Kirsty Hurrell Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
Telephone: 07990 515113
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Testimonials

"Hi Kirsty

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Im getting on great.

I have been on two hacks, so far and am feeling really confident and looking forward to the future with so much more excitement.

So thank you very much, I am so happy that I can now enjoy my horse and do all the things Iíve always wanted to do.

Yours
C"

"My name is Emma and I am 38 years old. I started smoking when I was 12.

I met a boy when I was 16 and ended up marrying him. My life with him was miserable and then my mum, who was also my best friend, suddenly died of cancer. From the day of diagnosis until the day she died was only 42 days. I struggled on without my mum and stayed in my unhappy marriage, until one day I found the strength to leave. That was just over 3 years ago.

I then met my soulmate who I have just married and I am the happiest girl in the universe, the only problem was that I smoked. Smoking was the only negative aspect in our relationship.

So, I visited Kirsty thinking I will give it a go, but didn't really believe it would work for me after smoking for 27 years.

After my first visit and session with Kirsty I was blown away and I have given up smoking! I am officially a non-smoker! I have now not smoked for 10 whole days and I feel fabulous. I feel so clean and so fresh and quietly very proud of myself, oh, and my husband just keeps telling me, you smell so nice!

Words are not enough to express my huge thanks and gratefulness to the wonderful Kirsty."

"Dear Kirsty

I just wanted to let you know that I have finally got back on board my dearest horsey friend Shan, this is all thanks to you. I know things will only get better, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you don't know how much this means to me. There are photos of the occasion on facebook!!!! The funniest bit was in my excitement at finally getting back in the saddle I nearly jumped off without detaching the air bag!!!!

I'm still in a high

Kind Regards
W"

"I went to Kirsty for anxiety problems. I had a lot of breathless feelings, constant yawning, some mornings I was so anxious I didn't want to get out of bed. My heart would race and I would dread the day and feel exhausted with this problem. After having 3 sessions with Kirsty, I can honestly say I feel like the world has been lifted off my shoulders. I can't say how, or why it works, it just does. I feel amazing, I would highly recommend her. I am looking forward to a life with laughter and happiness, enjoying my children. Thank you so much for making this happen Kirsty."

"After a nasty riding accident, I completely lost my confidence; things were so bad that some days I was too scared to even get on my horse. My crippling nerves were effecting my enjoyment of riding, but worst of all they were ruining my relationship with my horse. It even got to the point that I was considering giving up altogether but then I heard about Kirsty through a friend. I booked a session, desperate to try anything once, and I'm so grateful I did! She diagnosed the accident had affected me so badly I was actually suffering with a form of PTSD.

Kirsty worked with me to overcome my fears, giving me techniques to control my nerves and to build my confidence. The difference has been amazing! I still occasionally get anxious, but now I can use the skills Kirsty has taught me to control those feelings and cope with situations that previously would've meant I'd have got off my horse; or even not got on at all! Since seeing Kirsty, we've gone from strength to strength; we're hacking out more than we ever did, have been to a local show and even took part in a jumping clinic, something I would never have imagined I'd have done.

Thank you, Kirsty!"

"I came to see Kirsty because I've had trichotillomania for 11 years now. It's the compulsive desire to pull out your own hair. I've tried many different ways over the years but with no success. I was a little sceptical at first about hypnotherapy, but after I walked away from my first session, I felt really positive and was ready to put everything Kirsty had taught me in place. I had one more session a week after and I now haven't pulled a single hair out for a month.

I can't believe how in control I finally feel, after years of not realising I was pulling out my hair, I am so aware every time my hand goes to my head. I can't believe that all it took was 2 sessions for me to beat something that really took over every aspect of my life. My hairs growing fast and i'm confident in a few months time it will really blend in well with the rest of my hair.

Kirsty has been great and I know that if I ever have a bad period where I struggle with my hair I can go and see her straight away. A huge thanks to Kirsty for saving me and my hair."

Sophie

"After having a serious riding accident 12 weeks ago which resulted in 4 days in hospital and warnings from Consultants that I could easily have been in a wheelchair, my enjoyment having a horse was somewhat diminished! Having had a break from horse ownership for several years and now finally back as an owner I am reluctant to give it all up! However having that knot in your stomach each time you decide you should ride and feeling physically sick is not a feeling that I want to continue to have. Having seen the N.E.D website I decided that my best choice was to try hypnotherapy to rebuild my confidence and be back to enjoying my horse.

