Relaxation Skills Training (Applied Relaxation) and It’s Benefits – Part 2

In my blog entry of 30th April 2013, I discussed the benefits of Relaxation Skills Training (or Applied Relaxation) in comparison with attending the occasional yoga, Tai Chi or meditation class (which are great places to start learning relaxation skills). Here, I will describe the training in a bit more detail. For anyone who is looking to reduce or more effectively manage their “stress”, overcome panic attacks or phobias, break out of a cycle of anxiety or habitual worry, manage a stress-related illness, control exam anxiety, overcome performance anxiety, improve their work efficiency, reduce their levels of physical tension, or even enhance their creativity, this will explain the stages of relaxation skills training and the rationales behind them, so you can decide whether this is something that could benefit you.

As I mentioned in the earlier article, many people may have never experienced a state of deep relaxation. Even during sleep, the body and mind do not necessarily relax completely. In fact, contrary to experiencing relaxation during sleep, many people in our busy Western society either have disturbed sleep or difficulty sleeping, or find that even with a reasonable amount of sleep, they may have rather “active” dreams and wake up feeling less than rested or even exhausted!

Yet deep relaxation is usually the body and mind’s only respite from the constant drip, drip, drip of adrenaline and other stress hormones into our systems from the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the “fight-or-flight” response and chronic stress/anxiety/tension states). In deep relaxation, the sympathetic nervous system is toned down or even switched off temporarily, allowing the other arm of our autonomic (automatic or “unconscious”) nervous system – the parasympathetic nervous system – to gain the upper hand for the time being. This part of the autonomic nervous system is responsible for rest, repair and recuperation – allowing body tissues to repair themselves, cells to build up energy stores, our hormone and immune systems to balance and strengthen themselves, body organs to have respite from the effects of chronic stress – in essence facilitating our body’s self-healing abilities. In addition, deep relaxation allows our thinking (analytical) mind and mental stress/anxiety circuits to rest and enables parts of the brain involved in relaxation, memory, creativity, learning and other nurturing activities to become stronger.

Relaxation skills training involves a number of stages, and the number and extent of the different stages can vary depending on a person’s existing skills and experiences, and their particular needs and inclinations. However, broadly speaking, the format of the training will have the same basic elements. Firstly, your body and mind experience deep relaxation, perhaps for the first time, so that you, your body and your mind know what they are aiming for (your “goal” – a relaxed state). And you then practise one or two, or more, relaxation techniques, so that you learn to elicit the relaxation response for yourself, and your body and mind get more and more familiar with this state through repetition of the practices (the body and mind/brain learn pretty much everything through practice and repetition until the state, or new skill, becomes a “habit”). The next stage is to learn to elicit the relaxation response at will (on demand, as it were) – sometimes called cue-controlled relaxation. You learn this first in the clinic room, then you practise doing it at home to reinforce this part of your new skill. When you feel comfortable and confident with being able to bring about relaxation “on cue”, you are ready to go to the next stage. This may involve rehearsing relaxation and maintaining that state while in hypnosis and while imagining situations that normally or previously might cause you anxiety or stress (this stage is sometimes called “hypnotic desensitisation” – you desensitise to the anxiety or stress situation by imagining it happening while in deep relaxation). The final stages – depending on your needs – often involve practising using your relaxation skills out in the real world (“exposure therapy”), first in low-anxiety/stress situations, then gradually, as you build up your skills and confidence more and more, in higher anxiety/stress situations, until you experience feeling relaxed more and more of the time, and finally you find you rarely experience anxiety or stress any more in day-to-day situations.

Of course, you won’t extinguish your ability to feel anxiety, fear or stress completely – and nor should you want to – as these responses, in appropriate (eg. life-or-death) situations, are vital to our survival. But – and this is the point – you will be able to have control over such feelings in situations where they are inappropriate and counter-productive.

As you can probably tell from this description, the art of relaxation takes practice and persistence if it is not your current usual state. But much of this is up to you and done at your own pace and in your own time (as “homework”) – so it needn’t take an endless number of clinic sessions. And the benefits will last a lifetime, and will probably extend your life, productivity and quality of life immeasurably too!

