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“ I have come such a long way from who I was when you first met me. With your help I have been able to put my past into perspective and not let it control me any more. I am so much happier now than I have been in a long time”
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Hypnotherapy can support many changes in life that are detracting from fully enjoying each day. Please find below case studies showing what changes clients have achieved when working with Caroline.

Client: Sally     Condition: Alcohol usage

When Sally first contacted me she, like many, expressed a slight scepticism towards hypnotherapy.

She was experiencing a growing dependency on alcohol over the last 12 months and had reached a point where she wanted to gain back control. Her scepticism was fed by a 6 week counselling course (based around another condition) which she felt had delivered little benefit.

The first session is always a gentle session supporting an experience of hypnosis. Sally described the feeling as deeply relaxing and noted how time had just flown by – as in this state of relaxation your perception of time changes!

Returning for her second therapeutic session Sally told me that she had not had a drink since the last session and more importantly, was not missing it. This session was a few days before Christmas and she was experiencing some anxiety that the normal festive activities would take her back to square one. However on her next visit (early Feb) she told me that Christmas had been great and she had gone through the whole Christmas period without a drink.

In Sally’s own words: Some how through the process of working with Caroline, I have overcome my ‘addiction’ to alcohol. I woke up one morning and simply said, enough is enough. I believe this is down to Caroline.”

Sally has since made periodic visits as a ‘top up’, typically when life is stressful, and she seeks to reinforce her new beliefs around drink. She is not teetotal and can enjoy a glass of wine of an evening, or share a few glasses with friends and enjoy it but she can also go out and not drink and no longer feels the NEED to drink.

When asked now what her impression of hypnotherapy is, she has moved from scepticism to, “It worked – amazingly!!”

If you are experiencing something in your life over which you feel you are losing control but may also have some scepticism, please do get in touch to find out more about this therapy.

Client: Sue     Condition: Lacking Self-worth

'My experience of working with Caroline'

Caroline has the unique ability to 'know' when someone is ready for change. Her natural perception, intelligence and strong kinesthetic awareness means Caroline 'instinctively' uses the ideal intervention, every time, to enable people to 'see' and deal with the underlying problem or root cause of a particular behaviour.

In my case Caroline noticed I exhibited a strong desire to please people, often at my own expense.

Caroline suggested a timeline style intervention and used a 'hypnotherapy' style questioning approach to help me discover where this belief of 'HAVING to please others first' had originated.

I remember clearly that 'we' went back through 2 or 3 generations and I discovered a 'bizarre' piece of information that, although made no logical sense at the time, gave me peace of mind and more importantly an understanding of the 'root cause'.

'The effects achieved'

Once Caroline had 'bought' me safely back 'into the room' I was amazed at 'our' discoveries. I seem to remember feeling peaceful and calm. The experience has now given my conscious and unconscious minds a chance to 'rationalise' and 'move on' thus 'freeing' me from the old strong desire to please! I am now 'in my own power'
and my choice to please others is NEVER at my own expense.

The intervention, followed an emotional period following the breakup of a 13 year marriage in 2000 and was also during a powerful training event with Tony Robins.

Caroline's ability to therefore 'maximise' the opportunity for change was profound and I am deeply grateful to her on all levels.

If you have Caroline 'in your life' now, please know you are safe and 'seen'; allow Caroline to heal the parts of you that are ready to change now.

Client: Rachel    Condition: "I just want to feel better"

Rachel came to Adding Zest with a desire nothing more specific than “I just want to feel better.” She found herself feeling very down and demotivated, her eczema was bad, she was frequently tearful and over-emotional, and there were many days where it was a struggle to get out of bed.

Rachel had a total of 5 sessions and her condition showed “significant improvement.” In her own words...

“There is way less intensity in experiencing negative emotions, definitely a ‘lighter’ feeling and the joy of rediscovering laughter. It is almost as though my range of emotions has broadened in number and variety...with less angst and intensity.

My goals and activities to achieve them are now crystal clear and my limiting beliefs are greatly reduced. This has led to increased motivation, a huge reduction in fear of failure and rejection and increased excitement in achieving goals. Also I am not put off by adversity along the way, am able to keep more balanced, deal with things and keep my eye on the prize...”

Everyone’s experience of hypnosis is unique to them, but new clients often ask what it is like. In Rachel’s case, “it actually felt like being completely awake but as a different part of me, if that makes sense? A focussed part and a part that could not be presented in a non-authentic/self controlled light.”

Rachel is now motivated to build a new career and is finding that new opportunities are coming to her now that her energy levels have a direction.

