or done that you disagree with, or that you feel is in bad taste, you can simply open your eyes and leave the room. No one can control your mind, except you.

Can only ‘weak-minded’ people be hypnotised?

On the contrary, while everybody can be hypnotised, those that respond better are people with strong and active minds capable of imagination and mental dexterity. Those that refuse to be hypnotised, generally are exhibiting either a lack of understanding of the subject entirely, or ‘weakness’ in the form of inflexibility.

Does Hypnosis wear off?

Yes & No. The state of hypnosis being a relaxed ‘Day Dream’ state leaves you when either you or the therapist ends the session, but the results of your hypnotic session are self-rewarding and each programme is designed to help you bring them into your day to day life.

Are there harmful after-effects?

No. After the session, most people feel relaxed and mellow but in complete control of all of their faculties and able to perform any task or duty such as driving or working. It’s rather similar to how you feel after having watched a great film in the cinema. Most people experience a very pleasant energy increase after the session.

Why is Hypnosis sometimes linked to the mysterious?

Television and Hollywood are mostly responsible for this. There is nothing magical, mystical or mysterious about hypnosis, and we actively disassociate ourselves from those that would have you believe otherwise. A much more accurate way to think of hypnosis is that same trance state that you enter into when watching a film or reading a book.

Got any more questions? Contact the clinic now for friendly and helpful advice.

Revealed: How Hypnosis Actually Works with John Francis Leader
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What is anxiety? with John Francis Leader
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Therapy Of Tomorrow TEDx talk by John Francis Leader
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