This is an article I got published in Pain Matters magazine. Hypnotherapy is one of the best-known complementary therapies, but, it is also one of the least understood.  Hypnotherapist Stephen McMurray explains how it works and how it can be used in pain management. Read more

Recent research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that hypnotherapy was an effective treatment for people suffering with depression.  Hypnotherapy works at the subconscious level to offer positive suggestions to boost moods and break negative thinking patterns, making people feel better. Read more

Needle phobia is thought to affect at least 10% of the population and is when people have a fear of a medical procedure that involves needles or injections.  For many this is related to a fear of seeing blood, or simply thinking about the injection.  Which may make them feel faint.  Often needle phobia has its origins in bad memories of injections as a child.

Hypnotherapy can help you overcome needle phobia by putting you in a relaxed state of mind and making positive suggestions to your subconscious mind.  These positive suggestions can help you disassociate yourself from the phobia or fear.  This can take the emotion of the needle away from you and leave you feeling much more in control and calmer about going for an injection or blood test.

As the vaccine continues to be rolled out, it is important that you get it (unless there is a reason you can’t).  If you have a fear of needles, it is worth getting a hypnotherapy session to help you feel calmer and more in control of the situation.  Contact me now to find out more about hypnotherapy and how it can help you get over any fears of needles you may have.

I met Peter Krykant outside the Scottish Parliament. Peter runs the safe consumption van in Glasgow. This enables drug users to take their drugs in a safer method than out in the streets. Peter brought his van to the Scottish Parliament to highlight the appalling drugs deaths in Scotland, which is a much worse than the overall UK drugs death rate. Read more

I wrote a book review for Pain Matters magazine, published by Pain Concern:

Sleeping with Pain
Strategies for a restful night from pain-management expert
By Dr Sue Peacock. Ann Jaloba Publishing, 136pp, £7.99
ISBN 9780995459922
Published 2016

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A report published in the British Medical Journal claimed that the economic cost of gambling addiction had been substantially underestimated.  There are an estimated nearly half-a-million problem gamblers in the UK.  They are more likely to be in lower economic classes and least able to afford such an addiction. Some of the increase in problem gamblers has been linked to those playing fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Read more