Client: Caroline    Condition: Sports Performance

Caroline was fit, regularly completing demanding gym sessions but when it came to running, she found herself giving up after just minutes. She was struggling to understand why her body would respond to the demands made of it the gym, but would not do so out on the track. “I knew it must be something in my head but I just couldn’t work out what! The hypnotherapist I worked was able to take me back to the age of 4. I was very badly asthmatic as a child and I recalled my Mum telling me as she dropped me off at school ‘not to run around or I would get wheezy’. My asthma was no longer an issue as an adult but I was amazed that this repeated comment heard has a child had had such a lasting impact. Having realised that, the behaviour was no longer relevant, the hypnotherapist helped me to let go of that child like instruction and the next day I went out and ran for 30 minutes. The difference was incredible and it was clear that the problem had been totally in my head. I then decided to sign up for a half marathon. I quickly progressed to covering 5-6 miles but then met another block. At this stage I would start getting painful stitches. So I booked another session. This time I went back to a time when I was 9 or 10. I was training 6 days a week as a gymnast and my developing body was struggling with the demands being put on it and I recalled getting various random aches and pains that would stop me training for a bit.

I understood this was my body’s way at that time of getting its own down time and now that I was back to making higher demands of it with the running, this old pattern was clicking back in. The therapist helped my adult mind to understand that I was in control and had the ability to train responsibly and again the child like behaviour was no longer relevant. From that point on, the stitches also stopped.

As part of the treatment I learned how to hypnotise myself and found this a great technique when I was running – just took my mind off to another place and let my body get on with the running.

I completed the Reading marathon in a respectable time – something I don’t think I could ever have done without hypnotherapy.”

Client: Angie    Condition: "I don't know which way is up"

This client came to see me with the brief simply that she had loss her direction. In her own words, “I feel like I am drifting on the sea and don’t know which way is up.”

She was someone with a number of pressures in life; a dependent mother, a teenage son with learning challenges whom she was bringing up as a single mother and most significantly, a job she hated. She wanted to move away from the area but felt that her responsibilities meant she had to stay in Salisbury.

Our work together was two dimensional – firstly looking backwards at what was ‘anchoring her’, accessing emotions she had buried that she was unaware of, and then looking forwards to create a future that motivated her to take action. The result:

She put her house up for rent and is in the process of moving back to where she grew up and where she feels she belongs.
Her mother has also found new accommodation and is moving with her so they can retain their close relationship.
Her son has found the perfect course he has been dreaming of doing in the local college and his application was accepted.
She has been offered a job and financially will be secure.
Whilst I will miss seeing her in and around Salisbury, I am delighted that she has found a new life for herself and is no longer drifting. What I also found particularly exciting was that her work not only found her new direction, but just like ripples in the pond, her action had an impact on those around her. Her mother was delighted at the prospect of going back to her home town and her son has opened doors to opportunities he had not found in Salisbury.

A few final words from her: “I am more confident and more focussed. It (hypnotherapy) has changed my life dramatically. I could not have done any of this without you”.

Client: Laura    Condition: Alcohol usage

Laura was drinking more than she had become comfortable with. ‘Habits’ had formed that had got to a level that she knew were becoming detrimental to her health, which was particularly important to someone who is a runner. She was particularly worried about a developing habit of coming home from work and drinking alone. But having an active social life, she didn’t want to become teetotal and never enjoy a cocktail with the girls either!

Like many people, the decision to get help starts with taking a brave step! “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from hypnotherapy and I was embarrassed about why I wanted the help,” said Laura when she first got in touch. However, as we got talking, Laura felt more able to relax and be honest about her habits accepting that she was in a safe environment where there were no judgements.

She, like many was also concerned about being hypnotised having seen various stage shows where people ‘performed’. We spoke through how hypnosis worked and the fact that it is a natural state of relaxation. The way that Laura now describes being hypnotised is, “It is very calming and relaxing – like when you are so tired you want to go to bed but can’t move…..without being really tired!”

Laura travelled quite some distance to the sessions so to make her journeys viable, we sometimes did double sessions which also allowed us to make swifter progress. The result of our work together was explained in her words:

“I no long drink on my own (big deal!!). I’ve lost a stone, I feel confident and happy ….and I'm finally in a really good relationship.” Laura’s experience reflects many of the secondary benefits of hypnotherapy. Whilst the focus is on helping one area of life – in her case, the drinking - improvements here can ripple out to other areas. Laura’s priority was not to lose weight, but the change in her drinking resulted in this, which has supported feeling more confident in herself also. It is a bit like the chain of dominoes – you knock the first one over and others behind it start to fall too.

Our aim however was not for Laura to give up drinking. Sharing a glass of wine socially is a source of pleasure for many. Our aim in working together was for Laura to be able to have those one or two glasses when out with friends and thoroughly enjoy them but also be aware of when she has had enough and be able to then swap to soft drinks comfortably. During the follow-up contact a couple of months after the last session, she was still happy with the changes she had made and confident they are the new habits.