Iain's Hypnotherapy, Hypnosis and Life Blog

Welcome to 2020!  This is my blog; it is a place where I can release articles about hypnotherapy, coaching and the way we interact with the world we live which I know that you will be interested in.  

If there is something that you would like me to talk about - or perhaps you would like to be a guest blogger here - please do get in contact.

Most of all, please enjoy the articles,


Best wishes,


Call 07970 977146 for your FREE - confidential consultation or email me at - info@thoughtlounge.co.uk

Walking in the rain

Dr Iain M Lightfoot MSc DHyp MNCH CNHC FHEA GCGI on Tue 28 May


Walking in the rain can be a delightful and beneficial experience. The sound of raindrops, the fresh scent of petrichor, and the cool, clean air provide a rich sensory experience that encourages mindfulness and relaxation. Rain also releases negative ions, which can boost mood and reduce stress. Physically, navigating wet conditions engages more muscles and burns more calories. Socially, being outside in the rain can foster a sense of community and connection with nature. Embrace rainy days as an opportunity to enhance your mental and physical well-being.

Regain Your Well-Being Today

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Wed 15 May


At some point, everyone experiences feelings of sadness or low mood. These emotions are part of the human experience and can be triggered by a variety of factors. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with daily life, they may signal the onset of depression. Understanding the reasons behind feeling down and recognising the signs of depression can help people seek appropriate support and interventions.

A Tale of Two Paths - Smoking

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Mon 22 Apr

In a narrative both vivid and reflective, the story of Cassandra illustrates the profound divergences wrought by our choices. This tale of potential and regret, encapsulated through the dual paths of freedom and constraint, underscores the power of decision-making in shaping our lives.

Set against the backdrop of a vibrant city, Cassandra, a young woman with striking cerulean eyes and chestnut hair, works at a small gallery, her life seemingly intertwined with the aroma of cigarettes—a symbol of her lingering addiction.


Unmasking the Illusion: Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Mon 22 Apr

Smoking often masquerades as a comforting friend, especially in times of stress or joy, but this perception is a dangerous fallacy. Hypnotherapy offers a powerful way to break the psychological and emotional bonds that link smokers to this habit, by reframing thoughts, dissolving emotional attachments, and instilling healthier beliefs. Through guided visualisation and positive suggestions, hypnotherapy helps reveal the truth—that cigarettes are a harmful foe, not a friend—and empowers individuals to embrace a healthier, smoke-free life.

Quit Smoking Through Hypnotherapy in Southampton

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 11 Apr

This blog post discusses the significant health, financial, and personal benefits of quitting smoking through hypnotherapy, a method that has personally transformed my life 26 years ago. As a hypnotherapist in Southampton, I specialise in helping clients achieve freedom from smoking by addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of nicotine dependence.

Hypnotherapy: Pathway to Resilient Happiness

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Tue 19 Mar


Happiness transcends fleeting emotions, encompassing resilience and a profound sense of contentment through life's challenges. Hypnotherapy emerges as a powerful tool in fostering resilience and adaptability, enabling individuals to swiftly return to states of acceptance and well-being after adversity. This approach not only offers a pathway to enrich emotional landscapes but also empowers a mindset shift towards sustainable happiness and fulfilment, underscoring hypnotherapy's significance in personal development and emotional health.

Reality TV

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Wed 6 Mar


Below Deck" and reality TV captivate audiences with their mix of luxury, drama, and relatability, offering an enticing escape from everyday life. While these shows provide entertainment and a window into different lifestyles, concerns about their impact on mental health—such as promoting unrealistic expectations and affecting self-esteem—persist. Hypnotherapy emerges as a potential tool to mitigate these negative effects, helping viewers maintain a critical perspective towards the content they consume, reinforce self-worth, and encourage healthier coping mechanisms. This balanced approach allows for the enjoyment of reality TV while safeguarding mental well-being.

Beyond Assumptions: Mindset Renewal with Hypnotherapy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Fri 23 Feb


In "Beyond Assumptions: Mindset Renewal with Hypnotherapy," I delve into the transformative journey from harbouring negative assumptions to embracing a positive, growth-oriented mindset. Through the lens of Charles Cooley's insightful phrase, "I am what I think you think I am," this exploration reveals how our daily assumptions about others' perceptions can significantly impact our self-concept and overall mindset.

