The initial consultation.
The initial consultation is one hour. We will discuss your concerns and what you would like to gain from the sessions. This information remains confidential between us. I will explain how your brain works, what hypnotherapy is and how it can help. We’ll also discuss how the subsequent sessions will be structured and what is expected of you. I’ll give you an idea of how many sessions you may require.
You'll be given a relaxation track to listen to at bedtime. This supports the positivity created during the sessions, allowing you to relax, de-stress and sleep better. This in turn will create the circumstances for you to make good decisions that move you towards your desired goal.
The number of sessions required for each issue will vary according to its intensity and your level of commitment to change.
Commonly 6 to 12 sessions will really effect change, and strengthen your path to success.
However, phobia treatment can require just four sessions and smoking cessation is one extended (2 hour) session.
Your progress will be regularly reviewed, to ensure you’re happy with the process.
** As of 12th April 2021 appointments may be held in person, with Covid-19 precautions **
Alternatively, sessions may be conducted online via Zoom.
For in person appointments a covid status check is carried out 24 hours prior, temperature of the client and therapist is taken on arrival, hand sanitiser is used, the office is sanitised between clients, the chairs are at a 2 metre distance.
I wear a PPE and I will be testing weekly with a lateral flow test.
Risk assessments are carried out each time there is a change in government policy, which will be communicated to clients.
If you are medium or high risk for Covid-19 I recommend online sessions only.
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The issues below give you a guideline of how hypnotherapy can help.
Making small changes to self-defeating behaviour and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.
I’m happy to have a chat before you book in, if you have any questions.
Anxiety has many facets – it could be you’re worrying a lot about your life, your family or your health. You may have lost confidence in your decision making, presentation skills or career path. Perhaps you're suffering with an unbearable amount of stress due to work or financial pressures. You might be nervous of meeting new people, anxious in unfamiliar situations, taking your driving test or an exam. Or maybe you’re unable to cope with the loss of a loved one, driving on a motorway, or stepping into a lift.
It may feel as if you’re in a spiral of anxiety, each time you think about it whatever’s bothering you, the negative thoughts create more anxiety and panic, you overthink, you feel upset and scared.
Book your free initial consultation, where you’ll understand how the brain works, and how Hypnotherapy can really help you to focus on the positives in your life and re-programme your neural pathways to make lasting changes.
Subsequent sessions will consist of positive talking and hypnosis, which will enable you to become more able to cope in times of stress, and the many physical symptoms of anxiety and stress lessen: such as IBS, migraines, nail biting, and obsessive-compulsive behaviours.
DEPRESSION OR LOW MOOD
If you are feeling low, it can rob you of your joy for life. You may be finding it difficult to maintain a job or opting out of activities that you used to enjoy, like life is too much effort. You may be feeling constantly tired, unable to concentrate, be sleeping poorly, and not be able to see a solution or even be bothered to look for one.
Book your free initial consultation - and I will explain how the brain works in relation to depression, and show you how Hypnotherapy is a really helpful tool to shift your focus onto the positives in your life, however small to begin with. Subsequent sessions will re-train your brain to think more positively, and build your motivation and confidence bit by bit, until you are once again doing those things you used to enjoy: socialising, getting back to work, maybe just picking up the phone to call a friend or taking the dog out for a walk… little changes bring about bigger changes!
Anger is often borne out of frustration. Why are you not listening to me? Why do you behave that way? Why isn’t my life the way it’s supposed to be? Why is that idiot driving like that? If your stress levels are generally high, it doesn’t take much to tip you over the edge, which may cause damage to your relationships at home and at work.
Book a free initial consultation to find out how the brain works, how it can unintentionally sabotage us, why the instinct to become angry is there, and how Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way to relax, de-stress and focus on all the great things that make you smile. As we go through sessions we work on small steps forward, enabling life to be seen through a more positive lens. Sessions will focus on relaxation and de-stressing, and could include specific things such as confidence building.
CALM PREGNANCY & BIRTH
To help with a calm Pregnancy and Childbirth, we will look at techniques that you can use at home during pregnancy and throughout the whole birthing process. We will also look to understand the birthing process and in particular the impact modern birth culture has had on our perspective of childbirth and how we can help you regain a more natural perspective.
In addition, if you have a phobia or even PTSD created by childbirth, there is a technique to help reduce the fear, and allow you to feel more in control of your future experiences.
If you have an obsessive, compulsive urge to do something excessively, you may feel like it controls you, and so many areas of your life. You may not be able to prepare food without fear of germs infecting yourself or others; leaving the house may be almost impossible if you can’t be sure all the taps and electric plugs are off, or if windows and doors are locked. You may have a terrible fear that you’ve thrown something important away and so you can’t dispose of your rubbish like everyone else appears to do so easily. Maybe you have physical ticks that are exacerbated by stressful situations.
