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When I went to see Sam I was pretty desperate about how to cope with public speaking, not just speaking in front of huge audiences but even speaking, or voicing my opinion in front of 3 or more people. I always thought they would judge or laugh at me or in one way or another I would fall flat on my face. I thought back to past experiences where I had made some presentations i had made which in my mind didn’t go well, or some comments people made, and it grew and grew in my head so that I basically developed a phobia of speaking public speaking. Whenever I thought about speaking in public my mind reverted quickly and thought about those episodes. Going to see Sam changed my mind set about speaking in front of people. I still don’t love it but she coached me for a presentation I gave at a large conference in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow for work. I was dreading it and thought about all the things that were going to go wrong. After a couple of sessions with Sam my anxiety about it reduced significantly and she even made me look forward to it! The work that we did together programmed me some how to see the crowd as nice people, not some big scary bunch that i thought before. I did the presentation in the end and i did it well. Lots of people came up to me to tell me that they enjoyed it which made me feel really proud. After this, although I still don’t enjoy presentations or public speaking i can manage it. Sessions with Sam have given me the capacity to get over the crippling phobia i had before and has meant that i now have a lot more control over my life. Going to see Sam the first day was one of the best things i ever did.
Date of Posting: 06 December 2012
Posted By: Sarah (Presentations & Public Speaking)
Before going to see Sam, I worried about everything and was a comfort eating, insomniac, workaholic who was miserable most of the time. The only issue which I had identified was my "secret" eating and this is why I made my first appointment. It quickly became aparent that what I needed help with was much more deep seated than I realised. Sam pointed me in the right direction and gave me the tools to deal with my issues. After my second appointment, I felt as though I had regained a strength which had been missing for years. Subsequent appointments saw so many changes in me that family and work colleagues began to notice. Sam does not have a magic wand, you have to be prepared to put in some hard work yourself but oh my, it is so worth it. Don't hesitate, make the appointment.
Date of Posting: 19 November 2012
Posted By: Julie (Comfort/emotional eating/weight management)
I’m a keen golfer and in 2011 was playing off 11. I considered driving from the tee one of the strongest and more reliable parts of my game. At the start of 2012 I developed what I believe was the golf driving yips. This occurred when I addressed the ball on the tee before driving. I could take a practice swing without any problem but as soon as I put the club behind the ball my left arm seized up and I could not start taking the club back in a smooth manner to start my back swing. I tried various different approaches - talking with a golf pro, researching the internet, without any real improvement. As a consequence my handicap rose virtually every week. From a situation where I never really worried about my driving I began to dread approaching each tee shot and the problem started to spread into other parts of my golf game.
Ultimately I decided that a completely different solution was required if I wanted to continue playing golf and enjoying the sport.
It was then I found Sam Luxford’s website and thought that this alternative treatment may be the answer. I went for an introductory session with Sam and was sufficiently convinced that hypnotherapy may be worth trying. I had 3 sessions over a period of 6 weeks – Sam’s professional approach and sympathetic understanding of my problem was very evident. Sam also gave me some good tools to take on to the course – specifically the 7/11 breathing technique and thumb/middle finger pressure points to relieve my stress levels and help me refocus on my golf swing. As a result I’m enjoying my golf again and the yips have disappeared.
I would have never considered hypnotherapy before but I consider the techniques and tools used by Sam to be wholly appropriate not only for my specific golfing yips problem but as an aid for a much more focused and confident approach to life in general.
I went on to win a tournament a few months later.
Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: John (Sports Achievement/Golf Driving YIPS)
I had been suffering from depression, lack of confidence and low self esteem. I have been attending Sam since June, and since then she has managed to get me out of the black hole I was in for 8 months. She has given me my life back, and for this I am eternally grateful. My confidence has increased and I have now returned to work and coping very well. I continually still listen to my hypnotherapy on my Ipod daily, especially on my way to work. I will continue to see Sam as it is so beneficial to me. I can't thank Sam enough for all her kindness, support and patience.
Jacqueline Depression, low self esteem & lack of confidence.
Date of Posting: 29 October 2012
Posted By: Jacqueline (Depression,self esteem & confidence)
I was suffering from Insomnia and anxiety and decided to try hypnotherapy. During my first treatment I went into a deep state of relaxation and worked on my breathing. Sam provided me with a CD to help me sleep and within 2 sessions my sleep certainly improved. During another session she prepared me for a difficult meeting and using a method about imagining the mind is a control room which you control such as tuning up confidence. I was sceptical at first but what a difference it made. I very seldom suffer from lack of sleep and if I do I start listening to the cd again. I would highly recommend Sam's hypnotherapy sessions before reaching for the sleeping pills.
Date of Posting: 24 October 2012
Posted By: Sharon - Insomnia/Anxiety
After the success with my phobia I took my 9 year old son - he had never slept properly and would lie in bed at nights into the early hours. We had tried all the behavioural things recommended by the doctors and medicine that made him drowsy but nothing had any lasting effect. A few sessions with Sam and he was sleeping fine, he is less tired during the day and is doing much better at school.
I was nervous about visiting a hypnotherapist, I felt I should just be able to deal with things and shouldn’t need professional help, but Sam put me at ease really quickly. She was great with my son too, she was a real hit with him and he felt confident to go in by himself after only one visit plus he always came out of the sessions happy and chilled.
Date of Posting: 24 October 2012
Posted By: Diane - 9 yr old Son/Insomnia/Poor concentration