If you think you might benefit from relaxation skills training, meditation/mindfulness training or hypnotherapy and you’d like to book a consultation or find out more about skills training or therapy, or if you have any other questions, please contact me at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey by email or phone (see top right of this page).


Research shows that mindfulness may change how the brain deals with emotion

In recent years, research evidence has been accumulating to support the notion that mindfulness practices can have wide-ranging beneficial effects on our mental, emotional and physical health. An example of one such study is described briefly below (the full text can be found in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 4 [April 2013]).

Jacqueline Lutz, of the University Hospital of Zurich Psychiatry Department, and colleagues wanted to find out whether and how mindfulness could affect the brain during emotional arousal. Their working definition of mindfulness was “an attentive, non-judgmental focus on present experiences”. They randomly assigned 49 subjects, who had no prior or existing neurological or psychiatric illnesses, to either a mindfulness or a control group. The theory was that, when subjects anticipated or viewed pictures with negative emotional content, those who were instructed in and practised mindfulness would show increased activation of areas in the brain involved in regulating emotions. The researchers also wanted to know whether mindfulness might be associated with decreased activation of regions in the brain known to be associated with emotional arousal, such as the amygdala and insula.

Lutz and colleagues used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scanning to measure real-time activity in the brains of the study subjects. During fMRI scanning, subjects in both the control and the mindfulness groups were shown cues that indicated whether each individual picture they were about to view would be “positive” (pleasant), “negative” (unpleasant), “neutral” or “unknown” (meaning there was a 50:50 chance it could be “positive” or “negative”). Because mindfulness strategies are often used with the intention of helping to address unpleasant emotional events, the mindfulness group was instructed to apply aspects of mindfulness (eg. non-judgmental awareness of thoughts, emotions or bodily sensations) while viewing only the unpleasant and unknown images.

The study found that, compared with the control group, subjects in the mindfulness group displayed decreased activation in the amygdala and other regions involved in processing emotion when they were shown the negative pictures. They also showed increased activity in brain structures associated with emotional regulation when anticipating negative pictures. The findings of this study suggest that even a short and simple mindfulness intervention has the potential to help regulate emotion.

So what does this mean for you and me? Most people are not familiar with the intricacies and “esoteric” language and implications of scientific research, and so they often find it difficult to interpret such findings in terms of their health, wellbeing and everyday lives. But basically, studies such as the above are increasingly accumulating evidence to show that many of the exercises used in activities such as meditation, relaxed abdominal breathing, mindful yoga, chi gong, and related practices that help us to detach from daily stresses and simply focus on “the present moment”, can have wide-reaching positive effects on the way we deal with life’s stresses, emotional turmoil, traumas, worries, fears, and so on, helping us to find a calmer, more objective and centred perspective, so that we can regain a healthier mental, emotional and physical balance in our daily lives.

Mindfulness training, mindful meditation, mindfulness-based hypnotherapy (MBHT)TM, relaxation skills training, stress management, self-hypnosis, cognitive-behavioural techniques, emotional therapy, and traditional hypnotherapy are available at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey, with clinics serving the mid-Surrey areas of Ashtead, Leatherhead, Bookham, Epsom, Tadworth, Ewell, Cobham, Esher, and surrounding areas. Please email or phone (see above right for contact details) for more information or to book a consultation. Amanda Jackson-Russell, proprietor of AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey and Energessence Natural Healing; BSc, PhD (Neuroscience), Dip. CBH/HPD, MNFSH, Reiki Master, EFT Practitioner, Stress Management Consultant, Yoga/ Relaxation/ Meditation Instructor.



How Does Relaxation Training Differ from Doing Relaxation in a Yoga Class?

If you have ever attended even just the occasional yoga class, you may have experienced the wonderful “other-worldly” feeling of deep relaxation at the end of a class, where you have become almost completely unaware of your body any more and have just felt as though you were floating and your mind was totally dissociated from any daily concerns or “to-do” lists – either that, or you fell asleep! – as attested to by the light snoring sounds often discerned at the end of such classes! Either way, you probably felt as though you just wanted to stay there and never come back – which is what many people say as they get up to leave a class. Unless you regularly practise relaxation techniques, meditation or self-hypnosis, you may never before have experienced such a deeply relaxed state (termed the “relaxation response” by Harvard doctor, Herbert Benson, M.D., back in the 1970s).

