John McKenzie

About John McKenzie

John McKenzie is a trained clinical hypnotherapist working out of his office in Cheshire. He holds a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma from the National Council for Hypnotherapy and adhere's to the Council's strict code of conduct.

Emotional Intelligence – have you got it?

Emotional Intelligence is a phrase that’s fairly common now, especially in some workplaces. If you don’t have a clear idea of what it means, but haven’t liked to ask, then this is for you. And if you think that you’re either born with it or not, then it’s for you as well.

Love hate relationships – can they work?

Love hate relationships are the bread and butter of rom-coms – two people hate each other on sight, and yet there’s something that keeps bringing them back to each other. That’s Hollywood though – what about real life?

Working relationships – how to keep them healthy

Working relationships are very important. If you’re in full-time work then you’re likely to spend two to three times more time with people at work than you do with your partner. So why don’t people invest the same effort into working relationships?

Relationship break-up – a case study

It’s February and shops and restaurants are full of special offers for Valentine’s Day. It can be a difficult time for some people if they’re on their own, and Lucy* was no exception. In fact, she was finding it so difficult she asked me for help.

When Lucy rang me she was having a really tough time, after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. “It’s been four months and I’m still as upset as ever. I’m feeling terrible all the time, and my mates are losing patience with me.” she told me. “I want you to hypnotise me to completely forget him. If I can’t remember him at all then perhaps I’ll be able to get over him at last.”

I was honest with Lucy – that isn’t possible, practical, or ethical. Even so, I still suggested that she come for a free consultation, because I was acutely aware of how badly the break-up was affecting her. Although I couldn’t remove all memories of her ex there were other avenues open to her – and most of them ‘self-help’ that wouldn’t cost her any money either.

When Lucy talked about her relationship it was clear why the break-up had affected her so badly. They had only socialized with other people as a couple, and had stopped a lot of activities that they had enjoyed on their own. As they spent more and more time together Lucy lost the sources that would have fed her self-esteem. Increasingly relying on her relationship for everything, when it came to an end the result was catastrophic for her emotionally.

It was also clear why Lucy was still struggling to move on – and the reason was social media. She was still following […]

Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding Head Syndrome is a rather fearsome but memorable title for the phenomenon of some people hearing loud bangs or crashes as they fall asleep.

Hypnotherapy for kleptomania – case study

It’s January and the sales are in full swing. You might even have found yourself walking out of a shop with something you didn’t really want but felt you couldn’t resist. Dan* would find himself in that position too, but it wasn’t because of New Year sales. It was because of kleptomania, and it was happening all year round.

Become more productive – 7 ways how

Most of us would like to be more productive.  Even if you don’t want to get more done, then having more free time is still attractive.  No life-hacks, no gimmicks – here are 7 steps to becoming more productive.

Become more motivated – 7 ways how

We all need motivation in order to do things.   Sometimes it’s self-motivation, and sometimes it comes from outside of us.  But if you haven’t got it, and you need it, here are 7 ways to kickstart becoming more motivated.

Ditch the to do lists – 7 reasons why

To do lists are very common.  Three out of five of us keep to do lists, even if we hate them, and many end up thinking that they would be lost without their lists.  But would they?

Hypnotherapy for guilt trips – case study

It was a November when Noel* came to see me. “It’s the same every year” he told me, “as soon as bonfire night’s over I start to dread Christmas. And the nearer it gets the worse I feel. I look forward to the first week in January when I can get back to work, and things go back to normal.”