Hypnotherapists in Benfleet
Monday to Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Hypnotherapy is a completely natural and safe way to bring about long lasting change and improvement in your life. People under estimate the capabilities of their own mind to do themselves good, as well as harm, but what better way to solve your problem or condition than using your own natural inner resources.
Hypnotherapy combines hypnosis, a naturally occurring and thoroughly enjoyable state of relaxation, with analytical techniques, to bring about positive changes to a persons current negative ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Virtually everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy, given that most people are not performing to their full potential; however it's not just potential that hypnotherapy can address.
The list of problems which can be treated is long and varied and clients are often surprised at the range of conditions that can be helped, the following are just a few examples: Fears/Phobias, Low self esteem, Stress Control, Quitting Smoking, Weight Control, Panic Attacks, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Exam Nerves/Driving Test fears, Social Phobias and much more.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of natural hypnosis and therapeutic techniques intended to help deal with emotional issues; it is a two way process between therapist and client. I cannot help you with something you don't want to deal with; I will however work with you to achieve whatever it is that you desire. As with any therapy, to realise success client commitment is needed.
When you are hypnotised you are totally relaxed, yet still utterly aware of your surroundings and what I am saying to you. When you relax like this it is the perfect opportunity for me to speak directly to your subconscious and when coupled with positive, therapeutic techniques this could help bring about positive adjustments in your mind (and in turn your body) that you are motivated to make.
Your mind consists of 2 elements; the conscious and the subconscious.
Your conscious mind is your logical mind - it deals with analysing situations, maths, language, reading, writing and ego. It uses rational thought, learns, understands and organises things, thinks and makes choices.
The subconscious mind is the more illogical mind (it is not always rational or appropriate!). It deals with emotions, memories, imagery, imagination, dreams, creativity and symbols. The subconscious will carry on doing things in a set manner even though it is clear that it may not be the best way or that another way may be more advantageous to you.
If you think about how the subconscious works you may begin to recognise where a lot of unusual behaviour comes from; you develop habits and get stuck in negative routines because your subconscious doesn't know how to change - this is where hypnotherapy could help you to change things.
I hold the following qualifications from EICH:
•Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis with Psychotherapy (DHP)
•Diploma in Hypnoanalysis (Advanced)
•Certificate of studies in Clinical Hypnotherapy
•Diploma in Psycho-Sexual Disorders
•Diploma - Cressinghams Virtual Gastric Band (TM)
•Diploma - WILL-STOP Hypnotherapy (TM)
•EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique)
I have attended further training in:
•Authoritarian Weight Loss Hypnosis training with Steve Miller (from the Sky 1 television show "Fat Families" )
•Childsplay Educational Kinesiology
•Advanced Forensic Hypnosis with Marx Howell
•NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) - Techniques in Practice
I also have a BSc (Hons) Open Degree in Psychology and Social Science.
I am currently undergoing additional Counselling training, which I am really enjoying. I have my CPCAB Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling Certificates and am in the final year of my Level 4 Counselling Diploma. After that who knows... maybe another degree? Or perhaps a rest!
I am a trained clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist based in central Benfleet, Essex. I am also an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or "tapping") practitioner and counsellor.
My office is private, spacious and designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is good parking, air-conditioning and good disabled access.
Close to both the A13 and A127
Having suffered from stress and anxiety, I reached out to Victoria for help following a recommendation. Victoria has massively helped me through difficult times and my mind is much clearer. She provided me with a number of tactics and methods to overcome a number of issues which has made me feel so much better in myself. I would wholeheartedly recommend Victoria and thank her for all her help.
Tony Baker - 01/12/2022 | report this review
There are few people in my life that have made a seismic difference to my life and those around me. Before seeing Victoria for the first time, depression had darken my days to the point of not knowing which way to turn. The sessions with Victoria have been priceless, guiding me through hypnotherapy to counselling to just being there to chat. Victoria's personal approach is professional and kind, you feel like you are her only client. I recommend Victoria to anyone who is suffering from depression as I was in the darkest of places, and now back to living life and feeling valued!
Ian Cummings - 14/11/2022 | report this review
With no exaggeration, I can honestly say Victoria has given me the ability to start enjoying life again. For many years I have suffered a fear of travelling. My fear not only impacted me mentally and physically, but also my long suffering family; having to deal with my emotional state. I travelled abroad recently, but due to having several hypnotherapy sessions with Victoria, I was able to cope with the journey, and actually enjoyed it; something I never thought I would say! Victoria is amazing, and highly recommend her.
