All through my pregnancy and during the birth itself
Paola helped me with her tailor-made hypnotherapy programmes. Any doubts
or negative feelings during pregnancy disappeared after listening nearly
every day to my tape for 'a wonderful pregnancy'. Most of all, the tape
helped me to see pregnancy as a totally natural and beautiful event, which
has to be enjoyed as much as possible. I learned to see the female body
as perfectly designed to cope with all the extra strain of pregnancy.
Encouraged to eat healthily and to keep very fit, I felt attractive and
happy throughout the nine months. I did not suffer from changing moods,
high blood pressure or stretch marks and two minor varicose veins disappeared
immediately after having given birth. During the last term of the
pregnancy, I followed Paola's programme for a painless and relaxed natural
birth. It prepared me perfectly to see labour as a natural and necessary
process and taught me how to utilise the rhythm of the contractions to
support the birth process and how to breathe correctly to reduce the pain.
I learned to trust my body to be designed for the task and to see every
part of labour as a purposeful step towards its final stage, the actual
birth of the child. Finally, I gave birth to a healthy and relaxed baby
boy exactly on his due date. Labour only lasted about seven hours and
for pain relief I merely used gas and air and the visualisation and breathing
techniques from Paola's hypnotherapy tapes. I thoroughly enjoyed the birth
and found it easy to cope with the pain. After having given birth I recovered
extremely fast and found breastfeeding a very natural and easy process.It
seems the relaxed nature of my son might well be the result of 'our' listening
to the relaxation tapes during the pregnancy.To make pregnancy and birth
enjoyable and natural events I strongly recommend hypnotherapy as the
main step towards it.
What other mothers have said about Hypnobirthing
J.H., Croydon - first baby
It was regularly pointed out to me by my midwife and doctor that I stayed
very calm and relaxed. Also my positive attitude to the "naturalism"
of the entire birth helped me a lot. I did tear, but the healing
was so quick using the hypnotherapy. I also found breastfeeding very easy
and I had previously been worried about this.
T. D., Beckenham - first baby
It is difficult to say how I would have felt had I not had hypnotherapy,
but I was certainly calm and relaxed and felt in "control".
I am so happy that everything was natural. I did not need anything
other than gas and air and I did not need an episiotomy.
S. T., Bromley - second baby
My first birth was induced at 41 weeks and 4 days which led to more and
more intervention, i.e. epidural and eventual C-section. Had very
negative feelings and some post natal depression after the birth.
However, with the hypnotherapy for the second birth I found that Paola's
serenity seemed to envelop me and it gave me the confidence to achieve
anything, which I did as I had a totally natural birth.
S.L., Bromley - first baby
The pregnancy and birth tape were brilliant. I was so calm and relaxed
and only needed to use gas and air. I had a totally natural birth
and no intervention whatsoever.
J. Q-H., Kent - third baby
Wow - the hypnosis really worked!! The baby was born in just under
two hours and I noticed such a difference from the previous two births.
I had been very sceptical because I had not listened to the tape that
much. However, this birth was so much less painful and I was so
very calm. With the other births I had suffered sickness and the
shakes throughout the birth and this did not happen at all with the third
one. Also I needed no pain relief whatsoever and I had no stitches
which I had with the other two.
Giving birth this time was like taking a walk down to the shops.
It was a breeze and so easy, no trouble at all really.
N. B-W., Kent - first baby
I was so calm and confident, deeply inside. It was an overwhelming
experience. Actually it was fantastic. I needed nothing, not
even gas and air. I was amazed at how energetic I felt after the
birth. In fact I feel on cloud nine! The breastfeeding is
fantastic and I love it. I feel like an earth mother.
Giving birth was the most empowering and serene experience I have ever
had and my baby is very calm, too.
Sydenham - first baby
"feelings about hypnosis so far" My first session of hypnosis
with Paola covered general relaxation and better sleeping at night, which
was a problem at the time. On the first night after the session, and from
then on, my sleeping was greatly improved, I still woke up during
the night, but could get comfortable again quickly and fall straight to
sleep without endless fidgeting.
My later session was more specific to me. Paola had previously asked
if I had a particular place that I could imagine that would make me feel
comfortable and relaxed. Once she knew my place she referred to
it specifically in my hypnosis; it was fantastic, as I felt she was really
tuned into me. The thing that impressed me most and helped me to
relax so deeply was how thorough Paola was. As I was relaxing further
I found myself hoping she would refer to something, or not leave something
out I knew would help me go deeper into hypnosis. This was mildly
distracting to start with, but Paola covered everything! So I was
wholly and deeply relaxed and I am like this now whenever I listen to
I am listening to the tape regularly. All is going well. Sometimes
during the day, when I get restless and can't get comfortable anywhere,
sitting, standing, or lying down, then that's the time for my tape - it
helps enormously. Thank you, Paola, once again for your help. I'll
keep you posted of the results of the big day!
Other Comments about hypnotherapy
Susan Jay, Shirley, Surrey, who
had Hairy Cell Leukaemia
I am out and about leading a normal life because
I am experiencing NO side effects from the chemotherapy. I cannot
believe my good luck but I am sure you will, Paola. From speaking
to others who have had chemo I realise that the side effects vary in severity
and duration but I do not know anyone who has suffered none. They are
pleased with my progress and the consultant is now saying that I only
need 4 sessions of chemo instead of 6. I am now munching my way through
my second pack of crystallised ginger and, as you know, I hated this before
I came to see you for the hypnotherapy. Thank you for your wonderful help.
Mrs E H, Croydon, Surrey,
who came to see me to reduce her pains due to
illness and to overcome cancer- 6.8.2004
This card is sent to reiterate "Thank You" for all you did for
me in helping me get through such serious medical conditions, over the
last two years, of a FRACTURED SPINE, OSTEOPOROSIS AND CANCER. Listening
to your wonderful voice and doing all the things you told me in the Hypnotic
Sleep was really beneficial in every way. I really could not have
coped without your very kind help.
Yours sincerely Mrs E H
Sue Munday, Fairseat, Kent, who
came to see me to help her cope with the treatment for breast cancer -
I was at my lowest ebb, unable to see my way forward. I couldn't cope
with the chemo, my mother in depression over my cancer, and the thought
that I may not see my little girl (3years old) grow up.
Paola taught me to cope with these very emotional and painful times. By
listening to her voice (on the tape she made especially for me) over and
over, it gave me the power to see my treatment through to the very end.
I have a great relationship with my mum now, and a little more faith in
my future. (I can talk about it without having a panic attack.)
Thank you Paola
Ann Richards, Bromley, Kent,
who had a phobia of being a passenger in a car.
I had suffered from
a very real fear of traveling by car for twenty years. Steadily
this fear became deeper and more incapacitating. The night before
a journey, I would have difficulty sleeping and the journey itself would
find me tense and even having to screw my eyes tight shut to avoid seeing
the other vehicles, especially lorries. I had three hypnotherapy sessions
with Paola. I can honestly say the improvement has been amazing.
I no longer have sleepless nights before a journey. I can calmly
sit in the front of the car and enjoy the journey and happily watch the
world go by. I no longer arrive at my destination feeling irritable
and headachy. Hypnotherapy has certainly benefited me.
