Conquer Exam Stress

This months blog is to support all the parents and carers of teens in exam time. 

Read it and share it with your kids and anyone else you feel it may help or support. 

I have many teens on a weekly basis who come to my clinic for support with stress and anxiety, from social anxiety to doing their driving test and many come feeling pressures of school and exams.

The mere mention of the word can send shivers down the spines of even the most confident teenagers.

 As a solution-focused hypnotherapist, I feel this is a poignant time to share some top tips and shed some light on how hypnotherapy can be their secret weapon in conquering exam stress. 

 First things first, let’s tackle the beast head-on. Exam stress is that polar bear feeling that creeps up when they least expect it. It’s that feeling of butterflies in the stomach, the racing thoughts, and the overwhelming pressure to perform so  we just need to remind our teens that they have way more power than they give themselves credit for! 

No 1. Breathe…

When stress starts to rear its ugly head,in the form of a polar bear or a monster or whatever it is our teens feel they’re dealing with, tell them to take a moment and  to breathe deeply. 

To inhale for four counts, hold for four, and exhale for four.

 Repeat this a few times, and watch as the body and mind start to relax. 

(parent or carer, you do this too).

 No 2 Break it Down…

 Don’t let the enormity of exams overwhelm them. Break the study sessions into manageable chunks and focus on one topic at a time. 

This will help prevent that feeling of being buried under a mountain of textbooks, especially if they really don’t connect with their teacher or subject. Remind them that they just need to get through it, they don’t ever have to love either the subject or the teacher but think about how amazing they will feel when they’ve passed and if they choose, they never need to do this subject again. Ironically this mind shift can often make them realise they don’t actually hate the subject after all.

No 3 Move the Body…

Exercise isn’t just good for your physical health; it’s also a powerful stress-buster. Take regular breaks to stretch, go for a walk, or indulge in a quick dance around their bedroom. 

Parent/Carer, you do this too, your brain will thank you for it!

No 4 Laugh it off…

Laughter truly is the best medicine. 

Watching a funny movie, scrolling through some hilarious memes, or sharing a joke with their friends. Humour has a magical way of melting stress away. 

For all of you.

No 5 Visualise Success…

Closing their eyes and imagining how they’re  going to ace that exam with confidence. 

Picturing themselves walking out of the exam hall with a big smile on their face, knowing that they gave it their all.

Visualisation can be a powerful tool in boosting self-belief, allowing the brain to focus on success not failure. 

The Magic of Hypnotherapy:

Now, let’s talk about the not-so-secret weapon against exam stress: hypnotherapy. 

It’s a scientifically proven technique that taps into the power of the subconscious mind to promote relaxation, focus, and confidence. Through hypnotherapy, I can support your teens to rewire those negative thought patterns that fuel exam stress and to replace them with positive affirmations. 

I can teach them techniques to support their mind to stay calm and centered, even in the midst of exam chaos and best of all, I can help them to unleash their full potential to allow them to perform at their very best.

Studies have shown that hypnotherapy can significantly reduce anxiety levels in students, improve concentration and memory retention, and boost overall academic performance. 

I encourage them to imagine walking into that exam room feeling cool, calm, and collected, knowing that they have the tools to succeed.

So, as they navigate the turbulent waters of exam season, remind them that they are not alone. 

With the right mindset, a sprinkle of humour, and the power of hypnotherapy on their side, they can conquer exam stress and emerge victorious. 

To discuss how I can support your teen through their exam journey, I offer a free initial consultation, online or in person so they have a no obligation opportunity to decide if they’d like to proceed. 

I work with neuro typical and neuro diverse teens.

They are already super hero’s, they just don’t know it yet! 

As a parent with 2 teenagers going through GCSE’s and A level exams next year I am using the above advice for myself and my kids.

Best,

Karen 😊

Unlocking Financial Freedom

Navigating Your Subconscious Mind


Feeling stuck financially can be like navigating through a maze with no clear exit.
Causing us to feel stress and anxiety about every cost, bills, groceries, childcare to
name but a few but what if I told you the key to unlocking financial freedom lies
within the depths of your subconscious mind.