Practising yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and related practices can be wonderful methods of experiencing relaxation, and can help train us to elicit the “relaxation response” more easily. When we are doing the practices, we feel great – relaxed, focused, mindful (in the present moment). However, one problem can be that we attend a class, maybe once or twice a week, and feel great during the class – but the minute we leave, we are back to our rushing around, our mental “to-do” lists, our daily worries, fears, anxieties, planning, emails, texts, voicemails, etc..  and our poor body and mind have to wait until the next time we go to class to get a break! We can end up “compartmentalising” our experience of relaxation, instead of learning how to integrate it into our daily lives, so that we can tune in and switch down to a more relaxed and beneficial way of operating more and more of the time. And that lack of integration into our lives can have a great toll on our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, our productivity, and our quality of life in general.

That’s where Relaxation Training (or Applied Relaxation) comes in. We can learn to operate our lives in a more relaxed way more of the time. And this can make us more productive, happier and healthier, by increasing our mental and emotional resilience, boosting our immune system, increasing our ability to experience joy (“light-heartedness”), switching off “disease” genes, and reducing our susceptibility to (or enhancing our recovery from) stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and so on.

Relaxation Skills Training involves a number of stages, and I’ll describe these in more detail in a later blog entry, along with the wider benefits. But basically the stages are: 1) experience deep relaxation; 2) practise eliciting this state; 3) learn to elicit relaxation “on cue”; 4) imagine facing anxiety/stress situations – usually in hypnosis – while practising your relaxation skills; 5) use your relaxation skills in “real-world” situations; 6) your relaxation skills become integrated into your everyday life.

If you’d like to find out more about relaxation skills training or hypnotherapy, or if you have any other questions, please contact me at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey by email or phone (see top right of this page). Amanda Jackson-Russell: clinical and cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapist; stress management consultant; relaxation, meditation and mindfulness instructor; researcher, editor and writer.


A Happy New Emotional You in 2013! You Have The Power..!

People of all cultures and all walks of life have their share of difficulties and challenges, big, medium or small. What one person sees as a huge obstacle, another person might view as a minor problem to be solved fairly easily with a bit of ingenuity and common sense. Similarly, what one person takes in their stride, another might find too much to bear – the “last straw that breaks the camel’s back”, as it were. How we deal with so-called challenges depends on many factors – our own recent or distant life history, stress levels, general health, learned coping strategies (or lack of), cultural, family and social attitudes, our day-to-day lives and responsibilities, work-loads, previous traumas, self-confidence, belief systems, social support systems, and so on.. You may or may not consider yourself to be an “emotional person” – some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, others believe in “putting their best foot forward” and not wallowing in their feelings, others might like to express their feelings but don’t really know how, others feel it is “weak” to show their emotions, and still others can’t understand what the problem is all about and favour calm, patience, logic and systematic analysis of the problem to get to the root of an issue. And there are many others in between – our greatest gift, as well as our greatest challenge!, is our individuality..

So… What has all this to do with a happy new emotional you in 2013? Well, whether we recognise/ believe/ accept it or not, it is our emotions that in the end determine the quality of our lives and the joy and satisfaction we gain from life. Whatever we do, say, think, achieve, worry about, care about, busy ourselves with – in the final analysis, it is our FEELINGS about it all that determine whether we are happy, contented and fulfilled, or unhappy, frustrated, angry, disillusioned, resentful, guilty, etc, about our lot in life.

But, before you take this on board and decide that you are at the mercy of your emotions and do not have the ability or the POWER to change your feelings.. THINK again.. That is one of the keys (our ACTIONS – rather than reactions – are another). You have more POWER than you realise. A phrase that has been circulating in the spiritual/ holistic communities over the last few years is that ENERGY FOLLOWS THOUGHT – and is increasingly being recognised as a potent aspect of reality. However, another truth, for everyone to take on board, is that EMOTIONS FOLLOW THOUGHT.. (think about it..) (Note: ENERGY and EMOTION have a special relationship – but that is for another discussion at another time and place..)

