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Finding new ways of looking at things

I’ve always loved solutions to problems that are found by looking at the problem in a different way. Bill Gates the technology entrepreneur turned philanthropist was talking about how he’d realised the reason his polio vaccination programme was failing in Nigeria was because of inadequate maps. Basically they were relying on old colonial era maps with inaccurate borders and so anyone living on a regional border was at risk of being missed from the programme. Region A thought region B were co...

June 7, 2020

Why even the Drugs Companies acknowledge Positive Thinking is good for your health

The effects of Positive thinking are real. The drug companies know it and take account of positive thinking in every single clinical drugs trial. A recent BBC news report reminded me of the importance of positive thinking. If I’m honest, for years I used to roll my eyes when people talked about the power of positive thinking. I didn’t buy into it, possibly because I wasn’t practiced in its use and so didn’t have the evidence it worked. Now I know differently....

May 4, 2020

What is Parts Therapy?

One of the ways I love working with clients is through Parts work. Parts Therapy involves acknowledging that each of us is made up of lots of different internal aspects of ourselves, each doing the best they can for us based on their own internal view of the world....

April 13, 2020

What is Regression Therapy?

Regression Therapy within hypnosis is re-connecting with events in the past in order to re-frame how we hold those events in our mind, so they no longer have a negative impact on how we’re feeling today. These can be events we consciously remember or those which we’ve forgotten....

April 13, 2020

Is it safe for me to go and see a therapist at the moment?

These are unprecedented times for all of us. We are being asked to adjust into a new way of being and living for the foreseeable future. We have been asked to socially distance ourselves from our friends and families; we can understand the reasons but may still have more questions than answers. We are having to learn to live with uncertainty. It’s early days and we need to learn to be patient with ourselves, whilst we figure out just how we do that....

March 17, 2020

Why everyone tells you to focus on your breathing to help your anxiety

In this short video I explain just how to breathe in a way that will calm you and I also tell you why it works....

March 5, 2020

The Why and the How of It

Have you ever noticed how different sorts of questions can either keep us stuck or get us moving? Language is interesting, as altering the questions we ask ourselves can change whether we remain focused on one particular thing or start to widen our perspective. Sometimes we want to stay in the same place. When we want to gain a deep understanding of the reasons for something, for example. Other times we might want to move our thoughts onwards, taking ourselves in a different direction....

March 1, 2020

Can our memories ever lie?

Hypnotherapists sometimes get asked to help people remember things that happened in the past. Or to put it a bit more precisely, to go back to see if something definitely happened or not. “I need to know the truth”. This is rarely a good idea. Some key questions to ask yourself if you are wanting to know if something did or didn’t happen are. What are you going to do with the answer? How is it going to help you? What if it’s not the answer you suspect? What are the consequences of having...

February 16, 2020

Building Confidence using both Past and Future Memories

That’s right future memories. Both past and future memories can be really helpful in breaking patterns of negative thoughts and feelings....

December 29, 2019

Why talking to yourself is very much NOT a sign of madness…

I talk to myself a lot, always have done, and I’m pleased to say that research is showing it may be doing me a lot of good, I may have been on to something all along… Neuroscience and brain imaging has shown that we may be able to calm ourselves simply by talking to ourselves in the third person. So by using your own name or “she/he” rather than “I”....

September 26, 2019

Anxiety – It’s all in the head. Or is it?

If you have anxiety then you will probably have already been offered lots of advice. “It’s all in your head” may be something you’ve heard. The brain can’t tell the difference between imagined things and real memories, so it’s worrying about things it’s made up. And that means you’re worrying about a load of things that in all likelihood won’t happen anyway. Well yes, but what’s going on up there is only part of the story....

September 4, 2019

This is a Narcissus - not to be confused with a Narcissist

Narcissus and Narcissist, only a few letters different but one’s a beauty and the other a real beast. But in a twist to the traditional fairy tale, this beast may have the appearance of a prince or princess. Narcissists can be very charming and can fool the strongest people into thinking they are the perfect partner. Male or female they can at first seem charming, attentive and really rather perfect, perhaps too perfect?...

August 20, 2019

Why I have a problem with bosses who always say “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions!”

