About

About Me and this Blog

Once redundancy hit, I set up a consultancy business providing technical support. It wasn’t enough. I missed helping people develop.

If you’re reading this, firstly thank you and secondly this is what to expect:

I’ve now qualified in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and N.L.P.at the Quest Institute at Regent’s College in London. There’s a lot more to it than I had thought and I’m fascinated. I’ll be sharing my thoughts, experiences and insights as I begin to build Cognitive Hypnotherapy and N.L.P. into my consultancy business in Peterborough. The earlier posts in this blog whisk you off on the journey that I took whilst I studied and graduated. I’m loving doing this for real but do miss the fantastic people I met and trained with.

Over the time since this Blog started in August 2012, I’ve settled into a routine of writing one Post a week usually published at the weekend. I’m also coming across some really entertaining posts by other writers and have started a midweek re-blog of these if I find one that I think you would like.

Please Help Me Develop This Blog – here’s how:

Something I learned in my past career and believe in passionately is that feedback is the breakfast of champions. Without feedback, I’ll never know what you think.

Some of these posts are challenging, others somewhat convoluted.Some you might find funny, entertaining or even enlightening. Some you may completely disagree with or simply not enjoy.

Each post ends with an opportunity for feedback and I’d love to hear from you. It’ll help me keep the blog fresh and stop me getting set in my ways.

Thank you. Read on and enjoy.

By the way, this is me.

 

186 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I’m so glad you did because it gave me the opportunity to check out yours! Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts.

  2. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your blog. Very clean introduction, and I look forward to reading some more of your blogs.

  3. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my writing blog. I love how blogging lets us look into each other’s strange and fascinating worlds. Hypnotism is a really intriguing subject…isn’t it…hmm, isn’t it?

    • You’re right, hypnotism is intriguing…. is intriguing…is intriguing…you might be surprised at the things that you notice which let you know just how intriguing….

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. Just a week ago, I had an amazing hypnosis session. The hypnotherapist was using Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy that she learned from Dolores Cannon. It’s a type of regression hypnosis that incorporates using our own ability to heal ourselves. Very cool stuff. At any rate, looking forward to reading more of your site.

    • Indeed. Very cool stuff. I use several techniques which help to trigger the whole mind-body connection thing (if you’ll excuse the highly technical jargon).
      It’s quite amazing what can be done.
      Thanks for reading.

  5. Hi Tony, hope you found a comfortable armchair at the BigArmchair blog! Interesting topic about How Does the Bible help to overcome Panic Attacks. I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and how it fits with your views on hypnotherapy! 🙂
    ~WilderSoul

    • Hi there,
      Helping with panic attacks is a lot about enabling the person to see beyond the situation which is triggering the panic. Knowing that there is something else supporting you can provide this, as in how the Bible can enable you to feel supported through to the other side of the panic.
      Hypnotherapy also enables this and focusses on empowering the individual to find their own resources and strengths to enable this to happen.
      The overlap, I guess, is that the individual finds that inner strength to carry on and eventually whatever caused the panic just ceases to have such a high degree of importance. The panic attacks fade away.
      What are your thoughts on this?
      Wishing you all the best
      Tony

      • Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Do you really want to know mine? I will share a bit…
        The Bible was very very helpful in giving me a framework and structure to make sense of the world, and why it is the way it is. Also, it is full of examples of how to pray to our Creator, and how he really helps in times of distress (ie bringing peace and inner strength). All of this reading is head knowledge. To put into practice the prayer and faith and the guidelines for a way of life that brings peace – that was even more helpful. However, I still had issues with ‘triggers’ to my past trauma. This seems to require direct experiences, support from others, especially in listening, believing and accepting what happened, and a lot of remembering and working through the effects of remembering. Once fully remembered and shared and put into some sort of frame of reference, the triggers completely lose their power. I had what doctors called ‘panic attacks’ before I remembered fully the original trauma which triggered them. So I think that the head knowledge from the Bible is helpful, and the direct experience is also essential. It seems to require the loving support of others. In a way, that loving support comes from people who are “living” the life which is written about in the Bible. People who listen, believe, and accept. That’s the loving thing to do! 🙂
        Well, you asked, and actually that was very helpful for me to put down in writing! Thanks!
        Now I am wondering, does the process of hypnotism include listening to what the person has to say about their panic attacks?
        Wishing you the best too,
        ~WilderSoul

      • Hi,
        I’m off the grid for a while now so it’s a short reply. I’m not ignoring you, honest.
        Hypnotherapy is all about listening to wha the other person says.
        It is also integral in helping uncover original causes and removing their capacity to act as trigger events (amongst othr techniques).
        It can be really quick as a therapy for panic disorders as it doesn’t require a lot if thinking over the past – just reframing it.
        Have a great week,
        We’ll no doubt speak again!
        Tony

      • Sounds like just what is needed – listening, uncovering original causes, ‘defusing’ the trigger, and reframing the past! This is what cannot be found only within the pages of a book.
        All the best for your week too.
        ~WilderSoul

  6. Thanks for liking my post! Your blog is looking pretty interesting and I am looking forward to exploring it more in depth. Much love and light to you and have a blessed day!