Ann Moore, Moscow, who also had
a phobia of being a passenger in a car - July 2003
Paola Bagnall writes:-
Ann got in touch with me as a result of seeing the above testimonial from
Anne Richards. Ann Moore is, in fact, also called Ann Richards which
is her married name. She was intrigued that someone with the same
name should have exactly the same phobia. So I put Ann from Moscow
and Anne from Bromley in touch via email. As a result of this, Ann
form Moscow decided to come and see me for an intensive course of hypnotherapy
while visiting family in Ireland.
We worked over three days, and in between sessions I actually took Ann
out for a drive in my car. After the final session we did a drive
along the M25 as motorways had been a major problem. Ann then went
home with her tape recording of the second session so that she could reinforce
all the changes she desired, allowing her to feel, and be comfortable;
when being a passenger in a car.
Ann wrote the following to me: -
"Just to let you know how I am getting on in the car. At first
there really didn't seem to be much of a difference but now I think I
am doing much better. I have been out on several occasions with my driver
and even my husband! I sit in the back as I still do not feel confident
enough to sit in the front but I am not nearly so nervous as before although
it is not entirely an enjoyable experience! I still have the odd very
bad day but on the whole I am much improved. My husband notices
a distinct change for the better and my father-in-law was absolutely amazed!
So, Paola, thank you for all your help. It is one less stress to cope
Ann Kellaway, Selsdon, Surrey,
who had a spider phobia
Ever since I can remember I have been frightened
of spiders .... I couldn't even look at pictures of them and always had
to look away or even leave the room if they appeared on the TV and I would
never go into the shed, especially in Autumn! I can't recall a time
when a spider in the bath or on the ceiling or anywhere in the house didn't
make me feel afraid and distressed, to such an extent that I have invited
strangers into my house to catch them when there was no-one else around.
Afterwards I would feel ashamed and embarrassed and would vow that the
next time I would deal with it myself ... this, of course, never happened
- not, that is, until I met Paola. After just two sessions of hypnotherapy,
and listening to her tape, the awful feeling of dread when a spider appears,
has gone. Instead of running around in panic, I can now deal with
it calmly and try to either ignore it (which is a bit difficult) or put
a glass over it until someone else can remove it. I haven't yet got to
the stage of picking it up myself, but it is such a relief not to have
that feeling of horror and apprehension and to feel "in control".
Patricia Rafftrey, Penge, SE20, who had had a
spider phobia for 50 years – January 2009
I am so thankful for your help as a hypnotherapist to overcome my fear
I had this phobia from the age of thirteen until seventy three when you
helped me to be in control of my every day life.
Thank you so very much
Jess Bull, Sanderstead, Surrey,who suffered from travel sickness in any
I first met Mrs B through college where she was
my biology tutor. During the time I knew her she took up hypnotherapy.
I came to Mrs B as I am a diver, and used to get really seasick.
The final straw was when I wanted to be a PADI DIVEMASTER. I know
I could not take medication as it made me sleepy. I had the hypnosis,
almost instantly stopped being seasick, and gained so much confidence
at sea I even drive boats now. With Mrs B's help I am now a PADI
OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR and a MEDIC FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR working in
the tropical island of Fiji. Without her help I would still be dreaming
of this life.
Sue Owen, Croydon, Surrey, came to see me as
she suffered from travel sickness in all moving vehicles – June
Sue sent me an email 31.8.2008
So sorry it has taken a long time to send you feedback after my sessions
with you (in June) regarding my travel sickness problem. To date it seems
to have worked and have been able to travel in my husbands car for relatively
short distances but without problems. Still awaiting to go on a long trip
with him but its impossible at the moment for this to happen. The only
time I suffered with travel sickness was coming back in a coach from Turkey
where we had a long drive to the airport but I think this could have been
due to slight sunstroke, which I unfortunately got that day. Tried listening
to your CD on the coach but it didn't help. Apart from that unfortunate
evening things have been a lot better so I would just like to say a big
thank you to you. Would highly recommend you to friends and family. Sue
Richard Griffiths, Beckenham, Kent, who became a non-smoker.
I saw Paola for only two sessions. I had
seen other hypnotherapists and Paola was definitely the best I had seen.
I found her soothing voice deeply relaxing which took me into very deep
hypnosis. I stopped smoking after the first session. At the
second appointment, Paola recorded the hypnotic session, so I was able
to take myself into self-hypnosis daily and so reinforce all the work
of both sessions. After six months, I am great, no longer a smoker
and keen to improve my fitness. I haven't had any pangs to smoke which
considering I went to a party and got drunk last week is great. Funnily
enough, I've sort of lost my desire to get drunk as well. Wife pleased
as I'm doing all the driving on nights out. I feel more relaxed than ever
and I have lost weight as well (one and a half stone). WEIRD !!!!!!!!!!!!
L S, Beckenham, Kent, who
became a non-smoker - 22.09.2004
I came to see you on 6 May seeking hypnotherapy to stop smoking. I thought
I had better give myself six months before risking being put on your website
as a success. Just under the six months and I am still not smoking - I
have put on a little weight I am afraid but I am talking lbs, not stones.
I think paying to sit in front of a complete stranger to say out loud
the obvious reasons for not wanting to smoke - and listening to your excellent
hypnotherapy session adapted accordingly - was the motivation that I needed
to quit and I know that without your help I would still be a smoker.
So here I am, an elderly non-smoker (56 years) who feels so much better
for giving up both health-wise and esteem-wise.
With kind regards,
Vicky Goodey, Keston, Kent
who became a non-smoker - 2.09.2006
Being an on/off smoker since my late teens, I suddenly decided that I
didn't want to be anymore. I found Paola through the Natural Medicine
Centre in West Wickham. She came highly recommended with a strong success
rate. 'why are you here?' she asked. 'because I don't want to die from
smoking' was my reply. We then set about the task.
Paola made me feel instantly at ease as soon as
she started speaking really. An inner calm, I have since described it
as. We chatted about when I smoked, how and why. Within the very
first session, I knew something had changed in me. Through the power of
suggestion created by Paola, I no longer wanted to smoke. By the second
session, I had stopped
Since then I have met with her and she has helped me with other matters
such as hayfever, travel sickness and an ongoing inner ear problem. I
would have no hesitation in recommending her to all and have passed on
her number to many of my friends. Try hypnotherapy, it
Mary Wright, Croydon, Surrey – came to
see me to be a non-smoker – email received 21.7.2010
I wanted to tell you that I have given up smoking and have not had a cigarette
for just over 4 weeks. It is entirely due to your CD although I recognize
that I had to listen to it and implement it. I fixed a quit date and then
listened to the CD many times and I was able to give up very easily and
have not felt I wanted to start again. I have the usual kind of cravings,
but have lost the desire to smoke. The CD was brilliant! At the Smoking
Cessation clinic they clearly did not believe that the hypnosis had had
any impact. They told me that I was doing it the most difficult way without
nicotine replacement but I am sure it must be better without, as otherwise
the drug is still being fed. Anyway, I have done it and am very proud,
not to say amazed! I would certainly recommend hypnotherapy to others
and use it again myself if I had issues that would respond to that type
THANK YOU. I can now look forward to a healthier and happier retirement,
not to mention 35 pounds a week extra in my pocket!!!!!