I was unsure what the session would involve or how I would feel but Kirsty put me at my ease straight away and I knew she understood what I needed and how important it was to me to enjoy horse ownership as much as I always had. During the session I knew what was happening and felt relaxed and in control.

Since this session my accident is no longer at the front of my mind all day every day. It is difficult to explain but although I can remember the accident it is not foremost in my thoughts, I know it happened but it does not dictate what I do! I am making great strides in improving my confidence and today enjoyed a hack with a friend in the sunshine, this is what horse owning is all about."

Jenny

"First things first, I would like to say a huge thank you to you Kirsty for believing in me, helping me to restore my confidence and helping me to remember the person I once was; thus helping me get my life back on track.

The key to success... hypnotherapy sessions!

I won't bore you with too many details as to why it came to having hynotherapy sessions, but two years on from childbirth still postnatal from having major surgery , not worked in two years, no self confidence, in debt! Just generally feeling crap about my life.

After seeing Kirsty, I came away feeling as if a whole weight had been lifted from me! All the tension, the worry, the stress, the anxiety had melted away. My whole perception, my whole outlook on life had changed from then on! Enough to give me the guts to go out and become a dancer, and I must say, its not a bad life!!

So again a big thumbs up, 5 big gold stars and a big hug and kiss and thanks again to Kirsty."

Lucy

"I went to see Kirsty because I was struggling with motivation, binge-eating and depression. When I was alone in the house, I would become quite down and miserable and, because of my low mood, I would seek comfort in junk food and binge on crisps, chocolate, cake and biscuits. Once I had finished eating my way through the cupboard, I would then feel more miserable as I had an ongoing battle with my weight since the birth of my daughter in 2009.

After just one session with Kirsty, I turned it all around. She asked me what I would like to do with my time instead of feeling down and binge-eating and, as I am a very crafty person, I wanted to have the motivation to finish various craft projects I had started, and to lose the weight I had gained during my binge-eating and pregnancy.

Since the session, I no longer have binge-eating sessions and now have so much more motivation and energy. I have also successfully lost 8lb and fell pregnant with my second baby and during this pregnancy I have maintained a healthy weight.

I am now looking forward to June 2012 and the birth of my baby. I can honestly say that once the baby is born, I will have the motivation to exercise and lose any weight I have gained during pregnancy."

Maria

"I went to see Kirsty because I had a massive phobia of insects - especially daddy-longlegs. It was so extreme that I had fallen down the stairs and ran out into the road to get away from them. It controlled my life, I did not go out in the summer at all unless it was urgent. I hated living like that. I had to rely on other people to take my child to the park to play because I physically couldn't.

I had just one session with Kirsty and it changed my life, I go out all the time and when I first saw a daddy- longlegs after the session it was so weird as I felt nothing, just calmness and so happy to be out in the sunshine with my little boy."

Sophie

"My experience of Hypnotherapy came about in response to a deep-rooted fear of the dentist, which had kept me from making any appointments at the dentist for over twenty years. If I had known just how quick and easy it would be to overcome this fear with just one session of hypnotherapy, I would have done it years ago. After just one hour with Kirsty, I booked my appointment and was amazed at just how calm and relaxed I was when my tooth was removed. I would recommend Kirsty to anyone, her patience and her reassuring presence gave me the confidence and belief that change was possible."

Kay

"I just wanted to give you an update following our session a couple of weeks ago. My horse had been ill for a while so I was unable to ride him but he has shown some improvements lately so Friday I started schooling him again, gently to see how he went. Although I felt anticipation getting on as soon as I was on we had a really good session even working over trotting poles - something I'd not done for over a year for fear they would jump them (daft I know!). We had such a good time, I repeated this Saturday and Sunday. Then, last night, a friend asked me to hack out with her and her horse.

It was such a lovely evening I felt I couldnít say no and had to try to see if we could manage it. My horse was very tense as he's not been out for over a month and is a nervous type but after mounting ( some serious 7-11 breathing!) we calmed down, had a good gossip with my friend to pre-occupy me and made it round our shortest route over fields for about 30 minutes. We only walked but such amazing progress I canít thank you enough. Iíd say my nerves got to 7/10 at most when birds flew out of hedgerows but generally sat at a calm 3-4. I never thought we would make it out all the way around first go but he was so good and it was so warm it would have been criminal not to continue.

