Having achieved such a good result (anxiety whilst driving), I went back to Margaret for a few more sessions to focus on my bad eating habits and anxiety related to alarms. I think I had a further three sessions and since then I am a lot calmer within myself, have more confidence and have gone on to lose 22lbs! Alarms are much less of an issue too. A massive thank you to you Margaret for making me feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. Fay
Fear of Choking
After hitting the buffers earlier this year due to stress, I had a panic attack and developed a fear of swallowing food, etc. after choking on dried apricot. I went from taking for granted the habit of eating and drinking to fearing meal times. I ventured down all avenues for a cure but didn’t break the fear in my mind that haunted me at every meal.
Having exhausted what I thought were all avenues, I decided to call Margaret to discuss what hypnotherapy could do for me. I was reassured straight away by Margaret and, even after the first session, I felt that I had turned the corner! It was like somebody had clicked a switch. From that point onwards, I knew that I was well on the way to a full recovery.
I now take every day as it comes and still the use the techniques taught to control my feelings. I have now made a full recovery and can comfortably manage my stress levels. It’s only when you lose a basic function that you take for granted, that you realise how precious life can be.
Thank you so much, Margaret, for giving me back control of my life. Best wishes Tony Collins
Fear of Closed-in Spaces (Claustrophobia)
Hi Margaret, I write this following my holiday in America. I would like to say to you a big thank you, for ensuring my phobia did not get in the way of my holiday. As you know I didn't tell my wife I had been to see you as she would have said "what a waste of money."
However following no signs of feeling anxious whilst on the plane, I felt confident enough to take on our first queue for a ride at Disney that involved dark tunnels and claustrophobic situations, whilst in the said tunnel my wife commented that I appeared calm and even asked if I had taken any tablets as I did not have to leave space between myself and people in front. I enjoyed the ride and could not wait for the next one. This time I took my grandchildren with me and now started to feel confident and relaxed. Later that evening I owned up to my wife that I had been to see you twice and she was dumbfounded, she could not believe that seeing a hypnotherapist could have that much effect on a person. By the way my wife asked me to thank you too. I must admit, I too was sceptical because I didn't feel any different after seeing you. But boy was I wrong and I cannot thank you enough. I sure will be recommending you to friends and colleagues.
I would have paid ten times more than you charged me, to be able to see the joy in my grandchildren's faces as they were queuing up to get on the rides no money could have brought.
Once again Margaret a big thank you.
Fear of the Dentist
Many thanks to you for your calming, compassionate approach to my fear of the dentist which I had experienced for 37-ish years. I would always have a torrid 4 days lead-up to the appointment. After 3 sessions with you this period has reduced from an irrational level down to a very manageable 2 or 3 hours.
I felt able to share my feelings about this situation, past and present, with you. Although my thoughts and questions came from nowhere, you were extremely patient and receptive to my zig-zagging thoughts and put them into a logical order.
Your calm approach helped me greatly with the relaxation part of the session. This enabled me to take control of my thoughts, calm them down and view them from a realistic standpoint.
I am immensely grateful for the ‘taglines’ that I find useful when I need to view a difficult situation very quickly. Your observation of the parallels in my life currently, including exciting things, was very helpful. You have helped me pull into focus more than just the dentist situation.
As far as the dentist is concerned, I feel confident that my next visit will be controlled, calm and rational.
Many thanks for your patience and empathetic approach to our sessions.
Fear of Disabilities and Disfigurements (Dysmorphophobia)
After only 2 visits to see Margaret she has cured me of a lifelong phobia and has changed my life. She is a wonderful, kind, caring, non-judgmental lady, who makes you feel so at ease and as if your problem/phobia is not unusual or weird and that she has probably heard of stranger things. I had a phobia of people with disabilities, disfigurements and people with missing limbs. Even though I felt sorry for these people, I could not bear to be around them, watch a programme on the television or read a magazine or paper with disabled people in. I would react to any of these situations by feeling physically sick and would leave a shop, turn the television over or stop reading the magazine. Feeling like this also made me feel like an awful person.
My son is disabled, with severe speech and learning difficulties, and I was facing daily situations when taking him to school. However, this weekend I went with my family to an event held for disabled children/adults. I mingled, chatted with other parents and was even able to have lunch whilst at this event. Amazing.
Since seeing Margaret, she really has made a difference to my life, I only wish I'd seen her years ago. Deborah, Crawley.