Love from Mary
Catrin, Streatham, Surrey, who
improved her confidence and self-esteem
I went to see Paola because I wanted to change
my attitude and behaviour and improve my confidence. I have found
it difficult to cope with stress and this has affected my health a great
deal. I had a lot of anger inside me from past experiences and wanted
to move on in my life so I could have a better relationship with my son
and ensure he didn't grow up feeling angry and stressed. I wanted us both
to be happy. After only two sessions with Paola and a recording at the
second one, which I could play daily, I found my whole attitude to life
had changed. I feel positive about myself and who I am and I now handle
stress calmly which has got rid of the anxiety associated with it. Other
people have noticed the changes in me because I am so much more relaxed
and happy and so is my son. I would recommend a visit to Paola because
she makes you feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as you meet her, and
you come away from the session feeling motivated and confident which stays
with you especially using the recording of your session.
Christine Dyer, Beckenham, Kent,
a violinist, who overcame stage fright
Hypnotherapy really worked for me, but its success,
I feel sure, was due in no small part to Paola's gentle, reassuring manner.
I felt extremely comfortable with Paola as my therapist; she made my two
sessions a stress-free and pleasant experience. Playing the violin is
an important part of my life - has been since early childhood - and I
was distressed that something that had given me so much pleasure could
trigger such feelings of anxiety and frustration. My stage fright (shaking,
feeling frozen, sick to the stomach, memory blanks) had started in my
teens (some 30 years ago), and while I had accepted that playing in public
had become impossible for me, the problem had recently flared up again
and I was struggling to play with friends. Even practising on my own at
home had ceased to be a pleasure. I still don't know what caused the initial
flare-up but that didn't impede my treatment in any way - I had been worried
about that as a potential block to success. Progress was steady and noticeable
after I came to see Paola. I didn't push myself too hard, though (I'm
a steady but sure sort of person), and so for a few months I was content
to play with a group of supportive friends. Spurred on by my success,
I felt ready for the big one, and last week I did a solo performance in
front of a small crowd at a French music festival. I am thrilled to report
that I did it without a wobble. I also felt happy and relaxed while I
was playing - and I remembered to breathe! I've done it at last.
Thank you so much
Caroline Berry, Sutton, Surrey,
who became a better public speaker
I contacted Paola as I had a big presentation to
do at work in front of 70 of my marketing colleagues - my most feared
audience! I hadn't really done a big presentation before, especially in
a professional capacity and knowing how nervous I got just doing readings
at friends' weddings I wanted to see if hypnosis would help me with my
confidence and to control my nerves. I had two sessions with Paola where
I underwent hypnosis, and she also taught me lots of techniques including
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), NLP anchor and breathing exercises.
When it came to the presentation, I felt much more in control of my feelings
and didn't feel as worked up as I have done with previous public speaking.
I still felt nervous giving the presentation, but felt a lot calmer and
in control which I feel was a combination of feeling relaxed (due to the
hypnosis), controlling my breathing and EFT, which is a brilliant technique
and can be used for all sorts of feelings.The presentation went really
well and lots of people commented that I came across as very professional
and confident. I felt wonderful afterwards with a great feeling of accomplishment
so I know that I can do it for next time and it will be even better. I
will continue to listen to the tape (which was especially made for me
at the second session) for easing stress, tiredness and for general relaxation
and positive thinking.
I'm now a big fan of hypnotherapy and would recommend Paola to anyone!
Paul Haile, Croydon, Surrey,
who ran the London Marathon 18.4.2004
Paul came to see me as he wanted to run it non-stop
and to sprint the last mile.
Hi Paola,I did complete it in 5 hours 12 minutes 30 seconds!I ran very
quickly for about 17/18 miles (too quickly) then the legs started to really
ache. Thereafter I ran half a mile and walked half a mile up to
25 miles then the last 1.2 miles I ran to the finish.It was one of the
best days of my life very emotional and rewarding, I would recommend it
to anyone. Thanks for all your help, I couldn't have done it without the
training and I believe that your assistance was equally important as standing
at the start line waiting for the gun I knew that by hell or high water
(or the torrential rain) that I was going to complete the race. Thanks
Ceinwen Hayes, Coulsdon, Surrey,
who became more relaxed taking her AS exams - 2.7.2004
In the middle of my AS exams I had a panic attack
and was totally unable to concentrate on my revision. Paola asked me how
I was feeling and why I thought I felt like that. She then talked me into
a short period of deep relaxation, which was hypnosis. I can honestly
say that that worked wonders for me. I had not felt so relaxed for
a very long time. During the session I found both physical and mental
peace - two things I had lost due to the extent to which the stress of
my exams was affecting me. In all, the session refreshed me and although
it was short, it was just what I needed during such a hard time.
I would highly recommend it to anyone experiencing similar problems with
Bethany Thompson (aged 10), West
Wickham, Kent, who came to see me as she was anxious about her SATS exams
and school in general - 24.7.2004
My name is Beth. I would like to tell you
about the tape that Paola made for me. It really did help me because
I couldn't really concentrate on my work properly. But my mum told me
that Paola might be able to help me with a tape. I went in a little room
with her and I laid on a small bed with a blanket on me, there was soft
and relaxing music in the back ground and she was recording her voice
and the music on the tape.Some nights I listen to the tape and I can concentrate
now. I'm not really smart but I can understand things more properly
than before. Thank you Beth (10 years old)
Roman Subbotin, Dulwich, Surrey,
who came to see me for more confidence because he had a slight stammer,
and to pass his GCSE exams with ease - 7.9.2004
I promised to write you an email when I got my GCSE grades and to just
say how I have been...
Well, first off I would like to thank you for what you did for me; I,
and my parents, feel the hypnosis really helped me both in terms of my
confidence and speech... I was skeptical when my mom was first telling
me about you, but I am very glad to have been proven wrong.
As far as my GCSE results, I got: 7 A*s (not including my Russian which
I took two years ago and got an A), 1 A, 1 B (which my school has appealed,
as I, as well as my teachers, do not feel is fair - furthermore I was
marked only one mark off an A...).
The six form has been a lot of fun so far and I am enjoying it, and I
now have more confidence to socialise with everyone in the common room
and just say a few words to anyone....
So once again, many thanks,
Shona Patel, Thorton Heath, Surrey,
who also became more relaxed taking exams and used her tape for her A
levels and is still using her tape at University - 2.9.2004
The Inner Power tape is an excellent way of relaxation.
It helped me to feel more confident and more energised during my A-level
exams. It helped me to revise efficiently and easily and to be confident
in my ability at the time of each exam. I have used the tape for all my
university exams too, and I am now in my final year. The tape has certainly
made a difference and I am going to continue using the tape whenever I
need to throughout my life, not just for exams, as I enjoy listening to
it because it does make me feel so good about myself. The tape is so great.
It makes me feel so relaxed. It is amazing!
Michael Gray (aged 15), Shirley,
Surrey, who came to see me for help with his learning and recall - 21.5.