Highlighting the power of hypnotherapy as a catalyst for change, my blog uncovers the potential for individuals to reprogram their subconscious, challenge their preconceived notions, and ultimately foster a reality grounded in positivity and personal growth. This article serves as both a guide and an inspiration for those seeking to dismantle the barriers of negative thinking and unlock the doors to a more empowered and optimistic self.

Transforming the Mindset

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Tue 13 Feb


In a world that often feels overrun with challenges and negativity, the power of a positive mindset emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a transformative approach to life that transcends mere optimism. Embracing positivity isn't just about seeing the glass as half full; it's about fundamentally altering our interaction with our thoughts, our health, and the people around us. This introductory exploration invites you on a journey to uncover the profound impacts of nurturing a positive mind—not only as a tool for personal happiness and well-being but as a catalyst for success, resilience, and meaningful connections. Discover how shifting your perspective can unlock doors to a healthier, more fulfilling, and vibrant life, proving that the pursuit of positivity is not just worthwhile but essential.

Understanding Anxiety

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Tue 30 Jan


Anxiety, a pervasive and complex condition, transcends mere stress, presenting as a persistent sense of apprehension that can severely disrupt daily life. It manifests in various forms, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobias, often exacerbated by modern life's pressures and societal expectations. The surge in anxiety cases is partly due to a decreasing stigma around mental health, encouraging more individuals to seek help. The impact of unchecked anxiety is profound, potentially hindering work, relationships, and overall well-being. However, hypnotherapy emerges as a promising intervention, offering a path to calm. As a hypnotherapist in Southampton, I employ this technique to guide clients into a deeply relaxed state, enabling direct communication with the subconscious mind. This process uncovers and addresses the root causes of anxiety, facilitating a profound transformation. Hypnotherapy not only induces relaxation but also embeds positive changes and coping mechanisms, empowering individuals to manage their anxiety, reclaim their lives, and navigate towards a state of peace and control.

How Many Sessions?

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 25 Jan


Dive into the transformative world of hypnotherapy, where each session is a step towards personal growth and healing. Our practice, guided by the ethos of maximizing benefits in minimal time, offers a personalized journey tailored to your unique needs. Drawing from historical research and a commitment to effective, client-centered strategies, we pave the way for profound change, whether you're seeking to conquer anxiety, break free from phobias, or enhance self-esteem. Embark on this journey with us, where your commitment and our expertise combine to create lasting transformation.

NLP Words to Change

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Sat 20 Jan

Embark on a transformative journey where words wield the power to reshape reality, with the NLP Meta Model in hypnotherapy as your guide. Imagine stepping into a space where I, as a skilled coach and hypnotherapist, a linguistic artisan, listens intently, not just to your words, but to the unspoken narratives they weave. This isn't just therapy; it's an exploration into the depths of your language, where every phrase and utterance holds the key to unlocking profound change. In this realm, distorted reflections are clarified, limiting beliefs are dismantled, and each session becomes a collaborative dance towards empowerment and renewal, proving that the path to profound change is often paved with the very words we choose to express our deepest selves.


Overcoming Nicotine Addiction: The Hypnotherapy Approach

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Sat 13 Jan


Welcome to an insightful exploration of the challenges and solutions surrounding nicotine addiction. This article delves into the addictive nature of nicotine found in various forms such as cigarettes, vaping devices, and nicotine replacements like patches and gums. It highlights the complex interplay of physical and psychological dependencies that make quitting difficult. The piece also introduces hypnotherapy as an innovative and effective approach to combat nicotine addiction. By addressing both the habitual and mental aspects of this dependency, hypnotherapy emerges as a promising tool for those seeking to break free from the grip of nicotine and embark on a healthier, smoke-free life. Read on to understand more about nicotine’s impact, the dangers of smoking and vaping, and the transformative power of hypnotherapy in overcoming nicotine addiction.

An Early Meeting

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 4 Jan


In "A Serendipitous Morning: Rekindling Bonds at a Cherished Workplace," a chance morning encounter at a former workplace leads to a heartwarming reunion between old military colleagues. The story beautifully captures the essence of enduring friendships formed in the military, emphasizing the unbreakable bonds, shared experiences, and the significance of kindness and camaraderie. This unexpected meeting serves as a poignant reminder of the lasting impact such relationships have, underscoring the importance of cherishing and maintaining these connections over time.

