Heidi Hardy Hypnotherapist North Devon & Somerset

HPD DHP SFBT Sup (Hyp) MAfSFH 01598 752799 / 077121 82787

What my Clients Say

Depression “I was in a depressive spiral downwards. I could not see my way out of the fog surrounding me. Hypnotherapy cleared the fog, lowered my stress levels (‘emptied my bucket!’), and showed me how to look differently at life.” KS Barnstaple, October 2017

Social Anxiety ”After spending a lovely day shopping in Bristol yesterday, with some lunch in a nice restaurant, and no worries whatsoever about who might be 'looking at me' I want to thank you for helping me over the last few weeks. I was sceptical at first, as many people probably are, as I'd never read anything about hypnotherapy but I am now eating my words as you have done so much more than my tablets and counsellors etc ever have! You have given me the opportunity to slowly but surely help myself by acknowledging what is happening in my head and working on doing things to change the way I feel. The knowledge of what is happening in a person's head and why is invaluable when it comes to finding ways to combat it and I would never have had that chance if not for you. I feel so much relief in knowing I'm not just 'messed up' and it's something that can be changed after all, and I really can't thank you enough for taking the time to help me, you really have changed my view on everyday life and that is something I never thought possible!” DS Lynton, August 2017

Psychogenic Pain "For starters it was nice to know in depth where my anxiety came from and why it happened. The therapy is natural so I didn’t have to worry about side effects of medication. I struggled with the physical symptoms of anxiety and had pains everyday which I worried about. I also struggled with socializing and large crowds. I now have no pain at all and I haven’t visited my GP since hypnotherapy – I used to take Propanodol regularly but have had none since. I can talk to people easily now and no longer dread the day ahead until I go to sleep so that I don’t feel anything. I AM HAPPY!
Thank for your help - I couldn't imagine the effect it could have had. I am happy now and can barely remember the feeling I had every day before I came to see you. Thank you so much." MC Woolacombe, August 2017

Blushing ”Heidi is very friendly and you feel like you can tell her anything. I’ve learned to take a more positive approach to situations and I know how to slow down my anxiety and keep calm. Also, my emotional and mental heath has improved including my sleep pattern, and my physical condition with less visits to the GP, and I’ve reduced my medication.” SC Barnstaple, June 2017

Anxiety / Depression Heidi is a very caring therapist who made me feel relaxed and at ease. Heidi helped me relax and focus on my inner self and thought processes, and helped me put in place strategies to be more confident, relaxed, less anxious and believe in myself; hence be much more positive in my way of thinking. I am still doing them now on a daily basis.” BL Barnstaple, January 2017

Pain, Lack of Energy“The initial consultation explained the concept of hypnotherapy in a simple yet innovative way, making it easy to understand the workings of the brain.

The therapy was carried out in a professional and caring manner; there was true feeling that Heidi was behind me every step of the way. I experienced my session via Skype and each session was a complete success using this method.

The therapy benefited me in many ways and helped me enormously to cope during a particularly difficult time. The most noticeable benefits were: learning the value of gaining “headspace” to calm when overwhelmed by the enormity of my situation, setting time aside at bedtime to listen to the relaxation recording to aid more restful sleep, and understanding the power of my own thoughts and my perception of situations. By re-focusing on the positives (I am usually a positive person by writing down my daily positives reinforced the good on a seemingly bad day) and by reframing my perception of an event/task/situation I am now able to feel in control and more calm about facing difficult challenges.

You are an inspiration Heidi and a credit to your profession. Your passion and dedication is evident throughout each and every contact. Thank you!” PE, Kenilworth, January 2017

Low in Confidence “Over the course of the sessions I developed much greater confidence and a general feeling that I could do anything. I am now able to do things I never had the nerve to do before, such as - going for lunch on my own to a place I have never before, going swimming on my own - and feeling relaxed and not stiff with nerves! I also gained the ability to deal with stress in a far calmer and controlled way.” HD Barnstaple, December 2016

Relationship issue “The initial consultation was honest, transparent & professional and answered my queries. Hypnotherapy has put various issues into perspective, made me examine my own self and “failings” ie: contributory factors that I wasn’t able to see before, so blamed others incorrectly. It has made me look at all the positives in life each day and therefore made me appreciate life and people far more.

I think it has enabled me to tolerant people, more appreciative generally and hopefully a nicer, better person. It has made me recognise that I am in control of my life, life is what I choose to make it and given me tools for coping with difficult situations.” 

