'I have struggled with low self esteem since childhood and as a result have always found difficulty in seeing or accepting positive things about myself and my life. Prior to hypnotherapy with Leila, I was at times very fearful and struggled with anxiety and panic. This coupled with chronic joint pain, affected my ability to sleep and to concentrate during the day. Fear of the deteriorating joint condition was feeding the negative cycle and at work I felt increasingly affected by feelings of being unable to cope, particularly in situations involving conflict or argument.
I was a hypno-sceptic. My only direct experience of hypnotherapy was at a group event, which had absolutely no effect on me. I had read many self help books and tried meditation and various therapies but hypnotherapy is not something I would ever have considered were it not for my friendship with Leila. I had no pre-conceived expectations but decided to keep an open mind and put my total trust in her, believing that if Leila could help me to turn around my negative outlook and improve my mindset, she would be able to help anyone.Leila encouraged me to discuss my priorities and set outcomes for the therapy. She listened and explored and understood straight away that in simple terms I was "fearful of being fearful".
Hypnotherapy is not how I imagined it to be. I experienced it as a deep relaxation and felt present throughout as Leila counted me down unseen steps into my consciousness and my distant memories. I was able to recall early childhood fears clearly and then later, to be able to physically draw some of them to look at and dismiss them so they no longer controlled me. Leila recorded the hypnotic suggestion which I played at bedtime to help with the fear and insomnia and if I woke up I would play it again.
My panic disappeared almost immediately but I still had some issues around feelings of inadequacy, not being good enough, so 2 months later, Leila did a top up session where we looked more specifically at childhood memories around being alone and being in trouble. I had also been struggling for over two weeks with pelvic pain, requiring analgesia in the night so Leila talked me through a healing hypnosis with quite dramatic results. I felt significant releases and shivers at the time, results which continued the next day with a detox effect so dramatic that my clothes felt looser by lunch time and when I weighed myself at tea time I had lost 5 lbs in 24 hours! My pelvic pain had gone and I could sit cross legged for the first time in years.
There have been so many positives from working with Leila, from understanding where my problems came from, to feeling I can let go and move forward but if I have to pick the single best result, it has to be: Finally understanding that being me IS good enough...and finding myself smiling alone!
Thank you so much Leila'