Hi, I’m Leah Leaves, a fully qualified and insured Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the National Council of Hypnotherapy, and abide by their strict code of ethics.
In 2019 I was diagnosed with ADHD and autism at age 43.
I’d always hated myself for being the way I am.
Because no matter how hard I tried I always ended up feeling like a failure and a rubbish human.
Until I was diagnosed I couldn’t understand why I had so much difficulty keeping things tidy, organising myself and paying attention. Why I always struggled socially, and felt so different from almost everyone around me.
Without a different explanation, I turned it in on myself and for many years I believed that I must be lazy, fickle and useless.
Over time I learnt to suppress who I really am, hide those shameful failings, and ‘pretend to be normal’.
It’s very isolating when you carry so much shame, because you never really allow anyone to get close.
Over the years I suffered terribly with anxiety, depression and insomnia, and despite visiting doctors and therapists countless times, nobody had ever suggested ADHD (or any kind of neurodiverse condition).
In my 30s, I went to see a hypnotherapist and was so impressed with how well it worked for me, I decided to train as a hypnotherapist too. The course I chose taught about working with all sorts of issues, including anxiety.
As the course progressed, I was stunned to realise that my anxiety was so much better, simply by being “practised on” by my fellow students. By the end of the course my anxiety had virtually gone.
I qualified in 2011, and over this time have become one of the most experienced anxiety specialist hypnotherapists in the UK. I’ve helped hundreds of clients, like you, to start enjoying life more, to have better relationships, and to feel much calmer! When your anxiety has gone, it feels like you can do anything you want to do.
Getting a diagnosis made a huge difference to me, even though it was much later in life, because it helped me to forgive myself and start to accept my quirky, chaotic self, and feel confident in my own skin.
I now know that my story isn’t unusual and that many people don’t find out they have ADHD until much later in life (if at all).
Now, using hypnosis, I am guiding others, like you, to look at and think of new ways about yourself; to find the real you, letting go of those unwanted habits, behaviours, or problems that have been holding you back, until now.