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Ann Finnemore, Hypnotherapy, Coaching and Stress Management

I blog about the latest research, items appearing in the news, related books I've read and about how the various tools and techniques I use in therapy and coaching work. I also like to pass on any tips that could help you succeed in making any of those changes you've been thinking of (along with the occasional healthy recipe). I hope at least some of what I write makes you think -- that's always a good way to kick off a change of some sort!

Want to change? Start here

Want to change? Start here
Have you come across the story of a person asking directions only to get the reply “ Well, you wouldn’t start from here!” . It’s not a particularly useful response is it ? You need to know the directions from where you actually are, not from elsewhere. Although this is...
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Space - the final frontier or the final straw?

Space - the final frontier or the final straw?
I came across an interesting item in the news which mixed space travel and psychology (a heady mix!). It was about a plan to send a couple to Mars and back . The part of the item that caught my interest was the search for a couple to make the...
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Turning back the clock

Ageing is a subject that has fascinated people throughout history – and the search for an elixir of youth continues in laboratories throughout the world. But what if the real secret to how we age is something we already have within us? What if the way we view ageing –...
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What's so bad about stress

What's so bad about stress
Not all stress is bad for our health. In fact, some 'positive' stress is very good for us. It can be what makes life exciting --in good situations where we feel in control, it causes feelings of excitement and thrill. It can be motivating. However, when the stress is negative...
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Genuinely plastic

Genuinely plastic
As I've mentioned in previous blogs, a common feature of many of the people coming to see me for hypnotherapy and coaching is the limiting belief that change is either impossible or very difficult .  It is particularly common in those with a negative view of ageing , when inability...
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All Change

All Change
Hypnotherapy and NLP can bring about lasting changes to the way we think, feel and behave and many clients who come to see me for hypnotherapy and NLP tell me that they believe that they cannot change – they will use the limiting belief that their current situation or problem...
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A healthy attitude

A healthy attitude
At first glance it would seem that the research f indings on the impact of attitude upon health and disease are conflicting . For example in one Australian study of 170 cancer patients, it was found that those with an optimistic ‘fighting spirit ’ were no more likely to survive...
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Gut instinct? Maybe we should go with it

Gut instinct? Maybe we should go with it
Most of us have experienced having to m ake big decisions where we feel that we need to research a subject and consider carefully the options before making a choice. We often s pend hours Googling the matter, looking at comparison sites and reading up on all the necessary details...
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Healing through the looking glass

I'm constantly amazed and impressed by the brain's capacity for change and healing -- especially as when I was a student, it was firmly believed that the idea of brain plasticity was a crank one! In fact, the brain has an amazing capacity for adaptatio n and management of physical...
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Time - not just relative, but a matter of perspective too

Time - not just relative, but a matter of perspective too
Time , and how we perceive it , has a profound effect upon the way we experience our life and what we get out of it . We all have a relationship with, and attitude to, the past, the present and the future and getting the balance of these things...
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Mind-body practices change gene expression

Mind-body practices change gene expression
The emphasis of medicine on the mechanics and chemistry of our biology sometimes leaves us with a chasm between the observed links between our psychological and physical health and any known physiological mechanism to explain them.  I was fascinated therefore to read of recent research showing that ‘mind body’ practices...
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Forgetful, or stressed?

Forgetful, or stressed?
A recent study in rats showed that just three days of stress could result in  changes in the brain similar to those which are found in Alzheimer's disease . Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich have discovered that th e increased release of stress hormones in rats leads to production of a specific...
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