Nita Hole - 03/11/2022 | report this review
Before meeting Victoria I suffered with really bad anxiety and panic attacks, I had been on medication for a long time , worked through cbt therapy and had very little effect. After working through a lot with Victoria I can honestly say that I don’t only feel better than I did before anxiety but I feel better and more positive than I ever have. I also worked through some phobias like heights, cats, birds and talking in public. I cannot recommend pathways hypnotherapy enough I really feel Victoria has given me my life back and a better one than I could have thought of. Also Victoria has been so lovely throughout and I will genuinely miss our sessions. I will be going back for the occasional relaxation session.
Jon Tompkins - 23/10/2022 | report this review
Victoria is a wonderful person, I felt really at ease with her, and felt I could tell her anything. I had a host of problems and considered myself a bit of a mess. I was unable to travel far from home, which severely limited my life and also affected the lives of my family, I also hated crowds and small places. Anxiety was a real problem. After around 8 sessions with Victoria my life has been totally transformed, I now just take everything in my stride and I can travel ! Both myself and my family have so much to thank Victoria for. Victoria used a mixture of EFT and Hypnotherapy and adapts your sessions to your needs, she is extremely knowledgeable and highly qualified and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help. Thank you so much Victoria!
Sue Moyne - 05/09/2022 | report this review
I approached Victoria a few months ago as I had chronic anxiety and found it difficult to function from day to day. Victoria listened carefully with patience in all sessions and instilled confidence in me with empathy and kindness. She has taught me how, with a few coping techniques, to deal with whatever life may throw in my path! I now feel able to look ahead with positivity and I am extremely happy with the results.
Anon Anon - 28/08/2022 | report this review
I have been going to Victoria for just over a year, she has helped me to overcome many challenges that I have gone through past and present. Originally I went to Victoria to help me overcome a fear of flying and after diving deeper I was able to heal from events that made my fear develop, I also unfortunately went through a miscarriage during the time of seeing Victoria and she really helped and supported me through it all. Having a safe place to go to is very important and Victoria has definitely provided that space for me during our time together. Victoria has many different methods of therapy and is very good and working out ways that work best for the individual. I would really recommend Victoria and her services.
Beverley Raymond - 28/07/2022 | report this review
Victoria has really helped me get through a thought stage in my life with my anxiety stopping me from going out with family, friends, going to work and just leaving the house. I’ve learnt some great skills which I will keep with me and use for the future. I have already begun using them and can feel the difference in myself from having these and from the sessions. I’m feeling more confident in being able to control my mind and stay calm in situations I never used to be able to. I’m looking forward to my future as opposed to dreading everything. Victoria was so friendly and easy to open up to about my worries and problems which made the whole process so much easier. I am so thankful for her help.
Rebecca Wood - 03/07/2022 | report this review
have used the hypnotherapy service and counselling, both of which I was made to feel comfortable and at ease and was given the safe, confidential space I needed to relax and talk. Victoria has helped me to restore the calm and balance in my life. She is very professional, friendly, extremely knowledgeable and is highly recommended.
Yvonne Baxter - 10/03/2022 | report this review
I had debilitating fear of confinement and tight spaces which was preventing critical medical treatment, an issue that conventional counselling hadn't sorted. Victoria cured this issue very quickly and my trust in her was such that I engaged her services for other issues. The premises are welcoming, comfortable, easily accessible and parking is good. I cannot thank Victoria sufficiently so all I can do is recommend her to anyone, even the sceptics like me.
Kevin D - 17/01/2022 | report this review
Victoria is just amazing. I went to her initially to reduce my reliance on Alcohol (achieved!) but I ended up getting help with a recent bereavement, my struggles at work, self belief...I could go on. I felt very comfortable with her from word go and I honestly Ieft every session with a spring in my step, but more importantly with the tools to deal with anything that life throws at me.
Fiona Leon - 01/09/2021 | report this review
I was recently made redundant. I was not sleeping and became very anxious about job hunting. With the tools Victoria has given me I have found the courage and confidence to get back up and believe in my strengths and abilities, I have my first interview in 14 years for a job I have never done and I feel very excited about the road ahead. I would highly recommend Victoria.
Bronn Critchlow - 27/06/2021 | report this review
Victoria has been absolutely fantastic, I went for 1 thing and ended up covering a very broad range of anxiety, bereavement, fears and loss with all sorts of really interesting methods that I had never experienced before. I recommend her to anyone and everyone! Thank you.