So, at the start of a New Year, still at the near beginning of this New Millennium, are you coming to the conclusion that you want to make changes – to improve your lot in life, your general happiness and satisfaction, your outlook on life and your general wellbeing? Have you decided it is long time that you took back your POWER and CONTROL over your life, your destiny, your future? Well, whether you want to change self-defeating habits, focus on your goals, overcome fears and anxieties, strengthen your self-confidence, become more assertive and learn to stand up for your personal rights, learn relaxation skills, reduce stress levels, learn how to enjoy the present moment and be more contented in your current life, develop greater problem-solving skills, learn or improve your performance at work, in a hobby or in giving presentations.. in fact, anything that helps you reach for and accomplish more of your own unique, individual, wonderful potential.. YOU HAVE THE POWER..!!

If you want to discover, develop and reap the benefits of YOUR OWN PERSONAL POWER, lying as yet untapped in the recesses of your mind, your subconscious, your brain, your intuitive self, your energy body, your unfathomable and infinite self.. then I would love to have the opportunity (given a comprehensive assessment of needs and suitability) to help you achieve your GOALS!

So, if you think you might benefit from the insights and applications of clinical and
cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy, please contact me at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey. You can either give me a call on 01372 279841, or, ideally, send me an email on giving me a brief outline of your present circumstances and the issues you would like to address (contact information is also given at the top right of this page) – and I look forward to us working together for a Positive Emotional New You in 2013! Amanda Jackson-Russell, Clinical & Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapist, BSc (Hons), PhD (Neuroscience), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & Teacher, British Wheel of Yoga-qualified Yoga Instructor (including Relaxation, Meditation & Mindfulness), Healer Member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (MNFSH), Medical Writer & Editor. AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey & Energessence Hypnotherapy, Wellbeing & Stress Management.

What is Mindfulness? Introduction to Mindfulness for Positive Wellbeing

So what is “mindfulness”? Well, it’s the current “catch-phrase” of the medical, health, psychology and stress management communities since they have “discovered”, in recent years, it’s enormous benefits to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing (this, despite the fact that it has been practised in a variety of forms by numerous cultures throughout the world for centuries, if not millennia..). I’ll be talking in more depth about mindfulness, and other forms of meditative practices, in future blog posts. However, as an introduction to the principles, I believe the following, published online by “Thought For Today” back in April 2012 (, gives a straight-forward, no-nonsense, uncomplicated description:

“Most of us are of sound mind, but many of us have trouble maintaining a note of harmony and peace. Most of us know how to think, but few of us are able to control our thoughts. We all have the capacity to be creative, to imagine new ideas, but few of us are able to do it together and co-create in harmony with each other. We could all do with some mental training so that we may use the most powerful energy in the universe, the mind, which is always at our instant disposal. We can begin with mindfulness. It’s a simple way to gently help our mind go where it is best to go, do what is the best thing to do. It begins by simply being fully aware of what you are doing. Mostly we are not fully aware, as our minds wander into the past and then into possible futures. We spend most of our time watching others and so rarely fully focus on what we are actually doing ourselves. Next time you sit down to a meal, watch yourself. Be aware of only what you are eating. Every time your mind wants to wander, bring it gently and lovingly back to the action and sensation of eating. Then do the same when cleaning, when writing, when working. The more you do it, the stronger and more focused and more rational will be your concentration, the more natural will be your actions, the more peaceful you will feel, and the more relaxed you will be, no matter what you are doing.”

If you would like to leave a comment (below) about your experiences and practices of mindfulness, and how it has benefited you (or not!), I would be delighted to hear from you. Alternatively, if you are interested in learning meditation, mindfulness, relaxation or self-hypnosis skills, please contact me by phone or email (above right).

