Want to take personal responsibility for your wellbeing? On this page are 9 self-help articles I’ve written to kick-start your transformation and boost your mental health.
You’ll find out how to control anxiety, how to conquer addiction, how to climb out of depression, and how to identify the stressors that may have caused the problem in the first place.
Plus we’ll explore the myths about hypnosis and learn what actually happens in trance, find out why CBT often fails (and how hypnotherapy is different) and I’ll share my personal experience of the mystical state of oneness.
Each self-help article highlights the various ways you can begin to create lasting change in your life.
I hope you enjoy reading the articles, putting some of the ideas into practice…and reaping the rewards.
9 Ways You Can Start Feeling Better Today
- 5 Hypnosis Myths Exploded
- Zen Breathing – an ancient technique to help calm your emotions
- Curing Depression – using holistic hypnotherapy
- Freedom from Addiction – how hypnosis can help you
- Being Fully Human- how to meet your emotional and spiritual needs
- Trance Phenomena – what happens in hypnosis?
- The Fatal Flaw in CBT – why it goes against nature
- The Hero’s Journey – answering the call to adventure
- The Mystical State of Oneness – the ultimate healing experience
5 Hypnosis Myths Exploded
Let’s start off with something really important – undoing the misconceptions about hypnosis.
We’ve all seen Paul McKenna or Derren Brown getting people to do some amazing (or ridiculous) things on stage. How does that happen? Can a hypnotist control people’s minds and behaviours?
Discovering the truth about hypnosis – and then learning how to use it – is one of the best self-help methods you could learn.
Read the 5 Biggest Hypnosis Myths that Need Exploding (with a FREE video course)
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.
This breathing technique is simple to do and you can start feeling better within minutes.
Curing Depression – using holistic hypnotherapy
Depression is a trance state – a state of locked attention.
This article looks at how a holistic approach can help you identify what’s triggering the depression and help you climb up and out of the 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.
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.
Being Fully Human- how to meet 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.
Trance Phenomena – what happens in hypnosis?
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, amnesia, regression, and hallucinations.
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!
The Hero’s Journey – answering the call to adventure
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 principle 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!
The Mystical State of Oneness – the ultimate healing experience
It might seem a bit strange to hear of a hypnotherapist talking about ‘mysticism’. But why not? Hypnosis is about an altered state of consciousness. And that’s what mysticism is…
What I’ve noticed over the last several years is that I’m now offering what might be termed ‘spiritual hypnotherapy’. 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 thought processes and reactions to life) and into a more ‘enlightened’ way of being in the world.
If you’re interested in self-development, check out the online courses in subjects such as self-esteem, assertiveness, public speaking, relationship insecurity, social anxiety and lots more.
And remember to take a look at my Top 10 Hypnosis Recordings for mind-body healing and transformation, some of which are free to download.
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