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How to Help a Child Cope with Grief

By Elaine Hodgins / July 8, 2020 /

Dealing with grief My mum was only 52 when she died. I was 21 so I wasn’t a child and yet, she had started her road to alcoholism when I was just seven – so in reality I felt abandonment issues from that  very young age. When my mother DID pass- away, I felt relief.…

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My Child Is Showing So Much Anger – How Do I deal With It?

By Elaine Hodgins / June 18, 2020 /

When a child, even a very young child, gets angry, has a tantrum or a meltdown and starts to lash out and throw things around the room, screaming, shouting, swearing, biting and scratching, or at worst, throwing heavy objects at all the people or children around him, it can prove dangerous, so it needs to…

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Will Corona Virus and the Lockdown have a Lasting Impact on my Child’s Mental Health?

By Elaine Hodgins / May 27, 2020 /

Maisie who is 5 years old said “Mummy I’ve stopped wetting the bed now so can I please go back to school and see all my friends? I’m really missing them!” Maisie’s mum was shocked with her daughter’s remark. She hadn’t realised that Maisie had thought she was being made to stay home because she…

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“Being addicted to painkillers almost ruined my life!”

By Elaine Hodgins / May 20, 2020 /

A couple of months ago, a middle – aged lady called me and asked me if I would help her with her addiction. “What are you addicted to?” I asked, expecting her to say cocaine, alcohol, or even shopping! “I’m addicted to codeine” she said. “I was given it two years ago for a condition…

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Back to School Anxiety

By Elaine Hodgins / May 13, 2020 /

Understanding back to school anxiety Going back to school after any holiday: summer, Easter, half term etc is bad enough for any child but going back to school after having to stay at home, under lock down for several weeks is going to be pretty tough, even for the toughest of our children. One mum…

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Help Your Child to Cope with Grief and Bereavement

By Elaine Hodgins / May 6, 2020 /

This week, sadly, I have had to help a child with the grief of losing her beloved Grandpa. He wasn’t that old, only 72, but contracting the Covid 19 virus on top of his emphysema meant that his lungs were seriously compromised. *Lucy (name changed for privacy) is nine years old. She doesn’t understand that…

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Ease the anxiety over the Coronavirus

By Elaine Hodgins / April 1, 2020 /

It’s a scary time. We’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, with cities, towns and even entire countries shutting down. Some of us are in areas that have already been affected by coronavirus. People are getting ready for what may come. And all of us are watching the headlines and wondering, “What the hell…

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Can Bad Behaviour be Masking Anxiety?

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2020 /

Disruptive Behaviour A 9 year – old boy called Thomas has a really bad meltdown in class. He got upset by something one of his class friends had said about him. He shoves the other boy and a fight breaks out. The teacher tries to break them up and calm it down but Thomas goes…

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How To Help Your Children When They Are Too Hard On Themselves

By Elaine Hodgins / February 27, 2020 /

“I’m so stupid” – “Everyone hates me” – “I’m fat/ugly/useless” We hear children say these things every day don’t we. Sometimes, it is  simply just a throwaway line, but other times they can be looking for reassurance. Yes, they may be harmless phrases but occasionally this negative self – talk can also be an unhealthy…

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A Mental Health Disorder or just Being Untidy and Disorganised?

By Elaine Hodgins / February 12, 2020 /

With all the TV programmes on at the moment about “Hoarding” it’s very easy to see that people do get emotionally attached to their possessions isn’t it? However, I wonder where that line is that people cross between being a bit untidy and disorganised and hoarding? As a clinical hypnotherapist I have treated a lot…

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