The Thing About Burnout

When a flame runs out of oxygen or fuel, it goes out. Burnout is perhaps a misleading term for the condition afflicting 76% of employees. You see in humans the flame never quite goes out, it just painfully keeps flickering. Performance reduces, sleep becomes...

Help

This year reminds me of the Greek myth about Zeus creating a jar filled with all the evils of the world. Part of an act of vengeance, the jar was given to someone called Pandora who opened it and loosed those evils upon humankind before being able to shut it again. It...

Being Present

It is said that 50% of our thinking time is spent considering anything but the present. Think about that. Half the time we are thinking about the past or what comes next. It is interesting when you think that we have no real control over either of those things: we...

How are you coping?

Recent events around the world have brought some of our anxieties and fragility into focus quite a bit. We are all coping with change in one way or another and some of us sadly are coping with loss: loss of a loved one, of a job, a home, a relationship or a sense of...

4 common myths about hypnotherapy

1. It’s like a magic wand This is by far the more common misconception I come across with clients and potential clients alike: ‘you (the therapist) will do some hocus pocus that will fix me’. Er nope. Like anything you want to change in your life, you are the one to...

Learning a language

One of the few benefits to be had from an absence of social and cultural distractions is the time to develop new interests and skills. I have taken the lock-down opportunity to learn a language and have been doing quite well. Before all you German speakers start...

The things a crisis can teach you

That we behave in unexpected ways Who of us would ordinarily hang out of our living room window or stand on the doorstep and clap on a Thursday evening for the efforts of people we will never meet? When would we go out of our way to avoid others? Perhaps panic buying...

What is Hypnotherapy?

Perhaps the most frequently asked question for a hypnotherapist is ‘what does hypnosis involve?’ If I was to judge what the second most asked question is I would say it is: ‘what does a typical hypnotherapy session involve?’ Well first of all there is no such thing as...

Time

‘Time and tide wait for no man’ wrote Geoffrey Chaucer in 1395. Busy people can attest to that. What Geoff probably didn’t realise is that we can change our perception of time, which can make all the difference in the world to our anxiety and stress levels. One of the...

Walls Beyond Walls

On a recent trip to Berlin I explored the Bernauer Straße area where some of the wall that once divided the city is preserved together with a memorial to its victims. For this blog we will leave to one side the elaborate ways people have to justify their cruelty and...