Columns

These are my monthly columns from OurTown magazine, all describing a common issue and one of the ways I’ve successfully treated it.  Click through the title to read the relevant column.

Ups and downs at workUpward bullying at work – September 2017

A Twitter pill to swallowSocial media and self esteem – August 2017

Pulled in all directionsHair pulling – July 2017

Smoking + Chewing = ?Nicotine Replacement Gum – June 2017

Exam nerves – a case historyExam nerves – May 2017

Best man nerves – a case historyPublic speaking nerves – April 2017

Exposure and Response PreventionCoping with anxiety – March 2017

A question of memory – Limits of memory – February 2017

The tip of the icebergSecondary gains – January 2017

Chips and nuggets for Christmas DinnerRestrictive eating – December 2016

Swearing can f-f-fade awaySwearing – November 2016

Craig’s list of life goalsCannabis – October 2016

Stuttering to a haltStammering – September 2016

“School’s out for summer”– School refusal – August 2016

“All in the mind?”Health anxiety – July 2016

In the wee small hoursShy bladder syndrome – June 2016

“Smokeless” or “smoke less”?Smoking reduction – May 2016

The mucky end of the stickFear of dog muck – April 2016

The sound of silenceTinnitus – March 2016

Sian’s secret…Working “content-free” – February 2016

Panic stationsPanic attacks – January 2016

Rage against the machine – Anger management – December 2015

The competitive DryathlonGoSober – November 2015

Friendships up in smokeStopping smoking – October 2015

Swimming against the tideAvoidance and phobias – September 2015

The final countdownSleep problems – August 2015

Picking the right man… – Nose-picking – July 2015

Putting the genie back …Problem drinking – June 2015

A yo-yo diet is a no-no dietWeight loss – May 2015

Stream of consciousnessIBS – April 2015

Resit stress – coping with examsExam nerves – March 2015

Running out of steamVaping – February 2015

Sick to death of being scaredEmetophobia – January 2015

Comfortable with discomfortDifficult situations – December 2014

A breath of fresh airStopping smoking – November 2014

Distinctly under parInterview nerves – October 2014

A bitter pill to swallowTrouble swallowing – September 2014

Truth and consequencesHypnotherapy ethics – August 2014

Amanda’s in-flight movieFear of flying – July 2014

Marathons and Muhammad AliSports performance – June 2014

Putting our heads togetherPsoriasis – May 2014

A blinking nuisance – Blinking – April 2014

One more and I’m offDrinking and stress – March 2014

You wouldn’t like him … – Anger management – February 2014

Opening doors for Donna – Dating confidence – January 2014

Alan the buffet slayerWeight loss – December 2013

A breath of fresh airStopping smoking – November 2013

Cabbages and things – Assertiveness – October 2013

Hell and high blood pressureHypertension – September 2013

Staying up, sleeplessness … – Insomnia – August 2013

Can’t Smile Without YouDental phobia – July 2013

Clowning ain’t no jokeFear of clowns – June 2013

Katherine’s worry classAnxiety – May 2013

Turning back the clockPain control – April 2013

Testing Times For ToddDriving Test nerves – March 2013

Taking Back ControlUrge incontinence – February 2013

A Nail Biting FinishNail biting – January 2013

A Rush of Blood to the HeadSocial blushing – December 2012

Stoptober to Govember – Stopping smoking – November 2012

A weight off Lily’s mind – Weight loss – October 2012

Beating Back to Work Blues – Post-holiday blues – September 2012

Hot and BotheredChocolate cravings – August 2012

Ice Cold For AlexEczema – July 2012

Of Mice And MenMouse phobia – June 2012

Bride And GloomPublic speaking – May 2012

Saving GraceSelf-esteem – April 2012

Positive ShrinkingWeight loss – March 2012