Relaxation therapies, hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT) and energy healing at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey and Energessence Natural Healing – with clinics in the Leatherhead and Epsom, Surrey areas

AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey and Energessence Natural Healing now have clinics in Great Bookham (near Leatherhead), Ashtead, and Ewell (near Epsom), Surrey. Following a sabbatical period, the full range of relaxation therapy / stress management, emotional therapy, cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy, and energy healing services are now available, and I look forward to greeting you and helping you meet your healing / therapy needs. My aim has always been to help empower a person in their healing journey, providing guidance and methods to facilitate their innate self-healing abilities, and ultimately enabling them to recognise, trust, utilise and optimise their own personal power, as well as recognising, accessing and trusting the universal intelligence that is available to all. These may be controversial ideas to some, but I make no apologies. “To every man, his own Truth, and the God within..” (Taken from The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Bradley, so please forgive the overt masculine references, but it is meant for everyone, male, female, or neither, animal, plant, or other living thing..). At this time in our world’s development, it is of importance more than ever that we feel and express the highest qualities we can – of tolerance, compassion, kindness, understanding, forgiveness, wisdom and unconditional love…

If you would like a pragmatic approach to dealing with your problems, then perhaps cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy is the approach for you. If you need a broader and more free-flowing therapeutic experience, then EFT is an alternative approach you can try, to perhaps help you cut your way through layers of confusing emotional issues. If you are feeling low in energy or have had prolonged stresses or illness to deal with, and you need a more passive and supportive approach to get you up and going again, then an energy healing (eg. Reiki and Deep Relaxation) approach may be a more sympathetic option for you to begin with. Whatever approach is your preference, I look forward to meeting you at one of our clinics. Please visit other parts of this website, and / or phone or email for further information or to book an appointment (see contact details at top right of this blog page).

Amanda Jackson-Russell, Clinical & Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapist, BSc (Hons), PhD (Neuroscience), EFT Practitioner, Reiki Master, Relaxation & Meditation Instructor, MNFSH, Medical Writer & Editor. AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey & Energessence Natural Healing.

What is hypnotherapy? It is learning how to optimise and utilise the incredible depths and power of your own mind for your own health and wellbeing, and for the highest expression of you own positive potential in your life…

The only things that most people “know” about hypnosis or hypnotherapy are what they have seen on the TV, in stage hypnosis programmes or somewhat dated movies. Unfortunately, these are most usually very sensationalist and inaccurate representations of what hypnosis can do and what the many benefits of hypnotherapy can be. I grew up with a very enlightened mother who introduced my older brother and myself, at a very early age, to the general principles of self-hypnosis, in a very simple, benign and inspiring way. We learned about positive thinking, about “programming” ourselves to sleep peacefully and deeply through the night, and even how to enhance our abilities to memorise poems or maths formulae to help us with our school work. I’m not sure how my Mum knew about such abilities, apart from her own experiences and a lot of reading, as it was not until many years later that she finally had the time and opportunity to actually train as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. But those early years’ learning experiences stayed with me throughout my formative years and are still with me, among many other enlightened and spiritual influences of my mother. Despite our differences in other ways, we both understood, instinctively, about the power of the mind and how it shapes your experiences and your very existence, and that it is ultimately up to you how you control it and make good use of it.

Despite these influences, I came to hypnotherapy kind of by the back door – although maybe part of it was a reluctance to follow in my mother’s footsteps, being something of a rebellious and “independent-minded” individual (again here, I am my mother’s daughter!). I initially trained and worked as a medical scientist, specialising in neuroscience – the influence of the brain and nervous system over our bodily functioning, health and behaviour… (or the power of the mind…?). In parallel, I studied and trained as a yoga teacher, which led me to teaching relaxation and meditation techniques, which incorporated the use of self-hypnosis, auto-suggestion, affirmations and therapeutic imagery. On another parallel, I also trained in and practised spiritual healing and counselling, using virtually the same techniques, if with a slightly different “bent”. Later I trained in a number of holistic therapies, practising in large part stress management and emotional therapy. Finally, following my mother’s passing, I had the time and opportunity (almost at the same age as she had) to study and train in hypnotherapy “proper”. I feel I have come home. I am now able to incorporate all those years and experiences and varied trainings into my approaches to my clients, to facilitate their healing on a variety of levels, according to their individual needs.

