School refusal – a case study

School refusal, which we used to call school phobia, affects about one in five children at some point in their school life, and Max* was one of them. A bright, sporty 13 year old boy with plenty of friends he was perhaps the last person you would expect to start avoiding school.

Orthorexia – when healthy eating misfires

We’re all encouraged to eat healthily, with the familiar mantra “the right amount of the right food at the right time” underlining what we feel we should be doing. But what happens when that focus on health becomes an unhealthy compulsion? This is a condition called orthorexia.

5 ways to stop overthinking

One of the common traits among people who come to see me is overthinking, and a lot of people want to have a quieter mind, or a less intense inner dialogue.  But as people often ask me – “How do you learn to think less?”

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word that’s bandied around a lot, and linked to everything from yoga to stress in the workplace. People who come to see me may have heard of it but often they aren’t clear about what it is. This post explains what I mean when I talk about mindfulness, both in my sessions and in these blog posts.

Sick of being scared – emetophobia

Martin* was back home from university when he came to see me with his girlfriend.  A member of the rugby team, doing well in his studies, and with a couple of employers already talking to him about jobs he seemed to most people to have everything going for him.  Martin though had been hiding a secret since before he took his GCSEs – he couldn’t eat in public because of an overwhelming fear that he would be sick in front of people.

Information overload

People today process on average 100,000 words every day in their leisure time – no wonder that “information overload” is an increasingly heard phrase.

Coping with hypertension – hypnotherapy for high blood pressure

Malcolm* came to see me for hypnotherapy for high blood pressure, or hypertension, and he’d already done a lot to try and manage it. He was eating more healthily and was taking more exercise – digging over his vegetable patch and walking to the shop every morning for the papers. He was starting to lose weight and was drinking less, but was becoming frustrated because his high blood pressure wasn’t reducing as quickly as he thought it should be.

Katherine’s compulsory worry class – hypnotherapy for worrying

Katherine* told me that she had “always been a worrier, ever since a little girl” but lately it was unbearable, and she had realised how much it was affecting her life. Her son had moved away to a new job, and she worried about him being in a new city on his own, and about falling over now that he was no longer around. She even worried that her worrying was affecting her son.