Jemma L - 27/05/2021 | report this review
Was suffering from anxiety for quite a while and decided to give Victoria a go. Was very impressed and pleased with the results, as I didn't no wot to expect or how bad I was fealing Definitely recommend 👌
Jel Beal - 06/05/2021 | report this review
Victoria has been a life changer, I am Petrified of surgery and always have a nightmare going to hospital I have to go regulary and I’ve tried everything! I had a tapping technique done and a couple other techniques throughout my therapy for general anxiety too! Today i had my surgery and I’ve never been so relaxed! It was such a different experience and this is all down to Victoria! I would recommend Victoria to everyone she’s so highly qualified in so many different techniques so she can tailor it for exactly what you need. She makes you feel so comfortable and at ease. I will defiantly be returning and feel great knowing I have someone who can help me Thankyou so much Victoria!!
Chloe Banks - 01/03/2021 | report this review
ving suffered with severe anxiety and feeling very down during COVID , I visit Victoria in November . I just finished 2.5 months of therapy and it has transformed how I feel about life. I'm feeling the best I have felt in years and I cannot recommend Victoria highly enough . I would also add that my Dad had suffered from depression most of his life and is now no longer suffering - after a successful therapy program with Victoria .
paul ellingford - 13/02/2021 | report this review
Victoria was brilliant - helped me with my driving phobia which occurred after a panic attack whilst driving! Would highly recommend. Victoria is welcoming, pleasant and listens to your concerns and provide a plan of action which if followed will definitely help! Would have no hesitation in recommending.
Chirag Pandya - 27/11/2020 | report this review
I had 20 sessions with Victoria and covered things like anxiety, fears, trauma, bereavement and phobias. I cannot express just how grateful I am for all the help she has given me. She is kind, thoughtful, tender, understanding and above all extremely professional. She used various techniques and I have found her work to be remarkable and outstanding. I really have been able to overcome so much no’s thank you Victoria, forever grateful.
Tracy Alton - 21/11/2020 | report this review
I cannot express just how thrilled I have been with the outcome of my Hypnotherapy. I have had about 15 session in totally and it has quite literally changed my life. I went to see Victoria regarding my eating habits and fertility. I am now able to handle stress much better which will increase my chances to conceive. My eating habits have completely changed beyond recognition. Victoria is so friendly and professional and I am overwhelmed with how supportive and kind she has been throughout my treatment. I have also had the hypnotic gastric band installed which so far has been amazing, it is still early days but after all the amazing results I have had from my sessions, I am more than confident that the band will help with my end goal. I would strongly recommend Victoria to anyone who is serious about seeking help with any challenging issues they may be facing. Thankyou Victoria 😊
Emma Hill - 23/10/2020 | report this review
I went to Victoria with a very sporadic anxiety issue. She is very professional and easy to talk to, she explained the methods well and made me feel comfortable and at ease. My anxiety rears it’s ugly head, usually when going on holiday, visiting places where I may not make it to a toilet to be sick. Part way through my treatment we went into lockdown so I’ve yet to test it properly, but I have every confidence that the tools I have been armed with will help should the need arise. We even dealt with some issues that I didn’t realise I had, all of which could have been contributing factors. I would definitely recommend you and may even return for a relax session, I don’t quite know where I went but felt calm and confident afterwards. Thank you Victoria
K Harding - 21/07/2020 | report this review
I went to Victoria to get help with a phobia, she made me feel relaxed and calm and I've left with the tools she gave me to help face my phobia. I highly recommend Victoria and can't thank her enough.
Daisy Crook - 23/01/2020 | report this review
I came to Victoria regarding an anxiety problem. I own horses and was having difficulty with my nerves riding one of them. I used to shake uncontrollably and cry before I had even attempted to get on. With only a couple of sessions, it had been turned around and I will never forget all that she has done for me. It was
dawn Bates - 28/11/2019 | report this review
Highly recommend Victoria! I attended Hypnotherapy sessions with Victoria for Anxiety... and I worry about everything!... The sessions have really helped me and put me in such a better place! I wasn’t sure what to expect at first and I was actually anxious to call to begin with, but after an initial chat on the phone my mind was put at ease and I’m so glad I did it. Thank you!
Dave Bedson - 14/08/2019 | report this review
I would strongly recommend Victoria, She has turned my life around and gave the tools to beat my phobia which I've had over 30 years. Know I enjoy getting up in the morning and look forward to the future. Thank you very much Victoria with all my heart
Barry Shorter - 12/07/2019 | report this review
If you’re looking for a therapist you can trust: an experienced therapist, with a wide range of skills and qualifications; a compassionate therapist with abilities that can truly help, then look no further. Victoria is a highly competent therapist who greatly helped me to overcome my many issues. She used a combination of hypnotherapy and EFT and provided me with tools that I can call upon throughout my life. If I ever find myself needing “support” in the future, I would have no hesitation in booking an appointment.