New Year's Momentum

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Fri 29 Dec


As we all prepare to once again stand at the threshold of another New Year, this juncture represents a time of reflection and anticipation. For many, the New Year symbolises a fresh start, a blank slate waiting to be filled with new goals and aspirations. As a seasoned hypnotherapist, I'm here to talk about how this time of year is an unparalleled opportunity for transformative changes!

Resolutions: February Slump & Success

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Mon 18 Dec


Unveiling the pattern behind New Year's resolutions, this article delves into the notorious February slump, dissecting why well-intentioned goals often fizzle out. Exploring strategies for sustained success, it emphasizes the crucial role of investing in support and guidance, offering insights to help navigate setbacks and turn resolutions into enduring achievements

Past Life Regression: Therapy & Mystery

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Mon 11 Dec


Embark on an intriguing journey into the enigmatic realms of past life regression—a hypnotic gateway to unearth the echoes of past existences. Imagine peeling back the layers of time, unlocking memories that transcend the confines of our present reality. This exploration stands at the crossroads of therapy and mystery, where the search for personal healing converges with the quest for empirical evidence of life after death. Join us as we unravel the veil of the unknown, venturing into the subjective yet tantalizing world of past life regression, where the past whispers secrets that may shape our present and illuminate the eternal question of what lies beyond this lifetime.Past Life Regression: Therapy & Mystery

Energy, Emotions, Hypnosis and Magnetism

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Sun 3 Dec


An exploration merging two intriguing realms—Franz Mesmer's theories of animal magnetism and Dr. Bradley Nelson's Emotion Code. While Mesmer sought to balance energies through magnetism, envisioning potential links to chakras, Nelson's Emotion Code focuses on releasing trapped emotions for holistic wellness. Combining Mesmer's magnetic theory and the Emotion Code's emotional healing opens a compelling narrative. Both faced scepticism yet offers pathways to understanding the intricate connections between emotions, energies, and well-being. Mesmer's legacy hints at parallels with the Emotion Code's emphasis on restoring balance. Their convergence hints at a holistic approach to health, transcending mere methodologies, inviting individuals on a transformative journey towards inner harmony and well-being.


Hynosis to Quit Smoking

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Sat 2 Dec


Break free from the chains of smoking and discover a transformative path towards a smoke-free life. In the quest to bid farewell to cigarettes, traditional methods might have fallen short, but there's a powerful yet often overlooked solution: hypnotherapy. Delve into the realm of hypnotic suggestion and subconscious reprogramming as we unravel the profound impact of hypnotherapy in aiding smoking cessation. Explore how this unconventional method, particularly in Southampton, is reshaping habits and mindsets, offering a beacon of hope for those seeking lasting freedom from smoking.

Enhancing Change: Fogg & Hypnotherapy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Tue 28 Nov


The article delves into Dr. BJ Fogg's Behaviour Change Model, emphasizing its three pivotal elements: motivation, ability, and triggers, encapsulated in the formula B=MAP (Behaviour equals Motivation, Ability, and Prompts). It explains how this model is employed in healthcare interventions, particularly in addiction recovery and habit change, outlining strategies to enhance motivation, simplify abilities, and modify triggers. Criticisms suggesting oversimplification and the perpetual presence of triggers challenge the model's effectiveness. The integration of hypnotherapy with Fogg’s model is proposed as a means to access subconscious patterns, amplify motivation, reshape beliefs, and reprogram triggers, thereby augmenting the model's scope. The article concludes by emphasizing that while Fogg’s model offers a structured approach, addiction intervention requires multifaceted, personalized strategies beyond this framework, advocating for a combined approach of Fogg’s model and specialized treatments for successful behavioral transformations.

Hypnotherapy Can Fuel Success

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Mon 27 Nov


Discover the unwavering force of persistence in achieving success and the transformative impact of hypnotherapy. Unveil how hypnotherapy dismantles mental barriers, enhances motivation, and fosters resilience, aligning subconscious desires with conscious goals. See how this potent combination fuels unwavering determination, propelling individuals toward their aspirations.

