Category Archives: Psychology

Hypnotic download: Relax & Change Hypnotically

andyoldfield4Music and voice for relaxation, meditation, self-hypnosis and self-development

Combining hypnotic words and music, the content of this audio has been effective for many of my clients who have used it to make all sorts of changes in their life from increasing self- esteem and confidence through overcoming limiting beliefs to breaking unwanted habits.

Instead of a hypnosis audio that treats a single specific issue, this one uses permissive Ericksonian language to enable anyone with any issue to get their unconscious and conscious minds to work together.

If you have a problem with how you think, feel or behave and want to make changes in your life, you can easily bring that problem with you as you listen in privacy to “Relax And Change Hypnotically” while your unconscious mind begins generating solutions for you.

This relaxing hypnosis audio is based on Milton Erickson’s hypnotic interview technique and Robert Dilts’ SCORE framework for initiating change processes.

Relax & Change Hypnotically is available from CD Baby

Book review: An Introduction to Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy by Damian Hamill

cover150x250There are many introductory textbooks on the market aimed at newcomers to the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Unfortunately, I find few of them worth recommending to students on the courses I teach. Damian Hamill’s book, however, went straight onto my reading lists because it succeeds where so many other books fail.

For a start, he gets the underlying science and psychology right – it always helps if an author actually knows what he’s talking about. Similarly when talking about psychotherapeutic models, Damian Hamill eschews psycho-babble in favour of concise and accurate language. Just as importantly, he gets the ethics right too. In an area still tainted by quackery and charlatanism this is vital.

As a master practitioner and trainer of NLP, he has a particular theoretical perspective which he brings to bear on the subject. He also brings other perspectives to bear, but does so in a well-balanced way, neither attempting to hide them nor engaging in tub-thumping for any school.

The end result is a text that is concise, authoritative, informative and well-written. Feedback from my students has been positive.

Damian Hamill – An Introduction To Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy ( is available at Amazon & iTunes book stores.

Positive thinking? I don’t think so…

Chanting all those positive affirmations has never seemed that great an idea to me. I’ve always approached them with caution in one-to-one work with clients as I’ve found they can encourage wish-fulfillment fantasies, inhibit balanced thought processes and encourage depressive styles of thought, encourage unhealthy perfectionist traits, and be completely unrealistic. Doctor Jeremy Dean has surveyed research on another two downsides: why they backfire for some people and are harmful for others.

Having said that, they can be useful – if they’re constructed properly. NLP practitioners ought to use the well-formed outcomes model to help construct them while trainers and consultants might be more familiar with the SMART model of goal setting and use that to produce affirmations that are not vapid and woolly.