Increase your self-esteem with hypnotherapy*

If you have a poor opinion of yourself, you may not be aware of how this can have a negative affect on your daily life. At the Conway Practice, hypnotherapy can help to increase your self-esteem by identifying the underlying reasons for your lack of confidence.*

If your parents or siblings were high-achievers you may find yourself constantly comparing yourself unfavourably and feel it impossible to meet the same high standards. In accepting that as an individual you have your own unique capabilities, you will be able to appreciate your true potential. It’s common for anyone who doesn’t value themselves, to be too self-critical and inflexible, focusing more on failure than on achieving their goal. During sessions using hypnosis, Jonathan will help you to recognise the root cause of your negative perception of your self-worth.*

This low self-esteem may inhibit not only progression professionally, but also have an impact on your personal life if you feel that others are judging you, resulting in a sense of vulnerability and an avoidance of social interaction. False negative perspective can be re-programmed with hypnotherapy, enabling you to accept that these misconceptions are the result of early conditioning and experiences that have no relevance to your true worth.*

Self-confidence starts with appreciating who we are and a belief in how much we can achieve. Hypnosis enables the unconscious mind to release the limiting thoughts that have been a hindrance in many areas of your life.* Hypnotherapy can help you to improve motivation and become far more confident by enabling you to build on the inner resources you may have been unaware of possessing.*

For more information please call Jonathan Conway today on 01273 540425

How Hypnotherapy can Help to Build Self-Esteem*

Low self-esteem is a common problem and is often formed over a number of years, causing issues in both the personal and professional life. High standards may have been set by parents or other authority figures with the result that you judge yourself unfairly against those who appear to effortlessly reach their goals and are recognised for their success.

Hypnotherapy can help you to improve your self-worth by uncovering the reasons behind your lack of confidence and why you are unnecessarily hard on yourself.* Perhaps comparisons were made between other siblings, or fellow classmates who always appeared to achieve more even if they were putting in less effort. A feeling of inadequacy is frequently found to have a negative affect on forming relationships with others and can affect career prospects, with an impact on both health and general well-being.

Having little respect for yourself often leads to social anxiety, with a fear of being judged and the focus of attention, concerned that you will say or do the wrong thing. Hypnotherapy can improve the ability to communicate more effectively, enhancing not only social situations but also professionally.*

At the Conway Practice while you are deeply relaxed during hypnosis, Jonathan will access the root cause of your low self-esteem and guide your subconscious mind towards opening up to more positive thoughts and behaviour patterns.* Once the source of your lack of confidence is understood, it will be much easier to put these misconceptions into context, begin to re-evaluate your true self-worth and bring about positive changes in your life.*

For more information and to book an appointment call Jonathan Conway today on 01273 540425

Achieve More With Personal Development Coaching*

self-esteemThere are often times for all of us when we reach a crucial crossroads in life and feel that we would benefit from guidance. Jonathan Conway provides life coaching for personal development, helping you to take the right direction that will open up new options and opportunities*. It’s easy to become stuck in a rut in a situation where you feel you are unable to achieve your true potential. Perhaps you are unaware of how much more you are capable of due to a lack of confidence and low self-esteem.

Life coaching closely examines not only how well you are performing in your professional life, but also assesses whether you would benefit by making changes in how you manage personal relationships. You may have goals in mind but are unsure how these can be obtained, or how best to approach what you consider to be obstacles that have been holding you back. Personal development with NLP at the Conway Practice in Harley Street, helps you to focus on the positive, re-programming any negative thoughts which may be restricting your personal growth and progress*.

You may be disillusioned with the career choice you made a long time ago and your expectations may be very different now. Discontentment will have a negative affect in all areas of your life.  It’s common to continue along a path if you have been conditioned to believe it’s too late to take a different direction, but you should be aware that self-empowerment is within you.

If you have lost sight of your future goals and need guidance to increase your motivation and become more focused, personal development coaching will put you back on the right track.* It will help you to improve relationships and feel more fulfilled, both personally and professionally.

For more information contact Jonathan Conway today on 01273 540425

Personal Development in Harley Street at the Conway Practice

self-esteem-brightonAs children, we are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer is generally a chosen job and is not always realistic; not many of us will have become astronauts or film stars! Rarely does a child say they just want to be happy, as they probably take it for granted that they will be. As adults if we are not contented with our life choices and get no enjoyment from what we’re doing, this discontentment will cause stress and frustration, with little motivation.

It’s easy to lose sight of goals and to lack the confidence needed to get back on track and achieve what you truly want in life. Personal development coaching sessions with hypnotherapy and NLP in Harley Street at the Conway Practice will help you to find a new and positive direction*.