Yes my studies are going great thanks to the hypnosis tape, I can seem
to sit down and revise without forgetting things easily. Also in mathematics
I'm amazed as to how many equations I can do, although there are some
types which I'm having trouble with but I'm sure with a bit of revision
that they will get better, also using the tape of course.
I find that now when listening to the tape I'm not aware of the time which
is quite a cool experience.
Thanks so much
Jack Moore (aged 11), Bexley, Kent – came to see me with anxiety problems that created pains all over his body and so affected his life greatly – 19.4.2011
His parents wrote me this testimonial 14.7.2011:
Our son had suffered from anxiety pains for a few months and we were beginning to think there was no light at the end of the tunnel when we were recommended to contact Paola. From the first phone call to the last session she eased our minds and helped our son to control his anxieties. He is very much improved and his anxiety pains are under control. Not only is he now more relaxed but we feel more confident about his future.
Steve and Gill Moore
Sarah Hayler, Walderslade, Kent,
who reduced her weight easily and effortlessly (testimonial written
by her partner Allun) - 4.7.2004
My name is Allun and I live with Sarah, who
has visited you a few times in order to help with her weight loss.
I wanted to take the time to drop you a line to thank you so much for
your help.Not only is Sarah losing weight consistently for the first time
in many years but I have got back the confident and outgoing woman I fell
in love with when we first met.Her personality changed as she put more
weight on, culminating in her having almost zero confidence during the
time immediately before she first came to see you. I haven't listened
to her tape but whatever it's contents are, they, coupled with your few
live sessions, are feeding Sarah's confidence and not only is she losing
weight but becoming her old self again. Thanks to you I am falling in
love with her all over again and I can't thank you enough. Thank you,
thank you, thank you and I wish you the very best of luck for the future.
L.S., Shirley, Surrey, who came to see me to
reduce her weight
Thanks Paola, I am so glad I came to see you. I can't even put into words
how grateful I am to you. You have, without doubt, given me my life back.
I nearly hugged you when I left after my last appointment......but thought
against it!! You kind of forget you don't know someone personally when
you are having such close and personal help and treatment.
Valerie Gould, South Norwood,
Surrey, who changed her eating habits and so reduced her weight easily
I needed to lose weight but I knew that going on a diet was not going
to work because I needed to take control of my eating habits. But
no matter how I tried I could not manage to take control. So, as
a last resort I decided to try hypnotherapy. I was sceptical and
a bit apprehensive but Paola put me at ease and talked me through the
process which, for me has been a completely worthwhile experience I should
have done it a long time ago. I am losing weight slowly but more importantly
I am now very much in control of my eating habits.
Emma Abrey, Orpington, Kent , who came to see
me to reduce her weight - 22.9.2010
I first saw Paola back in April 2010. I was overweight and needed help.
I lacked self-confidence and I never thought that I could survive my loneliness
and self doubt without chocolate and all of the other bad unhealthy food.
I consider myself a very logical person and see things from a very black
and white point of view, in other words I was a complete sceptic, however,
I thought I had nothing to loose and made an appointment to see Paola.
I have had three sessions and can happily report that I have lost three
and a half stone in five months and more unbelievably I have not eaten
or even been tempted to eat chocolate!! I am not a scientist or anything
like that so I cannot explain the facts behind Hypnotherapy all I can
say is that it was the right thing for me to do even though I thought
I may not benefit from it but trust me when I say "I have!"
My colleagues at work have asked me so many questions about the Hypnotherapy
I think I can more or less quote the CD's I was given word for word, but
I still cannot explain why it has worked, all I can tell them is that
it has and I feel a lot better because of it.
I have recommended other people to Paola and I would happily recommend
hypnotherapy to anybody.
Morvarid Pourtadayon, Surrey,
who had a bird phobia - 11.12.2004
My fear (phobia) of birds started when I was a
little girl of seven. My cousin put a chicken on my head and I was absolutely
terrified by this. Ever since then I have always been frightened of any
kind of birds and I could not even see them on TV or as pictures in books.
This got to a point that I could not even walk in parks, or places (high
streets) where there were birds around. I felt so embarrassed and ashamed
and I knew I had to do something about this.
I first met Mrs. B through college, where she was my biology tutor. I
used to go to her Relaxation Classes and I knew she was also a hypnotherapist.
After discussing my fear with her, we did two sessions of hypnotherapy
and she also recorded a special tape just for me so I could listen to
On the second session Mrs. B helped me to confront my fears while in hypnosis.
The experience was amazing! I still cannot believe what happened. My fear
has gone. I started by looking at pictures of birds in books and magazines.
I even went to our local pond and fed the ducks there, something I never
believed I would never do. I felt so pleased and proud of myself.
I no longer have the phobia of birds and hypnotherapy has certainly benefited
I still listen to the tape and I find her amazing voice extremely relaxing.
I have to say a big thank you to Mrs. B for the kind and wonderful job
she did for me.
Penny Johnson, Coulsdon, Surrey, who learnt to
cope with bereavement - 4.2.2005
Thank you so much for helping me after the recent death of my mother.
We were very close, and although I did everything I could when she was
so ill and dying, I later felt I could and should have done so much more.
I was totally filled with guilt and pain. Also, the awful memories of
her dying dominated my thoughts, so that I could not sleep or relax, and
really began to wonder if I was losing my mind.
After our first session, I felt a sense of inner peace that I had not
known for months, and after our second session, you gave me a tape recording
of the session to play whenever I wanted. This was so good for me. The
'black days' still come and go, but now I play your tape and hear your
voice, and can feel calm. I am learning to be 'like myself' again.
When you are in the depths of despair, there seems no way out - you have
helped me to help myself. Thank you so much.
Charlie Thomas, Tooting, London, who to see me
for more confidence with public speaking. He was getting married and wanted
to give a really good speech at his wedding and to enjoy the day - 11.7.2005
It all went perfectly! the church bit was fine despite slightly shaky
legs! To my surprise I really enjoyed it and managed not to wish it all
away and took everything in, perfect!
The lead up to the speech was not quite as calm, but once on my feet and
a few laughs from the audience I really got into it and it lasted 20 minutes,
Thank you for all your help. I would have been devastated if I hadn't
enjoyed what was the most magical and important day of my and my wife's
Yours Thankfully and the best of luck!
Elaine Gaven, West Wickham, Kent, who came to
see me to stop blushing and to improve her OCD habit - 8.8.2005
I attended two hypnotherapy sessions with Paola for severe blushing and
an OCD I have had for around twenty years. I am delighted with the results
and to my huge relief have not blushed once since the first session. The
OCD is 90% better and is a result far above what I expected to achieve.
I was not sure hypnotherapy could help my problems but I found the sessions
with Paola hugely relaxing, enjoyable and productive. I found Paola an
excellent therapist, an individual I could confide in and trust with issues
I never previously discussed with anyone.
John Wootton, Bromley, Kent, who came to see
me to relieve the pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia - 2.9.2005
I went to see Paola after several years of "on and off" pain
from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). I was finding that the side effects of
the medication that I was being prescribed were too disruptive to my everyday
life so I decided to look in to alternative treatments.