As a solution-focused hypnotherapist, let me help you embark on a journey to
understand how to manage those persistent subconscious emotions to help you to
pave the way to financial ease and prosperity.


First, we have to understand that our subconscious mind is like a vast ocean, holding
the power that shapes our beliefs, behaviours, and emotions. When it comes to
finances, deeply ingrained beliefs about money can either propel us towards
success, or hold us back in a cycle of scarcity and fear, making us confident or
cautious in our decision making.


What if you can Light the Path to Solutions?

  1. Rewrite Your Money Story: Take a moment to reflect on your beliefs about
    money. Are they serving you positively or holding you back? Through
    hypnotherapy, we can work together to reframe the negative beliefs into
    empowering ones, paving the way for ease and abundance.
  2. Set Clear Financial Goals: Break down your financial aspirations into
    tangible, achievable goals. Whether it’s paying off debt, saving for a dream
    holiday or investing in your future, clarity and awareness breeds confidence
    and action.
  3. Practice Visualisation: Harness the power of visualisation to manifest your
    financial desires. Close your eyes and imagine yourself living your ideal
    financial life – feeling abundant, secure, and free from financial worries.
    Embodying these emotions helps to reprogram your subconscious mind for
    success. Even if you feel as though it’s just pretending right now, do it anyway,
    because your mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination and
    reality. When you feel good you release those positive chemicals, helping you
    feel happy and relaxed allowing you to come up with solutions instead of
    problems.
  4. Create a Budget and Stick to It: Take control of your finances by creating a
    budget that aligns with your goals and values. Track your expenses, identify
    areas for improvement, and allocate resources wisely to ensure financial
    stability and growth.
  5. Practice Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude towards your current
    financial situation, no matter how challenging it may seem, small incremental
    steps to begin with. Gratitude shifts your focus from scarcity to abundance,
    opening the floodgates for more blessings to flow into your life.

Actions to Take Today:
– Start a journal and jot down three things you’re grateful for each day, including
any small financial victories. Your favourite coffee on offer in the supermarket,
a 2-for-1 offer in a restaurant, that £5 note you found in your coat pocket.
– Set aside dedicated time each week to review your finances, track your
progress, and adjust your strategies as needed. This visual reminder will keep
you on track.
– Practice mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, this
will help to quiet the noise of financial worries and connect with a sense of
inner peace and abundance. Listen to my free audio on the website to aid you
into restful relaxation.

Remember, You Hold the Key: As a solution-focused Hypnotherapist, I’m here to
guide you on this transformative journey towards financial freedom, through stress
reduction, confidence building, self-belief and increased motivation. Together, we’ll
unlock the potential of your subconscious mind, to dissolve limiting beliefs, and pave
the way for a future filled with prosperity, abundance, and joy.
You see, the power to shape your financial future, lies within you.


Let’s embark on this journey together and watch as your dreams turn into reality.
To discuss this or any other topic in your life that may be holding you back from
being your best self, message me to book a free initial consultation, either in person
or online.


Be the change you wish to see!


Karen

My Super Power!

What does Confidence mean to you? Unlocking Confidence: A Journey Within

It’s not about being that person in the room who attracts everyone’s attention, it’s not about being the prettiest, smartest, fittest.

It’s a word we often hear, but what does it truly mean to you? Is it the unwavering belief in yourself, your abilities, or your worth? Confidence extends its reach into every aspect of our lives – from our work to our relationships. Yet, it often finds its roots in the depths of our inner selves and self-esteem.

Confidence in Yourself:
At its core, confidence in oneself is about knowing and trusting your own capabilities. It’s that inner assurance that whispers, “I’ve got this.” It’s the belief that you can handle whatever challenges life throws your way, whether it’s tackling a new project at work or navigating through personal obstacles.

Confidence in Your Work:
In the realm of work, confidence can manifest as the courage to take risks, share ideas, and pursue opportunities for growth. It’s about embracing challenges as learning experiences and believing in your capacity to succeed. When you exude confidence in your work, you inspire trust and respect from colleagues and superiors alike.

Confidence in Your Relationships:
In relationships, confidence translates into authenticity and vulnerability. It’s the ability to express yourself openly and honestly, without fear of judgment or rejection. Confident individuals are secure in their worth and can cultivate healthy connections built on mutual respect and understanding.

