There are very many different causes for low self-confidence or low self-esteem.

It often manifests itself in problems such as:

  • Pre-test nerves
  • Exam nerves
  • Meeting a partner
  • Difficulty meeting new people
  • Job interviews
  • Public speaking
  • Presentations
  • Driving test nerves
  • Stage fright
  • Social Phobia / Social Anxiety
  • Fear of rejection
  • Sexual Problems
  • Lack of confidence
  • Negatively comparing ourselves with others
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Feeling unable to follow our dreams
  • Commitment Phobia
  • Fear of driving

Hypnotherapy (hypnoanalysis) can help with increasing self confidence and self esteem

There are different types of hypnotherapy, and either Clinical Hypnotherapy or Pure Hypnoanalysis can be used, depending on your particular symptoms and history. Both may significantly help you in these particular situations and increase and boost your self confidence and your self esteem.

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You don't need to look too far in any sport to find great champions, such as Tiger Woods, using hypnotic techniques to improve performance, but you don't have to be a champion to use hypnosis. Any sportsperson who wants to can benefit from sports hypnosis which can incorporate, depending on need:

  • mental imagery and future rehearsal of success (including effective techniques from NLP)
  • focusing on success, strategy (how to get into the success zone when you need to)
  • overcoming mental blocks and barriers
  • overcoming sports performance anxiety
  • focusing on peak mental performance
  • overcome depression*

    Which can:

  • enhance your focus and concentration on maximising your sports performance
  • overcome the fear of losing and concentrate instead on the joy of winning
  • relax your mind and body, increasing fluidity of movements and reaction times
  • overcome negative memories of previous poor performances, which continue to inhibit your full potential
  • discover and re-programme negative beliefs about self such as fear of failure; fear of being challenged; fear of not being good enough, etc
  • visualise events before they take place, see yourself winning, feel it, believe it, do it
  • subconsciously changing attitudes towards fitness and nutrition
  • speed up recovery periods following sports injuries for example.
  • reinforce self-belief, motivation and positive thinking

Hypnosis is equally useful in all kinds of individual and competitive sports. The greatest of champions and athletes also tend to be the ones who have learned to think successfully, they have mastered the psychology of their individual sport.


Using a combination of hypnotherapy and NLP, I can help you improve performance, concentration levels, focus and control. I can help with performance anxiety – this can be crippling to any sportsperson. Performance anxiety such as 'dartitus' is incredibly common, and all manner of other mental 'blocks' which get in the way of peak performance maybe helped with hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a slightly altered state of mind that most of us experience just about every day of our lives, whether we are driving, daydreaming, dropping off to sleep at night, or are simply absorbed in a good book or film.

A skilled hypnotherapist, such as Penny, brings this about by guiding the individual into relaxation, and giving them 'minds eye' situations to imagine and 'experience'.

It does not involve becoming unconscious or going to sleep. The deep relaxation works to calm the conscious mind so that it takes a less active role in your thinking process and your conscious mind takes a backseat to your subconscious mind. You know the bit where you have driven the past few miles and cannot remember it?! That is exactly the same feeling, where the conscious mind wanders off a little and the subconscious mind takes over the driving. It is a feeling of being totally relaxed with a heightened awareness of everything going on around you, this is what most people experience. Everyone can be hypnotised and you retain control at all times! It is a wonderfully relaxing experience.

When in a relaxed state of hypnosis, it allows you and Penny to utilise your subconscious mind - the powerhouse of your mind. You are fully aware of what is taking place at all times and cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do.

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Is equally, if not even more important than peak physical fitness and ability. An athlete with a perfect physical body, but an inadequate mental state is comparable to a Formula One car without a steering wheel!

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We've all watched top athletes when they are in 'the zone'. At that moment in time, even the underdog can prove almost unbeatable. Once you're in the zone, it's effectively like being in a trance, where you are completely focussed on winning to the exclusion of all other thoughts. You are on heightened alert. You 'see' and even 'feel' the edge in everything you do. It's an amazing feeling that can make you feel unbeatable.

If you play a sport with a direct opponent, it can be soul destroying and often they start to lose belief in their own game. Frustration sets in and it becomes a real uphill battle to beat you.

Tennis is an excellent example of this. You may be able to visualise the scenario, where one player is playing in 'the zone' for a whole set. They just can't do a thing wrong and it shatters their opponent's game. Then, one bad shot or double fault can transform the dynamics of the whole game. Suddenly, the same player, loses confidence and their game quickly deteriorates. At the same time the opponent sees an opening, their confidence increases and it's literally a different ball game.

