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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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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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Why is my teenager so difficult?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 4, 2019 /

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

By Elaine Hodgins / August 21, 2019 /

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 /

“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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Just a Naughty Child? Or, Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

By Elaine Hodgins / July 24, 2019 /

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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Why children become scared of going to the toilet

By Elaine Hodgins / June 5, 2019 /

BAs a Clinical Hypnotherapist, specialising in children’s problems, I often get asked by mums “Why won’t my child go for a poo on the toilet or potty?” Well, the answer is – fear! It could be fear of falling into the toilet or not feeling “stable” on the potty, or it could be that someone…

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