In the first session I was able to see the first benefits with using EFT
taught by Paola. I was quickly able to manage the pain. I then also decided
to try Acupuncture (TS Clinic in Bromley - Traditional Chinese Herbal
Medicine and Acupuncture) and along with EFT and the self-hypnosis tape
provided by Paola. I found the pain reduced dramatically to what is now
barely any pain at all, and best of all - without any kind of medication!!!
I would recommend that anyone who has TN consider using Arnica gel as
well for immediate pain relief. I have also cut caffeine out of my diet
and have completely given up smoking as well and I think that these really
have helped. I found probably the biggest thing about getting rid of the
TN is relaxation and in particular not gritting your teeth (consciously
being aware of this makes a massive difference). Paola’s tape helped
a great deal here.
TN is a very vague area in terms of medicine with regards to how best
to get rid of it. Some treatments work better for some people than for
others and I'm glad I've found something that works without having to
deal with the side effects of the usual prescriptive drugs.
Tommy Carroll, Business Continuity Consultant,
Longfield, Kent, who came to see me to have more confidence with public
speaking and giving presentations- 14.03.2006
I got very nervous standing up in front of a large group of people presenting
a proposal. When asked by my Company to present a training course on Business
Continuity I knew I would have issues. I contacted Paola for help and
completed a few one to one sessions of hypnotherapy with Paola. I felt
an immediate improvement in my confidence levels.
On a recent business trip to Pakistan I presented two training courses
to 60 people, did a press conference and my first live TV interview. They
all went very well, thanks to Paola. Anybody who suffers from nervousness
and anxiety will find her hypnotherapy techniques very beneficial. I did!
Angela Kendall, SE 26, came to see me as she
was very nervous about giving a presentation for her final exams in event
management – June 2009
Angela sent me this email after the presentation 19.6.2009
I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU! Your 2 sessions helped me to
be calm and positive and even a bit excited about doing the presentation.
I managed to control my nerves with the 3-step breathing and tapping and
remembered all of my words without wobbling!
After my 2nd session with you people noticed a change in me, and my attitude
to presenting, and I had no worries about it.
We presented well as a group and the examiners told us we were fantastic
and that no other group has ever scored higher on the course and that
we have received the maximum grade available!
Just the exam next week and I will be sure to carry on using what I have
learnt to keep calm and focused.
Once again, thanks very much.
Brenda Hunt, Welling, Kent, who came to see me
to improve her confidence in social situations - 03.07.2006
Hello, hope you are well. I thought it would be nice to give you an update,
by email, and a BIG thank you. I am doing very well. So far I have attended
my daughters Laura's 18th Party and also only last weekend played a major
part in my sister's 25th Anniversary Party followed by a family christening
the very next day. All of these 6 months ago would have totally terrified
me. I have also received many comments from family members saying how
different I appear to be, more confident, more talkative (probably not
a good thing), also a bigger surprise to me, I was told by Tony (my husband)
that I stand up for myself a lot more therefore not being taken so much
for granted. All this is thanks to your help.
Claire Stone, Warlingham, Surrey, who came to
see me as she had a phobia of being sick - 31.7.2006
I came to Paola as I suffered from very regular panic attacks linked with
a phobia of being sick. I had, some years previously, visited a homeopath,
who had managed to completely cure the panic attacks. But they started
to come back and even after revisiting the homeopath, there was no improvement
and I was starting to lose hope. However I decided to visit Paola, and
7 weeks after my last session, although my panic attacks have not yet
completely gone away, I feel like every day I make more progress and they
have substantially reduced. The panic attacks I do have are less intense,
and I feel I can cope with them much more successfully. Paola made me
feel instantly at ease and was very understanding, I would recommend anyone
with a similar problem to visit Paola as she has helped me hugely. Thank
Marilyn Bailey, Worcester Park, Surrey, who came
to see me as she had a fear of water and wanted to learn to swim, and
she also had a fear of traveling in coaches - 13.9.2006
just a note to you regarding my coach trip yesterday. It was really good
and I can't tell you how pleased I was with myself, and still catch myself
smiling now and again. The 2 nights before I had a banging headache and
felt quite sick. I was also very snappy with my daughter and she asked
me what was wrong and I said its nothing. She said it's that coach trip
and that I should back out of it if it makes me feel so ill. I said no,
I have got to do this.
I did have a couple of scary moments but after I did my "trigger
phrase" and breathing exercises I was O.K. (These trigger the hypnotic
programmes) When I think of how much time I have wasted, the coaches are
so different now.
I will definitely be going on a coach again.
Went swimming today after not going for about 3 weeks and I thought I
was going to go back to the way I was and be frightened but I managed
to swim down to the deep end quite a few times unaided, (along the side),
still not able to go out in the middle, still time will tell.
Will keep you informed.
Regards and thank you
Tina Suttle-Smith, Purley, Surrey, who came to
see me with IBS and anxiety about travelling - 8.12.2006
I had 3 sessions with Paola to help me overcome the restrictions that
my occasional irritable bowel had previously given me with travelling
As a keen traveller, I had been finding that I was getting more and more
panic attacks when I knew I could be away from bathroom facilities for
Paola's sessions were quite different but always left me feeling extremely
positive and coupled with listening to the CDs that she had prepared for
me, I felt prepared and excited for a holiday to South America.
The holiday went without a hitch and whilst I had 2 small wobbles, the
exercises that Paola had taught me, got rid of them in a matter of minutes.
I am so proud of myself and how I took control of my body. I was amazed
at how much food I ate whilst away as I seemed not to worry about whether
I would be eating something that would upset my stomach.
The holiday was a great success and has left me feeling brilliant and
much more positive about myself.
Emma Cook (aged 8), Whyteleafe, Surrey, who had
digestive problems - 2001
Testimonial from Emma’s mother
I took my daughter to see Paola at the age of eight. At the time she had
a history of digestive problems, which had resulted in her developing
a fear of using toilets that were not completely private. This had obvious
consequences in terms of school trips, camping holidays, etc.
I had been hypnotised in the past and knew the benefits so contacted Paola
to discuss the possibility of Emma being hypnotised. At the time I had
no idea whether children could be hypnotised, but felt confident that
Paola would give me an honest opinion. Paola saw no problem in hypnotising
a child of Emma's age, and we arranged an appointment.
On the day of the appointment Emma arrived feeling rather sick, as she
was also prone to travel sickness. Paola talked to Emma for a while establishing
her fears and also talking to her about her various interests. At the
time, like many children of her age she had a keen interest in Harry Potter
and had read all the books (one of them four times!!) Paola used this
information to take Emma into hypnosis and whilst in hypnosis talked to
her about her fear of toilets, the issue of travel sickness and her general
levels of confidence.
The benefits were immediate, I recall walking down West Wickham high street
with Emma in a lovely mood, very calm but at the same time very confident.
She thanked me for taking her to Paola, which was very touching.
In the longer term, Emma was able to go on a four day school trip the
following year and has since been camping and on numerous other trips,
without any concern about toilets and the added bonus of no travel sickness!
