NHS could give therapy before anti-depressants

This is a step in the right direction! Anti-depressants have their place in the toolbox, but you wouldn’t just give painkiller to someone with a broken leg and up the dosage when the pain gets too bad, would you? Unfortunately, that’s what happens too often with depression and anxiety. So it’s good to see a change in the recommendations. The next step would be for Nice to also offer hypnotherapy in the NHS as it is very effective. Yes, I’m biased but don’t take my word for it. The British Read more…

Dealing With Anxiety In A Nutshell

Online workshop via Zoom. Sunday 7th November 2021, 5pm – 6:30pmFee: £10 per person. This is an occasion to learn about anxiety disorders, understand what anxiety is and how to best manage it. This online workshop, using Zoom, will show you various techniques, from basic breathing exercises to simple self-hypnosis techniques. You will have plenty of time to run through and experience the techniques. They are practical and easy to implement so you’ll be able to apply them straight away. You will be able to use those techniques for yourself, Read more…

Self-hypnosis: the Betty Erickson 3-2-1 technique

This is a quick demo of a version of the Betty Erickson 3-2-1 technique for self-hypnosis. This is a simple yet very effective technique. Health & Safety warnings (and common sense): do not watch this video if you are doing anything requiring your attention such as operating heavy machinery, performing brain surgery, child minding or all three combined. Also, give this a miss if you have a history of psychosis or known psychiatric disorder. For everybody else, just enjoy and relax. :) And if to learn more about hypnosis or Read more…

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

No, this is not the Russian translation of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious). It is simply the phobia of Friday the 13th. It’s a cousin of triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13. Don’t worry, I won’t ask you to pronounce it out loud, especially if you are glossophobic (having the fear of public speaking). Fears are a normal part of how we operate, it is a protection mechanism. Some fears are totally justified. Phobias on the other hand, are totally irrational either in Read more…

Stop Smoking Benefits

If you are a smoker, you already know it is bad for your health and your wallet. But when you think about stopping smoking, you believe it’s going to be difficult, a real struggle. To be fair, we’ve all been told for decades that it is hard, that you’ll put on weight, that you’ll be miserable, that you are likely to fail anyway. It’s as if someone doesn’t want us to stop smoking… Just look at the language used: QUIT smoking, GIVE UP smoking. “You’re not a quitter now, are Read more…

Covid-19 update

[ The Covid restrictions are easing and face-to-face sessions are available again. If you are in the Folkestone area (or are willing to travel to Folkestone), we can have a good old fashion session in the flesh. :) Even if I can’t see you face-to-face, I am still available for online sessions. Hypnotherapy works just as well via Zoom. Since March 2020, I’ve been doing the vast majority of my sessions this way with great results. Also, no travelling, no worries about parking and you can do it from the Read more…

How to flatten a bad memory

We all have bad memories that triggers anger, shame, guilt, cringe or other negative emotions every time we think about them. Here is how you can easily turn that memory into “just another memory”, free from that emotional charge. All you need is a little bit of imagination.