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Stick or Twist?

We all have our favourite motivating phrases, some are handed down to us as we’re growing up and some we just seem to pick up along the way. We might shout them to ourselves or find ourselves repeating them to our own children to prevent them giving up on something. “Never give up!” and “Try, try and try again”, are great mantras to live by to ensure when we start doing something we give it a good enough go. They help ensure we don’t give up at the first knock back or just because we...

October 1, 2021

Is it time for you to take off in a new direction?

I’ve had a few careers in my time and looking back I could have made each transition a bit (or a lot) easier for myself, both in terms of recognising when it was time for a change and in settling into my new path once I'd made the decision....

August 26, 2021

Did you know visualisation can improve performance – and it’s not just for athletes?

You may have noticed various athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics running through their performances in their minds, both before and after their events. Both mentally rehearsing the perfect future performance and replaying a great real life past performance can help improve future performances. Even studying great performances by others and playing these back in your mind can be helpful....

August 3, 2021

Understanding why we eat too much is the first step to successful weight loss

Weight loss can sometimes seem complex because the reasons we overeat are so personal. Any successful weight loss journey needs to address our individual reasons for overeating. Understanding why we overeat before embarking on weight loss will give a better chance of success. And there may be more factors at play then we realise....

June 11, 2021

Hypnotherapy for Needle Phobia

If we haven’t already, many of us will be invited over the next few months for our COVID19 jabs. Most people will be looking forward to their appointment. However if you suffer from needle phobia, part of you may be dreading the moment when the email or letter finally arrives. Have you yet considered hypnotherapy to overcome your fear? Whether you know where your phobia comes from or you have no idea, hypnosis can  be helpful in ridding you of your fear and enabling you to get your first ...

February 24, 2021

How to ensure you have the right goal when coming for hypnotherapy

Sometimes when people come to me for hypnotherapy they don’t know where to start. They might come with a list of issues that seems overwhelming to them. They may talk about needing hypnosis to be more confidence, being less anxious, getting more sleep or losing more weight. And it’s my job to help them evolve their list of issues into a goal and then to choose the very first stepping stone we can take together towards that goal....

December 27, 2020

EMDR can be a powerful tool to help with Anxiety and Addictions

I often use a technique called EMDR with clients. EMDR stands for the less than succinct "Eye Movement Desensitiation and Reprocessing". EMDR is a therapeutic technique that was originally found to be useful for alleviating the symptoms of PTSD. Since then therapists across the world have discovered it can also be effective in helping with a wide range of symptoms including Anxiety, Pain, Phobias and Addictions....

December 13, 2020

Can calling this mug “happy” put us in a better mood?

If I were to propose that starting to call this mug “happy” can help you feel more positive, does that sound quite or maybe even extremely unlikely?...

November 27, 2020

Having the right number of choices is key to breaking negative thinking loops

Within my practice I incorporate principles and techniques from many well researched therapies, including CBT. One of the aims of CBT is to help us to become aware of when we are stuck in negative thinking loops and to help us to find the exit paths from those loops....

September 29, 2020

Why virtual therapy may be one of those rare cases where you can both have your cake and eat it

Sometime progress in things is gradual and then every now and then it seems to quicken in leaps and bounds. So it has been with online or virtual therapy. Virtual therapy sessions have steadily been becoming more and more popular for a number of years. Some therapists only work virtually others see clients in person and virtually. And then the coronavirus pandemic arrives and, perhaps unsurprisingly, online therapy took one giant leap forward....

August 4, 2020

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....

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