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Posted on 10 February, 2021 at 10:35 Comments comments (0)

I helped lady beat her 61 year needle phobia

The 71 year old lady from Canvey Island in Essex had hidden her fear from everyone around her for over Sixty years

When i first started seeing the client, she was embarrassed about the thought of anyone knowing about her phobia, she also felt ashamed of it.

My client had been through an unpleasant experience as a young child at school having a vaccination, she had passed out, this one single incident at school made my client fear ever having another injection, and she had kept this a secret for Sixty One years.

Studies have shown an increase in the amount of people having a needle phobia, due to the new covid vaccine roll-out.

I have seen an increase in the amount of people i see with a needle phobia since the pandemic began, so many are wanting to have the vaccination, but fear having it due to their phobia. When actually it can be fixed.

I have spent years helping people to cope with, and reduce their fears and phobias. The techniques I teach my clients, whatever the trigger for their condition, can also be applied successfully in this current pandemic. I’d encourage anyone who has a fear or phobia of needles/injections to seek help, as this is something that can be fixed.

This pandemic has many repercussions beyond the actual virus. One is the potential impact on mental health and wellbeing as people try to manage an increasingly stressful situation, and having to deal with this fear and phobia every day of their lives, due to the constant news coverage. You can not get away from it.


How to Improve Relationships with the Power of Hypnosis

Posted on 17 December, 2020 at 15:50 Comments comments (2)

The coronavirus outbreak is leading to big changes in the way we live our everyday lives.

Our relationships are hugely important to us just at a time when they are being placed under the most intense pressure.

Relationships are not built on the expectation that you'll be spending all day, every day with that person.

If you’re both working from home, with nowhere to go in the evenings, there’s a chance you may experience some friction.

Perhaps it’s happening already?

This is perfectly normal, particularly given the increased stress we’re all under right now.

But, as we could be in this predicament for a while yet, it’s worth taking some steps to ensure we get through this period with our relationships intact.

We may even come out the other side stronger! Give these strategies a go:

1. Create the love with your differences

Write a list of the positive differences between you. This can help you begin to appreciate each other again.

2. No criticisms/No put downs

When niggles arise between you, or one is criticising the other, say something silly. Your partner will be so taken aback, it will throw them, and may even make them laugh. But, most importantly, it will break any tension.

3. Cuddle Time

Find time in the day, just for this, with no further expectation.

4. Allow the Dreams

Encourage your partner to fulfil their dreams and ask them to allow you to achieve yours, too. When you both feel free, you will both be happy.

5. Discuss Rather Than Argue

Turn irritating comments into humour – see the situation as a cartoon so that you can laugh at it.

6. Learn To Listen

Make a conscious effort to really listen to what your partner has to say

7. Love What Is Actually Real

Don’t set up your partner to fail by having expectations of them which are too high.


How Hypnotherapy for Relationships Works

Hypnosis can be used to change thinking patterns, behaviours and outcomes. Relationship hypnosis deals with the relationship you have with your partner.

Relationship hypnosis can help you:

Deal with negative emotions

Have much improved communications with the people around you

• Recapture those feelings of love and romance

• Build strong relationships towards a brighter future

You too can shift the dynamics of your relationship.

Impact of new covid vaccine

Posted on 10 December, 2020 at 14:55 Comments comments (7)

As the new covid vaccine is released, millions will be expected to have the vaccine.


But what about those who have a needle phobia, many of them will be wanting the covid vaccine, but will be too fearful to have it, leaving them potentially open to contracting Coronavirus.


one local mindset change therapist is doing her bit to help people beat their fear.


Canvey Island-based mindset change expert Nova Lewis, from Essex-Hypnosis will be offering a program of free online group sessions to help those struggling overcome their phobia.


Many people fear injections to some extent, but once that fear becomes persistent, excessive and unreasonable, then the fear becomes a phobia. Injection phobia is the fear and avoidance of receiving various types of injections, and/or of having a blood sample withdrawn through venipuncture (pricking a finger). This is a specific phobia and is extremely common yet not very well recognised. It is thought to affect between 3.5 % to 10% of the population, but with the new covid vaccine that percentage will drastically increase.


Nova Lewis said " i have been seeing an influx of clients needing to treat their needle phobia since the news broke that a vaccine was being released. Now that the first patients have had their vaccine's there will be an increase in numbers coming forward for help".


The avoidance, anxiety, or distress caused by needle phobia can significantly interfere with a person’s normal routine, occupational or academic functioning, and social activities or relationships.


