Fears & Phobias

Fears and Phobias can be extremely debilitating, a fear of heights or enclosed spaces amongst many others, can have a negative effect on our every day lives.

Our minds can be re programmed to react to fear, or strong emotions generated when we encounter real danger by activating our flight or fight response – a reaction designed to ensure our survival in hostile environments.

A phobia is created when our mind generates a similar emotional reaction to something that poses no rational treat or danger, activating the flight or fight response. These responses can be as a result of a traumatic experience, but can also be generated as a result of our thoughts.

By reducing overall anxiety and desensitising the memory templates associated with the object of the phobia, which can be anything from the more common, such as spiders, enclosed spaces and flying to the unimaginably obscure, we can change the emotional response and therefore how the mind reacts.

By using hypnotherapy phobias can usually be dealt with in three to five sessions.

Back & Neck Pain

90% of people will sometime in their life suffer back pain and 67% will suffer from neck pain!

People just put up with having muscular aches and pains but why should they! It ceases to amaze me how many people come to me for treatment as a last resort having tolerated pain and discomfort for many years.

Neck and back pain can cause headaches, dont reach for the pills get it sorted naturally.

It is also worth remembering that our muscular and skeletal systems throughout our bodies are interconnected. For example, a person with an injury in one leg will often put more weight on the other causing them to move in an unnatural way. This can then damage muscles in other parts of the body.

With my extensive knowledge of how the body works I work on the whole body and not just the bit that hurts to get effective results.


“I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the neck and could hardly move my head from side to side; I also had pain inmy shoulders. In January 2007 this led me to Ann. After three sessions of massage and reflexology I could fully turn left and right, the pain was gone. It sounds over dramatic to say that Ann changed part of my life, but she was the catalyst for that change”-John (Bristol)

“You treat everyone as individual” – Joanna

“She has a professionalism and charisma that is second to none. You immediately feel at ease with her” – Mary

“I find that Ann recognises that often there is no one solution and is able to use her skills to provide an all round approach”- Audrey

“I always feel so much better afterwards! Ann is warm, friendly and approachable” – Jules

“After only two treatments I was a lot better. I call Ann as soon as I feel ill” – Joanna C

“My general health and well being has definitely improved”- Mary

“Anns mix of massage and reflexology helped my painful shoulder and inspired me to take up exercise again after a 15 year gap” – John

What is IBS?

IBS is generally described as a functional disorder of the gut, in other words it isnt working properly but there is no obvious physical reason.

The symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation, nausea, headaches, belching, poor appetite, backache, muscle pains, feeling quickly full and heartburn to name a few. It is estimated that up to 1 in 5 people in the UK will at some time suffer with IBS.

What causes it?
The general consensus from a conventional medical perspective is that the cause is unclear. There is a belief that it is related to over activity of parts of the gut, in some cases there are also possible links to food intolerances or infections and bacteria in the gut.

The cause of the over activity may be linked to the messages sent from the brain to the digestive system, the link between stress or emotional difficulties is well documented and is widely accepted as the main cause of IBS. Many people find that their IBS started following a stressful event and symptoms generally become worse in times of stress or anxiety.

How can it be relieved?
There is a deal of evidence that suggests that diet and lifestyle can help control or relieve symptoms, Kinesiology is an excellent method of identifying food intolerances, candida and toxicity within the body. It is generally believed that the most benefit can be gained from dealing with stress and anxiety. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I have often seen cases where by helping a client to deal with the cause of their anxiety the symptoms of their IBS will be reduced, in many cases disappear altogether. The same is often true of other stress related problems such as migraine, headaches and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema to name a few. Reduction in stress and anxiety can be achieved using a number of the therapies that we offer. The choice is yours!

Depression and Anxiety

Depression is becoming increasingly common in the western world and encompasses a wide range of symptoms. People suffering from depression may have some or all of these symptoms which include: a depressed mood (feeling sad or empty), loss of pleasure or interest, loss of energy, difficulty focusing, low self esteem, significant weight loss or gain, sleep problems, inability to concentrate, inappropriate thoughts of death.

It is widely accepted that negative thought is the root cause of depression. Hypnosis, combined with solution based therapy has proven to be extremely effective in helping with depression – by making positive changes we can help clients to escape from the shackles of negativity.

The emphasis is on helping you to understand how the mind works, why you feel the way you do and reducing anxiety through hypnosis. By helping you to deal with the causes, challenging your negative thought patterns, and helping you to rediscover how you want your life to be, we can work together to devise strategies to allow you to move forward in a positive way with hope and optimism.

I would normally expect to require 8 to 10 sessions for depression.

Anxiety and Stress are equally as common as depression, and share a common cause in our negative thought patterns.

In today’s society we all encounter a degree of stress, and providing the levels are not too high we can deal with it, however when the levels become too high we are not able to cope, causing reactions such as panic attacks, IBS, headaches, OCD, skin disorders, infertility, loss of confidence and self-esteem and much more.

Anxiety is something that we can learn to control, by understanding how the mind works and changing the negative thought patterns, hypnotherapy can reduce the effects of anxiety considerably.
On average this requires 6 to 8 sessions.