Author Archives: andrewaustin

Staying Sane in Insane Places

I noticed something recently. A while ago I was stuck in the company of a “friend” whom I find particularly aggravating. I find her behaviour controlling and contradictory whilst her endless rhetorical negative remarks seem to demand constant agreement. Family … Continue reading

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Liver Failure

I found a disturbing story on the BBC news website this morning: A critically ill teenager being treated for liver failure after binge drinking left his hospital bed and went to the pub for a drink, it has been confirmed. … Continue reading

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Over rated sense of self importance

A pattern I have long since noticed with therapists is a generally over-rated sense of self-importance. Too many therapists seem to proclaim how they are busy changing the world, making the world better and so forth. Some might be actually … Continue reading

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Problem Drinkers

A few years ago at a workshop in Leeds with Frank Farrelly and Nick Kemp, Farrelly was asked what advice he’d give to therapists. “Grow a thicker skin!” came one suggestion. I like this. Frank also talked about “therapist eaters” … Continue reading

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I want you to help me lose weight

I turned another client down this week – the fourth prospective client this year that I have declined to give an appointment to. It surprises many people that I will turn down clients, but ethically it is important that therapists … Continue reading

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Hot weather affects the brain

I am sure that the increase in temperature that accompanies summer creates changes in brain chemistry. In the past week, I have declined more client appointments than in the past year alone. People are often surprised when I decline an … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy

I have noticed that hypnotherapists tend to worry a lot about epilepsy and a question that gets raised quite often on forums takes the form of, “I have a client coming with problem X, who also has epilepsy, is it … Continue reading

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Fetish

It seems that some “members” of the “fetish community” (I’m assuming there is such a thing) have taken a bit of an exception to my work in treating sexual fetishes and unwanted sexual attraction. Here’s one comment, ‘Fetish does not … Continue reading

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A Note on Anxiety

I chanced upon this interesting video on youtube recently. This dog appears to be either suffering from a very specific and unusual form of brain damage or suffering from a very specific and fixed perceptual position. It reminds me of the … Continue reading

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