Book Review: The Happiness Trap

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Book Review: The Happiness Trap Dr Russ Harris If there is one book that I am constantly handing out to clients and having to repurchase, it is ‘The Happiness Trap’. At the heart of this book is the framework for ACT (pronounced ACT, not A.C.T.) which stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Within that are a series of metaphors, explanations and techniques that, when taken the time to utilise in your day to day, can have a rather profound effect on your life. That’s a big claim, I know. For that, let me explain a little bit more about why this book is so important. One of the first things this book sets out to do is to break us free of the shackles of our fairy tale existence where we grow up believing that life is about aiming to achieve a constant state of happiness. As Dr Harris points out, this is an unrealistic expectation to hold onto and can actually limit us from being able to be fully present in the moment and aiming to have a life that is, instead, rich, full and meaningful. The Happiness Trap offers up a new insight into our thoughts and feelings…

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New Date; ‘Recording for Hypnotherapists’ Workshop

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This workshop will teach you how to get the best possible hypnosis recordings with the equipment that you have. After this workshop, you’ll have all the skills you need to create recordings that can be used to give away on your website to build a client base, to offer to your clients to listen to between sessions, to sell on your online store or to even create a podcast to help promote your business! I began running these workshops as I noticed just how techno-phobic hypnotherapists (and therapists in general) seemed to be. I kept wondering why that was, and when I did the research, I discovered that there was a lack of resources in this area. Given how much I enjoyed playing with audio and the experience I had with it, it made sense that I should put this workshop together. “You made something that seemed quite daunting now appear doable. Cheers!!!” (Phillip) With this workshop, you’ll be taught how to use audio software to record your hypnotherapy scripts, how to edit the recording afterwards, apply effects, add background music and export so that you can provide it to your clients. “It was one of the most practical and…

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The Truth About Hypnotherapy and Quitting Smoking

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The Truth About Hypnotherapy and Quitting Smoking When explaining that I’m a Clinical Hypnotherapist to people, the one (serious) question that I’m asked more than any other is, “Can you make me stop smoking?” Of course, the first is, “Can you make me cluck like a chicken?” Chicken sounds aside, smoking cessation seems to be viewed as one of the top functions for any hypnotherapist and, in my experience, it is also pushed as being the number one ‘bread and butter’ services that any credible hypnotherapist can offer. And why shouldn’t it be? When you consider the many reasons why people would want to quit, ranging from cancer through to how costly the habit is through to the effects on their physical fitness, smoking is a habit that is increasingly looking more and more outdated and old fashioned. But does it actually work? And if it does, why does it work? At the risk of sharing some of the secrets of my profession, I thought it was time to take a look at the facts and the techniques behind hypnotherapy and smoking cessation. While empirical research has been limited into the area, there are strings of testimonials on almost every…

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