Anxiety and Covid-19

Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and to situations that may damage us or those we love. At the moment, we are living in a situation that none of us have ever faced before. The rapid progress of coronavirus through Europe and the recent demands that we isolate ourselves makes of course for a very strange and stressful situation. Those who live alone may feel a degree of loneliness never experienced before. We are worrying about our own health and the health of their loved ones. Many of us are very anxious about work, our finances, our children’s education and other important parts of our lives. Those who already struggle with anxiety will feel this worsening and for many this will be a whole new experience that we have never had to deal with before.

While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to the covid-19 pandemic, too much anxiety can be harmful, for yourself and for those around you. I have successfully treated many men, women and children, suffering from anxiety for more than a decade now and I am ready to help you through this.


What does anxiety feel like?

When we start to feel anxious we have a very physical response. Our heart rate increases, we feel shaky, unable to focus and even short of breath. As the day progresses, we are likely to feel overwhelmingly tired and suffer from poor concentration. Your mind may feel that is racing with negative thoughts that repeat and repeat on a loop of doom

These are signals that you need to re-set and take some time for self-care.

Do not be embarrassed that you feel this way. It’s a part of our ancient ‘fight or flight’ response, which in some people is naturally more pronounced than others. It’s natural, not self-inflicted, or selfish, or silly.

It’s important to be kind to yourself. This is an anxious and stressful time for everyone; it’s okay if you feel more anxious than usual, and it’s okay to take time for yourself to manage your mental health.


Treating Anxiety

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for anxiety. I have trained in a wide range of treatment forms that I mix and blend to create a bespoke approach for each of my patients. I do not wave a magic wand, but what I can do is teach you techniques and strategies to help you dial down those feelings of anxiety and start to feel more accepting of the situation we are living with. I will teach you how to have much more control over those destructive negative thoughts . I have had considerable success with Brainworking Recursive Therapy, a treatment that works while you remain in an awake state  – no hypnosis required. Add to this techniques drawn from NLP, Thought Field Therapy (or ‘tapping’) and other effective techniques and we CAN create a more positive sense of self for you.


Remote therapy sessions

During this period of social isolation, or ‘cocooning’ as I prefer, we would all call it, face-to-face sessions are not possible. Instead, I work with my patients via Zoom, a very safe, end-to-end encrypted video-conferencing tool used by many major businesses for global meetings. This allows for a very powerful, interactive session where you can remain in the safe haven  of your own home, while together we can take away those overwhelming feelings and sensations and replace them with calm acceptance, and the strength to carry on. I’ve had some fantastic results using Zoom with my clients and now is the perfect time to work on longstanding issues, or anxieties triggered by Covid-19 and self-isolation. To see if this platform can work for you, I am offering a FREE 20 minute consultation before committing to therapy.


Call me today on 0161 374 0227 for your free 20 minute consultation.

Getting help couldn’t be easier. Either fill in the form below, or contact me via email or telephone and arrange your free initial conversation with me.

