Karen Hughes 

MSc (Psychology),

PGDipSCWk, DipGrad, BA, AssDipEd, 


About Me                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Alongside my extensive academic background, most of my life has been spent immersed in different cultures whose life philosophies’ differ markedly from our own.  I have observed that the happiest, healthiest and most successful people are those that have learned to use their minds to positively influence their thoughts and emotional state of being.

My passion for hypnotherapy was fueled following the development of chronic pain resulting from a serious injury.  The use of hypnosis enabled me to control the pain rather than the pain control me – it transformed my

Karen Hughes Hypnotherapist in Dunedin

life in many unexpected ways!  Being very aware of the wide reaching impacts that an injury can have on one’s life I was amazed at how the process seemed to practically ‘melt’ away all of the impacts. As a Research Scientist and Social Worker I was intrigued with the process and this fascination continues to grow daily as I witness the incredible changes in peoples lives.

Within my clinic I offer each person not only my skills and experience as a clinical hypnotherapist (having practiced in this field since 2011), but also my skills and considerable experience obtained from my strong psychology and social work background.  My professionalism and confidentiality is guaranteed!    I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy MNCH (Int.), a Senior Professional and Registered Member of Hypnosis NZ  and a Member of the ANZASW.

My aim is to assist others in unlocking the powerful tools that lie within them, thus enabling them to live the life that they feel is right for them.  Given my dedication with working alongside others to help them achieve the happiness that they seek and my passion for learning you will find my website is regularly updated with new techniques that I can offer.  I am fully certified and offering The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing where mothers can learn the process of giving birth in a calm and relaxed way – just as nature intended!   I also offer an amazing weight loss package in which clinical trials are currently showing a very high success rate!  For further information please go to ‘Weight Loss – The Virtual Gastric Band.

Given my passion for hypnotherapy and all that it offers, I am happy to give talks to community groups and organizations.



Associate Diploma of Education    Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia
Bachelor of Arts   University of Otago, NZ
Diploma for Graduates   University of Otago, NZ
Post Graduate Diploma in Social And Community Work   University of Otago, NZ
MSc (Psychology) 
Master Of Science (Psychology)   University of Otago, NZ
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma   UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences 
Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnotherapy   UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences  
Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming   NZ School of Professional Hypnotherapy  
SPMHNZ: Senior Professional Member of Hypnosis New Zealand/Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

Certified Anxiety Specialist    NZ School of Professional Hypnotherapy

Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner   HypnoBirthing Institute.  U.S.A

Certified Practitioner of the Virtual Gastric Band     UK

Educational Performance Practitioner    UK

Karen’s Memberships, Associates and Colleagues 

Member of ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers)

Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (Int.)

Hypnosis NZ: Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

SPMHNZ: Senior Professional Member of Hypnosis New Zealand/Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

New Zealand School of Professional Hypnotherapy  Ed Lester:  A Respected Hypnotherapist and Trainer.  Inventor of the Abundance Index.  Freephone 0800 POTENTIAL for more information.

Hypnosis New Zealand is brought to you by Grant Boddington: Registered Hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapist Trainer, Registered Master Hypnotist and Motivational Speaker. Freephone 0800 TRANCE for more information.


Karen Hughes Hypnotherapy Dunedin