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The Hypnotherapy Centre

421 Durnsford Road, London, SW19 8EE

0208 947 3338

London Cabbies have big brains!

The posterior hippocampus, the area of the brain known to be important for memory, is bigger in London taxi drivers than in most people.CreditPhotograph by Anthony Cotsifas. Prop stylist: Victoria Petro Conroy

At 10 past 6 on a January morning a couple of winters ago, a 35-year-old man named Matt McCabe stepped out of his house in the town of Kenley, England, got on his Piaggio X8 motor scooter, and started driving north. McCabe’s destination was Stour Road, a small street in a desolate patch of East London, 20 miles from his suburban home. He began his journey by following the A23, a major thruway connecting London with its southern outskirts, whose origins are thought to be ancient: For several miles the road follows the straight line of the Roman causeway that stretched from London to Brighton. McCabe exited the A23 in the South London neighborhood of Streatham and made his way through the streets, arriving, about 20 minutes after he set out, at an intersection officially called Windrush Square but still referred to by locals, and on most maps, as Brixton Oval. There, McCabe faced a decision: how to plot his route across the River Thames. Should he proceed more or less straight north and take London Bridge, or bear right into Coldharbour Lane and head for “the pipe,” the Rotherhithe Tunnel, which snakes under the Thames two miles downriver?

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I’d rather sing at the Albert Hall

If you’d rather be on stage in front of thousands, than be eyeball to eyeball in an Appearance, you may recognise yourself here. It is often said that public speaking is the most common fear or phobia, but if you suffer from Fear of Appearances, you’ll have this fear and then some! Similar in many respects, both can cause anxiety, cause insomnia, panic attacks and other stress-related symptoms. If you have signed up to do the London Knowledge, these feelings may well sound familiar.

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Agonising Appearances

Do you find yourself quaking, shaking or breaking out in a cold sweat at appearances? Does your mind go blank and all those points and runs that you spent hours and hours learning simply vanish once you are there? Do you then give yourself a hard time if you don’t get the score you deserve or worst still are red lined?

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Hypnosis - Quack remedy or valid treatment?

Many of us have seen theatrical hypnotists, who seemingly manipulate their ‘victims’ into complying with requests to undertake bizarre behaviours. These behaviours will usually generate hysterical laughs from the audience and the thought of this puts off many people who could benefit from hypnosis in a therapeutic setting.

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Do your negative thoughts run away with you?

Everyone has internal dialogue; the things we say to ourselves in our head.

This is a normal process and unless our ‘head chatter’ is non-stop or prevents us from relaxing and switching off we needn’t be concerned.

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