Tips to beat exam stress

Well, it’s finally here – it’s exam time, and the period of maximum stress for students, but it’s not all bad news! If managed well, stress can actually be a positive force, and can help you improve your exam performance. It’s only when we let it overwhelm us that exam stress becomes a problem. Here are some tips to beat exam stress: Plan ahead: Write down your revision plan and allocate time for each subject, but leave some slack in […]

The Hypnotherapist on Ladykillers – Pest Detectives

Were you wondering who the Hypnotherapist on Ladykillers – Pest Detectives was? If you were watching BBC2 on Wednesday, you might have seen Sian – a young lady previously terrified of spiders overcome her phobia with a little help from me. So I’m now officially The Hypnotherapist on Ladykillers – Pest Detectives. There are some highlights here if you’d like to watch: Sian had been suffering from this really acute phobia for as long as she could remember, but she was determined […]

A Bribe To Help You Stop Smoking (If you’re pregnant that is)

£400 to stop smoking? On Thursday, Radio 4’s Today Programme ran a great story about the £400 bribe – sorry – “incentive” offered to pregnant mums-to-be to persuade them to stop smoking.   It seems the fact that smoking during pregnancy is likely to result in an underweight baby with many other health risks also attached is not quite enough. Amazing the power that the offer of a four hundred quid Argos voucher can wield. The study, which was led by […]

Fear of heights anyone?

Clearly these guys have no fear of heights… (I wonder if they’re afraid of spiders?)   An incredible climb up the “impossible” El Capitan rock face in California’s Yosemite National Park. (Some more amazing pictures and footage here.) We can only admire the courage and determination of anyone attempting something like this, and I’m sure they love the thrill and the challenge. But for them it may not be about bravery at all. After all, if there is no fear then then bravery is not required! There’s […]

‘The end of my snake phobia’

Even as a young child I was not very fond of snakes. I was definitely more of a cuddly animal  lover and not  a scaly slithery enthusiast as I was never very fond of the lizards or crocodiles either. Nevertheless I was not afraid to visit them at the zoo and frequently did so as my elder brother was very interested in snakes and always wanted to visit the snake house. The competition between us and the choice between the […]

Stress Management and Business

What’s so important about stress management and business? “Stress-related conditions are now the number one cause of staff absenteeism” According to a recent survey on work-related illness published by the Health and Safety Commission: Work-related stress, depression and anxiety were estimated to account for the loss of approximately 13 million working days per year in Britain. Absence from the workplace costs Britain’s businesses £11.6 billion a year which averages to around £500 per worker. Around 530,000 individuals in Britain believed they were […]

Negative Automatic Thoughts

In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Negative Automatic Thoughts (‘NATs’) are a type of thinking that exists within a more obvious stream of thoughts. They are brief and tend to appear suddenly, and can occur in verbal and/or visual form. NATs are usually accepted as true, without contemplation or appraisal. Thoughts related to personal problems are connected to particular emotions, depending on their content and meaning; and individuals are often more aware of these emotions than the NAT causing them.

Hypnotherapy and CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety in London

If you are experiencing uncomfortable feelings of excessive worry and concern without there being any apparent cause, then you maybe suffering from an Anxiety Disorder. Although feeling nervous is a normal emotion, such as that experienced before an exam or when making an important decision, extreme worry and anxiety may cause you to experiences unrealistic fears, which are inappropriate in relation to the given situation. An untreated anxiety disorder can interfere with normal life routines including work, social interactions and relationships. I […]

Choosing a Therapist

What you need to know when choosing a therapist: It is often very confusing for anyone choosing a therapist for Hypnotherapy & CBT Therapy in North London, City of London, South Woodford or Hertfordshire to know who to approach and who is likely to offer you the best help for your particular problem. To that end, I have compiled a list of questions that you should ask any therapist who you are considering going to see. Your wellbeing is precious! So whoever […]

CBT ‘Thinking Errors’ and Cognitive Distortions

What are CBT ‘Thinking Errors’ and Cognitive Distortions all about? According to the “cognitive model” as described in the CBT approach, it is the interpretation of an event that influences one’s emotional, behavioural, and physiological responses, not the event itself.  These interpretations are often expressed through what is termed in CBT as ‘automatic thoughts’. Although automatic thoughts seem to occur quite suddenly and almost unconsciously, one can learn to recognise them as they often follow a particular pattern.