Martin Wood - 19/06/2019 | report this review
I came to Victoria after becoming anxious during the first weeks of my pregnancy, which really was an escalation of anxiety I already had. When I had my first session, Victoria spent a lot of time going through all my thoughts and concerns with me, showing compassion and care even over things that I felt showed the worst parts of my personality. Over the weeks I spent with her, Victoria listened and helped me more than I can say, helping me to re-frame things and make me realise that my emotions are valid and work on strategies and solutions to cope not only with my pregnancy but also lots of other things issues have plagued me for years. Due to my pregnancy, we are not able to just yet really delve into the whys and wherefores to try and resolve things more fully, but I fully intend to get into that once I have had my baby. For now, Victoria has really helped me to be able to cope so much better with the day to day for which I am very grateful. The hypnosis techniques have been great and reassuring, but also Victoria is a great listener, really making you feel like the time you spend with her is your time to really work on self care.
Keely Keeble - 13/05/2019 | report this review
I cannot recommend Victoria highly enough, she is friendly, professional and she helped me so much. I saw Victoria after having a bad anxiety attack while on holiday, once I was home I was in a complete mess and having very depressive thoughts and being very emotional. I was struggling at work as I could not concentrate, I lost my appetite and could not sleep. I went to the Doctors and they just wanted to put me on tablets, but this is not the route I wanted to go. I was a sceptical about hypnosis but I had heard good thing about Victoria and I didn’t know what else to do. It’s been a few weeks since I last saw Victoria and I have been good, maybe even better than before as she helped me deal with some of my phobia’s that could have contributed towards my anxiety attack.
Lee Bingham - 18/03/2019 | report this review
There are no words to describe how thankful I am to Victoria of pathways. On a general note Victoria is super organised, very welcoming and professional. She is dedicated and committed and above all amazing at what she is very qualified to do. On a specific note I went to Victoria in an absolute state of desperation having exhausted all over routes in the hope of easing my emetophobia. From my very first appointment Victoria had offered me reassurance, hope and answers. She made me feel “normal". She was extremely honest and managed my expectations. After each appointment I had new tools I could use each day to help me control my overwhelming fear that had truly taken over my life. Slowly week by week I could see the improvements, and today I can confidently say it no longer rules my life. There is no more desperation or despair. I am free of my phobia and ready to enjoy my life again. Victoria has changed my life. She adapted hypno scripts specially to aid me and what I was dealing with, writing her own pieces to personalise my treatment. She moved at my pace and the end result is truly fantastic. If anyone is reading this review as they feel they need hypnotherapy to help them at all.i would say give it a go. You can’t believe the powerful effect it can have on you until you have experienced it. It helps with so many issues and Victoria has years of experience to establish what’s causing the issue and how she can resolve the problems. A 5* review is not enough praise for how fantastic Victoria and her business is. From the moment you make contact, you will be reassured that things can change and will. And believe me they will.
Kirsty Potter - 22/12/2018 | report this review
I was very sceptical about hypnotherapy at first however Victoria made me feel at ease & explained everything in great detail, she is both professional & approachable. Hypnosis didn’t quite work for me due to the imagery side of it... it was made clear from this that I have Aphantasia. The great thing about Victoria is that she will try different techniques to best suit your needs. The technique that worked best for me was ‘EFT’. My main reasons for seeking therapy was due to low self esteem, jealousy & anxiety and I am amazed at the results. I still have some things I need to work on but feel I now have the right tools to do so. I can not recommend Victoria enough. Thank you xx
. . - 10/10/2018 | report this review
Had a Virtual gastric band a week ago, plus some sessions before to make sure I was ready and i have to say, so far so good. I have lost 12lb in the first week.Victoria is very professional at all times but so easy to talk to too. Would highly recommend.
Joanne Payne - 02/09/2018 | report this review
I would recommend Victoria's service at Pathways to anyone struggling with stress and anxiety. I was in such a dark place when I first came to Victoria but I am now in a happier and brighter state of mind and life. I cannot thank her enough for helping me to feel content, confident and happy. I always felt as though Therapy could be quite patronizing but never did I feel like this with Victoria. She is outstanding at her job and made me feel comfortable and safe throughout my experience. Thank you Victoria!
