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  1. How do I find the right Children's Hypnotherapist ?

    Like many therapists I have seen an increase in the number of people who bring their children to me looking for help. As a member of the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) there are some things that you should always check before deciding who you would pick to work with your child.

    The Mail on Sunday released a story about the increase in children visiting hypnotherapists and although the tone of their story was somewhat sensational, as could be expected, they do bring up some interesting points that you should bear in mind.

    mail on sunday how to chose a good hypnotherapist for your child

    According to the Mail on Sunday Many people are turning to quacks rather than trained therapists...

    Soaring numbers of parents are sending their children to be hypnotised to cure stress.

    Anxiety over school tests is blamed for fuelling the rise – although children as young as two are being treated for issues as diverse as tantrums, bedwetting and fussy eating.

    As the Mail report you could find yourself turning to someone who has not trained and in many cases do not even have much experience of working with children.

    What to look for when searching for a hypnotherapist for your child

    Children can suffer the same stresses and anxiety that adults can, and seeing a qualified hypnotherapist can really help them through tough periods and also help them to learn about ways that they can deal with that stress during the rest of their lives. They can suffer the same fears and phobias as adults, as well as nail biting, bed wetting or other habits that can cause them stress. Of course exam nerves are also very common.

    Ask the therapist about their training and qualifications. As well as my other qualifications in hypnotherapy I also hold an HPD. The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma is only held by about one in five hypnotherapists. Make sure that like myself, they are a member of a professional body such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy.  I have also an extensive amount of experience working with children. Before I was a hypnotherapist I worked with children as an actor and facilitator. This means that I ran workshops in over 1000 schools working with thousands and thousands of children. You can train as much as you like but the experience of working with children and treating them with respect and understanding makes a real difference.

    Can I have hypnotherapy on Skype?

    As well as working with people who travel to see me I am also able to offer sessions via Skype and this can really help. Being able to visit without having to travel can help take away some of the pressure that your child may feel when they visit someone new. It also means that any recordings that we may make for them to listen to can be sent right away as MP3 files and they can listen to them as soon as they wish. They also have them to listen to whenever they need to help reinforce the work we are doing, or just to have a few minutes away from the stresses they are facing.

    If you would like to read more about my work as a hypnotherapist for children then just click here:http://www.markpowlett.co.uk/hypnotherapyforchildren.html

    You can call me on 07980233160 or email me on [email protected]

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    How Does EMDR work?

    Can I do EMDR on myself?

    If you read the Daily Mail you may have seen an article about EMDR which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

    It is a very powerful technique which has been around for a few years. It was created by Francine Shapiro, and is just one of the ways that I can help people who come to see me deal with traumatic incidents in their past that are still having an emotional effect.

    Whilst seeing an article in a mainstream paper is always a bonus you may well start to read it and think “Can I do EMDR on myself? It just seems like waggling my fingers in front of my eyes!”

    As ever the headline and the sensational way that the therapy is reported on really doesn’t do it justice.

    Eyes How does EMDR Work?

    Here’s how The Mail headlined the story...

    How you can erase painful memories just by moving your eyes: An increasingly popular type of therapy can diminish negative memories and help your wellbeing
     It might sound like a budget hypnosis session but this strange eye flicking ritual is an increasingly popular therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is used for a number of serious conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and common stress.

    Devotees say simply moving your eyes from left to right between 25 and 30 times can diminish negative memories and, therefore, their impact on your wellbeing.



     Of course this is a very simplistic way of explaining what happens in an EMDR Session. In reality it is likely to be part of a longer period of therapy and certainly a great deal of fact gathering before someone start moving their fingers back and forth!

    However, it is fair to say that they do go on to give quite a good explanation of how EMDR works.

    So, How does EMDR process your memories for you?

    'Memories are processed according to previous experience and assumption and then assimilated,' explains chartered clinical psychologist and former president of the EMDR Association in UK and Ireland, Dr Robin Logie. We learn from memory: hot items aren't picked up, certain foods avoided. These are all filed away and, on the whole, memories from long ago are vague. But if you have a bad experience, that negative memory is frozen in time. Your brain can't process it and the memory returns in dreams and flashbacks, often with a physical response such as feeling sick or actual pain. Rather than fading, it stays as vivid as the day on which it occurred. It hasn't been correctly processed.'

    emdr daily mail story march 2016

    Brain scans have shown that when a traumatic event occurs, there is increased activity in the part of the brain which stores memories associated with sound, touch and smell, but not in the rational frontal lobes where reasoning occurs.

    So trauma is stored in the brain as vivid images, sensations and sounds. Once lodged, this memory doesn't fade and exerts a disproportionate influence on subsequent behaviour.


     This method of helping people deal with trauma was created by Francine Shapiro and is practiced by many people across the world. How it feels to many people can be described as detaching the feeling from the memory. So, you don’t forget that something had happened. It isn’t erased...like the Mail seem to think, it just doesn’t have the same emotive reaction any more.

    If you would like to find out more about how EMDR could help you then do feel free to call me on 07890 233160 or drop me an email via this link EMAIL ME HERE. If you are looking for someone local to you who could help you, my advice would be to check what other training and qualifications they have alongside EMDR so that they have the widest available methods to really help you to get what you want.