Hypnotherapy in Cheltenham

If you’ve got a problem in your life that you’ve tried to overcome but not succeeded, there’s a very good chance that a personal hypnosis session will help you.

Issues that hypnotherapy can help with include:

  • Fears & phobias: fears are part of our survival protection mechanism. Back in early evolutionary times they were part of what helped us to survive and thrive as a species. And that can still be the case – fear can stop us from doing something dumb. But there are also instances where fear can hold us back and hypnosis can help you overcome your phobia quickly. So whether it’s one of the “regular” fears such as flying, heights, etc or whether it’s a less common fear, hypnosis can help.
  • Self confidence & self esteem: it’s easy to dent your confidence and once part of your self confidence and self esteem has been chipped away it’s possible to fall into a downward spiral. You may not know you’re doing this until your confidence has dipped further than you can sort out on your own. A hypnosis session can help boost your self esteem fast.
  • Success management: most people would like to be more successful in life. Whether that’s a specific area (maybe work or a sport) or just life in general, success management hypnosis is a good way to get your mind on board and help it to focus on the success that you know you deserve.
  • Stress management: modern life can be stressful, There are so many pressures, so many things to do and not enough hours in the day to do them justice. If you don’t relax often enough (and that could just be a 10 minute break from the screen once in a while or it could be a deliberate relaxation session such as yoga or meditation) then the stress builds up. Some stress is useful but too much, too often, can cause all sorts of different problems. We all handle stress differently but if you think it’s building up too much, either find a way to relax more often or book a hypnosis session to help manage your stress.
  • Exam nerves: school seems to have turned into a never ending treadmill of exams. And there are usually more exams waiting after you leave, whether they’re at college, work, a driving test (which is an exam by a different name) and more. The calmer you are when you sit down to take an exam, the better. Obviously revision and practice are needed as well but they don’t help if you’re quivering with nerves when the actual exam begins. Hypnosis can help you get in the zone for your exams and help calm your nerves.
  • Weight loss hypnosis: almost two thirds of UK adults are classified as overweight or obese. It’s a major problem with our Western way of life and we’re not getting any slimmer. If you’ve identified a need for weight loss then I’ll tailor a hypnosis session precisely for your needs – whether you want to eat a low carb diet for the forseeable future, need to lose weight fast before an event like a holiday or a party, want to wean yourself off those late night refrigerator raids, be able to look a bar of chocolate in the eye without gaining pounds or any other reason you’ve got that means you need to get slimmer.
  • Healthy eating: we’ll talk initially to find out what your idea of healthy eating is (so we’re not at cross purposes because there are so many views on this). Then your hypnosis session will be precisely tailored to help you eat healthier more often and cope with the occasional lapse without the sky falling.
  • Health issues: a lot of our health is in our minds. It sounds odd and obviously there are times when you need to visit a doctor or a hospital. But a lot of lesser (but still very important) health issues can be helped with hypnosis. Even if you think that hypnotism is just a placebo (which is fine because placebos often work as well as the drug they’re being tested against and have even been known to give the same symptoms and side effects). If there’s an area of your health that you’d like to improve, chances are that hypnosis can help.
  • Addiction: whether it’s sugar, that extra glass of wine, tobacco, caffeine or anything else that we seem to manage to get ourselves addicted to, hypnosis can work with your subconscious mind to help you bring your addiction back under your control.
  • Fear of flying: this is often a combination of lots of different fears. You’re locked up in a small space (claustrophobia) in a cabin full of strangers and you’re higher off the ground than even the mightiest bird. Add in the fact that you’re not in control of the events that are taking place and it’s no wonder that people have a fear of flying. Hypnosis can work wonders – I had a report recently that someone I’d hypnotised to get over their phobia of flying had happily taken a flight from the UK to the far side of the USA and enjoyed themselves on board.
  • Relationship problems: relationships can be fragile and are easy to take for granted. Often it’s the small things not the bigger (often more easily forgiveable) things that mount up and break the back of a relationship. Hypnosis can help you stop doing some of those seemingly inconsequential things that have big consequences.
  • Relaxation: something a lot of us reserve for “later” but that time never comes. Even men are multitasking more often (or at least trying to) and the number of people who are on their phone while they’re walking around town (smartphone zombies) or watching a show is on the increase. Some theatres are thinking about installing laser pointers to show up their patrons who’d rather be on their phone than watch the play or concert. If you need to relax more often, hypnosis can help you make the time available and get yourself into a relaxed state so that you get some excellent and refreshing chill time.
  • Anger management: if you get riled by things too often, it could be worth getting help to manage your anger rather than let it manage you. Doing that should help you and the people around you who won’t have to suffer from your outbursts anywhere near as often.
  • Sports performance: there’s often very little difference between the winner and the runner up in individual events; team events are more collaborative but still rely on their team members. Sports performance hypnosis can help you to become more in the zone and perform better. Whether it’s slowing down that cricket ball and making it beach ball size (that’s what top players do in their mind) or rehearsing hitting every single hole in the 18 you’re about to play (Tiger Woods did that when his attention wasn’t being distracted in other matters) or any other aspect of sport, hypnosis can help you to perform better.
  • Social anxiety: if you feel awkward when you’re in a group of strangers – whether they’re just random strangers when you’re shopping or out and about or whether you’re in a room filled with people you don’t really know – then you may be suffering from social anxiety. Hypnosis can help you to deal with this rationally and even start to enjoy mixing with other people.
  • Depression and anxiety: depression can be difficult to deal with – for some people it’s with them almost all the time, for other people it comes and goes. Anxiety works the same way. If your condition gets too serious then obviously you’d speak to your doctor but if you need help getting to that stage or help reducing your dependency on the drugs that are often prescribed then it’s worth investigating a hypnotherapy session.
  • Be more assertive: if you’re always being used as a door mat by other people then it’s time to stand up for yourself more often! This can link in with low self confidence and self esteem issues. And it can be worth starting relatively gently unless you and the people you’re close to are ready for a radical change in a short space of time.
  • Fear of success: this is a bit like success management except instead of aiming for success you’re pushing it away. Fear of success can affect lots of areas of life and can be general (near enough everything you do) or specific (affecting a few areas of your life) but you can address those issues with hypnotism.
  • Drinking less alcohol: it’s recommended that we drink less alcohol than we’ve historically done as a nation. The guidelines vary (and you may prefer to follow the ones from a different country with different limits!) as does whether some types of alcohol (red wine for instance) are better than others. You’ll get a tailored hypnosis session that fits in with whatever you’re trying to do to cut down on your alcohol consumption.
  • Public speaking: whether it’s a short speech at a wedding, a presentation at work or anywhere else where you have to stand up in front of a group of other people, public speaking can be nerve racking. Even professional entertainers aren’t immune and they’re on stage more often than most of us. Relaxing can help, as can slowing down (even though you think you want to race through your speech to get over it) and rehearsing is important. All those factors and more can be covered in a hypnosis session to help you speak more confidently in public.
  • Sleep problems: if you’re finding it hard to get to sleep or difficult to wake up in the morning or are tossing and turning and getting a restless night’s sleep at best, you can get a better night’s sleep with the help of hypnosis.
  • And much more: if you think about something on a regular or even intermittent basis then there’s a good chance that hypnosis can help you deal with it better. Give me a call or drop me an email to find out more.

