C. Clarke - Therapy for Anxiety
After an illness in summer left me with anxiety attacks when facing food I gave Mandy a call for some hypnotherapy. I was a bit sceptical at first but thought Iwill give it a try. I booked in for 4 sessions and all I can say is its one of the the best experiences ever, the anxiety has gone and I have more confidence and motivation than ever would highly recommend hypnotherapy to anyone.
J. Mitch - Therapy for Phobias
With a dream holiday to Mexico booked and paid for...I suddenly developed a massive and irrational fear of Iguanas - probably after seeing lots of photos of them around the resort. I have never had a fear/phobia before so the whole thing was new to me. I could not even look at photos of them without crying - it was that bad I was even considering cancelling the holiday. A friend recommended Mandi which was the turning point. After only two sessions of hypnotherapy I can quite happily flick through the photos without flinching. I even visited the reptile house after my last session - something which I could not even have imagined two weeks before. Mandi is such a friendly and professional lady and makes you feel at ease the minute you step through the door. She explains everything and the whole experience is amazing. I cannot thank her enough !
Laura - Therapy for Anxiety
I would recommend Mandi to anybody. She is a lovely lady and incredibly knowledgable and professional in what she does. Mandi has helped me greatly with my anxiety and somehow managed to help me feel more relaxed with certain aspects of my life, all down to a lovely, relaxed setting and the fantastic councillor that she is.
Thanks to Mandi, I am now well into my fourth week of not smoking all from one hypnotherapy session with her. Needless to say I me and my family are delighted.
Apart from being a really lovely lady - she genuinely cares and wants to help. She is a great counselor. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone trying to quit smoking.
Gary - Therapy for Self Confidence
So, 6 months ago I finished a 1-year journey with Mandi at New Beginnings. I was a big decision so big I told no one to contact Mandi and at the first contact I knew I was going to be in safe hands. I had got myself into a real tiswas of thoughts that were actually doing me more harm rather than helping as I thought they were doing. After one meeting I embarked on a journey with Mandi guiding me, I left all preconceptions and threw myself into everything Mandi suggested.
So the first part was CBT, I knew about it but honestly thought "really!" and the amazing thing is I still use elements of it even now some 17 months later and feel fantastic for it. So that worked so well I decided to tackle the issue I have had since school SELF CONFIDENCE I couldn't strike up conversations with people I didn't know or would actively avoid new social situations so I entered into the second phase of sessions. These sessions were hypnotherapy and honestly id hear the start and then id wake up feeling rested and no different BUT from the start I’d be speaking and id realised I was doing the things that I absolutely hated, you know like meeting people on the train and getting to my destination and finding id been speaking to the stranger next to me all the 2 hours of the journey when I only used to do the 1 word answer and close the conversation down thing, during the treatment I was asked if I wanted to go on a “workshop” I was shocked to hear coming out of my mouth Yes no problem and wow I got there and instead of sitting at the table alone eating my lunch and going back to the training room like id normally did I sat on the table with the most people and was asked to return to the meeting room as it was time.
During the time I was receiving treatment from Mandi I began to talk to friends about it and everyone were supportive and even found one of my closest friends had also been to counseling but never told me.
To sum it all up would I do it again YES without a doubt and finally has it improved my life 100% YES and I still use the techniques I learnt with Mandi everyday.
Christine - Therapy for Obsession
I made an appointment with Mandi to try and resolve my obsession with worrying (nearly always concerning the same area(s).It seemed to be a case of me always visualising the worst would happen. With the help of Mandi I was able to look at the situation in a different more positive and accurate way. My fears always took hold whenever I was within a social situation or meeting at work, and I found myself becoming addicted to prescription pills and antidepressants to get by in those situations. Mandi was always kind and non judgemental and supplied me with some valuable tools to help me with recovery. With Mandis guidence, I now do daily meditation or hypnotherapy ( with CD), along with training my subconcious into thinking much healthier, happier and accurate thoughts. Along with the use of visualisation and deep breathing ( if stressed). I'm now happier than ever. I have now successfully reduced my medication with view to discontinuing completely. Considering I have taken antidepressants for over 20 years, I feel this has been a true feat. I would highly recommend Mandi as she is kind, caring and informative as well as a a true professional.
Hayley - General Counselling
I first went to have some CBT with Mandi when I was going through a difficult time and once again I have seen Mandi for some general counselling. She helped me get things in perspective and focus my thoughts more positively about situations. I would definitely recommend her counselling services.
Linda - Therapy for Alcohol Addiction
It is now seventeen months since I first went to see Mandi at A New Beginning on recommendation and I have not drunk any alcohol since! Looking back, although I didn't realize it, I was becoming more and more reliant on alcohol. This may sound familiar: After a perfectly normal day doing normal household/shopping/gardening/etc I would open a bottle of wine at about 4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon "to chill out" or " to have just one glass" whilst making the tea or because " I deserved it" and sometimes by 6 or 6.30 the bottle would be empty and I would be asleep in a chair waking a couple of hours later and going to bed (most times not remembering doing so). I am only a small build so just one bottle of wine was way too much volume for my body to take. I would wake up most mornings, worryingly not with a hangover, ( was my body so used to the alcohol input?) but promising myself that " thats it, I am going to stop drinking TODAY. And each morning I really really meant it. I wasn't happy at missing most nights because I was asleep so early, missing the fun when going out because I couldn't remember the latter part of the evening or even getting home. Sometimes I wouldn't have a drink for 2/3 days or 2/3 weeks and then I really felt that I deserved one. I had got to the point that actually I didn't enjoy it that much, only perhaps the anticipation of the first glass. My family, I know, were very worried especially about the health issues - as was I. But it is easier said than done to just stop. I could not cut down like many people do. I personally needed to stop all together.(I am sorry if I am going on a bit but maybe my situation is yours too). My appointment with Mandi at a New Beginning in December 2011 really has changed my life. She made me feel so at ease and totally understood my "problem", was not at all judgemental and just was so kind. I found that I was able to talk very openly and easily to Mandi. On the evening of the day of my first appointment I attended a Christmas "do" with about 30 friends and the thought of having a drink just did not enter my mind! I really enjoyed the evening and the biggest bonus was I could remember it all! I just haven't felt like drinking alcohol since! Everyone says how well I look ( I am 65 yrs old), the doctor has taken me off my blood pressure tablets, and the mental benefits ie how good I feel about myself are unmeasurable. My sister (70 years old) came over from Canada for a holiday last year and because she had said she wished she could stop smoking, I booked her an appointment with Mandy for the morning after she arrived! She has't smoked since! She was so happy when she went home! I have recently been back to see Mandi because I was having trouble sleeping and feeling anxious a lot of the time. And now am feeling a lot more relaxed and having proper nights sleep. I don't know how she does it, but she does! and I cannot speak highly enough about her. I feel now that Mandi is also a very good friend and know that she will always be there for me.