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Addictions - Weed

“I am a 55 year old man man and been smoking weed for the past 40 years. I decided to stop. However, I didn't think there was any chance it would work. After the Hypnosis I immediately set about building a joint. Once I lit it up I started feeling nauseated. I had no desire to want to smoke. Two days later I attempted the same thing with the same results. Thank you Alex for achieving the impossible.”

“The best decision I made”

“Reaching out to Alex and starting therapy was the best decision I made last year. I struggle with anxiety, phobias and OCD and was at my lowest point at the time. Through meditation and breathwork, I’ve managed to regain a sense of calm and control of my life. I cannot recommend Alex enough - he cares about his clients and will ensure you are making progress.”

Sarah - Trust Pilot

Anxiety & Low Mood

Alex began to teach me SKY breathing many weeks ago. After just one session the physical and emotional effects were remarkable, to be experienced to be believed. I felt cleansed, euphoric almost, after the breathing, a heady mixture of exhilaration and calmness, embedded by relaxation and meditation.


Following sessions reinforced these feelings and what becomes clear after a while are those benefits which are not immediately evident, but which are wonderful in the extent to which they bring change. I believe my moods and attitudes were affected often extraordinarily by high levels of personal, or global, anxiety or distress. I now have lower levels of stress, I have clarity of thought, and I find it easier to accept where action is necessary or possible, and where acceptance is needed. Consequently I find my energy is directed in a more focused way, relationships are more positive and contentment plays a significantly larger part of my life.


It is difficult to quantify the difference SKY breathing has made to my life. It is easier to qualify. Suffice to say that I feel a deep sense of well being, and the word breath means so much more than once it did. I am so grateful for Alex’s teaching and for his introduction to this practice.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"I have taken a while to write this review. Not because I did not want to. But mostly because I could not find the words to express my gratitude to Alex. He has helped me so much to gradually overcome the struggles I have been dealing with. His expert methods and kindness has also made me trust not only him but the whole experience itself. It has truly made a difference in my life. I am still a work in progress but my journey into mindfulness is one that I am wholeheartedly taking with kindness and love. For that I am ever thankful to Alex."

“Effective Mindfulness Therapy”

"I went to Alex as I had anxiety problems, which affected my personal and work life. I did not know how to overcome them.
The sessions with Alex helped me enormously, for which I am grateful. The tools he gave me to cope with specific issues were brilliant. I have put them into practice, and I can vouch for their effectiveness. I have more confidence and a positive outlook on life."

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone considering seeking support from Alex to do so. I sought help because I was finding aspects of my life unmanageable; I felt my physical and emotional health was being compromised. I had no idea of how things might change. The guidance, teaching and resources that Alex has given me have in fact been life changing. That is a huge, huge statement to make, but so are the effects of being taught to recognise and develop skills which enable me to identify new levels of awareness, of consciousness, of alertness, tolerance, gentleness which permeate my everyday living. It feels as if a dormant dimension has been opened to me. I am 75, so, so grateful to be given this gift. I am not speaking magic here, challenges, hurts, hurdles, upsets, still come , but I can let them be, accept they are part of what is, not all of what is. Alex has led me, wisely, professionally and kindly, through the steps which are enabling me to move forward. He embodies the tenets which he teaches, with gentle acceptance but no assumptions, and without pressure or judgement. There is honesty, patience and sincerity, alongside a warm humour. I feel a generosity of spirit from him, a sort of shared joy in enabling me to experience exuberance in standing tall, feeling strong, moving forward and being. Thank you Alex."


"I started seeing Alex two months ago due to sleep disturbances - when I first met Alex I was extremely stressed and low in mood. Alex worked with me creating goals I wished to achieve relating to my sleep. Alex tailored his interventions so I could meet my goals - you've no idea the peace Alex restored to my life giving me these techniques for sleep. The last few weeks of therapy I've fallen straight into peaceful sleep - something I thought would never happen again. Alex really is an expert in what he does - no words will ever express how grateful I truly am to him."​

“Engaging practical advice and support”

Alex wears his expertise lightly making engagement with his deceptively simple techniques feel safe and positive. He is generous with his advice and support. I joined a session he ran for us at the NSPCC and am one of many people there who have enjoyed the opportunity to learn new ways of supporting our mental well being. Highly recommended"

Sir Peter Wanless CEO NSPCC - Trust Pilot

Anxiety & OCD

"Alex has helped my daughter and me massively. Very friendly, caring and professional throughout. I can't thank him enough. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending."