Hypnotheraputic Change

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Wed 22 Nov


Embarking on a journey of self-discovery often involves exploring unconventional paths, and hypnotherapy stands as a compelling avenue for personal transformation. In this article, I delve into the nuanced landscapes of success within hypnotherapy. From empowerment to emotional release, discover the diverse manifestations of triumph and learn how this practice complements holistic approaches to personal growth

Therapeutic Tunes: Sam Langley's Hypnotherapy Music

Sam Langley on Thu 9 Nov


Sam Langley is a talented composer dedicated to creating music tailored specifically for Hypnotherapists. With a deep understanding of the importance of relaxation in therapeutic settings, Sam's compositions strike a delicate balance between soothing repetition and subtle variation.

Unlike traditional compositions, Sam's tracks eschew heavy guitars and pounding beats, offering a serene auditory experience designed to induce a state of calm and tranquillity.

Explore Sam's unique approach to music for Hypnotherapy at www.musicforhypnotherapists.com, and discover a new dimension of relaxation.


Rethinking the Value of Likes

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Fri 3 Nov


This article provides an insightful perspective on the growing issue of social media-induced anxiety, particularly the obsession with accumulating likes. As a hypnotherapist I offer a balanced and practical approach, emphasising the importance of authentic self-worth and mindful engagement with digital platforms.

Habit Change with Hypnotherapy

Dr Iain M Lightfoot MSc DHyp FHEA MNCH on Wed 18 Oct

In the labyrinth of our minds, habits wield a power both fascinating and formidable. From the innocuous routines that shape our mornings to the more insidious vices like smoking, drinking, and gambling, these behavioral patterns etch deep grooves in the tapestry of our lives. Yet, as we grapple with the desire for change, the question lingers:

How do we unravel the grip of habits so tenacious?

Enter hypnotherapy, a fascinating and often underestimated tool that ventures into the subconscious, where these patterns reside. In this article, we embark on a journey through the enigmatic realms of habits, and discover how hypnotherapy holds the key to profound transformation. Prepare to be intrigued, for the mysteries of the mind are about to unfold.

Mindset Growth

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Tue 3 Oct


Welcome to a transformative exploration of the mindset shifts that pave the way for personal and professional success...

Embracing Happiness

ANON on Thu 28 Sep


Embracing happiness is not a luxury, but a fundamental right that contributes to improved mental and physical well-being. Prioritizing our own joy empowers us to lead more fulfilling lives, positively impacting both ourselves and those around us.

Quitting Smoking with Hypnotherapy

Anon on Mon 25 Sep


Introducing an Inspirational Guest Story: "A Breath of Fresh Air: My Journey to Quit Smoking Through Hypnotherapy." In this compelling account, our guest blogger shares the transformative experience that led them to choose an unconventional yet highly effective path to a smoke-free life.

Hypnotherapy Search Terms

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 21 Sep


Have you ever wondered why people may search for Clinical Hypnotherapy over Hypnotherapy or Hypnotherapy near me? 


In this post I explain the differences between the terms and the approaches.  

Habits and Pre-Eradication

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Fri 11 Aug


Dive into the intricate world of habits and addictions, exploring their neural origins, formation dynamics, and profound impact on human behaviour. Discover how cognitive restructuring and behavior modification techniques, including innovative approaches like hypnotherapy, offer avenues for change. Uncover the interplay between conscious and subconscious elements, shedding light on how habits and addictions shape our lives and how we can harness their force to drive positive transformation.

Coaching and Hypnotherapy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Mon 7 Aug


Embark on a transformative journey guided by Dr Iain Lightfoot, an innovative Doctor of Coaching. Discover the powerful synergy of coaching skills and hypnotherapy, a unique fusion that propels you towards personal growth and empowerment. With a bespoke approach tailored to your needs, experience remarkable results that redefine your potential and unlock a path to fulfilment.

London or Southampton

Journalist on Fri 4 Aug


The allure of Harley Street's opulent hypnotherapy scene is being outshone by a refreshing paradigm shift as therapists like Dr. Iain Lightfoot relocate to Southampton's inviting Heritage District.

Driven by a commitment to prioritize genuine patient care over financial gains, this migration heralds a new era in therapeutic excellence. Clients benefit from the same expertise found in London's prestigious enclave, now offered in a more relaxed and affordable setting. The embrace of modern technology, exemplified by virtual sessions on platforms like Zoom, ensures that the therapeutic journey knows no geographical bounds. While innovation thrives, the palpable energy and trust forged in face-to-face interactions remain irreplaceable.

In essence, Southampton's Heritage District emerges as a beacon of holistic healing, where the true essence of hypnotherapy flourishes.


