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If 'yes', get in touch, and let's have a chat. You can tell me what you want help with and I'll explain how I work. We can then both decide if we're a 'good fit' and plan the next step. Committing to therapy can feel like a big decision so it's important to be confident with your choice.
I'm a very experienced therapist, clinical supervisor for therapists, and founder of London Hypnotherapy Academy. I have worked with a wide range of concerns in the last two decades but now choose to specialise in anxiety-related and complex self-esteem issues as well as medical problems that are exacerbated by anxiety or stress. Think of the shed loads of energy you’ll have when you’re no longer over-thinking or running the ‘what ifs.’
Scroll down to see some of the concerns people seek my help with. If you're unsure if I work with the issue you want to resolve, just ask; I'll be happy to recommend one of my training school graduates if I'm unable to offer you an appointment or refer you to a therapist colleague from my broad network.
What are you struggling with?
Experienced primarily (but not exclusively) by women, imposter syndrome is a manifestation of low self-esteem. Eager for approval, children of critical parents or well-meaning, but pushy or high-achieving ones, strive to prove their worth. Sadly, the 'evidence' of their success, or efforts, fails to satisfy the adult child who expects to be rumbled as a fraud. Successful women frequently study for more and more qualifications or work longer and harder than those who don't suffer from this anxiety-inducing syndrome, all to no avail. As someone who used to struggle with imposter syndrome despite my achievements, I understand this issue well, but thankfully, I know some pretty cool strategies for shutting the self-talk up!
If imposter syndrome has haunted you, held you back, or driven you to work harder than others, please give me a call. I'd love to work with you to silence that 'not good enough' narrative so that you can recognise your talents, trust your ability and live a happier, more confident life!
Lorraine's hypnotherapy sessions were a mind-opening and life-changing experience. If you think you know what hypnotherapy is all about or even if you're a sceptic, I'd still say go. Lorraine is refreshingly calming, open, and straight-talking and her approach is big picture thinking. She doesn't help you sticky tape it - she helps you address the real cause - Sarah
Most of us have experienced anxiety at some time or other, but many people live with it day-in, day-out. I think we'd probably all agree that anxiety sucks and serves no useful purpose. It can shrink your world and drain the pleasure out of the present; this is because your head is in the future, fretting about the what-ifs... the things could possibly happen, but probably won't! Anxiety impacts on your sleep, your immune system, your sex life, and your ability to have fun. Working with clients who want to be free of the what-ifs and to live in the moment is something I really enjoy. It's great to see them learn new ways of handling situations and people and I'd love to teach you too.
When I went to see Lorraine I had severe anxiety - I was getting anxiety attacks 2 to 3 times a week. After the first session of hypnotherapy, I really began to see a change, and the anxiety attacks stopped happening. After 6 sessions my anxiety symptoms completely disappeared - Kim
When people think of trauma or PTSD, they think of the military, victims of violence, or witnesses to tragic events. The reality is that trauma is far more far-reaching than this and those who have experienced trauma often keep their distress to themselves. Unprocessed trauma can lead to unhelpful coping strategies, depression, and self-harm (in all its forms). Thankfully, new and powerful techniques and therapies are now available that allow traumatic events to be processed without re-traumatising the individual. The sharing of painful or embarrassing details is often unnecessary using these modern techniques.
Without suppressing or denying their past experiences, I help clients to process their trauma so that the distressing 'sting' is taken out of the memory allowing them to function more comfortably free from the fear of flashbacks.
"It feels amazing to be free of the fear and obsession that used to fill my life, I have much more time and energy to focus on the things that are really important" - Fiona
If you put the needs of friends, family, or colleagues before yours but feel like you're being exploited or taken advantage of, you are not alone. Many people tolerate toxic friendships or bossy colleagues or siblings because they don't know how to express their needs or assert themselves. This can lead to them feeling unimportant and resentful.
I help clients to communicate assertively and effectively so that they can break old patterns and enjoy new confidence and respect.
After three sessions I am internally calm and clear, my mind just doesn't go to the places it went to at all. I have lots more energy and I can see and feel the comparison to how I was and how I now am as truly transformative. Thank you Lorraine, you were a gift to me - Lisa
No matter how long you feel you've had it, low self-esteem isn't something you're born with. It usually develops over time perhaps through subtle or overt criticism by a parent, sibling, teacher, or partner. If you've experienced neglect, bullying, a lack of encouragement or praise, your confidence and self-belief will have been impacted, no question. The first step to feeling better about yourself is to recognise that beliefs are not facts; beliefs are opinions and so can be changed. I can't change your history, but I can help you to feel differently about it, and to feel differently about yourself.
