“Helping you gain control over the things you want to change”

Fiona Nicolson

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Welcome campaigns against sexual harassment of women and girls

I am very pleased to see that the Mayor of London, the Mayor of Manchester, and the central government have launched campaigns against the sexual harassment of women and girls. All the campaigns include videos, which are being widely shown, and which show clearly just how unpleasant, damaging and unacceptable this behaviour can be.

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How to cope with anxiety over Ukraine

We are living in very worrying times as the war in Ukraine worsens. It is natural to be worried and concerned about our safety and what will happen in the future. However, for some of us, this natural fear can get out of control and lead to serious anxiety.

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The big problem of sexual assault in our universities

With the changes in Covid regulations, most students are now back at university full time, away from home, and living in student accommodation. I have noticed that one issue has not gone away, and it is a very worrying issue indeed. This is the very real problem of the high rate of sexual assault on campuses.

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Confusion anxiety and Covid: time to change how we think

I notice many of my clients are saying that they are finding the current situation with Covid more and more confusing and this is making them very anxious, even though this variant does seem less dangerous. Many feel frustrated by this and ask me if there is anything they can do.

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Eye movement therapies, a science-based therapy which really works

I am trained and professionally qualified in the use of a range of cutting edge therapeutic treatments including EMI (Eye Movement Integration). Eye Movement Integration is a powerful method for treating emotional difficulties and for many clients it provides more rapid relief from emotional distress than conventional psychotherapies.

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The strangest summer: coping with the new normal

We are now well into what is a very strange summer indeed for many of us. In my experience, there is a very high level of general anxiety about as we try to find the best ways of living in a world which has changed such a lot.

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Post-natal PTSD what we know and what we can do to help

If not treated the symptoms of PTSD can be devastating and impact hugely on what otherwise can be a positive life experience, enjoying those first months and years with a new baby. If you think you are suffering with post-natal PTSD please get in touch.

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PTSD Is A Major Problem And I Plan To Focus On It

PTSD can be a debilitating illness and it appears to be getting more common. The good news is that there are a variety of modern techniques which can help. I am going to go into detail about what these are and how they work.

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Exam pressure and resilience

It’s that time of year again! Exams at school and at university are fast approaching. As usual, I notice the increase in clients seeking my help in my hypnotherapy for anxiety clinics in Harley Street and in Henley on Thames.

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Megan Markle And Mental Health. The Fall-Out And The Lessons

I don’t know what went on behind the doors of the various royal palaces between Megan and Harry and the rest of the Royal Family, so I am not going to say anything specific about the very unhappy situation which has developed. But there are things that Megan and Harry revealed in their interview with Oprah Winfrey which do really worry me.

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Coping with sexual harassment at work

I am going to take a look about what you can do if you are being sexually harassed at work. At the forefront of my work is how you can protect yourself, and emerge with the least possible damage.

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All This And Christmas Too!

This year, this strange 2020 year unlike no other in our lifetimes, I will not be blogging about Christmas anxiety. Well, that is not quite true, I am going to be talking about anxiety but in a very different context.

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Masks, Cognitive Dissonance & Keeping Calm In A Crisis

"Helping you gain control over the things you want to change"ANXIETY & STRESS TRAUMA & PTSD LACK OF CONFIDENCE WOMEN'S HEALTH POST NATAL PTSD Masks, Cognitive Dissonance & Keeping Calm Posted on 20 Nov 2020 A friend of mine, who lives in a European country, phoned...

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Guarding our mental health in the time of Coronavirus

We are moving into a new phase as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. We are still in a fast-moving story and none of us knows what the autumn and winter will bring. We have all got used to living with uncertainty and coping with rapid, and often unwanted change. For many of us isolation and loneliness have been tough. For others being cooped up with the family has put great strains on our closest and most precious relationships.

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Why the end of Coronavirus lockdown is causing anxiety and depression

There will be a lot of change and challenge over the next months. If you are finding it hard to adapt please contact a cognitive practitioner such as myself. We can help you reset your mental map in these changing times to something which will help guide and support you through the world. It can be done and often it is not too difficult. It will help you navigate the unknown future.

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Coronavirus: as the lockdown eases anxiety can increase

In this long and strange tale of the Coronavirus, things are starting to ease up just a little bit. We are entering a new phase. The weather is getting better and there is a hint of summer in the air. Children are going back to school and offices are beginning to open up again. You might think that in a time like this, therapists would be having a much quieter time. Shouldn’t this relatively good news be bringing happiness and a sense of that things are improving at last?

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Introvert or extrovert?

‘Don’t tell anyone, but there are some things I quite like about lockdown,’ If I had a pound for every client who has said this to me recently, I would have lots of money but not much to spend it on at the moment. But joking aside, comments like this reveal something very important about how different personality types cope differently when social life is constrained.

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If you are still affected by the Harvey Weinstein trial you are not alone

I notice something very interesting with the clients I see for sexual abuse and trauma. Although the Weinstein trial has finished and justice seems to have been done, a number of my clients are finding it difficult to put behind them. One said to me the other day, “Everyone else is obsessed with corona virus and I still keep thinking about Harvey Weinstein. What is wrong with me?”

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My 10 Point Plan To Cope With Health Anxiety

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you will know I often talk about resilience. That is the ability to deal with the bad things which life can throw at you and still remain a mentally healthy and well person.

We are all being tested at the moment. And I know many of my clients who are trying to cope with feelings around the coronavirus are finding it very difficult. Health anxiety and the Corona virus is a real thing. It can be dealt with and I am going to give you my take on it.

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