The Positive Habit Irish Independent

positive habit irish independentThe Rise of Online Therapy. The Positive Habit is discussed as an online, digital self-help programme by Katie Byrne in the Irish Independent, Life, Health and Wellbeing section. positive habit irish independent 

Katie Byrne analyses the rise of therapy online and finds that it can be particularly useful for cognitive behavioural therapy and for self help courses like The Positive Habit.  In addition, the ease of access is an important factor in explaining the rise as is the age profile of digital natives who are often more comfortable undergoing therapy online than face-to face.

Read more here…

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The Positive Pause – 30th May 2016 – The Miracle of You!

miracle of youAt the weekend I went to see Derren Brown, the famous mentalist and illusionist, for the first time. In both my work and personal life I am fascinated with the mind and  have  been interested in his work  on “mind control.” Miracle of you

Part of what Derren Brown does could be considered to be “stage hypnosis”. This is a million miles away from what I do with my clients as a hypnotherapist.  Stage hypnosis is responsible for the creation of myths and misinformation about what hypnosis really is. As a result, the common misconception that the hypnotist has full control over your mind and can make you do anything they want is a daunting prospect for anyone.

However, Derren Brown is actually all about debunking  ‘magic’ or ‘mind control’ and he explains and shows his audience how he does such incredible things. I really admire his transparency and openness.

Ultimately, it  all comes down to you and your incredible mind!  The belief systems, early conditioning and the stories we tell ourselves can define us if we allow them to.  Derren Browne simply gives people a safe space to open their minds and to suspend unhelpful belief systems.  This is exactly what I do in my work as a hypnotherapist.

Growth mindset is about opening your mind to new experiences.  Your subconscious does not know the difference between reality and imagination and will accept the story that you tell it.  Harnessing the power of your  imagination to your favour will allow you to reach your full potential.  However, it is detrimental when your imagination works against you: catastrophising and imagining the worst possible outcomes is where a lot of anxiety and fear stems from.   It is estimated that ninety two per cent of what people fear never happens or is something they cannot control and it is therefore futile spending energy worrying about it.

Derren Brown worked hard to leave his audience on a high and the show had so many positive suggestions to encourage the audience to have faith in themselves, to let go of their past conditioning, to focus on the present moment and to remind us all of the miracle of our lives and our minds.

This week, as Derren Brown pointed out, please remember that you can only control two things –  your thoughts and your actions. You are capable of achieving more than you may ever have thought possible but only if you think it so.

Please take the time to have a look at my new online, self-help, digital programme, which launches today and is featured the Health and Living Section of the Irish Independent.

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Reminder- 6 Days Left for the Positive Habit Early Bird Offer

positive habit early bird offerThis is a gentle reminder to you if you are considering following the Positive Habit Programme to pre-register in the next six days so that you avail of the Early Bird price.

I am delighted to let you know that every day many people are pre-registering for the programme.
If you would like also to avail of this offer please go directly to and pre-register before Midnight on Sunday May 29th.

The course is a synthesis of the work that I do and help people to let go of stress, anxiety, to make healthy choices and to reach their full potential.  Summer is a great time to embrace positivity and the course is only six weeks long.

The programme is designed to empower the user to develop the habit of positivity on both a conscious and subconscious level.  The reading, exercises and videos work on a conscious level and the MP3s work on a subconscious level and reinforce the main idea of each week.

Full details and a preview can be seen on

I would also really appreciate it if you would spread the word with family and friends who might benefit from this programme. It could be the very thing that they need this summer.
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Positive Pause – 23rd May 2016 – Engage with Life

engage with life“Mum, at what age do you make a will?”

It’s quite a tricky question to answer are the best of times but try a Tuesday morning when you are just awake and you are pre-occuupied with preparing the school lunch and getting ready for the working day ahead! This was the question my eight year old son asked me last Tuesday wide-eyed and innocent.  I think he believed that there was an age that you are required to make a will in much the same way as when you are 18 you are legally allowed to vote.

It may sound like a negative question but the innocence of childhood allows one to see death in a different light. Children can be very matter-of-fact about “delicate” issues that adults often try to skirt around. I believe we have a lot to learn from children on so many levels as they often have the ability to clearly see things as they are.

The cycle of life is quite simple, we are born, we live and then we die. The freedom of being comfortable with our own mortality allows us to really live, to engage fully with life. Ironically, many of us search for certainty in areas of life where this cannot be provided. By contrast, death is a certainty and once this is accepted and embraced with courage and love it gives us the freedom to live.

Have a good week and enjoy each and every precious moment by being fully “awake” to all life offers you.

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Fiona Brennan & The Positive Habit on Logo18th May 2016 – Fiona Brennan on hypnotherapy and her new online six week digital programme, The Positive Habit on (Irish Daily Mail).

Having treated hundreds of patients from around Ireland, Fiona has now developed a first-of-its-kind course that allows people to hypnotise themselves into healthier lifestyles…The six-week program includes tutorial videos, simple exercises and corresponding self-hypnosis MP3s which work on a subconscious level.

Fiona explains that the method is based on cutting edge neuroscientific research that demonstrates that the brain can be trained through the power of imagination and thought; it is flexible and malleable.  This concept is called neuroplasticity.  Read more here…

For more information on the The Positive Habit: Six Pathways to Positivity, Digital Self-Help Programme visit here.