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If you are a therapist or coach of any persuasion; counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, life coach, bodyworker, in fact anyone who works in the helping professions, you will glean valuable, actionable ideas, tips and techniques from Clear Thinking, my free therapy techniques newsletter.

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  • How to Help a Client Who Feels They Are ‘Not Good Enough!’

    We can become worthy of someone’s love after they fall in love with us… or we can enjoy the absolving light of love and stop demanding to understand why we are loved or why good fortune comes our way. We can cast off the restrictive ideas of deserving or not.

  • When NOT to Take On a Therapy Client

    All kinds of clients can present tricky behaviour. They might seem resistant to help but still turn out to be great to work with. But sometimes taking on a client may prove to be much more trouble than it’s worth – for you, and ultimately also for them.

  • Research Roundup 12

    Research showing yoga can help depression in the long as well as short term, evidence that we can create fake news in our heads, a study looking at depression in the final year of life, what helps with impostor syndrome, and an exploration of what love does to the mind and body.

  • When Life Throws Lemons

    So often we move through life merrily assuming we’re on firm ground, that just because things have been a certain way in the past they’ll carry on being that way. But – wham! – life has other ideas. This article looks into how we can best adapt.

  • How to Help Your Client Deal with an Existential Crisis

    Is your client living as a square peg in a round hole? Are they surrounded by people who hold vacuous and narrow aspirations? Are they too self-absorbed? Meaning comes from connection and a sense of us rather than simply me. Here are a few strategies you may find useful with the so-called ‘worried well’: those dealing with existential crisis.

  • Why are CBT Outcomes Greatly Improved by Hypnosis?

    A large meta-analysis of 18 studies has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy is a whopping 70% more effective when used in combination with hypnosis than when used alone.

  • 6 Ways to Stay Sane During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    This piece isn’t about all the sensible precautions we should take to remain infection-free or prevent passing the virus on to others. Prudent hygiene and social distancing should be, by now, a given – at least for a while. But what of the emotional strain of being cooped up and, maybe, fearful or isolated? I want to give you a few pointers to help you keep your emotional life as balanced as possible in these alarming times.

  • How to Integrate Hypnosis Into a CBT Session

    We are thinking creatures, but we are also hypnotic creatures. And for therapy to be effective, it must take that into account. Thankfully, many CBT practitioners are now recognizing this central tenet of psychotherapy and incorporating mindfulness and other hypnotic techniques into their work.

  • A Vital Therapy Principle

    A therapeutic technique is only as effective as the human emotional or psychological principles it rests upon. The principle that anchoring attaches to is pattern matching, which can be extremely powerful – so it makes sense to form a technique or in fact many techniques around this basic principle of human experience.

  • Research Roundup 11

    This new study! That new study! We feel we’re getting closer to understanding human nature. But the wider context of what it means to be human can be missed unless we can be discerning and start to see more broadly.