Mr Lee, Paignton

I came to see Francesca when I was suffering very badly with health anxiety. The trigger was having a heart attack, this brought back memories of my dad having a fatal heart attack in front of me.

I felt very anxious all of the time, so much so that I did not go out on my own for several years, when it was really bad I just stayed in bed. Any chest pain and I would think that I was having another heart attack. A couple of years ago I tried CBT but it didn’t work for me, if anything it made me feel worse. I had lost interest in everything, even going to the shops was pretty much impossible let alone go for a walk along the seafront or socialise with friends.

I started having hypnotherapy with Francesca and after just a couple of sessions I felt so much calmer, my chest and stomach pains were less frequent and I felt more confident.

Francesca suggested a session out of the clinic as I said that I wanted to be able to go for walks along the seafront again, something I had once very much enjoyed. The day before my appointment I plucked up the courage to go for a walk and I managed to walk on my own from the pier to the cinema and back again, this was something I had not been able to do for several years. From that day on I walk along the seafront trying to push myself a little further each day, I even pop to the shops on my way home, I would not have been able to do this before.

Recently I have bought a car, I have gradually ‘done it up’ and I’m even thinking of going to college to learn car electrics and welding. I really feel that none of this would have happened if I hadn’t had hypnotherapy, It has helped me to get my life back on track.