Suzan K - 30/05/2018 | report this review
To sum up my experience with Victoria I would say life changing. When I first visited Victoria I was an emotional wreck, anxious and very wired! I lost my dog 2 1/2 years ago but could not talk about him without crying, I could not remember good times as all I could see were bad visions. I had a problem with time that we also realised was to do with how I people felt about me. I would drive like a lunatic to get somewhere that I knew no matter what I would be early for anyway but I still panicked in case I was late; I could not switch off from work; everything I done I would worry how people would portray me. I’m not a nasty person but I used to think I may have said something to upset people; I hated going out and didn’t like to have even one drink in case I upset someone... We realised I never have and never will... people eating, drinking, breathing etc. would irritate the life out of me to the point I would feel majorly stressed! We realised I didn’t have a problem with that it was just a way of releasing the tension inside of me. I had many other issues that one by one Victoria “cleared out” for me. She is literally a miracle worker. You can feel the tension leave you as she works her magic! Don’t get me wrong it’s been a hard upsetting journey but I stuck with it and came out the other end a different person. I am so much happier and feel like I’m now leading a “normal” life. I enjoy the weekends now instead of stressing about work Monday morning. I appreciate what I have instead of stressing about what I don’t have and don’t need! One thing I would say is stick to it and keep going it will be worth every penny.
Emma Rice - 01/05/2018 | report this review
I have had a truly amazing journey with Victoria! I can't speak highly enough of her. I have gone from being constantly stressed and anxious about everything and not wanting to leave the house,to being a more confident, layed back and less stressed person. Now I let nothing bother me and take everything in my stride. At first I was quite sceptical, and walked away from it thinking it wouldn't work but after only a couple of sessions I started to feel the benefits and that was a wonderful feeling. If you are considering this treatment I couldn't recommend Victoria highly enough and I am living proof that it works !!!
Adam Baker - 05/12/2017 | report this review
It's taken me a while to write the review as I wanted to have a few occasions since finishing my hypnotherapy where I have come across spiders. I can honestly say this has changed my life! before I couldn't walk in my front door if one we on the window near it or above it, I found myself last night turning on the torch on my phone counting how many there were and looking at them closely saying to my partner all there after is someplace to live. I would go in to a total panic if I saw a spider whatever the size to the point were I would be frozen on the spot not able to breath, itching and just and in such a state my fear had got progressively worse over the years and very extreme in the last 5 years, to the point I though my fear is so bad I don't understand how anyone can get rid of it! but low and behold I have since put a cup over a spider (relatively small one) left them in my lounge, before I would have to get my partner to kill them (cruel I know) but now I don't want them to die I let my partner take them outside and don't think twice about them. Victoria has truly changed my life and her methods are amazing, I was sceptical at first but I was at my wits end so would try anything and I cannot believe how amazingly this has actually worked! if you are considering it please try it I noticed a difference after my 2nd visit. Can honestly say its one of the best things I have ever done. Thank you!
emily malone - 02/10/2017 | report this review
It's taken me a while to write the review as I wanted to have a few occasions since finishing my hypnotherapy where I have come across spiders. I can honestly say this has changed my life! before I couldn't walk in my front door if one we on the window near it or above it, I found myself last night turning on the torch on my phone counting how many there were and looking at them closely saying to my partner all there after is someplace to live. I would go in to a total panic if I saw a spider whatever the size to the point were I would be frozen on the spot not able to breath, itching and just and in such a state my fear had got progressively worse over the years and very extreme in the last 5 years, to the point I though my fear is so bad I don't understand how anyone can get rid of it! but low and behold I have since put a cup over a spider (relatively small one) left them in my lounge, before I would have to get my partner to kill them (cruel I know) but now I don't want them to die I let my partner take them outside and don't think twice about them. Victoria has truly changed my life and her methods are amazing, I was sceptical at first but I was at my wits end so would try anything and I cannot believe how amazingly this has actually worked! if you are considering it please try it I noticed a difference after my 2nd visit. can honestly say its one of the best things I have ever done. thank you!
emily malone - 02/10/2017 | report this review
The hypnosis sessions where deeply calming and led me to a beautiful gentle place that I can go to any time to help me feel better. The tools that Victoria has given me, I use daily and they have helped a hundred fold in ridding me of the anxiety that I had carried around for years. I feel pretty empowered and so much stronger, more at ease and confident when dealing with people, I highly recommend Victoria.
