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Losing weight – but is it a losing battle?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 9, 2020 /

If we asked one hundred overweight people this question, I am almost certain that ninety-nine of them would say a big resounding “YES!” Why? Why IS it SO hard to lose weight, maintain it and not feel that you are being deprived of all the nice things in life? The main reason is because it…

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Just Shy, or is Your Child Struggling with Selective Mutism?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 2, 2020 /

Being shy as a child can be so hard, can’t it?  I remember when I was quite young, feeling so anxious about speaking to anyone I didn’t know (even people I DID know) and how everyone used to say to my mum: “Oh isn’t your little girl shy” and then proceed to make me feel…

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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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“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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Losing weight is NOT all about the diet!

By Elaine Hodgins / February 19, 2020 /

Losing weight, in my opinion, is one of the hardest things for us to do. Why? Because we try and try to have SOME success… then we try again but it doesn’t work so well and we put all the weight back on – and some! Now I know that I, for one, have done…

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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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When Your Child Lacks Motivation

By Elaine Hodgins / January 29, 2020 /

It’s a common but serious source of concern for parents: You begin to notice that your child is lacking motivation and commitment in his or her attitude towards school and homework. He might not seem as enthusiastic to learn new things or perhaps he’s not doing his homework like he should? Maybe an argument occurs…

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The Child With Sensory Issues

By Elaine Hodgins / January 16, 2020 /

Sensory Processing problems are normally first noticed when the child is around 18 months to 3 years old. The first thing that mum or dad will notice is that the child has an intolerance to noise – loud bangs like fireworks, bells, or sirens. Another very common complaint from the child would be clothes that…

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