Mind-Matters Podcast #2: Tamsin Astor


This week started with an interview for my Mind-Matters Podcast and in this second epsiode I talk to Tamsin Astor PhD who talks about dealing with her youngest son being diagnosed at the age of just 2 with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, whihc is a cancer of the lymphatic system. She talks about the struggle to get… Read More

Changes In Treatment Approaches For PTSD


Below is an article taken from the APA website that I find extremely interesting and reassuring that the military is not restricting themselves to CBT and EMDR in treating serving personnel struggling with PTSD. A psychodynamic treatment for PTSD shows promise for soldiers March 2012, Vol 43, No. 3 Print version: page 11 PTSD While… Read More

Hypnosis and Childbirth


The following studies were conducted and highlight ways that hypnosis can be used and the clinical and scientific outcomes. Study 1: Hypnosis Allows for Less Medication and Less Labor Pains Hypnosis for Pain Relief in Labor And Childbirth: A Systematic Review. http://bja.oxfordjournals.org/content/93/4/505.full.pdf Results: Women who used hypnosis required significantly less pain medication. This study also found… Read More

Hypnosis and Fear of Dentists


Unsurprisingly for many of you, a fear of dentists and dental treatment is a very common phobia in the UK and elsewhere around the world. Almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist. 12% of these suffers from an extreme dental anxiety. Women are more likely to suffer from extreme dental anxiety than men.… Read More

Why We Are The Way We Are. The good and the bad of conditioned response.


It’s 4am and I’m awake again at the sound of the car door closing outside the window. My instincts are kicking in with my body and mind ready to respond in the blink of an eye and as I look around the room I realise I’m not in Baghdad or Kabul, Portharcourt or Baiji or… Read More

Mind-Body Health and Your Vagus Nerve


For me, being a therapist, counsellor or coach is just like being a good host at a dinner party, because a client is a guest in my practice and they have come because they need something from me that I can give them so I invite them in. If my guest is thirsty, I give… Read More

Life Design


For a long time I thought I was happy with my job, I was doing what I’d set to do in joining the Royal Marines. I worked with like-minded people, got paid to stay exceptionally fit, got fed four times a day and was provided with a roof over my head. The trade-off was that I… Read More

Hypnosis and Erectile Dysfunction


Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will have it to some degree. Why does erectile dysfunction happen? Erectile dysfunction can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological. Physical causes include:

Hypnosis and the Brain – Body Connection


I found this article on research at Stanford University School of Medicine that has identified three specific areas of the brain that are altered by hypnosis. It goes on to explain how effective hypnosis can be in using our minds to control our perception and our bodies and also, that there is a brain-body connection that helps the… Read More

A Day In the Life of a Dad With Combat Related PTSD


I have spoken to and worked with many serving military personnel and veterans with PTSD and have heard some horrific stories that match some of my own. I never ask for any content of stories and just allow them to tell me what they need to say out loud, in their own way. There are… Read More