Performance Anxiety

"I highly recommend The Mindful Therapist. I went to see Alex for 5 sessions to help me overcome the stress and anxiety of speaking in front of large numbers of people. I have been doing my job for many years and over time have been promoted to senior roles. This took me from presenting to a small group, around the table, to standing up in front of 2000 people and the Board of Directors. I work for a start-up company owned by a large UK company with a very well known UK brand. Public speaking was not my strongest quality, in fact it scared me to the point I would stutter, shake and overall feel embarrassed forgetting that my knowledge and experience was what put me there in the first place. The sessions and exercises helped me overcome these feelings and put into perspective why I was feeling the way I was and how I could manage these feelings in the given situations. With practise I managed to overcome my anxiety and continue to manage how I react to these feeling and grow more confident each time. I can’t thank him enough for his help and continue to enjoy my meditation practise not only for professional purposes but also for “time out” in my day-to-day life." 

Tutor - The UK College Of Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy

Alex is and has been a really supportive coach. I am currently training at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and Alex has gone above and beyond to support me in my journey. He has offered invaluable advice on how to work with my volunteers when completing my case studies, as well as practical help with setting up my own practice. He is caring and kind, and has a broad toolbox that he is ready to share and explain with patience and clarity.. Thank you

Juliette Massey-Smith - Google

 Social Anxiety / Mindfulness Therapy

"Suffering from social anxiety and continuous dips in confidence, I decided to get treatment from Alexander James. Through his calmness and professionalism he successfully treated me for my anxiety. He followed this on with a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. This really helped me deal with my other concerns. I now see life from a different perspective, more calmer, confident and positive. Did I make the right decision getting this treatment? Of course I did and I can highly recommend the Mindful Therapist. I feel like a different person."

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"I completed the 8 weeks mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy course with Alexander James after my initial assessment with him. I have suffered from a couple of periods of depression in the past, gone through cognitive behaviour therapy, and counselling which helped. I also took anti-depressants on the advice of my GP when I was last diagnosed with depression and gradually stopped taking them after 1 year. A few months ago, the black cloud over my head was back, possibly triggered and aggravated by work and the perimenopause. I didn’t want to go back on anti-depressants or go through more cognitive behaviour therapy – Even though it really helped me get back on my feet previously, I felt it was more like a plaster on a sore rather than a longer-term help for me. Alexander James takes a bespoke approach and puts you at ease very quickly. His treatment through the mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy has given me an invaluable toolkit to manage every day life. I feel calmer, stronger, and better equipped to face the black cloud should it come back. I am very grateful to be able to put this into practice for a healthier and more peaceful life. Thank you Alexander James."

NSPCC Official Mindfulness Ambassador

"Alex developed NSPCC inMind to support NSPCC staff and volunteers with their well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic through developing tailor-made mindfulness tools and resources. On a personal level I've been interested in mindfulness for years, but I've never heard anyone explain it to me so simply and with such passion and insight, plus back it up with the tools to make it so accessible and easy to apply to every day life! Alex is so humble about his skill which makes him easy to connect with and a pleasure to work with and talk to - the ingredients for a truly life-changing therapist. I'd highly recommend Alex's introduction to mindfulness course for anyone looking to dip their toe in to mindfulness and it's benefits."

Lianne Smith - NSPCC - Google

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for Stop Smoking

"I can not recommend Alex and his services more. I tried so many different ways of giving up smoking and nothing helped me succeed except Alex’s method. His 7 step process is truly a life saver. The many attempts I made to quit and failing was beginning to really depress me. Alex’s method has worked from inside out rather than using a patch or tablet. His method did something to my mind which changed the way I think about myself and smoking. I can proudly say I haven’t touched, craved or touched a cigarette. It’s a distant memory. Thank you so much Alex. You truly have given me my life back. If there’s a heaven, it’s where you belong."

Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"I contacted Alex at a very low point. I was depressed, really anxious and couldn’t see a way out. He really supported me in the early days, and as we progressed helped me deal with my negative thoughts, lower my anxiety and rebuild my life. With all the different mindfulness exercises, meditations and hypnosis in my treatment plan (all which I still love using) I am back to the me I once knew. Thank you Alex :)."​

Hypnotherapy for IBS

"Alex is an excellent hypnotherapist. I first went to him a couple of years ago and more recently for my seriously debilitating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). To be honest he was my final resort given that I’d tried all other known methods and none had been that successful. I’m now pretty much fine despite one more session to go, which will hopefully remove the last irritating bits. What I like best about Alex (apart from the fact that he delivers as promised) is that he stays focused and does not allow too much personal chatter to interfere with doing what is best."​

Eve - Google

Hypnotherapy for Nail Biting

Alex was understanding and to the point. I felt like I was in good hands and really appreciated the speed with which we started getting real work done. 

