Pain Management

The management of chronic pain can require such a multi-disciplinary approach that many hospitals now have Pain Management Clinics.  Often there is no cure for chronic pain so the goal is to lower the pain so that it becomes bearable and has less of a negative impact on the individual’s life.  Chronic pain is debilitating […]

An orange cannot be an apple!

  In a world which is seemingly obsessed with positive thinking, positive action and success we can feel like failures as people if we experience sadness, a dead end in our plans or a broken relationship.  People are neither simply successful nor failures. It is our actions, behaviors and judgements which are central to a […]

Winning starts with winning words

  The impact of how we think and what we allow ourselves to focus on has been highlighted during this World Cup as we’ve witnessed some of the giants (Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal) knocked out by teams from countries without such a successful World Cup history. The England sports psychologist, in preparation for a […]

Chasing the cure on the outside

It’s human nature to want to find a ‘cure’ as quickly as possible and due to the advances in science and medicine we naively hope there is a cure for everything but sadly this is not  always the reality.   Not only is there not a cure for everything but there are some conditions for […]

Your ability to self-soothe

  Life brings us all challenges. Sometimes these challenges are in our relationships, our family, our careers, our finances, our health; sometimes the challenges stimulate us, sometimes they knock us over and rock the foundations of our world like a runaway train with a pain that is so unbearable we doubt we will ever enjoy […]

Empty your bucket!

Why self-care is essential even when life is going well We’ve all had experiences of realising self-care is vital when life is challenging; we try to get more sleep, eat better food, fit in some exercise, maybe have some therapy etc. but often as our challenges subside or are resolved we believe that we can […]

Habits and the fork in the road

As a hypnotherapist and coach for the last 15 years I have seen many clients who want to break a negative habit. Negative habits such as smoking, binge drinking, binge eating and negative thinking are all created through repetition and on a chemical level they bring comfort and reward no matter how ‘negative’ they might […]

Simply back to basics

  None of us can escape stress in life and it comes in many forms, emotional, financial, family problems with our children and ageing parents etc. Stress can be overwhelming and the overwhelm is increased when we place unrealistic expectations on ourselves by thinking we can deal with any stress whilst also continuing to manage […]