Hangxiety

By |June 12th, 2019|

Hangovers bring many things – dehydration, headaches and nausea but also feelings of anxiety and guilt.  This ‘hangxiety’ isn’t simply caused by what we can or can’t remember doing – it’s the way alcohol physically changes our brain.

Hypnotherapy for Impostor Syndrome – a case study

By |June 12th, 2019|

“I don’t even think that I should be here if I’m honest” Barry* told me.  “My wife said that I should see you about my thoughts, but to be honest I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them.” 

Do we only use 10% of our brains?

By |June 12th, 2019|

“Did you know you only use 10% of your brain?” is a recurring factoid about our most mysterious organ.  In fact, studies have shown that pretty much all of it is in use all the time, even when following the plot in Midsummer Murders.  But what about people who have a large percentage of their brain missing?

Ghosting, bread-crumbing, cloaking, and EMGs

By |May 1st, 2019|

Social media may be able to bring people together, and it may be able to help them stay in touch.  But it’s also the case that it can enable bad behaviour in new and fresh ways as well.  And ghosting, bread-crumbing, cloaking, and EMGs are all these.

Dental phobia – a case study

By |May 1st, 2019|

I’m contacted by a lot of people who say they have dental phobia.   A large number of them turn out to not like going, but it doesn’t stop them seeing the dentist or having work done.  Alan* though was at the very opposite end of this reaction.

Flow states

By |May 1st, 2019|

Many of us have been lucky enough to chance across an experience where everything just seems to flow, and perhaps even seems effortless. Unsurprisingly those times are really good for us – so how can we make them happen more often?

Values – are yours hurting you?

By |April 3rd, 2019|

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?

Childhood fears – 6 tips for talking to children

By |April 3rd, 2019|

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?

Procrastinating – a case study

By |April 3rd, 2019|

“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.

Your weekend lie-in – is it helping?

By |April 3rd, 2019|

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?