I was so sceptical, as you know, when we first met and still can't pinpoint really what you did, but my mindset had certainly altered and we really enjoyed ourselves. Next hurdle is to have a trot on the fields and, dare I say it, a canter but gently does it Ė the first step was amazing and I just wanted to mail to say thank you."

Lynne

"After suffering a heart attack and cardiac arrest in the December of 2011, I was making excellent physical progress and returned to work almost immediately. However, the mental issues were a completely different matter. I had spent many years believing that I was indestructible and to be rudely and most violently disabused of the notion was a massive shock to my system. All of a sudden, I was suffering from full blown Panic Disorder and needed to get a handle on the situation. But how to approach this?

I contacted my old friend and colleague, Kirsty Hurrell and asked her advice. Kirsty immediately advised me that the panic disorder was accompanied by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and recommended trauma therapy. I had one 90 minute session with her where she "rewound" my experience over and over again to a point where she had dissociated me from the trauma. This was carried out in a relaxing and quiet environment and the result being that I had found peace. As a result of the treatment, the daily panic and anxiety, the sleepless nights, the floor pacing had all disappeared. I walked out of her treatment room lighter and calmer.

Now, three months after treatment, I have very few episodes and these are minor in themselves. As for the dissociation, I can honestly say that I have trouble remembering my 'event' such is the success of Kirsty's treatment. I would not hesitate to go back and indeed, she would be my first port of call should I ever need to.

Thank you, Kirsty."

Allison

"It all started about 30 years ago, mainly on holiday before the evening meal. I had diarrhoea felt sick and not interested in anything, this lasted 1~2 days. As we have retired we have more holidays, the last few years my panic attacks have got worse, diarrhoea sickness shaking uncontrollably, and wanting to go home and this lasted till our return. I have taken Cipralex and diazepam but this was not perfect.

I had a cancer scare and everything got on top of me, I was panicking all the time, and my Doctor put me back on Cipralex. As a last resort I plucked up the courage to ring Kirsty. Knowing nothing about hypnotherapy I was concerned about being hypnotised, this doesn't happen. At my first session Kirsty educated me on the foods I should be eating, how to breath to control the attacks and listening to a tape on deep relaxation. When I left my husband could see the change in me and I went on a camping holiday feeling much better.

All this happened about six weeks ago, now I feel great, stronger and interested in everything, lost weight and exercise more. As I am a diabetic this caused problems in the past but now my blood sugars are the best they have ever been. We are going to Canada for two weeks next month but I will see Kirsty before I go to reinforce the methods to control the attacks, if they happen. Thank you Kirsty for your help and guidance I couldn't have coped without you."

Jeannette

"I saw Kirsty because of my fear of spiders, it was so bad I actually let go of my pram with my 7 month old baby in it because a spider fell on me, the pram ended up in the road, luckily it did not run down the hill. I stayed in Spain in a yurt a few years ago and it was so amazing and I would love to go back one day but there were so many enormous spiders I was literally frozen on the spot when I saw one (although sharing the shower with a rat was no problem!) and I thought there is no way I can go back because of the spiders!

I spent an hour with Kirsty and we decided it would be best if I could get to the point where I could just move them rather than picking them up, it was very relaxing and Kirsty has a lovely calming voice, and after the session I managed to hold a glass jar with a spider in without freaking out. And since then I have managed to move a spider out of the bath in a glass, and I went to the woods with my little girl and chased her around without frantically waving my arms ahead of me to get rid of spider webs! It feels quite strange not to be terrified anymore! I can't say I love them but they certainly don't take over my life anymore like they did, I just see them and pass on by without feeling that awful terrifying sensation that I used to have - thank you Kirsty, you are amazing."

Kitty

"I had been suffering panic attacks/agoraphobia/anxiety for about 40 years. The NHS did not seem to want to cure me. I could cope "if I kept taking the tablets" but it wasn't much of a life.

Anyway, I went to see Kirsty in April 2012 and wow how my life is changing for the better. I am now moving house for the first time in 54 years and looking to be happy for the first time in my life because Kirsty has turned my life around.

Don't suffer like I did, go and see Kirsty. You will not regret it."

