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Retirement Preparation

Posted on: Jul 24, 2013

Retirement, Turn a Negative definition into a Positive initiative

Google the meaning of the word retirement and here are some of the resulting definitions:

  • To withdraw from one’s occupation, business, or office; stop working
  • To fall back or retreat, as from battle
  • To move back or away; recede.
  • To cause to withdraw from one’s usual field of activity
  • To lead away from action; withdraw
  • To take out of circulation
  • To withdraw from use or active service

All of these definitions seem to have a common thread, regressive and negative. Unfortunately successful retirement can be a struggle and for some it might not the Promised Land they were led to believe it could be.

In the beginning it might have felt like an extended holiday, but when you start running out of things to do the honeymoon period can quickly fade and the reality of retirement can hit harder than you ever imagined.

Most people have no idea about what to (more…)

Ian Epstein Interview-East Coast FM’s Morning Show

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013



Declan Meehan from East Coast FM interviews Ian Epstein speaking about smoking cessation and depression


Treatment For Fears And Phobias

Posted on: Feb 22, 2013

Fears and phobias have become more prevalent over the years. The one change that has occurred in recent times is that more and more people who are in the grip of fears and phobias are no longer prepared to put up with the misery of their phobia or fear. They are actively seeking out treatment from a qualified, experienced therapist or counsellor to deal with their issues.

A very common fear is the fear of dogs. This can be bewildering to a person who has a love of all sorts of different animals and birds, yet can’t understand why they have such an irrational fear of dogs.

One such patient came for therapy to finally sort out his irrational fear of dogs. In the course of the therapy a memory that had been long dormant was recovered. When the patient had been a toddler he was out one day with his mother in his push chair. His mother stopped to talk to a neighbour who was out walking her dog, a big friendly German Shepherd.


How Therapy Can Help You Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

Posted on: Feb 15, 2013

It’s been said that speaking in public ranks way up there on the fear scale along with fear of dying. As social and career demands can put people in a position where they have to speak in public, more and more people are turning to therapy to help conquer their fear of public speaking.

Usually the first thing a therapist will ask is for the person to describe what it feels like when they go to speak in public. Often they will relate how they get dizzy, butterflies in their stomach, they can break out in a sweat and feel nauseous.

Public speaking isn’t something most people do on a regular basis. But occasions such as where the best man has to get up and give a speech at a wedding, or the new employee has to give a presentation can send people into a tail-spin of fear.

So what can you do to get over this fear of public speaking?

You may have come across the odd nugget of wisdom such as imagining the people sitting in front of you are not wearing any clothes. That may work for some people, but more often than not it won’t.


How to Improve Your Confidence

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013

Confidence is when an individual feels self-assured and has very real belief in their mental and physical capabilities. As you might imagine, CEO’s of large companies and world class athletes are the types of individuals who have higher than average confidence and self-esteem. Their confidence in themselves unlocks the door to significant success and achievement.

For the rest of us, confidence is a critical facet in enjoying success in work, in relationships and generally in life. A confident person will not be afraid to show interest in a special someone or will not be afraid to take a life-changing risk in order to accomplish their hopes and dreams. Confidence can be thought of as a means of power.

But many of us are plagued by having a low level of confidence. Sufferers of a lack of confidence may feel that their work is not good enough or that they are not smart enough or attractive. These negative thoughts can stop someone right in their tracks. A lack of confidence can lead to a roadblock that stops an individual from living the life they always dreamed about.


Increasing Your Confidence With Hypnosis

Posted on: Feb 8, 2013

If you take CEOs of companies, or athletes who are at the top of their game, people who are in business-especially for example people who are in stocks and shares; these are confident people. They have to be confident people because what they’re doing is they’re facing other people and challenges every single minute of their working life.

But then what happens-you have a different set of people-people who are not the confident type. They are hesitant. They pull back a little bit when they need to go forward. So, confidence can be learned. It can be learned in a way that can help you to become this person who is the CEO or the person who is the athlete, because remember the CEO and the athlete are just human beings as well. They’re the exact same as you and me. So anybody can learn to be confident. But what we have to do is find out why you are not confident to start with. And by finding out why you’re not confident, we can look into that and work on that, to build up your confidence.

