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Press Release 23 February 2016

New holistic therapy BWRT achieves excellent results, says local practitioner.

Milton Keynes based Clinical Hypnotherapist, Rachael Slack (DHP, MAPHP, MIBWRT) is reporting encouraging results from a new therapy called BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT).
Rachael, owner of Hypnolife, has been practising hypnotherapy for over 10 years. She is also a mindfulness practitioner and hypnotherapy trainer. BWRT is a newer technique, for which Rachael has undertaken full training, and can be a fast solution for a range of emotional and psychological issues.
So what is BWRT? 
Rachael said, “It’s a science-based therapy, which focuses on dealing with a psychological problem before it hits the conscious mind, providing rapid relief.
BWRT was pioneered by my trainer and mentor Terence Watts of the Essex Institute. Terence is a recognised leader in the field and an excellent support to me. I’ve built a successful practice under his supervision; he really knows his stuff, so I was keen to get involved.”  
And what’s so different about BWRT?
“It’s not about being better than other therapies – hypnotherapy and mindfulness achieve excellent results too. But BWRT uses a different approach, tackling troublesome emotional or psychological triggers, before they have a chance to take a hold and negatively affect your life.” 
“I’ve used this approach for social anxiety, phobias, claustrophobia and anger-management, and I’ve been genuinely astonished at how fast it works to relieve symptoms. In fact, clients often need only one therapy session to get back on track.”
What happens at a typical session? 
“The great thing about BWRT is that I don’t have to ask you lots of personal, uncomfortable questions. All you have to do is tell me how you are feeling, and how you want to feel. For example, you may be terrified of taking the lift at work. And of course, you want to take the lift without feeling claustrophobic and afraid. It’s that simple. I don’t need to delve into your childhood, personal life or insecurities. I’m here to help you resolve that one problem. It’s uncomplicated, and effective.”
What kinds of issues can BWRT help? 
“I’ve seen a worrying rise in child anxiety and school refusal in recent years, and think BWRT could be a quick solution to underlying fears before they become long-term, deep-rooted issues.” 
“But any emotional, psychological problem could be resolved using this technique. It’s all about helping you get relief from feelings that are troubling you, and being able to move on and enjoy life.” 
For further information on BWRT you can call Rachael Slack on 01908 377703 or email rachaelslack@hypnolife.co.uk 

New School Dates Available 2015

Do you want to train to become a Hypnotherapist?  Rachael Slack DHP MAPHP owner of HypnoLife  been awarded full licence to offer fully accredited Professional Practitioner Courses. Group courses are available next  one now starting March 2016 and for those of you who want to train alongside an already successful Practitioner - limited places for one to one training with Rachael are also available.

Press Release 25 August 2015

 Hypnotherapy School gets seal of approval! 

The future is looking bright for Milton Keynes School of Clinical Hypnosis. 
Rachael Slack, DHP MAPHP, owner and trainer at Milton Keynes School of Clinical Hypnosis said, “I am proud to announce that Terence Watts, Principal of Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, has awarded us full licence to deliver the widely respected Certificate and Professional Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis”. 

“I was very fortunate to train with the Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis on a 1:1 basis with Terence Watts, who has mentored me throughout my journey as a therapist and trainer.  I feel privileged that he trusts me to continue his good work; sharing that knowledge with talented individuals who want to work towards a fulfilling, prosperous career”. 
Ten years ago, Rachael was inspired to become a therapist when she discovered the positive results of hypnotherapy for herself.  
Rachael said, “I was so fired up to start my training but finding a suitable school was a minefield; it was difficult to find a credible course and it would have been easy to make a mistake”.
“When choosing a course, it is important to check that the school is authorised to issue registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council”.   I would encourage anyone thinking of training to be a hypnotherapist to check that their school delivers the core curriculum which equals or surpasses the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy. I am delighted that we have been approved to deliver a course that meets this standard”.
Milton Keynes School of Clinical Hypnosis is based at the Hypnolife Centre in Bletchley, where Rachael has run her own successful hypnotherapy practice for almost a decade. 
The Hypnolife Centre is a wonderfully calm and relaxing environment for my clients and the perfect venue to train and grow as a therapist. With our central location, free car parking and flexible options, training to be a Clinical Hypnotherapist is affordable and accessible.  Now is a great time to get into this exciting field!”
For more information about training to be a Clinical Hypnotherapist visit www.mkschoolofclinicalhypnosis.co.uk or call Rachael Slack on 01908 377703. 

Press Release 31 December 2014

HypnoLife expands and opens sister site Mindfulife

“Today I will make a list.  I will focus on my goals.  I won’t waste time on social media.  I will make things happen”.

Does this sound familiar?

