Exam Failure

If you are reading this post then the chances are that you have experienced exam failure and your world has or might be about to collapse around your feet… The word ‘failure’ is a horrible word. It conjures up images of misery, despair and the crushing of all hope. But wait just a minute. This Continue reading »

Cognitive Hypnotherapy – the reason its my silver lining.

Everything Happens for a Reason It might seem a bit cheesy, but you often hear people saying, “Everything happens for a reason…” It is something I say myself sometimes, but, you know what? I really believe it. Working as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist was not something I ever planned on doing. In fact, I didn’t really Continue reading »

Anxiety and How to Cope.

What is anxiety? When we say we are suffering from anxiety, what do we mean? How do we feel? For each of us the emotion will be different, but there are fundamental parts of the feeling that we all share. The physical symptoms of anxiety – for example: shallow breathing butterflies in our tummies (technical Continue reading »

What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy & How Can it Help?

photo of Sarah Ariss consulting room

What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy? Its a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Cognitive Hypnotherapy. But the Cognitive bit makes all the difference. Cognitive Hypnotherapy, as taught by the internationally renowned Quest Institute, is a mix of Positive Psychology, CBT, Gestalt, NLP and Traditional Hypnotherapy. It is an evidence based approach that gives its therapists a Continue reading »

Wherever you are…is the perfect place to begin.

Wherever you are is the perfect place to begin… I love that. I love the thought that you don’t have to wait to be slimmer, older, more qualified…now is the time to take the first step to wherever you want to go. So often we spend our lives waiting…waiting to be a little bit more Continue reading »

Exam nerves or excitement?

Exam Nerves This year is a big year in our house. Both my sons are sitting exams… GCSEs and A Levels….. and they both have very different approaches to those exams. My eldest son is so laid back about them that he is practically horizontal. He has inherited my somewhat odd enjoyment of the formal Continue reading »

Fellow Strugglers.

“We are all fellow strugglers…” said Trevor Silvester, on the first day of my Cognitive Hypnotherapy course at the Quest Institute. Its a phrase that has come to resonate with me over time. On that day I had been sitting listening to Trevor speak and he was constantly interrupted by fellow students. He answered all Continue reading »

Giving Time…

Busy,┬ábusy, busy… The world seems so busy these days… don’t you think? We all rush from here to there, from there to here, working, striving, rushing…trying to reach that place where everything will be alright… We are like worker bees, relentlessly searching for the perfect source of nectar. So many of us, even in our Continue reading »

How and Why to Choose a Therapist.

Feeling Blue I felt rubbish at the weekend… You know those days when you just lose your mojo and end up moping about feeling sorry for yourself? Do you get those days? Well, I certainly do. They don’t happen too often, luckily enough, but when they do I just try to tell myself to tread Continue reading »

How to be Lucky.

Feeling Lucky I went for a run yesterday. I am not a natural runner, lacking somewhat in the lean, long legged department. However, I am determined. I am also lucky… Yesterday I was lucky because a friend posted about an app on Facebook that promised to take me from “Couch Potato to 5k” in 8 Continue reading »