What my clients say...
These are just a few of the lovely comments I have had.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
"Annalise completely changed my views around hypnotherapy and I do not regret for one moment undertaking the course for IBS. Not only did it have amazing results, but I also felt that I had gained a friend I could really talk to about my previously debilitating issue.
I feel a lot more confident that I can undertake activities which would previously have triggered my IBS, and in fact, have done so on three occasions during the treatment"
"When I first came to see Annalise I was very unhappy and not very confident at all. My health was very bad as I have a lung condition but as well as that, I was very over weight. I was 16 stone 10 pounds in February 2014 and only 5 foot so that put a lot of pressure on my breathing not helping my condition at all.
When I went to see Annalise she didn't judge me at all she just listened and was there for me and that's all that I needed to begin my journey to become the new me! I had tried so many diets in the past weight watchers, calorie counting, slimming world and just eating healthy but I just couldn't stick to any diet firstly, because I wasn't ready in myself emotionally and secondly, because I didn't have that someone who was just there to listen and I knew wasn't judging me.
My time with Annalise was brilliant. I not only lost weight, I learnt what food was good and bad for me, turned food down which came as quiet a shock to me as well as people around me, and became confident. And so now my weight is 11 stone 12 pounds and I am so much happier with the way I look. I can wear much nicer clothes and feel confident.
I still listen to my hypnotherapy recordings every night without fail just to keep me going and yes I have days where I like a chocolate bar or a pudding but Annalise showed me that is okay because life is to be enjoyed but also to be lived!
Thankyou so much I don't know how I can every repay you!"
Fear of Flying
"The whole process with you has been a complete success for me. I have found it very satisfying as all of this strength was inside me but I did not know how to access it until I came to see you.
My whole holiday was outstanding. I did things and saw things that I thought I would never see or do and it was so lovely to see my son. Definitely a holiday of a lifetime.
I have a list of places that I would like to go to now so I am hoping that next year I can start to tick some off."
Fear of Flying
"I saw Annalise last year to get over my fear of flying. We'd booked a cruise to celebrate my 40th birthday and instead of looking forward to it I was terrified of the thought of the flight.
I saw Annalise a couple of times and could not believe the difference. I've never been so relaxed on a plane, no anxiety before hand and I even managed to take pictures out the window.
I was so pleased that I wasn't scared any more that when we got back I immediately booked another short break to Rome just because I could.
Thanks Annalise for making my year, it really has made such a massive difference, I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone."
Stress & Depression
"I suspect I was one of the more skeptical people, initially, to book an appointment with Annalise: I had an at best mixed perception of hypnotherapy, based predominantly on showbiz performers on TV. However I was also suffering from severe stress and depression and needed therapy to compliment the medication I was taking, coupled with time away from my job in the City.
I remember walking into the first session thinking it would be a box-ticking exercise to report back to my GP and Occupational Health that yes I had tried it, but no thanks, it wasn't for me. Next please.
What changed that was Annalise herself. I felt able to open up to her right from the start: I felt I could say anything in confidence and not feel ashamed or stupid for saying it. She is incredibly easy to talk to.
From that basis we were able to work through tailored exercises that gave me two things. Firstly a kind of cathartic feeling of getting the issues out in the open and secondly, learning some proven techniques to help mitigate any recurrence.
Annalise is now the first person I contact when I have a problem.
If you're someone who finds it hard to talk openly and honestly about personal issues, then Annalise is the right person to go see. You walk out of a session feeling that a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.
Piano Exam Nerves
“I would just like to say how grateful I am to Annalise for all her help with my seriously bad exam nerves!
I embarked on the Grade 8 piano syllabus just over a year ago and was really worried that my nerves, when playing in front of the examiner, would seriously let me down. Something had to be done! Annalise’s advice was invaluable and there is no doubt that the 3 sessions I had with her helped me enormously, particularly her relaxation techniques.
Before I went to see her the thought of walking into that exam room filled me with dread! However, I took the exam in December 2015 and was surprised at just how calm I was!!
I passed just short of a merit which I was absolutely delighted with. There is no doubt that the help I received from Annalise contributed hugely to my success. Thank you so much Annalise!!”
EP, Overton, Hampshire
“I just wanted to let you know I qualified as an Osteopath today!
