Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Ten years in practice!


This summer Riverside Hypnotherapy and Coaching is celebrating ten years in business in Cork City, the majority of which I have been working full time in the practice, having given up my previous profession as a pharmacist.


Riverside Hypnotherapy and Coaching is located conveniently in the centre of Cork City on Lavitt's Quay, just a few paces from St Patrick's Bridge. The therapy room is comfortable and very private - with quadruple glazed windows to keep the street noise from disturbing the tranquil environment. My aim is to provide an atmosphere that is safe and homely, yet professional.

I have always striven to give the best possible service to my clients, and have continually updated my skills and training ever since I first embarked on this career. Over the years I have completed many hundreds of hours of training in hypno-psychotherapy, supervision,  and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and now hold the internationally recognised European Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (ECCH) and Diploma in Mind Coaching, in addition to the basic diplomas held by all qualified hypnotherapists. I also hold full membership of the Supervisors Association of Ireland. Although I have several thousand client hours behind me, I still regularly attend training and supervision to ensure I can always give the very best therapy and coaching that my clients deserve!

I specialise in the relief of anxiety and depression, and also treat phobias, panic attacks and stress related conditions. If you suffer from any of these, and would be interested in benefiting from my decade of experience, please contact me on 021 487 6072 or visit my website for more information.

Other services offered include smoking cessation therapy and cross-professional supervision for hypno-therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches and other professionals.


021 487 6072

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Targeting the seven basic patterns associated with depression: 7. Prevention

This is the final one in a series of seven blog posts published over several weeks in which I explain briefly how the symptoms of depression are dealt with using hypnotic suggestion and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Links to the previous six articles are available below. The session structures are based on the work of the American psychologist Dr Michael Yapko and the co-founder of the "Human Givens" psychological system, Dr Joe Griffin. This approach provides a gradual lifting of depression symptoms over the seven week programme. It works by targeting the unconscious thought processes that the depressed state is built upon.

1. Dealing with sleep disturbance


2. Looking to the future optimistically


3. It’s time to do something different


4. The complex issue of control


5. Drawing the line


6. Guilty or not guilty?  (follow the links to my earlier posts)


7. Prevention

As a client emerges from depression, it is perhaps not surprising that there is often a fear of the possibility of relapse. Depression is often triggered by stressful life situations and, of course, it is impossible to prevent stressful events from occurring in one's life. From time to time everyone experiences disappointment, rejection, humiliation or loss. The final session of the programme is designed to help the formerly depressed person face life's challenges with a comfortable knowledge that they now have the skills and the mindset to cope, and even flourish.

Dr Michael Yapko's approach has the goal of empowering the client to choose their own response to any situation and to help them discover that they have the foresight to realistically anticipate circumstances. The work of the previous six therapeutic sessions all come together in this final one the jigsaw puzzle is now complete. As before, the hypnotic part of the session is recorded onto CD for use at home. By this time, the client now has seven recordings, six of which are aimed at specific depression symptoms, and this final one, which sets the former sufferer on the pathway of self-reliance, able to lead a satisfying and enjoyable life, and to make their own choices and not feel pressured by the unrealistic or unreasonable demands of others.

There are a lot of good things to look forward to.

If you are a depression sufferer and would like a more detailed and specific explanation of how this approach could work for you, please feel free to contact me to organise a free introductory consultation.






021 487 6072

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Targeting the seven basic patterns associated with depression: 6. Guilty or not guilty?

This is the sixth in a series of seven blog posts published over several weeks in which I explain briefly how the symptoms of depression are dealt with using hypnotic suggestion and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I will post links to the other articles as they become available. The session structures are based on the work of the American psychologist Dr Michael Yapko and the co-founder of the "Human Givens" psychological system, Dr Joe Griffin. This approach provides a gradual lifting of depression symptoms over the seven week programme. It works by targeting the unconscious thought processes that the depressed state is built upon.

1. Dealing with sleep disturbance

2. Looking forward to the future optimistically

3. It's time to do something different

4. The complex issue of control

5. Drawing the line  (follow the links to my earlier posts)

6. Guilty or not guilty?
In the fourth blog post in this series I discussed the issue of control, and particularly the way in which the typical depression sufferer does not have a clear idea of what is and what is not within his or her control. A similar confusion often exists around the sense of responsibility. What is my responsibility and what is someone else's, and as a consequence what is and is not my fault or someone else's fault are often causes for great concern and worry. Guilty feelings are the inevitable result. This can sometimes include guilt about the bad choices other people make. The depressed person's self perception is often that they are somehow responsible for not preventing those people from making those choices.

The work in session six is centred around recognising the limits of what one can actually control, and learning how not to take responsibility for things that fall outside those limits. After all, there are many people who habitually use the "guilt trip" as a means to avoid taking responsibility for their own action or decision making - passing that responsibility on to another. The person with a depressed mindset is often a willing volunteer to take on another's shortcomings as his or her own, but by doing so, he or she is not actually doing themselves or that other person any favours. By taking responsibility for what they cannot control, and is not even theirs to control, they are actually preventing that other person from growing and learning to be more resourceful, while at the same time causing additional and unnecessary burdens for themselves.

It is also important for the client to learn to deal with the self critical internal dialogue that often accompanies this cycle of guilt, and this is an recurring theme throughout therapy. As in previous sessions, the trance part of the session is recorded for the client to use at home. By this point in therapy, clients have a library of six different recorded hypnotic sessions available to them and most are noticing a significant change in their mood and thought patterns as a result. Quite frequently the sixth is the last session, but some are concerned about the possibility of a future relapse, which is why the next therapy session is focused on the matter of prevention.

Links to the seven stages will be posted here as they become available:
  1. Dealing with sleep disturbance
  2. Looking to the future optimistically
  3. It’s time to do something different
  4. The complex issue of control
  5. Drawing the line
  6. Guilty or not guilty?
  7. Prevention
If you are a depression sufferer and would like a more detailed and specific explanation of how this approach could work for you, please feel free to contact me to organise a free introductory consultation.





021 487 6072