Studies have shown that facing fears and phobias is often scarier than facing physical pain.


The human brain is built to cause worry, stress, and to make things worse than they really are, which in turn leads to anxiety.


For all of us, we have never experienced the recent events of covid, this has had an enormous impact on our everyday lives, these are unprecedented times, some people may already suffer with low-level anxiety, fears, and phobias, and have found their symptoms have ramped up recently; others might be feeling new physical and psychological strains for the first time.


I have spent years helping people to cope with, and reduce their fears, and phobias. The techniques I teach my clients, whatever the trigger for their condition, can also be applied successfully in this current pandemic. I encourage anyone who has a fear or phobia of needles to make contact, and join my free group sessions.


To some degree we all have a fear or phobia, but usually we can avoid that fear. With the vaccine, if you want to avoid covid then you have to have the vaccine, or take the chance of not catching it by self isolating. By having to face a fear it causes worry, this is how our brain handles problems or potential problems, Nova explained. But it stops being useful if we become stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts about what is out of our control. We should instead focus on those things within our control, and how we choose to respond to them.


This pandemic has many repercussions beyond the actual virus, now that we are faced with having the vaccine, there is an even bigger potential impact on mental health and wellbeing, as people with a needle phobia are now suffering with anxiety to a greater degree.


If I can help ease that stress of having a needle phobia in just a small way, I believe it’s worthwhile trying.


Nova Lewis is a renowned expert mindset change therapist. She has helped to improve the lives of thousands of people.


Nova is not only trained in mindset change therapy, but also clinical hypnotherapy, but she also is an advanced therapist in psychotherapy, mindfulness therapy, and brain working recursive therapy



Hypnosis and Depression

Posted on 2 December, 2020 at 14:00 Comments comments (2)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) documents that 264 million people across the globe suffer with depression.

It is a leading cause of disability worldwide, is a major contributor to the “overall global burden of disease”, and can also lead to suicide.

It affects all ages but afflicts more women than men.

It can cripple functionality in many areas of life, rendering null and void the ability to work, socialise and maintain healthy relationships.

It manifests itself in many ways both physically and emotionally

From an indication prospective, if someone has been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, they may be suffering from depression:

• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

• Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

• Irritability

• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

• Decreased energy or fatigue

• Moving or talking more slowly


• Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

• Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

• Appetite and/or weight changes

• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems 

without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

In its severest form, depression accounts for more than 50% of global suicides and thus represents one of the most serious of health issues.

No two people are affected the same way by depression and there is no “one- size-fits-all” for treatment.

Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

But, Hypnosis can offer constructive help.

Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique that can help you feel like you again, providing a mental roadmap which positively clarifies your view of the world.

It can return your self-control and reduce the feelings of depression and anxiety.


Hypnosis is entirely collaborative and begins with a conversation to establish your goals. Only when we have decided on the correct course, will the hypnosis begin.

It is an effective approach in dealing with the problems that depression can lead to - issues across the spectrum of life.

It will identify those areas and aspects affected most and will improve coping abilities, address past potential causes, and find renewed hope and positivity.

My Hypnosis and Depression program will enable you to re-focus and to find ways to create JOY in your life again.

Whether our sessions are face-to-face in person or online, hypnosis can help you live in the now and create joy in your life again!

Email me at: [email protected]

Call me on: 07393 200 819

And let the changes begin!


Hypnosis and Self Esteem

Posted on 2 December, 2020 at 13:50 Comments comments (0)

In a 2017 research in the UK by Dove, it was found that 61% of 10-17 year old girls in the UK have low self-esteem

Self-esteem is an area that can affect so many different areas of an individual's life.

From sports professionals to teenagers, weight issues to addictions, self- esteem can lie beneath many of the issues that I work with as a therapist.

We all have times when we lack confidence and do not feel good about ourselves.

But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our day-to-day lives.

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves.

Self-esteem is an individual's subjective evaluation of their own worth. Synonyms or near-synonyms of self-esteem include: self-worth, self-regard,

self-respect, and self-integrity.

When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves, and about life in general. It makes us better able to deal with life's ups and downs.


When our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and our life in a more negative and critical light.

We also feel less able to take on the challenges that life throws at us.

I have seen it perhaps most frequently in the teenagers of today, whether that is due to the impact of social media, or differing parenting skills and upbringings; I have seen at first hand how that sense of self-worth can change everything.