Personal hypnosis in Cheltenham

Cheltenham hypnotherapy, hypnosis and NLPWhether you need hypnosis to overcome a fear or phobia, dealing with grief, help managing pain, a boost in your confidence levels or hypnosis to help you overcome a habit, a personal hypnotherapy session could provide the solutions you have been looking for to help you move forward in your life.

I have been helping people overcome difficulties in their lives for many years and have been trained in both hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Most people start with a 30 minute hypnosis session.

We’ll have a chat at the start to find out exactly what you want from your session. Quite often this chat will uncover something that lies deeper than the issue you first called me about or that’s related to it in some way.

I’ll explain how the hypnosis session works. Don’t worry – you won’t be running round like a chicken or any of the other tricks that you’ve seen on TV and stage hypnosis. We’ll cover any questions you have. If you’d like to bring a friend or partner with you, that’s fine by me.

Hypnosis works – even if you think you can’t be hypnotised or have been told that by someone else. (If you’ve ever had a day dream then you’ve already managed to hypnotise yourself.)

To get you into a hypnotic trance, I’ll start by getting you to relax deeply – a lot of people find that this is the most relaxed they’ve been for years. Once you’re nicely relaxed and in a deep hypnotic trance, I’ll start to work on the problems we’ve identified.

This part of the hypnosis session is where the changes start to happen and it will be tailored to whatever we discussed at the start of the session. Naturally everything is kept confidential between us.