Marie Cassidy - 01/10/2017 | report this review
2-3 years of Insomnia and Chronic Anxiety. Biggest tips- Keep at it, and keep an open mind. Hypnosis is not magic, no one is magic, but it works in the long run. It may not work straight away, it may take some weeks, but what is that compared to the rest of your life. Victoria will give you lots of techniques and methods to help day to day activities you might struggle with. Stay focused, and do what is required of you by Victoria, and the rest will come together. I am feeling much better than when I started 13 weeks ago.
Anon Ymous - 27/09/2017 | report this review
For the last couple of years depression and anxiety had found a way of taking over my life and unfortunately I waited until I was at my lowest point to finally start seeking help. Victoria tapped on to what caused my depression and helped me manage my anxiety levels. Her techniques allowed me to start improving the way in which I saw myself and allowed me to understand that it's okay to have problems. So I would definitely recommend her to anyone dealing with mental health issues just like me.
Lu Gama - 11/09/2017 | report this review
I was a bit sceptical to start with and unsure what to expect but Victoria made me feel relaxed and explained the process at the first appointment. I had tried other "traditional" treatment for my stress problems but, although they helped, I feel the treatment I got with Victoria done more to get to the "root of the problem". It has only been a week since I finished the treatment but I am feeling better than I have done for years and ,in agreement with my doctor, started to come off antidepressants which I now feel completely ready to do.
Tony Sweetland - 30/08/2017 | report this review
Victoria was amazing. She was very professional and methodical in her approach. I went initially to become more motivated for exercise and to reduce the alcohol consumption. This was tackled along with the hidden factors behind the lack of motivation and the reasons behind the alcohol consumption. The result of the treatment is a more motivated, content and able to take control of any situation. Passed issues were dealt with in a quick and efficient way, not only with hypnotherapy but with multiple methods that Victoria is trained in. Victoria is definitely very very good at what she does and I would 100% recommend her to anyone.
catherine mead - 04/07/2017 | report this review
I would like to say thank you to Victoria for helping me. She is professional, compassionate and thorough. She will work with you to achieve the best possible result. Not only did she work hard in the room but she also prepared well for our sessions, using information provided by me. I also found her to be adaptable and patient. On occasions I arrived at my session upset about an event that had happened to me during the week and to help me, she adapted the planned session to deal with the immediate problem. One of my issues was driving on long unfamiliar journeys. However, I now feel more confident about driving. In fact I took off this morning around the lanes and countryside of Dorset to an unfamiliar destination for me and I actually enjoyed the drive! My anxiety levels have also dropped considerably. Thank you again Victoria.
Anon Anon - 03/07/2017 | report this review
I approached Victoria when my bad eating habits and anxiety starting getting out of control, the first meet was a free consultation where her warm and comfortable environment made me feel safe and happy, I started the sessions (3 sessions total) now my anxiety feels none existent and no panic attacks since, as for my bad food habits I am now leaving food on my plate and starting to feel much better , all in all a great experience with Victoria and would defiantly recommend :) x
fay north - 02/08/2016 | report this review
I first went to see Victoria to help cure me of a food phobia (primarily vegetables) which I have had for almost 2 decades. Just a few weeks in and I was cured of the phobia; I can try new foods without convincing myself beforehand that I don't like them so now my palate has widened and I am able to eat considerably more types of food without panicking and my diet is so much healthier. It's amazing quite how much this has changed my life; I don't have to feel embarrassed at a restaurant or make excuses not to go to a friend's for dinner. On top of this we also worked on my cravings for things like chocolate and ice cream and after just one session they were gone; I still enjoy them very much when I do have them but I'm in control now, I can step back and evaluate whether I am actually hungry and whether I have been quite healthy recently before allowing myself a treat rather that have an overwhelming need to eat whichever craving was prevalent and then be racked with guilt and remorse afterwards. We also worked on my motivation and completed a food diary; now I'm thinking more about what and how much I eat so my calorie intake has dropped by at least 40% (even over Easter!), my diet is healthier, my portions are down, I'm exercising more regularly (and enjoying it) so as a result I'm finally noticeably losing weight and feeling so much better in myself. We also worked on my self confidence which has gone up so much and tackled my phobias; for example previously I would sleep in another room to avoid a spider if there wasn't anyone else to get rid of it, now I just catch them and put them out and it is no bother. The whole experience was amazing; Victoria is so welcoming, friendly, easy to talk to and non-judgmental, I ended up saying far more that I ever thought I would and it has helped so much. I came out of every session feeling both relaxed in myself and energised and always looked forward to the next one, I honestly can't recommend Victoria enough or thank her enough for all the help she has given me.