Inner Self and Self-Esteem:
Confidence is intimately linked with our inner selves and self-esteem. While confidence is about belief in our abilities, self-esteem is the overall sense of our own worth and value. Nurturing a positive self-esteem lays the foundation for unwavering confidence, enabling us to weather storms and celebrate victories with equal grace.

Internal Chat:
Internal chat, often referred to as self-talk, plays a pivotal role in shaping our confidence levels. Positive internal dialogue acts as a cheerleader, boosting our morale and reinforcing our belief in ourselves. Conversely, negative self-talk can chip away at our confidence, feeding doubts and insecurities, so I work closely with clients to over come this.

So what Tipsdo I recommend for Daily Practice:
1. Cultivate Awareness: Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions. Notice when self-doubt creeps in and recognise it, challenge negative beliefs with affirmations of your worth and capabilities, even if you don’t believe it at first.
2. Identify Your Values: Clarify what’s truly important to you in your life and align your actions with your values. When your choices reflect your core beliefs, confidence naturally follows.
3. Overcome Overthinking: Practice mindfulness techniques to quiet the chatter of an overactive mind. Focus on the present moment and let go of worries about the past or future, solution focused Hypnotherapy supports you in doing this

4. Embrace “I Can’t” Moments: Recognise that moments of doubt or failure are opportunities for growth. Shift your mindset from “I can’t” to “I can learn and improve.”
5. Always Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. You’d think nothing of doing this for a friend, colleague or child so you should also do it for yourself. Each success reinforces your belief in yourself and builds momentum towards greater accomplishments.

**Awareness: What’s Important to You?**
Ultimately, confidence is not just about external achievements but about nurturing a deep sense of self-assurance and worth. It’s about knowing who you are, what you stand for, and embracing your journey with courage and resilience.

So, the next time you find yourself wrestling with self-doubt, remember confidence begins within. Cultivate a positive internal dialogue, practice self-compassion, and trust in your innate abilities. As you embark on this journey of self-discovery and empowerment, may you find the confidence to shine brightly in every facet of your life.

As a clinical solution focused Hypnotherapist, I support clients every day with increasing their confidence.


If you would like to chat more about how I can support you book a free initial consultation and we can put a plan in place so you can shine brightly too.

Best, Karen x

New Year, Same You But Happier

January 2024. A new year doesn’t have to be daunting. It doesn’t have to be full of new intentions to be richer, fitter, more focused, with bigger goals and ideas.

These are all super things to do if that excites you but what if you’re over halfway through the month and you feel exhausted already, you see all these positive posts on social media you hear all this chat about good intentions and you feel like you’ve not lifted your head due to the never ending to-do-list and you already feel stressed about the year ahead!

How about if you STOP for a moment and plan to be HAPPY. 

Start there. Then we ask ourselves, what does that look like for me?

What small steps am I taking each day to support MY happiness?

Do you know?

Me personally, I’m upping my training for my half marathon in February, I get up and out in the am, making the time for me. I’m running 3-4 times per week and that makes me happy, Hah, even writing this seems odd as this was not always my story, I really needed to change the old habit. I. told myself, I’m not sporty, I can’t run, I’m asthmatic, running isn’t for me, It’s still not easy to get out, but when I do I know I never regret going, I have set my intention, I create the time for myself to do it and feel the achievement when it’s done! 

Whether I run for 30 mins or for an hour and 30 mins it doesn’t matter. 

I’m letting go of the outcome of the Marathon-day itself, as I will think about that at the time. 

For Omara, it’s been my first online Hypnotherapy for weight loss course. Something I talked about doing then talked myself out of for months. This Thursday is week 4 of 4 and I’m enjoying it immensely, I think the clients are too! 

It’s been interesting to hear them talk about good things they are implementing in their lives to create positive change, not just around food but around their daily thoughts & practices, in a solution focused way.

Recognising their want to resist acting in ways they used to, 

recognising that acceptance creates awareness.

We often reprimand ourselves for actions that we take, wishing we behaved differently, telling ourselves that’s just the way we are, I always over eat, I always get angry, I could never do that, this can cause us to quit and confine ourselves to knowing these are the wrong decisions yet keep doing them anyway.