Most things your body does are on autopilot – you don’t tell your heart every time it needs to pump blood around your body, you don’t tell your lungs to breathe in new air and expel the used air, you don’t ask your eyelashes to grow. These things and many more “just happen”.

Your hypnosis session will work with your body on the things it’s been doing automatically that you’d rather it didn’t do.

Whether that’s blushing too often, eating too much, drinking too much, not taking enough exercise, being worried about what other people think about you, being afraid of spiders/heights/flying/bridges/etc or almost any other issue in your life, there’s an excellent chance that hypnosis can help.

I’ve also worked with people on illnesses.

Despite all the advances we’ve made in modern medicine, our bodies are often even better at curing themselves once they have a bit of help.

Think about it: if you’re unfortunate enough to break a leg, the hospital will put it back into place if needed and put a cast on it but your body will do the rest of the work of mending you. The same works with lots of other things. Persistent coughs – the ones you haven’t been able to shake for weeks – are a simple example. Migraine headaches, aches and pains, etc. Of course, you should also check with your doctor to see if there’s an underlying problem that’s causing any of these issues.

Habits are another thing that hypnosis works on nicely.

Not just the obvious habits like smoking or eating too much.

Other, less obtrusive, habits like teeth grinding or worrying too much can also be lessened with the help of hypnosis.

Most fears and habits rank on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is “doesn’t happen often” and 10 is “happens all the time”.

Whilst one hypnosis session may not take you all the way down from 10 to 1 on the scale, it starts chipping away at it. And when you get down to half way (which we’ll normally do in one session), your body will carry on reducing the problem without any extra help from you or me.

Part of your hypnosis session will include putting ideas into your mind for the future so that the ideas continue to work long after we’ve said goodbye to each other.

Email or call me now to find out more about hypnosis in Cheltenham.

My phone number is 07967 478272.

I’m flexible about appointments and can arrange them for evenings or weekends if needed, so you won’t need to take time off work for your personal hypnosis session.

Getting over your fear of heights with hypnotherapy

A fear of heights is perfectly natural.

Over the years, we evolved to be hunter gatherers and that would mean stalking our prey or tending crops. Neither of which usually involves ascending to great heights.

Our ancestors used height to their advantage – forts on top of hills so that there was more of a struggle for anyone attacking. But those generally didn’t involve facing a vertical drop, which is where most people’s fear of heights is rooted.

Looking over a high edge isn’t something that comes naturally to us. All sorts of thoughts flash through your mind, usually involving a quicker trip to the ground than you’d like to be the case.

Hypnotherapy can help you overcome your fear of heights (acrophobia if you’d like to know it’s official name).

There are various ways that hypnosis can be used for this and they will depend both on the hypnotherapist who’s treating you and also what’s specifically causing your phobia.

Everyone is slightly different on this – some people think that they’ve been afraid of heights since they were born, others used to be fine clambering up the ramparts of ancient monuments or getting closer to a cliff edge than their parents were happy about, other people learned their fear of heights on a specific occasion that they may or may not remember. Our memories are fickle things but they can help to protect us against events that we’re not comfortable remembering by pushing those memories away into the distance.

Generally, you’ll talk through your feelings about this with the hypnotist you’ve chosen and they will then tailor the session to your precise needs. Whether that’s not wanting to climb a ladder or turning into something approaching a quivering wreck if you get too close to an edge or anything else that triggers your fear of heights.

If the fear is deep rooted, we’ll even avoid specifically raising it – just let me know at the start of your hypnosis session – and just deal with the feelings and the images that flash through your mind when you even just get the sense that you might be going somewhere that will trigger your phobia of being too high above the ground.

That works exceptionally well – our minds can make all sorts of links (some real, others vividly imagined so that they appear real) – and a hypnotic trance is a very good way of dealing with those issues in such a way that your mind re-learns its response to being afraid of heights without you having to confront your fear head on.

At the end of one hypnosis session you’ll almost certainly be able to confront situations where you’d previously been afraid. And I’ll have woven in a few extra suggestions that will improve your confidence even further as the days and weeks go on.

If you’re able to get to Cheltenham, you book a hypnosis appointment with me.

Using hypnosis for weight loss

If you’re overweight, you’ve got company.

Here in the UK almost 2 out of every 3 people are classified as overweight. Which (pun intended) is a big problem.

If you’re one of those people who are overweight and you want to do something to get yourself back in shape,

Because a lot of our food problems are at least partly psychological – think late night cravings, comfort food, binge eating, that kind of thing – then it’s the kind of topic where hypnosis can help.

