Living in accordance with your values is often the final step in the therapeutic process. But what if living in line with them could make you miserable?
Being left alone: the dark; dogs; clowns; injections; school; and, of course, the monster under the bed. Perhaps you recognise your own childhood fears in there. But how can you talk to your children about theirs?
“I’ve been meaning to come and see you for ages” Jackie* told me, “but…” “But life gets in the way?” I asked. “No, I just keep putting it off”. Which was exactly what Jackie wanted to see me about -procrastinating.
Most of us enjoy the thought of a lie-in at the weekends – jobs and children and animals allowing of course. But do they actually help us? Or could they be making things worse?
Sleep texting? Surely that’s got to be a made-up story? And if it isn’t what on earth is going on?
Our ‘internal conversation’ is perhaps the greatest influence on our day-to-day lives – but what if you’re stuck listening to a nay-saying pessimist? The good news is that optimism is a skill that can be learned.
Anna* was sceptical when she came to see me. “You’ve been recommended by a few people” she told me, “but I don’t really think you can help me. Can you provide hypnotherapy for sweating problems?”
Revision isn’t just a chance for children to get ready for exams – it’s a chance for them to learn how to cope with pressure, and to develop their emotional resilience. So how can you help them best?
“Do you do hypnotherapy for checking things too much? I need to check things for work, but I think it’s got a bit silly lately”. That’s how Jason* introduced himself – and, as he’d say later “with a bit of an understatement”.