Accepting that it’s not easy to change habits (even if we know they are habits that are not serving us) but setting ourselves intentions of “I can’ and ‘I will’ do better than I did yesterday, for now, that is enough!

Our subconscious mind likes the habits we have formed to stay exactly as they are thank-you very much, telling us no change is required! 

It’s vigilant, its content with the current norm, but the question you need to ask yourself is ‘are you?’

Take away your subconscious minds power, recognise that it’s trying to protect you but let it know you’ve got this, you’re in control. Decide to do what you need to do to support you.

Look at your year ahead, with the intention of increasing your happiness.

What do you do currently, what did you do in the past that you loved and quit, what will you do in the future when you don’t have fear or worry or lack of confidence?

What positive changes will you choose to make?

Not because you’re reprimanding yourself, in-fact quite the opposite, it’s because you just don’t need or want to do that anymore. 

Over eating, smoking/vaping, procrastinating, catastrophising, over thinking, the list goes on.

What would you like to experience instead?

What areas of your life could be better?

I offer a free initial consultation, in person and online.

I work with clients who are managing these feelings every day and we see fast effective results. 

If you’re ready to have a smashing 2024 but just need a little direction to find the right route, message me so I can explain more about how Hypnotherapy can help you achieve that. 

Let go and find the you that you want to be.

Love,

Karen   

My Checklist of Needs I’m Sharing With You

Hooray, we’ve made it to the last month of another year, well done us!

We all have our own story to tell about 2023, the highs, lows, things you’ll choose to remember, things you’ll choose to forget. 

Struggles, needs, goals, successes.

Reflection is an opportunity for you to choose how you want to move forward, to make a decision on what you’ll focus on next year.

This year has been my deepest journey of self-awareness yet.

I want to share with you some of my secrets:

Letting Go

It’s not about who shouts the loudest, who’s most appreciated, who gets the last word. I say this as a parent and a partner, I used to feel angry, frustrated, unappreciated if I were tired angry or overwhelmed. 

Causing me to lash out. 

That wasn’t working for me, so I changed tactics.

Now, I walk away from frustrating situations, distract myself by doing something that makes me feel better, choosing to handle it later, when I’m calmer, allowing me time to feel able to say what I want to say.

Self Care

Exercise and running are number one for me for my self-care. Creating a goal of a half marathon has kept me focused on training and knowing I’m going on holiday to Sri-Lanka next year gives me a positive visualisation on how I want to see myself on the beach. 

I’ve also loved my first year in a choir and really embraced the live singing at fairs and theatres this month. Singing makes me happy.

My husband and I have started to have regular Reflexology sessions, not only is this a wonderful ritual for my mind and body but it’s something we have really enjoyed doing together. 

Learning

This has been and interesting one. We can find ourselves settled in the busyness of life sometimes having a block in learning new things, a block caused by fear, doubt, overthinking but we’re never too old to learn something new. Being open to how and why you want to learn sets a path of discovery, creating new neuro pathways in the brain. I continue to learn through reading, podcasts, audios and so much more as I want to educate myself and my clients, I want them to know tips and techniques on how to best support themselves.

Visualisation

I make plans for what I want to achieve for myself and my future. My ‘What ifs’ are invested in what good looks like. I write my goals down so I can see which way I’m heading. Our brains don’t know the difference between imagination and reality so make the picture the best one you can imagine.

Self-Awareness 

We should always be working on this. How are my 3P’s, Positive thoughts, positive interactions and positive actions? Am I acting in an intellectual mind manner? Am I reacting because of previous negative patterns, and do I want to change that? 

This has supported me in not overreacting, so I can stay focused and calm, most of the time!

Our subconscious minds are always listening. So, what ever story you tell yourself your internal genie says, “your wish is my command!”

Hypnotherapy supports your subconscious mind. 

Allowing it to work with you and not against you.

Nothing changes if nothing changes!

Have you lost your way? 

Do you overthink, procrastinate, self-doubt? 

Do you need to implement some of my strategies?

I am now aware of the direction I’m taking towards my happiness and these secrets are mine for sharing. I have regular support so I can support you.