Some of the signs of low self-esteem can be

• Sensitivity to criticism

• Social withdrawal

• Hostility

• Excessive preoccupation with personal problems

• Physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia and headaches

Hypnosis can help!

Hypnotherapy focuses on:

• Identifying negative talk

• Connections with loving people

• Learning to be assertive

• Setting a challenge

• Focusing on the positives


Hypnosis is entirely collaborative and begins with a conversation to establish your goals. Only when we have decided on the correct course, will the hypnosis begin.

It will identify those areas and aspects affected most and will improve coping abilities, address past potential causes, and find renewed hope and positivity.

My Hypnosis for “Reclaiming Your Self-Esteem” program will enable you to re-focus and tap into your natural confidence - a confidence that you were actually born with!

Whether our sessions are face-to-face in person or online, hypnosis can help you.

Email me at: [email protected]

Call me on: 07393 200 819

And let the changes begin!


Do you want to quit smoking?

Posted on 8 October, 2020 at 14:50 Comments comments (0)

How Fear Keeps You Smoking and, how to change it

If you’re a smoker and worried about the risks around COVID-19 then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good.

It’s a harsh reality that if you’re a smoker you’re more likely to get acute respiratory infections and have a higher risk of those infections becoming severe

There has never been a better time to stop smoking.

But quitting is hard for many, and perhaps particularly so at a time of great stress and when many of our routines have been so suddenly disrupted

Perhaps, like the majority of smokers, the mere thought of stopping fills you with panic

If you smoke, the mere thought of giving up can fill you with PANIC...? Is this YOU?

You have every intention of quitting one day - just not today...

Is this YOU?

You are not alone

Most smokers continue to smoke for one reason...



Fear - that you will have to undergo an unknown period of time suffering feelings of deprivation

Fear - that social occasions will not be quite as enjoyable without a cigarette Fear - that you can’t concentrate or be as confident without that crutch Fear that your identity

your personality

or your character will change

Fear - that you will lose the “helpful friend” that helps you cope with stress And that quitting may cause you to gain a few pounds.

And here’s the news...

That fear of giving up

is actually CREATED by cigarettes

You never decided to fall into the nicotine trap!


But nicotine is designed to ensure that you remain there And you need to be motivated to break free

You can take some small steps towards a nicotine-free life A rehearsal for the time when you can give up smoking

for good!

1 Make a list of the reasons to quit

There are probably a number of them - but have you ever actually written them as a list?

2 Set a quit date And stick to it!

3 Change your brand

ONE week before your quit date - change your brand of cigarette. You

will find they are not as enjoyable

4 Try to change the hand you use to hold your cigarette

It will feel awkward - but this small change breaks down habits and associations

5 Change your routine


If you normally smoke after a meal, try to break out of this routine. Try reading a chapter of a book, watch a TV show, or retreat to a part of the house where you wouldn’t normally smoke

6 Get active

A five-minute walk or stretch produces chemicals in the brain that

reduce cravings

7 Positivity!

Make regular affirmations to yourself several times a day “I am enjoying life as a non-smoker”

Hypnotherapy can help you to have your last cigarette ever!

It will show you the reasons to stop

And can help you

• With motivation to stop smoking - and stay stopped

Break the connections - the triggers - to smoking • feel positive about becoming a non-smoker

So if you haven’t been able to quit smoking before, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it now!

• And if you COULD stop smoking easily and without cravings Why wouldn’t you break out of that habit

into a fresher, cleaner, healthier YOU

Coronavirus - Coping With The Chaos�?�How To Manage Uncertainty in Uncertain Times

Posted on 26 September, 2020 at 16:25 Comments comments (0)

Coronavirus - Coping With The Chaos
How To Manage Uncertainty in Uncertain Times

The world is in the grip of a global pandemic.

We are living in extremely uncertain times - and that uncertainty can be difficult to cope with.

You may feel worried right now.
You may struggle to keep anxious thoughts in check.
And you may feel unsure about the future.
But help is at hand - you CAN learn to live with uncertainty.

Facing Uncertainty is Scarier than Facing Physical Pain

In 2016, a group of London researchers explored how people react to being told they will either "definitely" or "probably" receive a painful electric shock. They discovered an intriguing paradox.

Volunteers who knew they would definitely receive a painful electric shock felt calmer and were measurably less agitated than those who were told they only had a 50 percent chance of receiving the electric shock.

A new study shows that the uncertainty of something bad happening can be

more stressful than the knowledge of something bad happening.