I wanted to thank you for your help. Even though I haven’t been in contact for a while. I still use your sessions on CD and have to say that they are a positive influence on my self confidence and self belief. I feel I couldn’t have got through my degree without your kind approach.
Thank you so much.”
“Losing your voice for a week is frustrating but imagine having no voice for months. Despite going to speech therapy I felt I had well and truly hit a wall with progress and was feeling pretty desperate. I asked a couple of friends for help who recommended Annalise.
I wasn’t fully aware of hypnotherapy and what it entails aside from watching a couple of Derren Brown programmes! Thankfully Annalise explained what was involved, clearing up any misconceptions and put me at ease right from the start. Talking to her is like speaking to a friend.
Not only did Annalise help clear the vocal mental blockage, she helped me with so much more. Having been bullied at school, I was not a particular fan of education and had no self-confidence; thanks to Annalise I am now on my way to study abroad.
Annalise gives you the necessary tools to cope with the everyday stresses of life. You go to see her for one thing, and she somehow ends up helping you with so much more!
I would highly recommend Annalise to anyone wanting to make a change in their lives but be prepared to put some effort in yourselves – do that homework. You get a recorded version of your sessions to take home with you and I will definitely be taking mine with me when I go abroad to start my studies.”
“Annalise has changed my life for the better! Travelling to different parts of the world was not an option for me with the worry of being too far away from home and the fear of flying.
Annalise helped me on the road of recovery to enable me to take my children on holidays abroad.
I had been to a Hypnotherapist prior to seeing Annalise, which didn’t work out too well for me, so my belief that Hypnotherapy would help was next to nothing. When I visited Annalise she made me feel so welcome and comfortable and from my first session with her I knew that she was going to help.
I cant thank Annalise enough.”
“When I went to see Annalise I was not in a good place and was suffering from anxiety which was controlling my life. I was desperate to get my life back on track and decided to try Hypnotherapy. Annalise made me feel very comfortable and was so easy to talk to from the start. Her evaluation was very thorough which allowed us to focus on my problems step by step and at my speed. After only a handful of sessions I am now back to my old self and I have not experienced an anxiety attacks since (2 months on). Annalise also gives you the tools, techniques and knowledge to deal with your problems on going. I was extremely surprised how powerful the treatment was and would recommend Annalise to anyone looking for help with any of life’s problems. Thank you Annalise you really have helped to change my life and I am very grateful to you”.
“I wanted to let you know how myself and my daughter got on when we flew to Majorca for our summer holiday this year.
After having a huge fear of flying for many years now and having had 2 sessions of hypnotherapy with different people it was safe to say I wasn’t overly optimistic about trying another hypnotherapist! However my daughter had picked up my fear of flying as well so I made an appointment with your good self for both of us to see you.
We saw you and you gave us some superb homework for us to take away and practice with, we made sure we did it. It’s safe to say coming to see you was the best decision I have made. Both myself and my 14 year old daughter felt absolutely calm, relaxed and actually enjoyed the flight both there and back.
I can’t thank you enough, and urge anyone that has a fear of flying to get in touch with you and book an appointment they will not regret it.”
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
“I was unsure about hypnotherapy, having never tried it before. Being a sufferer of IBS for years, I decided to give it a try. The biggest step for me was contacting Annalise. I contacted her via email and explained some details of my situation so she could say that she couldn’t help. The opposite happened! She thought I could benefit from her program and, although initially a bit skeptical, I couldn’t wait to get started as I had tried everything else. Our sessions were so helpful and Annalise completely put me at ease and I could tell her anything. In addition to receiving hypnotherapy, it helped saying things aloud to someone, something I had never done before. I cannot speak highly enough about Annalise and my experience with her hypnotherapy sessions.
I now have the confidence to do things again that I have avoided for years. I’m enjoying not worrying and feeling a greater sense of freedom.”
Weight Loss Update – one year on!
“I just wanted to email you today as it was 1 year ago today that I first came to see you! I’m not sure where the time has gone!
