Monday, 20 February 2017

The Life-Changing Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful ways to stop smoking safely and easily. I had a recent client who has stopped smoking after ten years. The recent feedback he gave me was that he is now a non-smoker and feels proud to tell me people he no longer smokes. Hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking after just one session. A smoking cessation session costs £95. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day you spend close to £3,000 a year on tobacco. Think what you could do with that money.

If you want to reduce your weight without dieting and feelings of deprival, hypnotherapy is a proven way of changing your eating habits. Hypnotherapy removes unwanted habits by addressing emotional eating, negative thoughts and feelings about your body and desire for unhealthy snacks. The power of your mind can help increase the desire for eating nourishing foods, water and exercise.

One of my clients has lost nearly two stones in just four months. To quote he said ‘Hypnotherapy has changed my outlook on food. I no longer have an inclination to eat chocolate just because it’s there. If you’re like me and are serious about losing weight – and nothing else has worked – try hypnotherapy. It really does work’

Like a drink but are wanting to cut back or even stop?  Hypnotherapy is a successful way to address this. Hypnosis is the most effective way of removing habits, unwanted behaviours and addictions that no longer serve you and is a quick, safe and natural method.

Struggling to cope with stress in your life? Stress can be a good thing but too much stress can have a serious impact on your life. Stress reduction with hypnosis is one of the easiest ways to achieve deep relaxation. It is a very effective way to enhance your health and well-being, leaving you feeling calmer, more positive and very refreshed.

Re-programme your mind to achieve success in your life whether at work or in relationships. If you are lacking the motivation, hypnotherapy can help improve your confidence and self-esteem and help you envisage your best possible future.

Fears and phobias can hold us back and restrict our lives. Our unconscious mind’s primary function is to protect us from emotional pain and physical harm which is why these problems arise. By taking you back to find the event, cause or experience that has caused this issue we can then resolve, release, and rewrite the past. One of my clients had an irrational fear of spiders. After a few sessions of hypnotherapy, she views the little creatures differently and they no longer frighten her.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful way of resolving the negative effects of IBS - so much so that it is now recommended by the NHS.

Anxiety and depression can be caused or exacerbated by harsh critical words we say to ourselves. We all have negative thoughts but when these take over our lives these can have a damaging effect. Hypnotherapy can help reframe negative thought patterns that keep us stuck where we don’t want to be and move us towards positive, empowering and life affirming thoughts and behaviours.

Hypnotherapy has been a proven success in fertility, doubling the chances of success when used with IVF. For women struggling with conceiving, this is a positive and effective way of removing any blocks that are unconsciously stopping you having a baby.

Every thought you think has a physical reaction in your body. Start using the power of your mind and heal your body. Hypnotherapy can change the way you feel and the way you view things that have a negative impact on your life. We have just one life – why not make the most of it?

The article above is based on a piece by Elaine Marsh, clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.

So, if you are someone who wants to lose some weight, stop smoking, cut back on alcohol – but find your willpower evaporates after a few weeks – or if you are someone who has a phobia (for example, fear of spiders, rodents, flying) - contact me today to arrange an appointment for a consultation.

The cost of a consultation is just £10 and this is deducted from the cost of your first session. Sessions are £60; for smoking cessation, it’s £95.

My website and email address is below - you can leave a message on my mobile phone at any time, day or night.

If you would prefer a home visit, I would be happy to arrange this.

Take the first step to changing your life!

Mike Smith Cert Hyp CS
tel: 0752 135 3787 (24 hours)


twitter: @smith_mgs 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Your Existence is a Priority

Do you want to lose weight or stop smoking? Looking to overcome a phobia or increase your self-confidence?

Hypnotherapy can help with all of these things as well as stress, depression and anxiety.

Visit Mind Generating Success  for further information.

Interested in arranging a consultation meeting?

Email me:

Tel: 0752 1353 787 (24 hours)

Home visits by arrangement

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Do You Find it Difficult to Accept Criticism?

I was trying to instigate a conversation with someone the other day. With this particular individual most of the time the conversation is free-flowing, amiable and not without banter (aka her taking the proverbial Michael from Michael)

However, this time, the conversation was strained. Her replies were limited to one word answers accompanied by sighs and a clear inference she just didn’t want to talk to me. Being a hypnotherapist, I wanted to see if I could ascertain if there was anything troubling her and if I could help in any way.

Eventually she told me she was going through the trauma of a bad week. You know the sort of thing that can affect all of us. A difficult time at work, people having a go for no apparent reason, family arguments. Oh, and the final demand for paying the gas/electric/phone/council tax bill is screaming at you from the shelf you stack all red letters on (it’s not just me is it?)

The common thread in her bad week was criticism. Her line manager at work had been on at her several times that week regarding this that and the other. She felt under a lot of pressure because there was so much work to do and there just wasn’t enough time in the day. And she felt her manager was wholly unjustified in her criticism.