My sessions will always have a section for brain revision so you can learn something new each time. 

Habits take time to form, its up to you how quickly you choose to make that happen.

Be the change you want to see.

Make this new year your best one yet.

Karen 

You Decide Your Direction

Hello,

A new month and, for Omara Hypnotherapy, I’ve officially been writing this blog for over a year.

Some of you may have read all of them, some this might be your first; so welcome- and thank you for reading.

It has made me reflect on that year: achievements, mistakes, learning, facing my fears… but, most importantly, how privileged I feel to have been able to help and support so many people.

I often get asked by my clients in workshops or initial consultations- “Will I be able to do it, to be hypnotised?” 

Trance is something we all do every day. When we’re driving, running, cooking, watching television. Times when we are drifting and dreaming, processing our thoughts… you do that, all by yourself. Coming to see me allows you to learn brain training which supports the re-wiring of those new neural pathways. 

I love diving into the fascinating world of neuroscience and how it helps us to understand our brains; I’ve shared this with many of you- some in more depth than others- and how it allows us to unravel the mechanisms at play during a hypnotherapy session. 

Coaching clients on how to build confidence and increase self-esteem, to lower stress and anxiety has been a real privilege. To watch real-life success stories and to hear evidence-based positive thoughts, interactions and actions (The 3P’s!) is so super for cultivating positive self-image. Allowing clients to investigate the impact of consciously choosing thoughts which support and uplift them quite quickly lets them begin to reshape negative thought patterns, and to foster a mindset which is conducive to personal success.

I will always support you in unravelling the secrets to unlocking your happiness through hypnotherapy. 

You will know that I’m often open and honest about my own journey of self-discovery, recognising my personal growth, and overcoming those internal hurdles. I’ve had many pivotal moments which have led to the cultivation of internal confidence and self-acceptance- embracing my individuality; something which I encourage you all to do.

When we find that, we can break free from the comparison trap and embrace our own unique journey: then we begin to see true transformation.

Research has proved that hypnotherapy contributes to positive emotional well-being. Are you still using your tools? Are you finding that you just speak differently to yourself, your inner voice is now more supportive, more solution-focused?

The impact of consciously choosing thoughts which support and uplift is a profound exploration of the mind- something with practice you can achieve. 

I share my personal evolution in the hope of inspiring and supporting you on your unique journey. 

Remember: it’s not about where you are but the direction in which you are headed. Together, let’s embrace the small steps, choose thoughts that uplift, and cultivate the internal confidence needed to thrive without comparison or criticism. 

You can control your focus, your attitude, your actions, your words.

I can be your ear and your guidance to support you. Your journey matters, and I’m here to support you every step of the way!

Whether you’ve attended a workshop with me or been a 1-2-1 client, I am always supporting your progress towards finding your happiness, your contentment.

If you would benefit from a couple of sessions to get back on track, to reconnect with those tools you’ve been given- or to just have a safe comfortable space where you can focus on you for just a moment, please feel free to book. 

If you’re right where you want to be- tell me, message me, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m proud of how far you’ve come…

Love, Karen. 

You Are Your Only Limit

Unleash the Power Within

Harnessing Subconscious Thoughts for a Happier Life

This month I want to take you on a journey into the fascinating world of the subconscious mind and how acting from your inner self can transform your life. Do you know that 95% of your actions are done subconsciously?

Understanding the Subconscious Mind

Our mind is like an iceberg; only a small part is visible (the conscious mind), while the vast majority lies beneath the surface (the subconscious mind). The subconscious mind is the powerhouse of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It stores our beliefs, memories, and automatic responses.

The Hidden Influence

Most of the decisions we make are guided by our subconscious thoughts. It’s like having an autopilot system that influences our choices without us even realising it. That’s why understanding and working with the subconscious is crucial for positive change.

Otherwise, we continue to practice the same habits day in day out.

Benefits of Acting from the Inner Self

I ask you…Do you ever consider that you even have an inner self?

  • Authenticity: When you act from your inner self, you are true to your core values and beliefs. This authenticity leads to a sense of self-assuredness and confidence.