Today came and went.  You didn’t make a list.  There are no ticks on your checklist.  You wasted hours of your life on social media.  You have achieved nothing.  Your goals and ambitions remain unfulfilled and you vow to do better tomorrow. 

Tomorrow comes - and goes.  Nothing changes. You start to feel like a failure and mentally beat yourself up for your inability to just get on with it.  Before you know it, you are berating yourself for past failures too.

The cycle continues and you find yourself locked in a merry-go round of negativity.  You desperately want to get off and find a way to move forward and make your dreams/ideas a reality.

“Things never go right. If only I could get a grip on myself

Ever wonder why you can’t move forward?

In today’s 24/7 culture, it is easy to fall victim to the many distractions available to us.  Social media, on-line shopping, satellite TV - they all help us to create diversions from the tasks we really need to complete.  But there is an even greater force preventing you from focusing on what you need to do.  Not only is this greater force preventing you from achieving your personal best, it is actively destroying your ability to live in the moment and enjoy life.

That greater force is your own mind.

Do you wish you could switch off that inner negative voice?

Does this sound like you?

“I just can’t seem to concentrate on anything”

“I’m so anxious.  All I ever do is worry.  It stops me from getting on with stuff”.

Take some time out and try this simple experiment …
Sit down. Switch off your phone and any other form of technology. Allow yourself just 2 minutes to focus on your breathing.  When you have completed this exercise, pick this article up and carry on reading.

Time up  

How many times did your mind wander away from your breathing?  Maybe you heard a noise and couldn’t resist the urge to find out what it was?  Perhaps a colleague or friend said something to annoy you and you found yourself brooding about it. Quite possibly, you just felt impatient, restless and bored.
You probably found this task more difficult than you thought it would be.  Focusing the mind on one task isn’t easy.  Our minds are so overloaded; we struggle to switch off for the shortest time. 
You may find yourself thinking …
“I just know what will happen if …” 
Visualise a situation where you have to raise a difficult issue or ask for something.  Maybe you want to ask a favour of an acquaintance or ask your boss for a promotion.

Your imagination takes on a life of its own as you imagine yourself engaged in conversation with that person. You may feel anxious or angry as you think about what will happen – you just know what they will say to you.  You may even enjoy imagining your response as you play the whole scenario out in your head – fantasising about how you will respond to their criticism or refusal. As the curtain comes down on the final scene, you decide that you won’t ask them after all.  It was a silly idea.  It would never have worked out.

Now take a step back.  Do you really know would have happened?   Would that person have reacted in the way you imagined?  Maybe their response would have been different (and more positive) to how you assumed it would be. 

Most of us can probably relate to this. It all sounds harmless enough, until you imagine how many missed opportunities occur because your own imagination has rejected the possibility that things could have worked out differently.  Your negative thought process has hoodwinked you into believing that good things can’t happen to you; that things will never change.  Suddenly, it doesn’t sound harmless at all. 

The point where negative thinking becomes serious …

 “No matter how hard I try to overcome my depression, I always seem to end up back at square one”.

This is the point at which the negative inner voice can wreak the worst damage, adversely affecting your health and wellbeing.  If you have ever suffered a depressive episode, you will know it is difficult to overcome.  When you hit that moment where your depression is starting to lift, ingrained thought processes and negative behaviours can limit your ability to recover.  Worse still, you can find yourself slipping back into further depressive episodes or heightened anxiety states. You feel stuck on a permanent merry go-round of negativity. 

Mindfulness can help you regain control.

When unwanted thoughts and negative behaviour patterns are holding you back from personal happiness and fulfilment, thereis a way forward.  Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT) can help you identify negative thoughts and behaviours and learn strategies to combat them.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness isn’t just a new, trendy buzzword.  It isn’t merely the ‘in thing’ for new age therapists.  Mindfulness is a very real, accessible technique that you can learn.  It is a technique that enables you to take control and move your life forward; helping you to set yourself free from the negative cycle that stops you enjoying life and fulfilling your goals.  It is a suitable technique for people from all walks of life.  The common thread that links them is a desire to take control and banish the effects of negative thought process and behaviours.

Why might we need mindfulness?

As we have already discovered with the 2 minute breathing exercise, paying attention to just one thing is challenging.  We simply aren’t used to it.  We very rarely focus on one thought or task at a time.  Our thoughts take over. 
Often our minds are on autopilot, randomly bringing up negative experiences and thoughts from the past – plunging our present into disarray.  Missed opportunities, strained relationships and unfulfilled personal goals are just some of the undesirable outcomes of our own negative thought patterns. 

Mindfulness can help you recognise your own thought processes and use strategies to take control.

How can mindfulness benefit me?