S P (aged 16), South London who has digetive
problems - 2007
Testimonial from Sam’s Mother, 11.3.2007
My sixteen year old son had suffered from IBS intermittently since the
age of ten, but it became a real problem at the beginning of 2007, when
he became extremely anxious about his GCSE exams. The fear of being ill
at school, combined with worry about under performing in the exams, resulted
in a severe school phobia. He suffered frightening panic attacks each
time he tried to go to school, and eventually became unable to attend
at all. He continued to study at home, but leaving the house for any reason
became increasingly difficult.
Paola talked the issues through with my son and me before beginning hypnosis.
He very quickly relaxed and was able to describe his feelings and worries
to her. After his first session, he was notably more confident, and able
to use the breathing and EFT techniques that Paola had taught him to control
his panic attacks. He listens to one of the CDs that Paola recorded for
him each day, and continues to have regular sessions, enabling Paola to
focus the hypnosis on the areas of greatest need at that time, and to
set small manageable goals for him so that he has a sense of achievement
His IBS has gradually improved, occurring less frequently and with less
severity over the course of his treatment. He has only had one, relatively
minor attack in the last fortnight, which is a significant achievement,
given that for the first two months of the year he was suffering on a
Although he has not yet recovered sufficiently to return to school, he
has become calmer and more positive about the future. In the last week
he was able to take a GCSE exam at home, which he did with confidence
and ease, and without being physically ill – a huge achievement,
and something which he could not have envisaged being able to do prior
to beginning treatment. He has found it much easier to focus on his revision,
which has become more productive. He is also sleeping much better; he
falls asleep very quickly and sleeps well throughout the night before
waking refreshed. He needs significantly less sleep than before, and has
lost the sense of permanent tiredness and lethargy that he had before
There is still a long way to go, but my son’s complete trust in
Paola, and the evidence that he has of the positive effect of hypnosis
on his mental state and physical wellbeing, gives him enormous hope. His
goal is to return to school for his examinations, which he believes he
will be able to do. As the IBS symptoms recede, this goal becomes more
and more achievable.
Hypnosis has also helped me to cope with my son’s fears and to manage
my own anxiety about both his condition, and that of my father, who suffers
from Alzheimer’s disease. My husband has commented on my new found
calmness and positive approach, which is entirely due to Paola and her
techniques! I had become quite overwhelmed and felt increasingly unable
to suppress my own anxiety and support my son effectively. I listen to
one of the CDs Paola has made for me every day, and although there have
been a couple of minor blips I now feel in control again and confident
about life in general and my son’s outlook in particular. I have
also suffered from far fewer migraines since beginning treatment, and
have had more energy.
I am immensely grateful to Paola for the enormous difference she has made
to my son, to me, and to our family as a whole. It was such a huge relief
to find someone who could make my son feel supported and understood, and
who could help him to regain his previously happy, full life.
Nancy, West Wickham, Kent, who came to see me
to improve her overall well being - 3.4.2007
I had never considered that hypnosis would be so helpful. I went to see
Paola because I wanted to improve how I see myself after previous turbulent
relationships. I had problems coping with stress, lack of confidence,
amongst many issues stemming from this. Now I feel more confident, and
this enables me to deal with other issues more clearly. A couple of sessions
and subsequent recordings, which I can listen to when I need the boost,
and things are great, far better than ever before. I stand up for myself,
and have a much more positive outlook on life. and all of this thanks
to Paola, not just her hypnotherapy, but her calming and kind words, and
her positive outlook. Thank you.
Jakki Berry, West Wickham, Kent, who came to
see me to overcome a fear of heights in order to walk the Inca Trail in
Peru - email received 7.8.2007
I have been meaning to contact you to let you know re holiday.
Well...... I listened to my CD every few days before we went and felt
reasonably calm about the Inca Trail. I knew that once I got there it
was the point of no return. Once we actually arrived at the Inca trail
I did start to feel nervous, especially about camping on the side of the
mountain. Anyway, day one was fine. A couple of shaky moments but we camped
in a valley not near the edge. Day 2 was fine. Mainly walking in enclosed
areas. Day 3 was the scary one and I walked up to a ruin which had a sheer
drop on one side and realised that I was not going to be able to come
back down unassisted. Anyway our guide Freddy took me by the hand and
walked me down and all was well. There were some very big drops that afternoon
but I managed to stay focused and to continue. I used walking sticks and
that helped. I am glad you have been to Machu Picchu as you will understand
how overwhelming it is. At that point I felt very scared of the big drops
but my husband said he also felt quite strange.
Overall I think the hypnotherapy helped to give me the confidence to go
and achieve the trail. I will now do more trekking and do not feel too
put off by the heights. I still would say that I have a degree of fear,
but maybe that is a healthy survival fear.
Holly Belton (15 years), West Wickham, Kent,
who came to see me as she was unable to go out on her own to the shops
or on a bus. This prevented Holly having fun with her friends and leading
the 'normal' life of a teenager - 26.9.2007
Paola helped me with my confidence and so I am abe to go out with my
friends now. Also while on work experience I was able to ask for a job
as I had the confidence to do so and I now have a job after school on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 - 6. I walk to and from
work. I am happy with myself and happy that Paola helped me.
Thank you, the hypnotherapy really worked!
Paul Harden, Welling, Kent, who came with a severe
needle phobia and needed to go to hospital to have a procedure to determine
the source of back pain - 13.2.2008
I have had a severe needle phobia since the age of 9 and could not even
look at someone having an injection or blood test on telly without feeling
like I wanted to faint. Since going to Paola and having my hypnotherapy
I am now calm enough and do not hyperventilate at the thought of having
a needle inserted in me. I was able to have an injection in my hand during
a hospital procedure recently without being knocked out by gas first –
this was a major achievement for me!
My wife is amazed at the results of the hypnotherapy. and we can hopefully
venture further a field now on holidays as I will be able to have an injection.
Lee Hollywood, Old Coulsdon, Surrey, who came
to see me as he had a problem with nausea and wanted to improve his memory
Being a mid twenties male, in a happy relationship, keeping active and
always having a smile on my face I suddenly developed an inability to
go to work without feeling incredibly ill to the point of being physically
sick. I was pretty sure I wasn't pregnant being a man, but the fear of
sickness had started to control my life and after the doctors had found
nothing with their endless blood tests, I decided to take matters into
my own hands and seek further help. This is when I decided to try hypnotherapy
After speaking to Paola, she quickly diagnosed that I was experiencing
symptoms of a panic attack and that various stresses in my life (up coming
professional exams, bereavements and hospital operations for close relatives)
had built up and started to have a noticeable effect on my life. Paola
got to the route of the problem with a personal one-to-one conversation
and developed a personal hypnosis CD that I could listen to every day
every day I came back from work. She also taught me a series of tapping
points (EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique) to reduce nausea, which worked
After listening to the CD a couple of times I could definitely feel a
difference and began to feel increasingly better in the mornings. Soon
I was getting on the train to work with little thought of the previous
sickness I had been experiencing and it has totally changed my life for
Being a convert to hypnotherapy we also decided to make a CD for my up
and coming professional exams and this worked to great effect with my
highest pass mark so far and that was despite studying for two exams rather
than the previous one. I entered the exam hall more confident than I had
ever previously been and I really believe that this had a big impact on
my final result. The icing on the cake was the good luck card I received
from Paola the week before my exam, which really helped to raise my confidence.