Dennis

"Well, if you felt sick, physically shook and felt full of absolute dread at the thought of driving, you're not alone! That was me, before getting hypnotherapy from Kirsty Hurrell, I used to feel so anxious and nervous before and whilst I was driving.

She listened to my fears and after some very calming chats and hypnosis sessions, I am absolutely loving driving! All the anxiousness has gone for good! Having the Hypnotherapy with Kirsty has changed my life - Cannot thank or recommend her highly enough."

Cala

"I read the article about Kirsty in EQ just as I was starting a new young horse and wanted to make sure I didn't let my nerves damage our relationship before we even started. I booked an appointment with Kirsty who, because she has horses herself, understood the dilemma well. After the first session my confidence improved and I was really looking forward to riding my new horse. After the second session I noticed a big difference in the way I behaved around him and the fact that he was responding positively to my calm and controlled approach. The process was simple and it's hard to define what made the difference but it has started me off on a journey that has helped me feel much more positive and confident."

Christine

"The last few years have not been the easiest. I have found myself becoming a carer for my Dad due to his ill health, but also to Mum who, emotionally and physically, could not cope with looking after Dad. With Dad's health becoming worse and needing him to be hospitalised, I began not to cope at work or at home. Mistakes have been made and, in November 2012, I realised that I was not coping and that the life I was living was not healthy. I needed help to change my life. I am on anti-depressants, but thought that I could do more. Looking through different websites, I came across The Clinic on the Green; saw Kirsty's page and have not looked back since.

After each session, including hypnosis, life became so much clearer and worth living. I could see how distant I had become from friends and family - and even myself. I could see that I had, without getting help, taken on too much and had not been giving myself a break.

I have now, with Kirsty's help, taken back my life, made changes to look after myself and created a pathway to a better future. Kirsty has helped guide me to a better place. With her counselling and hypnosis, I sleep better, am more relaxed and calm, so have more energy to get on and enjoy my life. I at last feel free to be me and the smile is now back in my life. Thank you Kirsty."

Linda

"I can't recommend this highly enough. In nearly 30 years of horse riding this is the most beneficial thing I have ever done. The combination of hypnosis for me and spook training for my horse has been amazing. In one month I have gone from seriously considering giving up riding altogether to now not being able to wait to get back on.

Thank you Kirsty for giving me back my confidence and helping Roxy and me to see that things really aren't as scary as they seem. For anyone considering this, DO IT - you won't regret it!"

Tracey

"I was a little sceptical about hypnotherapy at first until I had a session with Kirsty to rid my fear of going to the dentist. I had treatment today to prepare for a crown. I have never been so relaxed in the chair and all my fears vanished. If you have any fears, I definitely recommend having an appointment with Kirsty. It worked for me and I am sure it will work for you too."

Rosie

"Whilst having years of other therapies, all of which helped to a great or lesser degree, I went to Kirsty with no experience of hynotherapy. A mutual friend recommended her, which was a big incentive. I had experienced a considerable amount of loss over the past two years. My parents had both died, I had lost three wonderful dogs, on top of this my dear wife had undergone cancer treatment and two bouts of major surgery. I had given up most of my work and interests to care for her, this situation is unlikely to change as she is now dependant on me for most things.

I had tried a very good therapist who had used an eclectic mix of person-centred methods, being formerly involved in the field I "knew the turf", although helpful, it did not seem to take away the anxieties I was experiencing, and a dread of the future. Enter Kirsty, after explaining about revisiting and verbalising older problems during verbal therapy, basically reliving trauma, the theory made complete and utter sense!

I had one introductory and exploratory session, I was made to feel at ease straight away. I decided to have a session to see if the therapy would work for me, with a specific aim of addressing the anxiety of what might happen in the future. Well, in a nutshell, it has had an immediate effect. From leaving the session I have had a new feeling of optimism, the future no longer worries me. Kirsty helped me file away rather than revisit pain and loss. The method was painless and quite illuminating.

A rather long testimonial I know, but one I hope can motivate others to visit a very skilled and caring practitioner. Also a very effective one who radiates confidence.

Thank you Kirsty for your help."

John

"For as long as I can remember I have had a fear of moths and butterflies. I've never been certain of what caused the fear but it was so bad that even seeing a dead one, a photo or footage of them on the TV would send me into a state of sheer panic. If a moth came in the house I would start hyperventilating and lock myself in another room until I was sure that it was gone. It was always something that had affected me, but I never done anything about it until it began to affect my work.

