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Are you interested in finding out more about how hypnotherapy can help you?

Then contact me now to arrange your FREE telephone consultation. You can use your consultation to:

  • Tell me more about your problem
  • Discuss your goals
  • Ask any questions
Ian Guest Hypnotherapist Wigan

Hello! My Name Is Ian Guest

I’m passionate about helping clients turn their goals into reality.

I’ve been working as a hypnotherapist in Wigan since 2011 and I’ve conducted hundreds of successful sessions with clients.

At First Step Hypnosis I use a combination of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to offer a treatment that is safe, effective and evidence based.

As you would expect, I’m fully qualified, insured and a member of various professional bodies. This means that you can contact me in the secure knowledge that I offer a service that meets national standards for hypnotherapy.

The best thing about being a hypnotherapist is seeing the improvements in a client in just a few sessions. Clients who visit me because they are overwhelmed by symptoms such as negative thoughts and feelings can quickly feel calmer and more positive; clients who want to lose weight start to develop a healthy relationship with food; clients who have suffered from fears, phobias and panic attacks no longer let their irrational beliefs control their life; and clients who want to get rid of unwanted habits soon develop healthier and more satisfying behaviours.

If you live in Wigan or within the North West I’d love to hear from you about how I can help you achieve your dreams. And don’t worry – there is nothing you can tell me that is going to shock me or surprise me. Although your situation might seem unique you would be surprised by how many other people are dealing with similar difficult feelings and emotions. You can begin to feel more optimistic knowing that your treatment will be based upon experience and research that really does help people feel better.

Why Choose First Step Hypnosis in Wigan?

If you are ready to make a change in your life you want to make sure that you are paying for the most effective treatments available. I help clients make quick and effective changes using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy. Research shows that both techniques are proven to be beneficial for a wide range of issues but are enhanced when combined.

…the average client receiving cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy showed greater improvement than at least 70% of clients receiving nonhypnotic treatment.

(Kirsch et al., 1996)


Hypnosis is a safe and natural process that anyone can learn. You are always in control during the session and I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.


You will learn techniques that have proven to work within clinical research settings. There is a huge body of evidence for both CBT and Hypnosis and so you can feel confident that the treatment you will receive is based on evidence.


During your first session we work together to agree your goals and what you hope to get out of treatment. We devise a programme that is tailored to your needs and includes strategies and tactics that are going to help you.

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"Hypnosis is supported by more scientific research than any other complimentary therapy."
The Which Guide To Complementary Medicine, 2002

What Do Clients Say?

Yes, the treatment helped very much… It was the best decision that I could have made. After four sessions, I have become a different person. I’m able to control my anxiety much better, and I am now able to calmly make more rational decisions.

JG, Parbold

 Firstly thanks Ian for making me feel comfortable during the sessions. I have developed a number of techniques to help assist me in reducing my levels of anxiety especially at work and these are reinforced by your excellent and relaxing hypnosis recordings.

JG, Wigan

 The treatment I received from First Step Hypnosis exceeded my expectations. In the last 12 months I have attended CBT and client centered counselling. Neither of which achieved the long term goals I was searching for. With First Step Hypnosis I feel I now have the results that I was looking for.

KP, Wigan

How Much Does It Cost?

If you are a member of a private health cash plan your treatment costs may be reimbursed. For example, Paycare, Westfield Health and Health Shield will reimburse for CNHC registered hypnotherapy on specified corporate paid plans. If you wish to seek reimbursement through a private health cash plan please check with your provider.

Single Session - Pay As You Go

Ideal for simple phobias, confidence, simple habits, public speaking, interviews etc

  • Face to face or via Skype
  • Free hypnosis recording
  • Handouts & Assignments

3 Session Package

Save £16 - Ideal for more complex phobias, low self esteem, acute stress & anxiety, more complex habits, eczema, pain management etc

  • Face to face or via Skype
  • Free hypnosis recordings
  • Handouts & Assignments
  • Email support between sessions

Smoking Cessation

2 hour stop smoking session

  • Face to face or via Skype
  • Free hypnosis recording
  • Handouts
  • Free follow up session within 6 months

What Can Hypnotherapy Treat?

Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for a wide range of symptoms, issues and conditions. If you need help with a specific issue not listed below please contact me to arrange your FREE telephone consultation so that we can discuss your suitability for treatment.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pain Management
  • Weight Loss & Eating Disorders
  • Smoking
  • Unwanted habits 
  • Confidence & self esteem
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance

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Still uncertain if Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is right for you?

That’s ok, get in touch now to book your free consultation and we can talk through your goals in more detail. Once we’ve discussed it through and I’ve answered all your questions you can then decide if you would like to ahead with treatment.


"I feel so much more in control, have so much more faith in myself and my abilities"
MW, Wigan

Hypnotherapy For Anxiety & Stress

Although I can help clients from Wigan with a range of issues, I specialise in hypnotherapy treatment for anxiety and stress. Using techniques and ideas from both hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy I offer a service that is based on well established evidence from research and studies.

Helping clients to reduce their anxiety and better manage their stress can involve a range of strategies, that can be enhanced through the use of hypnosis:

  • Learning to relax can reduce anxiety and stress

  • Developing an attitude of acceptance can reduce anxiety and stress

  • Learning to “let go” of unhelpful and worrying thoughts and memories can reduce anxiety and stress

  • Practicing mindfulness can reduce anxiety and stress

  • Using self-hypnosis to calm and soothe can reduce anxiety and stress.

  • Developing more helpful and effective coping strategies can reduce anxiety and stress

  • Learning to implement good problem solving skills can reduce anxiety and stress

If you are based in Wigan, or the surrounding area, and you are struggling with anxiety, stress or panic attacks contact me today to book your free telephone consultation.

What Happens Once I Book A Consultation?

  • Telephone consultation

    The first stage is always the FREE telephone consultation. This give you the chance to speak to me about what you want to get out of your treatment. It also gives me the chance to complete some initial paperwork to save us time when we first meet. We then agree a time date for your first appointment and I email you to confirm the arrangements.

  • Initial Assessment

    Before your first appointment I send some paperwork over for you to read and complete. You can also watch a couple of short videos, explaining more about this approach to hypnosis, as well as trying a simple 10 minute hypnosis relaxation session.

  • First Session

    During your first appointment you have the chance to talk in more detail about your issues. It’s always really useful to hear a client’s story so that I have a better understanding about how I can help. We usually discuss what tactics and techniques are likely to help and discuss how many sessions might be needed. We then start to practice hypnosis. Don’t worry, I don’t ask you to close your eyes until you are comfortable and know what to expect.

  • Next Steps

    At the end of the session we review how the hypnosis session went. We agree on the number of sessions you might need and book your next session in, usually in 2 weeks time. We agree tasks for you to complete until we meet again. These tasks might include things like monitoring your mood or trying new ways of dealing with your problem. I’ll also send you an mp3 of the hypnosis session so that you can practice until we meet again.

  • Further Sessions

    We usually meet every 2 weeks after that and generally start by reviewing how things have gone since we last met. We can then discuss some new tactics for you to think about and try out. The treatment can be changed and adapted depending on your progress. We’ll do a hypnosis session each time we meet. Sometimes that will involve you sitting quietly with your eyes closed while I offer suggestions or ideas for you to imagine. Sometimes it involves you closing your eyes and answering questions or telling me what you are thinking about or remembering.

Where Can I Get More Information?

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If you’ve got any questions or queries, or just want to find out more about the services I offer, you can complete the contact form below. Alternatively, you can call me on 0161 298 7070 or email me on [email protected]


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