You may feel that you are lacking in self-confidence and self-belief. If you don’t believe in your own abilities, how can you expect anyone to have confidence in you?

Jonathan Conway will help you to re-programme any negative thoughts that are holding you back*.

During childhood you may have been conditioned by parents, siblings or in the classroom to believe you have less potential than others. Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves and when this is low it limits our ability to focus on positive change and development.

When this increases with the help of hypnotherapy and NLP, you will be able to see your goals more clearly, move forward in your career and improve your personal life*.

It’s easy to slip into the habit of spending so much time doing things for others that there may be very little left for yourself. Life coaching and personal development will show you how you can set-aside precious time doing whatever gives you pleasure and that makes you feel good about yourself*.

This isn’t being selfish, it will actually enhance the quality of your relationships, both personal and work-related*. You will also come to recognise your strengths and weaknesses, where you will benefit from making improvements and where you can capitalise on your skills*.

For more information about personal development coaching services in Harley Street call Jonathan today on 0207 467 8460.

Personal Development Coaching in Brighton & Hove

self-esteemIt’s common in life to lose sight at times of personal goals and direction, requiring support to get you back on track. Personal development coaching in Brighton & Hove at the Conway Practice can help you to see more clearly all areas of your life where you feel you are underachieving or experiencing specific problems*.

During life coaching sessions with Jonathan Conway, BSc Dp EHP.NLP MNCH (acc) NLP Master Practitioner & Certified NLP Coach, time will be devoted to allowing you to focus on changes that will enable you to make significant progress*.

Often self-motivation is depleted, resulting in an overwhelming feeling that could be likened to driving a vehicle with the brakes on; the power potential is there but you’re not moving forward. NLP coaching and hypnotherapy can release those brakes, identifying and addressing the negative thoughts that are holding you back from reaching your true potential*.

New and aspirational challenges can be set, re-igniting personal ambition, whether that’s to maximise your career performance or to enhance personal relationships.

 Perhaps you feel you are spread too thinly and have very little time to spend on yourself.

As a personal development coach in Brighton & Hove, during NLP sessions, Jonathan will help you to appreciate how others see you and to understand how by simply using different words and ways of communicating, you will be able to take back control of your life instead of allowing others and events to control you*.

New patterns of behaviour will also enable you to cope with stress in a positive way*. Anxiety can be contagious and once you are less anxious, stress levels of those around you are also likely to reduce. 

Through the relaxed state of hypnotherapy or NLP coaching, past problems and issues can be addressed, resulting not only in a lasting improvement on an emotional level, but also re-energising your physical performance*.

Personal development coaching in Brighton & Hove is about making headway in your life in whatever area you feel that changes need to be made.

Life coaching services at the Conway Practice will help you to define your goals and open up the pathway to fulfilling them by eliminating the sub-conscious barriers that have been holding you back*.

For more information please leave a comment below, or if preferred, contact Jonathan Conway today by calling 01273 540425.

A Helping Hand

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Jonathan Conway, Hypnotherapist & NLP practitioner, answers your questions on changing the way you view the world.

Q. I want to run Brighton Marathon one day. Can Hypnotherapy help me perform better in sports?

A: Yes, absolutely*. Using hypnosis to visualise being successful in sports is very powerful.* It can also be helpful to use the anchoring techniques of NLP to help you get into a resourceful winning state and also to model success on other successful performers in professional sports*.

Q. I wish I had more confidence. Can hypnotherapy make me more outgoing?

A. Yes. Hypnosis can be a careful tool in helping a person focus on the things that help them to feel better about themselves and help you to find the resources that every person has to do this*. As you begin to notice your success there is likely to be a cumulative effect. In my experience confidence from the inside out is likely to be more effective and longer lasting than doing things with a short term boost in confidence. Also the more accepting a person can be of themselves the better they are likely to feel in their lives*.

Q. I would love to fly abroad but have such a fear of flying after a bad experience when I was younger. Can hypnotherapy help me to overcome this phobia?

A. Flying phobias are usually connected with a past flying experience that didn’t go well such as extreme turbulence or engine failure whilst on board a flight. It is a feeling of being out of control sometimes accompanied by panic and anxiety. Hypnosis accompanied by an NLP Fast Phobia cure can help with overcoming a flying phobia and to help the person have a positive flying experience*. To do this, the flying experience needs to be reframed to something more positive, in particular, the language that is used in thinking about the flying experience*.

