Hypnotherapy for anxiety and stress

Hypnotherapy for anxiety and stress

Hypnosis for stress, anxiety, sleep issues and more.

I am an experienced Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist BA Hons (Oxon) DSFH HPD MNCH (Reg) CNHC practising Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Bristol and online.  

It is such a privilege to be able to help my clients ease their stress and anxiety, improve the quality of their sleep, and calm distressing phobias. I often reflect on how lucky I am to be in a profession that supports individuals of all ages and walks of life to start to take back control, and regain their sense of calm, confidence and purpose. 

Hypnotherapy sessions available online

For years now I have been working with clients online via platforms such as Skype, WhatsApp and Zoom.  I know from experience that the therapeutic benefits of online sessions are equal to those gained from face to face work.  Research backs this up, and it is great to be able to offer high quality, continuity of care to all my clients when face to face sessions aren’t possible.

I have recorded the video below in Zoom to show you exactly how I would appear on a screen during a hypnotherapy session. I explain how to make the most of an online therapy session, and give some top tips on how to choose the right therapist for you. 

Who do I help?

I am able to help clients of all ages and backgrounds learn how to calm chronic anxiety and panic attacks; ease social anxiety; manage exam nerves; learn how to think clearly under stress; sleep better; build low confidence and self-esteem; aid weight management; and address phobias such as public speaking, flying, spiders and more.

I love to work with everyone: professionals to help them sleep better, manage stress, and improve their capacity to lead with calm, confidence and impact; elite athletes to improve performance; doctors, researchers, and teachers struggling with anxiety and depression; students and young people seeking to overcome self-doubt and exam nerves; mothers returning to work; and retirees struggling with their own personal set of challenges… and of course so many more. Click here for a list of examples or email me at amy@the-executive-alchemist.co.uk.

"Since seeing Amy my life has changed, everything seems so much clearer and lighter."

Since seeing Amy my life has changed, everything seems so much clearer and lighter. I never knew I had so much control over my mood and how I reacted to situations, I genuinely feel like a different person. Something that would have made me a stressed and anxious mess 2 months ago, now excites me and I look forward to the challenge. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!! 

Accounts Assistant, Bristol

“I wouldn't be able to sleep as well as I do now”

Amy is the type of coach/therapist that you instantly click with – warm, compassionate and caring. Which is exactly what you want when going through personal and mental health development. I wouldn’t be able to sleep as well as I do now if I hadn’t completed a course of therapy with her. Even though it has finished, she still checks in with me and stays in touch.

Alex, Bristol

“The sessions I have had with Amy have been invaluable in helping me through a situation that was dangerously close to overwhelming me.”

She has also helped me combat my biggest fear of public speaking, a phobia that was really starting to impede on my career development.  

I now feel confident that I can cope with anything that I previously would have considered petrifying and no matter how stressful a situation may first seem I know I can now deal with it stress-free.  

Amy’s knowledge and understanding of her subject makes her an exceptional therapist and has given me confidence that with her help I could overcome any stress, fear or anxiety.

Trainee Solicitor, Bristol

Why Hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy is a modern, evidence-based approach to help clients achieve the positive changes they seek to their thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and behaviours.  

This gentle, skilled talking therapy combines hypnosis with practical, accessible insights from leading brain research explaining how the brain works, why we can suffer as we do, and what we can do about it. 

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the induction of a natural, deeply relaxed state, where our internal resistance and concerns are suspended, and we are able to achieve a gentle but focused attention on the positive outcomes we seek. In this state we are open to suggestions to increase our capacity to take action to achieve the changes we wish for, whilst always remaining in control and being able to choose what we want or don’t want to think or believe. 

A Solution-Focused Approach

As a clinical hypnotherapist, I am solution-focused in my approach, helping clients identify their desired outcomes for our work together, rather than encouraging them to ruminate on the problems and issues which have caused them so much pain in the past, and brought them to see me. 

I support clients to develop their capacity to relax and enjoy the benefits of hypnosis, and also draw on best practice from a range of established sister-disciplines including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), positive psychology, mindfulness, meditation, solution focused therapy, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). 

Evidence of how hypnotherapy can help

Hypnotherapy has been recognised by the British Psychological Society as beneficial in a wide range of conditions.  A recent Clinical Review of research by the British Medical Journal found “there is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety.”  It goes on to confirm “hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behaviour therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety…. [and is] of value in asthma and in irritable bowel syndrome.” (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349). 

The neuroplasticity of the brain and positive, lasting change

As your hypnotherapist, it is my responsibility to work with you to create an environment in which you can do your best thinking. The natural neuroplasticity of the brain means that with repetition of new ways of thinking and behaving, new neural pathways grow and strengthen, changing at a cellular level the way we experience the world.  

