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On this page I’ve put up several self-help articles I’ve written over the years, some of which I’ve used as ‘handouts’ for my clients.

I’ll be publishing more of these over the coming months so please bookmark this page or subscribe to my mailing list and be the first to know when new content is published.

Each article talks of various ways to create lasting change in your life, whether you’re suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction or trauma.

I hope you enjoy reading them and putting some of the ideas into practice.

5 Hypnosis Myths Exploded

Let’s start off with something really important – undoing the misconceptions about hypnosis.

We’ve all seen Paul McKenna on TV getting people to do ridiculous things on the stage. How does that happen? Does he really have total control over people’s minds?

Discovering the truth about hypnosis – and then learning how to use it – is one of the best self-help methods you could practise.

Read about the 5 Biggest Hypnosis Myths that need exploding

Zen Breathing – an ancient technique to help calm your emotions

If your emotions are out of control and causing havoc in your life, this article introduces you to an ancient method passed down from the days of the Buddha.

It’s changed the lives of hundreds of people I’ve personally worked with over the years and can be seen as a vital first step to regaining some control over the way you feel.

Read more about Zen Breathing

Curing Depression – using holistic hypnotherapy

Depression is a trance state – a state of locked attention.

This article looks at how a holistic approach using hypno-psychotherapy can help you climb up and out of depression, low mood and feelings of dysphoria.

I’ll explain why depression is often accompanied by sleep problems and a lack of motivation and why we need to address all aspects of life – physical, mental, societal, and spiritual – if you want to feel better in the long term.

Read more about curing depression with hypnotherapy

Freedom from Addiction – how hypnosis can help you

Whether your addiction is drink, drugs, gambling, porn, shopping, sex, or anything else, this article will help you understand what drives addiction and points to some of the ways you can break free.

It explains how addiction distorts your perception of reality, fails to give you what you’re really seeking, and speaks of a powerful way to re-program your subconscious mind through the use of hypnosis.

Read more about how hypnosis can free you from addiction

Being Fully Human- meeting your emotional and spiritual needs

If you’d come to me in my early years as a hypnotherapist, chances are I’d see you to stop smoking, lose weight, break a bad habit, boost your confidence or overcome a phobia.

The focus was on solving your problems and that would be the end of the matter. But as the years have passed, I’ve realised that treating symptoms is only half the story.

For lasting change we must address something deeper, something at the core of your being – the need for meaning, belonging, purpose and connection.

Once emotional and spiritual needs are met problems tend to melt away.

Read the full article on emotional and spiritual needs

Trance Phenomena – understanding unconscious behaviours

I’m often asked, “What exactly is a trance?” Or, “What am I likely to experience when I’m in hypnosis?

What most people don’t realise is that hypnosis and trance are every-day occurrances; we drift in and out of trance states all day (and at night when we dream). 

Nearly all emotional and psychological issues involve trance.

This self-help article looks specifically at the types of phenomena you’re likely to experience in problem trances such as dissociation, daydreaming, amnesia, regression, progression, hallucinations and the like.

The good news is that you don’t have to keep experiencing such things.

Read more about trance phenomena and what happens in hypnosis

The Fatal Flaw in CBT – why it goes against nature

If you’ve seen your doctor for anxiety, depression or a whole host of other psychological issues, chances are you’ve either been given medication or put on a waiting list to attend a well-being clinic. 

You might have been offered a course in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in the hope that by changing your thinking you’ll start to feel better.  

In the full article I point out why this is a hopeless idea. You can’t just think yourself better. If it were that easy there would be no depression in the world and I, along with thousands of other therapists, would be out of business!

Find out why CBT is wrong

The Hero’s Journey – answering the call of life

Joseph Campbell’s idea of the mono-myth – The Hero’s Journey – helped me enormously in my midlife transition some years ago. It has remained a ‘guiding princicple’ to this day.

This article explains Campbell’s idea and provides you with a powerful psychological framework to help you become the hero of your own life by answering the call to adventure and life itself.

It’s time to step out of your comfort zone!

Find out about The Hero’s Journey and regain control of your life

The Mystical State of Oneness – the ultimate healing experience

It might seem a bit strange to hear of a hypnotherapist talking about ‘mysticism’.

But what I’ve noticed over the last several years is that my work has become more ‘spiritual’. By that I mean I’m helping more and more people to find a deeper meaning in their lives and connect up to a bigger reality.

What I’m referring to here is expanding your consciousness, to help you out of the narrow perceptions of the ego (our bundles of conditioned responses) and into a more enlightened way of being in the world.

In this article I’ll give you my take on Oneness and tell you about my personal awakening experience

I’ll be putting more self-help articles on here over the next few months as I share my near 20 years’ professional experience in the field of personal transformation and evolution.

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