What sort of things in a person would affect their confidence in the first place that you would need to deal with?


Counselling – Podcast

Posted on: Feb 8, 2013

Counselling in it’s most simple form involves the process of giving advice or guidance. To seek counsel is to seek the advice, guidance or help of someone by talking about what’s wrong and getting assistance in finding solutions to problems. The topics of counselling are as varied as there are topics, however, counselling is often categorized in the mental health field and when people refer to “what is counselling” they often are referring to mental health (psychological and emotional) counselling.

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often used interchangeably. Counselling is a form of therapy for emotional, psychological and/or relationship issues. Having said that, let’s take a look at the different reasons for counselling or therapy and then we will look at the different types of counselling. We will close with what one can expect during counselling.

Call me today on 087 255 5225 to discuss if counselling can help you to with your problems. Or you can contact me via email by clicking here

Counselling To Help Deal With Issues

Posted on: Feb 1, 2013

People who attend for counselling are usually people who prefer to talk on a one-to-one basis with a professional counsellor. They often don’t like the idea of other types of therapies and they choose to deal with their problem by talking about it with a professional.

They want to share what they have on their mind, and they often want to get advice on the best solution to their issues. But the one thing that a therapist shouldn’t do is to give them advice. The counsellor needs to have the ability to repeat back what the client is saying to him and guide them solve their own problem. The good news is that everybody has it in them to solve their own issues, but often because they are in the middle fo their own problems they can’t see solutions, or can’t be objective enough to come up with a solution. This is why they seek help from another person. This is where counselling can help.

A lot of people are embarrassed or just can’t find the right words to express themselves to their family or friends about their issues. So going along to a professional counsellor who has no connections with them and is not going to judge them helps them to talk easier about their issues. The one thing that is always made clear to a client at the commencement of therapy that anything they say is strictly confidential.



Posted on: Dec 11, 2012

Insomnia is the condition that keeps people from getting valuable sleep each and every night. Sleep is more valuable than most people realise, as it not only helps you recharge your energy, but allows the body to heal from the day before. Without the proper sleep schedule, the body does not function at its most efficient level. Over the long term, this can lead to big time physical, mental, and emotional problems. Insomnia is something that most people feel that the have no control over. They usually want to sleep, but they have gotten so used to not being able to, that they just quit trying.

Some of the negative impacts of sleep deprivation and insomnia have been noted in studies over the years. Without the correct number of hours of sleep, a person’s chemical balance goes haywire. This can cause huge emotional problems and can cause large stress levels. Those things are never positive and can eventually lead to even greater physical problems. In addition, insomnia effects people who have early morning jobs. If you can’t sleep, there is no way you will (more…)


Posted on: Dec 11, 2012

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an illness that causes people to have unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and to repeat certain behaviors (compulsions) over and over again. We all have habits and routines in our daily lives, such as brushing our teeth before bed. However, for people with OCD, patterns of behavior get in the way of their daily lives. Most people with OCD know that their obsessions and compulsions make no sense, but they can’t ignore or stop them.

What are obsessions?
Obsessions are ideas, images and impulses that run through the person’s mind over and over again. A person with OCD doesn’t want to have these thoughts and finds them disturbing, but he or she can’t control them. Sometimes these thoughts come just once in a while and are only mildly annoying. Other times, a person who has OCD will have obsessive thoughts all the time.

What are compulsions?
Obsessive thoughts make people who have OCD feel nervous and afraid. They try to get rid of these feelings by performing certain behaviours according to “rules” that they make up for themselves. (more…)

Sports Motivation

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012

Every athlete on a team has a different sports motivation psychology. Perhaps one team member knows he is the best and wishes to prove it while another may be good at the sport but is motivated only by the money he can make while still another is looking for approval from someone.

The difficulty for the coach is to take all of these diverse motivations and use sports psychology motivation applied in different ways for each team member as well as motivation techniques for the team as a whole. That can be a lot of balls to juggle in the air at once and is no simple task.

Recognising that the life of a professional athlete is an unusual one with many outside influences and pressures that can result in poor choices and worse performance on the field also adds a challenge for a coach.