Hypnosis enhances this work, reinforcing our ability to build on our strengths, and take tiny manageable steps towards our desired outcomes. I will support you to connect to and strengthen your understanding and capacity to do things differently and achieve positive, lasting change.

“Working with Amy has enhanced my life in so many different ways.”

Before I began working with Amy, I was exhausted and in an extremely fragile state physically and emotionally having become a single parent with a young child.  As we worked together she helped me understand what was happening in my life and how my brain was reacting to these stresses. She helped my come up with achievable strategies to move forward in small achievable steps.  I loved the theory, science and neurology that Amy explained clearly and repeatedly during our sessions. Now, nearly 2 years on, I regularly sleep for at least 7 hours a night, which I can’t ever remember doing before and have a whole bucketful of strategies to manage the stresses that try and interrupt my now happy life.  

I wholeheartedly recommend Amy’s work and know that I wouldn’t be the person I am now without the work we did together.

Speech therapist and single mum

What should I expect in a typical hypnotherapy session?

I offer all clients a free initial consultation, to give you the opportunity to get a flavour of how I work, and for me to understand how you would like hypnotherapy to help you. There will be no hypnosis at this session; instead I will give you a complimentary copy of my relaxation track to listen to as often as you wish (but not whilst driving or using machinery!).  I will recommend a course of sessions designed to meet your needs best.

Each subsequent session will be up to sixty minutes long.   

Typically, we will start with finding the positives from the week: even if it has been terrible, I will support you to identify the strengths and resources you have used to get through it.  

We will explore how the brain works, why we can struggle as we do, and what we can do about it. I will help you find practical and manageable – usually tiny, yet important – solutions, to build momentum and move you towards your chosen goals.  

We will finish each session with a relaxation trance: using gentle music, restful language patterns, and positive images and metaphors, I will guide you to a natural, relaxed state and support you to start to find and embed the positive changes you seek in your thinking and behaviours.

Do watch the video above, to give you a flavour of how it would feel to work online with me.

How can I help you today?

Call or text me direct on 07557 911 606 or email amy@the-executive-alchemist.co.uk.

Alternatively fill in a contact form here or book a free initial consultation here.

I see clients online via The Family Practice’s telehealth service, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime.  

For face to face sessions, I run a busy clinic at The Family Practice, 116 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NL, and have limited availability at The Practice Rooms, 55 Queen Square in central Bristol too.

I can help with:

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Low confidence and self-esteem

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Exam performance

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Public speaking

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Phobias

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Weight management

Price

Free, no-obligation, one-hour initial consultation, including a relaxation MP3 track.

£65 per session (£50 for concessions and low income); or payment in advance of £600/£450 for ten sessions.  

“I feel much more in control and am much happier”

I originally went to see Amy in the hope that she might be able to help me improve my poor sleeping habits but before the end of the first session I realised that it wasn’t just about sleep, it was about how I handle stress and anxiety in all areas of my life.  

Amy’s basis of treatment is an understanding of what’s happening in the brain in times of stress, which helped me realise how I needed to change my approach to thinking about stress in order to work with my brain rather than against it.  By focusing on positive thoughts and unpicking my tendency to catastrophise, I was able to complete a major work project without succumbing to stress-related illness, and by practising Amy’s techniques regularly, I was able to let go of the anxiety I had built up around going to sleep.  

These techniques have now become part of my everyday routine, and they give me a comforting sense of being able to cope with new challenges as they present themselves.  I feel much more in control, and am much happier.

Senior Surveyor and Evaluator

“I would thoroughly recommend Amy”

My work as a CEO is very challenging at the best of times. I started seeing Amy when the juggle of my demanding job with a very busy home life started to affect all aspects of my life and I was finding it  extremely difficult to focus and identify a way forward at home or at work. Working with Amy worked amazingly. Within a few sessions I had started to sleep through the night again and learnt how to relax. This had an incredible affect and things which previously felt like a major chore once again became a challenge to be overcome or a problem to be solved.  I would thoroughly recommend Amy.

CEO and mum of two

"Sessions are a great mix of learning, growth and development"

Amy is such a wonderful coach / therapist / person who you just instantly feel so at ease with. She listens, is compassionate, understanding and caring and just absolutely is filled with positivity. She’s everything (and more) that I’d want in someone who you go through personal development with. Sessions are a great mix of learning, growth and development which is really beneficial knowing the ins and outs of how the brain works. Even though the sessions have finished she still checks in which is so much appreciated.

Adi, Bristol

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