Teenage Mental Health Crisis: How To Get Your Teen Back On Track

Teenage mental health issues have reached crisis point. Anxiety, depression, self-harming, and anger issues have all increased since the pandemic.

Traditional counselling, such as that offered in schools, is failing to make an impact on kids’ wellbeing. There’s been a rise in incidents of school violence, diagnoses of ADHD and autism, and the amount of kids who simply can’t cope with the school system any more.

Indeed, over the last few years I’ve seen a massive spike in the number of kids and teens suffering from anxiety disorders like OCD, panic attacks, and emetophobia (fear of being sick). Not to mention self harm and suicide ideation.

So what can hypnotherapy offer that school counselling or CBT can’t?

In this post we’ll explore the lasting impact the pandemic has had on teenage mental health and what can be done about it. We’ll also look at the emerging evidence that shows the impact of screen addiction and social media on teenage mental health. And we’ll look at ways hypnotherapy can be used to help kids and teens manage anger, anxiety, and depression to help them get their lives back on track.

But first, a personal story…

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Can AI Therapy Ever Replace a Human Therapist?

AI therapy seems to be all the rage. People the world over, especially teens and young adults, are pouring their hearts out to computer bots that somehow provide sound, therapeutic advice.

But can AI therapy really deliver the goods? Are the days of the traditional counsellor or psychotherapist at an end? As a hypnotherapist do I need to fear for my job?

In this post we’ll explore the differences between AI therapy and therapy with an actual human being and ask whether Articifial Intelligence can really help you feel better.

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Why Can’t I Concentrate? How to Combat Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder is on the rise. If you struggle to concentrate or focus your mind, or suffer from brain fog, you’re not alone. Millions of us are finding it more difficult to manage our attention mechanism.

In this post I’ll explore some of the reasons why we’re losing our ability to focus (and the problems this causes). And I’ll offer 5 ways you can combat Attention Deficit Disorder (in yourself or your kids) without having to resort to the use of powerful drugs.

It’s time to get with it!

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Healing Poetry: how the right poem can change your life

Can the words written or spoken by a poet lead to real healing and transformation? Does a poem have the capacity to change something deep within? What actually happens when we fully engage with a poem?

In a recent therapy session with a client I was reminded of the healing power of poetry.

She arrived with a printed copy of the poem and read it to me with tears in her eyes. In just a few lines, the poem had captured where she was at in her life…and where she hoped to get to.

In this post we’ll look at how certain poetry has the capacity to touch and transform us at the core of our being.


How To Help Your Kids Overcome Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety disorder (or SAD for short) seems to be on the increase.

The pandemic seems to have raised general stress levels, no matter your demographic. We cling to a place of safety and security and what better place than at home with the people we love?

In this post I want to explore separation anxiety in children and teens and look at some of the things we can do as parents to help our kids develop independence and confidently enter the Big Wide World.


What Is The Best Treatment For Phobias?

What is the best treatment for phobias? If you suffer from fear of flying, are terrified of spiders, or panic at the sight of wasps, cats or dogs, this blog post will help you find the best course of action to take.

There are over 300 recognised different phobias and in this post we’ll look at the best treatment for phobias, from medication to CBT and hypnotherapy.

Find out which is the best way to help you get your phobia under control and start to live a more normal life again…


The Power of Story: how personal myths hold you captive or can set you free

What is your personal myth? What is the story you live your life by? Is it time for a better life script?

In a personal therapy session several years ago, I became all too aware of the power of story.

I remembered a story my mother had told me as a child. When I recounted this to my therapist, she looked me right in the eyes and said, “Your whole life is in that story…it might be time for a better version!”

I realised there and then that I had to change this ‘inner script’ that had governed my life since I was about 4 years old. So I went away and got to work.

And as the story changed, my life in the real world changed too. I’ll share that story with you in this post; how it had shaped my life and how – by changing it – I was able to break free.

So, let’s dive into the power of story and find out how stories can hold us captive or set us free.


From Midlife Crisis To Opportunity: how to stay sane when your world falls apart

Are you going through a midlife crisis? Have you reached a stage in life where you’re beginning to question everything?

Does it feel as if your life is falling apart – or is about to?

From our mid thirties onwards, things begin to change. We start wondering about our career path, our relationships, life itself.

We begin to contemplate the ‘Big Questions of Life’: who am I? What is life all about? What gives my life meaning? Does my life have a purpose? Is this all there is?

In this blog post I’d like to share some of the things that have helped me journey through my middle years.

I hope some of what I say can help you if you’re going through what feels like a midlife crisis. Trust me, something good can emerge from the rubble…


The 8 Types of Love – how to find out which type of love rules your life

According to the Ancient Greeks, us humans have the capacity to experience 8 types of love.

Think of it this way: Does eroticism play a central part in your relationships? Do you long for romance? What about the platonic love between friends and companions? And how about obsessive love?

In this post I’d like to explore this time-honoured wisdom to help you identify the main types of love in your life. I’ll include links to some of my favourite books on the topic which you might like to research. (1)

Let us delve into the world of passion, romance, and eroticism and figure out which of the 8 types of love dominate your life…


Hypnosis – The Glue That Makes New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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Do you struggle sticking to New Year’s Resolutions? Have you given up even making any resolutions because you’ve always failed in the past? Have you thought about finding out if hypnosis might make all the difference?

Why is it that we start the New Year so fired up, bursting with motivation to take action toward the things we’d like to achieve, only for our enthusiasm to dissipate within a few days (or weeks if we’re lucky)?

In this blog post I’d like to delve a little way into the psychology of goal setting and how hypnosis plays a pivotal role in helping you stick to your intentions – New Year or otherwise.