Q. Can hypnotherapy cure physical pain?

A. Pain management is a complex topic and before a non-medically trained hypnotherapist uses hypnosis for pain control it is important that the person has had a medical investigation beforehand. Once this has been done – and with a medical practitioner’s approval – hypnosis can be a powerful too in assisting with pain control*. Hypnosis can help to change the perception of the pain into something more manageable and something which the unconscious mind is able to control*.

Q. My new job means that I need to give public presentations. How many hypnotherapy sessions would I need to improve my public speaking performance?

A. Speaking in public is one of life’s greatest challenges and fears. Hypnosis and NLP can really assist a person to speak fluently and confidently, and to create a greater level of rapport with the audience*. Even two or three sessions can make a significant and valuable change to someone’s ability to be a competent public speaker*. The first task is to help the person build up some positive resources. NLP Anchoring techniques can be useful here followed by visualization and also learning a practicing self hypnosis techniques*. Like all new skills it is necessary to practice and the more times you are able to do so, the easier it will be to perform well in presentations*.

Q. I’m seeing a hypnotherapist to help me to kick my smoking habit. Am I going to be able to handle passive smoking after my hypnotherapy?

A. The biggest part of smoking addiction is not the physical craving but the psychological need to have a cigarette. Once the urge to smoke is replaced by other healthier and creative behaviours the person will have a sense of freedom and be in control of the unconscious urge to smoke. It is also probable that the hypnotherapist may have given some hypnotic suggestions that the person will no longer be attracted to the smell of nicotine and therefore passive smoking should not bother the person*.

If your relationship feels like an uphill climb, approach it from a new viewpoint.

Partners. You can’t live with them but you can’t live without them, right? Of course, we are all different but there are factors and points in most relationship where one or both parties think: “Get me out of here!”
Everyone has a different story to tell, from the new couple to the 30-year marriage. When alarm bells ring in your relationship take a step back and get to the root of the problem, as chances are it’s a slight glitch that can be overcome.

Excess baggage

Come to terms with the fact that everyone has baggage – however big or small. Children, ex-partners or over-bearing in-laws, the ‘excess baggage’ in a relationship can cause you stress, especially early on in a relationship when you’ve enjoyed your partner’s company but are now finding out they come with a whole past. And then there’s the ex: jealousy is normal; how you handle it is key. Remember there is a reason why they are now an ex and that your partner chooses to be with you.

With smartphones making texting and social media sites easily accessible, you may feel like your partner has far more interest in a ‘virtual world’ than having a conversation with you – and checking up on their ex to see their status or photos is oh so tempting for them. We’re only human, after all, and inquisitive by nature. It’s when this behaviour becomes obsessive and destructive that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Listen to each other and work at the relationship – or, if you are happier out drinking with friends or chatting to your ex on Facebook, then it seems like you’re already chosen this lifestyle.

If a past relationship where a partner cheated has left you with trust issues, a relationship counsellor can help you bring about positive change. “Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to family and friends about relationship problems,” says Jonathan Conway, NLP practitioner and life coach. “It can help to have a different perspective from someone who is outside of the relationship to explore patterns of thinking that are both helping and hindering the relationship.”


The seven-year itch; the ten-year itch… However many years, there are times when all couples can be swept up in everyday life and forget how to enjoy being in one another’s company. Counselling can be useful at any point in a relationship. “The best time to seek help is before the problems become too insurmountable,” says Jonathan. “Sometimes it can be good to take stock of how well the relationship is going rather just focusing on the negatives too.

“Many people are expecting perfection which does not exist in the real world,” Jonathan continues. “Each party in a relationship may have different ways of seeing things based upon their own history and belief systems; the key is to accept and respect the other in the relationship.”

Create a work-life balance. We spend more time in our day at work than at home, so make the most of family/couple time when it does arise. Tiredness from work stress can strain your relationship as you take the bad attitude home (most couples argue after a day at work, fact). Money is also a high stress factor, especially if one person is the sole bread winner or earns more than the partner. Which leads us to the biggest expense and most challenging role: parenthood. Don’t enter it lightly. Talk to your partner and make sure you both want the same thing and have worked out a way to make it work.

If you’re comfortable in a relationship, you may not make as much of an effort on your appearance. Think back to the early days and put in some of the effort you did back then. Weight increase can decrease your confidence and leave you wondering if your partner still finds you attractive, so take up exercise. And if sexual intimacy has been non-existent of late, getting into shape will help, along with scheduling time and trying something new.

Whatever’s happening in your relationship, address the problems, big or small, communicate, apologise and change, so you can move forward.

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When quizzed on what they want to be when they grow up, children often cite fantastic and unusual careers that involve working with animals or travelling to outer space. Few actually grow up to do such work. But there are some for whom those out-of-the-ordinary dreams do materialise into rewarding sometimes odd and unusual work. Jobs that not only make fascinating party conversations, but which also become the kind of careers where the rewards often transend the raised eyebrows and quizzical looks they get when the person explains what they do for a living.

