Depression and NLP

This is the first in a series of three videos by Andrew Austin on treating depression and the uses and abuses of NLP in this context. Essential listening for any serious therapist in this field.

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AsapSCIENCE video on science of hypnosis

AsapSCIENCE video on science of hypnosis. Call me to experience the real thing! Gr8 for anxiety, panic and stress.

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Brilliant short video on science of hypn

Brilliant short video on science of hypnosis! Experience the real thing! Great for anxiety, panic and stress.

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Anxious? Time to Write a Better Story

anxiety-storiesWhatever we want to achieve in life there will be challenges. We all know this to be true. So how is it that we manage to turn life’s inevitable challenges into ‘problems’?  The simple answer is fear.

  • Fear that if we act, bad things will happen.
  • Fear that something unexpected might happen and it might be bad.
  • Fear that we will not achieve the outcome we planned within the arbitrary timescale we sought to impose on an uncaring universe

If we want to solve our problems, we need to stop generating fear. Fear and anxiety afflict millions of people, to the point where they are disabled from achieving anything.

But where does the anxiety come from?

It comes from thinking.

We visualise and we talk to ourselves. That is what ‘thinking’ is. Thinking is the story we continuously weave, around and around our minds, in pictures, sounds and ultimately feelings.

When we tell ourselves that bad things are going to happen, or we run vivid scenarios through our imaginations, we become anxious. Our nervous system cannot distinguish between frightening fantasies and reality, so anxiety becomes inevitable.

Yes. That’s right. Anxiety comes from fantasising and imagining. That is why we have problems.

The trick then, is to take control of our imaginations. This is why I teach individual clients and teams how to change their stories. After all, if the story you are imagining is producing anxiety, it is clearly time to create a better story. A story that is more useful, positive, even inspiring.

You might also have noticed that when you are anxious you cannot think clearly. That is how the anxiety becomes self-perpetuating. We get trapped in a loop of bad stories-fear-more bad stories-more fear.

One of the best ways I know to create an empowering story is to exaggerate and distort the old, dysfunctional story to a point where it simply disintegrates. That gives us a breathing space. It is in that space that our creativity has a chance to explode into life. Once we engage our creative story teller, we come up with solutions and find the resources we are looking for.

If you would like help re-writing your story, please complete the contact form here for a free initial consultation and a new, personalised story which will enable you to shine. Support can be offered face to face or via skype, telephone and personalised recordings.

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Just Before You Get Comfortable….

harvey-taylor-finding-flow-statesThe British Psychological Society (BPS) recently picked up on the FLOW theme.

FLOW was described by Mihaly Csikszentmihayli. It has been popular with sports people, artists and anyone seeking to improve their performance in any context. It describes that state in which we become very focused, oblivious to the passage of time, performing at our best, being our most creative self.

Yet despite many of us being familiar with the concept and with the experience of flow itself, it seems we all too often cop out and opt for an easier, but significantly less satisfying option.

Christian Jarrett, director of research at BPS reports that ‘we know which kind of activities will bring us lasting happiness, but because we see them as daunting and less enjoyable in the moment, we choose to spend much more of our time doing passive, more immediately pleasant things’.

How many times in the last week have you turned on the TV, reached for the wine, chocolate biscuits and fatuous social media instead of getting off your butt and doing something that stretches you to the edge of your existing skills, or your physical and mental capacity?

And were YOU aware that in doing so, at a deeper level, it would not make you as happy as say, going for a run, sewing that wedding dress, or painting your wife’s portrait?

Check out the BPS article, ‘We Know What Will Make Us Happy So Why Do we Watch TV Instead?’   Nice vest and underpants, by the way.

Free Initial Consultations and Personalised Hypnotherapy Recordings

If you would like to find your flow, do please contact me, Harvey Taylor, for a FREE initial consultation. You can also commission your own personalised ‘Find Your Flow’ Hypnotherapy recording



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Worried parent? Depressed teenager? You

Worried parent? Depressed teenager? You are not alone. Great item. Give me a call for more advice.

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The Science of Hypnosis

This is a great little video from AsapSCIENCE. Gets a little technical in places but well worth a watch and less than 4 minutes long.

Of course, if you would like to experience the real thing, you know where I am. Contact me now and you can have a FREE, no obligation, 30 minute consultation and dip your toe in the water of the fascinating and very useful world of hypnotherapy.

After that you can make your own mind up about whether I can help you fix your problem right now. For more information about hypnotherapy visit my sister site,

Personalised Hypnotherapy Recordings

If you are interested in having your own personalised hypnotherapy recording, use the contact form and insert the the words ‘hypnotherapy recording’ and state the problem you are seeking to resolve. Initial conversation is just the cost of phone call or can be done via e mail. No obligation.

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