  7. Thank you for the like.
    I just read your about page and am fascinated in hypnotherapy. Especially Hypnofertility therapy. I am currently in grad school pursuing my masters in Marital & Family counseling so that I can help others with their fertility struggles and all that comes along with- looking forward to reading more from you.
    ~KSS

    • Hi there KSS (great name – I had to read it twice to get it),
      It is extremely fascinating. Essentially it’s about re-establishing a sense of personal control and worth as well as re-establishing the mind-body connection which was beautifully separated by the church and Rene Descarte at the birth of western medical science.
      The essence of Hypnofertility is to reduce the effects stresses and sense of personal failure which can come with fertility difficulties. This gives as much chance as there can be for conception and birth without the effects of being in ‘protection mode’.
      Best wishes in your masters,
      Tony

  8. Hello – thank you for stopping by my blog, reading a couple of posts and for the likes. There are so many choices to read, that I very much appreciate you taking the time to read mine. We seem to have a similar interest in wanting to help others (not to mention ourselves 🙂 ) find healing. Here’s hoping you have much success!

  9. Dear Tony,

    thanks for liking the post on BusinessLeadershipManagement – The Executive’s Magazine. Do follow us for more business/executive insights!

    warmest,
    J.CJ (MBA), Editor, BusinessLeadershipManagement – The Executive’s Magazine

  10. thanks for stopping by and I like NLP very much. I wanted to learn about it but ended with software programming 🙂

  11. Hi Tony,
    So glad to meet you and learn of your gifts and journey in helping others!

    I can connect with your statement:

    “Something I learned in my past career and believe in passionately is that feedback is the breakfast of champions. Without feedback, I’ll never know what you think.

    Some of these posts are challenging, others somewhat convoluted.Some you might find funny, entertaining or even enlightening. Some you may completely disagree with or simply not enjoy.”

    Because without the feedback information there is not a lifeline to those who are being reached and how, or why … thanks, again!

    JP
    MastershipMissons

    • Welcome aboard JP. Thanks for joining in the feedback. I am absolutely delighted and somewhat humbled by the way people have taken to reading and commenting on the posts I write. It has been really helpful in my journey and in helping me hone my thoughts about what I do.
      Wishing you all the best
      Tony

  12. Thanks for the recent ‘Like’ on my blog. Really enjoying your posts and as a fellow Cognitive Hypnotherapist it’s great seeing how your journey into Cognitive Hypnotherapy is developing.

  13. It sounds like you have a very interesting path over in Europe. I am not too familiar with NLP, if only from what my friend back in California has told me. How did you get introduced to this study? Thanks for checking out my blog and looking forward to chatting more. Take care. -Alexander

    • Hi,
      sorry for the delay in replying to you, somehow I missed this one!
      This is a tricky one. It depends a little on the definition of mental illness (depression for example could be, bipolar disorder is), and what it is that is being treated.
      A key factor that is vital to account for is that some mental illnesses bring about an altered perception of reality. In cases such as these there is the potential the hypnotic influence could trigger and adverse reaction.
      Hypnotherapy shouldn’t be used to treat the mental illness as it is not a substitute for psychiatric care. That said, on occasion it can assist with treatment of allied conditions, such as stress or anxiety and sometimes the depression that can come with mental illnesses.
      So, I suppose the answer to your questions is ‘maybe’, depending on what your particular question relates to.
      I have had clients who met the criteria for clinically anxious or depressed and who have regained control.
      I have not yet treated anyone who has been under psychiatric care, though would be keen to do so if their psychiatrist were to consider hypnotherapy an appropriate additional treatment.
      Treating a client with a mental illness is always recommended to be in conjunction with mental health professionals.
      I hope this somewhat convoluted answer helps!
      All the best
      Tony

    • Hi & many thanks for your comments. It is all really fascinating and has opened my eyes to new things as well as providing explanations for others.
      Thanks for joining in
      All the best
      Tony

  14. Hello,
    Thank you very much for visiting my blog so that I could find your amazing blog. I am sure that I can learn a lot of things from your blog. Waiting for your posts.
    Regards,
    Niranjan

  15. Tony, obviously you had me hypnotised from the start as I came to look at your site after you were kind enough to follow me – thank you. I have been hypnotised on a few occasions and apparently quite susceptible to it. I enjoy the different ‘realm’ one enters when they are in this state. Keeping aware but being unaware at the same time. I shall pop back and visit, but I need abridged versions too..just sayin’ 🙂

  16. Dear Tony,

    I wanted to write you to thank you for choosing to follow my journey, it is so lovely to be able to connect with different people from all walks of life, this is what truly inspires me!