  • Reduced Anxiety: The subconscious often harbour’s fears and anxieties. By addressing and reprogramming these thoughts, you can significantly reduce anxiety and live a more relaxed life.
  • Improved Self-Esteem: Embracing your inner self helps boost self-esteem. When you believe in yourself, others are more likely to believe in you too.

  • Happiness: Connecting with your inner self often leads to a profound sense of happiness. It’s like finding the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle that completes the picture of your life.

Quick Tips for Tapping into Your Inner Self

  • Practice Mindfulness: Spend a few minutes daily in quiet reflection to connect with your inner self. Even every other day, just set the intention.

  • Positive Affirmations: Use positive affirmations to reprogram negative beliefs in your subconscious. Even if you’re not believing them to begin with, your brain doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality, so the more you say them the more it listens and the more it believes you.

  • Visualise Success: Visualise your goals as if you’ve already achieved them. This tricks your subconscious into working towards them. Think the thought, in detail, who’s there, where, when, how.

  • Seek Hypnotherapy: Solution-focused hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool in accessing and reshaping your subconscious thoughts. I will be your teacher!

The Neuroscience Behind It

Neuroscience research has shown that our brains are highly adaptable and can rewire themselves through a process called neuroplasticity. This means that we can change our thought patterns and behaviours by working with our subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy, with its focus on the subconscious, can be an effective method for leveraging neuroplasticity to achieve positive change.

Take Action Today

Are you ready to unlock the potential of your subconscious mind and live a happier life? I’m here to help. I offer both in-person and online hypnotherapy sessions. We begin with a call then an initial consultation, to begin embarking on a transformative journey together. 

Your inner self is waiting to be unleashed and I’m here to guide you every step of the way. Remember, you are in control of your life, and with the right guidance and techniques, you can create the change you desire. 

Embrace your inner self, and watch the magic happen. 

Here’s to a happier and more fulfilling life!

Hypnotherapy is fast and effective; you could be feeling like the you you want to be before the end of the year!

What better gift can you offer yourself than that.

Best, Karen x

Helping You Take The Path In Overcoming Your Phobia

Hypnotherapy: 

The Magical Wand for Phobias – Science Meets Solutions.

Here we are at the end of another month. This time a new season too. Hello Autumn, what a mild one it’s been so far. 

I’ve been seeing a lot of phobia clients this month so thought it apt that Phobias should be the context of this month’s blog.

Let’s take a delightful journey into the world of hypnotherapy, where we wave our magic wands a hypnotic one, of course, to conquer phobias. 

Prepare to be amazed, amused, and most importantly, informed!

Setting the Stage: The Phobia Tango (quite apt with the return of strictly )

Imagine you’re at a party, and you suddenly spot your arch-nemesis: the dreaded spider, or you find yourself in a really crowded room, or you are due to speak publicly, whatever your phobia might be! 

Cue the heart racing, the sweaty palms, and the primal urge to flee the scene, heightened stress, anxiety, total unease but what if I told you there’s a way to transform this terror into a mere ahhh, it’s just a spider, it’s just people, it’s just a talk, moment!

Enter hypnotherapy, centre stage! 

Hocus Pocus in the Brain: The Neuroscience Behind Hypnotherapy

Now, let’s get a little nerdy… Your brain, as amazing as it is, sometimes gets a little too creative with fears. It’s like your imagination hits a panic button when its faced with a phobia. 

Here’s where hypnotherapy steps in.

Studies have shown that hypnotherapy can help rewire your brain. It’s like a mental renovation project, where we take the old, scary attic (your phobia) and turn it into a cosy reading room a place where you can feel calm and at ease.

Pattern Matching Shenanigans: 

How Hypnotherapy Tricks Your Brain

Our brains love patterns, system, order, routine, almost as much as they love binge-watching Netflix. Phobias are like those annoying auto play suggestions that keep popping up and Hypnotherapy intervenes by showing your brain new, calmer patterns. New stories.

Think of it as a master chef creating a new recipe book for your mind. Suddenly, you have choice and that phobia you’ve been dealing with, is not the only thing on the menu anymore.

