Everyone comes to a hypnotherapy appointment hoping to feel better about something in their lives. They have reached a point where they are no longer happy with the way things are going and have decided to get some support and make a change. They may come with a clear goal or just an idea of how they would prefer to feel.
Often people don’t know what to expect from an appointment and they can be pleasantly surprised at how much better they feel. Very often the outcome is beyond their original expectations and they are excited by a new lease of life or a new sense of balance or control.
I can suggest how hypnotherapy can help you, but it might mean more to you to hear from the clients who have already been. On this page you will see comments from clients from every walk of life, from children to adults.
Amanda is so approachable and friendly, and I knew everything I told her was in confidence. She provided support and taught me how to deal with a stressful period in my life. After just a couple of appointments I felt great. I am calmer and definitely more confident. AC, Senior Sales Manager
I really felt a big difference after only a few sessions with Amanda. She also taught me self-hypnosis, which, once learned, is a skill for life. And it was much easier than I thought. I couldn’t have got where I am without hypnotherapy. MM, Finance Assistant
It is such a genuinely therapeutic, safe treatment. Many, many of my patients have benefited tremendously. I am so glad we have Amanda's hypnotherapy skills in this practice - I don’t know how we would manage without it. So many patients don’t have to resort to tablets. Dr Susan Langridge, GP
Amanda has enabled me to cope with the emotional and physical effects of a long term illness. I finally feel like I’ve got my life back. I have learned to relax quickly and easily through self-hypnosis and I love doing visualisations. I can now actually choose how I want to feel by being aware of my thoughts. It's wonderful. JM, Retired Headteacher
After feeling like I had nowhere to turn, I discovered Amanda at A Life in Balance. She has helped me to discover that I have a voice worth listening to and that by talking and doing gentle relaxation, I am able to take on that wonderful world with a smile on my face!
Amanda sits, not with a pendulum or asking to look into her eyes, but as a friend with a gentle and genuinely caring aproach. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment, she has quite simply helped me change my life and look forward to what's next. CC, Make-up Artist & Pianist
I have been attending Amanda's clinic for an ongoing health problem. I find Amanda very approachable and down to earth and the surroundings are very relaxed and comfortable, reflecting Amanda's personality.
When I first went to see Amanda regarding my illness I would never have imagined I could have coped so well with my condition. Amanda has made a great difference to my life with her constant support and guidance. I feel that the doctor deals with the medical side and Amanda deals with the emotional side, which I think is every bit as important. I'm very happy for the day I first went to see Amanda. It has made a tremendous difference to my life. SM, Retired Administrator.
We went to Amanda for help with my wife's speech after a stroke. It helped her a great deal and she can now use longer words and put sentences together much better than before. She's still not 100%, but the side effect is that her confidence is 150%! When I come home from work she can't wait to tell me about her day. She is reading and understanding more in the newspapers and is doing complicated word puzzle games on the computer. She has even been using Skype to speak to relatives abroad.
She's also much more confident getting about and is doing things she would never have done before. We enjoy holidays abroad and my wife's confidence when travelling is amazing and she is always keen to talk to the people we meet! PR and AR
A diagnosis of cancer shocks to the core. Facing treatments, waiting on results of tests and dealing with the effect on the ones we love can be very difficult. At MASScot- Melanoma Action and Support Scotland - one positive help that we can offer those who come to us is - Amanda. We needed a properly qualified and insured therapist to entrust our members to. Back in the 1980's the oncology unit at Gartnavel Hospital had the services of a Clinical Psychologist who used counselling and hypnotherapy to help people cope with the effects of cancer. That service is no longer available. We know the difference it made to us and we wanted to make this help available to others. Amanda is a superb therapist providing confidential counselling and the most wonderfully relaxing hypnotherapy. We have referred those with worrying primary disease all the way through to those with teminal disease. Her help has been the source of relaxation, strength, calm and comfort. We have been using her services for more than a year, have referred different age groups, patients and carers and would recommend her wholeheartedly, no matter what your problems may be, Amanda will help you get it under control and leave you fit to cope. Leigh Smith TD RGN, Chair MASScot.
Amanda has enabled me to turn around an enormous issue with OCD, into a manageable minor part of my life. All of my symptoms have been greatly reduced or eradicated through sessions with Amanda. The difference she has brought to my quality of life cannot be overstated. I first saw Amanda two years ago for 4 or 5 appointments which were really helpful and I now drop by every 4-6 weeks for a top-up session, which is great. GC, Financial Advisor
Hypnotherapy has given me sound methods and tools to enjoy my life with a new degree of optimism, perspective and control. I love it. JH, Manager
We were kindly referred to Amanda by MASScot (charity) after our 16 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. We were all struggling emotionally and trying to come to terms with the shock of such news. Thankfully he has been given the all clear and we are through the worst. The time spent with Amanda was invaluable at a very difficult time for the whole family. Amanda saw us all individually over several weeks. The sessions provided us with the time and space to discuss our concerns with Amanda in a safe and supportive environment. This was followed with a period of hypnotherapy for the remainder of each hour long session. We all found it to be incredibly relaxing and extremely beneficial. Both our children remarked how great they found the experience. As parents, we took great comfort in seeing the obvious benefits the kids got from hypnotherapy as well as the help it gave us all in coping and making sense of such an awful situation. FB and Family
When I finished my cancer treatment I expected to feel elated. Instead I felt the opposite.