There are a lot of suggestions made about losing weight:

  • Eat less – hmm, but what to do if you’re still hungry?
  • Exercise more – what kind of exercise, how often and how much?
  • Change what you eat – not all diet plans can be right because depending on what you read things like coffee, red wine, meat, fat and near enough anything else can be either good or bad for you.
  • Diet fast or slow – again, it’s very much which report or book you believe whether you should do a crash diet or just take your time.
  • It’s your genes – that’s essentially Cartman’s excuse in South Park (he says he’s big boned) but there could be a lot of truth in this, not least because for most of our existence on this planet, food has been scarce. We’ve not evolved to cope with tasty food available cheaply day in, day out.
  • You’ve got a food intolerance – these intolerances are growing, Whether that’s just because we recognise them or they’re new or on the increase is the kind of thing we probably won’t know accurately. But food intolerances definitely exist so they could be affecting your current weight.
  • Lots of other reasons – just scan the newspapers for today’s fads and problems.

Which means that your hypnosis weight loss session needs to spend a fair amount of time finding out the likely cause of your excess weight and your belief system in terms of food.

For instance, there would be no point in the weight loss session putting ideas in your mind to reduce fat if you were on a high fat, low carb, Atkins style diet.

Likewise if you still think that the current doctrine of carbs, sugar, low fat (which our large scale experiment weight gain since the ’50s has shown isn’t exactly good for us) then a hypnosis session that suggested going back to a post-war type of diet wouldn’t work well for you.

So your hypnotist needs to know what your thought patterns are before they can tailor your weight loss session. That applies whether that hypnotist is me in Cheltenham or a pre-recorded hypnosis track or a hypnotherapist elsewhere.

Once that’s understood, your weight loss hypnotherapy will work with your current weight loss belief system in order to help your sub-conscious mind steer you towards your target weight.

Of course, if you’re doing anything that is really daft that would put you at odds with reducing your weight then your hypnotist would have to work that out with you before putting you into a deep trance and planting suggestions in your mind that will get you moving towards your target weight.

But most times it’s simply a matter of making sure that the hypnotic suggestions that are placed in your mind will work with you.

The beauty of this is it works with anything that you need to target to reduce your weight. Whether that’s binge eating (where that family sized chocolate bar or bag of Dorritos plus dip or a chocolate cake or anything else); late night raids on the fridge (where it ends up empty except for a sad looking lettuce); eating too much of the “wrong” food (your definition of wrong because there’s no accepted right); keeping to your chosen diet (whether it’s the Master Cleanse 10 days of lemon drink and not much else or cabbage soup or just eggs or any other diet you’ve decided is good for you at the time); or any other thing you want to use weight loss hypnosis to tackle.

Hypnosis can plant the seed of an idea in your mind and your subconscious will then let it flourish.

But the reason for the pre-session chat is that hypnosis can’t work against what you want to do. You can change your mind and hypnosis can work with you to help that change.

Once that happens, the hypnotic deep trance will then allow those suggestions to bypass your conscious mind and work with your subconscious.

Then some extra power is added by future pacing those suggestions: in your mind, you’ll be taken forward in time to see yourself fitting into those slimmer jeans and showing off your body on the beach (or just not having your beer gut hanging over the top of your belt). That helps reinforce the hypnotic weight loss suggestions and gives you a much higher likelihood of your weight loss happening. Because (in your mind’s eye) you’ve actually seen it happen.

Using Hypnosis for Stress Management

Managing stress is something most of us need to do most of the time.

Modern life can be stressful:

  • Too many things to do, all of which seem to be important
  • Deadlines and other pressures (zero hours contracts and todays’ gig economy contribute to that)
  • Stress we put on ourselves whether that’s to impress friends on Facebook, make sure our children get the best at school, keep our weight and blood pressure somewhere sensible and lots of other stressors, real and imagined
  • Living a less than healthy lifestyle – relying too much on convenience and takeaway foods, drinking more than the recommended amount (whichever country’s recommendation you decide to go with since there are almost as many recommendations as there are countries), not getting anything close to your five a day (again, assuming you go with that rather than 7 a day or 10 a day), taking exercise once in a blue moon, etc.
  • Not planning any “me” time where you just chill out and relax. Sunday used to be that – you might be old enough to remember how Sunday afternoon seemed to go on forever – but now it’s just another day. So we don’t ever relax, leading to getting stressed out.
  • Changes in your life that are beyond your control – moving jobs, moving house, bereavement, etc.