Therapy Using Hypnosis

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 3 Aug


Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary treatments to medicine that combines therapy techniques with the power of suggestion through hypnosis. By accessing the subconscious mind, it helps individuals overcome challenges, change limiting beliefs, and achieve positive change. It has proven effective in various areas, such as smoking cessation, stress reduction, weight management, pain control, and boosting confidence. When conducted by certified professionals, hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for personal growth and well-being.

Hypnotherapy is Near You Already

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 3 Aug


Unleash your potential with hypnotherapy near you in Southampton

Discover the transformative power of hypnotherapy in Southampton. Experience profound positive changes in your life as you manage stress, conquer fears and phobias, and break free from bad habits. Let skilled hypnotherapist guide you to tap into your subconscious mind, unlocking your true potential for a happier and more fulfilling life. Here is my advice to finding a reputable professional hypnotherapist locally, and take that first step towards self-discovery and empowerment.


Your best life awaits with hypnotherapy's magic of personal transformation.

Dr. Iain Lightfoot: Southampton's Transformative Hypnotherapist

Submitted to thoughtlounge Ltd on Mon 31 Jul


Discover the inspiring story of Dr. Iain Lightfoot, the award-winning hypnotherapist who has been creating remarkable change in lives for over a decade. Join us as we unveil the profound impact of his work, rooted in empathy and selflessness, as he helps individuals find their path to transformation and empowerment.

VR and Hypnotherapy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 27 Jul


Here at thoughtlounge (thoughtlounge.co.uk) I am at the forefront of the innovative fusion of Virtual Reality (VR) with hypnotherapy in Southampton. I offer clients an immersive and personalized experience through tailored virtual environments, promoting deep relaxation and focus. I believe that I am pioneering simulated exposure, empowering clients to confront fears safely. With VR technology, they track objective progress and ensure convenient and time-efficient sessions. Thought Lounge's approach fosters empowerment and growth, making them a transformative force in Southampton's mental health community.

Book Review: Hartland's

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Sun 23 Jul


Hartland's Medical and Dental Hypnosis" Edition 3 by David Waxman is a comprehensive and accessible guide that explores the powerful applications of hypnosis in healthcare. With a blend of traditional principles and contemporary approaches, the book provides practical techniques and case studies, showcasing its efficacy in pain management, anxiety reduction, and anesthesia. Ethical considerations are emphasized throughout, making it an essential resource for healthcare professionals seeking to empower patients and enhance their well-being. Backed by research and written with clarity, this edition stands as a cornerstone in the field of medical and dental hypnosis.

Franz Mesmer

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Thu 20 Jul


Step into the fascinating world of Franz Mesmer, an 18th-century physician and healer renowned for his unconventional practices. Claiming to harness the power of "animal magnetism," Mesmer captivated audiences with his mesmerizing treatments, leaving both admirers and skeptics in awe. Despite controversy, his influence on psychology and hypnosis shaped the course of history. Join us as we delve into the life and legacy of this enigmatic figure, whose name gave rise to the term "mesmerism" and continues to intrigue minds to this day.

Seek the Best not the Closest

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Wed 19 Jul


In this Blog I am highlighting the importance of prioritizing expertise and quality over geographical proximity, i.e. Hypnotherapy Near Me when seeking hypnotherapy in Southampton. While it may be tempting to opt for hypnotherapy near one's location, the true power of transformative therapy lies in finding the very best hypnotherapist. Key attributes of a top-notch practitioner include profound expertise, empathy, tailored approaches, and a commitment to professionalism. Testimonials play a crucial role in showcasing the therapist's effectiveness. Being prepared to travel for the finest hypnotherapy experience ensures investing in personal growth and well-being. The best hypnotherapist in Southampton has earned recognition for their skill and experience, attracting clients not only from Hampshire but across the country, offering life-changing results.

Changing Trends

Dr Iain M Lightfoot on Tue 18 Jul


Explore society's fascination with trending topics versus critical global issues like climate change and wars. Discover why it's time to shift focus and address the real challenges shaping our world

Power of Choice

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 29 Jun

In our journey through life, we are constantly faced with choices. From the mundane decisions of what to wear or eat to the significant choices that shape our careers and relationships, the power of choice is undeniable. Our choices have the ability to transform our lives, leading us down path to success or hindsight. In this blog post, we will explore the profound impact of choice and how harnessing this power can empower us to create a fulfilling and meaningful existence.