The Magic Wand Feeling: 

When the Phobia Vanishes

Picture this: You’re in a hypnotic trance, and suddenly, I wave a wand, metaphorically of course and just like magic your phobia starts to lose its grip, it feels like you now have the power to kick that fear to the curb. You feel as if you’re back in control.

The moment your phobia fades away, it’s like discovering you’re the hero of your own story. And guess what? You have just achieved a real-life magic trick!

Conclusion: Your Hypnotic Adventure Awaits!

Hypnotherapy is not about making you cluck like a chicken, you are not vulnerable, it is not about entertainment, it’s a scientifically backed, solution-focused approach to turn phobias just like yours, into mere memories, left in your past, where they belong.

You are in control!

So, are you ready to conquer your fears and experience that magic wand feeling?  

As a solution-focused hypnotherapist, I’m here to tell you that the magic is real, and the power is within you!

We can work together online or in-person, you choose, the effects and impact of the therapy is just the same. This month alone I’ve worked with clients who have a fear of needles, spiders and sickness. 

If your phobia is restricting you, affecting your every day, YOU can change the patterns in your brain.

Those phobias CAN disappear like they’ve just been bad plot twists in your life’s story!

Are you up for creating a new story?

Best,

Karen 

Navigating The Transition

In this the last few days of August I thought it may be useful to chat about, empty nest syndrome, a common yet often overlooked emotional experience that can lead to feelings of sadness, loss, and loneliness as children leave home to pursue their own lives.

 As a clinical solution-focused hypnotherapist, I offer valuable insights and techniques to parents and carers to help them navigate this transition more smoothly and to embrace this new chapter in their lives with positivity and resilience.

Understanding the Emotional Impact:

You might have feelings such as loneliness, sadness, and a sense of purposelessness. Not knowing who you are or what your purpose is.

These emotions are rooted in brain changes and chemical reactions, so I work with you to understand this so you can create change.

Uncovering Limiting Beliefs: 

These beliefs you may now have might revolve around self-worth, identity, and the fear of being alone. You may believe you’re not capable or courageous to start something new. You may have no idea what that could even be. Hypnotherapy can help reshape these beliefs and foster a healthier mindset.

Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

Through psychotherapy the first part of client sessions I will ask you questions to support you in asking yourself questions about ‘what good looks like’ and how you can rewire neural pathways to promote self-assurance, allowing you to rediscover your sense of purpose beyond your role as a parent or carer.

Cultivating New Interests and Connections:

 We will explore suggestions for new interests and hobbies, which can help fill the void left by your child/children’s departure. We’ll discuss the role of the brain’s neuroplasticity in adapting to new experiences and how to form new neural connections. In each session we will educate you more on all the new opportunities you have. Instead of you feeling this is an end to something, help you see it as a new beginning.

Strengthening Relationships

We will explore the opportunity for you to nurture other relationships, both with your adult children and with your partners and friends. Backed by knowledge of neuroscience I will provide you with strategies for effective communication showing you ways to build deeper connections. 

The Power of Visualisation

I will explain the concept of visualisation and how we use it so frequently in hypnotherapy. How it helps to envision and manifest positive outcomes during the empty nest phase. Our brains. Don’t know the difference between imagination and reality so if we can visualize in detail thoughts that make us feel happy, optimistic, excited and positive our brain will agree with those thoughts, focus on them, enjoy the feeling and want to create more.

Showcasing Success Stories:

 A recent client came to see me as she’d lost her confidence, felt lost, lacking in energy. Her youngest son was leaving home and she said she kept crying and dint know why. We talked about her, her purpose, her needs, her interests and it was like a light bulb. She said she didn’t know anymore, shed stopped asking herself many years ago. I saw this client for six sessions and on the last session she was like a different person, her words, her body language, her confidence, she’d overcome empty nest syndrome through my guidance and her will to change. We can all make neurological changes when we embrace a solution-focused mindset.

Addressing empty nest syndrome with a neuroscience-based approach teaches tool and beliefs for life. No reprimand, no push, just encouragement, understanding and knowledge. Understanding its totally normal to feel this way, that you just need to recognise what it is and be aware of how to feel differently. 

Hypnotherapy is a valuable tool to help navigate this transitional period and emerge stronger, more confident, and happier. Something we all want right?

