I have been nominated for a Pride of Bucks award

It is a great honour to have recently been nominated for a Pride of Bucks award. A previous client whom I worked with nominated me, prompting the headline in the Bucks Examiner of ‘Angel of God’. Very embarrassing and humbling in equal measures. My nomination is in the Community Champion category, and is decided by Continue reading »

Michael Mosley shows us that pessimism is a choice

Michael Mosley is one of the most useful makers of documentaries.  His one on weight loss made the health benefits of fasting twice a week so compelling that Bex and I have adopted it since January. With a strong  family history of diabetes it made sense,  and I found that combining it with listening to Continue reading »

Dealing with addiction

The sad news of the death of Amy Winehouse prompted these thoughts….. I work with addicts. I find there are two main areas that need to be worked on for recovery to occur and be sustained. The first is the physical addiction. Chemicals are a vital part of the brain’s operating system. Anything we add Continue reading »

How To Forget Fear

Negative emotions that are evoked by past memories can be removed, according to new research from the University of Amsterdam. Dr Merel Kindt discovered that administering a beta-blocker called propanolol while patients were thinking of a negative emotion caused the emotion to disappear when the memory was recalled later. The principle behind it is called Continue reading »

Children can imagine away pain

Research reported by the BBC Health website demonstrates how, with simple coaching of relaxation, children have been able to drastically improve pain by use of their imagination. The technique is well known to Cognitive Hypnotherapists who utilise the power of the mind and the imagination in many treatments. Adults develop a barrier that children do Continue reading »

Eating Blunts Pain

Chocolate activates a part of the brain that blunts pain and makes it difficult to stop eating. A study by the University of Chicago gave rats chocolate chips to eat while a heat source under their cage warmed its floor. Normally this would cause them to lift their paws, but while they ate their pain Continue reading »

Free will not an illusion?

In 1983 an experiment by Benjamin Libet seemed to indicate that our unconscious was responsible for behaviour that we attributed to our own free will. This isn’t something that we as humans take kindly to – after all, you’re in charge of your decisions, aren’t you? His experiment seemed to say no, so it will Continue reading »

Reconsolidation Theory and the Point of Therapy

Most of us have a sense of our own history, our successes, our failures, our ups and downs. Our memories form an intrinsic part of our self-identity; that elusive entity that helps to give us a feeling of coherence as we navigate through time. But how reliable is this sense of our past? Is who Continue reading »

Adult brains can change within seconds

A new report about to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience by scientists working at the Institute for Brain Research at MIT has established that our brains can alter in a matter of seconds. “Our study shows the stunning ability of the brain to adapt to moment-to-moment changes in experience even in adulthood.” states Continue reading »

We like those who are like us

It has long been a basic proposition of rapport building within Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) that people unconsciously trust those who are most like them. This has led to the idea of matching or mirroring other people’s physiology or modes of speech in order to build an unconscious positive connection. Done well, I’ve found that Continue reading »