I stopped the habit of a lifetime, biting my nails, after only 2.5 sessions with Alex. 

This has given me great hope ahead of tackling smoking next!"

NSPCC Official Mindfulness Ambassador

"Alex 'The Mindful Therapist' has been providing mindfulness tools to NSPCC staff and volunteers that have been so helpful and so well received. As I'm someone who has just returned to work from being on maternity leave, his offer of support couldn't have come at a better time. I found his Road to Relaxation session so beneficial and felt thoroughly and deeply relaxed, something that I haven't felt for some time! Highly recommend."

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy / Mindfulness Therapy

"I have been feeling the strain since Covid and the lockdowns in London. It all felt like life was just getting on top of me. I was irritable, and experincing mood swings, and losing focus on my life goals. It was a constant cycle of worry and stress and no light at the end of the tunnel. I finally made the step to break the cycle by looking for someone who would understand my concerns and actually listens to me and then provide me with a practical solution and give me the tools to prevent me from ever getting this bogged down again. After some online searching i am forever grateful to find Alex. I spent several sessions overall with Alex. Each one worthwhile and a constructive step in helping me find a balance in my life. Alex was constantly encouraging and positive, I felt as though although my own problems were personal and therefore unique to me, but his guidance was not generic it was personalised and offered to me in a way which i totally related to. Perhaps thats the secret to his success. He is every bit as professional as you would expect and clearly knowledgable in his field but more than that he is humble and modest and so his ability to put himself in my shoes and see my difficulties and then advise and suggest ways to break the old habits and create new and positive habits is what really has turned my life around. He has helped me out of my darkest times and has armed me with methods to combat negative thought patterns. Enough to not only get me back to where i wanted to be mentally but to help me find some inner happiness for a better future. Thank you Alex for your services, your time, and sharing your knowledge. I will still aim to check in over the coming years just as a mental health check up, because i know that you have my best interests at heart. And you havent let me down once.  I fully believe in your abilities."

Dr Sabba - Trust Pilot

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy / Mindfulness Therapy

"I am an A&E Consultant working in a London hospital and found Alex through the NHS in Mind website he built at the beginning of the pandemic. I had been using those resources a little to help manage stress but as the pressures increased at work I found I spent most of my days and evenings feeling on edge, irritable and my sleep became a problem too. After realising I couldn’t continue like this, I contacted Alex and we started 4 weeks of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy followed by an 8 week Mindfulness training programme. After completing the 12 week course of therapy I am happy to say that this experience has honestly changed my life! Not only has the stress now gone but I have learnt new perspectives and skills that meant I could carry on with the same role without it effecting my mental health. I have developed positive ways to respond to triggers that mean I don’t feel stressed, I have so much more awareness of myself and feel I have really gained and grown as an individual too - I am even meditating once a day now which is something I never thought I would be doing. Alex was incredible, he was so kind, patient, always available if I needed him and has taught me skills and a refreshing, profound new approach to life that I can’t thank him enough for."

Rupert J

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy / Mindfulness Therapy

"Having done a bit of research and tried a few other forms of therapy, I was interested in trying mindfulness based cognitive therapy and came across Alex. The combination of hypnotherapy over the first few weeks to help to calm down with the following mindfulness training has been life changing - it's very much a case of having to put the work in, but despite having only just finished the course I can clearly notice the difference between weeks where I keep up with the practice and ones where I'm more lax. Alex himself is a really personable guy and it's enjoyable to work through it with him. It's hard work sometimes, but you get out what you put in and ultimately I feel confident now that I have a load of tools to use both on a consistent basis and as and when I need them."