I now approach my exams, and life in general, in a much more positive
way and know how powerful the mind really is.
Many thanks Paola.
Zena Gardner, Hayes, Kent, who had been suffering
from insomnia, sent me a letter - 23.3.2008
Thank you so much for your help with my sleeping problems.
I was having such a bad time, waking up at 2.00am in the morning and not
being able to get back to sleep. After about four months of this I was
feeling dreadful. I had my first session with you and felt very hopeful
that things would improve. Then you gave me a CD of relaxing music and
you talking to me. Every night when I wake up I play it and go straight
back to sleep, sometimes even before the CD is finished. There are nights
now when I sleep all the way through. I no longer dread going to bed now,
as I know I am going to sleep well and deeply. I also feel much better.
I have more energy. My concentration is better and I feel happier.
I am so glad I came to see you.
Note from Paola: Every client gets an individual, personalised
CD as part of the treatment. This is made during the second session.
Sue from Kent, who was suffering from depression
sent me an email - 8.4.2008
I have found the CD to be very relaxing and I'm sure it has helped me.
I have found it difficult to listen to it every day, as a quiet hour is
often impossible to find, so I listen to it when I can. Also I think the
trigger words have helped. When my thoughts start, I say the words to
myself and it seems to put my mind on another, more positive track. I
didn't suffer with bad pmt last time, only slight and I haven't used the
prescription drugs. So things are much improved since my visit, I'm so
glad I came to see you.
Victoria Willis, Orpington, Kent, who came to
see me to help contol her IBS and to reduce her weight sent me an email
I am doing really well and have lost nearly 1.5 stone and I'm feeling
great. I treat myself occasionally, when out with friends so I don't deny
myself and I think that's the way to go.
As for a third session, not sure if I do need one. I listen to my CD on
my ipod when I feel I need a bit of empowering which seems to work. Will
get back in touch if I fall off the wagon!
I also feel calmer and happier in myself along with not so much shouting
at Sophie, my daughter!!
I will definitely refer you to any friends if they need help. Thank you
so much for your help with me.
Lisa Barson, Kenley, Surrey, came to see me to
improve her confidence and self esteem – 23.7.2008
I went to see Paola to try and improve my confidence, stress levels, weight
loss and my general well being I seemed to be stuck in a rut after having
my beautiful daughter who is now two. Unfortunately I had a hard time
during birthing and then my daughter was poorly for nearly 18 months,
which was a huge strain on us as a family. I needed some me time, time
to relax, as I didn’t know how to, time to reflect and time to focus
on me as a person I felt I had lost my identity along the way.
Paola is a very kind, thoughtful person whose expertise has and is still
helping me focus on improving all these areas. The sessions not only focus
on the here and now it also helps to heal other experiences you may have
had in the past and you have not yet been able to let go. The trigger
words, calming phrasing and positive attitude that Paola provides you
with can be adapted to any situation to help improve your behaviour on
a daily basis.
My main focus on life apart from my lovely family is to be well and happy
in myself. I feel I can now be more positive about myself, not to put
myself down and hide away but be proud of who I am and what I stand for
in life. I do feel more positive, my stress levels have calmed down a
little (hubby might disagree some days!) and my anxiety to be around people
and confidence in myself has changed for the better.
Paola is a true motivator anything is possible. Thank you Paola.
Sally Plumb, Hayes, Kent, who had a fear of flying,
wrote me an email 8.8.2008
The flight was great. Had some pangs of anxiety the day before the outward
flight but was great on the actual flight itself. In fact I really enjoyed
I got the old feelings of 'butterflies in my stomach' prior to the inward
flight and thought my new found confidence wasn't going to work, but actually
...fine again. The flight was less comforting on the way back- lots of
engine noise, older plane. We started our descent and supposedly ran out
of landing time, so had to ascend very steeply again. My husband who is
usually very calm got very nervous, as did a lot of the passengers. In
fact there was a round of applause when we landed the second time.
I stayed very calm. In fact I immediately thought of what you had said
on the CD, that everyone was trained to keep us safe. Felt very calm and
just thought that any alternative action would have ended in an accident
or near miss.
So yes I am actually looking forward to make next flight...or at least
I am not dreading it at all.
Thank You Thank you. I am going to keep on with the CD just to make sure
I have reprogrammed my brain.
I'll probably be back to you and get all my little foibles ironed out.
Ann Walkling, Sevenoaks, Kent, came to see me
to be more in control and to enjoy life - 24.2.09
Ann sent me an email
I wanted to express my thanks to you for the hypnotherapy sessions I had.
Albeit only two sessions but it has had a very positive effect on me and
the way I use the knowledge I gained from these sessions with decision
making. I know it helped me when I took my professional check test (for
being a driving instructor) a few weeks ago, I also used rescue remedy
as you suggested as a calming effect. I did pass my check test and passed
at a very high grade so was very pleased with that.
Yan Hammond, was living
in UK, and is now living in Prague, came to see me as he was suffering
from stress related panic attacks and sometimes work related anxiety –
I contacted Yan in Prague and this is his email to me 24.8.2009
I'm sorry I haven't replied sooner.
I've been so busy! Life has really turned full circle for me.
After I moved to Prague I spent 3 weeks settling in and I love it! It
still seems weird to think that I actually live there.
The life over there seems to suit me so far and I'm really enjoying it.
Then I got a call from London for some work. Which was great as the previous
months had been a bit lean.
I arrived back in London at the end of July for about 10 days work. I'm
still here now having done a full month with hardly any days off!
It has been crazy. A record month for me.
I'm tired but I have really enjoyed the work and the money will really
help me out.
My mental state is much improved and I feel positive and happy.
So, I guess I have to thank you for your part in helping me? To be honest
I haven't listened to the CD since our last session, mainly due to lack
But the treatment seems to have worked wonders for me. Long may it last!
Maybe I'll see you in the future when I need a pick up.
I have mentioned you to 2 friends so maybe you'll get a call.
Thanks for contacting me.
I'll keep you posted.
Jonathan – 12 years old, Surrey –
An email sent to me by his mother
Jonathan is a changed child.
After two hypnotherapy sessions a child who had become lacking in confidence
and nervous about; going to school, going out with friends, traveling
to school matches and full of self doubt, has reverted to his usual personality.
The most powerful thing about this is that he took control of his life.
After only two hypnotherapy sessions, he challenged himself in the areas
that he knew he needed to and his success was his own. This was not something
that his parents led or controlled, but we simply played a full supporting
role. We listened to and shared his sense of achievement as he challenged
his self-imposed boundaries, achieved his goals and consequently gained
in confidence. Such a valuable lesson to learn at the age of 12 that he
could take control and improve his own life.
His temper improved, he is a calmer person and parental attention is now
split more evenly between both children. It’s certain that the need
to provide so much emotional support for my son, detracted from the time
available to spend with my daughter.
There are areas in life that he still finds a challenge, but that is part
of growing up. He still loses his temper when he doesn’t reach his
own high standards, but that’s part of being 12. He is still demanding
at times, but he’s practicing to be a teenager. All in all life
is back to normal and nobody promised life would be easy.