Book a free initial consultation to find out how the brain works in relation to OCD, and how Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way to relieve stress, reduce your anxiety and give you control back in your life.
The horror of experiencing flashbacks may give you physical feelings as if you were right back there in that traumatic time again. You may be struggling to cope with the memory of being in a life-threatening situation as a service man or woman; you may have come close to death in an accident or illness; or been involved in a dreadful violent act; you may have disturbing memories of incidents as a firefighter, police officer or paramedic; you may have had a traumatic experience whilst giving birth.
Book a free initial consultation to find out how the brain works in relation to PTSD, and how Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way of reducing the anxiety around that particular event, allowing you to cope so much better, feel happier and ultimately move forward with your life in a positive way.
What are you scared of?
Common fears are spiders, snakes, flying, heights – mine was giving blood!
It can be so debilitating to live in fear of something, experiencing physical symptoms such as nausea, sweating and palpitations just by thinking about it. Add to that the confusion and annoyance that others don’t find your phobia frightening too.
Book a free initial consultation to find out how phobias are created and perpetuated by the brain, and how Hypnotherapy can re-programme your fear and remove it. It may only take 4 sessions, and that particular phobia won’t return.
Our modern-day lives are stressful. We may not have the time, resources or skills to cook nutritious meals.
Add that to the fact we’re bombarded by messages to eat and drink the all too available convenience products that are high in sugar, salt and fat. It’s a global epidemic, a recipe for weight gain which causes many illnesses such as diabetes and heart conditions.
Diets don’t work!
You know that because you’ve tried many / several / all!
Book a free initial consultation to find out how our brains work when subjected to stress, how the physiology of our bodies works against us when trying to control our weight, and how Hypnotherapy can help with weight management by de-stressing, re-training your brain into a more positive state, and allowing you to make good decisions that fit your goals.
Have you had an injury that’s left you with chronic pain such as stiffness, aching or burning? Do you suffer from ME, MS or Fybromyalgia? If you suffer from unexplained aches or chronic pain, you may feel as if you're struggling to cope, and feel really down and worried.
Book a free initial consultation to understand how the brain processes pain signals, and how Hypnotherapy can harness the power of serotonin to reduce inflammation in your body, lessening your feelings of pain, and making a real difference in your ability to cope with and enjoy life.
If you suffer with poor sleep, you will perhaps already know it affects your mood, concentration and sense of wellbeing. There are other health issues that can be associated with poor sleep, such as blood pressure, heart disease, weight management, memory function, stress management and even Alzheimer's.
Book in for a free initial consultation, and I will show you how Hypnotherapy can help you become more relaxed, more in control and get you on the path to sleeping better, and feeling better.
Are you looking to improve your performance in a competitive sport?
If you’d like to find out how Hypnotherapy can help you improve your golf handicap, beat your opponent at snooker, or reliably score that penalty, book your free initial consultation. We can reduce your anxiety surrounding the performance and focus your attention on the achievements that you deserve.
If you have the absolute determination to stop and to become a non-smoker, I can definitely help you.
In one double session (2 hours) we will discuss why you want to give up, review the dangers of smoking, highlight the benefits to your health of stopping, and even why you like smoking. Then you will relax deeply into a trance where positive suggestions are given to support your decision to stop smoking. It’s a totally non-judgemental process. I want you to find your intent – when you say “no thanks” to a cigarette and are totally fine with it, in fact you’ll be really happy and proud of yourself for maintaining quitting. No need to come back for top up’s – you’re a non-smoker now!
Specially designed sessions for children from around the age of 8 years can help with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, exam worries, OCD, eating disorders and phobias. We work to reduce anxiety, provide relaxation and encourage a positive, solution focused perspective.
Contact me to find out more about how we can work together to get your child back to their former happy self, cope with life changes and deal with challenges in a positive way. Concessionary prices are offered for children's hypnotherapy sessions.
STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Work is a necessity for most of us, but stress, anxiety and overwhelm needn’t be.
If you’re coping well with daily stress, you’ll make good decisions, have great rapport with your team, and be a positive member of a mentally healthy workplace, where productivity is at its best, staff absenteeism is low and morale is high, due to increased well-being and mindfulness.
Sessions provide a detailed explanation of how anxiety, depression and anger issues are created, and give tools to bring about positive, long lasting change. Guided relaxation gives the participant much needed time to relax, refresh and re-charge their busy brains, and prevent mental health issues before they arise.
Sessions can be bespoke, tailored to your industry and the areas you’d like to focus on. I can provide one-to-one sessions or group sessions for staff, supervisors and managers, and company owners.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS ONLINE VIA ZOOM
I will talk you through the basics of mental health awareness, so you:
✅ Know what mental health is and why people develop mental health conditions
✅ Know how to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a suspected mental health condition
✅ Know how to recognise and manage stress.
✅ Know how to recognise a range of mental health conditions.
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