Many professional athletes showed such promise as children that they never developed the emotional maturity and valuable life experience they need to (more…)


Posted on: Dec 11, 2012

A great way to deal with stress is to learn and practice relaxation skills. Most people don’t realise how much tension we carry in our muscles. Over time, some muscles can become chronically tense. This is especially true for people that are constantly “on the go”. During the day tension builds, resulting in ever increasing tension throughout the body. The problem is tense muscles make you feel more ‘on edge’ and ‘tuned in’ to your already high level of anxiety or stress.

Click here for details of our Relax & Float Away Stress Audio

Tense muscles also respond to your emotions. So each time you feel frustrated, anxious, angry or upset, which regularly happens without you even noticing throughout the day, your muscle tension increases. Additionally when we become stressed or anxious stress hormones are released into the blood. This can result in physical changes such as increased heart rate, breathing, dilation of pupils and a shut down in digestion just to name a few. It can develop into a vicious cycle. Relaxation techniques have the ability to decrease our levels of arousal or anxiety and reverse the stress response.

How does relaxation work? (more…)

Hypno Healing

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012

Hypno-healing: how does it work?

The body is the most extraordinary mechanism. Breathing, heartbeat, digestion, hormone release, cellular renewal and thousands of other functions take place without the need to think about them. However, our unconscious mind is very much involved with many of these processes. In hypnosis it is easy to turn all sorts of bodily functions on and off.

There are three steps involved in hypno-healing:
1. Identifying whether the disease has an emotional cause (often this is a repressed emotion or experience). It is possible to communicate with the unconscious mind to investigate possible emotional links. The emotional cause is then treated

2. The use of special imagery. If the emotional cause has been treated, or if there is no emotional link, the next stage is to use (more…)

Fears & Phobias

Posted on: Dec 10, 2012

What is a phobia?

A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, motorway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. Most phobias develop in childhood, but they can also develop in adults.

If you have a phobia, you probably realise that your fear is unreasonable, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming. The experience is so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it — inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle.

If you have claustrophobia, for example, you might turn down a lucrative job offer if you have to ride the elevator to get to the office. If you have a fear of heights, you might drive an extra twenty miles in order to avoid driving over a tall bridge.

Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. (more…)

Panic Attacks

Posted on: Dec 10, 2012

Understanding Panic Attacks
In many cases, panic attacks strike out of the blue, without any warning. Often, there is no clear reason for the attack. They may even occur when you’re relaxed or asleep.

A panic attack may be a one-time occurrence, but many people experience repeat episodes. Recurrent panic attacks are often triggered by a specific stressful situation, such as crossing a bridge or speaking in public – especially if that situation has caused a panic attack before. Usually, the panic-inducing situation is one in which you feel endangered and unable to escape.

You may experience one or more panic attacks, yet be otherwise perfectly happy and healthy. Or your panic attacks may occur as part of another disorder, such as panic disorder, social phobia, or depression. Regardless of the cause, panic attacks are treatable. There are many effective treatments and coping strategies you can use to deal with the symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of a panic attack
Panic attacks often strike when you’re away from home, but they can happen anywhere and at any time. You may have one while you’re in a store shopping, walking down the street, driving in your car, or sitting on the couch at home.

The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Most panic attacks end within 20 to 30 minutes, and they rarely last more than an hour. (more…)

Relationship Counselling

Posted on: Dec 10, 2012

Most of us want to find a partner to share our lives with. When we finally fall in love and commit to a relationship that we believe will last us to old age, we have expectations that we will act together to realise our dreams. Inevitably though, every couple will experience relationship difficulties. Couples will always be confronted and sometimes overwhelmed by challenges they face, but mostly they are able to deal with them and move on.

However sometimes these challenges leave each partner feeling alienated and alone and unable to sort out the issues, no matter how hard they try. The same old arguments occur, with the same frustrating outcomes, and both partners can feel stuck. As time goes on one or both may start considering separation. Sadly, separation and divorce statistics are high, yet many of the difficulties that threaten the survival of relationships can be sorted out, with the right help. This information booklet may be a starting point for you.

What causes relationship problems?
There are a number of patterns and situations that can develop within a relationship which will contribute to problems occurring.

Neglect of the relationship
Research shows that the foundation of a happy relationship is (more…)


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