I am a zoo keeper and absolutely love my work and the animals I get to spend my days with. However in April 2013 when a new exhibit was opened at the zoo, (which happened to be an area I would have to cover) my fear really became an issue. I can still remember the staff meeting when we were told that there were going to be butterflies free-flying in the exhibit, I burst into tears in front of everyone I work with. When the butterflies were introduced into the exhibit, that was it for me, I physically couldn't enter the enclosure and therefore couldn't cover the section or see the animals. This was holding me back and luckily for me that is when I was introduced to Kirsty.

I was a bit sceptical at first and couldn't imagine how hypnotherapy could get rid of this problem for me. I also suffer with anxiety so I was hesitant and anxious to go for the appointment. When I went to the Clinic on the Green for the first appointment, Kirsty was so warm and welcoming and instantly put me at ease. She has a very calming influence and after the session I felt so relaxed. The most relaxed I have ever been.

After the first session I was introduced to a butterfly (admittedly it was a dead one) which after a few words of encouragement and some of Kirsty's techniques, I was able to hold in my hand. This was huge for me and I could actually take a close look at the butterfly and remain calm and in control. I never even knew they had fur on their bodies. I was eager to go into work and see if I could handle walking in the exhibit with the butterflies (alive this time) free-flying around me. I managed to enter the enclosure and using breathing techniques that Kirsty had taught me, I kept control of myself but didn't stop to look too closely. This was a massive break through for me but another session was required. For this session Kirsty came to the zoo so that afterwards we could both enter the enclosure together. After the session Kirsty asked me how I was feeling and, on a scale of 1-10, how anxious was I feeling regarding the butterflies, and how confident I was to walk through the enclosure. At the beginning of the first session she asked me the same question and I answered 10. After the second session this had reduced to 0. And instead of worrying about entering the enclosure I felt calm and to be honest quite excited.

We entered the enclosure, I felt confident and walked straight in with a smile on my face and head held high, it was as if Kirsty had trained the butterflies as straight away one of them flew straight over and right past my face. I was astonished that I felt so calm and was able to stand and watch without freaking out, running away or trying to swat them. We continued through the exhibit and there were more, and still I felt calm. I was even able to touch one. I was so happy I couldn't stop smiling.

After the session I entered the enclosure on my own and was able to think clearly and almost forget that the butterflies were there. The next day I was working in the enclosure all day. I fed the butterflies and watched them flying around and feeding from the plants. I couldn't believe I was actually doing it. Also my colleagues (who were not aware that I had been to see Kirsty) were shocked and amazed that I was able to go in the enclosure again. I actually found it quite fun as at first I could sneak up on them! I now regularly cover the section and feel no fear or anxiety. I feel very calm and confident and able to carry out my duties.

My husband was very shocked when I said I had been in the enclosure and touched one and was so proud of what I have achieved, he was then able to witness the amazing impact that the hypnotherapy has had as at home, a big juicy moth (which now seems to be a regular visitor) flew right into me and I was able just to pick it up and place it outside.

Words cannot describe how grateful I am to Kirsty for helping me, I feel empowered and able to do anything I want to do.

I was sceptical at first but now I would highly recommend Kirsty. Don't suffer or let a fear bring you down - tackle it head on! What have you got to lose? Kirsty has made such a positive impact on my life and since the hypnotherapy I have felt confident and the most relaxed I have done in years."

Claire

I asked Kirsty if she could help me with my lack of confidence with my riding. It was beginning to spoil my enjoyment and I was at the point of giving up all together.

At our first session Kirsty made me feel very much at ease and showed a deep understanding of my situation. She then offered an achievable solution. Explaining throughout that with her help and my own commitment I would be able to achieve my goal.

The next time I rode I took the work we had done in the sessions and put them into practice. The result was that I was able to approach my challenge with the tools Kirsty had given me and had one of the best lessons ever. Even my instructor commented on how I my approach too riding had improved.

I had a further session to build on my new skills that Kirsty had taught me in our first session.

I felt immediately at ease with Kirsty and will continue return to her for any additional support. I have used the techniques in other aspects of my daily life in dealing with challenges. I would certainly recommend Kirsty to help with confidence when riding.

Karen