Simple steps to managing your emotional state

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A big challenge for many people is the management of their emotional state. This can be even harder in challenging situations. How you deal with such challenges will probably depend a lot on your early experiences and influences. How we are raised, whether we’re encouraged or criticised, will impact on our ability to remain calm and positive under pressure. How we respond to situations will depend on our resourcefulness and flexibility. Naturally this ability is important in both personal and professional arenas. (more…)

Getting your ACT together – at the NCH Annual Conference

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Principal of UK College / Central England College, Nick Cooke has been invited to be a presenter at the 2017 annual conference of The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), being held in London at the Royal College of Medicine on Saturday 24th June 2017. His topic is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is the first time that this important topic has been presented at any hypnotherapy conference and Nick will be illustrating it with some role play demonstrations as well as some video clips of ACT in practice. (more…)

Anxiety: triggers and treatments

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by Lorraine McReight

Most people have experienced anxiety at one time or another. Often it will be fleeting; worrying about a disciplinary meeting with a boss, waiting for hospital test results or getting stuck in traffic on the way to catch a plane. In these situations, many people will become stressed and anxious, but this will pass after the anxiety provoking event has passed. For others anxieties may have been present for a very long time, and have been developed as a protection device. (more…)

Why is clinical supervision important?

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by Nick Cooke

Is supervision a necessary evil – a bit of a nuisance that we just have to do in order to maintain professional memberships or, is it something of real value that can enhance our effectiveness as a practitioner through becoming more reflective and focussed on what we are doing in our work? All practitioners of mainstream talking therapies, whether that’s hypnotherapy, counselling, CBT, clinical psychology etc., are required to have supervision, so it’s not just hypnotherapists who are singled out. (more…)

Why friends are not the answer

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by Lorraine McReight

If you have ever visited a hypnotherapist you probably knew what you wanted to achieve. But how did you anticipate achieving this? Did you expect your mind to be re-programmed by a magician-like therapist? If so, this expectation may have been formed as a result of seeing a stage or TV hypnotist. The chances are that it became clear during the course of your therapy that the practitioner you consulted was a facilitator rather than a magician. A hypnotherapist will do their best to help their client to change, but as a client you need to be involved and engaged in the process. (more…)

Removing obstacles to your success

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by Lorraine McReight

Why is it that when you seek perfection, you often fail to achieve the aim you had in mind? Why is it that you can’t quite reach your desired goals? What’s stopping you? Have you taken a moment to pause, to think about your situation and actions? Could it be that experiences stored as memories in your unconscious mind are holding you back? (more…)

Hypnosis for sports performance

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by Lorraine McReight

Large numbers of people enjoy watching and taking part in sport and every weekend pubs and parks are full of those who want to enjoy the experience with others. Of those who prefer to ‘do’ rather than ‘see’, some choose sport as a way of keeping fit, whilst others take it much more seriously. All sport requires mental focus, but success in individual sports such as golf or tennis is probably more reliant on competitors having a positive mental attitude. (more…)

Milton Erickson

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by Lorraine McReight

Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist, psychologist and hypnotist (the American term for hypnotherapist). Born in 1901, Erickson specialised in medical hypnosis and family therapy. In 1957 he founded the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) which still exists today. He was also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychopathological Association. Erickson is considered by many to be the father of modern hypnotherapy. (more…)

Hypnotherapy approaches – contrasting styles

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by Lorraine McReight

Hypnotherapy is therapy which involves hypnosis, and a session may also involve other therapeutic skills and techniques, such as coaching, counselling and psychotherapy. Hypnosis can be induced in many different ways and a therapist will usually select a method of hypnosis induction to suit their client. Once in hypnosis the therapist will choose how to deliver the content of the session – the part of the process designed to bring about change. There are a wide range of styles and techniques that can be employed for this, but they fall into two main approaches; direct and indirect hypnosis. (more…)