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Amanda is a Clinical Hypnotherapist.
A specialist in Weight Reduction. In addition offering treatments for insomnia, help to stop smoking, and more.



Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear. While a natural response to stress, anxiety can vary in severity. Mild anxiety is something we will all experience, but when these feelings start to affect our daily lives, it can be indicative of an anxiety disorder. There are several different techniques and tools that can help with anxiety, one of which is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to seek the root cause of the problem and change your relationship with anxiety. Most of us know how it feels to be stressed, worried or nervous about something. Usually, these feelings are fleeting and they disappear as quickly as they appear. For those with anxiety, however, these feelings last longer and can be much more intense. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may find that you avoid certain situations because you’re worried it will trigger these feelings for you. This can make everyday tasks difficult and hold you back from doing the things you want. 


What is anxiety?

We, humans, have evolved to protect ourselves. One of the ways we do that is through the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ reaction. If our brains perceive a threat or danger, it releases hormones to prepare us to run away, fight, or freeze. These hormones include adrenaline and cortisol, and they make us feel more vigilant of what’s happening. They also make our hearts beat faster, so blood is sent where it’s needed the most when we’re under attack. It’s a great system, but as society has developed, we have less need for it. For many of us, the system gets activated when there is no physical danger present. For example, this response may be triggered by our manager asking us to add another task to our to-do list. We then end up internalising the feelings and find ourselves sitting at our desks, with our hearts pounding, with no idea how to make it stop. Anxiety becomes a mental health problem when it starts affecting daily life. You may be very easily

Stop smoking

Stop Smoking

Why do people smoke?


The great majority of people who chose to smoke began their habit when in early teens, often to fit in with peer groups at school, or influenced by siblings or parents. I say “chose to smoke” because it is also known that the majority of current smokers, certainly those who are reading this, would not make that decision to smoke if they could choose today. A habit not an addiction Smoking is a habit, just a habit, with a little influence from an addictive chemical, Nicotine, with a half-life of about one hour. This means that you suffer from the withdrawal effects quite quickly, many people less than an hour. This is where you lose the choice to make changes.


The body “craves” the comfort of the status quo of nicotine. There is a slight “hit” in the early days of smoking, but after a while, you smoke just to be in the same relaxed state that you would have been if you had never smoked in the first place. Does that sound familiar? Smoking “relaxes” you because the withdrawal symptoms cause you stress, alleviated by more smoking, but which is stress you wouldn’t have if you didn’t smoke! A vicious circle. Any other stresses in your life become involved with the release of stress by the action of smoking, giving the illusion that smoking relieves stress. Smoke for the sake of it sometimes? Probably! Most smokers do. This is to keep your nicotine levels up. This may sound scary and insurmountable, but the power of your nicotine habit pales into insignificance compared to the power of your imagination! How do you Quit Smoking? Basically, between us, we will break down the behaviour patterns that cause you to want to smoke, using your imagination.


Sounds complicated? Yes, but it isn’t really! You and tobacco created these behaviour patterns, so, with Hypnosis, you can easily undo them. You are constantly changing your behaviour, either consciously or subconsciously. Maybe you decide to change your routine in the morning. Decide to have a piece of toast rather than cereal. Take a new route to work. You have that choice, and its not usually a problem.


The reduction of nicotine in the bloodstream sets up a minor stress response that causes you to think you need more nicotine to relieve that stress. It is a subconscious habit, and the subconscious wants its reward, which was originally, feelings of self-esteem. How does it Feel? In the Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy session, I talk you into a Trance state. This is absolutely nothing to be anxious of, and you will recognise the sensation immediately, as it’s just like those times when you drift away into a daydream. Very, very relaxing. In fact, its one of the most pleasantly relaxing experiences you can have, and a fantastic stress buster, just on its own! Your mind can wonder anywhere it likes. Think of it as a short mental holiday. Some of the time you can be listening, but it is not necessary. I am talking to your subconscious, so it doesn’t matter what your conscious mind does. Time to Quit? If you genuinely want to give up, then your imagination and subconscious mind will switch sides and allow you to. With the help of Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy, new Neural Pathways are created, which in essence, are new thought patterns, bypassing the old ones. This is not new age babble, it is a physiological fact. If you’ve got to this stage in the story, then you are probably motivated enough to be seriously thinking of becoming a non-smoker.


However, you may be afraid of failing and/or afraid of succeeding!


You know, and have, the reasons for becoming a non-smoker. You will if you want to. It is not as hard as you think. Lungs full of fresh clean air become more exhilarating than lungs full of smoke. Think of the buzz of taking back control, breath deep, and feel proud! In a short while, it will seem incredible to you that you ever used to smoke!



Can Hypnotherapy help with Insomnia?


Nearly everyone has, at some time in their lives, had periods of experiencing less than optimal sleep. There are many causes of Insomnia and it may be a good idea to discuss any issue with your GP. However, if your lack of sleep has no medically related cause, it may be linked to stress, anxiety or background worry that causes the subconscious mind to be “on alert”, with the associated raised adrenaline and cortisol levels. This can make it very difficult indeed to fall asleep easily. It can also cause nocturnal waking periods where it can be difficult to drift away again, as I’m sure you have noticed if you’re reading this.


This pattern can easily become habituated within the mind, or it becomes “normalised”, even long after any stressors or worries have passed. It is often the case that the more you try to bring on sleep, the further it drifts away. The more you worry and stress about trying to sleep, the more difficult it is to achieve. The worry and stress simply reinforce the adrenaline/cortisol response. Cortisol is one of the main hormones that assist in waking you up in the morning! Falling asleep is not something you need to think about consciously. In fact, it is better to let nature do its thing. This is where Insomnia Hypnotherapy, which is inherently relaxing, can help. I can help you re-set the mind-body system to return to a natural pattern that you were born with. I’m not saying you will sleep like a baby, rather, de-stress about it and simply relax.

Fears and Phobias

Fears and Phobias

Hypnotherapy for phobias is proven to be effective for adults and children. A phobia is a real fear. It is irrational, persistent, and unreasonable. Clammy hands, heart palpitations, jelly legs; many people experience discomfort around things that frighten them, but when it disrupts your enjoyment of life and you start to feel out of control, it needs to be addressed.


  • Hypnotherapy for phobias is highly successful. If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the following statements, you can beat your phobia with hypnotherapy:

  • I feel embarrassed and ashamed of the power my phobia has over me

  • I avoid specific situations so I won’t have to face my fear

  • I create elaborate coping strategies in order to minimise the impact of my phobia

  • I feel that my phobia gets in the way of me enjoying life

  • My phobia makes me panic and feel anxious

  • My phobia disrupts my family life

  • I’m worried that my phobia might ‘rub off’ on my children If you are sick and tired of the impact your phobia has on your life, I can help you rid yourself of that phobia for good. Phobias can be treated with hypnotherapy All phobias can be treated with hypnotherapy. I have worked with people with unusual and unique fears. I’ve helped them to beat their phobia and move on with their lives.

  • There are many different types of phobias. Some of the most common include:

  • Claustrophobia

  • Flying

  • Dogs/Cats 

  • Wasps/Bees

  • Lifts

  • Heights

  • Spiders

  • Being Sick

  • Needles

  • Motorway driving

  • Public speaking/fear of social situations

Success in treating phobias with hypnosis


The key to successful treatment is to understand the root of your phobia, the events that triggered it, and what your physical or emotional response is. Once I understand this I can tailor the hypnosis session to you as an individual. How many hypnotherapy sessions will it take to get rid of my phobia? Effective treatment usually takes three sessions, depending on the complexity of your phobia.

Phobia programme cost - £65 per session. 

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