When she arrived at what she believed was the sanctuary of home, she was on the receiving end of her grown up daughter having a go at her all because she was unable to look after her grandson on Friday evening,

When she looked to her husband for support, he was occupied with other things. ‘Ach, ye need to get a grip’ was her husband’s less than supportive remark which merely added to the weight of criticism she felt she was under.

I told her that hypnotherapy could help her. She gave me a puzzled look. She said she was aware that hypnotherapy can help with things such as weight loss, smoking cessation and phobias but she wanted to know how it could help her deal with the veritable mountain of criticism that engulfed her that week.

I explained that when someone gives criticism it doesn't mean to say that they're rejecting that you – in fact, often, it can be quite the opposite. If they were rejecting you as someone who is worthless, they probably wouldn't even bother with their unwarranted, unwanted criticism. Their criticism could be because they value your work so highly that they want to let you know what you’ve done or what you have said wasn’t as effective as it might be.

And a loved one’s assertion to ‘get a grip!’ might be a back-handed compliment in that ‘but you’re such a strong character you don’t usually let criticism affect you’.

It depends on how you view criticism. Hypnotherapy can help you look at criticism differently. By encouraging your subconscious mind to look at criticism a different way it can help you cope with it more constructively. And constructive criticism can be a positive experience. Sometimes we need to change the way we think about things or the way we say things. It can help you develop as an individual.

Think about using cricket as a metaphor. The bowler launches a ball of criticism at you. Do you cower or try to avoid this delivery? You could do. Or you could take aim and bat it away for six. Not only have you dealt with this delivery of criticism you’ve turned it into a positive spin (that’s enough cricketing metaphors)

If you feel the criticism isn’t deserved, then question the person who's criticising you - put your own view across and then listen - to whatever is said. Or if you feel you are unable to verbalise this then say it to yourself, in your own mind.

You can’t control whatever criticism comes your way – but you can control the way you feel about it. You are the only person who can decide if this will affect you in any way. Only you have this power. And because you’re in control you can decide to use any criticism to help you build the necessary skills and abilities to develop your career and/or relationships.

This is where hypnotherapy can help you. By using the power of your mind, you can turn criticism into something that can actually be a positive thing.

That said, no one likes to receive criticism. We are all different and it can affect some people more than others. If you are someone who feels they can’t deal with criticism and would like some support, please contact me by:

Phone or text me on 07521353787 (24 hours) to arrange a date and time for an initial consultation or email me at:

Home visits are available by arrangement.

Whether you wish to stop smoking, lose weight, increase self-confidence or overcome a phobia why don't you contact me to arrange a consultation and take the first step to overcoming this by natural methods - the strength and power of your mind - by contacting me for further information. 

We have but one life – so why not try and change your life for the better?

Mike Smith Hyp CS

National Hypnotherapy Society Membership No: HYP14-01935

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Is It Time to Change Your Life?

Do you feel your life has got stuck in a rut that you feel you'll never get out of? Are you sick and tired of the same old routine, day in, day out, your life a ceaseless drudgery? Perhaps not. But, if this resonates with you, read on…

Of course, routine can be a good thing and we all need some kind of routine, otherwise life would be chaotic and potentially dangerous. We need some semblance of what is going to happen in order we can plan ahead. But it’s when this routine takes over and begins to make you unhappy that you realise something must change. Have you ever said to yourself or a close friend or partner ‘there must be more to life than this?’

You may have said this if you are in a job that makes you unhappy. You yearn for Friday night but dread Sunday night and the prospect of going to work on Monday. It may be a high-pressure job with its constant demands which cause you stress and undermine your confidence.

You may be in an unhappy relationship but because it has become a way of life you are frightened of changing it. This is particularly so of people who have been in a job or in a relationship for several years but are unhappy. ‘Ach, you’ve just got to get on wi’ it’ is an oft-used phrase. But you don’t. You can make the changes to your life which will improve it and make you happier than you are now.

Too much predictability can cause long-term damage to a person’s thought process. You feel trapped, stuck in a rut, feeling as if there is no escape. You do the same things every day, see the same people every day, stick to the same routine every day. There is nothing to stimulate you, nothing you find challenging. Yet, you dream of a new, different life, one which doesn’t necessarily have to be exciting but which is different to the tedium you are experiencing now.

Okay, I hear you ask, how can you change your life for the better? Well, firstly, you need to decide what it is about your life you want to change. Do you wish you could speak out more at work? Feel the demands of your job are too great but you daren’t say anything to your manager?

