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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 am currently completing a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology and Social Science.
I am a trained clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist based in central Basildon, Essex. I am also an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or "tapping") practitioner.
My office is private, spacious and designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is off-street parking, air-conditioning and good disabled access.
Close to both the A13 and A127
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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