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Anxiety in Older Teens and Adults and How to Manage it in 7 Easy Steps

By Elaine Hodgins / February 3, 2021 /

The word “anxiety” has become as common as many other descriptive feeling type words, hasn’t it? People say to me: “I’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or condition” or “my anxiety is really playing up today – I feel so bad.” But what IS anxiety? Well, the dictionary says it is “unease about something…

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Six Tips on Parenting your Pre-Teen

By Elaine Hodgins / October 28, 2020 /

“What happened to my cuddly, adorable ten-year-old?”  a mum asked me recently in my children’s therapy clinic. “She used to be so loving and always wanting to hug me but now she doesn’t want much to do with me or her dad at all!” I hear this an awful lot! All that’s happening is that…

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Five Tips to Help you to Communicate with your Teen

By Elaine Hodgins / July 16, 2020 /

If you think back to the terrible tantrums of two-year olds – you’ll realise that the teen years can be very similar!  During the two- year old developmental period your two year- old is learning how to push your buttons, push the boundaries and push you over the top! The teenage years are very similar.…

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LGBTQ Teens, Bullying and Suicide

By Elaine Hodgins / July 1, 2020 /

Over the past few years, we have seen a huge increase in teen suicide. Many of the teens have been subject to anti-gay bullying. *James Smith (name changed) was only 17 years old when his mother found him hanging in the bathroom. He left a note saying; “I don’t want to leave you mum but…

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When Should I Worry about my Teenager’s Eating Problem?

By Elaine Hodgins / April 23, 2020 /

What is the difference between normal behaviour and that which may indicate an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia? Most teens worry about their appearance, don’t they? During the teen years and adolescence, self – image and body consciousness is rife. However, if you have noticed that your teen or tween has been fixated…

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Transgender Teens and Gender Dysphoria

By Avidmode / January 8, 2020 /

The word ‘Transgender’ has been very much in the forefront of our news over the past few years hasn’t it – however, many of us know very little about it and find it hard to understand when a teen comes out with “ Mum, I’m not happy as a girl I want to be a…

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Why Do Teens Commit Suicide?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 10, 2019 /

As a nation, we do not like to talk about death, do we? As Beverley will tell you, some people would rather cross the road and avoid talking to you, because THEY don’t know what to say!

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How to Survive the Christmas Holidays with Youngsters

By Elaine Hodgins / November 27, 2019 /

We all know that the Christmas holidays are supposed to be an exciting time for families to get together and celebrate. Whether you are religious or not – you can enjoy a festive time of eating, drinking, and being merry! But for some families, the Christmas holidays can be extremely stressful. The kids break up…

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Case Study: PTSD and Hypnotherapy Sessions

By Elaine Hodgins / November 7, 2019 /

I thought, for a change, I would write my blog in the form of a case study, so that you can see how I work with youngsters and their parents. Names have been changed to protect my client’s privacy. We’ll be having a look at the case of Jane Smith, 14 years old – presented…

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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 /

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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