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Looking after your mental health

What really is depression? There are so many levels of what might be termed depression. Who hasn't got up in the morning and looked out to a grey sky and rain, and felt a bit depressed? Sun and blue sky makes us feel better straight away. That's just feeling a bit down in the dumps, but something happens and then we feel better. The next level of depression could be when we are experiencing severe anxiety, and we have not found a solution to our problems. We might go on for some time feeling miserable. Nothing makes us feel better. We [...]

Warning – the side effects of hypnotherapy

If you’ve ever thought about visiting a hypnotherapist, you may have wondered about the possible side effects of hypnotherapy. Most of the drugs we take have side effects which need to be understood. Hopefully the side effects are more than compensated for by the positive effects of the drug. So what are the positive side effects of hypnotherapy? During hypnosis, sometimes people: feel a lightness or heaviness feel a tingling or dissociation from the body laughing These are all normal effects which show that the therapy is working. Most of the time you will just feel relaxed and in a [...]

Past Life Regression

Do you believe in past life regression? For some people they do believe they have lived before. Whether it’s a feeling of deja vu or experiencing a connection with places or people, it feels like they have lived before this life. Sceptics might say that people who believe in a past life are not fulfilled in this life, and perhaps it gives them a sense of purpose to think they have lived before. That they are making it up like a story that they would have liked to have lived. Perhaps whoever they have been in another life was important, [...]

Is it easy to have a career as a hypnotherapist?

  The answer to whether it is easy to have a career as a hypnotherapist is no. Some training providers, through their clever advertising, would have you believe it is. They will tempt you with how much you could make per hour, and even more cleverly forget to mention that it takes hard work to make a career as a successful therapist. These providers will lure you in with false claims just to get your money. Some people fall for this because maybe they are fed up with the job they have, and have dreams of helping people. There is [...]

What do you need to give up?

What do you need to give up? Do you often think you should be giving up something? Often you might think of giving up certain foods, or giving up eating too much. Sometimes overeating can be a symptom of other issues that could be going on in your life. Examples could be conflict either in work, with family or friends. When we feel stressed, or unable to deal with the conflict, or even be forced to continue relationships with those people you would rather give up. Many people say when they end a relationship they feel a huge release. They have [...]

What happens when you complete the course?

Many newly qualified therapists wonder what happens when you complete the course and can feel a lack of confidence when starting their new practice. They are concerned that they may not remember all the things they have learned. It’s particularly true if you are learning hypnotherapy and NLP at the same time. That is, if you are learning a recognised NLP course and not just a few techniques that have been included in a hypnotherapy course. There is a lot to remember and recall when undertaking a professionally accredited NLP course. It’s best to take one step at a time, [...]

How long does it take to train?

You may be wondering how long it takes to train to become a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. The answer is you never stop learning and training. To begin the foundation course, it takes ten months of constant studying , and of course to practice with as many volunteers as you can find. There are training providers that offer all kinds of training in a short space of time. You cannot possibly learn to be a psychotherapist, counsellor, hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner, and maybe other skills, all in ten months. You need to learn just hypnotherapy and NLP to begin with [...]

Choosing a new career

What makes people think about choosing a new career or changing direction? It might be a feeling of being unfulfilled in their present job, or just knowing that they could be doing something more useful with their lives. I know for me it was both of those things. Up until the age of 50, I was never happy in any of the jobs I was in. From being an area manager, to owning my own business, there was always something missing. As I did not know what was missing, I never looked to find out what it was. Just continued [...]

The Law of Reciprocity

The law of reciprocity means that when someone does something nice to you, you feel compelled to do something nice in return. For example, someone holds a door open for you, and you feel compelled to say thank you and smile. Yes, this is also good manners too, but for most of us feel that we want to say thank you as someone has done something nice. If someone gives us a gift out of the blue, we might feel compelled to think of something we can give them in return. Obviously there are takers in life who take everything [...]

The Law of Attraction

The law of attraction is the belief that people and their thoughts are made from energy. People can improve their lives in so many ways by attracting energy.  Have you ever considered how this could work? Or heard people saying things like, 'Put it out to the Universe if you want something’? It doesn’t work quite like that though. Just saying that you want something does not necessarily mean you will get it. If it were true, we would all be extremely healthy and be millionaires.  So there are requirements that need some energy from us before we can genuinely [...]