The Importance of Small Steps (2)

So, in a thrilling update to the first ‘importance of small steps’ , Sam Trigg is now competing in Taipei in the Student World Games in his first ever GB vest!

Not only that, but he has jumped into the final!

Good luck Sam – you are an incredible example to us all of what can be achieved with determination, perseverance and very long legs!

“What is hypnosis?”


This is a great question! And it includes other questions such as ‘what will it feel like?’ and ‘what will you do to me?’

The answer is that hypnosis is a natural human state, that we all experience several times an hour every day. If you drive a car on the same route every day, I’m sure there will have been times when you arrived at your destination without really having been aware of your surroundings. Those ‘blank’ moments were when you were in trance, or in a hypnotic state. Your subconscious mind was dealing with the driving, whilst your conscious mind was off doing it’s own thing!

Being hypnotised is a very relaxing experience. Unlike mindfulness, when you are asked to focus deliberately on what is happening right now, in hypnosis we want the mind to let go, and to wander freely. In this altered state of awareness, we are creative, and able to see things in a different way – often coming up with new ideas or solutions. It is when we arrive at these conclusions through our own thoughts, that they have the most power, and that is why hypnotherapy is so effective.

At all times, you the client have control, so, unlike stage hypnosis, you will never be in a position where you do or say anything that you don’t want to. Instead you will discover a new calm clarity of mind where you are fully in control of your life.

I offer a free initial consultation. If you would like to know more, please call me on 01752 894160, to chat or arrange an appointment.

Happy September!

Best Wishes,

Sally x

Helping to Reduce the Autumn Blues

What will you change

As we start to get ready to go back to work towards the end of the holiday season, and the children are getting their uniforms sorted out, then people’s perceptions of stress may start to increase.

With the start of autumn just a few weeks away, and with the prospect of the nights beginning to draw in, this time of the year can prove itself to be a little daunting.

A possible change in the weather from sunny summery days into a more autumnal outlook can, for some people, also prove to be a little unsettling.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can really be useful for people who may find they need help to manage the change of seasons combined with the return to work.

Sally Potter, a fully insured and qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner, based in Ivybridge and Plymouth, says, “September can be a tough time for some people as they start to try to settle back into a routine of deadlines and meetings.

“Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can really help to reduce stress and promote a calm and relaxed approach to work and life as a whole.”

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective treatment which uses modern neuroscience and psychology to bring the mind into its most positive state.

Sessions last for an hour and a client may see their practitioner over a number of appointments to gain the most from the therapy itself.

“It really is amazing”, says Sally. “We see people whose ‘stress buckets’ might be overflowing when they initially come to us, and it’s wonderful to see the transformation over a number of appointments as they become noticeably more relaxed in their approach to life.”

Sally gained the Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma (HPD) in 2016 and is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), which sets out to ensure its members adhere to its high standards and code of conduct.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help improve confidence, aid in sleep, ease anger,depression and anxiety-based issues, help with weight management, and also in focusing someone’s mind on stopping smoking in a single session.

You can contact Sally to arrange a free initial consultation using the contact form here, or by calling 01752 894160 where you can leave a message.

Ease Obsessive Thinking with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Do you ever struggle with unwanted and intrusive negative thoughts? Do you sometimes find yourself engaged in small ‘rituals’ whereby you check your door is definitely locked again and again and again?
Are you tired of this cycle of endless checking and obsessive behaviour? Are you looking for help to break away from it and so embrace a positive way of managing your life?

If the answer is “yes”, you may find Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help to ease your mind away from thinking endless negative thoughts that can lead to, in extreme cases, you struggling to leave your own home.

“We often see people who come to seek help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD”, explains Sally Potter, a fully-qualified and insured Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner based in Plymouth and Ivybridge.

“As our daily lives are increasingly stressful in the modern world so, sometimes, our brains struggle to adapt to the challenges we face.

“As such, it tries to protect us by re-checking things again and again, or introducing obsessive thinking into our lives. Negative thoughts then end up in something we term as a ‘stress bucket’ and people may find themselves re-checking things as part of an unwanted habit.