Fear of Driving & Driving Tests
Just a little testimonial for Margaret Walsh, this lovely lady helped me with my driving anxiety before my test using hypnotherapy, I had lost my confidence after having a small collision (not my fault surprisingly) Margaret helped to get to the bottom of my anxieties as I was already a nervous driver and i believe this along with my wonderful instructor is the reason I passed after a few previous failed attempts, It gave me the confidence that i believe helped me to finally pass! So if anyone else is ever in a similar position then I strongly recommend contacting Margaret as she will support you all the way.
Fear of Driving
I first went to see Margaret for anxiety whilst driving. Ever since I passed my test in 2004, I had always been very competent and confident but for reasons still unknown I developed an anxiety when driving, to the point I didn't want to drive at all (very unlike me!) Margaret made me feel extremely welcome and comfortable and after one session, I got back in my car and had very few problems since! I can't believe I ever had problems! Kind regards Fay
Fear of Eating & Drinking in Front of Other People
When I first met Margaret, I had been under my local mental health team for three years with a diagnosis of complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a serious eating disorder that had put my life at risk. The NHS had put in place weekly trauma therapy and weekly support from a community psychiatric nurse but, despite continuous abnormal ECGs that put me at risk of arrhythmia, the professionals felt that treating me for the traumas alone would have a positive impact on my eating. But, I had also built up a fear of eating and drinking in front of other people, and I couldn’t eat or drink anywhere except in my house or car. This had taken a significant toll on my social life and meant that my family couldn’t go away on holiday or even go out for the day. I had lost the ability to picture myself ever leading a normal life again.
When confronted with a meal in a restaurant that I couldn’t get out of, I felt as if everything was coming to a head and I was starting to consider extremely serious action as I felt so trapped. However, with just days to go until the meal, I met Margaret, an exceptionally warm and amazing person who really understood my needs.
I had two sessions specifically to look at the issues around eating and drinking. I don’t know how she did it but, at the end of our first session, I had a strong feeling that this fear with eating and drinking didn’t need to be part of my life any more. Out of the blue, I asked Margaret for a glass of water and drank this right in front of her! By the end of that day, I had shared a cup of tea with friends and had gone to the pub with my husband!
My second session was held the day before the meal and, whilst still amazed at the progress that I was making with my eating and drinking, I was panicking. But I left the session deciding that I would take my children out to a restaurant that evening as a trial run. And I did it… the first time in two and a half years! And the meal on the following day that had filled me with such dread was fine. I even managed a starter as well as a main course. I now eat three meals a day and don’t even obsessively count calories, starve, binge or purge.
I was such a sceptic about hypnotherapy before I met Margaret. But I absolutely cannot recommend her highly enough. She is so skilled, warm, compassionate, non-judgemental, professional and is just an all-round incredibly special person. She helped me to make more progress in just two sessions than my mental health team had done in three years and she has helped me to starting living again! Thank you xx S
Fear of Flying (1)
Dear Margaret Thank you for helping me with my fear of flying and my anxiety around not being in control. Since my hypnotherapy session with you I have now boarded an aircraft and have not had any anxiety or panic attacks.
I must admit I was sceptical about how hypnotherapy could help me, however now I would not hesitate to recommend you and your hypnotherapy sessions to anyone who thinks they may need help.
As promised, you contacted me a few days after the session to check that everything was okay, which I found most reassuring.
Many thanks Dave
Fear of Flying (2)
Dear Margaret I would like to thank you very much for helping me overcome my fear of flying. Although I had flown in the last 10 years, it was always a real problem and tended to really affect me before, during and after my holidays.
You helped me to establish where the problem came from and made me feel comfortable about talking through it. Having had just one session with you and then flying off on my honeymoon for an 11 hour flight, I have never felt better and more relaxed on a plane.
However sceptical I was before, I would be the first to recommend hypnotherapy now. It’s really changed me and the easy techniques you suggested also worked a treat. I will certainly be flying much more now.
Thank you so much again. Richard Lane in Copthorne
Fear of Flying (3)
I have had a fear of flying for many years, although, over the years, I have continued to fly short haul. The whole experience before the flight, during the flight and landing made me extremely anxious. My fear of flying was becoming a real problem for me – not just holidays but within my personal life as I frequently needed to travel abroad. After a recommendation, I therefore decided to try hypnotherapy.
So many thanks to you Margaret. After just one session it has made a huge difference to me. After recently flying for 21 hours there was no anxiety, I felt instantly more relaxed and can even say that the whole experience was quite pleasant. I am now looking forward to my next long haul flight as it will be taking me to places in the world I have yet to see.
However unsure I was beforehand, I would not hesitate to recommend your sessions and techniques to anyone needing help to overcome their fears of flying.
