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 »

Fear of Travelling

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When Travel Becomes Frightening…   It’s summer time and, all over the country, people are excitedly preparing to travel for their holidays. Some will be flying off to warmer climes, others will head off to parts of the UK. Maybe others will drive through Europe to city breaks or seaside and mountain retreats. For some Continue reading »

Who Needs Therapy?

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So…who needs therapy? Its for Americans, isn’t it? And for people with real mental health problems? Therapy is self indulgent and a waste of money…Isn’t it? Well, of course I am going to disagree with all of those statements. I am a therapist, after all. However, when you think about those statements – they are Continue reading »

Positivity.

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Positivity is not something that everyone has. When faced with a challenge, or a dilemma, some people’s first reaction is “I can’t do that!” For example, when I wrote a post about Relaxation and how important is is for our mental health, a couple of friends told me that they just don’t have time to 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?

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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 »

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, busy, 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 »