Struggling with anxiety or stress?

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I am a qualified and experienced therapist who specialises in helping adults overcome stress and anxiety. I combine relevant therapies to create a specific program for each client to achieve their goals.

Are you feeling trapped in your anxious feelings and feel like there’s no way out?

Is it affecting your professional or home life?

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked?

Imagine having tools and techniques to resolve and deal with the issues!

You may be right there in the midst of depression and anxiety, feeling trapped and terrified that you won’t be able to pull yourself out. Perhaps you’ve tried numerous kinds of medications and treatments which were recommended to you, but nothing has helped you escape the trap you are currently stuck in.

I understand what it is like, having overcome my own anxiety.

Please realise that treatment can be simple, incredibly effective, and can assist you in all areas of your life – health, business, and family life. Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious mind, and allows you to resolve and change beliefs and behaviour patterns so that you can achieve what you want.

Now, to start moving towards the solution, click on the button below to schedule an initial chat at a time that suits you.

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Life is too short to put up with anxiety and stress.

Lisa Billingham

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    Self-confidence – part 1

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Coronavirus Community Support

The effects of COVID-19 and the coronavirus situation, including changes in routine, can cause stress and anxiety, and I wish to assist clients to remain healthy, especially at this time.

To assist clients who may not wish to attend the clinic in North Beach, I am offering tele-health (online) appointments via Zoom, which offer the same benefits as clinic appointments. This page has further details.

Hygiene is very important at present, and so between each clinic appointment, clients will be pleased to know that I clean the chairs, desk, couch, and room doorhandles.

If you would like to have a no-obligation chat about your goals at a time convenient to you, and how hypnotherapy could assist you, please click the button below.

Free phone discussion about your goals

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety, click the button below to access some tips and videos to help you.

Anxiety-busting tips and videos

If you find that you have been eating too much fast food / junk food during this period, click the button below to access a free 5-session course to help you.

Stop eating junk food: free 5-session course

About Lisa

I specialise in helping adults with anxiety, phobias, and PTSD (e.g. general feelings of anxiety, or anxiety about specific events such as exams or public speaking). I also specialise in healthy weight management, breaking free of habits, including smoking.

My qualifications are as follows:-

  • Diploma in Hypnocounselling
  • Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Coach
  • Certificate in Conversational Hypnosis
  • BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Cert. IV Training and Assessment (training qualification)

If you want a focused, professional, confidential therapy service with customised sessions specifically for you, please contact me to discuss the changes that you want in your life. We can have an introductory no-obligation chat to confirm that we are a good fit to achieve your goals.  

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Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious mind, and allows you to resolve and change beliefs and behaviour patterns so that you can achieve what you want.

Lisa Billingham

Contact Lisa

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You can phone me on 0403 932311 (8.00am – 7.00pm Western Australian Standard Time).

If I can’t answer the phone immediately, please leave a message. I aim to reply to all calls within 3 hours between 8.00am – 7.00pm WST.

Schedule your free call

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Let’s chat on the phone for 30 minutes (at a time convenient for you), and look at the issues you wish to discuss. We can see what is working for you and what the next steps can be.
This phone call is completely free of charge.

Here is how it works. Click on the Schedule button below, pick a time, and then we will chat on the phone at your chosen time.

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