HK Bude, October 2016

Drink Less Alcohol “I feel more relaxed, happy, and in control of the things that used to control me. I also feel very good about myself, and my health and physical condition is improving too. Many thanks!” BD Barnstaple, October 2016

Drink Less Alcohol “Hypnotherapy helped me to reduce the amount I drink. I am more relaxed, more confident and sleep better. I am also not as worried about small issues.” PA Barnstaple, August 2016

Weight Management “The initial consultation was very clear, I understood it perfectly. Hypnotherapy helped me learn to cope with situations better. I am a lot less stressed in general, and deal with things more calmly and less obsessively. Oh, and I have now lost 20lbs!” BN Lynton, July 2016

Anxiety “Hypnotherapy helped me to understand why I felt like I did and provided some practical tips in dealing with things - especially sleeping; enabling me to focus and resolve my problem by being more decisive about what I wanted.” CJ Braunton, June 2016

Anxiety The professional explanation of ‘how the brain works’ was very helpful, and Heidi’s manner put me at ease. Hypnotherapy allowed me to be completely relaxed on my wedding day and to really enjoy it!” OB Barnstaple, May 2016

Anxiety “Hypnotherapy helped me in more ways than one for sure. I learnt how to relax and how to take a stressful situation, which would previously have made me anxious, and control it. It also helped me to travel to places I didn’t know, and meet and talk to people I didn’t know.” DC Wtatchet, May 2016

Lack of confidence in playing a musical instrument Hypnotherapy helped to increase my self belief and ability to relax, resulting in improved musical performance.” WM Barnstaple, April 2016

Insomnia ”I now sleep a solid 6 hours a night, before hypnotherapy I was lucky if I got 4 hours very broken sleep. I am now less lethargic and more energetic. Thank you Heidi, I haven’t slept so much in years.” FJ Lynton, March 2016

Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) ”I had an irrational fear of spiders, something I have suffered from from a very young age. I couldn’t see a spider (in real life, on TV or in a picture) without panicking; increased heart rate, sweating and even sickness. I can now hold a tarantula and pick up spiders in a glass. Hypnotherapy has changed my life forever! I was worried that I would fail but Heidi was confident from day one. She was right, of course, and I now I live differently, it is life changing stuff. I couldn’t even say or write the word ‘spider’ and I now I can hold them and smile! Thank you Heidi. BS Lynton, February 2016

Stop Smoking ”Heidi helped me to understand the way the brain responds to stopping smoking and I think that this helped me to understand that it is really easy to stop as long as you have this knowledge. "I think you're worth way more than £130,  I haven't had a cigarette so you're worth your weight in gold!"DA Lynton, February 2016

Bruxism (teeth grinding) "The initial consultation was very clear and easily understood. I found you to be very person centred, humanistic in your approach. I am more aware of the level of stress I was carrying. The improved relaxation and positive outlook has decreased the stress levels and brought them into my awareness. I no longer clench / grind my teeth when I am stressed or concentrating. I sleep more deeply and have stopped clenching my teeth in my sleep too!” RL Porlock, January 2016

Anxiety ”The initial consultation was very helpful, a clear explanation of understanding our minds. Hypnotherapy benefitted me by increasing my awareness of how I am feeling and showed me techniques to take control; helped me to learn to focus on the positives more; helped me learn how to relax, and that it is important to make time and be proactive in order to regularly incorporate relaxation into daily life.” SC Ilfracombe, September 2015

Alcohol addiction ”The initial consultation was a positive experience and made me think there was hope. Before the therapy I was drinking 5-6 pints on a quiet night and 8-10 on a weekend night. I had two pints the other night to test myself. I didn’t like anything about them, and I’m not remotely interested in another drink.” WD N Devon, August 2015

Weight Management ”At my first consultation you explained it in a way that was to easy to understand. The therapy was carried out in a caring and professional way; you spoke to me on a level so I totally ‘got it’. It benefitted me by helping to reduce my anxiety levels and get my confidence back ie; going out – I go out most weekends with friends now.”


