Carrie Barber Hypnotherapist
Cert Hyp.CS, Dip.CST

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Think Yourself Slim???

Posted on 12 August, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

Want to lose weight?

Need motivation?

Stuck in a lose/gain cycle?

Fed up of diets or slimming groups?

Sick of counting calories/syns/points?

Hypnotherapy can help with weight loss by addressing any food issues you have, for example, why and how you have put on weight) building your motivation and self esteem and most importantly, successfully re-programming any negative habits and thoughts you have around food.

My aim is to target your unconscious mind with powerful and positive suggestions, in order to help you develop a positive relationship with food and exercise.

The majority of my clients lose weight and are over the moon that they have not been obsessed with food, or seeing it negatively or having to stick to a diet!



Although the cost for Weight Loss Hypnotherapy may appear expensive compared to joining a slimming club, it is important to remember with hypnotherapy you are tackling the problem of WHY you over eat and then addressing that problem.

Realistically, theres only one reason people put on weight, and thats down to calories in versus calories out. But this doesn't address WHY you are overeating! Maybe that reason is comfort eating, or rewarding yourself, eating when you are bored, or being too busy to eat mindfully. Perhaps you start a diet at 8am on Monday and its so restrictive you fall of the wagon by 10am?


I find clients often come to me for weight loss hypnotherapy AFTER they’ve unsuccessfully tried every diet, meal replacement and slimming clubs -because the weight doesn't stay off with those methods.



During the initial consultation I will weigh you and assess your BMI, before discussing your eating habits, looking for triggers to poor eating. You will be given a food diary to complete for a week. Then you will receive a hypnotherapy treatment which is wonderfully relaxing and will set you on your way for your weight loss journey!

Then you will leave with a self hypnosis recording to keep those positive suggestions firmly in your mind, along with Mindful Eating tips - technique I find works well with Weight Loss clients.

So if you want to change your mindset AND your waistline...what have you got to lose?


Feel Good Tunes Tracklist

Posted on 27 July, 2017 at 13:20 Comments comments (0)

Every Friday I try to post on my Facebook page an uplifting song with a positive message, or a tune that just has that feel good vibe. The reason I do this is because like the great Stevie Wonder, I also believe,

“Music knows it is and always will

Be one of the things that life just won't quit”.

Music can affect us emotionally, mentally and physically. So if you have negative feelings you just can’t seem to shake , why not select one of these tracks and see if it puts a smile on your face?

Each week I’ll be adding to the list, so watch this space! And you think of a song which always makes you smile, share it and leave me a comment on my page!

“Follow The Sun” Xavier Rudd

“Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

“Don’t Stop” Fleetwood Mac

“Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive” Ella Fitzgerald

“Do Anything You Want To” Thin Lizzy

“Change” Blind Melon

“Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder

“If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out” Cat Stevens

“Place Your Hands” Reef

“Proud Mary” Tina Turner

“Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)” Baz Luhrmann

“Mr Blue Sky” ELO

“You’ve Got A Friend In Me” Randy Newman

“Happy” Pharell Williams

“Dog Days Are Over” Florence and the Machine

“Beautiful Day” Ziggy Marley

Gain The Fresh Feeling Spring Brings and Spring Clean Your Mind!

Posted on 10 April, 2017 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

Now we have come to the end of the long dark days of Winter, and Spring has finally sprung with its lighter days and flowers beginning to blossom, our thoughts often turn to giving our home a deep clean. This rejuvenating process can leave your home feeling fresh and new…But did you know its possible to apply the same process to our minds?

Here’s five simple tips to achieve a mental spring cleaning, and improve your emotional and mental well being.

1. Make a schedule before starting to clean. Make a list- what are your goals, hopes or dreams? Are these things achievable? How long will it take for you to achieve them? What do you need to make your dreams a reality? And most importantly, whats the first step you need to take? After all, you couldn't spring clean your whole house in a day!


2. Always work from top to bottom. Begin with your head and clear out any negative thoughts - it may be negative or self-defeating ruling through your head, irrational fears pervading your thoughts, over thinking, or dwelling on painful memories. Hypnotherapy is great for replacing negative thoughts with positive suggestions and will help to reduce stress in your life.

3. Get rid of cobwebs in hard-to-reach corners. Get ‘dusting’ and blow away those cobwebs. Maybe you've been stuck in the same routine for so long. The Spring is a great time to try something new. What do you want to do? Maybe its time to take up a new hobby, meet new people or try something creative outside of your comfort zone.


4. Open the windows-let the light and air in. After the long dark days of Winter, try to get outside as much as possible, a walk in the fresh air always improves your mood. Take note of the beauty around you, even if its only noticing the beauty of flowers in a window box if you don't have the countryside nearby.


5. De clutter-what are you holding on to? Holding on to grudges, pain, or even bad habits that we’ve gained as a coping mechanism are only holding us back from our true potential. Hypnotherapy can help you to let go of these self defeating behaviours, and enable you to be the best version of you.


So grab your metaphorical duster and get spring cleaning your mind!

Fear of Change & the Mustard Coloured Jumper

Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

Like many of you I’m sure, I am guilty of mostly wearing black, navy or grey colours. It’s become a familiar habit now. I’m not sure whether this is learned behaviour from reading over and over again in 'women's magazines' that black is slimming, or whether it is because it makes you look more ‘anonymous’. Whatever the reason, I know I have to push myself to wear brighter colours and bolder patterns because when I'm wearing dark colours I'm in my comfort zone..

However, I’ve recently noticed how many more compliments I get from friends when I’m wearing a mustard yellow colour! This is one of my favourite colours at the moment, and it obviously makes me stand out a bit more and get noticed. And it’s always nice to get complements right?!!

