Deep Relaxation and Calm – A Free Recording

Easter is approaching and while I would love to give each and every one of my past and present clients an Easter egg, that is not practicable!  So instead I thought I would give a different gift,  a new 50 minute Deep Relaxation and Calm recording.  I hope people find it useful and it is something which can be used over and over again to boost calmness, confidence and resilience (and more besides!).

Click here to download the recording.

Please note that I will make this post,  and thus the download link, available until the end of April before then delete it on 1 May. So in addition to my past and present clients, in that time other visitors to my website will be free to download it.

I hope everyone who uses the recording finds it helpful and please do remember it is an eyes closed process, so not to be listened to whilst driving or operating a chainsaw!

Happy Easter!


Sleep Myths That Are Damaging To Health

A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s sleep. Then, in a study recently published in the journal Sleep Health, they matched the claims to the best scientific evidence.

They hope that dispelling sleep myths will improve people’s physical and mental health and well-being.

So, how many of the 6 myths below are you guilty of?

Myth 1 – You can cope on less than five hours’ sleep

Myth 2 – Alcohol before bed boosts your sleep

Myth 3 – Watching TV in bed helps you relax

Myth 4 – If you’re struggling to sleep, stay in bed

Myth 5 – Hitting the snooze button (the notion that an extra few minutes in bed makes all the difference!)

Myth 6 – Snoring is always harmless

To read more about each myth and the researchers findings, see this post on the BBC website here

And of course if you have sleep problems which you want to overcome, just give me a call on 07976 701223 or email

The Truth About Stress – How Stress Affects Your Body

For anyone who wants to know more about stress this super animation, which is just 90 seconds long, gives a good explanation of the impact of stress on the body. To watch the video click here

This animation was produced to accompany the BBC programme called The Truth About Stress in 2018  and if you are interested in this hour long show, you can find this on  BBC iPlayer here

Are you ready to break up with your phone?

Good article on the BBC website recently entitled ‘Are you ready to break up with your phone?’

It included some top tips from Catherine Price who wrote the book How To Break Up With Your Phone after having a baby and realising one day that the baby was watching her and she was watching her mobile!

“Breaking up with your phone does not mean dumping your phone or throwing it under a bus, it just means taking a step back to create a relationship that is actually good for you. It’s becoming friends with your phone.”

“I realised I didn’t want that to be her impression of a human relationship, but I also didn’t want it to be the way that I was living my own life,” she said.

In her book, Ms Price lists a 30-day plan to reclaim this “friendship”. Her top tips include:

  • Turn off all the notifications you can bear to. Just leave the ones you actually want; for me that is phone calls and text messages because they are real people trying to contact me, in particular, in real time – plus my calendar and maps
  • rearrange your home screen so that it only contains apps that have a practical purpose that are not tempting. Your home screen should not have email, or social media, or the news or a dating app, or games. Put them into a folder on an interior page so you can’t see their icons, you have to actively open them
  • Get your phone out of your bedroom. You will need to have something on your bedside table that takes the place of the phone… like a book. When you go to reach for that phone you will encounter the book instead
  • Get a standalone alarm clock. If your phone is your alarm clock you are guaranteeing that your phone will be the first thing you interact with in the morning
  • There is a plug-in called Facebook Demetricator, which stops you seeing you how many times your post has been “liked”. You still may go back to see that people have liked your post, but you’re not going to be checking compulsively to see when 17 gets to 20 and 25 gets to 30 – it can help break that habit.

Rise in anxiety and depression in teenagers – is there a link to use of Smartphones?

I, like many other parents of teenage children, have been concerned for some time about the addictive nature of modern technology, especially smartphones and social media apps, and the impact on the emotional and mental well being of young people. A look around any restaurant or public place will show that many adults also appear addicted to their smartphones to the exclusion of the people and the world around them but the impact on young people is, to me at least, especially worrying. This is why I have developed my new approach to the treatment of technology addiction using hypnosis.

This article in The Economist(USA edition) published in 2017 makes interesting reading for anyone who shares my concerns about Smartphone use. It shows there is no definitive causative proof as yet but the scientific evidence is growing to support anecdotal evidence and our own everyday experience of Smartphone use by people around us.

Primary school brings in hypnotherapist to help pupils relax for tests

A report in the Daily Telegraph last month tells how Holmer Lake Primary School in Telford, Shropshire called in a hypnotherapist to help Year 6 pupils deal with the pressures of SATs.   The children were taught breathing and other techniques and the head teacher said that it has helped pupils to achieve record SATs results as well as enabling the children to feel happier, calmer and much more self-confident too. If only schools in Sheffield and elsewhere were so enlightened!  I still fervently hope and dream that one day all children are taught from an early age how to use their mind well, boost their ability to learn and be happy and prevent problems such as anxiety, low self esteem and lack of self confidence from occurring in the first place.

Why Stress Makes You Fat

An interesting and useful article by Dr Michael Mosley in January  In my experience, people who come to me for weight loss often have anxiety, stress and issues and of course hypnotherapy treatment then must also involve addressing these unmet needs as well as changing eating habits.  Impact of poor sleep is more significant than most people recognise.




Daily Mail – Hypnotherapy is helping to beat my chronic insomnia (after YEARS of sleepless nights)

Not that it is a paper that I personally would choose to read but journalist Bel Mooney describes how after trying different insomnia treatments over her long years as an insomniac, hypnotherapy has made the difference.  A useful read for anyone who is wondering if hypnotherapy could help with their own sleepless nights. Overcoming insomnia is not as hopeless as it might seem.

Why is hypnotherapy so effective in helping someone to stop smoking?

I recently came across this  online: E-cigarette explosion sets man on fire (ABC News)    Little wonder  there are increasing calls for safety warnings after ‘exploding’ e-cigarette chargers cause more than 100 fires around the world. There have been more and more news stories recently about e-cigarettes seriously harming those who use them by exploding to say nothing of the long term, as yet unknown health risks of vaping.

But what these stories mask is the truth that E-cigarettes are just the latest in a long line of products that take advantage of the fact that smokers are desperate to quit – in fact, a 2011 study from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed: 70% of smokers want to quit…….56% tried to quit……But only a paltry 6% managed to quit!

Why is that? I think it’s because the options available – going cold turkey, nicotine gum and patches, e-cigarettes – all share the same fundamental flaw, one that as a hypnotherapist I am very much aware of. The problem is none of them address where addiction really lies – the unconscious mind!

Influencing the unconscious mind for the better is what hypnotherapy is all about. That’s why I know that instead of buying expensive and sometimes explosive products in an attempt to quit, a smoker could visit me and quickly untangle the desire to smoke from their unconscious – freeing them to live a healthier, wealthier, longer life.

Want to stop being addicted to nicotine? My stop smoking hypnotherapy service now costs just £150.