I was very low, had no motivation for anything, I had lost my job, my confidence and did not feel at all like my old self. I developed anxiety issues, started drinking wine every evening to help me sleep, gained over a stone in weight. Before cancer, I had been very fit, held a responsible job, was happy and enjoying life.
When I went to see Amanda I had pretty low expectations - a night’s sleep was all I wanted.
But what happened in a really short space of time still amazes me. Over a period of a few weeks Amanda helped me to quit drinking, change my diet, relax and remember what skills I had to offer. And more importantly, to identify the life I wanted to lead.
I got back into exercising and started to apply for jobs. Two things which I couldn’t have imagined doing.
Within a period of 6 weeks I went from feeling totally unemployable and having zero confidence to being offered two jobs after a couple of very successful interviews. I have been back at work for a year and would now describe myself as a much improved version of the old me!
I’m still not sure how it all works, but what I would say is that Amanda is a very skilled practitioner. What I really liked about her was: she is really clever- she totally got what was going on for me; I never felt judged; I felt reassured. I loved her sunny smile and her practical down to earth approach. I cannot recommend her highly enough. HF
I was worried about getting pregnant and giving birth, but I was also afraid that I would never get pregnant. It didn’t feel possible. After a couple of sessions with Amanda, I felt clear about what I wanted and it began to feel like a real possibility. Happily I’m now pregnant! SM
I've been attending A Life in Balance clinic for a few sessions after experiencing a stillbirth late in my pregnancy. Amanda understood my anxiety & fears. She is very friendly & has helped me emotionally & physically to cope with the effect this has had on me. After a few sessions I can begin to see a difference & now feel there is hope for the future. NP
Before I started my course of hypnotherapy, I was a shaky mess before performing on stage. As a musician it's vital that I'm at my best before playing and I struggled further as my exam marks went down. I had tried so many methods and I was sceptical when someone mentioned hypnotherapy but now I see it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only has it stopped my shaking and nervousness before performing, it's also helped me realise why I felt that way. This has been helpful because whenever negative thoughts come into my head I can mute them, almost like a radio. Amanda made me realise that I can control how I feel and that nothing is ever as bad as it seems and I can't thank her enough for changing my life in that way.
My infertility issues had taken up a large part if my daily life. I struggled with stress and found that I was unable to relax. I was recommended to try hypnotherapy as a natural remedy. After my first session with Amanda I was relaxed and any negative feelings that I had been experiencing were greatly reduced. In addition to this, Amanda provided a CD that I can listen to at home so that I can relax any time that suits me. I would highly recommend anyone experiencing the same issues as me to forget any reservations about hypnotherapy and give it a try. EF
Having reached my late 40s and bitten my nails since childhood, despite repeated attempts to stop I had been unable to. Given the past, I was willing to try anything, however unconventional and I certainly considered hypnotherapy to be unconventional. Amanda Hope was recommended to me and I am amazed and also delighted to say that after a single session in December 2013, I haven't bitten my nails at all and I now realise how anxious I was previously in public about the state of my fingernails.
I would say to anyone, even if you are a hypnotherapy sceptic, as I was, I would not hesitate to recommend that you contact Amanda to see if she could help you too. MF
I was diagnosed with cancer over 2 years ago, and have been seeing Amanda regularly since then. She's been a life saver. She is one of few people I am able to talk to. Diagnosis and treatment have been a rollercoaster ride, and Amanda has given me strategies to cope. Every session is different depending on the stage of treatment, going for results of scans etc but have always included a guided relaxation, which I can then practice at home if I need to calm down, and a guided visualisation usually aimed at boosting my immune system and attacking the cancer cells. I always leave Amanda feeling more positive and encouraged. She always provides me with an alternative way of looking at things, which alleviates my fears and anxieties. I believe this has improved me both physically and emotionally as, along with conventional treatment, my cancer has been under control. Amanda's contribution to this has been invaluable.
Just thought I’d drop you an email to say I've passed my exam and it's all thanks to you. You really helped me and I'm so thankful for that! Will definitely be back before my next exam. MF, Student
I came to see Amanda due to a health scare and she helped me to cope with my anxiety regarding the tests, the results and beyond. The skills I learnt will be with me for life, I have used them in several situations recently with great results. I came to understand through Amanda that I had many parts of my life to deal with and I honestly feel like a weight has been lifted from me. I can see with a new clarity and have a chance to start living again to my full potential. Amanda is a true professional and has a very calming voice. Thank you!" Anne Irvine - Carer