I wonder if, like me, you were taught that to impress you need to not bring problems to the table, just solutions? In fact as I’m writing this I can still hear a previous boss of mine yelling this, or some version of it, across the office. Now I get the idea, if we’re feeling empowered and we have the skills required we ought to be able to work out how to do things for ourselves. But sometimes we can take this too far, particularly if we’re the sort of person that tends to automatically th...

June 28, 2019

When the memory of an event just won’t go away

We might be familiar with Armed Forces personnel, Police Officers, Fire fighters or Paramedics being traumatised by the work they do, being exposed over and over again to extreme, often life and death situations. But what about the person involved in a car accident who can’t put the accident out of their mind? Or the person who witnessed someone else being hurt and still recalls vivid images, sounds, smells or feelings from that time as if they were happening now? Or the person that got so abs...

April 24, 2019

Where’s the Evidence Hypnotherapy Works?

There was a time when I insisted on knowing there was evidence for a treatment before I would use it. That was until hypnotherapy was recommended to me and for some reason I just took the plunge, without doing my usual thing of carefully weighing up the pros and the cons. Since breaking my own rule, I have noticed there are in fact lots of things which clearly work but for which officially there is little or no evidence....

April 18, 2019

Hypnosis - A hard pill to swallow?

Some people when they speak to me are brave enough to admit to me “I don’t believe hypnotherapy works”. Well, in that case it’s unlikely to - for them. Belief plays an important part in making any change. ...

March 28, 2019

Laughter – why it really is the best medicine

Tickle a child and make them giggle, do it again and they giggle again…. repeat and pretty soon the next time you just have to give them the same look, move your hands in the same way and they will giggle. Look at comedians on stage – they’ll tell a good joke, get a response, a great laugh from the audience. They then walk around a bit as they build up to their next punchline and then go and stand in the same place as last time, as they deliver the next punchline. They do this a few t...

March 4, 2019

Writing away your current mood

The connection between expressive writing and wellness was discovered by Dr. James Pennebaker. In this video I explain how to use this knowledge and alter your mood, just by setting some time aside to write what your inner voice is saying. I use this technique and I find it works for me....

November 5, 2018

Operator, operator are you there?

One day you’re living life fine and then suddenly it catches you unawares and it’s there. Omnipresent. When you wake up in the morning you feel it in your body and it stays with you throughout the day. You may be able to control it when at work or when you must focus on something else but when that’s over, it’s back again. Over time it becomes the dominant thing in your life and by then it really is in the driver’s seat and you are no longer in control of where it’s taking you. Soun...

September 29, 2018

Sticks and Stones

I think as a society we now understand the old phrase “sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you” is frankly just wrong! Words alone are so powerful and can both build us up and break us down. I see this regularly in clients that come to me for hypnotherapy....

September 11, 2018

Can Hypnotherapy help you get Pregnant?

To have the best chance of succeeding in getting pregnant our body needs to be ready. Someone who is highly stressed is in perpetual  flight or fight  mode. In this state our body focuses on ensuring the systems it will need to fight or run are ready, and it can shut down any parts that are not critical. So for instance – have you ever been so anxious and stressed you have felt sick or literally thrown up? If so this may be your body’s way of getting you ready for fight or flight. ...

June 11, 2018

Scared of tests? 4 step process to help you overcome your fears

Exam season is not far away and for many it may remind us of other sorts of test anxiety that hold us back from time to time in our lives....

April 29, 2018

Help, I can't visualise!

Some people think they can't benefit from guided relaxation and hypnotherapy because they can't visualise. This video explains why this is not the case. Whilst each client's response to hypnosis is different - all these responses fine and enable you to relax and enjoy the hypnotic experience....

April 16, 2018

4 small changes that can make a big difference to your life

Looking at these four things may help you get better balance in your life...

March 30, 2018

The Worry Envelope

For many people I see constant worrying is something they want to address.  It can be so frustrating when our focus is constantly being interrupted by unhelpful thoughts and worries about things we can do nothing about. The Worry Envelope is a great technique for re-training yourself to put these thoughts to one side. If practiced it can become automatic and over time you can find yourself being less and less interrupted by unwanted thoughts and worries. In the short video below I show you ...

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