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Emma TompsonEmma Tompson
08:39 07 Jul 22
Sally has changed my life. I've had bad anxiety for a number of years and it was getting worse on the run up to my wedding so needed it sorted before then. I saw Sally for several sessions and can't thank her enough. Through hypnosis and other techniques my anxiety has disappeared. In June I was able to walk down the ailse in confidence and enjoy every second of my wedding, something I never dreamed possible. Thank you so much and to anyone reading this I highly recommend Sally
18:26 27 May 22
Sally has transformed our 13 year old son from an anxious worrier to a light-hearted boy full of potential and optimism. T no longer fixates on past hurts, he sleeps well after 6 years of insomnia and wakes bursting with energy. The mental and physical changes T has experienced are astonishing and Sally achieved this in only 4 sessions. We are so grateful to Sally for helping our family and will not hesitate to revisit in the future for any mental housekeeping that may be required.
Lisa TigheLisa Tighe
21:52 04 Mar 22
After trying to loose weight and gain fitness for some time I had been unsuccessful. I started working with Lorraine and I started to see and feel improvements. Lorraine is a very knowledgeable therapist and I felt at ease and confident in her sessions.Through Hypnosis and various other tools Lorraine uses, I began to think differently and I started to focus on getting results. I looked forward to each session as I was not only seeing results but I was also learning so much about nutrition, mindset and motivation.I not only lost weight but also eat much healthier which has really helped with my energy. My confidence has improved and I am no longer eating rubbish when I feel down. Lorraine is amazing at what she does and the Hypnosis has been life changing!! I highly recommend Lorraine x
Jo CJo C
20:23 03 Mar 22
I came with a multitude of issues and problems. With some complex issues, sally has left me with lots of strategies and tools to cope and move forward. She has also left me with a fantastic team to help me through life ( you will need to go to her to find out about the team) !!!!!! Thank you
18:52 11 Jan 22
Sally helped with overcoming my driving anxiety. She got to the root cause (previous bad experiences) and gave me ways to deal with it. As a result I passed my driving test despite a difficult route and examiner that would have made the old me panic.I spoke to many therapists before I chose Sally and I'm glad I went with her. Effective, honest and empathetic. 2 sessions were enough to solve the issueThanks Sally!
Charlotte BCharlotte B
09:22 23 Nov 21
I primarily went to Sally for help with a phobia. Over a number of sessions we worked to change my mindset and reduce my feelings of anxiety that had become unmanageable. Through hypnotherapy, brain-reworking and additional exercises/homework that Sally provided, my anxiety levels have reduced and my phobia is more manageable. In addition, we did some sessions to work on my confidence and self-esteem. These sessions were really helpful and gave me some useful tools which I have given me much more self-confidence. Throughout my treatment Sally was kind, re-assuring and understanding and I would definitely recommend her.
Adrian SmithAdrian Smith
14:32 04 Aug 21
I couldn’t rate Sally highly enough. She has helped me to change my mindset through a few different approaches and the results are fantastic, in 6 weeks I lost over 2 stone in weight following Sally’s advice. Sally is also very knowledgeable in healthy eating and nutrition.
Anonymous AnonymousAnonymous Anonymous
16:15 19 Jun 21
I went to Sally for a number of long-standing issues spanning decades. I have tried, counselling, CBT and medication, and although they all helped in their own way, I still did not feel like I had overcome my issues. I always wanted to try hypnotherapy but was apprehensive/nervous about it. I finally plucked up the courage and contacted Sally on recommendation of another therapist. I have to say it is the best decision I made. Sally uses a range of techniques not just hypnotherapy. Although I had quite a few sessions (as there were a number of issues I wanted to deal with), it was worth every penny! My only regret is that I didn’t contact Sally sooner!!
Hayley ShawHayley Shaw
12:57 15 May 21
To describe Sally in one word I’d have to go with amazing. From the second she greets you at the door you feel at ease. I’d never previously tried any type of therapy before I went to see Sally, and I had felt a little apprehensive before our initial consultation, but I needn’t have been because I was in very safe hands. She really gets to know you and understand the reasons you’re there, to be able to maximise every session. So if you’re looking for a little help with a problem you may have, or a situation you find yourself in, then I honestly can’t recommend Sally enough. Just relax and trust in her knowledge and experience, the results will speak for themselves.
Simone PinkusSimone Pinkus
11:52 30 Apr 21
My teenage daughter was having many problems due to being diagnosed with a life long illness and then Covid on top. We were recommended to a Sally for being so kind and patient and that she is great with kids. We were not disappointed. She is all those things and more. We had many wonderful sessions with Sally and she really helped my daughter to over come so many fears & her heightened anxiety. We too would highly recommend Sally as she is do professional and knowledgeable. There is nothing Sally can’t deal with.We will definitely keep in touch.Thank you Sally for all your hard work and determination. XXX
John BagnallJohn Bagnall
16:09 29 Apr 21
I have tried many ways to stop smoking over the many years, thankfully I was recommended to sally at mind solutions. I have received hypnosis several times previously without success, Sally’s hypnosis was a totally unique experience. It is with big thanks to sally that I can say with certainty that I am a none smoker for the rest of my life and recommend her service highly, thank you Sally 🙏John B
07:14 25 Apr 21
I have been trying to help my son, 8 years old, with a fear of choking and being sick for around 5 years.I decided I needed to get some extra help to help him get over this and heard of many positive experiences with Sally.The treatment has worked wonders and my son is now able to eat with out fear and has a completely different attitude towards food. He is delighted and so are we!Thank you so much Sally for your amazing work!!!
Heather JenkinsonHeather Jenkinson
05:21 14 Mar 21
I came to Sally in search of help to move on from trauma. She made me feel at ease from the get go and I couldn't recommend her enough. I feel like I can move forward in life now without the past weighing me down; thankyou!
sinead goodwinsinead goodwin
09:09 05 Mar 21
