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.

6 signs of good hypnotherapy

If you’ve Googled “hypnotherapy” or “hypnotherapist” then you may be surprised or overwhelmed by the sheer number of results.  With that in mind here are 6 things to look out for when you’re looking for, and speaking with, your potential hypnotherapist.

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome

A 17 year old girl from Colombia, who can sleep for up to 48 days at a time, is the latest to be diagnosed with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, a rare sleep disorder that affects only one to five people in every million.

Jamais vu

I’ve written before about déjà vu – the feeling of having experienced something before.  But what about jamais vu – the eerie feeling of never having been somewhere before, despite knowing that you must have?

Hypnotherapy for travel sickness

Although he was less than half my age there wasn’t much Tom* didn’t seem to have done – bungee jumping, white water rafting, tandem skydiving.  So it was as much a surprise to him as to me that he was sat in front of me because his travelling had come to an abrupt halt.  Tom had come to see me for hypnotherapy for travel sickness.

Karoshi – death through overwork

I’ve written previously about inemuri – the Japanese habit of sleeping at work due their culture of long hours and presenteeism.  What is even worse is “karoshi” – literally “death through overwork”.

When childrens’ friendships end

Childhood friendships can be volatile, and it can be difficult to see them come to an end, especially if you think your child has been hard done to.  So, what can you do if your child has been “dumped” by a friend?

Hypnotherapy for vaping – a case study

Greg* was a very fed-up young man.  “I just feel that I’ve made a stupid decision.  If I could I’d go back in time and change things.  Is that something you can help me to do?”.  I work in a therapy room not a Tardis, so time travel is out.  But therapy does enable people to make changes, so I asked Greg to tell me more.

Why are you so tired?

I’ve written before about feeling “tired all the time” and how it can be related to too busy lifestyles.  But what else might be driving your tiredness, especially if you’re the one in every five of us who is feeling wiped out today.

Hypnotherapy for fainting – a case study

Hypnotherapy for fainting – a case study

Tess* was a little
hesitant when she rang me.  “I don’t know
if you’ll be able to help me, but this has been part of my life so long.  Can you help with hypnotherapy for fainting?
Only it rules everything I do.”

Obviously people
fainting all the time isn’t healthy or normal, and I’d be sending anyone to see
their GP urgently rather than seeing them. 
What came out about Tess though was a bit more nuanced than that.

“I fainted a lot as a
little girl, and sometimes my mum would find me in my room or I’d come round and
find myself on the floor.  At first they
thought it might be epilepsy but it turned out to be something else
entirely.  They realised that the
sensation of brushing my hair excited my nerves and caused me to faint.”

As strange as that may
sound it’s more common than people realise. 
Called syncope, or sometimes ‘fainting and falling’, it’s a recognised
medical condition.  But I wanted to find
out more about why it was still affecting Tess’ life so much.

“My mum became very
protective.  She made me have a pixie
crop so I didn’t have to brush my hair, and kept telling me I had to be really
careful.  I never had my hair washed at
the hairdressers, but that didn’t seem enough for her.  She wouldn’t let me go on sleep-overs, and I
lived at home still when I went to uni. 
I’m terrified of fainting again, and I’m wondering if you can teach me
how not to faint?”

I asked Tess when the
last time was that she had fainted. 
“Eight or nine years ago” was the answer.  “I don’t need to teach you how not to faint,”
I told her, “I need to teach you to forget to be afraid.”

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The SOLVED method

I’ve written before about the RAIN method for dealing with difficult emotions.  The SOLVED method is a structured way of dealing with difficult situations.