About Tom

Tom Lawrence



tom lawrence


It is a real privilege to do what I do and my work blends a unique understanding of mind and body from modern Western cognitive research in my hypnotherapy practice, and traditional Eastern philosophy and acupuncture energy theory. I have trained in the UK and China to bring a simple, practical and effective way of helping people to greater health and happiness.


Published by Hay House in August 2013, I am also the author of Smiling the Moon, a fable about life revealed through the bond formed between a runaway boy and a wise and powerful shaman. The original intention was to write a self-help book based around the insights gained through my practice over the years, however the image of the main characters kept coming to mind - ‘insisting’ on being written down – and so I followed the intuition and thankfully a popular novel is the result.


Before moving to Edinburgh at the end of 2010, I ran my own health centre in the Highlands, and prior to that I had a successful practice in London - being the first to take acupuncture into large companies - in my case Microsoft’s head office in Reading. I am now a director of the Healthy Life Centre in Edinburgh which provides a wonderful service enhancing the wellbeing of all those who step through the door.


I am a fully qualified Edinburgh Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner, Acupuncturist and Oriental Herbalist and bound by the strict code of ethics of my governing bodies and their Continuing Professional Development policies.


I trained with Trevor Silvester, the founder of Cognitive Hypnotherapy at the Quest Institute, Regent’s College in London. The Quest training is extensive and includes leading-edge trauma resolution techniques such as EMI (Eye Movement Integration), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and Project You coaching.

I also trained at the London College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and continued post-graduate studies in the UK and China, covering gynaecology/fertility, paediatrics, skin conditions, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory difficulties, and a wide range of miscellaneous physical and emotional complaints.

I am a member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) which maintains the highest standards of training and professional ethics amongst its members, and I comply with their strict code of ethics and public protection policies. I am also a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) – the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK; the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) – the regulatory body of Chinese herbalists in the UK; and I’m registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – the Department of Health supported register of complementary health practitioners ensuring safety and high professional standards.




DipCHyp – Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. This is the qualification awarded by The Quest Institute, the leading hypnotherapy training organisation which pioneered Cognitive Hypnotherapy.

HPDHypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma - the qualification verified by The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH). This is the only independently accredited, professional standard qualification of Hypnotherapy in the UK.

MNLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner. Accredited by the Quest Institute, NLP is widely used in coaching, psychotherapy and personal development training and is used to effect change by offering the brain alternative thinking strategies for a more enjoyable life.

MNCH – Member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy and as a member I adhere to their strict code of conduct, ethics and professional development.

MBAcC – Member of The British Acupuncture Council – the UK’s largest self-regulatory professional body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.

Lic Ac – In the days before degrees, a Licentiate in Acupuncture was the professional qualification needed to denote a required standard of training and professionalism needed to practice.

MRCHM – Member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, which is the regulatory body of Chinese herbalists in the UK.

Lic OHM – a Licentiate in Oriental Herbal Medicine is the required standard of training and professionalism needed to practice and be a member of the RCHM.


Call 07887 682291 or email tom@graceful-change.co.uk to book an appointment and to find out how I can help you.