Megan Pounds - 11/04/2016 | report this review
Really do appreciate all you've done. Turns out there was a whole load more than I ever imagined rattling around and although I sort of believed I'd get a quick fix through hypnosis....basically because I was probably a tad naive going into it, the whole experience has taught me a lot....I never took life too seriously but carried a lot of serious stuff without knowing it deep down. Nice to have put it all in perspective and some or all of the suggestions implanted seem to be working their way to the front of my mind during my day to day life...who knew ! Thanks again.
Paul T - 29/03/2016 | report this review
Had anyone suggested a few years ago that I’d benefit from hypnotherapy, I would have laughed. But after several years of stress and turmoil at work I’d become moody, depressed and overweight, and my ‘get up and go’ had, well, gone! Then someone suggested visiting Pathways, and I’ve never looked back – Victoria has been instrumental and invaluable in helping me get my life back in order. On arrival I was welcomed into an airy and well-lit room that felt both serene and relaxing. Victoria spent a few minutes explaining how she operates, then, having got the formalities out of the way, the consultation began. Victoria has a compassionate and therapeutic approach which makes her very easy to talk to – and, more importantly, trust (very important when extracting those skeletons one’s kept locked in a cupboard for years); she has a way of making one feel completely at ease even when talking about difficult subjects. She’s also very perceptive, listening carefully and delicately asking probing questions that don’t seem intrusive yet still get to the roots of matters – and, the process certainly helped me to recognise, understand and accept them. Once the underlying issues were clearer (some of which went back much further than I would ever have assumed), she moved on to the next stage. As can be seen from her website, Victoria is qualified in a number of techniques and is adept at selecting the one most appropriate to each case. Hypnosis was nothing like I expected. Was it a totally pleasant experience? No – but digging into a past I’d kept hidden for years was never going to be easy: there were tears, but laughter, too. Was it worthwhile? Definitely! The therapy was undoubtedly successful, while the generous support Victoria offered afterwards helped me to develop the strategies I needed to move forward: friends and family have noticed a significant change for the better and several months later the results are still with me – I can’t thank her enough! Victoria is the consummate professional therapist. Having been to see her now on several occasions for a variety of issues, I have no hesitation in recommending her – she’s undoubtedly the best I’ve visited.
David A - 28/09/2015 | report this review
I saw Victoria for issues concerning weight and was put at ease on the first time of meeting her. She helped me deal with the reasons I over ate and am very pleased with the progress I have made in my life. Many thanks A S
ann skyrme - 13/09/2015 | report this review
I recently approached Victoria about my anxiety to find out if she could help. Victoria got back to me quickly which I was very please about and arranged a free consultation. We had a chat around how I'm feeling and what she could do to help. I am very pleased with the result and am doing things I wouldn't normally. Would highly recommend Victoria to anyone looking in to hypnotherapy. She is very down to earth, open and a welcoming person.
Chelze Edwards - 28/01/2015 | report this review
I went to see Victoria because I had been the victim of trauma and rape. I wasn’t sure if this kind of therapy could help me forget about what had happened – it turns out it couldn’t help me forget, but it could help me get through the pain and discomfort that went with the memories. I was finding it difficult to be intimate in new relationships which caused me distress and made me feel vulnerable. When my partner would try to talk about sex or get angry at me through frustration (as they didn’t know why), id push them away making it virtually impossible to be in a long term loving relationship. I also found myself being overly cautious in situations like going out, walking alone, being home alone and meeting new people- as I would always think the worst would happen again. Now if I find myself thinking about it, or seeing it on TV, it doesn’t affect me in the same way it did and I can accept it as a part of my history instead of a part of my present. Victoria treated me with respect in a non-judgmental way and didn’t push me for gory details. She enabled me to tell my story without pressure or making me feel dirty or to blame something I think most people fear that have been raped so they never tell anybody. After completing therapy with Victoria I am now in a loving relationship and I feel more settled in myself looking forward to each new day with my partner. I am no longer held back by the memories that haunted me every day and I feel like I can see good in the world again. Hypnosis helped change my life – you don’t need to let bad experiences hold you back something can be done about it. To those who are still suffering and sceptical you have my word this works!
