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Navigating Life Using Your Own Personal Values

I'm a scout leader and recently as part of one of their badges the scouts created an artwork highlighting their own personal values. I’m really glad children these days get a chance to consider the question "Just what are my own values?". I think growing up I wasn’t even aware people had different personal values. It’s just not something that we spoke about at home or at school. I was told about the value of “hard work” and was familiar with the phrase “Some people know the price of ...

March 22, 2022

You're In Good Hands. The Power of Words.

One of my favourite programmes to watch is “24 hours in A&E”, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about patients visiting a London A&E in a single 24 hour period. I don’t watch it for the gore and admit I sometimes have to turn away when I can see they’re about to zoom in for a close up shot. But what I do like is how the programme captures so well the expertise and empathy of the staff, the fantastic teamwork and also how families can pull together in extraordinarily  difficult circumsta...

February 7, 2022

How Does Hypnosis Work?

One way of explaining how hypnosis works is that it puts you in the right frame of mind for learning new ways of thinking and feeling better. Within hypnosis you can find yourself able to react positively to suggestions to change the way you think or how you feel about yourself and others. Being in hypnosis can greatly amplify the effectiveness of the work we do together. Whether we are changing your thought patterns, chipping away at a limiting belief, increasing your expectations that things ...

December 14, 2021

What Can Hypnotherapy Help With?

Hypnotherapy can be helpful for any issue where there's a psychological part to the problem you're seeking help with. It may be pretty clear that issues such as anxiety, panic, binge eating and insomniahave a psychological part to them. They can all be helped with hypnosis, but what about physical problems such as chronic pain, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching)? These too can be affected by the thoughts and beliefs we have about our physical condition and...

November 5, 2021

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....

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