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Confidence can be rebuilt

You can rebuild the confidence you had when you were a child. When we came on leave from Papua New Guinea every two years, Mum used to take me to the dentist. His practice was high up on one of the many floors in an old building in the centre of Sydney. The rickety lift

  • Shan Withnell

Too stressed to think straight

Freedom Day Four months after entering lockdown, Sydney finally opened up (somewhat). Labelled "Freedom Day" by many, hordes of people flooded to the shops, booked their long overdue hair appointments and gathered with friends wherever they could. Another group of people stayed home. Some cautious. Not wanting to go out too soon. Not wanting to

  • Shan Withnell Hypnotherapy Coaching

Poetry has power

Poetry to Film Poetry has power. To evoke feelings with well-chosen words. Pared to essentials. Crafted by masters. "Negative Space" is a very short film, based on Ron Koertge’s poem, that beautifully adds depth while keeping the emotion. The film won several awards, including an Academy Award. It has an ambiguous ending, which makes you

  • Night falling Mona Vale Beach

Questioning myself

Sitting in my car, I watched the sky darken over the ocean, observing the rhythms of nature, summer solstice approaching, feeling the energies shifting. It has been a very challenging month. One where I have questioned myself deeply – personally and professionally. Am I fit to do the work I do? What do I really

Energy follows intention

Energy follows intention. Fascinating to observe how true this is. A lady contacted me several days ago, wanting to know more about RTT and how it might help her with her back problem. She’s had a sore back for several months. Seen a physio, a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. Initially I thought she wanted massage

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Still doing massage!

I came out of lockdown having only done Zoom hypnotherapy sessions with clients for the past months. Loving them. Excited by them. Inspired by them. And I am still loving them. I'm really fired up by the amazing impact they have for my clients - truly life changing. I came out of lockdown thinking that

Are you stuck?

It was pretty busy in the bay this morning. Mina and I had got down early and decided it looked too "messy". Into the pool for us. Despite it being low tide, the bay was full of choppy, swollen, breaking waves swirling all over the place. The pool was flat, cold and shallow - storms

What are you frightened of?

What are you frightened of? Theresa is a good swimmer. She’s strong and she’s fast. She swims in the surf a lot. She swims in the pool more. Today Theresa swam across the bay to the headland and back. That’s momentous. Theresa is terrified of deep water. Her imagination runs riot – what about the