So, what is hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy teaches you how to harness the positive power of your own mind to enable you to take control of your life, your thought processes, your emotions and moods, your actions and reactions, your health and wellbeing – to become more aware of how you are using this immense power and to help you maximise its benefits. It helps you recognise how you might be sabotaging your own efforts and intentions, by identifying faulty thought patterns, beliefs and self-talk. It helps you realise how your thought processes influence your moods and emotions, and vice versa. And it helps you see how your habitual unhelpful thoughts and feelings (which you actually have the power to change, given the right methods and techniques) affect your behaviour, reactions, interactions with others, your general health and wellbeing, and ultimately the “colour”, “shape” and “success” of your life – your aspirations, desires, dreams and goals – both in the present and in the future.

Forget what you have seen on the TV and in the movies, or have read about in popularist magazines and newspapers. Hypnosis in nothing like that, and hypnotherapy has nothing to do with those portrayals. If you want to learn how to discover and optimise the power of your own mind, for your own health, wellbeing, success, emotional harmony, peace of mind, personal satisfaction, self-esteem and self-efficacy, and to bring about positive changes in your life, then I urge you most earnestly to give it a try!

Clinical, cognitive-behavioural and traditional approaches to hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), Reiki therapy, and training in relaxation skills, meditation, mindfulness and self-hypnosis are available from AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey, at clinics in Ashtead, Great Bookham and Ewell, which are close to Epsom and Leatherhead, Surrey (close to Junction 9 of the M25). Please visit other parts of this website, and/or phone or email for further information or to book an appointment (see contact details at top right of this blog page). I look forward to meeting you. Amanda Jackson-Russell, Clinical & Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner, Reiki Master, Relaxation & Meditation Instructor, MNFSH, Medical Writer & Editor.

Scientific support for emotional freedom technique (EFT; energy psychology), available from AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey, near Leatherhead, Surrey – for negative thoughts/beliefs, fears, anxiety, guilt, traumas, self-image, stress triggers and stress-related health issues

Emotional freedom technique (EFT; energy psychology) is available at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey and Energessence Natural Healing, with clinics in the Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom, Surrey areas. This remarkable therapy recognises the links between emotions, thought processes, energy flows in the body, and physical and mental health. EFT involves activation of specific energy points and meridians (by gentle tapping on acupressure points with the fingers), combined with modern psychological techniques, to help release and clear emotional blocks or issues (eg. negative mental conditioning, sources of inferiority, negative emotions such as guilt or fear, emotional “baggage”, hang-ups, traumas, anxieties) and other triggers of stress that prevent us from living and enjoying life to the full. Since many physical health problems are also linked to underlying emotional issues or stress, EFT may help alleviate these too.

Recent scientific research findings in the rapidly progressing areas of epigenetics and neuropsychology support the effectiveness of emotional freedom technique (EFT) as a psychotherapeutic modality, and also provide a scientific rationale for its mode of action. Feinstein & Church (2010) report that acupressure point stimulation rapidly reduces hyper-arousal by sending neurological signals to the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in the “fight-or-flight” (stress) response and associated negative emotions (fear, panic, anxiety, etc). When stimulation of particular acupressure points is combined with psychological techniques involving exposure to the negative emotions and a cognitive shift (as in EFT), two mutually exclusive effects are evoked (reduced physiological arousal, alongside a “maladaptive” emotion such as anxiety), which appear to have the ability to rapidly cancel each other out (called reciprocal inhibition). Within a relatively short period of time, this can result in resolution of the emotional issue through a “counter-conditioning” effect. Reviewing preliminary scientific evidence, Feinstein & Church suggest that EFT/energy psychology and related modalities are likely to involve activation of genes that restore balance to neural communication pathways involved in the stress response and other physiological mechanisms. If you would like to try emotional freedom technique (EFT) for yourself, phone or email AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey for further information or an appointment (see contact details at the top right of this page).

AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey offers clinical and cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT; also sometimes described as energy psychology or meridian therapy), Reiki with deep relaxation, and other approaches to stress reduction, therapeutic relaxation and natural healing. Clinics are at several locations near Leatherhead and Epsom, Surrey.