Anonymous Client - 05/01/2015 | report this review
I would highly recommend Victoria. I went to see her as I was suffering from anxiety in general but especially at the school after a bad experience with other school mums. As a result of the bullying, I was bursting into tears every time someone was kind to me or said something nice as my self-esteem had hit rock bottom. Victoria was able to rebuild my self-esteem and release all the negativity involving the school experiences enabling me to now face the bullies without feeling powerless. I no longer have anxiety attacks, flush up red in the face or get palpitations when near these people at the school. I haven’t forgotten what they did but it doesn’t affect me anymore. Going through treatment for this raised other unresolved issues that were contributing to my self-esteem issues and only upon the resolution of these did I realise how much they affected me in day to day life. I can now accept myself and my past decisions and feel at peace within myself. I can now look to the future with positivity and feel that things are a lot less complicated so I can enjoy life. Thank you Victoria Regards Stephanie
Stephanie Sapsford - 05/01/2015 | report this review
Victoria has been totally professional at all times. Her way of working is thorough and confidence building. Recommend her to others needing anxieties etc dealt with. Extremely easy to talk to and discuss fears.
anonymous anonymous - 01/12/2014 | report this review
I have just finished my time with Victoria, and must say I feel like a completely different person , no actually that is incorrect, I feel how I used to be before I had anxieties. I had not been in a lift for 23 years and this was starting to take over my life. But since having hypnotherapy with Victoria I now feel I have the tools and positive attitude to live my life the way it should be lived and the way I deserve it should be lived. Victoria is such a calming and positive person and I felt so comfortable in her presence from the very first session. I was able to relax fully in her environment and felt no pressure to say or do anything I did not want to do. And the best thing of all I HAVE BEEN IN A LIFT 3 TIMES since. New adventures here I come!!! Thank you so much Victoria. Clair 04/10/2014
clair wat - 04/10/2014 | report this review
I was very low when I first saw Victoria and also nervous about hypnotherapy but I had nothing to worry about. Victoria's calm and encouraging manner was great. After several months, I am back to my normal self - coping with everything without feeling panicked or stressed. This worked very well for me and I suggest you give Victoria a try.
M C - 02/09/2014 | report this review
I found Pathways hypnotherapy sessions to be very beneficial with dealing with confidence and anxiety issues combined with work stresses. I was a bit uncertain, perhaps even skeptical, prior to the first session however Victoria is very professional and soon makes you feel at ease. The improvement I observed in myself over the course of the sessions was quite remarkable and I am very grateful to her for giving me the confidence to succeed. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
Phil M - 11/08/2014 | report this review
I felt that the Pathways Hypnotherapy sessions Victoria provided have been greatly beneficial to my confidence and how I see myself. Victoria was approachable and understanding, as well as being very professional in every session we had. I am fully satisfied and would highly recommend Victoria and the service she provides.
Catherine Smollett - 28/06/2014 | report this review
Pathways Hypnotherapy sessions helped me deal with the stress which built up towards the end of my degree with all the workload preventing me from having a decent nights sleep as I would stay up all night stressed. Victoria gave me methods of managing the stress, also the stress was causing me to have panic attacks and I was anxious when being outside (incase another panic attack occured) she has help me control my anxiety and I am much better now. I would recommend Victoria to anyone considering to user her as she is very professional and it would be a great help.
Anonymous Anonymous - 22/06/2014 | report this review
I was very impressed with the professionalism of Victoria. Emotional difficulties that I have carried with me for years have I feel at last been resolved. I am truly grateful and would highly recommend Victoria and the service she provides. Nicola S
Nicola Smollett - 18/02/2014 | report this review
I used Pathways for an issue I had with glossophobia. Before I began my sessions I was a bit apprehensive and didn't know what to expect from it all. I arrived for my first session and Victoria soon put me at ease and made me feel very comfortable. I have seen a big improvement in myself from the sessions and am very grateful that she has remedied this phobia I had so I can progress and fulfill a successful career. Would highly recommend Victoria's work to anyone who is considering, excellent from start to finish.
Chris O - 18/02/2014 | report this review
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I was suffering with anxiety, panic attacks and confidence issues so I decided to get help and found Victoria on the internet. I did not know what to expect but I found Victoria to be very professional and I felt comfortable from the off set. I found her to be a great listener, she gave great advice and I found my sessions in regards to Hypnotherapy and EFT to be very effective. I have come away with some very useful life skills and I am now feeling very confident and focused and the anxiety now is a thing of the past. I would recommend Pathways Hypnotherapy to anyone!
[Lee, 2012, Hypnosis for Anxiety and Panic Attacks]
I found my time with Victoria extremely valuable. I feel more confident, more relaxed and have control over the emetophobia (fear of vomit or being sick) I have suffered many years with. I would definitely recommend Victoria and hypnotherapy.
[JKN1, March 2013, Hypnotherapy for Emetophobia]
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