Sunday, 28 May 2017

Get Rid of Your Unwanted Habit

Do you have an unwanted habit? Do you wish you could stop over-eating, tackle your eating disorder, make sleep problems a thing of the past, rid yourself of a fear of spiders, mice, flying etc?
Or do you want to stop smoking and have tried everything - but nothing works?
Hypnotherapy could be the answer you are looking for. Over the past year, Mind Generating Success has helped many people with weight loss, eating disorders, phobias and sleep problems. MGS has also helped people finally stop smoking - one client, who had smoked for over 20 years, stopped after just one session.
Unlike stage hypnotists, hypnotherapy does not mean you are put to sleep. You are awake and in control throughout. Sessions are conducted by a fully qualified hypnotherapist.
To arrange an initial, no-obligation consultation contact me on 07521 353 787 or email me at today.
Evening and weekend appointments are available. Home visits by arragement.
Take the first step to changing your life.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Over-Indulged on Chocolate This Easter? Help is at Hand!

Have you had a good Easter? How many chocolate eggs have you consumed? You can tell us, we won’t tell anyone!

Many of us over-indulge at Easter (as we also tend to do at Christmas) which can be demoralising if one is trying to lose weight. Have you been on a calorie-controlled diet with the daily battle to try and lose a pound or two a week? If so, you may recognise that, at the end of the week, you step on to the scales, possibly with some trepidation, to discover you have lost a couple of pounds. Great! Then you decide to ‘treat’ yourself to that chocolate bar (or Easter egg) that’s been tempting you all week or that brightly coloured cake that’s been winking at you from the baker’s shop window every day when you go to work. Thus, all your hard work is undone….

Many of us enjoy a wee indulgence occasionally.  However, for many, snacking can evolve from a wee indulgence to a regular way of managing emotional problems. How often have you said, ‘I know I shouldn’t but it’s been a tough week/I need some comfort/just one won’t hurt me?’

Or how often have you phoned your partner on the way home from work on a Friday evening after a tough week and said, ‘do you fancy a chippy tea?’ as you really can’t be bothered to go to the effort of cooking anything? Aye, I’ve got the tee-shirt (previously XL but now Medium)

This psychological drive to consume unhealthy, sugar coated food such as chocolate, biscuits, cakes etc. or fried food such as chips can be worsened by the addictive aspect of such foods; thus, begins a vicious circle where you eat because you feel stressed – subsequently you put on weight – therefore your stress increases….

Does this sound familiar?

If it does, don’t worry - you’re not alone. It’s part of our culture to ‘reward’ ourselves with food and even to mark celebrations such as Easter, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries etc. When this is done on moderation it’s perfectly fine. If you’re a member of a gym, going out for a meal on a Friday night can be balanced by an hour or so at the gym on a Saturday morning. It becomes a problem when this behaviour becomes excessive and/or regular and you begin to ‘reward’ yourself with food more often than is healthy for you. Then it becomes more difficult to keep your weight under control.

So, okay, smart-Alec, I hear you ask. What’s the solution? Well, it’s worth considering that everyone is different and what works well for one person may not work at all for someone else. What you need to consider from a personal point of view is the deep-rooted reasons for you snacking as this works in cahoots with your subconscious mind. And this is where hypnotherapy can help.

Perhaps your snacking habits developed as a child. Did your family ‘reward’ you with a bag of sweets for doing well at school or learning to ride a bicycle or learn to swim? Did your grandparents always ‘treat’ you to some sweets when they saw you? As a grandfather to four little brats young people, I stand guilty as charged over this – my two daughters lecture me about how I should take round some fruit for the wee ones rather than chocolate, cakes etc. And, of course, they are quite right.

So, how can hypnotherapy work to help you stop snacking?

Rather than attempting to work with your will power – which may be a losing battle - hypnotherapy will work with the main cause of your snacking habit and re-educate your brain with different, positive thoughts.

A hypnotic approach helps people shed unwanted weight and stay slim for the foreseeable future. This is done by using the power of positive suggestion. You will be in a conscious, yet deep state of relaxation. No, you’re not put to sleep and made to dance like a chicken around the room like some stage hypnotists. You are awake, aware and in control at all times. I can help embed new strategies to replace the old, habitual snacking process which has developed over the years.

After a few sessions, your aim will be to decrease your wish to have snacks, meaning that healthy diet plans are much simpler to sustain.

I have had great success with clients who have come to see me with weight management issues. One client has lost nearly three stones in five months.