Take Jonathan Conway for example. Currently he works as a hypnotherapist and runs his practice. As a kid growing up in Brighton his primary fascination was with grown-ups. He would walk along the pier observing the behaviour of his elders, wondering what made them different from each other.

“Part of me always felt on the outside, like I was observing from the fringes. I was fascinated by the way people acted. I always wanted to know what made them tick.” Jonathan’s teenage years were fraught with difficulties as he struggled academically  because of dyslexia. “I was teased a lot by other kids. Then I was sent to an education psychologist and a string of other specialists. In desperations I even started to look around myself for other specialists.”

Eventually he did the out-of-the-ordinary and visited a hypnotherapist. The experience had a profound impact on him and ultimately shaped his choice of career. Jonathan decided to become a hypnotherapist himself, but it still took years of commitment and discipline to finish his studies. In  between times he went to Israel and taught English to underprivileged African children. “I knew from my own experience that hypnosis was an effective way of helping people in a very short time*. That was it’s real appeal.”

In 1992, at the age of 27, Jonathan graduated with a BSc in Sociology and Social Administration from the Roehampton Institute, part of Surrey University. It took him two more years to qualify with a post-graduate Research Group 1994. The certificate cuts through any “mumbo jumbo” surrounding hypnotherapy and its the official and recognised route into the practice.

“I attempt to give people another perspective. Finding out about their background helps me look at exactly what changes they are willing to make. Hypnosis is a way to help people with the resources they have inside themselves by bringing the conscious and unconscious minds together*.”

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With Ruby Wax on stage in her show, Losing IT, Zara Baker looks at why we should talk about depression.

Ruby Wax has spoken openly about her battle with depression. The popular comedian has been on our radar for years, yet it is only recently the star has talked openly about her illness. And who would have thought that Ruby, an excitable, assertive and sharp witted woman, would have been battling with this illness since childhood? With depression affecting one in four of us, depression is more common than you think. It’s just that nobody has talked about it that much, the result of which makes it seem an even more taboo topic. But 2011 has been a year of change. Ruby Wax’s depression is the inspiration of her show, Losing It, which she is currently starring in alongside her friend, singer/songwriter Judith Owen. The show brings mental health into the limelight and the public have been grateful for it. Honest, frank and completely open, Losing It doesn’t brush mental health under the carpet. Ruby and Judith discuss it – the audience are even invited to talk about their experiences in a Q&A section of the show. Talking about depression is good therapy. After all, courage is contagious. When one person opens up, it can help others to speak up too.

“But there is still a stigma attached to having a mental illness. In a recent interview, Ruby Wax admitted: “I really had trouble trusting my friends enough to say, ‘I don’t think I’m very well’, because I didn’t want to let them down.” Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner Jonathan Conway tries to avoid using the term depression with clients, instead choosing to say they feel low or unhappy. “Once a person is labelled as ‘depressed’ they may begin to exhibit the symptoms of a depressed person,” Jonathan explains. “From my perspective the most important thing is to explore how a person is thinking. Often underneath these feelings is a fear about making changes.”

While we’re not going to all take to the stage in a show based on how we are feeling like Ruby has, admitting to feeling depressed and talking about it – whether with friends and family of a therapist – is vital. It can strengthen friendships, aid recovery and take the taboo out of the subject. “Depression can occur as a response to life events such as a bereavement, break up of a relationship or alternatively, negative ways of thinking,” identifies Jonathan. “A useful tool in NLP to overcome depression is to agree to limit negative thoughts to 30 minutes per day and less as time goes on*. Eventually the brain will reintegrate more positive thoughts.

“Sometimes a person will come to see an NLP Coach already taking medication from a GP,” Jonathan continues. “It could be that there is a chemical imbalance which can be helped with medication.

“It is important to encourage the client to start new activities especially exercise, even if it is going on a daily walk along the seafront. Self hypnosis can also work alongside therapies like acupuncture massage and antidepressants prescribed by a medical practitioner*.”

Talking to a professional can help. And if you do get a chance to see Ruby’s show don’t forget that depression affects one in four of us, so see the show with three friends.

Losing It is on at the Duchess Theatre, London until 1 October.

Agree new goals such as:

  • To feel more positive about day to day activities
  • To take some daily exercise
  • To help build some self esteem
  • To eat a good balanced diet
  • To sleep well
  • To have more structure in day to day activities
  • Use positive visualisations using hypnosis to feel more optimistic about the future

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