I thought I’d just update you as to where I’m up to on my journey to lose weight since seeing you. I am still a few stone from my target but have now lost 4 stone and ½ a pound! I am still a member of Slimming World but have found that my hypnosis and listening back over the recordings you did for me have kept me motivated and made the journey relatively easy and without struggling like I used to. Despite joining slimming clubs before I found it hard as I was still always hungry and craved the things that were bad for me. I know that once I hit my target regular listening to my recordings will be invaluable. I did have a set back at the beginning of the year as most ‘slimmers’ do on their journeys but I picked myself back up and jumped back on the wagon by using techniques you taught me. Before seeing you I’d have admitted defeat and spiralled out of control…again!
One of my biggest achievements is my level of exercise I can now do…and more shockingly…want to do! I now go to the gym regularly and go to 4 exercise classes a week. I am training myself to run on the treadmills at the gym and this week have managed a personal best! Before I lost weight I could barely run at all…a full minute was a struggle. I can now do 3 minutes walking followed by 7 minutes running and then the same again. A total of 14 minutes running out of 20 is a huge improvement! I know it’ll only improve too!
As you know, most of my motivation was my little baby boy…He is now not so little and is 17 months old and is also loving running!! He’s fast and clumsy so being a mobile Mummy is a must and I’m loving running around and playing with him with (almost) as much energy as he has! We regularly walk into town together and take our dog out for a lovely walk.
My sister is getting married at the end of October this year so I’m aiming to get to my target by then! I’ll be sure to send you a photo WHEN I do!!
Thanks again Annalise for all your help to start what seemed like a mammoth journey…I’m starting to see the light at the end and can’t wait to share it with you when I do!”
“I was just writing to let you know my exams are over and to thank you for your help. I haven’t had my results yet but from my perspective even if the results are not the best what is a massive improvement is that I didn’t freak out as much as I usually do and I felt a lot calmer and more confident than last time. I came out of them emotionally unscathed which was a relief, so thank you!!”
“Just a quick email to let you know that I am still not smoking and today is my two year anniversary!!!
Thanks again for your help”
Being a musician I love live music, but for years I’ve put off going to many gigs & festivals due to anxiety – anxiety about travelling & getting stuck in traffic (bonkers, I know!) and anxiety about being in big, crowded places.
When one of my favourite bands were playing at one of the nearby festivals, I couldn’t let that slip. so I decided to go & see Annalise to help calm my nerves & get over my fears – and I’m glad I did! Right from the start I felt at ease & she clearly explained about hypnotherapy – what it is, what it isn’t and how it works. We then talked in detail about my anxiety & it’s history, before going through the hypnotherapy treatment – she listened to everything I said and tailored the session to exactly what I needed.
I was sceptical at first, but what can I say – after one session, I went to the festival without fear or worry, and had an amazing time. Without Annalise I’d have hated the gig! And since then, I’ve had the confidence to go to more shows that I’d normally shy away from.
As a testament to it’s success, I went back to see her about my sleep problems – I can recommend Annalise for that too!
GG, Chineham, Basingstoke
"I approached Annalise as I was getting married, and I was worried about standing in front of a room full of people and giving a speech, fumbling my words, getting overly emotional or just generally messing it up.
I had never been “hypnotised” before but approached it with an open mind. Annalise was very easy to talk to and made me feel at ease, and we spoke about the different things that I wanted to address and how the thought of giving the speech made me feel. The hypnosis session lasted for around half an hour, in which time I was desensitised to the situation that I was due to face by going over and over the situation in my mind. The whole process was actually really enjoyable and relaxing, something I would recommend, and I will be going back!
On the day I nailed the speech and didn’t appear to be nervous at all – which was exactly what I wanted.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Annalise and I would urge people to give it a go. I’m just deciding which particular flaw I would like to work on next!”
Fear of Public Speaking
“This really has been a very fascinating journey for me indeed.
The fear of public speaking has been with me for as long as I can remember and it has had an enormous impact on my life in such a disabling way, though every year I believe it has been slightly chipped away at.
From the moment I agree to do this talk I have felt different. On reflection I would never have agree to do the talk unless I believed somewhere deep down that I could do it. I knew though I needed help and that first session with you was such a tremendous release I felt remarkably more content afterward.
Outside of the hypnosis sessions I have practiced self talk, mental rehearsal of the event and above all else I knew what I wanted to say which is at the core of my being. My work is my passion!
On the day I felt a normal level of anxiety but could control it. When I was in the room I felt calm and ready. It was as I had visualised. I thank you for those two sessions to allow me to speak freely of the fear and uncertainty.”
