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Monday, 18 December 2017

Why a therapist is not just for Christmas!

As those who know me best will confirm, I've been 'involved' with dogs since my mid teens. Over the years I've competed, judged, taught and lived with quite a few.

A well known dog charity has a slogan about a dog being for life and not just for Christmas. So could the same be said about therapists?

Monday, 20 November 2017

Making your therapy practice autism friendly

I think it was Temple Grandin (one of the first people to share her experience of having autism publicly) who suggested that living with Asperger's Syndrome was like living in a world where everyone else speaks Shakespearean English. You get the gist of things, and you pick up enough to get by, but you also know there's a lot you are missing that everyone else seems to understand. So just pause, and think for a moment what that would be like.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Seven essential study skills for hypnotherapy students

So the first excitement is over - you've applied to the hypnotherapy school of your choice, been accepted and attended your first class, and now the reality hits. You’re looking at your first piece of homework for maybe 20 years and wondering what you've let yourself in for..

Even if you’ve studied more recently, our top tips will help you make the most of your training.

Monday, 18 September 2017

What should I ask in my intake session?

Structuring a therapy session - especially a first one - is a problem for many new therapists, and some not so new. We know we need to collect quite a bit of information, but there is often very little structure taught as to how to do this. Lots of good stuff about clean language, open questions etc, but not so much on what to actually ask.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Therapists - should you specialise?

Students often ask - usually towards the end of their training - whether it’s a good idea to specialise in some way. So, as Max Bygraves used to say, I wanna tell you a story…

My Mum recently had occasion to consult a solicitor. Nothing earth shattering, just for basic advice on wills after a change in circumstances. A firm we found said they offered 'legal advice for the elderly'. Sounds good, right? The guy she saw was friendly and helpful, everything was fine. (Bear with me, the therapy part is coming soon. Perhaps this is more like Ronnie Corbett than Max Bygraves.)

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ten things you need to know about silence in therapy

We talk a lot about communication skills in therapy, but one which tends to take a back seat is silence. Not the kind of exaggerated silence you get from the mime on the right there, but the different and subtle ways in which silence itself can be a form of communication between you and your client.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Therapeutic Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is used to describe another to bring attention to the elements they have in common. For example, describing life as a 'roller coaster' makes a parallel between the physical ups and downs of the ride and the emotional ones of life in general.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Love Languages and Relationships

Do you help clients, either as individuals or in couples, who struggle to maintain relationships? It may be that the reason for this is because they and their partners are speaking different languages, at least in emotional terms. John Covell will take you through the concept of love languages, which can help your clients understand their own needs and the needs of others, and to communicate more effectively with romantic partners.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Pick and Mix Therapies!

Of course, hypnotherapy is an excellent solution to a lot of different issues, but some therapists believe that combining hypnosis with other approaches makes a powerful tool that can help clients even more effectively, or help clients for whom hypnotherapy alone might not be the right approach. Here, three of them talk about their experiences and the therapies they throw into the mix.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Guidance on copyright for therapists

First I'd like to say I have no objection to someone who intentionally steals an image or other material being sued. That's committing a crime, and you shouldn't do it. The problem is that if you use copyrighted material, even if you don’t know it’s copyright and have used it in good faith, you have still committed a crime in the eyes of the law.

Monday, 20 February 2017

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Intelligence is a thorny topic. What is it exactly?

Most of us believe we know it when we see it, but measuring or quantifying it has proved a challenge to say the least. IQ scores can be affected by culture, up-bringing, thinking styles (are you creative or analytical, for example) and many other factors. And now we have 'emotional intelligence' in the news. So what is it and can it help us work with our clients?

Monday, 23 January 2017

How to write up your client notes

Having never thought very much about this topic in a formal way before, I have been asked for advice on it several times recently. Whether this is serendipity, fate or just plain old coincidence I thought it would make the subject of a good blog.