“Hypnotherapy helped me to focus on controlling my weight, at present I have lost 22lbs! I’m so glad I came to see you. I didn’t recognise myself, now looking back I am a different person thanks to you.”
SP Bideford, August 2015

Weight Management ”You helped me to understand the relationship between emotions and happiness with food, which helped with my weight. Now I can relax and I don’t take my anxieties forward. And I’ve stopped taking my antidepressants altogether!” CG Bideford, July 2015

Anxiety ”I found the initial consultation interesting. Heidi is very caring, professional and easy to talk to. Hypnotherapy helped me to relax and my sleep has improved – since my sessions I’ve stopped taking sleeping tablets. I am happier in myself and my outlook on life is much happier too!” SN Exeter, July 2015

Nyctophobia - Fear of the Dark “Hypnotherapy - it’s good! After suffering for over 60 years I no longer feel frightened of the dark.” BM Fremington, May 2015

To become pregnant & carry a baby full term “Hypnotherapy really helped me cope, I don’t think I could have survived the early days without it. I found great benefit from positive thinking and the relaxation techniques.” JH Dulverton, April 2015

Wanted to be Organised & Focused "I learnt not to let the little things upset me. Before if one bad thing happened in a day it would ruin the whole day for me. But I've now learnt to focus on all the other good things that happen and I'm living a happier life. It's very fulfilling and I feel so much happier now." PP Ilfracombe, April 2015

Stop Smoking  “After many years trying to give up smoking you have helped me quit! Thank you so much.” WS Ilfracombe, March 2015

Phobia – Fear of Water ”I had a fear of water and hypnotherapy enabled me to take a holiday cruising on the river Nile. I am now looking at another similar holiday.” CV Barnstaple, March 2015

Anxiety & Depression ”I felt ‘unstuck’ before but now I have started the projects that I have procrastinated about and I feel more in control - as a result I am taking the lowest dose of medication in 7 years!” BC Dulverton, January 2015

Weight ”The initial consultation felt very comfortable and included a helpful explanation of the process – the CD helped enormously both prior to the therapy sessions and subsequent to them.”

“These were great sessions of relaxation, and addressing the issues which affect my over-eating and my capacity to restrict that. Moreover, I believe that there will be longer term and other benefits to my “thinking and behaving” process.”

“The therapy was carried out in a caring and professional manner – I would do it all again!” LI Northam, January 2015

Stress and Anxiety Hypnotherapy made me think in a different way. In the initial consultation you drew a diagram of the brain and the different parts, it gave me a completely new outlook. I was able to identify when I was using the irrational part of my brain. I am definitely a more positive person.” BK Barnstaple, December 2014

Sleep problems “I am sleeping well, and I’m generally more relaxed and less stressed – back to my happy self. I can now recognise behaviours and why they occur therefore I am more readily able to deal with them using techniques Heidi has taught me.” GS Barnstaple, October 2014

Drink problem “If I hadn’t had the chance to work with you, to unravel some of the disorder in my life and in my head, I would be in a very bad place now. You gave me the strategies and thought processes I needed to cope with the challenges I encountered everyday. I have a drink now because I know I have earned it, through hard work or emotional effort, rather than because I feel I can’t cope without it. I enjoy it now, rather than feel guilty about it and that’s a huge step forward. Thank you.” MW Barnstaple. September 2014

Stop Smoking "I haven’t smoked since 2nd May 2014. My breathing has improved; my sense of smell has also improved. My general well-being has improved. It feels good not to have to smoke!” HN Minehead. September 2014

Weight, Self Esteem, Confidence "Hypnotherapy focused my thoughts. I feel more in control and able to change things in my life for the better. I am generally less ‘manic’ and more easy going. I’ve stopped taking anti-depressants and I take fewer pain killers too.” DS Lynton. August 2014

Anxiety, Self Esteem “I got a good impression of how hypnotherapy works during the initial consultation, and it left me feeling positive and hopeful that I could change. Hypnotherapy made me more aware of my thoughts and that by visualising a positive outcome, to a particular situation, made it more likely to result in an actual positive outcome. I focus more now on the good stuff too! Many thanks for your help.”  KD Umberleigh. August 2014

Fear of Flying “I was able to fly! I didn’t feel anxious on the run-up to the holiday, and Ienjoyed waiting in the departure lounge. My partner and I are now planning a couple of nights away – flying without the children! Thank you so much.”  WN Landkey. July 2014

Anxiety, Depression “My initial consultation was very welcoming, open and honest.  Heidi was warm and understanding and I was made to feel at ease very quickly.   Heidi explained Hypnotherapy and how it can work and how we could work together to achieve the best outcome. I came to Heidi when I was suffering from quite severe headaches, which I had not put down to anxiety or feeling stressed.  I wanted help to be more positive in life and have had past trauma and upset which I thought I had come to terms with. However, after a recent separation from a partner had realised I was vulnerable and was noticing the signs of anxiety and possible depression.

