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Employee Assistance Schemes

Hypnosis Health Clinic Leicester UK; Dubai UAE

Do you know that if you or your employers pay into the scheme Paycare or any other relevant schemes they will contribute towards your therapy with me?

As I belong to the UK’s respected therapy bodies setting high standards of therapy recognised worldwide I fit the criteria set by Paycare and schemes enabling you to get specific therapeutic support.

  • BACP – British Assoc of Consellors & Psychotherapy
  • GHR – General Hypnotherapy Register
  • CNHC – Complementary National Healthcare Council
  • I am also a registered Bupa Mental Health Therapist.

Call me freephone 0800 612 8159 to see how I can get you on your road to freedom and success or email leicstherapy@gmail.com

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Can You Afford To Smoke?

Leicester Therapy Centre 

The Budget 2012 brought about an instant increase (what shopkeeper was going to wait until 6pm?!) of 37p on a packet of 20 cigarettes, bringing them up to an average price of a whopping £8 a packet, unbelievable! By the time you’ve bought them, some mints and the paper there’s not much change out of a tenner is there?! Can you afford to lose a tenner a day, to literally go up in smoke?

If you are a smoker, it will have crossed your mind at some point, more than once, that you must stop smoking one day, but then another day goes by and so on. Little reminders every so often such as:

  • You start dating a new boy/girlfriend who doesn’t smoke and they complain about your faggy smell and taste
  • Your morning coughing fits are so bad, you actually wee a little bit to go along side your attractive bouts of wheezing
  • You’re out with the boss trying to make a good impression, but keep thinking about how/when you escape for a fag
  • Your child doesn’t like cuddling you because Mummy/Daddy smells of cigarettes

You promise yourself, right I’m going to Stop Smoking once and for all!! All smokers need some sort of motivation to finally quit for good. For you it may be one of the above or something similar, we haven’t even begun to look at the Health reasons yet and they tend to be the last reason to quit. It could be that you simply cannot afford to smoke any more.

If you smoke 20 a day, you could be spending up to £225 a month on cigarettes. Thats £2,700 a year! What ever salary you’re on, that’s a huge chunk of it!

Just think what you could do with all that money, a fantastic luxury holiday, home improvements, a super shopping trip, upgrade your car. . .  What would you do with £2,700? Do you choose to set it alight and burn it away?

We’re all about saving money, 5p on a litre of fuel so you make sure you go to that Supermarket when the offer is on, or 3 for 2, yes please! We go to great lengths to save pennies yet think nothing of wasting thousands of pounds a year on something that does no good for us whatsoever.

Hypnotherapy for stopping smoking is one of the most successful ways to quit smoking for good in Leicester. Quick, easy and it does what it says on the tin. You come in a smoker, you leave a non smoker.

‘Does it really work?’ Is often asked, Yes it does, if you are 100% ready and committed to giving up smoking, hypnosis to stop smoking can work for you. If my lady who has been smoking for 60 years can stop – she started smoking when she was 14 years old in the days when it was thought smoking did you good! So can you.

Call me freephone 0800 612 8159 or email leicstherapy@gmail.com to see how I can help you stop smoking quickly, easily and all in one session. The rate for Smoking Cessation hypnotherapy in Leicester is £195, less than what you spend in one month alone on cigarettes. Stop Smoking Leicester is committed to helping you reach your goals, call now for a friendly non committal chat if you would like to find out more.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Shelly 🙂

How much coffee do you drink?

How much coffee do you drink a day? It’s a question I ask all my clients, regardless of the initial reason they are with me. The effects of caffeine can compound all areas of issue, be that weight loss, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and more.

Coffee contains three stimulants: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. Although caffeine is the strongest, theophylline is known to disturb normal sleeping habits and de caffeinated coffee isn’t stimulant free either.

The reason that people get hooked on coffee especially in the morning is that they think it makes them feel better, energised and alert. Coffee is addictive so all you are doing is feeding your addiction. Research has shown that coffee drinkers don’t feel any better than non coffee drinkers after that first important cup in the morning. All you are really doing by drinking coffee in the morning is relieving the symptom of withdrawal, much like a smoker after the first cigarette of the day.

Caffeine: Is a stimulant that speeds up the nervous system and other body systems. Within fifteen minutes of drinking a cup of coffee the level of adrenaline in blood rises, which means an increase heart rate, breathing rate, urinary output and the production of stomach acids.

The more caffeine you consume, the more your body and brain become insensitive to its own natural stimulants, dopamine and adrenaline. You then need more stimulants to feel normal, and keep pushing your body to produce more dopamine and adrenaline. Eventually the body cannot cope and an inability to produce these important chemicals of motivation and communication sets in which result in apathy, depression, exhaustion and an inability to cope.

The average person should aim to have no more than 100mg of caffeine per day.

  • Cup of instant coffee 55mg
  • Cup of brewed coffee 105mg
  • Can of coke 32mg
  • Can of diet coke 42mg
  • Cup of tea 35mg

There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your caffeine intake to balance your body and moods. Complete withdrawal is preferable but you will get withdrawal symptoms only for a few days, these are usually in the form of headaches. Try cutting down, if you have 4 cups a day, have 3 for a week, then down to 2 cups a day ect. Try Green Tea instead for your morning fix, with 20-30mg in each cup you have the added benefits of important anti oxidants which are beneficial for health and weight loss.

