My Hypnotherapy Testimonials
Hypnotherapy for musicians
For years I had suffered from performance anxiety (stage fright) which meant that despite working tirelessly to learn my parts, and being able to play them perfectly at home, once on stage I was making errors on even the simplest pieces. My playing lacked fluency and I would hold back, almost expecting a mistake with every note. The problem became worse over the years and the harder I fought against it, the worse it became. It was making me miserable and I was facing the loss of income and the thing I loved to do most.
Realising that my problem was ‘all in the mind’ I decided to try hypnotherapy as a last resort. I had always been sceptical of hypnotherapy but was so desperate I would have tried anything. I sincerely believed that no one would be able to hypnotise me although I really wanted it to work.
During my session with Chris he took considerable time to listen to my problem and to explain how he was going to fix it. To my amazement I was hypnotised quite easily and felt extremely relaxed during the whole process. He uses a technique that provides him feedback to ensure that he is getting through, so once it was over I knew that it had worked. The anxiety associated with playing in public seemed to have been switched off. As my next gig approached, some of that confidence had started to wane and I became concerned again. But on playing the first piece I knew that it had indeed worked, it seemed like magic, but it wasn’t, it really had worked. Later in the night I made a mistake due to a distraction on stage. Normally this would have started a downward spiral of negativity and more mistakes, but it didn’t. I laughed and carried on. It was the only one of the night.
Chris hasn’t made me a better guitarist but he has removed the barrier that was preventing me playing to the best of my ability in a gig situation.
He cares about his work, he is diligent, patient and thorough and I strongly recommend him to any musician who suffers the pain of performance anxiety. My only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Chris who has helped me with various issues over time.
I know this is truly down to his skills and support that I have overcome certain problems. Therefore I can’t thank him enough.
He is a very talented therapist who I highly recommend.
Thank you Chris. I am so very grateful.
Just wanted to say a huge thanks for helping me conquer my fear of heights/loss of control. I honestly am truly grateful!
Without your help I would’ve never been able to get on the large zip wire, climb the climbing wall or jump off the power fan at Hilltop adventure centre. I felt in control at all times and have been able to do things with my kids that I was afraid to do before and would’ve made an excuse to get out of. It’s not just my life you have changed but there’s too!
Can’t believe it took so little time and work so well – I must admit I didn’t think it would work for me!
I wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me overcome my fear of flying & heights.
Initially I undertook the therapy with you to enable me to fly out to Thailand to visit my daughter & son in law who had been working abroad for over 7 years. In all that time I had never felt able to visit them in any of the amazing counties where they were posted.
I was confident that the work you had done with me would be successful when a few days later colleague at work said ” if someone told you you had to step outside and get on a plane right now would you do it?” Without hesitation I replied with an unequivocal “Yes I would.”
I was unaware of it but as the time for my first flight drew near my husband & son had planned several strategies to ensure they got me as far as the airport at least. Both of them were dumbfounded when I was absolutely fine and needed no extra reassurance or support.
My husband was even more amazed when I was calm & composed during take off & for the 12 hour flight. I would not be being honest if I did not admit to being a little nervous during take off & landing but that I believe is normal for most seasoned flyers anyway & for someone who had been crippled with panic at the very thought of flying a tiny hint of nerves was miraculous. My husband said he expected me to be gripping his hand and sobbing with fear, as it happened I was busy reading a book.
My fear of heights has abated too and since the therapy I’ve been able to walk over the high open gangway & climb South Stack Lighthouse and climb up and stand on the summit of Snowdon & enjoy the views. A short while before the hypnotherapy I had been on a family outing to Matlock and got in the cable cars to go up to the summit of the Heights of Abraham. I ended up trying to contain a panic attack traveling up & my husband had to walk me down the path to wait at the bottom while the rest of the family enjoyed the facilities & views at the top.
So the pleasure I got from being able to beat my fear was amazing.
We have also recently had a wonderful holiday in Kos with another of our daughters which meant taking flights accompanied by two of our toddler grandchildren. I could not possibly have supported their parents with them during the journey if the hypnotherapy you helped me with it had not been so successful.
What the hypnotherapy has achieved is to open up and widen the experiences I can now enjoy with my family.
Thank you so much.