... to achieve lasting change - Stirling, Falkirk, Clacks, W Lothian, N Lanarkshire, Fife, Perth

"When I create Peace, Harmony Balance in my mind...  I find it in my Life."
                            ~Louise Hay

Hypnotherapy helps you make the changes you want to make, to live the life you want to live. 

Meridian Wellbeing Hypnotherapy offers a tailored approach, suitable for your individual needs, in a relaxing environment, ensuring a friendly, comfortable and confidential experience, based in Stirling. 

Vicky McLeod, Analytical Hypnotherapist, Meridian Wellbeing Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is suitable for:

Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation, Anxiety, Stress, Phobias (Heights, Flying, Spiders etc.), Performance & Confidence, Pain Management, Habits (Nail Biting, Teeth Grinding etc.), IBS, Children's Issues (Bed Wetting, Confidence, Thumb Sucking), Insomnia...

or call Vicky McLeod on 07859 063834   

Exciting Announcement!!
From 4th Dec  will be available for appointments in 
Dunipace and Denny!! 
Aileen's Hair Salon, 212A Stirling Street FK6 6JR now has a beautiful new Therapy Room which I am delighted to offer to my clients.
To book call 07859 063834 or the Salon on 01324 822902. Tues/Thurs from 3pm, by appointment only.
Extremely comfortable and totally adjustable therapy chairExtremely comfortable and totally adjustable therapy chairHypnotherapy in Dunipace & Denny

Self-Hypnosis CDs
35+  Quality CDs Available including:
Attaining Goals
Improved Learning or Test/Exam Anxiety
Self Esteem
Changing Life Patterns
Weight Reduction
Stop Smoking
Sound & Restful Sleep ...


Take some time out to relax comfortably and enjoy a recharging virtual stroll in the sunshine. This brief session helps the listener to experience and practice reaching deep levels of relaxation and clarity, by quieting your mind to achieve peaceful calm. It provides a good foundation in preparation for those considering undertaking hypnotherapy to address personal issues.


*Individual responses to hypnotherapy will vary, and results cannot be guaranteed. Results will vary from person to person.

Freedom from a Fear of Flying
Freedom from a Fear of Flying
* "I wanted to thank you for helping me to have a fabulous holiday. It was super being able to travel with ease. Could not have done it without you."
Weight Loss and the Hypnotherapy Gastric Band
Weight Loss and the Hypnotherapy Gastric Band
* "I have lost 5 stone and dropped 4 dress sizes. It has changed my life drastically. I am not on a diet - I have made a complete lifestyle change. I haven't had crisps, chocolate, cakes, sweets, anything that's not healthy for me since you helped me."
Reduce and Reframe Fears & Phobias
Reduce and Reframe Fears & Phobias
* "Following our session, I had an encounter with a dog yesterday. The dog came running out and suddenly jumped up on someone I was with. I was OK, just a bit wary - but not terrified like usual!"
Help to Stop Smoking
Help to Stop Smoking
* "Fantastic treatment, really pleased with the results so far and look forward to a healthier future."
A comfortable and soothing setting
A comfortable and soothing setting
* "Professional, informative and supportive service. Hypnotherapy is working for my situation well."

What Happens during Hypnosis? 

Stirling Clinic: Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and recharge with some valuable hypnotherapy time just for you at  the Stirling ClinicUsing hypnosis, a deep level of relaxation can be achieved in which our mind is more open to receiving positive suggestions, providing more effective ways to help us achieve what we want to, and eliminate those unhelpful beliefs, and that often hold us back. 

Listening to the following sample, sitting in a comfortable position, and with your eyes closed, can provide a sense of what hypnosis feels like.

Hypnotherapy Sample with Vicky McLeod (30 seconds)
A short sample of a Hypnotherapy session
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What is Hypnotherapy?
(adapted from 'Doctor: What's the Alternative, by H Jones, credit: hypnosis.me.uk)

Definition of Hypnotherapy
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep.  It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the client is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating on the hypnotist's voice.  In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the client, the seeds of which can become firmly planted.

The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy.  As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy.  Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme unhelpful patterns within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. During the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls.   Similar nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

How does it work?
Hypnosis is understood to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert.  The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken.  Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change the client's and physical state to alter.

As an example, a client who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the client from succeeding.  Progress can only be made reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.

What form might the hypnotherapy take?
Any misconceptions a potential client may have about hypnosis should be dispelled.  Hypnotherapy does not involve the client being put into a deep sleep, and the client cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do.   They remain fully aware of their surroundings are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist.  

The important thing is that the client wants to change some habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so.  They have to want the treatment to work.
The readiness and ability of clients to be and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results.  the client can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist.  This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.

What problems can be treated by hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders.  It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics.  It can shorten the delivery stage of and reduce the need for painkillers.  It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking to help with bulimia.  

Children are generally easy to and can be helped with nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.

Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional and stress-related problems like may benefit.  Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well, and even tinnitus and clicky jaws (-mandibular joint dysfunction) can be treated by these techniques.

The benefits of including other complementary therapies, such as Meridian Tapping:

Hypnotherapy sessions are enhanced by other effective contemporary psychological approaches to provides maximum benefit, where appropriate. 

Thought Field Therapy, developed by Roger Callahan uses the body's meridians, those used in acupuncture and acupressure, to remove perturbations, in the thought field. For example, when you think about something which is disturbing or emotionally fuelled and at the same time tap the meridian points in a certain sequence, this can alleviate or collapse the associated negative feelings, often leading to a significant shift in your feelings. This therapy uses specific algorithms to treat different problems.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)  is a simplified version of Thought Field Therapy, developed by one of Callahan's students, Gary Craig. This therapy uses one simplified sequence to treat a diverse range of issues, including Anxiety, Trauma, Smoking, Weight Loss, Phobias Habits.

Hypnotherapy seeks the root cause of problems, empowering internal resources to resolve the symptoms and achieve lasting change.FREE Consultation & Assessment  A free consultation is available should you wish to clarify suitability of hypnotherapy to meet your goals, which approach or approaches would be best to meet your needs, and to work out an initial, flexible outline plan. This typically takes approx. 20 and should you decide to proceed, is usually followed by your first treatment session.

Depending upon the issue, some clients can achieve what they want in 1-4 sessions, while others may require a little longer, typically 5-10 sessions. I work in partnership with clients to ensure sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each individual. 

**It would not be realistic for me to make guarantees with clinical hypnotherapy. Results will and do vary from individual to individual. Each individual is unique and responds accordingly and will achieve the outcome in their own way with collaboration from me. Though I can offer some evidence base for the efficacy of many interventions used in this field, I cannot guarantee a client of success or of achieving absolutely what they wish, though I aim to do so best I can.

When you shouldn't use hypnotherapy 
Advice from the NHS recommends you shouldn't use hypnotherapy if you suffer from psychosis or certain types of personality disorder, as there is a risk that it could make these conditions worse.

Vicky McLeod holds the distinguished Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
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