If you want to experience a shift in your outlook or sense of self-worth, give me a call. I'll help you to overwrite the negative internal dialogue, so you can live your life with optimism and enthusiasm.
I just wanted you to know that you made a huge positive difference to my life and I still often think of the things you taught me. I feel so glad that I came to you and sorted out some of my 'issues'. If I hadn't I would still be suffering from some painful problems - Georgia
If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth you'll know how distressing it can be, whether it's the physical problems such as headaches, jaw and neck pain, or dental damage. Your dentist may have supplied you with gum shields to prevent damage to your teeth, but these aren't designed to stop the grinding or clenching, just to limit the damage. The clients I see for bruxism (the medical term for teeth grinding) want to stop doing it so they don't have to wear uncomfortable mouth guards. The good news is that in common with other automatic stress-related behaviours, hypnotherapy can be useful in changing the habit and I'm experienced in working with this condition. Helping you to deal better with any stress and anxiety is the first step, but addressing any related underlying issues and or things that trigger the behaviour is important for long-lasting change.
I worked with Lorraine to address a traumatic event from earlier in my life and to be able to move forward positively. Her sessions enabled me to look at things from a completely different perspective, to change the inner commentary of the mind which can swirl around us each day. I highly recommend Lorraine's therapy to help you address major issues in your life or to be able to make changes for the better.
If you suffer from presentation nerves you'll know that it not only causes brain fudge but physical symptoms too. The logical part of you might know that you are capable and know your stuff but you might still feel like you're going to puke or pass out when required to step into the spotlight or speak in meetings.
Don't let the fear of freezing, drying up, or saying something stupid, ruin your life, or limit your career options. I've helped countless smart and talented people who were terrified of 'stepping up' to overcome their demons so that they could present effectively without weeks of nerves, nausea, or upset tums. I'll work with you to make this terror a thing of the past so you can do whatever you want to and be comfortable in your own skin.
After my first session, I was overwhelmed at how powerful the hypnotherapy session with Lorraine was. I already felt something in my subconscious had been ‘spoken to’ and told to behave itself and to put itself in order so to speak. After a course of sessions, I now feel that I have grown in confidence and so in myself and feel taller and stronger to deal with certain situations which I would've previously tried to avoid - Claire
If there's one thing I've seen more clients for help with than anything else, it's probably disturbed sleep. Lack of sleep increases anxiety and irritability but also reduces optimism, a desire to socialise, or interest in sex, so it pretty much messes up everything. You may have had a sleep problem for a while or it may have become worse since the pandemic started. You may know that a quiet mind is a pre-requisite for sleep but how do you achieve that? If you are in the habit of thinking when you should be kipping, you may feel that you're losing the plot. Many clients I see know about good sleep hygiene but can't break the pattern of fretting or overthinking.
I work with clients to break their pattern of poor sleep, fretting about sleep, and trying too hard to sleep so that they can switch off, sleep better, and feel human again.
After one session Lorraine's hypnotherapy changed my basic mindset towards my daily anxiety and resulting insomnia. After just two sessions I felt able to approach problems in a more relaxed way and was sleeping better. It's definitely worth giving hypnotherapy with Lorraine a go - Rachel
Most of us like to feel in control most of the time, but if you have a phobia or exaggerated fear, there'll probably be times when you just react and even risk harm to get away from the thing that freaks you out. This could be a living creature, an inanimate object, an environmental thing such as water or heights, or almost anything else. If it were rational, rather than automatic, you'd just explain to yourself that you're safe, and whoopy doo, happy days. But the subconscious doesn't work like that and if it has 'stored' a message that this 'thing' is unsafe it will try to protect you by having you get the hell away from it. The good news is that I know how these maladaptive strategies work and I know how to change the internal message. In fact, I know lots of different ways!
Many people are happy to live with a phobia, especially if it's one that many people have, but if you've had enough of that fear or phobia making you look crazy or feel out of control, let's talk. I've helped people eradicate their phobia quickly and painlessly so that they can feel safe wherever they are.
I had my lifesaver tests today as part of my training and I’m happy to say that I had a really enjoyable day! I’m so glad I sought therapy and that I’ve overcome such a huge fear!! Thank you so much for all your help as I couldn’t have got through today without it!! - Laura