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If stopping smoking was easy, would you do it now – today?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Most smokers will say YES to this! I know there is a part of you that does want to quit – even though you may say “I love smoking – I could never give up!” Everyone has that fear that one day they will be sat opposite the consultant and he says to them: “I’m…

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Are Clowns Funny or just plain scary?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

Halloween is upon us… In just a few weeks time Halloween will once again be upon us and kids all over the country will be dressing up as ghouls and ghosts, skeletons and clowns etc. For most children – little ones as well as teenagers, Halloween is a fun time – they can go out…

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Helping children to cope with grief

By Elaine Hodgins / September 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Children may watch cartoons and TV programmes where someone dies or an animal is eaten by a big sabre tooth tiger, but for a child to experience a bereavement first hand, is a different matter entirely. It can be very confusing for the child, and of course, as a parent we are eager to make…

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How do I know if my child is just being picky or has a food disorder?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

How do I know if my child is just being picky or has a food disorder? Children who are simply picky eaters will be “choosy” about their food – they will like one thing one day – then not like it the next but may go back to it from time to time. A picky…

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Why is my teenager so difficult?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

Every week in my hypnotherapy clinics I see around 5-10 teenagers with various behavioural problems. Mum’s or dad’s call me and say: “He’s so self -centred we can’t cope with him anymore!” or “She stays in her room all day, says nothing, does nothing, what IS WRONG with her?” My answer is usually “Nothing –…

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School Phobia

By Elaine Hodgins / August 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Parents of very young children might expect their little ones to feel nervous and scared of going back to school after the summer holidays, but parents of tweens and teens would probably be quite shocked to see their youngster struggle with similar fears. However, many youngsters of all ages have chronic anxiety about going back…

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What is self-esteem and how does it affect us?

By Elaine Hodgins / August 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

We often talk about having low self – esteem, don’t we? But do we really know what it is and why it affects us so badly? It is characterized by a lack of confidence and feeling really bad about yourself. Those with low self-esteem often feel awkward, or incompetent. I think people who have low self – esteem…

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Notice the little anxieties – treat them and they won’t unfold into big ones!

By Elaine Hodgins / August 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

“Amelia has ALWAYS been anxious – it started with just little things like not wanting to go to parties – or not wanting me to leave her – but it’s just got so much worse as she’s got older. Or “James started being anxious at nursery school and it’s never gone away – he’s now 12…

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Neuro Developmental Delay or Retained Primitive Reflexes

By Elaine Hodgins / August 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

The medical profession has created checklists of developmental milestones of various skill sets that children need to meet by certain ages. We all know that when we have had our child, we are constantly being asked by the GP or the Health visitor: “Is your child crawling/sitting up/speaking/walking/holding objects etc etc….” And we always feel…

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Just a Naughty Child? Or, Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

By Elaine Hodgins / July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

When parents start looking up behaviour problems on the internet, one phrase tends to jump out: ‘Oppositional Defiant Disorder’. It’s easy to see why: Often, when parents bring their children to me at the clinics for bad behaviour problems, they often say “I’m sure my little Johnny has ODD he is SOOOOO badly behaved and…

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