Why I’m Passionate About Online Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is hard enough to explain to people sometimes, but add in the word ‘online’ and you will usually be guaranteed some puzzled looks. “How do you hypnotise someone over Skype?”, I’m often asked. My reply of “Oh, I don’t” doesn’t seem to help things along either! But online hypnotherapy is something that I have grown...

Life Lessons From My Hypnosis Work With Professional Boxers

As well as the skill and sporting achievement exhibited in professional boxing, engaging in the sport at any level can provide powerful lessons for life. As someone who has practiced a number of martial arts ‘off and on’ since childhood, I’ve always returned to boxing. There have been boxers in my family and being of...

4 Red Flags in Thinking That Sabotage Positive Change

As a ‘brief therapy’ practitioner and coach, helping hundreds of clients each year, I am always interested from a clinical perspective in the small number people who struggle with the process of positive change. In this article I will explore four significant ‘red flags’ to look out for in the way a person thinks –...

Being Hypnotised – Can Everyone Achieve Hypnosis?

This is a question I get asked a great deal in my clinical work. The short answer is that nearly everyone who WANTS to be hypnotised, can be. Myths About Being Hypnotised Usually people ask me this question because they are worried, due to a myth, preconception or misunderstanding about the nature of hypnosis, that they will be wasting their time or money trying hypnotherapy...

Helping Marathon Runners With Hypnotherapy (Review in Metro)

Each year, I always get a few enquiries from people who want hypnotherapy to help them prepare for the London Marathon. I always share with them the experience of this first-time London Marathon runner who I helped with hypnotherapy to create a supportive mindset, both for her training and the race itself. She wrote a very detailed account of her...

Repetition and the Illusion of Truth

Repetition is a powerful communication tool. One of the easiest ways to influence the human mind is, in fact, repetition. And, yes, I am using repetition now. If we receive a message often enough, it starts to embed itself at the deeper level and forms as a belief in the subconscious mind. Since our minds...

The Concept of the Subconscious Mind (& Why I’m Cool with It)

Mention of the term ‘subconscious mind’ can cause an intensely negative response from some hypnotherapists and others working in the field of psychology and psychotherapy. I find this unhelpful because often it does not stop at constructive criticism, but goes further into a dogmatic assertion that their view is correct – that there is no such thing as...

The Difference Between Truth and Opinion

Language and its ability to influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours forms an important aspect of my work. One place it can be very important is in helping to explain and understand the difference between truth and opinion, and the value of this to human communication. Now, I’m not up for some heavyweight debate about...

Spring Clean!

I’ve just launched the updated Unlocking Change website with new packages and a spring clean of my blog and social media content. I’m committed to only posting things that I believe will genuinely inform and/or entertain. There will be no ’10 Obvious Things To Fill Out My Blog’ posts, no cringeworthy motivational quote images, just...