Fear of Injections
“I came to Annalise to see if she could help me deal with a fear of injections that I had as I had an important medical coming up which involved a blood test and I couldn’t chance passing out.
When I first arranged to meet with her I had no idea what I was getting myself in for, after all I had no idea what hypnotherapy actually involved, I mean sure we’ve all heard stories about what’s involved but do we actually know? This is something I think Annalise likes to clear up before we begin because without asking she went through exactly what was involved, cleared up any misconceptions there were and I have to say this definitely helped put me at ease.
It’s important when doing something like this to find the right person for it, after all you’re about to talk about personal matters to a stranger. That being said I didn’t think of Annalise as a stranger, I found her to be very easy to get on with and talk to, not just about my issues but just as two friends would too.
So a week after my session I went for my medical and I can happily say that I didn’t feel in the slightest bit nervous and the whole thing went off without a hitch, something I know wouldn’t have been possible without Annalise’s help.
All I can say is thank you Annalise for helping me conquer this fear and I will most definitely be back if anything else crops up in the future!”
“After struggling with my weight for most of my life and constant yo-yo dieting, I decided I needed to try something I’d never done before in the hope of losing weight permanently. I wanted to be fit enough to be a good Mummy to my new baby boy.
I had thought about hypnotherapy in the past but decided now was the time to go for it. I contacted Annalise by email after speaking to many other hypnotherapists who I found to be a bit pushy and was so pleased I did. Even by email I felt at ease with Annalise and her prices were straightforward and upfront. I felt so positive even after just booking my first session.
Going to my first session I felt calm and relaxed and I was not disappointed. Annalise is easy to talk to and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Six months on and I have lost 3 stone and am on my way to reaching my halfway goal. I’ve been given all of my sessions on CD to listen to and keep me motivated and give me a boost when I need it.
I have no doubt that I’ll get to my goal weight and I know Annalise is there should I need further help.
I cannot thank her enough!”
Anxiety & Depression
“I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for about three years now. I’ve suffered with anxiety for a lot longer but this is what causes my depression. I have seen many counselors throughout my life and when I first started suffering with depression I saw a hypnotherapist to try and help. The first hypnotherapist I saw was not that helpful however when I came to see Annalise, I felt a lot more comfortable and felt I could talk to her more about my problems and not be judged or feel stupid.
I only saw Annalise 2-3 times but it has really helped me as Annalise gave me a lot of different techniques to go through to get used to at home and do on my own. One of them was identifying when I am having bad thoughts and ways to change them and to be more positive. I do still struggle daily but I am able to do a lot more things as I can deal with my anxiety and face it, whereas before I was scared to and would stop myself doing things socially with friends or family.
Overall my sessions with Annalise have really helped and I am very grateful for everything she did for me. Thank you :)”
“I have been struggling with diet/food demons for most of my life. I was a bit skeptical of hypnosis thinking this won’t work as I am too practical, but to my delight it was a rewarding and beneficial experience.
Annalise was so approachable and a great listener, not making me do anything I wasn’t keen to do. I went in with an open mind and did the ‘homework’ she set me and having the opportunity to talk about me to an impartial person was rewarding. This resulted in me being able to embrace new ideas and ways of thinking about food and my goals.
After four sessions, building on new ways of thinking and following a better eating plan, together I am more relaxed about food, and my weight is going steadily downwards, rather than creeping upwards.
If it had worked just half as well as it has done, I would have been over the moon.
Result!! A big Thank You.”
TC, Chineham, Basingstoke
“Having tried (and failed in the long term) many health plans I wanted to do something different so I thought that I would try hypnosis, particularly as I have mobility problems. I chose Annalise because she was easy to contact on the internet and was available out of office hours.
I was extremely anxious when I went for my first session because I had never been hypnotised before but as soon as I met Annalise, who was very friendly, so I started to relax.
I wanted to lose a stone and give up crisps, sweets and biscuits as I felt snacking between meals was my main problem.
I had four sessions of hypnosis, homework tasks and cds to listen to in between sessions. The recordings were made at each session especially for me and dealt with such issues as motivation. After each session I felt relaxed and positive. Annalise suggested I have a reward to aim for – a weekend at a festival was mine which was five months away.