Hugh Atkinson, Shirley, Surrey, came to see me
to learn how to cope with stress and anxiety, and to grow his fingernails
I have had a long standing problem to do with biting my nails. Indeed
I can never remember an occasion on which I actually cut my finger nails.
I must have been born biting them since birth! However, after just 2 hypnotherapy
sessions with Paola, that all changed.
I have not bitten my nails for 6 weeks. Indeed I have even bought one
of those little kits so that I can trim and file my nails. I still do
sometimes inadvertently put my nails to my mouth but a little
voice in my head tells me to stop!
Without Paola, I would still be munching away.
Pam Fox – Purley, Surrey, who came to see
me to overcome anxiety, panic feelings, lower her blood pressure and to
have better quality sleep and thus reduce the medication she was taking
– April 2010
Pam sent me this email 2.5.2010
I want to thank you so much for the help you have given me in getting
myself back to 'normal'!
I was having very severe anxiety problems, caused mainly by problems with
some of my medication not agreeing with me, and some health issues. My
doctor was not really much help and my blood pressure was going sky-high,
something I had not had a problem with previously. The panic attacks were
almost constant, sleep was very difficult and disturbed and I was at my
wits end and needed help, I was so exhausted.
I was not sure what to expect, but Paola was instantly very reassuring
and told me that together we could work towards getting my life back on
track and bringing down my blood pressure without the need of more medication.
I had three sessions in all and found each one more relaxing than the
last. I have two CD's that I listen to regularly and various 'triggers'
that I have to tell myself to calm me. I am so pleased to say that I am
now back to my old self and feel so much more in control. The panic attacks
have virtually ceased and I feel so much stronger and confident. The best
news of all was that when I last went to my doctors my blood pressure
had come down so much it was even lower than average. I was so pleased!
I am still weaning myself off of some medication, which has some unpleasant
side effects but feel so much more capable of dealing with it.
I am so grateful to Paola and so pleased that I found her. She is very
modest and said that she just gave me the tools and I did the rest. Well,
that may be so but I couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Paola.
NOTE FROM PAOLA – I record the second and third
hypnotic sessions in situ so each client has their very own personal Self
Hypnosis CD. In this way the client can continue to work at home at using
their Inner Power to make the improvements in their lives that they desire.
L J, South London, who came to see me for a needle
phobia in 2009 and wrote me this testimonial 7.7.2010
I went to Paola because I’d been getting increasingly terrified
of needles and it had got to the point where I had passed out and been
sick just being in the same room as my sister, who was having blood taken.
I was having trouble with IBS-type symptoms and my doctor had recommended
I go for a blood test. When I couldn't sleep thinking about the test I
decided to try hypnotherapy. Paola was recommended by two people I knew.
It was great talking to Paola and she asked me questions about all aspects
of my lifestyle and eventually established that many of my problems were
down to anxiety. She then worked with me over three sessions and via a
CD to teach me various methods of coping with anxiety. These included
breathing, visualisation and relaxation techniques.
Felling much more confident, I went back to the doctor to book in for
the blood test. I explained that I’d delayed the test while I was
having hypnotherapy and when I told him that I hadn’t had as many
tummy problems in the past six months as I’d been having before
he decided that I didn’t need to go for the test any more. This
was great news and I’m sure the hypnotherapy had helped with my
Since then, I have had inoculations for a trip abroad. I did burst into
tears the first time but concentrated hard on slowing down my breathing
and all went well. When it came to my second injection I breezed in and
out as if I was just going to buy a bar of chocolate – no tears,
no fast breathing, no stress! I am very proud of myself and so very pleased
that I went to Paola for hypnotherapy.
I am conscious that I had more of a problem with blood tests than injections
and I’m sure it will be harder to go for a blood test whenever the
time next comes but I am now confident that it won’t be that bad
and that I can control all the horrible things that used to happen to
my brain and stomach.
Thank you VERY much, Paola. I’m a new woman!
Francisca Bolweg, Beckenham, Kent, came to see
me to help her find a new, more permanent, relationship wrote me this
I went to see Paola about 4 months ago and can only praise her as everything
I asked her to help me with has miraculously worked out. Much Thanks,
Liz Eatwell, Petts Wood, Kent, who came to see
me three months before her wedding day as she was so anxious and wanted
to enjoy the day –23.10.2010
I just wanted to send you a quick email now that I’m back from honeymoon
to say a massive thank you for helping me get through my wedding day.
Much to my surprise the day went without any issues and I smiled from
the minute I woke up until I went to sleep – with a little wobble
at my Dad’s speech, but so did every one else.
Thank you so much for helping me learn to calm myself down – hopefully
I’ll get in touch in the near future asking for help with being
Thanks again for all your help
Elaine Miller, Downe, Kent, came to see me 2004
and again 2010 for a persistent cough - sent me an email 1.12.1010
The cough has stopped again and I am sleeping better too. Wonderful.
I also seem to have much more energy. I attribute all these miracles
to your hypnotherapy and I am so grateful.
David Fowler, West Wickham, Kent, came to see
me to have more confidence with both his music playing and singing in
public - wrote me this testimonial 21.12.10
I came to Paola to see whether hypnotherapy would help my confidence as
a musician. I found that playing and singing in public, I was often nervous
and found it difficult to play things I could manage quite well on my
own at home. After four hypnotherapy sessions I have much more confidence
and not only have I improved as a musician, but I’m also much calmer
S D, Surrey, came to see me for a problem with
acne – March 2011
I contacted Paola in desperation. For 20 years I have suffered from Acne
and have been unable to leave the spots alone. As a result they would
get infected and I would frequently end up walking around with scabs all
over my face. As a reasonably intelligent person I became extremely frustrated
that I was unable to control this behaviour. Any type of stress or anxiety
would make the problem even worse, so the stress of not being in control
of my actions began to cause a downward spiral. Some days I could hardly
stand to leave the house and would always be very self-conscious when
speaking to people. Some nights I would be unable to sleep as the spots
were so painful and I would also worry about the infected spots causing
I booked 3 sessions with Paola, not very confident that 3 sessions would
undo 20 years of destructive behaviour. I thought it would be very hard
to explain the problem as I found it extremely embarrassing to talk about,
but Paola was very patient, understanding and easy to talk to.
The results for me were amazing. After just one session there was a huge
improvement. After 3 sessions I was able to completely leave my face alone
and felt confident and in control. I have had the odd relapse but all
I have to do is listen to my CD’s and I am back in control again.
I can’t thank you enough, Paola; you have hugely improved my quality
of life and sense of well-being. If I have any other problems in the future
I will know who to turn to!!
Debs Howell, West Wickham, Kent, who came to
see me for a fear of flying – 22.02.2011
Debs sent me an email 24.6.2011
I have just come back from a trip to Spain and everything went extremely
well. I do need to listen to my CD more often, however, at the lead up
to the flight. The airport was all under control and I was really calm
– all thanks to you. My silly mind still wants to play games with
me and I start to imagine possible turbulence but I soon tell it I am
in control and I put the thoughts to the back of my mind – and it
Thank you so much for your help and if I do need to come and see you again
I will drop you a line.
With all best wishes for now and in the future.
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