What happened? Did the player's abilities suddenly disappear? No, not at all, it was only ever their focus and self-belief that deserted them. In these and any other similar situations in any other sport, hypnotherapy is a priceless tool to maximise your confidence, ensuring you stay focused on 'your' game plan, even when your opponent is in 'the zone'. You will no doubt have heard it said about two competitors of a similar standard in battle, 'it's now just a battle of wills'.

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Being in 'The Zone' is just half the equation. Maximising hypnotic suggestion, also involves a Penny helping you to combine a deep sense of relaxation with NLP building resources procedures to guide you through vivid imagery of how you can play the perfect game in 'your' sport. This kind of psychological preparation drastically increases confidence and improves performance and reactions times. It has even been shown to increase stamina and strength by several percent, making all the difference to your performance.

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It can take countless hours to reach supreme fitness, with the necessary skills. It may take just a few sessions to achieve the mental peak you require. If you are someone who loves the thrill of being at the top of their game, and you want that 'edge' then call Penny for a free consultation today.

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depression & anxiety

Depression & anxiety are often linked as one can lead to the other. Depression can result in increased anxiety and long-term anxiety can lead to depression.

Depression is very common – as many as 1 in 6 people are estimated to have suffered from depression symptoms. The good news is there is a depression treatment with hypnotherapy. When you’re depressed, you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time. The depression feelings are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, and can last for weeks or months, rather than days.

depression & anxiety are often linked as one can lead to the other. Depression can result in increased anxiety and long-term anxiety can lead to depression.

Social symptoms of depression:

  • not performing well at work
  • taking part in fewer social activities and avoiding contact with friends
  • reduced hobbies and interests
  • difficulties in home and family life

There are many different types of depression including clinical depression, dysthymia, post natal depression, reactive depression, SAD and anxiety depression:

Clinical depression
also known as major depression - which lasts for at least 2 weeks
Dysthymia
milder depression symptoms than clinical depression, but may last longer – over 2 years or over 1 year in children
Post natal depression
depression symptoms which can last for several weeks or even months - most cases start within several weeks but it can start up to 6 months after birth
Reactive depression
a reaction to circumstances ie bereavement, divorce or redundancy – where the feelings have not lessened over a period of time
SAD
occurs in a cyclical and seasonal pattern, usually during autumn and winter and disappear during the spring and summer months. The depression symptoms are the same as with other types of depression.
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it is usually said that if a person has a persistently low mood that significantly influences their everyday life and has been present for two weeks or more, and there are also three/four or more other symptoms of depression you are likely to be suffering from depression.

There are some common symptoms of depression which include psychological, physical and social symptoms.

There are very many different symptoms of depression including psychological, physical and social symptoms:

  • continuous low mood or sadness
  • feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • increased pessimistic thoughts
  • low self-esteem
  • tearfulness
  • feelings of guilt
  • feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • lack of motivation and little interest in things
  • difficulty making decisions
  • lack of enjoyment
  • suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming someone else
  • feeling anxious or worried
  • reduced sex drive
  • Physical symptoms of depression:
  • slowed movement or speech
  • change in appetite with significant weight loss or weight gain
  • constipation
  • unexplained aches and pains
  • lack of energy or lack of interest in sex
  • changes to the menstrual cycle
  • insomnia - disturbed sleep patterns (for example, problems going to sleep or waking in the early hours of the morning)

There is a very special form of hypnotherapy called Pure Hypnoanalysis which has helped thousands of people over the years. The aim of Pure Hypnoanalysis is not symptom control or trying to manage the problem, the aim is to resolve it.

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women suffering from malnutritionThe key eating disorders are well-known. However, there are also many variations which fall under the diagnosis of EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified) and within all these disorders there are many degrees of severity:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified)
  • Preoccupation with body or weight
  • Obsession with calories, food, or nutrition
  • Constant dieting, even when thin
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Taking laxatives or diet pills
  • Avoiding social situations that involve food
  • Going to the bathroom right after meals
  • Eating alone, at night, or in secret
  • Hoarding high-calorie food
  • Only eating certain types of food
  • Picking at food
  • Making excuses not to eat at meal times
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive use of exercise

There is a very special form of hypnotherapy called Pure Hypnoanalysis which has helped thousands of binge eating people over the years. Hypnoanalysis doesn't try and treat the symptoms of your anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, but aims to tackle the root cause of them.

I have helped many people of all ages with eating disorders.

A common factor amongst people suffering from eating disorders is a lack of self-esteem. A wonderful by-product of Hypnoanalysis is that your confidence and self-esteem can improve immeasurably too.

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