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  • Confidently Complaining

    It would seem in this day and age that we often have to complain in order to get what is owed to us or to highlight some way in which we have been wronged.  Companies that get far too big for their boots are often the source of most people’s complaints these days.  It seems the bigger they get, the worse their customer service becomes.  Almost as if they lose sight of the very people they are providing a service or product too.  Unfortunately, many people lack the confidence to complain so these corporate behemoths tend to get away with much more than they should! (more…)

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  • Ever Wondered…?

    Have you ever wondered about hypnosis?  Are there things you’ve always wanted to ask yet have never really had the opportunity to do so with someone knowledgeable in the field? (more…)

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  • Learn to be Fearless (Again).

    What would you say if I told you there is a part within us all that is completely fearless, has no anxiety and really couldn’t care less about what anyone else thinks of us?  Many would say that if there is, they can’t get at it but I can tell you that it is possible to connect to that part of ourselves and learn to be fearless (again). (more…)

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  • Street Hypnosis

    Just recently, I have had a number of opportunities to practice Street Hypnosis.  More than usual I would say.  Now although Street Hypnosis does involve getting people to do what they seemingly otherwise wouldn’t, its important to understand the difference between those that practice this style of impromptu hypnosis demonstration and Stage Hypnosis. (more…)

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  • Paralympian Inspiration

    On 6th May 1954 Sir Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds at the Ilfey Road Track in Oxford, proving that a mile could be run in less than 4 minutes.  Although Sir Roger himself debunks the  commonly held notion that previous to this momentous event a sub-4 minute mile was thought impossible, it certainly set the scene for many an athlete to do the same.  Suddenly, sub-4 minute miles where being set all over the place!  As therapists (and particularly those specializing in sports psychology) we call the “The Contribution of Athletes”.  When one athlete proves it can be done, many will follow. (more…)

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  • The Dishwasher Metaphor

    It amazes me sometimes, how often every day tasks or items in a person’s life can be seen as a metaphor for other things.  As a hypnotherapist, I am of course always on the lookout for a decent metaphor.  The deeper structures of our minds love a good metaphor and it empowers the client to represent their own “stuff” onto the metaphor that is presented them.  Loading the dishwasher this morning, it suddenly occurred to me what a startling metaphor the dishwasher is for therapy in general. (more…)

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  • How Honest Are We?

    Watching BBC’s “The One Show” highlighted the question “How Honest Are We?” and created an interesting, if somewhat thrown together experiment  concerning the old English tradition of the Honesty Box. (more…)

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  • Science -v- Spirituality

    You will have heard me rant on about how important evidence is in what we do as therapists.  For us to claim that what we do utilizing hypnosis therapeutically, must be backed up by a firm basis in evidence.  This is usually provided by empirical research, i.e. The science.  One might be forgiven for thinking that such thinking leaves no room for spirituality, however, I contest this wholeheartedly. (more…)

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  • PTSD to Increase Under “Army 2020”?

    Okay, it’s been a while since I commented or published anything regarding my chosen specialty of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  I feel sure I am not the only Veteran looking on in horrified silence at the proposed cuts to our Army under “Army 2020”.  I’ve held my tongue long enough and must ask the question if our politicians have finally taken complete leave of their senses in tightening the purse strings around the MOD’s neck (yet again)! (more…)

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  • Hypnosis for Stress in The Workplace

    How often do you hear people report they are stressed?  The word “Stress” has even become part of our vocabulary, for example “I’m so stressed out” or “Will you stop stressing”.  In this modern day world, stress in the workplace is not only something that employers should be aware of, but also something that employers must be seen to be actively addressing under Health & Safety Legislation. (more…)

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