“Solution Focused Hypnotherapy aims to empty the stress bucket so allowing the client to have a more relaxed and confident outlook to their life which, in turn, helps them to stop worrying and focus on the positive aspects of life as a whole.”

Sally offers a free initial consultation to explain how the brain works and how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for the client. They also provide a relaxation CD for prospective clients during the course of the meeting.

Each session is designed to focus the mind into a mode of positive thinking prior to entering the trance state, which is designed to be relaxing and soothing for the individual.

The number of sessions used by people who have obsessive feelings can vary and, obviously, as with any medical issue, it is important to remember that your GP is also there to help.

Sally was awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma (HPD) in 2016 following extensive training as part of the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training course. She is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), which ensures its members adhere to a strong ethical code and engage in regular supervision sessions.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help improve sleep, aid in weight management, reduce phobias and fears and help people to stop smoking.

Contact Sally here to arrange a free initial consultation or call on 01752 894160 where you can leave a message.

Can Hypnotherapy help with weight loss?


Hypnotherapy is a fabulous tool for weight management, because it doesn’t focus on the problem!

Often people who would like to lose weight have lost confidence in themselves, which means that they have also lost confidence in their ability to manage their eating habits and therefore their weight. By recognising that our clients have all the tools necessary to be in control of their lives, Solution Focused Hypnotherapists are able to help those clients rediscover their confidence, changing the way that they think in order to bring about change – often not just in managing weight, but in lots of other amazing ways!

One recent client who came to me for weight management found that her work life improved, her social life is back on track, and best of all she is sleeping well – here’s what she says –

“You’ll be pleased to know I’m still sleeping far better than I can ever remember and this week I’m even off to the pool for a swim. A small step, however a small step in the right direction. Once again thank you for all your help! “

When you are really ready to change, and to participate in the process of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy with the help of an experienced and qualified hypnotherapist, those changes are long lasting. You may be interested to read an article recently written by Psychotherapist Jean Fain on which discusses this topic.

I offer a free initial consultation. If you would like to know more, please call me on 01752 894160, to chat or arrange an appointment, or use the contact form here.

Have a fabulous August!

Best Wishes,

Sally x

How to live to 103

Recently, I went to the funeral of a wonderful lady who had lived to the amazing age of 103! I have known ‘Gran Doll’ for 40 years, and in all that time she amazed me by remembering everything about everyone and everywhere. She lived in the same house for 101 years, and undoubtedly saw so many changes throughout her life.

In her last few weeks, I spoke to her granddaughter, who is also my best friend, and she told me that she thought that the reason Gran was so able to remember so many details was because she always listened well. Gran remembered everyone right up to the moment she passed away.

So is that the key? I think that being completely present is an amazing quality which we often don’t manage in our busy lives, where information is all around us, and we can communicate on so many levels with several people at once. If, like many of us, you find that you can’t easily remember names, places or details, is it perhaps because you weren’t fully present when you received the information? Making connections, forging friendships, even business deals, happens best in an environment where we are focused fully on the person in front of us. It allows all of our senses to work well so that we have the best chance of recalling what was said

Because of Grans’ memory and ability to recall facts, she was definitely never at a loss for something to say – so she was always interesting and interested. This in turn meant that people wanted to be with her. ‘Ask Gran Doll’ was the answer if you didn’t know something. So Gran was rarely without company. It could have been the huge and legendary Cornish pasties she made of course, but I’d like to think that her ability to concentrate completely on what was happening right at that moment was what made Gran stand out from the crowd, and contributed to her long, healthy and happy life.

So, next time your children , your partner, your boss or your best friend have something to tell you, think of Gran and make a point of putting all other thoughts to one side, and really experience the quality of a fully focused conversation. I’d love to know what a difference this makes to you.



Feeling overwhelmed?

“I feel overwhelmed – can hypnotherapy help?”