Handshake or Contract

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Sat 1 Apr

Honouring agreements with a handshake establishes trust, promotes open communication, and fosters transparency in business dealings, which can be more valuable than the short-term gains of a money-oriented approach.


What is a handshake deal? Are these too 'yesterday'?


I explore the phenomenon and ask was I too naïve or should I still work to trust and honour? 

Ginger Shots Healthy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Fri 18 Nov


Ginger and Turmeric Shots seem to be the rage at the moment - but are they healthy? How much do they cost? Can I make one for a fraction of the price?


I investigate...

‘Hack my metabolism’! Becoming Metabolically flexible

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Wed 16 Feb


I have begun to go further down the rabbit hole which is understanding how to lose weight and gain more energy with the help of technology! 


 Follow my journey! 

Post Covid therapy

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 16 Jul

The social lockdown has invcreased the number of anxiety and depression cases.  This BLOG explores the triggers and potential strategic options to improve COVID19 mental health. 

Coaching Books

Dr Iain Lightfoot on Thu 13 Jun


I often get asked what books on coaching that I would recommend? This week's blog answers this question... I am also providing an accompanying video. 

Sleep Issues

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 1 Apr

Lack of sleep makes us irritable and in some cases much more at risk to series diseases... People can be angry, tired, stressed and simply fed up by the lack of sleep. 


In this week's blog I talk about these things and some steps to avoid sleeplessness... 

Quitting Smoking

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 11 Feb

In this blog I talk about quitting smoking. This is a topic that I am really passionate about helping people to do. Once the veil is lifted there’s no turning back – you discover the truth behind something and there’s no way that information can be ignored or forgotten.


Iain Lightfoot on Wed 2 Jan


Are you in a role that means you are likely to be getting stressed this coming year? Ever wanted to try, or have tried meditation but not got on with it? Then this 3 minute read - blog - is for you...


Iain Lightfoot on Wed 14 Nov

Ever suffered from the guilt of not being good enough? Feel that everything needs to be perfect at all times or that you can not stop until perfection exists?


Please enjoy this latest blog on perfection...

Positive Energy

Iain Lightfoot on Tue 2 Oct

Key to Success

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 29 Aug

Children do not see the barriers and have the self-limiting beliefs that adults have.  Some may say that children aren’t aware of the realistic way of the world and the challenges of goal setting and working towards success. Read more about Lewis and his success.

Identifying Decline

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 20 Jun

Ever been to a seaside town and seen the decline? Wondered why? What does this mean for us? 




Iain Lightfoot on Sun 17 Dec

Ever wanted to learn how to meditate? This week's blog will be for you! 


I know you will enjoy it.


Iain Lightfoot on Sun 3 Dec


Have you been looking for hypnotherapy or in fact any therapy? Do you want to know how many sessions you may need?

Please read this week's blog...

Formula 1

Iain Lightfoot on Sat 4 Nov

Aryton Senna versus Nigel Mansell, 1992, Monaco Grand Prix... 


Enjoy my blog...

Language in Therapy

Iain Lightfoot on Sun 29 Oct

Have you ever stopped to listen to what people are really saying?


This week's blog provides a brief insight into the language awareness of the coach... 

Virtual Reality

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 18 Oct

An update on the adoption of Virtual Reality in hypnotherapy...


Great results and happy clients...

VR & Hypnotherapy

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 4 Oct

In a few short days, thoughtlounge will be launching a range of new support services... 

I am about to utilize Virtual Reality to support the 

Not The Droids

Iain Lightfoot on Fri 15 Sep


Ever wondered how someone has sold you something that you really didn't want? A car? Fridge-freezer or washing-machine et cetera? 

My lastest blog discuss this very thing...

Mobile Phone Addiction

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 13 Sep


Are you a mobile phone zombie? The majority of us are and we don't even know it...

How Does It Make You Feel

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 31 Aug

Events of the past weekend were in complete balance... did you get caught up in the Lidl promotion? 

Read on for my negative and then positive journey... 


Iain Lightfoot on Tue 25 Jul


Stress is costing companies thousands of pounds in lost revenue and productivity, sick pay and benefits.  

Are we spending on the right things? How much does a programme cost, what levels of support are there? Who is doing what?

