The Psychological Effects of Online Negativity

It’s no surprise that to many people ‘social media’ often feels a bit of a misnomer with some of the most anti-social sentiments one can think of being expressed online. When one considers the psychological effects of such online negativity, it is important to acknowledge its impact on both the writer and the reader. “Nice parking you f**king...

Happiness Is Living to Your Definition of Success

The concept of ‘success’ is much talked about in personal development, but defining the word, like achieving success itself, can prove both complex and elusive. Add ‘happiness’ to the equation and what started out as difficult problem can start to seem almost insoluble. As someone who coaches people in developing the ‘success mindset’, I believe...

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 –...

A Quick Way to Improve Your Decision Making

“I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure!” 🙂 It can often be difficult to make a decision and much time, even many opportunities, can be lost in an overlong decision-making process. However, a simple technique can help you make the right decision, fast! Put simply, when faced with two options, take a coin,...

Freedom of Mind – Mind Control & the Power of Suggestion

Do you see yourself as a ‘free thinker’? Would you know if you were being ‘brainwashed? Do you really know your own mind? I believe freedom of mind to be the core freedom that underpins nearly every other type – the ability to truly think for yourself. This means being aware of your conscious decisions but...

When Is the Best Time of Day to Meditate?

This is a question I’m often asked, either on its own, or as part of an enquiry into my own personal meditation routine.  It’s no secret that I have never found meditation easy (or even sitting still for that matter), nor I am attracted to the way a lot of meditation is taught. In my view, it is...

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...

How To Stop All or Nothing Thinking

‘All or nothing’ thinking is a thought process that often accompanies a range of issues that I help clients with in my clinical hypnotherapy practice, from anxiety to low self-esteem. Similarly, in my coaching work, this type of ‘unhealthy’ cognitive process can act as a barrier to a client making positive changes in their life or work. Once...

How to Identify and Overcome Limiting Beliefs

Anyone familiar with my work will know I believe that the re-shaping of a person’s identity and beliefs plays a significant part in helping them to make positive changes in their life. In this post I’m going to talk specifically about ‘limiting beliefs’ and how to work out which ones might be stopping you from realising your full potential. Firstly,...

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...