The irony is coffee makes you tired, a simple change can release you from the vicious cycle of stress and stimulants. Try making that change, today.

How to choose your therapist.

If you’re looking for a therapist, you probably have come to the decision after a period of soul-searching, self medication or feeling low about life or the circumstances you’re in.

Going to the hair salon or a Spa is a great for pick me up and most reputable places have a presence on your local High Street where their familiarity assures you, so when you do eventually pop in you feel like you already know them. This is the premise that all major stores and company’s adopt, there is a reason for their constant advertising, its to buy you in without you even realising it!

When it comes to something on a more personal level, it becomes difficult, as no one really shouts about the fact that they are having therapy, we are all very busy looking and behaving if everything is absolutely fine. Think of when you bump into a friend, ‘How are you?’ ‘Fine thanks’ is the instant reply, even if you are anything but. How many times have you said the same thing, ‘Oh i’m fine thanks?’

The Hypnotherapy profession is enjoying some positive exposure in the press, notably for the amazing results achieved in weight loss, including virtual gastric band hypnotherapy. Smoking cessation is also very effective and to date holds the most impressive success rate against all other methods to stop smoking. This is wonderful new as Hypnotherapy is one of the most commendable ways to tackle many of the problems and difficulties that life throws at us. However Hypnotherapy is not just for weight loss or to stop smoking, this I will cover in more detail in another post.

So after some time you realise you’ve had enough of dealing with problems on your own and are looking for a therapist. Where do you start? You may recall an advert here or there, but at the time you didn’t need it so never gave it a second thought, besides who keeps old magazines and papers theses days? Most likely the first port of call will be good old Google, how did we manage without it?

You may google ‘weight loss hypnotherapy in leicester’ or ‘how to stop smoking once and for all’ or any manner of search terms and Google will throw up an infinite number of results for you. How do you know one which are the reputable establishments and who really is who? I would suggest you look at the most respected Governing Body for the profession you are interested. For Counselling and Psychotherapy in the UK it is the BACP, for Hypnotherapy the largest and most respected organisations are the NCH and the GHR. These are independent regulatory bodies that set standards of practice, research, assess and monitor practitioners to ensure they are practising within the law and its members agree to work within their Codes and Ethical framework.

They have very informative websites with lots of information useful to arm you with knowledge that will enable you to make an informed decision. They also confirm that your practitioner is suitably qualified and insured for your safety. The Hypnotherapy Directory is the largest independent advertising directory and only advertises therapists who are members of these organisations. There is also the CNHC, which has been set up the Government to regulate Complementary Therapies and is used for referral by your GP and to protect the public.

So after sifting thorough lots of information you may have a list with a few choice names. Location is another factor, if you are seeing someone for a one off treatment such as smoking cessation you perhaps won’t mind travelling but if its something that requires a few visits you may need them to be local. Most reputable practitioners will have their own website, and this is useful to compare their information, find out about them, their style and manner and this can help you whittle the number down if need be. with the advent of all manner of social net working sites, are they on Twitter or Facebook? Do they have a blog? Is the content up to date, updated regularly, relevant, informative, professional and interesting? Does it matter to you if they are male or female?

Now you have narrowed the field to one or two favourites, the all important step is to make contact. I would suggest a practitioner who has all major avenues of contact, being a landline, a mobile, and an email address fills me with more security than just a mobile number and a name. Depending on your preference you can send an email or telephone them, and see what response you get. If you send an email, what is an acceptable length of time to wait for a reply? You may get their voicemail (they should have this) as if they are with clients they will be unable to take your call. Any professional will respond to your email or voicemail within 24 hours or sooner.

How do they sound on the telephone? Most therapists should be happy to have a free informal chat with you before you part with your money and this will go a long way in you deciding how you feel about them. Did they respond promptly to your email and how did they make you feel? Be wary of someone who has a secretary answering the call and is only interested in booking you in for an appointment. they are likely to be an independent telephone answering service with no actual idea of the therapy and cannot answer any of your queries. By speaking directly to your therapist, you can make an informed choice and go with your instincts, chosing whoever you feel most comfortable with. The relationship you have with your therapist, is known as the Therapeutic Alliance. The happier you are with your therapist, the stronger your alliance will be.

Press exposure of a particular therapist does not guarantee their effectiveness, but it will almost certainly guarantee a hike up in their prices. Do you see your therapists profile on relevant Hypnotherapy boards with transparent feedback and interaction or are they a one man operation self-regulated and a law unto themselves? There are many well qualified and highly effective new therapists out there, and there are long established complacent ones. Many practice out of their home office which is perfectly acceptable and reduces costs, if you prefer to visit an office on Harley St or similar you can find this too.

If possible you can’t beat reccomendation from someone you trust, as they will have first hand experience and this will guide you well on your way to sucessful therapy.

So to recap;

  • Approach a professional body and see who is qualified and insured in your area.
  • Study the available information and chose your favourites
  • Contact your favourites and be guided by your instincts, who will you get on well with?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for reccomendations from people you know and trust.

Good luck with your search, and please do get in touch if you would like any more help or information.

Shelly 🙂