If you are suffering from decreased profits due to absence, please do read this weeks blog. 

Hypnosis Signs

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 13 Jul


Have you ever wondered what being in hypnosis is like?  This week's blog aims to answer that question. 


Working with SAMFM

Iain Lightfoot on Sat 8 Jul


I was asked by SAM FM to work with one of the presenters - this is a clip of the feedback on air - 30 June 2017.

Thank you to SAM FM and the team.

Hypnosis Excerpt

Iain Lightfoot on Sat 8 Jul

This short excerpt was recorded on 8 July 2017 at my UK, Southampton office.  

It is intended to provide an example of what you may hear during a hypnosis session. It is not a hypnosis inducing clip nor was it intended to be.  It is best listened to with headphones. 

Please see youtube for credits. 


Thank you to Steve Snodgrass for the image

The Mind is Free

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 22 Jun

Sometimes everything that we fear is in our own mind.  We have created our own prison so to speak.  Trying to set ourselves free is just so difficult... 


That is the subject of my blog this week.


Please enjoy...

déjà vu

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 3 May

Do you feel as though you are stuck in a rut? Well, read on... I agree that most people are!

Too Familiar for us British?

Iain Lightfoot on Sun 23 Apr

Have you ever been to Starbuck's and ordered a drink?  You know how they put you name on the cup and then when it is ready they shout your name?  Well, in a recent post on LinkedIN it was suggested that this is similar to the training environment... This is the subject of this week's blog...

Things break

Iain Lightfoot on Sat 18 Mar

What is it that gets you down - simple little things like the washing machine every now and then going to Fault or perhaps you have to switch on the TV twice - you have the power to do something about these things before they become an issue...

Ghosts of the Past

Iain Lightfoot on Tue 21 Feb

In this article, I share with you my experience of my passion for motorsport and what this means for me today.  Could this be the beginning of a new era of health and fitness?  I guess so!


Iain Lightfoot on Sat 7 Jan

Ever wondered about luck?  Missed opportunities?

I discuss luck and what I think that it could be... 



Who am I?

Iain Lightfoot on Sat 3 Dec

Nico Rosberg retires from F1 - shock - but what does this tell us about us and our choices? 

How in control are we?  Are we free? Can we make choices happily?

Christmas Message

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 1 Dec

This week's blog is about how Christmas can bring about feelings of not being good enough... Of feeling low and how we feel the need to create the perfect Christmas.  

You are not alone and you are not at fault. 

Time to Change

Iain Lightfoot on Fri 18 Nov


Many people will go through their lives with a certain something hanging over them.  This could be a fear of animals or maybe you drink or eat too much, perhaps you feel guilty, embarrassed or ashamed or even just too angry... There is an infinity of things which could be impacting on your life right now..

These things do not have to be a part of your life if you chose to let them go... Read more about positive change in this week's blog.


Symptoms of work Stress

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 19 Oct

Due you think that you are suffering from work place or work induced stress?  If you are unsure, read this week's article and have a look at the symptoms.

Change with Hypnotherapy

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 22 Sep

Today, the Chan-Zuckerberg initiative was launched. Spending $3B to help fight and prevent disease - but what about today, what about now, what can we do? 

Change in F1

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 25 Jul

The recent radio rule changes in F1 have caused some serious thinking and embarrassment of the rule makers.  What's been going on?  What messages do we take from it? 

breaking Habits

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 20 Jul


How do we change?  How long does it take?  I have looked at some of the research out there at the moment to see if there are any real answers to those questions.

Sports Performance Improvement

Iain Lightfoot on Tue 7 Jun

Do you dream of playing a better round of golf or is your football team looking to really take off into the future?

Read this week's blog to understand how a combination of coaching, hypnosis can unlock your potential and take your sport to new levels.

Hypnotherapy as an Aide to Stroke Rehab

Iain Lightfoot on Tue 10 May

Having worked with a victim of stroke - Here is an article that I wrote from the Journal of the National Council for Hypnotherapy. 

I hope that you find the article interesting and can begin to understand the power of the hypnotic process in action. 

Hypnotized by Nature

Iain Lightfoot on Sun 8 May

Hello and welcome to this week's blog. 

It's about two things - gaining energy from forgotten activity and looking at things from a different perspective. 



Can I be hypnotised?

