What would I say to my younger self...?
This video really made me think - for myself, and the young clients who come to see me. I was incredibly self conscious as a young teen, right up into my early twenties. What I’d say to my young self is: “Life is supposed to be fun, enjoy...!”
As a mind management coach and clinical hypnotherapist I work with adults and children as young as nine – helping them with various issues that concern them.
Children inevitably get their confidence knocked – at school; their peers; a best friend; a flippant remark by someone they admire and love; a bully…
I recently completed working with an 11 year old girl and this is what her mother, Katherine, had to say: “Following several months of being bullied at school and several more of refusing to discuss it, I bought my daughter to Irena. On the way back from the first visit she thanked me for taking her. Already she was starting to open up and there were glimpse's of the cheerful child we knew and loved. Several visits later and our bouncy, confident child has returned. Irena has helped her deal with what has happened and given her tools to deal with situations which will be useful to her all her life. Thank you so much Irena, it's such a relief to have her back with so much joie de vivre!"
One of my aims is to run well-being programmes in schools (I already run mind management courses within companies). To teach children and young adults mind tools to help them throughout life is incredibly rewarding and important.
Anxiety is a huge problem for many of us. We don’t choose to be anxious – it’s a learnt habit – however we can unlearn with practice, knowing the right techniques. I introduce a tool called our “anxiety switch”. One way (there are other methods, depending on the person) is to visualise this switch - and our brain then goes from emotion to logic’.
Anxiety is created by our imaginative right brain. By ‘flicking that switch’ to logical left brain we cannot help but stop worrying. Why? Because the logical side of our brain reasons with our fears, and breaks the cycle.
For most of my clients I create a personalised ‘feel good’ audio to act as an aid. For some it’s on educational performance or sports performance, for others it’s to support weight loss and self belief, or a feel good audio for the morning, or to create restful sleep…
If you are interested in booking a session or would like a personalised audio, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Irena-Marie is a professional clinical hypnotherapist & well-being coach, and a certified practitioner in educational performance & mindfulness...