There’s a lot to love about being in your twenties and thirties but there’s also a whole bunch of new experiences to navigate and a cocktail of negative feelings that can come with it. I’ve not just “been there, done that and got the anxiety-stained t-shirt”, I’m still riding that wave with you! I just so happen to also be a qualified and experienced Cognitive Hypnotherapist and have learned a wealth of tools and techniques that can make it more of an adventure than an endurance course.
Having transformed stress, anxiety, low-confidence and self-doubt in my own life, I love helping other professionals to overcome them in theirs. We all experience these to some extent, but when they leave you feeling in survival mode, it’s time to do something about them. No-one can agree on definitions for these experiences, but on this page you’ll read my beliefs about what they are and what we can do about them.
When emotional or mental pressures become too much to cope with, we experience stress. The corporate world often demands more of us than we can comfortably handle and on top of that you may also experience internal stressors such as unrealistic expectations of yourself or negative thought patterns. It is possible to experience challenge without discomfort. It is also possible to change your unconscious response to stressors so life becomes easier to handle. I will help you release your pressure valve and develop new mind strategies to limit the build-up of stress in the future.
Anxiety is a fear of what will happen in the future. It may be focussed on a specific event or a broader fear of what lies ahead. Either way, anxiety is about something in front of you that feels scary because of a belief you’ve developed from what’s behind you. The unconscious mind serves to protect you so your anxiety has a positive intention, we just need to understand what it’s trying to protect you from so you can learn new responses that serve you better. I will help you identify the root cause of your anxiety and guide you to transform the meaning you took from it. We’ll then help you develop tools and strategies to live the life you want free of that old feeling.
I don’t believe confidence is an innate personality trait or a fixed characteristic. I believe it is a feeling and state of mind that can be developed. Low confidence can come from: your perspective about previous experiences, a concern about being judged, a fear of the unknown, a lack of experience, and many more limiting beliefs. With the knowledge of where your low confidence stems from we can help you access new internal resources that will enable you to go out there and get what you want from life. Confidence is an inside job, and once developed can bring with it the wonderful feeling of knowing you will be ok whatever comes your way.
Is the voice in your head your cheerleader or your worst critic? Many of my clients identify with having a negative inner voice that fills them with doubt and makes them question their worth and abilities. This doubt can leave us feeling like an imposter who will get caught out as not worthy of our position, or can stop us from going for opportunities that might expose our weaknesses. Self-doubt thrives on being an inner experience and can cause us to develop unhelpful habits of mind. We’ll deal with the underlying cause of the doubt and I’ll coach you towards achieving those things you’d love to if that doubt was no longer present. I’d love to help you transform doubt in to positive fuel that drives you forward.
How we will achieve change
My approach is rooted in Cognitive Hypnotherapy which draws on recent discoveries from Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology, Cognitive theory and NLP. It utilises the natural trance states we flow in and out of every day to help you make long-lasting change at an unconscious level. It also incorporates coaching so you don’t feel at a loss when you leave behind old thought patterns, but instead feel clear and motivated about your new life without them.
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For an introduction to how Cognitive Hypnotherapy works, have a watch of this short animation.
“QCH may offer a brief effective treatment for clients with clinically significant levels of anxiety and/or depression, widening client choice.”
Mental Health Review Journal September 2015
For information about the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Research Project, click here.