    Take care,
    Caterina

  17. Thank you for liking my blog, as it gave me an opportunity to read a little of yours! I am finding this concept of cognitive Hypnotherapy to be quite interesting and different from the Hypnotherapy I received here in the US back in the late 1990’s to manage the flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD and Battered Women’s Syndrome. Does your practice plan to offer products for those illnesses in the future?

  18. “Feedback is the breakfast of champions…” I like that. Constructive criticism is something we can all benefit from (esp. on writing!) Thanks for stopping by my Blog. Take care.

  19. Thank you for visiting and liking my artwork blog. Hope you enjoy your visits 🙂 And may I know how do you get to know my blog?

    • Whenever I post on WordPress and also at times in between posting, I surf through different post topics. Ibreallynlike tonfind out what’s going on.
      Also, I like photography (I use my own photos in my blog) so I love to look at photography and art based blogs as well.
      Yours caught my eye!
      Wishing you all the best
      Tony

  20. I worked as an A.C.H., certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, for many years. Now I’m writing, but the psychology and workings of the mind I learned through my experiences helps me so much in writing fiction. I totally agree with you–there’s so much more to it than most people realize. You learn about yourself and how to help others. What better way to express your creativity and project your human soul?

    • Hi,
      Thanks for this; Cognitive Hypnotherapy derives its techniques from several therapy schools (cognitive therapy, behavioural therapy, gestalt theory and so on). It integrates these into a style of hypnotherapy that moulds itself to the client. This enable me to treat the person, not their symptoms, and is remarkably effective in relatively short time scales (typically 3-7 therapy sessions).
      Hypnotherapy uses natural trance states (check out my ‘everyone remembers amnesia’ post) to enable therapeutic suggestion.
      Feel free to ask anything else – I hope this helps.
      Oh; of course I checked out your blog – it’s really good!
      Wishing you all the best
      Tony

      • Ahhh right okay, I’ve toyed with the idea of having an experience of Hypnotherapy, just never got round to really looking in to it.
        Oh wow thank you very much that means alot. I’m all so new to blogging and feel like I’m just walking round in the dark looking for the lightswitch, I’ll find it one day….soon hopefully, ha!

        Kind Regards
        Stacey 🙂

      • Hi Stacey,
        If you fancied trying something out, there’s a Mindfulness Meditation mp3 on my website for £1.99 otherwise, I’d wait until there’s something you want to sort out (anxiety / stress/ pain etc).
        I’m also writing a free relaxation mp3 which will be on the website by the end of the weekend.
        Enjoy finding the light switch. It’s an entertaining search!
        All the best
        Tony

      • Hmmm…. Think you may have just got me rather interested now, although it will be after christmas until I have a listen.
        Thanks for everything!
        Stacey 🙂

      • I’m intrigued about why waiting for Xmas means you have to wait to listen to an mp3…or am I missing something obvious (as I do sometimes!)

      • Just too many things to be doing before Christmas and I’ve had a rough constant month in regards to my health so I’m hoping I’m getting abit better for me to enjoy Christmas.

      • Hi Stacey,
        The Mindfulness Meditation mp3 was on a free offer with my mental-health well-being column. I though all the free ones had gone but there might be one left. If you want, try the code ONLY25FREE at the checkout, it just might work.
        The mp3 is 10 minutes long & would almost certainly help your sense of recovery & health. I’d recommend a daily listen up until Xmas. (If the code doesn’t work – let me know).
        If you’d rather not try it yet, no problem. Come back to it when you feel ready.
        Wishing you the best
        Tony

  21. Intensely curious about your blog and career change. Thanks for stopping by my blog but more importantly thanks for providing the trigger for me to visit yours. From Financial Planner to Cognitive Hypnotherapist – fascinating! I’ve got a straight-laced profession too (after a more laid-back, non-profit prior path) but my heart is as much in eastern traditions and intuition these days. Looking forward to checking out where you are headed – best of luck with it all!

  22. Hi Tony, nice to meet you, explore your blog, and learn a little about you and your work. I was in private practice as an early childhood and past life regression therapist, and rebirther, many many years ago. Very rewarding work.
    I know it’s been ages (we’ve been without internet for a while) but I wanted to come by and say thank you for the ‘like’ on the post about Bolivia. Glad you enjoyed it. Cheers, Alison

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  24. Hey, thanks for liking my (borrowed) post. (times tables). I am going to follow your blog now. The Ed. Biz. here in the USA is in such a mess at the moment. By the way, I am from the UK (England, if that’s what left of it by Friday) and live in Puerto Rico.

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