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What is motivation? There are many theories of motivation, and I have utilised the ones that I believe are the most useful for my work as a Hypnotherapist and Hypno-Psychotherapistst in my book Motivational Hypnotism. Here I will highlight a few key ideas: … Continue reading

The Importance of Values in Therapy Values are often looked upon as being very complex. However, values can be best described as what is important to us. In NLP six key areas have been identified. Values relating to career, relationships, family, … Continue reading

Needs, wants, desires and ambitions Therapists need to know what a client needs, wants, desires and has ambitions to achieve. So what are the differences between these words? To a great extent it is a personal opinion. For example one person … Continue reading

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioual Therapy (CBT) This is a short introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It is designed to help you understand the basics of the model and apply some useful techniques in your practice. It does not qualify … Continue reading

John Bowlby and Attachment Theory This blog is about John Bowlby and Attachment Theory. John Bowlby and his colleagues initiated research during the early 1940s to study the effects on children of separation from their mothers in early childhood. It … Continue reading

Milton Model for Trainers Utilisation of Multiply Embedded Metaphors and the Milton Model Patterns As some of my previous posts have shown I am a fan of Milton Erickson, in 1999 I was assisting on an NLP Trainers Course and … Continue reading

Acknowledging in Therapy Acknowledging in therapy leads on from unconditional positive regard in that it is one step beyond. UPR sees the client in a positive light and communicates this, acknowledging is more specific. For example, UPR might be saying … Continue reading

Deep Listening Skills Deep Listening Skills are at the core of all therapeutic change work. Without good listening skills a client will not FEEL heard, and this feeling of being heard is vital. We all know people who appear to listen, … Continue reading

Truth is a tenant of coaching Truth is a tenant of coaching. Clients need to be able to rely on a coach to be absolutely truthful. This needs to be explicit as to ensure that clients know to expect this. It is a very unusual … Continue reading

Tenets of coaching: Responsibility Many of my coaching clients will start from a place of taking inadequate and/or inappropriate responsibility. They may take not enough responsibility, or too much. Here are examples of things they may say to indicate this issue: It’s … Continue reading

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