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October 20, 2018

Some thoughts about brain training and hypnosis to resolve this fear as well as the other factors involved in helping you to overcome this.

As a Hypnotherapist and Sports psychologist and ex Riding instructor I’m passionate about helping riders to put the fun back into their riding.

I also have a lot of tools in my toolkit - which gives me a unique perspective when I work with riders from novice to professionals, in the comfort of an armchair to retrain their minds and overcome their fears , or recover their confidence after accidents or injury, and improve their sporting performance

So I’d like help you today if you have the - fear of being out of control.  

And I think we all have this worry to a certain degree  - after all in our sport - our partner is half a ton of horse  - with a mind of his own – who can also be scared or excited.

So how do you overcome this fear?

The solution is often to be found in how you came to have this fear in the first place and every person’s fe...

October 2, 2018

As a Sports psychotherapist  with a BSc in Clinical Hypnosis & NLP Master and  ex riding instructor, I have lots of tools in toolkit, which gives me a unique perspective in my work with riders from novice to top professionals

  • helping them overcome their fears ,

  • recover their confidence after accidents or injury,

  • and improve their sporting performance

I’d like to talk about being worried about falling off and being injured  and I think we all have this worry to a certain degree - after all in our sport our partner is half a ton of horse with a mind of his own - and can decide not to be co-operative.

The solution is often to be found in how the rider came to have this worry in the first place.

In order to find this out I’ll ask Questions such as -

What involvement has your current horse had in creating this worry? Do you feel as worried if riding another horse?

How supported are you in terms of – trainer - environment you keep your horse in & friends around you. – Does an...

March 17, 2018

POSTED in a Nervous riders/ loss of confidence FB Group page

It was in like June I was hacking my pony and didn’t know he was terrified of lorries so when we was waiting at the traffic lights he saw a lorry that was coming past and lots of cars(was coming of the motorway) he kept out in the middle of the road and we are both so lucky the car stopped in time otherwise we would be dead and I didn’t ride for a couple of days then I got back on and went on a hack a couple of weeks after and now every time he sees a lorry we both get nervous but I know I have to comfort him so I stand him still and talk to him and let him look at it and the other day I went on a hack in a head collie and lead rope and I lorry was coming in the road right next to the pavement and I was so scared but I comforted him and he didn’t move and I’m so happy he’s getting better.

My Reply 

You're doing absolutely the right thing............ - I always give my riders permission to get off (for many reasons) but in this c...

May 29, 2017

Why have I lost my confidence?

When working with riders I hear these anguished comments all the time ...“....But I’ve ridden challenging horses all my life...I’ve had so many falls and it’s never affected me like this before...I used to really enjoy a good gallop across country but can’t do open spaces any more.....I just freeze when I think about jumping ....”

So WHY do we lose our confidence?

I think it helps to imagine loss of confidence as the brain’s way of keeping us stuck – or a BRAIN CAGE – a place where we do the “What if’s” to be on the look-out for trouble - a place where we don’t voluntarily want to move out of.

Now why would the brain want to do that to us ?

Simply put – to keep us from harm.

At some point we had an experience that frightened, confused us or threatened us in some way, and our Physical Emergency Response (PER) aka “Fight or Flight” response kicks in. But there are two other aspects to the PER that riders might also relate to, those of “Faint and Freeze”.  I’ve ha...

February 12, 2017

As "Continual Professional Development" at the back end of last year I thought I'd learn a new process called BWRT - Brain Working Recursive Therapy  (snappy little title !) 

Nevertheless - a useful process to add to the toolkit, not a universal panacea, but it does have the benefit of being a quick process - usually able to address a variety of issues which keep people stuck -  including fears and phobias - in a single session.

For those interested in the technicalities - BWRT actually turns out to be not so new, it utilises aspects of NLP combined with a couple of clever hypno-therapeutic double binds and pseudo-orientation.

Happy to chat further to see if I can help with any issue you may be struggling with.

Sherree 07880 336059

November 25, 2016

Emotional Eating : how often have these feelings led to these consequences –

Angry + lonely = ice cream.

Hurt = chocolate.

Bored + cookies = guilt.

We've all let our feelings overrule our appetites and then regretted it.

Many of us have, at one time or another, eaten beyond our hunger—and I don't just mean at Christmas. Millions of people regularly turn to food during times of stress, sadness, anger or frustration. They eat in response to their emotions instead of their appetites. And once they get used to dealing with their feelings in this way, they find it almost impossible to remember what true hunger feels like.

When I first meet with a client who appears to have some issues with food, I usually ask her to draw a pie chart with each segment representing an important area of her life - such as health and fitness, family, friends, career, spirituality. Then I ask her to cross off the areas she feels are going pretty well.  The segments that aren't crossed off represent the parts of her...


You often hear vague claims in the news that "sugar is bad for you" or that "wheat and gluten are bad for you", but do you truly understand what these foods do to your insides?

Most people DON'T understand the reasons...

...and the fact is that some of the foods I listed above can not only DESTROY your hormones and metabolism, but may also CAUSE heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimers and even cancer. 


The 3 reasons you should NEVER eat wheat - even "whole wheat"


Reason 1 -- Wheat causes blood sugar disruption, Glycation of your cells, increases AGING, weight gain & boosts Diabetes risk


Let’s clarify some simple biochemistry in your body... "glycation"  and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).


These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin.


One of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body may surprise...

Therapeutic hypnosis is an effective and safe complementary technique in surgery and the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.


This is the conclusion of a systematic review by Winfried Häuser and his co-authors in the latest issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2016; 113: 289-96).


It emerged that hypnosis was superior to standard treatment in the reduction of emotional stress, pain, time needed for convalescence, and drug consumption associated with medical interventions.


Among patients with irritable bowel syndrome, symptoms were relieved more effectively by gut-directed hypnosis than by the treatments in the control groups.


In clinical practice hypnosis is already widely used as a complement to modern, safe methods of anaesthesia, particularly to minimize anxiety and stress in patients about to undergo surgery. Live or audio file-aided hypnosis can be offered.


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