Researchers recruited 45 volunteers to play a computer game in which they

turned over digital rocks that might have snakes hiding underneath.

Throughout the game, they had to guess whether each rock concealed a

snake. When a snake appeared, they received a mild but painful electric

shock on the hand.

Over the course of the game they got better about predicting under which

rocks they’d find snakes, but the game was designed to keep changing the

odds of success to maintain ongoing uncertainty.


And when we’re facing outcomes imbued with uncertainty, it’s the fact that

something bad might happen that “gets” us.


The volunteers’ level of uncertainty correlated to their level of stress. So, if

someone felt “certain” he or she would find a snake, stress levels were

significantly lower than if they felt that maybe they would find a snake.

In both cases, they’d get a shock, but their stress was loaded with added


Archy de Berker from the UCL Institute of Neurology said: "Our experiment

allows us to draw conclusions about the effect of uncertainty on stress. It

turns out that it's much worse not knowing you are going to get a shock than

knowing you definitely will or won’t.”

Uncertainty Ignites our Primitive Survival Instinct

If we can’t neutralise a perceived threat, we engage in the unhelpful process called “worry”.

We grapple with whatever the problem is to find solutions to the threat, but there are none.

Does this make us feel better? No, of course it doesn’t - it makes us feel worse.

In our need for certainty, we are wired to “catastrophise” - we view or talk of a situation as worse than it actually is. This leads to worry, which in turn leads to anxiety.

The modern brain struggles to distinguish between real threat and perceived threat.

The result is that the primitive brain takes over and triggers the primitive survival instinct - fight-or-flight.

It asks questions:

What is going to happen...? What is around the corner for me...?

Should I be doing less...?

Should I be doing more...?

What if my business is threatened...? What if my livelihood is threatened...?

What if my life is threatened...?

The lack of answers can lead to:







What Can we do to Mitigate Uncertainty?

There are a number of things we can do to lessen the effects of uncertainty:

Awareness is your superpower - be aware of your feelings and emotions 

Notice the “worry story” you are telling yourself - try to distance yourself from it 

Focus on breathing - long slow breaths 

Recognise the need to rise above fight-or-flight
• Accept uncertainty - allow yourself to stop the struggle 

Stand up to Anxiety with Some Mood-Boosters

• Exercise and movement

• Meditation, self hypnosis

• Achievement-oriented activity

• Something pleasant or fun

Just 15 minutes a day, focussing on yourself, will help you regain a sense of balance.

The more you practice all these strategies, the better you will become! To help you with the mood-boosting, check out my free download.

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Fixing sleep issues with the power of hypnosis

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Fixing Sleep Issues with the Power of Hypnosis


The current pandemic has certainly changed the way we live our everyday lives.

It has affected many of our daily routines, and one of its biggest reported impacts has been that on sleep - sleep becomes more elusive when we are anxious.

Many people are suffering sleep issues for the first time in their lives:

awake for long periods 

unable to fall asleep at all 

wake up several times during the night 

more intense and emotional dreams 

tired and groggy the next morning 

find it difficult to concentrate or function properly 

feel irritable 
But good sleep stratagems will help you sleep well and can limit the negative effects of poor sleep. 

Try these FIVE hints for calmer and better sleep. 

1 Limit news intake and avoid your mobiles and tablets for at least an hour before bed

Do something to boost your mood before bed - a humorous television programme or an uplifting podcast can help you sleep

2 Have structure to your day

Our brains and bodies love structure. Wake, exercise, eat and sleep at similar times each day

3 Focus on your breathing

Think about resting rather than sleeping. Follow your breathing by silently whispering the words ‘in’ and ‘out’ to induce sleep.

4 Learn to relax

Relaxation can switch off the stress response, physically and mentally. Find something that works for you - mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing or a long hot bath.

5. If you can’t sleep - get out of bed

Your bed should not be a battleground. Instead, try to enjoy the sensation of merely resting.

Hypnosis can help many forms of sleep issues and insomnia.

If you are not sleeping well, and traditional treatments are not working, hypnosis may be able to help you sleep the way you deserve.

It uses different approaches to induce relaxation, such as focused attention, symptom control and guided imagery.

And, unlike sleep medications, it has no side effects, so it can be an aid for those who can’t or don’t want to take sleeping pills.

It can help overcome bedtime restlessness - ease the worry, tension and anxiety that prevent sleep - and can show the way to the deep, restorative sleep that we all need.