WELCOME TO MATTER IN MIND
Hi I’m Ann-Lee Yau and I am a professionally accredited IAPC&M Elite Life Coach, qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, and Mental Health First Aid Trainer accredited by Royal Society Public Health. I use counselling, neuro linguistic programming, hypnotherapy, strategic interruption and master coaching skills to help shift you forward from feeling stuck or held back to feeling progress and able to move forward again.
There is a lot of stigma and discrimination around the topic of mental health. However, the positive campaigns we’ve see in the media are beginning to some great changes in attitudes.
By developing our understanding about mental health and building awareness about ourselves, we can help to support and ensure better ways to wellbeing for ourselves and those around us.
“Ann-Lee was fantastic, supportive and exceptionally wonderful therapist during our sessions. Thank you so much!”
““Ann-Lee pushes just enough to challenge and question, and get right to the heart of the matter, but does it in such a way that it isn’t threatening.”
““Ann-Lee follows her instincts and makes connections very well.”.
““Ann-Lee had all the time for me. I never felt rushed under pressure to stop talking. She gave me very good advice that I put into practice and had really noticeable results. Thank you so much!”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU?
Hypnotherapy uses the power of hypnosis to help a client not only create a shift and change in the patterns of behaviour that have caused them problems or limit their ability to move on, but also help manage anxiety, stress, and even pain. It is not uncommon for people to worry about what hypnosis is and whether their minds will be controlled in some negative way because of what they’ve seen on stage shows or TV, which whilst might be hugely entertaining, do not reflect the reality of the hypno-therapeutic process.
Hypnosis requires a person to allow themselves to be guided to a state of relaxation or trance and participate throughout the process. If a person finds any suggestion objectionable at any point, they can brings themselves out of hypnosis.
There have been many studies into hypnotherapy and it is becoming a more widely accepted clinical practice. Simply put, hypnotherapy uses psychological understanding that we have conscious and subconscious processes.
Our conscious mind is the rational and logical part that allows us to manage ourselves and our daily interactions with people and the world around us.
Our subconscious mind is full of emotion & feelings and stores our values & beliefs. It stays busy managing ‘behind the scenes’ processes, including about 4 billion bits of information per sec that we receive from our environment.
Both work together to help us navigate the world around us, our interactions, and develop our own awareness. The conscious mind sets the goals, decides plans for life, and develops the skills & talents. The subconscious directs how these goals are achieved, calling upon past experiences & strategies, skills & talents, and the intellect of conscious mind. Problems can arise when the subconscious holds onto unproductive strategies, destructive patterns of behaviour, mistaken beliefs, and emotional fears.
WHY CAN IT BE SO EFFECTIVE?
During hypnosis people experience various levels relaxation, from a pleasant light trance to feeling heavy and/or a wonderful deep sleep, depending on what is needed to be achieved.
An induction is used to guide an individual into a state of relaxation and at the same allows a person to experience a heighten state of awareness and concentration – a bit like sitting back and thinking of a memory, daydreaming, or focusing on a snapshot of a scene in front of you. Your attention and focus is with that moment, whilst your body feels relaxed, calm, and comfortable. It is this state that allows us to give suggestions to the subconscious to create new thoughts, beliefs, behaviours, and importantly positive change.