Interested? Contact me at Mind Generating Success today I can start helping you to re-educate your brain and make snacking history.

Weekend and evening appointments available. Home visits by arrangement. If you’re a public sector employee and a member of Premium Benefits, you’ll get 20% off each session.

Phone me on 07521353787 (24 hours)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

How Was Your Day?

How has your day been at work? Tough? Do you feel unable to cope with the demands being placed on you? Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as a lack of confidence and self-esteem.

Stress can hit anyone at any level of the business and recent research shows that work related stress is widespread and is not confined to any particular sector, job or industry.

If you are fed up with your lot, you may be looking to change jobs or even change your career. With application forms and CVs submitted, the first hurdle is getting short-listed. When you get that email or letter inviting you to attend an interview you get an adrenalin rush and are on a high. But then you read that, as part of the interview, you have to give a presentation. Perhaps you revel in this. Or perhaps – like many people – you panic at the thought.

You really want this job. And to have a chance of beating off the undoubtedly stiff competition, you know you will have to give a good presentation. But if you’re someone who is lacking in self-confidence, you may be in self-defeating mode even before the interview begins.

I’ve had clients tell me ‘I’m no good at presentations. I know what I want to say but it just doesn’t come out right’.  Or ‘I hate talking to a group of people, particularly people I’ve never met before’. Or ‘I know I can do the job but I’m not sure I can talk the talk’.

Self-doubt takes over. Self-confidence dips. This can affect not only your presentation but your interview particularly if the presentation is at the end of the competency based questions – and the presentation has been on your mind so much you haven’t been able to fully concentrate on the rest of the interview.

So, what can you do to overcome this dilemma?

Hypnotherapy can help. I have been asked to help clients who dread having to give presentations, whether as part of a job interview or in their existing role. Hypnotherapy can increase self-confidence and self-esteem – and it has worked for clients who have approached me in the last year.

So, what is hypnotherapy, I hear you ask? Well, hypnosis is an altered and heightened state of awareness that is sometimes referred to as a trance state. Most of us slip in and out of trance states throughout the day in everyday life. Has anyone ever said to you ‘Hey – you’re away in a dream!’ in an attempt to get your attention? When you day-dream you are at your most relaxed and comfortable. This is often when the best ideas 'pop' into your mind – they certainly do in my case!

You may be aware there are two parts to the mind, the conscious and the subconscious. Many therapists use the term 'unconscious' instead of 'subconscious', and many describe the workings of the mind in great detail. My explanation is very simple: 

The Conscious
You are aware and in the present with your conscious mind. It’s the part of your mind that reasons and makes decisions and choices. It acts as a filter to thoughts and suggestions, deciding whether to keep them in the forefront of your mind, or put them ‘on hold’, or to dismiss them altogether. When a thought or suggestion is put ‘on hold’, it goes straight to the subconscious where it is filed away.

The Subconscious
The subconscious is a container for your thoughts. Amongst other things, it houses all the information your conscious gives it to store, like memories and things it can't deal with immediately.

Hypnotherapy is a skilled verbal communication, used during hypnosis, which helps direct your imagination in such a way as to bring about intended alterations in sensations, perceptions, feelings, thoughts and behaviour. The process begins with an initial consultation meeting during which I will ask questions about your lifestyle. I will also ask about things that make you relaxed such as your favourite place in the world to go; happy memories of a special time in your life; favourite pastimes and generally things that make you feel happy and relaxed. From this initial consultation, I create a bespoke script for use during the hypnosis. We will then decide together on the changes or goals that are desired.

Unlike stage show hypnotists, during hypnotherapy you are fully conscious and aware at all times. You will never be asked to do anything you don’t want to do - so there will be no flapping around the room believing you are a chicken! With regards to having to do a presentation, hypnotherapy can help you to:

  • Control feelings of nerves
  • Project your voice
  • Answer questions
  • Deal with tricky situations
·       If you are looking to change your job or career but feel you may struggle with a job interview or presentation, hypnotherapy may be for you. If you are interested in finding out more, please have a look at my website Mind Generating Success. You can phone or text me on 07521353787 (24 hours) to arrange a date and time for an initial consultation or email me at: 

It’s not as expensive as you might think – £60 per session. If you’re a public-sector worker and a Premium Benefits member, you’ll get a whopping 20% off every session.

Evening and weekend appointments are available if required. Home visits are available by arrangement.

We have but one life – so why not try and change your life for the better?

Mike Smith Hyp CS
National Hypnotherapy Society Membership No: HYP14-01935

Monday, 27 March 2017

How Was Your Day?