Mindfulness techniques can result in the following benefits:

·         Achieving your goals
·         Increased motivation and a sharper focus on tasks
·         Increased ability to make decisions and take action
·         Switching off from unpleasant thoughts and focusing on the present moment
·         Freedom from negative behaviours that hold you back
·         Feeling successful and in control
·         Patting yourself on the back at the end of the day
·         Living in the here and now; no more brooding about the past
·         Happier relationships and collaborations
·         Increased happiness, health and wellbeing
·         Feeling at ease within yourself
Be mindful in all that you do and you will learn how to be.
Wishing you a happy, healthy 2015. Rachael Slack DHP LAPHP

New courses starting in 2015 both group and individual sessions are available.

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Press Release

[12 September 2014]

Local practitioner provides support for “Stoptober” Campaign

Rachael Slack, a Milton Keynes based hypnotherapist, is urging the public to look for practitioners registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) if they want to use hypnotherapy to help them give up smoking during the NHS’s Stoptober campaign. 
Many people use hypnotherapy to provide extra help when giving up smoking. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is the UK regulator for complementary therapists that was set up with government funding and support.
Rachael  says: “Hypnotherapy is often used to help clients achieve the behavioural change needed to stop smoking but it’s so important the public use someone who knows what they are doing.”
“It’s always a good day when I am able to help and guide someone towards stopping a dangerous and unhealthy habits – smoking is the number one habit  for which people seek help – second being alcohol consumption.  At Hypnolife we offer regular discounted sessions for stopping smoking to fully enable people to rid themselves of this habit which was never a natural or necessary part of their lives anyway.”
Rachael added that: “Hypnotherapy is one of 15 therapies registered by the CNHC. There are over 5,200 practitioners on the register and members of the public can search the CNHC register to find practitioners in their local area. More than 265,000 searches have been carried out since the register first opened in 2009.”
For further information, please contact Rachael Slack DHP LAPHP on Milton Keynes 01908 37 77 03 or email info@hypnolife.co.uk
Visit the CNHC website for a list of registered practitioners www.cnhc.org.uk.
Editor’s notes
Stoptober is a 28 day NHS campaign because the evidence says if you can stop for 28 days you are five times more likely to give up for good. Details from https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/registration-b
CNHC’s register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
All practitioners registered with CNHC have demonstrated they meet national standards.
For more information about CNHC contact 020 7653 1971 or email info@cnhc.org.uk

The New  HypnoLife Centre
Opening March 12th 2012

In house release.........

Based on the recent  recognition by the CNHC (see Independent press release opposite),  Rachael has taken the initiative to bring Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy to the forefront of the public eye by opening the first HypnoLife Centre in Bletchley’s  main Queensway, Milton Keynes.  With multiple, relaxation and  consulting rooms (The Earth and Ocean rooms), training and group session area for up to 16 persons, the new centre will offer the very best of hypnotherapy and facilities.

This will include consultations with a fully qualified professional Hypnotherapist, regular Hypnobirthing classes for expectant Mothers and their partners, facilities for other therapists and, ultimately, training in hypnosis and hypnotherapy for anyone who is considering a career as a Hypnotherapist.  

We welcome enquiries from any other Professional Hypnotherapists regarding the use of our purpose equipped facilities at the centre enabling you to offer a relaxing and professional environment in which to help your clients.

Please call 01908 377703 or email info@hypnolife.co.uk

The New HypnoLife Centre in the making opening 12 March 2012.
hypnotherapy office
HypnoLife Centre - a work in progress opening 12 March 2012The design skills of PJ signs really shining through creating the corporate orange look synonymous with HypnoLife


Local Hypnotherapist meets new national standards 

Independent press release..........

A Milton Keynes based hypnotherapist has become one of the first in the country to achieve a new national standard of excellence for her therapy. 
Rachael Slack DHP LAPHP has been registered by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulator for complementary healthcare. 
The recognition places her at the forefront of a national drive to provide a benchmark for standards and safety for the public. Practitioners registered with the CNHC meet national occupational standards and abide by a rigorous code of conduct, performance and ethics. 
Rachael said: “Achieving registration is not only great news for me and my clients, but a vital step for hypnotherapy.” 

“This is the time of year when many people are struggling to keep up their new year resolutions. The most popular uses for hypnotherapy are around stress and anxiety conditions, weight control and addictive behaviours such as smoking and alcohol abuse.” 

Hypnotherapy is one of 11 disciplines now recognised by the CNHC. Members of the public can search the CNHC register to find practitioners in their local area. More than 40,000 searches were carried out last year. 

By providing a verification of standards, the CNHC allows GPs, hospitals, private healthcare providers and insurance companies to refer patients to hypnotherapy practitioners or to make hypnotherapy more readily available in health centres, clinics, doctors’ surgeries and hospitals. 
For further information, please contact Rachael Slack