Fear of Flying (4)
My sleep was fine before and during the holiday no nightmares. I now have no problems when I see a plane!!
Suitcase was packed and I was so excited to go away without that constant worry and the nails stayed intact! I was able to talk about the holiday beforehand which normally I just say “well we have to land ok first”
Flight out there was a dream nothing at all, but coming just at the end whilst we were going through the clouds bumpy got frightened but no tears first time ever.
Maybe for next long haul I might come again, just for a top up!
Many thanks for your help, I have told so many people about you and given them your details.
Fear of Heights (Acrophobia)
I went to Margaret, having found her on the internet, regarding my fear of heights. This phobia has dogged me for years, preventing me from enjoying life to the full. Flying, panoramic views, not only in the real world, but also in pictures and on screen. Even the thought of heights made me feel very uncomfortable. I was, however, determined to conquer my fears but was unable to do so until I met Margaret.
One session later and my confidence has been given a huge boost. I am now in a much better position to control my anxieties regarding my phobia and enjoy a better quality of life Recently I had to fly from my home in France to the UK and back. A much, much more pleasurable experience, being able to really take in the wonderful views I was flying over from some 30,000 feet and relaxing. As for the QE2 bridge, how wonderful it was to feel so much at ease and not panicking about being 'high up'. I am constantly testing myself, making myself look down from bridges etc and getting that wonderful feeling of satisfaction.
Without Margaret's help I would not be able to truthfully write this. I look upon this experience as a two-way process - Margaret's professionalism and expertise and my determination. Thank you very much Margaret for the big improvement you have made to the quality of my life.
Fear of Speaking on Phones
Before I attended Margaret's session, I was absolutely petrified of making and answering telephone calls. I avoided my mobile phone during incoming calls and apologised for 'missing' calls by text. At first, I was very sceptical of hypnotherapy and couldn't believe my phone phobia could be cured. Well, thankfully, I was proved wrong! Margaret's reply showed how understanding and comforting she was towards my problem. Meeting Margaret was lovely! She welcomed me into her home and made sure I was comfortable.
If you are a young person like me, or maybe an adult who has been suffering from a phobia for a very long time and want to get it sorted, see Margaret! She is a very kind, approachable and friendly lady. She's definitely interested in you as a person and wants to help in any way she can.
Now, I can answer and make telephone calls without being afraid of the voice on the other end. Margaret Walsh is definitely on my speed dial! Emma
Fear of not knowing where the Toilets are
Dear Margaret, I cannot get over what an improvement you achieved for me in just one visit. I am now no longer getting concerned when I am out of reach of a loo! So long as the natural needs of the day have been satisfied, I can go out shopping, walking and travelling with much more confidence. Getting back to being able to do ‘ordinary’ things without having to plan a route including the loos is a blessing!
Based on my experience, I can certainly recommend that a talk to you would be worthwhile for anyone else with similar issues.
Many thanks for your help. Regards CJS
Fear of Vomiting (Emetophobia)
Hi Margaret, Just wanted you to know I went up to Notting Hill carnival yesterday. As soon as I got on to the tube it was really overcrowded and hot and I had to stay on there for about 5 stops. I can honestly say I felt absolutely fine, I was so surprised. Not once did I get a feeling of anxiety or sickness which I would have usually got especially in that situation.
I really do believe that hypnotherapy has had a real impact. Thank you for all your help. Tara (This client has since travelled daily to London for an internship and flown from Heathrow to Australia on her own.)
Fear of Vomit & Sick Bugs
"I instantly felt at ease with Margaret, she is so welcoming and warm and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to meet her and experience her amazing work!
I have suffered terribly with post natal OCD and depression and debilitating fear of vomit and sick bugs. After one session I could not be happier with the progress I have made. After months of unhappiness and practically becoming a hermit, Margaret has given me my life back! I am happier, I sleep so much better and I am enjoying life again! My fears have decreased massively, I don't spend my days panicking and I have not experienced any panic attacks since my session, previously I would have 5-10 a week. I am returning to have a second session, and I am very excited at the prospect of further improvements to my quality of life.
Thank you Margaret! You are amazing!! C, Chessington Update: Hi Margaret,
I hope you have had an amazing Christmas. Have something to share with you! I'm actually crying with shock and kind of happiness!! Kids have been poorly over Christmas. S (baby) was sick Christmas Day. Today A (child) has just been sick.... I was with her, I dealt with it all. Cuddled her. Cleaned her up. I'm crying because I don't even think my heart rate increased!! I was fine and I still am!!!