The other problem is that stress has a nasty habit of building up.

We need some stress otherwise we’d be so chilled out that nothing would happen.

But too much stress, especially over a prolonged period of time, doesn’t suit us.

There are a few things you can do to reduce your stress that don’t involve coming to me in Cheltenham and having a hypnotherapy session. Try one or more of these first:

  • Deliberately take time out to relax. That could be as simple as a 10 minute power nap, a swim or walk, putting on some chill out music, taking 12 minutes out of your day to meditate, watching silly videos or anything else that lets your mind stop racing quite as much.
  • Cut down on stimulants such as coffee (or other caffeinated drinks), alcohol and nicotine. You don’t necessarily have to forgo all those things you consider nice to have but it’s worth paying attention to the signs your body gives you and adjusting so that you’re not stressing it as much.
  • Get a bit more exercise – it’s not just for building up muscles. Exercise releases “feel good” chemicals into our bodies called endorphins and these are a natural way to chill out a bit more and de-stress.
  • Get a good night’s sleep – whether or not that’s 6, 7 or 8 hours a night (we all vary in the amount of sleep we need) it’s important to get some undisturbed sleep each night. Apart from anything else, cut down on your caffeine intake (I tend to keep to before lunch time), consider a night off the booze, make sure your bedroom temperature is good and that the room is as dark as possible.
  • Learn how to relax – that could be your own chill-out space and/or music, going for a stroll, listening to a meditation MP3, taking a nice long bath or anything else that allows you to reduce the stresses and strains that have built up over the day or week or longer.
  • Learn to say “no” – too often we try to please everyone and say yes to everything. That can stress you out because you end up with too much to do and too little time to do it in. Which, in turn, stresses you because there are too many unfinished tasks and other people are getting ratty with you about them.
  • Stop being a control freak – you can’t control everything, it’s like herding cats. Take some time to work out what you can control (or, more usually, influence) and then gradually whittle away the other tasks. Start with the smaller ones first so that you don’t bring up too many hidden “no you can’t” reactions from your subconscious. And make your way to me in Cheltenham if you want to use hypnosis to help bring you back closer to normality.
  • Use hypnosis to help reduce stress – because hypnosis works at a deep level of your mind, this is a very effective method. Ultimately, your stress is trying to protect you but in the process it’s doing more harm than good. Hypnosis can help turn that reaction around and bring you into a more balanced state where you’re not stressing out about stressing out.

Being More Successful – Can Hypnosis Help?

Deep down, most people want to be more successful. Those childhood dreams of being an astronaut or famous or whatever else have probably faded but that doesn’t mean they’re not still there.

But there’s also the negatives associated with success – a lot of the press we read and the television we watch portrays wealth in a negative fashion. Even multi-millionaire Hollywood film makers do it – and they should know better.

We all have different definitions of success: an athlete might start with beating off the local and regional competition, then they might move on to being top in their country and eventually their sights will be set on being one of the best in the world at their sport.

That’s relatively easy to measure – if you’re standing on the podium at the Olympics and receiving your gold medal, it’s a fair bet that you’re extremely successful in your field.

But what about other things?

At a relatively early age, exams give us an indication of success. But the proliferation of A* grades makes it more difficult to judge just how successful we’ve been. If it’s a competitive course, you could have the same grades as someone else but there’s only so much room in the lecture halls.

Then when you’re at work, success is relative.

Much like the Olympic athlete, there’s only one top position. But unlike the Olympics that position probably won’t come up for grabs every 4 years. It could almost be dead man’s shoes (which probably explains why our political parties ebb and flow if there’s been a strong leader for too long).

So before you decide whether or not to use hypnosis to help you to be more successful, you need to decide what success actually means to you.

Which could be a bit of a surprise, especially if you’ve always just told yourself that you want to be successful but have never quite nailed precisely what it means.

So take the time to brainstorm with yourself what you really mean by success.

Which are of your life do you want to be more successful in?

And don’t just say “all” – that’s a cop out and success hypnosis won’t be much help if it’s aiming at a vague target.

It’s far better to define as close to exactly what you mean by success.

Splitting it into several areas can be good – health, wealth, relationships are a good starter if your mind is being stubborn.

Then figure out where you are now and where you’d like to be once you’re more successful.

