Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Take the Fear Out of Flying

Victoria Ward | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

For many of us, the arrival of summer means excitedly counting the days until we down tools and set up the out-of-office before we head off to warmer shores for a fortnight in the sun. For those with a flying phobia, however, that dream holiday can become a nightmare plagued with anxiety and fear.

Better to Do It Than Live With the Fear of It

Trevor Silvester | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Silvester

Last year I jumped out of a plane. It was my biggest fear, and became my biggest thrill because, sitting three miles up with my feet dangling over the edge, I wasn't scared. At all. Nothing of what I feared about that moment came true. And I realised that it was never a fear of dying that had kept me from jumping, it was a fear of what people would think of me if I chickened out.

Anything More Than Nothing Is Something

Trevor Silvester | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Silvester

You can't negotiate with success. You either do what it requires, or it goes to someone else. Usually that's the person who doesn't care that they're tired, who starts earlier or works later, who turns off the TV, who sacrifices 'me time', who finds a way around every obstacle.

Creating a More Compelling Story of Your Life

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

My question to you today is, If you were to go through the stories that have made up your experience, what genre would you classify each of them as and is that classification helpful to you?

Here Be Dragons (Step Out of Your Comfort Zone)

Victoria Ward | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

What it doesn't see, is that while there may be dragons in the uncharted territory, so might there be lands filled with riches and opportunities. For the brave and the bold, those riches and opportunities are there for the taking, and with the right resources the dragons are there to be slain.

Feel the Fear, and Do It Because of It

Victoria Ward | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

I have been feeling a little disconnected of late. I'm self-employed, and as many people who work for themselves will understand, that can be quite isolating. Not being one to sit around wallowing in self-pity, I decided to create a collaborative events and coaching company with a friend.

Set Your Theme for 2016

Victoria Ward | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

I believe in the ability - the inevitability in fact - of people to change. Our brains are learning all the time. Learning, analysing, making sense, incorporating the new learning, creating new beliefs and thoughts then causing new behaviours.

Believe It or Not: How Your Beliefs Affect Your Happiness

Victoria Ward | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

Do you ever stop to question what you believe? Do you ever ask yourself why you believe it, or where that belief came from in the first place? Have you ever considered that it may be your beliefs that are causing you to feel anxious, unwell or unsatisfied?

You Are Not Your Thoughts!

Victoria Ward | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

You are not the thinker of your thoughts (that would be the lizard brain), you're the one who hears them. You're the one that's left when all the shitty thoughts about yourself that have been learned (incorrectly) along the way because of the life experiences your brain has been exposed to are stripped away.

Life Lessons From My Four-Year-Old. #1 Let It Go!

Victoria Ward | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

Somewhere along the way of growing up, we lose that special talent of not taking things personally and we get so serious about any little offence. We don't let other people off the hook with forgiveness easily, and we harbour ill feelings for a long, often unhealthy, amount of time.

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Everlasting Happiness?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

You get happy by creating something, experiencing connection, giving and receiving love, and by having the most fun it's possible to have being you. It isn't the moon you shoot for, it's the rocket you travel in.

The New Year Resolution Conundrum

James Rose | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK
James Rose

It's fast approaching that time of the year again of 'out with the old and in with the new'.  Well intended resolutions will be made (exercise more, improve diet, reduce tobacco, alcohol and caffeine consumption) which, statistics tell us, will likely fail...

Why It's So Important to Lean Into Your Fears

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

The job of our unconscious mind is to keep us safe and protected - to keep us out of the way of potentially life threatening situations. Fear in these situations is obviously very useful, but the trouble is that our minds often connect up what should actually be neutral situations to something it perceives is harmful to us.

There Really Can Be Beauty in a Mid-Life Crisis

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

What do you think when you hear the term mid-life crisis? A quick survey amongst a few of my friends and colleagues brought up, fast cars, affairs with 22 year olds, crisis and difficulties - quite a negative opinion.

E Cigarettes - A Trojan Horse for Young Smokers

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

After years of embarrassing climbdowns and admissions the tobacco industry appears to be cleaning up its act and selling something that will not actually harm you. Really?

Do You Have a Fear of Being Sick?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Emetophobia, the fear of being sick, is a very common problem and for many can make life a misery. Whether it is a restaurant or any public place or even another person being sick, the fear of being sick can severely restrict your social and professional life.

Toilet Anxiety- Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Fear of needing the toilet, being caught short, of not finding the loo in time is a fear that blights both men and women, young and old. Many hours are spent planning the next toilet stop or an aisle seat for easy access at theatres and cinemas, one eye on the nearest toilet all the time.

How to Beat Perfectionism... and be the Best!

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

For some perfectionism is an internal wasteland where all positives are ignored and life is like wading through treacle. For others perfectionism makes the outside world never enough and disappointment poisons most activities and relationships. Perfectionists walk a tightrope where impending disaster is held at bay with extreme effort.

Harness That Voice in Your Head to Make Your Body Lose Weight

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

I'm often asked about the conscious and unconscious minds - what they are and whether they really can work together to help people lose weight. Well first, what's the difference between the two parts of our minds?

Are You Addicted to 'Virtual' Approval?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

In this age of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. we are increasingly living our lives through the eyes (and comments) of other people. Have you ever stopped to think about how and what this means to you on a personal, emotional level? If someone 'Likes' your post does that give you a boost? Is your sense of self dependent on how many virtual 'friends' or re-tweets you have?

The Self-Esteem Trap- Don't Get Caught

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Most of us want more self-esteem. We want to feel better about ourselves in some way. Yet most of the ways we to try to build self-esteem is a trap... How we build our self-esteem is a tricky business if it relies on external validation.

Finding the Success in Rejection

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Without even thinking about how we are approaching life we often take the route that keeps us feeling secure and protected. Many people just keep things the way they are because they are familiar. Our brains like familiar - familiar feels safe.

Do You Believe You Can or Believe You Can't? Whichever It Is, You Are Right

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

How do your beliefs shape your experience of life? Are there areas where challenging those beliefs might help to shift things in a more positive direction for you? The great thing is that beliefs are just thoughts and we really do have the capacity to chose how we think.

Is 'All or Nothing' Thinking Bringing You Down?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

I often advise my clients to focus on the smallest of changes that they can make, as doing anything more than nothing is progress in the right direction. It's not the once in a while, big things that will create the biggest positive changes to your life, but a collection of little and often.

Okay, Time to 'Fess Up - How Many Diets Have You Tried?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Generally, if you're overweight, there's a reason for it, and it's not just as simple as not eating the cake, otherwise you'd have done it by now, right? People who've been on a diet are 'experts' in their field.