Author Archives: andrewaustin

Me, Myself and I

Until recently I lived at the back of the former home of J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, by the sea in Rustington, West Sussex. I now live about 150 meters down the road closer to the sea. We have … Continue reading

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Tea or Coffee?

The “tea or coffee” bind is a very useful predictor for how well a session may go.  Whilst I use an offer of a hot beverage, any bind of alternative choices will do. Here is how it works.  When the … Continue reading

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Problem clients

I’ve been thinking about problem clients recently, as it is something I get asked about quite often by fellow therapists, especially those just starting out.  “How do you deal with problem clients?” is a common question so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Catastrophisation

I first came across the term “catastrophisation” many years ago in a conversation with a clinical psychologist at Southampton General Hospital. I understood that it is a concept often explored in CBT client work. Basically, it is making mountains out … Continue reading

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Dial 419 NLP Nigerian

I’ve just spent a few minutes Googling on the words, “NLP career.”  It is interesting how many training companies are offering their services from the sales angle of `NLP as a new career.”  Nothing new of course, but the question … Continue reading

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The Map is Not The Territory?

I must be getting old, either that or I am just getting tired. I’ve seen it happen to relatives and their peers who take up political causes, rage at the television news debates, get angry at the behaviour of the … Continue reading

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Law of Attraction

There seems to have been a new work ethic lurching about in recent years.  It looks something like this:  “If it seems difficult, or if it seems like hard work, then you are doing it wrong.”   The Law of … Continue reading

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Teaching the Armless to Juggle

One of the tips I offer therapists and clinicians on my Brass Bollocks workshop is that in order to get more clients, some of them may need to reduce and lower their claims for success.  The main issue is that … Continue reading

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Cold Callers

Today’s idiot phone call.  I get one or two a week. Ring, ring… Me: “Good afternoon, Andy Austin, how can I help?” Caller: “Hello, is that Mister Austin?” Me: “Yes it is.  How can I help?” Caller: “You run a … Continue reading

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NLP, Metaphors, Neurology and Depression

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