Perhaps the stressful nature of your job means you comfort eat. Possibly because you don’t have enough time during the working day to eat properly, you find yourself gorging high-fat, convenient food when you get home. ‘Ach, it’s been a hellish day, I’m going to have a chippy for tea’ I’ve been there myself but now my extra-large tee-shirt lies crumpled in the drawer…

Perhaps you feel stuck in a relationship that has been going nowhere for years but you feel it’s too late to change now so you have to put up with it. There’s the kids, the mortgage and the dog to think about. Fair enough. But perhaps you’re one of those people whose children are now grown up and have flown the nest and you still feel trapped in an unhappy relationship…

Or have you been smoking cigarettes for more years than you care to remember and now feel the effects this has on your health? If you’re like me, a fifty something, and have grandchildren, do you feel you can’t do the physical activities with them like you used to do with your children all those years ago? I don’t smoke but I know several people who do and wish they could stop for the sake of their health, their children and their grandchildren. My father died very suddenly nearly twenty years ago. One day his heart just stopped working and that was that. A year before he died he told me his GP wrote a prescription slip and passed it to him. It read ‘stop smoking’. My father tried but didn’t succeed. He was 58 when he died.

So, what to do?

If you’ve read this far and are nodding in agreement, then good! However, it’s not easy to change your life just like that, especially when you’ve been stuck in the same routine for several years. But there’s a solution. It’s a matter of coming to terms with what you’re doing with your life – and what you would like to do with your life. Change doesn’t come easy. It requires effort. But I can help you make the changes to bring out a happier life. And we could all do with more happiness in these troubled times.

Hypnotherapy can bring about the changes to your life you want – and possibly even need. Hypnotherapy can help you look at your life differently and guide you to think of doing things differently, in a way which will benefit you. Yes, you. Hypnotherapy can help your life take on a new sense of purpose and make it exciting again.

Firstly, you need to know what changes it is you want to make to your life. Once you do you can contact me and together we can discover the tools and techniques that will bring improvement to the quality of your life – and bring happiness and contentment. Life is too short to accept what we’ve got if we’re unhappy with it. Change for the better is all about you. When you discover the tools to make those changes then your hopes for a better life can be fulfilled.

Hypnotherapy can be applied to a wide range of medical, dental and psychological problems. Areas of application include anxiety and stress conditions, weight control and addictive behaviours and self-esteem and confidence issues. It is also used to enhance performance in several areas such as sport and public speaking.

Hypnotherapy gives you time for one of the most important things in your life – you. With relaxing techniques tailored to suit you, you will feel calmer, more relaxed and have a better understanding of your life, needs and aspirations as well as others. 

Contact me today to arrange an appointment. After a no obligation, initial consultation, we can decide together the best way to enable you to achieve your goals. A consultation meeting is just £10 - and if you decide to proceed with hypnotherapy this £10 is deducted from the cost of your first session. 

Sessions cost £60 each. For smoking cessation, it's £95. 

Mind Generating Success 

Phone or text me on 07521353787 (24 hours) to arrange a date and time for an initial consultation or email me at:

Home visits are available by arrangement.

We have but one life – so why not try and change your life for the better?

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Choose to Improve Your Life

Choose life.

Choose to improve your life.

Choose to get rid of unwanted habits and disorders.

Choose to stop snacking.

Choose to stop smoking.

Choose to overcome your anxiety.

Choose increasing your self-confidence.

Choose to stop insomnia and get a decent night’s sleep for a change.

Choose to overcome your fear of spiders, wasps and creepy-crawlies.

Choose to overcome your fear of flying.

Choose to go for that job interview and overcome your interview nerves.

Choose to improve your life and achieve your aims. Choose a proven natural method to overcoming established unwanted habits and creating new ones by using the strength and power of your mind.

Email: or telephone 07521353787 (24 hours) to arrange an initial consultation.

You can do it. Contact me today. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Goodbye Hill Street - Hello Craiglockhart

So, farewell then Hill Street. It's been an exciting six months running my practice from the heart of Edinburgh but today I moved out to relocate my business to Craiglockhart.

From 1st February 2017, I shall be based at the Craiglockart Campus of Edinburgh Napier University.

My existing clients are happy to see me at my new premises - with the exception of one. But the reason client RC is not visiting me in my new abode is because he has almost reached his target. He targeted losing three stones in weight five months ago. Today, he has lost more than two stones and is ready to complete his epic journey on his own (although I've told him he's welcome to contact me at any time.

He has been a major success story. He has tried many methods to lose weight - all kinds of diets. Some worked for a week or two - but he then put the weight back on.

Now his unwanted habit of snacking has been replaced by healthier habits. And he looks and feels so much better.

So if you are someone who wants to replicate RC's story and lose some weight, or if you want to stop smoking, cut back on alcohol – but find your willpower evaporates after a few weeks – or if you are someone who has a phobia (for example, fear of spiders, rodents, flying) - contact me today to arrange an appointment. My website and email address is below - you can leave a message on my mobile phone at  any time, day or night.

If you would prefer a home visit, I would be happy to arrange this.

Take the first step to changing your life!

Mike Smith Cert Hyp CS

tel: 0752 135 3787 (24 hours)


twitter: @smith_mgs
​ 07521353787​

After an initial consultation, we can decide together the best way to enable you to achieve your goals.