By combining my expertise in clinical solution-focused hypnotherapy with neuroscience-based evidence, I can provide clients with valuable insights and actionable strategies to overcome empty nest syndrome and embark on a new and fulfilling journey.

Want to know more? 

Book your free discovery call and initial consultation today.

Karen x

Understanding Teenagers

As a parent to two teenagers, I understand some of the challenges they face. Also, as a therapist who works closely with teenagers, I get to support them in facing this beautiful challenging world by adding tools in their tool box to become confident and at ease with the people they are- and want to become.

Gosh how many times have I said to a friend or family member from my generation (I’m late 40’s) I’m so glad ‘I’m not a teenager today’.

Things were simpler in the 80’s, less noise, less stuff, less expectation. 

Yet often, we expect so much of them.

Our teens, they don’t know any other time than their time, this time, they’re doing the best they can with the cards they’re dealt.

Our brains, well they don’t know any difference between the 80’s or the last decade they think the same thoughts now as they did in caveman times.

The primitive mind is the original part of the brain, the centre and influential part of this brain is called the Amygdala, our fight, flight freeze reactions. Its only aware of keeping us safe and alive.

If our primitive mind thinks that for some reason our life is in some sort of crisis or emergency, it will generally step in to help.

Depression, Anger and Anxiety are all primitive feelings.

There’s another part of the brain, the intellectual mind. When we operate from this part of the brain, we generally get things right in life.

It will assess the situation and allow us to come up with generally a positive, solution focused outcome.

I work with teens to help them connect with their intellectual minds. 

No judgement, no advise, no criticism, just awareness.

Some of the conversations I’ve had this week with teen clients has them recognising the language they are using and how it is not helping them achieve their positive outcome. 

When they’re telling me what they don’t want:-

*I don’t want to feel tired

*I don’t want to feel angry

*I don’t want to go to school

*I don’t want to be constantly rowing with my parents

This language cannot let their brain connect with what they ‘do’ want to feel.

You see the brain is like a genie rubbing its bottle, it’s saying yes, I agree, I’ll give you want ever thought you tell me to think. Even if the thought is not supportive.

It doesn’t know to use the word I don’t, it only hears, tired, angry, school, rowing.

Our teens need to know what ‘good’ looks like.

They need guidance, support, recognition.

They also need patience, time and a feeling of empowerment.

My daughter, she’s struggled with social anxiety for years. It got more extreme due to covid restrictions and before my knowledge of Hypnotherapy we would have clashed.

Her anxieties would have made me worry and react, I would have felt she was resistant and as a parent I would have felt frustrated with her not trying, crying, having no push to give it a go. I would have felt sad that she felt this way, finding it hard to support her to feel differently.

Now, I change the way I react to her feelings. I recognise they are just feelings and let her feel them.

I know we both want the same outcome, so I stay calm to support her in finding her solutions. 

We talk about how well she has coped so far and how she will continue to cope.

Our teens need to make changes in small steps. 

Big change is too much.

Computers, phones, video games, lack of being outdoors, not wanting to go to school, these are to name but a few of the thing’s parents and carer’s worry about with our teens today.

Let’s flip that coin on its head:-

Let’s bring it into awareness. 

Do we tell them how we feel?

Do we have relaxed conversations on how we feel and how they feel? 

Is the conversation happening at a relaxed time, are we listening, where they’re talking & we’re quiet.

Do we offer them to tell us more?

Do they feel heard?

Do we have positive alternatives to what we want them to do instead?

Often our teenagers don’t know how they feel.

Do we tell them what they do brilliantly?

Empower them with what they can achieve. 

Listening to the language change in my weekly sessions with a teenager who is finding their confidence and building new neuro pathways in their brains is a fantastic sight to see.

They hold their body differently, they have a solution to their problem and if it’s not resolved yet, they’re working towards achieving it.

Their stress bucket and anxiety is reduced as they feel more in control of what good looks like.

They’re understanding how their brain works to help them be the best person they can be.

For me, that’s priceless.

If your teen would benefit from having Hypnotherapy to support them with their confidence, self-esteem or anxiety, please book them in for a free initial consultation.

If you have any questions on this topic, contact me on info@omarahypnotherapy.com

Karen x