How has your day been at work? Tough? Do you feel unable to cope with the demands being placed on you? Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as a lack of confidence and self-esteem.
Stress can hit anyone at any level of the business and recent research shows that work related stress is widespread and is not confined to particular sectors, jobs or industries. That is why a population-wide approach is necessary to tackle it.
Hypnotherapy is one area which is proving successful at alleviating not only work-related stress but stress in general.
If you're experiencing stress, work-related or not, and are interested in finding out what hypnotherapy can do for you, contact me by email at or by phone on 07521 353 787.

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Life-Changing Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful ways to stop smoking safely and easily. I had a recent client who has stopped smoking after ten years. The recent feedback he gave me was that he is now a non-smoker and feels proud to tell me people he no longer smokes. Hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking after just one session. A smoking cessation session costs £95. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day you spend close to £3,000 a year on tobacco. Think what you could do with that money.

If you want to reduce your weight without dieting and feelings of deprival, hypnotherapy is a proven way of changing your eating habits. Hypnotherapy removes unwanted habits by addressing emotional eating, negative thoughts and feelings about your body and desire for unhealthy snacks. The power of your mind can help increase the desire for eating nourishing foods, water and exercise.

One of my clients has lost nearly two stones in just four months. To quote he said ‘Hypnotherapy has changed my outlook on food. I no longer have an inclination to eat chocolate just because it’s there. If you’re like me and are serious about losing weight – and nothing else has worked – try hypnotherapy. It really does work’

Like a drink but are wanting to cut back or even stop?  Hypnotherapy is a successful way to address this. Hypnosis is the most effective way of removing habits, unwanted behaviours and addictions that no longer serve you and is a quick, safe and natural method.

Struggling to cope with stress in your life? Stress can be a good thing but too much stress can have a serious impact on your life. Stress reduction with hypnosis is one of the easiest ways to achieve deep relaxation. It is a very effective way to enhance your health and well-being, leaving you feeling calmer, more positive and very refreshed.

Re-programme your mind to achieve success in your life whether at work or in relationships. If you are lacking the motivation, hypnotherapy can help improve your confidence and self-esteem and help you envisage your best possible future.

Fears and phobias can hold us back and restrict our lives. Our unconscious mind’s primary function is to protect us from emotional pain and physical harm which is why these problems arise. By taking you back to find the event, cause or experience that has caused this issue we can then resolve, release, and rewrite the past. One of my clients had an irrational fear of spiders. After a few sessions of hypnotherapy, she views the little creatures differently and they no longer frighten her.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful way of resolving the negative effects of IBS - so much so that it is now recommended by the NHS.

Anxiety and depression can be caused or exacerbated by harsh critical words we say to ourselves. We all have negative thoughts but when these take over our lives these can have a damaging effect. Hypnotherapy can help reframe negative thought patterns that keep us stuck where we don’t want to be and move us towards positive, empowering and life affirming thoughts and behaviours.

Hypnotherapy has been a proven success in fertility, doubling the chances of success when used with IVF. For women struggling with conceiving, this is a positive and effective way of removing any blocks that are unconsciously stopping you having a baby.

Every thought you think has a physical reaction in your body. Start using the power of your mind and heal your body. Hypnotherapy can change the way you feel and the way you view things that have a negative impact on your life. We have just one life – why not make the most of it?

The article above is based on a piece by Elaine Marsh, clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.

So, if you are someone who wants to lose some weight, stop smoking, cut back on alcohol – but find your willpower evaporates after a few weeks – or if you are someone who has a phobia (for example, fear of spiders, rodents, flying) - contact me today to arrange an appointment for a consultation.

The cost of a consultation is just £10 and this is deducted from the cost of your first session. Sessions are £60; for smoking cessation, it’s £95.

My website and email address is below - you can leave a message on my mobile phone at any time, day or night.

If you would prefer a home visit, I would be happy to arrange this.

Take the first step to changing your life!

Mike Smith Cert Hyp CS
tel: 0752 135 3787 (24 hours)


twitter: @smith_mgs 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Your Existence is a Priority

Do you want to lose weight or stop smoking? Looking to overcome a phobia or increase your self-confidence?

Hypnotherapy can help with all of these things as well as stress, depression and anxiety.

Visit Mind Generating Success  for further information.

Interested in arranging a consultation meeting?

Email me:

Tel: 0752 1353 787 (24 hours)

Evening and weekend appointments available. Home visits by arrangement