My Story

I had a successful career in the City, a privileged lifestyle and a history of good health - but over time I began to experience a range of mental, emotional and physical symptoms; became increasingly disengaged in my work; and found myself feeling empty or unfulfilled despite my achievements.

My work inbox piled higher and I found myself wincing when new work messages came in. My health was falling apart, I felt overwhelmed and unable to cope, and I began to fear having some kind of breakdown. Worries of failing in my career, and being unable to support myself and loved ones clouded my mind. I couldn’t think straight, felt emotionally exhausted yet struggled to get to sleep at night. I also developed chronic pain, a less recognised stress & anxiety related symptom.

Despite it all, I remained only partly conscious and accepting that I had a problem. I took treatments like medication and rest as recommended by doctors, but they were only band-aid solutions and I continued to worsen. Nobody could explain a root cause for my problems. I pushed on in the same way I always had, without really having a plan. 

It was only when I reached breaking point that I fully accepted I had a problem and searched far and wide for help. Through perseverance and good luck I found incredible therapists that helped me understand anxiety, stress, burnout and related problems are created inside of us - and the solution is also inside of us. 

Life circumstances are often the trigger for these health difficulties, but in fact it’s our mind and body which perceive those outside circumstances, then generate the emotion and stress that affects us. Escalating anxiety, burnout and breakdown tend to happen because our mind is exacerbating or amplifying stress internally, outside of our conscious awareness. 

That therapy changed how my mind and body responded to my circumstances, permanently reducing my symptoms and increasing my resilience and ability to function again. 

There were ups and downs along the way, and different therapists helped me in different ways. I continued to improve and gradually left behind my old problems, instead stepping into becoming the best version of myself. I qualified in Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy as it had helped me massively, and over the following years switched careers, became a therapist and coach, and these days I continue to follow the latest cutting-edge approaches and hone my practice to be the best therapist and coach I can be.

James Cormack, Anxiety & Stress Specialist


“James has helped me through some of the toughest moments of my life… This is the kind of person you want to have in your corner when times are tough” – Adam, Finance Professional

My qualifications

  1. I use QCH Therapy, a cutting-edge brief therapy that combines many therapeutic approaches (such as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt therapy, Positive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Parts Therapy, NLP, EMDR, EFT, timeline therapy and more) into an adaptive framework, tailoring treatment to each individual.

    QCH Therapy is an evidence-based therapy. In the double blind peer-reviewed Mental Health Review Journal, a 2015 pilot study showed 71% of clients with anxiety and depression considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions of QCH Therapy. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT).

    I have a Diploma and advanced Master Practitioner qualification in QCH Therapy (Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy), both trained by the founder of QCH Trevor Silvester. I'm also registered with the QCHPA (Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioner's Association). To learn more, see About QCH Therapy.

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  2. I'm registered with the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council), a regulatory body in the UK that enables proper public accountability of the complementary therapists that it registers.   When considering a therapist, ensure they are a member of the CNHC so you know they are regulated and you are protected.
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    The CNHC is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), an independent government-appointed body.
  3. I'm a qualified NLP Master Practitioner.
  4. As part of QCH, I am trained in techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing), Timeline Therapy, and more.
  5. I have been trained and mentored by leading therapists and coaches - Trevor Silvester, Rubin Battino, Russell Davis and more - and I enjoy remaining at the forefront of therapeutic knowledge, so I'm constantly studying and training.I work with a highly qualified and experienced supervisor as a commitment to my ongoing development as a coach and therapist.
  6. I'm accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), who independently oversaw my training and awarded my Hypnotherapy Practitioner's Diploma.  The NCH implement the highest standards of training and professional ethics amongst its members.  I comply with their strict code of ethics and public protection policies.
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    The NCH are independently overseen by the NCFE.