It made me think about how we take refuge in the safety of our comfort zone. A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, whilst experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. It’s natural for humans to drift towards comfort and stability. It’s steady, regular, familiar, safe and….a bit dull? Perhaps you stay in an unfufilling relationship because you are scared of being alone. Maybe you've never travellled abroad or you work in a job that is secure, but unrewarding.

Having a comfort zone isn’t necessarily a negative thing - as long as you recognise when you need to come out of it to achieve positive change. Because important changes can happen in your life if you take calculated risks, push your boundaries, and bypass your familiar comfort zone.

So what can you do if you fear stepping out of your comfort zone? Perhaps you have negative intrusive thoughts such as “I’ll never be able to..”, or “I can’t do it”, or “I feel overwhelmed”? A Hypnotherapist can help you, firstly by exploring your comfort zones that are keeping you ‘safe’. They will build a rapport with you to create a level of trust that enables you feel safe, thereby helping you to be open and honest about your feelings.Then you can work through together how you think they are preventing you from making positive changes in your life. Whilst in this safe environment, you can gradually push through fear or any insecurities you may have.

Why not start making small changes to take yourself out of your comfort zone today! Perhaps order off a restaurant menu something you've never eaten before, speak to that person you see every day on the bus but never speak to, or book that salsa dance class NOW! Just stay away from the mustard coloured clothing...because thats my thing ;)

Merry Chri-stress!

Posted on 1 December, 2016 at 8:00 Comments comments (7)

Love it or loathe it, for many the Christmas holiday season can be incredibly stressful. Studies have shown that some people believe it is more stressful than being burgled or getting divorced! The stress may be caused by financial concerns, spending time with family you don’t get along with, a lack of time to get everything done before the big day, or high expectations to create the best Christmas ever.

If this sounds like you, then why not follow these tips to relax and enjoy yourself over the festive season?

  • Prioritise- what needs to be done, and do you realistically have time to do it? Can you reduce your workload and delegate some tasks? Make a list of everything that needs doing from shopping for gifts and food, to putting up decorations, collecting the tree and getting the house ready for guests. By doing this you will see clearly what needs to be done - are there any tasks that can be completed in advance?
  • Hate shopping? - Shopping in December can be very stressful, busy overheated shops, harassed staff, nowhere to park! Why not shop online at a time that suits you? You may even save some money as you search for the lowest price - its a great way to keep an eye on how much you are spending. Set a budget for gifts…and remember to stick to it!
  • Decide what’s important - Don’t get exhausted trying to give everyone the best Christmas ever, decide which traditions are important to you and give yourself a break! I don't think I’ve managed to cook a Christmas dinner without leaving one item in the oven and not dishing it up…did it matter I forgot the parsnips? Not in the big scheme of things!
  • Family feuds! - Getting family together can often cause problems, perhaps those problems already exist so why would Christmas be any different?!! Doing a seating plan before the big day might help, maybe seat a child that needs some help next to your complaining Father-in-law, he won’t have time to moan about the lumpy bread sauce if he's helping little Freddie get his dinner cut up! Remember - you can’t control your relatives antics, but you can control your own reaction to the situation.
  • Get outside! - If it’s all getting too much then force everyone outside for a brisk walk - the fresh air and exercise will help to reduce stress by producing those feel good endorphins. It will also give you some space if the house is beginning to feel a little cramped with the extra guests.
  • Don’t feel guilty - You are not in control of children breaking gifts, relatives complaining, or keeping everything running to time so Granny doesn't miss the Queens speech. We put far too much pressure on ourselves to having everything just perfect at Christmas, when the reality is, it's just another day!
  • Make time for yourself - I know, when you've got a lot to do there never seems to be time to relax! But self-care is incredibly important. Whether its walking the dog on the beach, taking a long bubble bath, your weekly yoga session, or perhaps listening to a relaxing self-hypnosis recording (I give these to all my clients so they can continue the process at home) make sure you take time away from the chaos and breathe deeply.

Wishing you all a Happy (and stress-free) Christmas!










Hypnotherapy : Dispelling the Myths!

Posted on 7 November, 2016 at 11:15 Comments comments (0)

Since becoming a hypnotherapist, I have heard and read many myths surrounding Hypnosis, not least because of some of the TV shows that have been shown recently. This is a real shame because Hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool in overcoming obstacles in your life. So I thought I'd compile a list of the most popular myths debunked!


Myth #1: The Hypnotist will be able to control my mind.

Fact: No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your Hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don't agree with, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.

Myth #2: I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog, or walk like a duck.

Fact: This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and thy allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions! Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.

Myth #3: Hypnosis comes from "Black Magic" or is "Supernatural".

Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not Psychics or Palm Readers with "special powers! Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by psychologists.

Myth #4: If I become Hypnotised, I may not be able to snap out of it.

Fact: Hypnosis is very safe, any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the Hypnotic state by opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking.

Myth #5: I have never been in Hypnosis before.

Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awaking every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter 'Environmental Hypnosis' while at the movies, watching TV, whilst driving, or while reading a good book.

Myth #6: Hypnosis is a "Miracle Cure".

Fact: While Hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time "Hypno-Miracle"! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate. Be weary of those who make wild claims of overnight success.

Myth #7: When Hypnotised, I will lose all sense of my surroundings, and will have no memory of the session.

Fact: Hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.

Myth #8: I can't be hypnotised because my mind is too strong/ disciplined.

Fact: This is an archaic belief that has, in recent times, been proven untrue. It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotised. Because it is your decision to use Hypnosis for self-improvement, your mind has already accepted the idea of Hypnotherapy.

The list of issues Hypnotherapy can improve is almost endless, but commonly it is used to treat phobias, stopping smoking, anxiety, stress and to aid weight loss. Now you know the facts, why not find out how Hypnotherapy could help you overcome obstacles in your life?