Depression, Anxiety & Addiction

"When I approached Alex I was struggling with constant negative thinking, anxiety and depression. Over the eight week mindfullness based CBT course he provides, he taught me how to deal with my negative thinking in a much more efficient and constructive way, using various forms of meditation, talking therapy and yoga techniques. Each session lasted around two hours and was undertaken at his private residence, which was a very calming and comfortable environment. Alex was always extremely welcoming, highly professional and completely attentive. Every session I attended was of great benefit to me. I cannot thank Alex enough for helping me and I now look forward to dealing with my own issues and day to day life with a much more positive and healthy approach. I highly recommend Alex to anyone with depression, anxiety or addiction issues."

Will L

Discover Mindfulness Workshop

"A really well presented, paced & thought through workshop. The meditation & mindfulness concepts were approached with some good humour & in an easy going fashion. I went away feeling much better & positive about changing how I perceive issues in my life." 


Stefan Kondziela - Google

What a wonderful experience it's been the Discover mindfulness Workshop! Although l was not completely new to the practice and the theories behind mindfulness participating it's been very beneficial for me. I particularly appreciated Alex's approach, a mix of theories and practical tips to break down each aspect of what a daily mindfulness practice should look like. A down-to-earth attitude with a few laughters along the way that made everyone feel welcome and empowered to give it a go. Highly recommended!" 

Gabriella Ferrante - Google

"I attended Alex’s Mindfulness workshop in December 2019. It came at a good point in my life, when I was aware that I needed to address my anxiety, and I felt strongly that mindfulness was a good place to start. The workshop was nicely constructed, with a good balance of well-presented, interesting and relevant information and some time for us all to have a go at some mindful meditation as a group (a body scan). Alex is immediately likeable, calm, knowledgable and reassuring and delivered the workshop well. We left with some written tips on how to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life and also some access to some audible meditations. I learnt a lot from this 2 hour workshop, as did my husband (initially a reluctant attendee) and we continue to use the tools and information we gained. Thank you Alex!" 

Sally Cross - Google

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for Stop Smoking

"I had a hypnotherapy session with Alex to help me stop smoking and it was absolutely amazing. Alex made me feel at ease very quickly and held the space so brilliantly that I felt very comfortable sharing my problems with him. Not only was session was incredible effective but the support in the run up to the session and following was second to none. I found the process challenging in the moment but it actually made giving up smoking incredibly easy and I am proud to say I have been a non smoker now for over 2 months and I’ve not been tempted once. You can tell alex is passionate about his work and that really shines through, I couldn’t recommend him enough, he’s wonderful. 10 out of 10!"

Anxiety & OCD

"Alex has helped my daughter and me massively. Very friendly, caring and professional throughout. I can't thank him enough. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending."​

Alan - Trust Pilot

Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"I've just completed the 8 week mindfulness and Meditation course and I am absolutely grateful to Alex for the whole experience. The 8 weeks allowd me to build a solid foundation and awareness as to the benefits of meditation. They say that the key to learning anythinng is to have a great teacher and that is exactly what I found with Alex (he's exceptional). His weekly onboarding of new techniques meant that I wasn't overwhlemed, and was able to utilise the learnings over the next week before building on them in the next meeting. The teaching enabled me to feel the positive effects from day 1. One of the most powerful elements was having someone to meditate with live (in each class) which allowed me to ask questions without a fear of judgement right after. I can hand on heart say the 8 weeks has totally game changed me and the way I deal with anxiety, stress and most importantly how I live in the presence with my family. I wanted to invest time into meditation, and I know that I was able to truly embrace because of the stewardship and guidance of Alex."

Social Anxiety

Alex (The Mindful Therapist) Helped me to overcome my irrational fear of eating and freed me of my nervous tension. Using CBT, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness we were able to work together to create new positive mental pathways which have given me a more positive outlook on life. Alex provides a clean, relaxed environment and also has a good sense of humour which really helps the process. Highly recommend!

Mindfulness Training

Alex’s meditations hit the nail on the head. My job & focus has always been on others, but he has shown me a way to find time to focus on myself through the body scan & ego strengthening techniques. Almost 3 months and going strong. Thank you.

Adam Beygi - Google

Hypnotherapy for Needle Phobia

"I came to Alexander for needle phobia. Not going to lie, I was a little bit sceptical at first as I’ve lived with this phobia all my life and really struggled with it. After just 3 sessions I am booking in for a jab and going to give blood which is something I would never have done. I can’t actually believe how powerful hypnosis with Alexander is. It has made me feel so much stronger mentally as well as its helped my anxiety and general everyday feelings. He’s such a nice friendly easy to open up to bloke and would highly recommend him to anybody who is considering hypnosis."

Dan Driscoll - Google

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