After one very bad argument with my wife which led to a temporary separation I realised I had an anger problem which needed dealing with. I was recommended to John by a friend and, after four appointments, the problem has been solved - hopefully for good. What I thought was an anger problem turned out to be something else - poor communication on my part, as well as my wife's. John taught me how to speak clearly when irritating problems came up, instead of ignoring things and letting the anger build up until it turned into rage. My wife also came to see John for two sessions and we now have a much better relationship. We also really enjoyed the sessions with John. In fact, during most of my sessions with him I was constantly laughing - he really does have a great sense of humour! Mr TL Surrey


Hi John. Just to say I have finally stopped using heroin after our sessions together. As you know I succeeded in getting my intake down from 140mg to 30mg over the past few years but just needed a little extra help and a few  pushes from you to give it up for good. Your addictions 'grid' is excellent and I keep it by me every day. That helps me notice when I am stressed and to keep a sharp look out for the triggers and the danger-zones to avoid in order to stay clean. I will be moving to the USA next September and I am so relieved that I can start a new life without this curse hanging over me. All the best.  Mr AW  London


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State management

By State management I mean the use of techniques to help you disconnect from trauma, develop a calm, collected, tranquil, disengaged state, or to prompt the sub-conscious mind to create change. To those ends I use EMDR, Mindfulness techiques, or Hypnosis.

EMDR is primarily used for the removal of trauma, as in post traumatic stress disorder related to war incidents, car accidents, air disasters, assault and rape, etc. or or in memories of child abuse. I have also used it successfully in the treatment of stress, phobia, social phobia, anxiety, panic attacks and depression

Each of these has in common a basic process, in which random hand signals are used to interrupt eye-movements while the client recalls a traumatic memory. This also interferes with the brain's attempt to re-process the memory. After a short time the brain's ability to link the memory with anxiety is neutralised and the traumatic response is eliminated.

One major reason for using Mindfulness techniques in combination with therapy is to slow down and quieten the Conscious Mind. If this is filled with loud, negative thoughts, or with worry, guilt, perfectionism and disaster stories then it is essential to clear these away in order to work effectively with depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence problems. Mindfulness techniques also tend to slow down brain-waves and, thereby in turn, to decrease anxiety as well as worry.

Hypnosis disengages the Conscious Mind and prevents it from interfering with change. Most people experience it as a relaxed state of semi-sleep. Using it we can request the sub-conscious mind to disconnect problems, change perceptions and create vivid, compelling new behaviours.