“Having known Hazel previously whilst I was a student in her kickboxing classes, I had been fortunate enough to participate in a few group hypnosis seminars – whilst at that point it was nothing more than curiosity in an area that intrigued me, it became the one thing that got my head in the right place when I needed it most.

“Having been given the opportunity to grade for a belt I never truly believed I was capable of achieving, things just started going backwards; training became a source of stress, technical ability seemed to abandon me and displaced/inappropriate emotion lead to a lot of tears – Hardly the recipe for 6 rounds of public sparring! I knew I was making all of this happen but I felt helpless in making it stop.

“Things started to change after the very first session. Knowing that Hazel had first hand experience of the pressure I was putting myself under helped a lot, but empathy was by no means essential. Hazel has a way of just knowing how things make you feel and is able to explain why you react in the ways that you do – but more importantly, she provides you with the tools to work through whatever it is that’s causing you issues.

“I left that first session feeling like someone had let me in on a secret that only I knew about – it’s hard to explain, but the changes, albeit small at first, were immediate. As the weeks went by and my event drew closer, things really started to change – The fear and self-doubt had gone and what replaced it was a confidence that I never knew I was capable of feeling, let alone believing.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better mental state in the lead up to my grading; I had actually started to look forward to it and I was genuinely excited to have the opportunity to show what I was capable of. On the day itself, I was ready. I entered that dojo with a smile on my face, knowing that I was worthy enough to have earned the right to be there. It was by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I loved every second of it.

“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Hazel to anyone struggling to move forwards in life, whether it’s with self-limiting beliefs or a behaviour that you simply can’t explain. Hypnotherapy got me to a place that I couldn’t reach on my own and it helped me achieve a goal that I never let myself believe was possible. Give it a go – you have nothing to lose apart from whatever it is that’s holding you back!”

– – Bev G, London