Names have been changed in the interests of confidentiality.
1. What were you having difficulty with and how has our work together help change things for you?
I was struggling with stress and anxiety which would lead to depression. Often triggered by being in a situation where I felt exposed and not good enough. James helped uncover an unconscious belief I had about being unlovable which was causing me to dip down.
2. What specifically have you noticed as benefits in your life as a result of us working together? How are things different to how they were before?
I feel more able to take on challenges now. I find it easier to start things instead of procrastinating. I really experience the benefit of just trying something rather than worrying about how I might fail.
3. What did you specifically like about the approach we took to the work we did?
James is patient and doesn’t assume. Throughout our work together, he checked to make sure he understood correctly and that I was comfortable. Through previous experience I know I can difficult to work with. And this never seemed to be a problem for James, even when I became frustrated.
4. What concerns did you have before deciding to work with me, and how do you see that differently now?
Trust. I often have an issue with trust. But James left me feeling safe and comfortable.
5. Why are you satisfied about us working together and the results you’ve experienced?
James helped me to make the change I wanted but wasn’t sure was possible. Even when I was fighting it, James stayed with me and got me to where I needed to go. I don’t always make that an easy process, and yet I never felt like this was a problem for James.
6. How would you summarise your experience of us working together as a whole?
Easy and comfortable.
7. Would you recommend working with me to others, and if so, what would be the main reasons?
I would definitely recommend James to others. He is calm, collected, thorough, and knowledgeable. And above all, humble. Which I think is very important for people like me who get their back up easily by being told what to do.
David, Project Manager, Age 33 – Stress, Anxiety, Depression
James is a great therapist who has really helped me to reduce my levels of stress. Before I started working with him, I suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and psychosomatic disorders including chronic pain. Thanks to him I could get to the root cause of my anxiety and could get rid of all these problems. Since then I have started feeling very calm and now I can say that I feel more connected with myself and with what’s around me. Thank you so much for making my life much better, James.
I still remember how I was feeling at the end of last year… Such a horrible feeling I was experiencing when my my mind and its negative thoughts were taking control of me…
I am doing very well lately… And I really meant it.. I am experiencing more changes.. I can feel that I am in the right way.
I feel that I am in a higher level of consciousness that I have ever been in my life before.
James set me free from my alcohol addiction; a 30 year belief that I needed alcohol to relax. I’m so grateful for his knowledge, professionalism, and his caring nature and would, without hesitation, highly recommend James to anyone seeking help with any issue. – Natalie, Property Investor, UK
This was my first approach to this kind of therapy and I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to improve my public speaking abilities. The therapy experience with James was great, I feel it helped me with feeling more at ease with university presentations. I recommend James, he is professional, very kind and empathetic. – Martina, Legal Professional
James was always empathetic towards my situation and problems, he helped me visualise my stress and anxiety as something physical that I could see and control. James’ advice and suggestions helped me massively to cope with the pressure of university and techniques of controlling unwanted emotions. – Darren, Student, UK
James has helped me through some of the toughest moments of my life and given me many tools, insights and perspectives which have greatly improved my quality of life. If you’re in a bad place then I strongly recommend you get in touch with James. This is the kind of person you want to have in your corner when times are tough. – Adam, Finance Professional, Surrey
What did you appreciate most about working together?
What I appreciated most about working together with James was the strong level of comfort and
understanding that I shared with him and his ability to quickly assimilate the root of the problem. Each and every session was very instructive, using specialized techniques that were effective in pinning down the source of the stress/anxiety/OCD, rather than just focusing on the symptoms and how to manage them. James provided an overwhelming amount of support outside of the sessions too, which ensured continuity in therapy between sessions and helped enormously when I found myself going back into the old patterns of thinking and ways of doing things. Above all, James’ extremely kind and understanding nature made it easy to work through difficult issues in sessions.
What was your biggest “aha” moment during the process? How did you feel that you transformed or changed as a result?
While there were many “aha” moments during the process, the top two were: (1) Realizing how much I
had changed in a positive way, that I couldn’t even remember how I was before I started therapy, and (2) When I realized the issue that underpinned all my other problems, which meant I could change every
sphere of my life for the better. I was surprised at how much I had transformed as I did not expect it at all—it was remarkable how it happened and I felt like a completely different person, to the extent that I couldn’t relate to the old patterns of thinking and ways of doing things anymore. It feels odd to think how I used to be before I started therapy, which is the best sign of all.
How would you explain our work or process to someone who is thinking of doing it?
The process works with the subconscious mind, using cognitive hypnotherapy, in order to find the root of the problem, rather than just working to alleviate the stress/anxiety/OCD. Clients are put into a trance state and then the therapist and client work together using various techniques to delve into the heart of the problem, which the therapist then uses to design a unique treatment plan. The positive effects of the treatment plan were quickly visible, not only to me, but also to those around me who commented on noticing a marked improvement.
Who is this work perfect for? How would you describe that person?
This work is perfect for anyone that suffers from stress/anxiety/OCD, which leads to destructive patterns of behaviour. This person likely finds themselves thinking/ behaving in harmful ways to certain circumstances, which lock them into a state of feeling hopeless and out of control, which in turn fuels more stress/anxiety/OCD, perpetuating a vicious cycle.
What other treatment(s) had you tried in the past and how did they compare to the therapy we did together?
In the past, I had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which helped me work through specific issues
going on at the time to some extent and manage the associated stress/anxiety/OCD for a certain period,
but failed to address the underlying reasons for my harmful patterns of thinking/behaviour that had
spanned across my entire life up until now. I found myself regressing into the old destructive patterns of
thinking/behaviour, which fuelled stress/anxiety/OCD without even realizing and found the CBT
techniques quite limited in scope in trying to free myself from the vicious cycle. Then, a friend
recommended that I try cognitive hypnotherapy. Working with the subconscious mind and applying a
tailor-made treatment plan is what sets this therapy apart from other types, which only offer one-size-fits-all solutions that tackle the symptoms rather than get to the root of the problem. Cognitive hypnotherapy has transformed every sphere of my life in a positive way, such that I have only distant memories of how I used to be before I started the therapy.
James helped me to overcome my anxiety about needles. An issue that I have been struggling with for many years. I wasn’t even able to think about needles without feeling anxious and panicking. Following my session with him, I received an acupuncture treatment with 15 needles in my body without anxiety. This is something which I wouldn’t have considered without help from James.
Lauren, 32, Solicitor
My sessions with James helped me identify and work through issues that have been hampering me in various ways in my daily life. Already after the first session I felt that he had helped me gain a deeper understanding of them, and set me on the right path to start working on them. James was born for being a therapist, he definitely has a natural talent when it comes to helping people. – Scott, Assistant Professor
I’ve been troubled by nerves for so long whenever I present at work. James has given me a step change improvement in my confidence and I’m now seeing my talks in a more positive light. James’ style was very professional even enabling me to feel positive change during the actual therapy. Fully recommended. – Simon, Scientist, West London