Hypnosis works really well with helping you generate a success mindset but it works even better if you give it a real target.

The extra focus makes all the difference – it’s a bit like setting out on a road trip from Cheltenham with a destination in mind versus just the idea that you’re going to get away from the Cotswolds but you don’t know where.

Setting a definition of what success means to you will make a major difference.

It gives your mind a focus – something that your hypnotist can latch on to when they’ve put you into trance and are planting the hypnotic suggestions into your subconscious mind.

It also means you can nudge your conscious thoughts towards being more successful at whatever it is you’d like to be a success in.

Like a lot of things in our lives, success is a habit.

Which means it can be learned (even though that maybe sounds odd).

And you can certainly point your mind in the right direction, which will dramatically improve your chance of succeeding because your mind is working with you on your quest to succeed.

Cheltenham Hypnosis for Public Speaking

Public speaking is generally acknowledged to be one of the biggest fears that people hold.

Even popular live entertainers suffer from nerves before they go on stage, which means that people like you and me who don’t speak in front of groups of people anywhere near as often as professional entertainers have got more public speaking nerves to overcome.

There are lots of tips and tricks for public speaking online. Some of them work, others have probably only worked for one or two people at most and yet others are essentially figments of people’s imagination.

An odd thing about public speaking is that it can work differently for the same person but in different circumstances.

So you could be perfectly happy chatting with a group of friends – and unless you’re just thinking your words in your head, that’s basically speaking in public – but if you’re standing in front of a room with a laptop, a pointer, a clicker and a screen then it’s different.

Now, in theory, it shoudn’t be.

But, in your mind, it most definitely is.

One experience is enjoyable, the other can lead to sleepless nights of anticipation.

And if you’re due to give a best man or father of the bride or groom speech, it’s game over.

That needn’t be the case.

There are downloadable courses to help you get over those public speaking jitters. If you’ve got the temperament to listen to MP3s then that can be a good introduction to using hypnosis to get over your fear of speaking in public.

There are actually several components to public speaking fear:

  • A fear of crowds – depending on the size of the audience, this can be an issue. When I was young and didn’t know any better, I accidentally transformed that when I was giving a reading in church: a couple arrived late and I paused until they’d sat down, causing the whole congregation to focus on them. But most of the time our minds focus on the number of people in the audience, even if it’s only a few of them (which can actually be more unnerving)
  • A need for approval – we’re often worried about what our audience are thinking about us. Do they approve of what we’re saying? Does our hair look right (always assuming we’ve got hair)? Whereas actually they’re more likely to be thinking about something else entirely.
  • Am I doing it right? This ties in with the need for approval. Unless you stumble over your words with every sentence you speak, chances are you’re doing fine. Of course, unless you’re exceptionally good at ad-libbing, it helps if you’ve prepared and rehearsed the words you’ll be uttering.
  • Fear of technology – or at least fear of technology going wrong at the wrong time. We’ve all seen presentations where the slides messed up or the bulb blew or the batteries ran out on the clicker or the person presenting seemed as though it was the first time they’d encountered a computer. A bit like not performing with children and animals, technology often doesn’t seem to be on our side.
  • Lots of other “what ifs” running through our heads. Fortunately, most what ifs that our imagination conjours up never happen but that doesn’t mean we don’t think of them.

Hypnosis can help you to overcome all these seemingly insurmountable obstacles that appear to be in the way of you giving a good presentation the next time it’s your turn to stand at the front of a room and speak.

If you’re close to me in Cheltenham, it’s worth booking a session to overcome your fear of public speaking.

We’ll chat through to find out what the different parts of the fear are – whether they’re some or all of the ones I’ve outlined above or whether you’ve got some other components that are making up your phobia.

We’ll also check whether you maybe have other situations where you cope fine and are maybe even a natural at speaking in front of people if the circumstances are right. Then we can superimpose those “everything is going well” situations onto the ones where it seems as though your own personal thunderstorm has darkened your thoughts and (almost literally) drowned your ambitions.

Fear of speaking in public is something we learn – most children aren’t bashful in their younger years and certainly aren’t afraid to make themselves apparent if there’s something they’d like to have.

And if we can learn to be afraid of speaking in public, that means we can also learn not to be worried about it.

Hypnosis can help you do that – especially with the “future pacing” that I weave into the Cheltenham hypnotherapy session where you’ll imagine yourself giving excellent speeches at various times in the future, so that you can “grow into” them before you’ve even written the speech or presentation.