Make Positive Life Changes in Spring 2012 with AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey – Clinics in the Epsom & Leatherhead, Surrey areas. For Anxiety, Stress, Fears, Self-Esteem, Confidence, Assertiveness, Emotional Issues, Presentation Nerves, Goals, & More..!

Spring 2012 is finally here and maybe you are starting to feel a little more positive after the winter gloom and wanting to make some other positive changes? You have no doubt heard of hypnotherapy, but you may be suspicious or apprehensive about what it involves. Read some of the information on this website in the About Hypnotherapy section, which should dispel any concerns you may have. Or phone or email (see contact details at top right of this page) for further information. AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey uses research-based methods of clinical and cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy, which can help you overcome your fears, anxieties, negative emotions, or self-limiting thoughts and behaviours – resulting in greater self-efficacy and self-confidence, which can then spread out to positively influence other areas of your life.

Whether you want to accomplish goals you have so far only been dreaming about, get your work or personal life back on track, or overcome negative thoughts patterns or emotions that have been holding you back, cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy can help. Overcome fears, anxieties, panic attacks, emotional blocks, presentation anxiety, public speaking or interview nerves, low self-esteem, social anxiety / shyness, lack of assertiveness, or other self-limiting thoughts / beliefs, emotions, behaviours or reactions at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey, with clinics in the Leatherhead and Epsom, Surrey areas.

AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey uses the latest evidence-based techniques, as well as tried and tested traditional methods. Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy deals with the here-and-now to help you change self-limiting thought patterns, feelings and behaviours or reactions. Unlike some other styles of hypnosis, cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy puts you in the driving seat – you are in control of your hypnotherapy experiences and take an active role in your therapy. As famously advised by renowned self-help author Susan Jeffers: “Feel The Fear… And Do It Anyway!” So why not forge ahead in 2012 with a new you! AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey has clinics in the Leatherhead and Epsom, Surrey, areas. Other therapeutic approaches such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT; energy psychology), Reiki and relaxation therapy are also available. For further information or to book an appointment, please see the contact details at the top right of this page.


Discounts Available! Make Positive Life Changes in 2012 with AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey! £10 off sessions during February 2012 at clinics in the Epsom & Leatherhead, Surrey areas. For Anxiety, Stress, Fears, Self-Esteem, Confidence, Assertiveness, Public Speaking, Presentation Nerves, Goals, & More..!

Have your New Year 2012 resolutions stalled already?  Get back on track !  Determine to become the YOU you always wanted to be, with discounted prices on cognitive-behavioural (and traditional) approaches to hypnotherapy at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey, near Leatherhead and Epsom, Surrey !  £10 off full initial consultation sessions and £10 off 1-hour therapy sessions booked and paid for during February 2012.  Make this the year when you accomplish the goals you have so far only been dreaming about !  Get your work or personal life back on track.  Overcome fears, anxieties, panic attacks, emotional blocks, presentation anxiety, public speaking or interview nerves, low self-esteem, social anxiety / shyness, lack of assertiveness, or other self-limiting thoughts / beliefs, emotions, behaviours or reactions.

AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey specialises in clinical and cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy, using the latest evidence-based techniques, as well as tried and tested traditional methods.  In our clinics near Epsom and Leatherhead, Surrey, you can discover the many benefits.  Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy deals with the here-and-now to help you change self-limiting thought patterns, feelings and behaviours, habits or reactions.  Unlike some other styles of hypnosis, cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy puts you in the driving seat – you are in control of your hypnotherapy experiences and take an active role in your therapy.  As famously advised by renowned self-help author Susan Jeffers: “Feel The Fear… And Do It Anyway!”  So why not forge ahead in 2012 with a new you !

Research-based methods of cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy used at AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey can help you overcome your fears, anxieties, negative emotions, or self-limiting thoughts and behaviours – resulting in greater self-efficacy and self-confidence, which can then spread out to positively influence other areas of your life.  AJR Hypnotherapy Surrey has clinics in the Leatherhead and Epsom, Surrey, areas.  For further information or to book an appointment, please see the contact details at the top right of this page.