Heidi introduced me to positive thinking and relaxation.  I had not slept well for months and on the first night of using her CD I fell asleep quickly, before the end.  This along with using a ‘good things’ book - I started to feel the benefit immediately. I was less tired, more upbeat and happier. I noticed a significant change in me; I was more positive and started to take actions to achieve goals.  

In further sessions Heidi helped me to consider things in different ways, identify areas in which to develop and put plans into place to help me achieve these.  I learnt about negativity and ways in which to avoid this.  Heidi recommended relevant reading and the use of Mindfulness which I have taken on board and have started to practice. As a result of more positive thinking and actions I started to notice I was making choices and this lead to positive things happening; a move in house back near to family and friends and successfully getting a new job.  The positive things just kept coming then! Family and friends also noticed the changes in me. I can honestly say I have benefited enormously from Heidi’s support and therapy and I really have turned my life around. Heidi – heartfelt thanks.” AW Minehead. March 2014

Unwanted Habit “Hypnotherapy really made me think about myself and my habit, and enabled me to understand why, and feel that I finally had the power to free myself from it. Also to relax, using breathing techniques to help me relax on the go. I feel so much happier and confident!”  MK Porlock. January 2014

Depression  “Hypnotherapy has helped me to feel much more positive. I’ve also stopped taking as many painkillers.” BE Yelland. November 171113

Depression “I feel more relaxed and can let things go instead of dwelling on them for too long. I’m laughing far more too!  I can think more clearly, and get on with jobs and activities in a more definite and positive way.” PL Nr Minehead. November 201113

Pain, Anxiety “I was having dreadful cramps in my back, down my spine, especially upon sitting down or getting into bed; these have now gone and I can now get into bed at night and sit down in a chair and relax.”  VC Porlock. October 2013

IBS ”Hypnotherapy helped me to relax at bedtime enabling me to sleep much better;  sleeping longer without waking and better quality sleep. IBS is not so severe.” GA North Molton. September 2013

Weight Loss/Lack of Confidence “Who would have thought my life would turn around so quickly! Sleeping almost every night, going to the gym 3 times a week and already lost 8lb – so thank you very much. Hypnotherapy has completely changed my sleep pattern and given me a new outlook on my life.” GA Bickington. August 2013

Anxiety “I feel so much better within myself now, very confident and a 100% more positive. My partner has made many comments about how much more relaxed and calm I am, and that I don’t seem stressed by anything like I used to. I am so glad I found Heidi, she is such a caring lady who has turned my life around. Thank you.” CJ Woolacombe. August 2013

Self Esteem, Motivation “The Initial Consultation was very good; clear and explained well for the layman. Hypnotherapy has helped immensely to give me focus and to calm my noisy mind. In fact, now I am training in Hypnotherapy myself!”  DM Holsworthy. July 2013

Anxiety & Stress, Confidence ”Hypnotherapy has made me see everyday tasks / obstacles I face in a different way. It’s helped me to act positively instead of negatively. Now I live everyday as if it’s my last and I am a lot happier.”  HS Barnstaple. June 2013

Fear of Public Speaking "My presentation yesterday went really well. I did a lot of visualisation and breathing, and found that when I was up there I become more confident when people were smiling and laughing at the funny pieces of my speech. On a real high today! I'm glad I saw you last week. Thank you so much!" ES Barnstaple. June 2013

Depression “The initial consultation helped to explain what was actually involved. Airing my problems to someone who didn’t know me was a huge first step forward. Hypnotherapy has made me a lot more self aware and given me tools to stop my thinking running off in downward spirals. I feel I have gained an ability to see things more positively and stop being so hard on myself. A huge thanks for all your help.”  IA Braunton. January 2013

Emetophobia - Fear of Vomit “I have really enjoyed my sessions. I am so happy that after nearly 5 years of suffering I am out the other side a stronger and happier person. The therapy was carried out in a relaxing, caring and professional way. Excellent! I now have more confidence in different situations, and can focus on how I want my life to be.” RN Barnstaple. December 2012

Nail Biting "I feel more confident and have a more positive outlook.  I now make more time to do things that make me happy. Thank you so much. Not only have you made me feel more confident about my nails but also about how I approach other challenges in my life." GN Braunton. North Devon November 2012

Compulsive Eating "The reason I came to see Heidi was because I was a Compulsive Eater in the evenings (that’s how I thought of it). I have now lost 13lbs and I hope the pattern will continue! I can now organize my feelings in a quiet manner; I am calmer and the tension has gone from my body." JJ Barnstaple. North Devon October 2012

