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Lovely client who came in for a consultation that had some issues. The very time I met her, you could tell she was in distress, miserable and downtrodden in how she presented.

The consultation was interesting because this happens a lot, the client presents with an idea of why they are there, but by the end of the consultation, there is quite often other issues going on and some deep rooted from many years ago. So we agreed on a plan of action and a process of dealing with the issues individually in a particular order. Now, this order is really important as quite often when Hypnotherapy is used, one thing is determined by another and if you do it right, one issue has a knock on effect with the others, sometimes resolving an issue identified early on.

This process that I use, 


David Pook | Clinical Hypnotherapist, CBT Therapist and NLP Practitioner based in Gillingham, Dorset.


Positive Mental Attitude.

This is an attitude that i have and have been using since 2014. NLP has given me this thought process in everything I do and encounter. There's always a positive out of a negative.

In some way, its been a mantra for me since a life threatening event, it has become more and more of my "go to" attitude. Having experienced many things in life, it now serves me well.

Am I a therapist or a counsellor?Many people ask this question and its just a name. I am a qualified Hypnotherapist but I also have basic counselling skills amongst other things, but what I do know, is that I can help you achieve what you need and want to achieve.

Support I can offer you:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Conflict
  • Depression
  • Low mood / self esteem
  • Relationship support
  • Stress
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What is acrophobia? Acrophobia is a mental health condition in which the individual experiences an intense fear of heights. It's a type of anxiety disorder. A person with acrophobia experiences intense fear and anxiety when they think of tall heights or are positioned at a significant height


  • Physical addiction: addiction to addictive substances such as nicotine, cocaine, alcohol, opioids, etc.
  • Behavioral addiction: a compulsive need to engage in certain behaviors such as sex, pornography watching, work, exercise, eating junk food
  • Impulse control disorders: inability to control emotions and urges that may affect other people’s wellbeing, e.g. pyromania, kleptomania

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol misuse is when you drink in a way that's harmful, or when you're dependent on alcohol. To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

Anger Management

Anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage”

Like other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological and biological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.

Anger can be caused by both external and internal events. You could be angry at a specific person (such as a coworker or supervisor) or event (a traffic jam, a canceled flight), or your anger could be caused by worrying or brooding about your personal problems. Memories of traumatic or enraging events can also trigger angry feelings.


Anorgasmia is delayed, infrequent or absent orgasms — or significantly less-intense orgasms — after sexual arousal and adequate sexual stimulation. Women who have problems with orgasms and who feel significant distress about those problems may be diagnosed with anorgasmia.


Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a medical test or job interview.

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
  • Having an increased heart rate.
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling.
  • Feeling weak or tired.
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.


Arachnophobia is a specific phobia brought about by the irrational fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions and ticks. The word Arachnophobia comes from the Greek words arachne and phobia.


Facial blushing is an involuntary reddening of the face due to embarrassment or stress. The terms blushing and flushing mean the same thing, although flushing tends to be used for more severe cases (known as idiopathic cranio-facial erythema).

Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs)

Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) include any repetitive self-grooming behavior that involves biting, pulling, picking, or scraping one's own hair, skin, lips, cheeks, or nails that can lead to physical damage to the body and have been met with multiple attempts to stop or decrease the behavior.

Childhood Trauma

What happens to adults with unresolved childhood trauma?

Emotional symptoms can range from depression, hypervigilance, anxiety, fear, anger, feelings of abandonment, and grief – and many others. One of the lasting effects of emotional responses to trauma is negative self-beliefs
What are the long term effects of childhood trauma on adults?

Maltreatment can cause victims to feel isolation, fear, and distrust, which can translate into lifelong psychological consequences that can manifest as educational difficulties, low self-esteem, depression, and trouble forming and maintaining relationships

How do I know if I experienced childhood trauma?
You might have difficulties trusting, low self-esteem, fears of being judged, constant attempts to please, outbursts of frustration, or social anxiety symptoms that won't let up

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, is a long-term condition with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.

ME/CFS can affect anyone, including children. It's more common in women, and tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s.

Symptoms of ME/CFS

Feeling extremely tired all the time – you may find it very hard to do daily activities
Still feeling tired after resting or sleeping
Taking a long time to recover after physical activity
Problems sleeping, such as waking up often during the night
Problems with thinking, memory and concentration

Some people with ME/CFS may also have other symptoms, including:

Muscle or joint pain
A sore throat
Flu-like symptoms
Feeling dizzy or sick
Fast or irregular heartbeats (heart palpitations)


Past or childhood experience is often the trigger that causes a person to associate small spaces with a sense of panic or imminent danger. Experiences that can have this effect may include: being trapped or kept in a confined place, by accident or on purpose. being abused or bullied as a child.


Depressive disorder (also known as depression) is a common mental disorder. It involves a depressed mood or loss of pleasure or interest in activities for long periods of time. Depression is different from regular mood changes and feelings about everyday life.

Driving Anxiety

Fear or phobia of driving a vehicle may cause a person to feel driving anxiety.

It can result in significant distress and impact someone’s everyday life. A person may experience emotional distress while driving and avoid certain situations on the road or driving in general.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medicine. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you're addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.

Drug addiction can start with experimental use of a recreational drug in social situations, and, for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. For others, particularly with opioids, drug addiction begins when they take prescribed medicines or receive them from others who have prescriptions.

Eating Problems

What are the signs of an eating problem?

Food plays a significant part in our lives. Most of us will spend time thinking about what we eat. Sometimes we might:

  • have cravings
  • eat more than usual
  • lose our appetite
  • try to eat healthier.

Changing your eating habits like this every now and again is normal. But if you feel like food and eating is taking over your life, it may become a problem.

There are many ways that eating problems can affect the way you act and think about food.


Emetophobia is an extreme fear of vomiting, seeing vomit, watching other people vomit, or even feeling sick. It can affect people in lots of different ways.

What triggers emetophobia?
Most cases of emetophobia happen after a negative experience with vomiting. For example, you might develop emetophobia if you: Vomited in public or in front of someone else. Had an illness (like the stomach flu, food poisoning or alcohol poisoning) that caused a lot of vomiting.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will have it to some degree.

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