About me

I love working with all kinds of people and get great results when working with weight loss, phobias, confidence and other issues and I really enjoy this.

But my greatest passions are helping Clients to overcome anxiety and stress, and any unhelpful habits that come with it, and helping people to stop smoking forever

Why anxiety?

I’ve been through a lot in my life.  So what I hear you say.  Well because it means I’ve experience of hard times and obstacles and difficulties, and I’m human.  I’ve had severe anxiety and panic attacks – although I didn’t know what it was at the time – due to stress – and I’ve overcome it.

My crisis happened a few years ago in the middle of an ordinary workday. I’d made a simple mistake that, at any other time, wouldn’t have phased me at all. But this time it was different.  I was in the ladies, crying, shaking, heart pounding, sweating, thoughts racing. I was very scared – I didn’t know what was happening.  I thought I was losing my mind. I wasn’t. What was happening was a panic attack because my anxiety and stress levels had gone through the roof.

It’d been creeping up for sometime, but I’d ignored it and thought I was coping, but obviously not.   Deep down I knew I wasn’t right, not really.  I’d lost my joy, felt fearful most of the time, sick, sometimes quite dreamy and detached.   But that day frightened me into doing something about it because I knew I couldn’t go on as I was. It was really hard to admit to myself and to others that I wasn’t coping, but I found the courage from somewhere and did something about it.

My GP was sympathetic but could only prescribe CBT and medication, both of which were of limited help to me.  So I decided to help myself, to take control instead of it controlling me. I studied all the research I could get my hands on about depression, stress and anxiety.  I trained as a Transformational Coach, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and really reflected on my life experiences and what I could learn from them.

I drew from the best of all the therapies and found what works; how to challenge unhelpful, negative thinking and turn off the incessant chatter that we all have in our heads that just makes the anxiety worse or even causes it. I learned about panic attacks and stress and how they’re related and how they can be helped.

Today I am so much more resilient, relaxed and confident than I ever was.  I have my toolkit of techniques which means I cope so much better when life throws a spanner in the works.  And my passion is to pass on this knowledge and life experience so that you can benefit from it too, to manage your anxiety in a more helpful way, whatever the cause.  Because life will throw you curve balls, we’ll constantly face challenges and obstacles.  There’ll always be problems we need to overcome, things that make us wobble.  But we can get better at turning down the anxiety so that we can get on with life.

My passion is to work with you so that you don’t have to work it out all by yourself and you don’t have to feel that nothing can change.  Because I know it can.

I truly believe it’s possible for anyone to dump old, unhelpful ways of being anxious, live their best lives and go forward into the future with confidence and courage.

As I’ve been lucky to do.

Why smoking?

I am now a non-smoker, from 20 a day.  Hurrah, good for me.  So I know how hard it can be to stop smoking and how the smell, the cost, the inconvenience and the poor self-image can just get to you and you just feel you have to stop. But that’s not why I stopped.

You see my family have poor lungs – seems to be a design fault.  My mother had asthma, three sisters had asthma and I began to get asthma too.  So I decided enough was enough. The tobacco companies had had enough from me in terms of money, they weren’t going to take my lungs too.  And I did it and I felt so free.  It was great.  No more scratching about for cigarettes, or worrying about running out or not having a light.  And the craving, I do not miss the craving and that sensation of being out of control and ‘weak’.

I was lucky.  I manged to stop before it damaged my health.  My father and two of my sisters weren’t so lucky. They all died years earlier than they should from smoking related heart and lung disease.  And I miss them.

The only help they were ever given to stop smoking was being prescribed Zyban, which had terrible side effects for both my sisters.  Otherwise it was a case of being told they needed to stop and left to get on with it, and they struggled.  Needlessly. They didn’t have the support they needed to stop smoking at that time, the support I would like to offer to you so that you can be free of smoking, forever.

Whatever your reason for stopping smoking whether it’s the money, the smell, for your health or simply to be free and in control then please do it.

You may think of smoking as your friend or companion right now but it’s not.  It’s damaging and insidious and you deserve to be free of it.

I guarantee, you’ll never regret it.

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