Taking my daughter to see Sally was one of the best decisions of my life. The changes in my child are amazing - my daughter has been provided with many tools to help her with growing up and dealing with high school life. My daughter also had a phobia which Sally has helped with and this has made a huge difference to both my child and our family. I really recommend using Sally she has been fantastic and very professional.
Laura GilchristLaura Gilchrist
16:18 20 Feb 20
I came to Sally as I was dealing with some anxiety around a transition in my life and Sally gave me the tools to deal with it. Not only did I find the sessions really helpful, I have been amazed at how quickly the strategies she's given me are working. She helped me work through some barriers that were holding me back. I would 100% recommend her!
22:53 13 Feb 20
Sally has been a great help and support to me. She has been very flexible, and able to adapt a session at a moments notice to suit my needs at the time of the appointment. I went to her with several issues in mind that needed addressing, but she also identified some areas which I hadn’t realised were contributing factors - and addressed those too. She has helped me hugely, and I would highly recommend her.
Andrew DavisonAndrew Davison
12:38 28 Jan 20
I contacted Sally having had a extremely turbulent year; which in turn had led me into a down-wood spiral I could not see a way out from. I was overthinking situations I had no control over that had led me to become extremely anxious, low in confidence and genuinely at the lowest point I have experienced in my life to date. Sally worked with me, employing various complimentary approaches. Over time this provided me with the skills to cope on day to day basis and helped rebuild the 'real' me. The work we did was very positive and learnt enormously from our weekly appointments. Having recently finished working with Sally I can honestly say that I have never felt as good as I do now, regarding what my future holds and who I am as a person. Sally is a consummate professional who put me at ease instantly and throughout the therapy. I would wholeheartedly recommend Sally to anyone who wants to make a change and needs help in doing so.
13:14 08 Jul 19
AMAZING. I went to Sally wanting help for a 40 year nail biting habit. I was sceptical before going but can honestly say she completely surpassed my expectations. All it took was one session and I haven't bitten my nails once since I left the session three months ago. I'd recommend her to anyone, absolutely brilliant
Carolyn FergusonCarolyn Ferguson
11:30 22 Jun 19
I would highly recommend Sally, she has a wonderful reassuring and calm manner and is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. I found the work we did together made a significant difference to my recovery of CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). I also have really effective simple strategies I can use to manage and control my symptoms.
Alistair McAuleyAlistair McAuley
12:40 30 Apr 19
After carrying 10 years of grief from loss of loved ones Sally has given me the ability to talk about the loss and remember in a positive mindset. If you are feeling anxious and low she can help with how you think about your situation. I would recommend Sally.
Amanda EllwoodAmanda Ellwood
19:14 02 Apr 19
After seeing Sally for sleep issues in 2011, I have kept in touch and decided to see her again to experience a therapy new to me. BrainWorking Recursive therapy. This was in part for professional curiosity, as refer many of my patients to see Sally, but also to deal with a niggling issue.This was a powerful, energising, and almost overpowering session, and since then life seems to be much calmer and happier since my single session with Sally. Many thanks Sally, you worked your magic again!
Ciaran BoylanCiaran Boylan
18:20 26 Mar 19
After suffering with anxiety for 12 years and having countless CBT sessions alongside trying numerous medications I decided to contact Sally because I wanted to try hypnotherapy. I was apprehensive about calling but she was very positive and soon put my mind at rest and suggested that I may benefit most from something I’d never heard of called Brainworking Recursive Therapy. I had 5 sessions with Sally and my life has changed dramatically for the better. I no longer feel anxious all the time and she also helped me with a bereavement I was struggling with. My life had stagnated and plateaued and now I’m advancing my career, making plans for the future and doing things I never would have attempted before. Also, she gave me material to take home and continue the therapy myself. I was on a cocktail of 3 medications when I started my sessions, I’ve binned one and I’m in the process of reducing the other two. Thank you so much, Sally!
Michael GeeMichael Gee
17:05 05 Mar 19
I saw Sally a while ago for an issue I had been struggling and was amazed quickly and easily she was able to help me. Sally put me at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her.
08:22 25 Jan 19
It took one hour with Sally to give up SMOKING..!Smoked for 38 years, on 30 cigarettes per day and didn't believe for one moment Hypnotherapy would work...I have suffered no urges, no cravings and to my surprise, it has been relatively easy.Thank you Sally,
Martin CumminsMartin Cummins
09:46 21 Jan 19
Ive recently being seeing sally to help with some problems ive had trough out my life and all i can say is this woman is she is amazing,i feel like a new person since i started with sally and i would 100% recomend her to anyone.what she does is more powerfull than i ever thought.sally from the bottom of my heart,thank you for everything youve done for me.Best regards Martin.
Ella McGrathElla McGrath
08:57 29 Nov 18
I saw Sally for 4 months and she is brilliant! I had split from a long term relationship and was feeling depressed and anxious. She used different strategies in order for me to get over this and become much more confident. When I was coming to the end of my treatment she helped me come up with ways to cope with these feelings if they come back which was really useful. Sally was so lovely and really a miracle worker! I would definitely recommend her.
Jeanette WatsonJeanette Watson
10:53 19 Nov 18
Sally helped us with a phobia of being sick. After only one session, the results were quite astounding. Sally was really easy to work with and she explained everything along the way. I would definitely recommend Sally.
10:11 13 Nov 18
It's very easy to feel totally at ease with Sally. I sought her help for lack of confidence with driving, particularly on motorways. I was terrified at the thought of driving by myself and had never attempted a solo motorway drive prior to seeing Sally. I had one session with her on a Saturday afternoon and was up at 7:30 the next morning for my first motorway drive. I handled it perfectly, and ever since I've been out every day, driving and parking (something else I was terrified of). I would not hesitate to recommend her, whatever the problem is.