I have just returned from the festival and had a brilliant time. I have lost 1 stone and 10 pounds so far and I have not eaten crisps, sweets or biscuits since my first session.
I would always suggest hypnosis for weight loss now and would highly recommend Annalise as the therapist.”
Anxiety & Stress
“Like most people I thought that hypnosis was all about stage shows where willing volunteers were made to do silly things. I now know that this is most definitely not the case and I can testify that hypnotherapy with Annalise Kirk was a most positive life changing experience for me.
Seven years ago I suffered a breakdown and due to the ignorance of my colleagues and departmental head concerning mental health problems, I was bullied out of my job. A sympathetic GP, anti-depressants and counselling helped me to move on and find a new job.
Earlier this year it was announced that my previous employer was to merge with my current employer, and I would have to work with the bullies again. Despite this being seven years ago all of the negative emotions came back. My old department head made a visit to my current place of employment, which was very upsetting for me and I ended up running out of the building. All I could think was that there was no way I could work with those people again. I could not sleep, I was shaking all of the time and I felt like I was in a permanent panic attack.
I had to get on with my life and I forced myself to go to work and get out and about, when whilst out, I picked up one of Annalise’s leaflets. Some of the descriptions of what hypnotherapy could treat descibed exactly how I was feeling.
Although I was initially apprehensive and unsure what to expect, I found Annalise to be approachable and reassuring.
Prior to visiting Annalise I was not even able to mention my previous departmental head’s name and wanted to cry just at the thought of him however after just three sessions I was able to say his name out loud without flinching and felt that I could face him without getting upset, which was a fantastic achievement for me.
Generally I was feeling a lot calmer, I was sleeping better and I was able to see the situation more rationally. Plus I felt able to start considering an alternative career, which is something I had wanted to do for years but had never found the courage.
Having just three sessions of hypnotherapy with Annalise has changed me from being someone who was drowning in negativity and seeing no way out, to someone who is positive and hopeful of what the future holds.”
“To stop smoking after 30yrs was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do!
I had tried before but to no avail. Someone suggested ‘hypnotherapy’ and to be honest, I was quite sceptical and, if truthful, really VERY nervous! My partner did a search of the internet for me and Annalise’s site was one that came up. I read them over and over – well if you’re going to let someone into your mind, you like to make sure you feel like you connect with them. In the end, after lots of pacing, I took the plunge and, feeling like Annalise was the best to speak with, I made the call!
How right was I! Annalise is such a lovely person, she chatted with me for ages to make me feel at ease. She explained that hypnotherapy is not about ‘getting into someone’s mind’ but about helping you to be in control of your own mind. My visits to her were always fun and we would chat for much longer than we should.
I would highly recommend that, anyone who has something in their life that they wish to take control of, speak with Annalise – I am sure she can help.
I have told lots of people about hypnosis and would definitely say it’s the way forward if you really want something but are having a little trouble on your own, and I would most definitely say Annalise is the one to help you.
Hypnosis is not magic but its the next best thing!!”
K.S of Basingstoke – Official Non-Smoker
“When a friend suggested I tried hypnosis for my insomnia my first reaction was of not being sure because I was concerned about not being in control. I need not have had any anxieties – without my full participation and, yes, being totally in control of the situation, I would still be spending most nights being utterly frustrated and beside myself at my inability to get to sleep.
Prior to the sessions (4 in total) I had been a chronic insomniac for as long as I could remember. I now actually look forward to going to bed, knowing that I will be able to fall asleep without tossing and turning for hours, or finally having to get up and return to bed just as my alarm was due to go off!
I have Annalise to thank for making me realise that I can get to sleep just when I want, most of the time. Without her empathy, encouragement and hard work I would still be dreading going to bed in the sure knowledge that despite being completely exhausted I would still be awake several hours after turning out my light. I wouldn’t be honest if I said I slept brilliantly every single night (but then who does?) but my sleep pattern has been totally transformed by the sessions I had with Annalise.
I unreservedly recommend Annalise to anyone who truly wants to bring about a change in their lives and is prepared to trust in her and put some effort into it themselves – that means doing the “homework” – then you will see the change.”
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Stop Smoking with Hypnosis
Weight Loss with Hypnosis
Hypnocise for Weight Management
Self Hypnosis for Beginners
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