Anxiety "Hypnotherapy has made me less anxious and able to cope with the problems I have to face each day. I am also able to use lifts now – which wasn’t something we worked on! Heidi is a caring person; I felt completely at ease and able to trust her with my problems." BB Barnstaple, North Devon, September 2012

Anxiety "Before I came to see you I had bouts of anxiety. This has virtually stopped and I feel much more confident. Many thanks for your help!" MA Goodleigh, North Devon. August 2012

Bulimia "The initial consultation was very reassuring. It gave me a great insight and made me feel very comfortable. Extremely caring and genuine manner – clearly you want to help others! The therapy has taught me some very helpful coping methods. Thank you." RH Barnstaple, North Devon. July 2012

Anger "The initial consultation was very detailed and easy to understand. Quite enlightening! The therapy produced amazing effects on my happiness, mood and positivity. Thank you." LG Kentisbury, North Devon. July 2012

Weight Management, Stress "I was not sure what to expect. Heidi put me at ease straight away and explained everything at my level perfectly. Heidi explained why I was feeling the way I was, and the mechanisms behind how the mind processes what’s happening emotionally – I hadn’t made the connection. She gave me some great techniques to take to situations that have been difficult for me in the past. She also supported me in changing aspects of my work day to help with my sleeplessness and stress issues.

I am so glad I decided to see Heidi, she is professional and “human” at the same time – really understands how best to guide you through your issues – fantastic, fabulous – really helpful – amazing results!" AM Kentisbury, North Devon. July 2012

Panic Attacks "I feel more relaxed and confident. Heidi, you have really helped me to relax and deal with things in a better and happier way.  I hope I don’t have to see you again but if I ever need help in the future it will be you I call first!  Many thanks." CE Northam, North Devon. June 2012

Weight Loss  "The initial consultation was very good, explaining fully how the brain works (and tricks you!).  I now have a much more positive ‘get up and go’ mood about me, and achieve a lot more everyday. Also, I have lost 10lbs and off on holiday tomorrow!!" JS Braunton, North Devon. April 2012

Panic Attacks "The initial consultation was explained very clearly, and in a positive manner which in turn made me feel positive about continuing. The therapy was carried out in a professional and yet informal manner, so I felt relaxed. Caring and attentive, so not once did I feel hurried because of time. I felt like everything I had to say was treated as valid and relevant.

Firstly, my sleep has improved! Secondly, the therapy unlocked some deeper issues that had been building for some time that my insomnia magnified. So I came away not only better for sleeping well but also able to move forward again and leave those issues behind.

I could go on and on! For me, this therapy (and you, Heidi!) far exceeded my expectations and I got so much more out of it than I bargained for. In short, I feel like I’ve got my old self back. Thank you." BT Croyde, North Devon. March 2012

Anxiety “The initial consultation instilled confidence and I was excited about the forthcoming process. The therapy helped me to move forward in a positive manner. I had been debilitated for so long – it worked within the first week! Heidi knows her stuff and presents and interacts in a way that is beneficial; her personality leans towards making the process very ‘user friendly’. Heidi has given me my life back.” GM Bideford, North Devon. February 2012

Panic Attacks "I am pleased to say that I now no longer suffer from panic attacks and sleep problems. I am so pleased I met Heidi, I am so much better." CH Northam, North Devon. March 2012

Acrophobia - Fear of Heights "Hypnotherapy has given me the confidence to get over a lot of obstacles in my life. Heidi has completely altered my life - I am so grateful to her." LD Yelland, North Devon. February 2012

Bereavement "The therapy was carried out in my GPs health centre where I felt on safe grounds. Heidi was very professional in her approach and therapy. I appreciated not being spoken down to but having everything explained to me. Hypnotherapy taught me to relax, in turn I was able to sleep well and this gave me the energy to take on the world!" CJ Yelland, N Devon. December 2011

IBS "Hypnotherapy aided my sleep, and made me feel stronger in character and able to stand up for myself more. Your way of dealing with me was kindness itself. You will be highly recommended." NJ Goodleigh, N Devon. December 2011

Claustrophobia "I have now managed lifts and escalators, now looking forward to the EuroTunnel!" BP Umberleigh, North Devon. October 2011

Fear of Public Speaking " Hypnotherapy has helped me to overcome a long fear and enabled me to read at my sister's wedding. I'm so very grateful, thank you. " NC, Lynton. October 2011

Fear of Flying "I never thought I could ever get to relax whilst flying. I do not suffer from the stress I used to have whenever I had to fly, I even get to sleep the night prior to my flight. For me the therapy has made my life a lot easier. Now I even enjoy flying!!" MI, Lynton. October 2011