At this time of year, despite the holiday feeling that comes with the longer, warmer days, life can seem rather overwhelming. At work – “who is going to do my job when I’m away?’ or ‘how on earth am I going to do my job and his, whilst HE is away?’ At school – exams continue, and then there’s sports day, end of year parent’s evenings, leavers assemblies, prom… the list is endless. Even preparing for a restful holiday is hard work – who’s going to look after the goldfish, etc etc..

So what’s the answer? We are becoming more aware that stress is harmful both physically and mentally – the cover article in this months New Scientist by Caroline Williams says that even short term stress can add up to undermine our health, by causing inflammation that causes our immune system to over react. When this process doesn’t stop, we are at increased risk for infection, depression and even cardiovascular disease.

Solution focused hypnotherapy is an approach with two angles. We reduce the stress and improve sleep patterns using hypnosis – a very natural and relaxing process, and through skilful questioning we enable you to use the resources which you already have to seek solutions which will help create a better future for yourself. Bit by bit, situations which once seemed overwhelming begin to seem insignificant, as your thoughts change and you regain control.

I offer a free initial consultation. If you would like to know more, please call me on 01752 894160 to chat or arrange an appointment.

Have a fabulous Summer!

Best Wishes,


Hello Sunshine!

What a difference it makes to our mood when the sun comes out!

Why is that?

Nothing has really changed – our job is the same, the car still needs servicing, and yet, the sun somehow changes the way we see the world.

According to an article written by Rachel Nall, RN, BSN, CCRN in Healthline , sunlight triggers the neurotransmitters that create serotonin in our brain, which makes us feel happier, calmer, more focused and optimistic. On the other hand, darkness triggers the production of melatonin, which makes us feel sleepy.


Along with exercise, sleep and good nutrition, and adequate amount of sunlight (with caution in high UV areas) can give us the natural boost that we need to keep our mood buoyant and help manage seasonal and other types of depression and anxiety.

What a wonderful thing! Walk with your head up, spend time outdoors. Notice the dust that shows up in the house, and then leave it and take a walk in the sun – your brain will thank you for it 🙂





‘Can I increase my confidence with Hypnotherapy?’

Confidence is something we all need a bit of every now and then, and for some it seems to disappear at the most important times! Often it has been hidden by turmoil or stress, and in this case, it can be frustrating to find that where you used to be confident, you now worry about the smallest things.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is all about helping you to find the solutions to your problems. Beginning by switching off the stress and with skilful questioning, your hypnotherapist enables you to find hidden strengths and to allow those strengths to become fully yours again, so that you can use them to your highest potential. Bit by bit, you will find that you can do more, as you work with your hypnotherapist towards reaching your goals. Often on the way, clients discover new things about themselves that open up previously un-thought of opportunities for growth and development. It’s an exciting journey!

Here is a recent email I received from a client –

“Hello Sally,
Just to let you know, the tender presentation went really well…worried about talking for 15 minutes – ended up doing 45…thanks so much!”

Whether you need your confidence for you job, your exams, your social life, or just to allow you to get through the day, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can give you the tools to get back on track.

Call to arrange a FREE initial consultation on 01752 894160. Emergency appointments for exam students are available!

Best Wishes

Sally x

The importance of small steps

This week, Sam Trigg, who is almost part of our family (can I say that, Sam?) achieved a lifetime goal when he jumped over 16m in the triple jump. Incredible – that’s further than the length of the longest double decker bus in the UK! But Sam didn’t just achieve that distance overnight.

There was once a time when jumping 16m seemed impossible – a distant dream – and even 14m was something to strive towards, but by paying attention to his coaches, by accepting every extra centimetre as a step towards the ultimate goal, he steadily put in place all the necessary building blocks which allowed him to jump that huge distance.

And this is a great way to look at all of our goals, however near or however distant.  Breaking them down into small steps which move us slowly but surely in the right direction, we can take pride in every little achievement, and it’s that sense of achievement, those feelings of self-fulfilment and congratulation which allow us to take the next small step.

For Sam, the steps are literally huge, with the reward being perhaps an extra centimetre, but one day, even 16m is going to seem insignificant! Go Sam!

Sam Trigg breaking the 16m barrier