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 25 Apr

I have been asked a number of times about how easy it may be to attain a level of hypnotic trance - I answer this question in this week's blog.

Please enjoy.



Belief makes all the difference

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 11 Apr

On 11th April 1993, Aryton Senna won the European F1 Grand Prix at the Donington Park circuit , England.

Senna was never meant to win this race.  In a car which was technologically behind the curve, down on engine power and on a circuit that hadn't been raced before in Formula 1, he showed that he had something that was very special - belief.  


How to be happier at work.

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 29 Feb

Having to spend so long at work in a stressful environment may fill you with dread.  Yet, it doesn't have to be this way, things can be different...

Why worry

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 15 Feb

There are so many people that worry about the world we live in. From wars in distant (and not so distant) lands to which celebrity has done what with who... 

For some this type of worrying has become a way of life and their anxiety rises as they think and worry about every scenario... 

When you realise that there is nothing you can do, you worry less and life becomes one for living.

What do you want?

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 4 Jan

A number of years ago I gave a presentation to new servicemen; it was part of an initiative designed to get the trainees thinking about their future Naval service and to inspire them to be the very best they could be. My presentation was based upon some observations I had across all levels of Naval personnel, from junior sailors all the way through to the officer corps.


This TED type talk was based upon their wishing their lives away...

New Year's resolutions

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 30 Dec

Each year about 25 million people in the United Kingdom will consider making a New Year’s resolution. Why would we choose January 1st as the date to start? Why didn’t we start yesterday or even today? The truth is, no matter what the origin, people do like drawing a ‘line in the sand’ and having something to aim for. Yet potentially waiting till the start of the New Year could actually be sabotaging our efforts to make the changes that you actually desire.  Out of those 25 million people it is only likely that only 2 million people, or 8%, will statistically achieve success.

Complete phobia list

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 9 Dec

Having worked with phobias for such a long time, I decided to see how many phobias there are and what the subject of each phobia was.  Please read on to find a complete list of phobias.

Stress at work

Iain Lightfoot on Tue 17 Nov

Discovering that 39% of all work-related illnesses were due to stress and that 244,000 new cases of work-related stress were diagnosed last year I decided to see what the NHS reported about stress. They say that “anxiety, stress and depression are behind one in 5 visits to a GP” caused by work pressure, lack of support from managers and work-related violence and bullying.

Don't want to quit?

Iain Lightfoot on Tue 13 Oct



Well don't... I mean, it is your life after all... but, if you'd be willing, and only if you want to - perhaps you would read the rest of the page?


Iain Lightfoot on Wed 12 Aug

#Th1nK - is the hashtag I have assigned to my vision.  To reach one thousand people within a 3 year period...

Left alone & not coping

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 29 Jun

Hypnotherapy can provide a quick, effective, positive result. In most cases you will see change and a difference in one top two sessions and you will get deeper insights into your own beliefs.  I will work with you to support you through to normal life, like everyone else. I have helped many people regain confidence, eliminate sadness and the feeling of hopelessness following a relationship slit. Everything you say to me is in complete confidence.

How to Relax

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 15 Jun

An instant stress relief video.

A history of Harley Street

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 9 Apr


As you will no doubt already be aware, Harley Street plays host to some of the most sought after private specialists in both medicine and surgery. As well as working in Southampton, I am also available by appointment in the city of London, perfectly positioned on Harley Street for anyone looking for an experienced and dedicated Hypnotherapist who cares about their clients and goes that extra mile to support them.

In the full article I explain a little bit about Harley Street, why you should come here, and a bit about my future here working as a Hypnotherapist. Please take the time to read what I have written and you will soon understand and value Harley Street as a centre of excellence and why so many people choose to come here for Hypnotherapy.


Ethics in therapy

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 2 Mar

Everyone has differing levels of internal conscience and values, is this an article which is subconsciously asking for regulation in unregulated industries? Do we need the intervention of the law? Is selecting a therapy similar to that of "traditionally" selecting a tradesman? Whilst I am content that I am professional and do my CPD and have a great supervisor I would urge all members of the public to seek therapists that hold professional accreditation, insurance and that come with recommends. For everyone else, I urge you to reflect on your own business and ask:

"Am I doing things right? Would I happily buy goods/services from me?"

Dame Kelly Holmes endorses hypnotherapy

Iain Lightfoot on Mon 2 Mar

Dame Kelly Holmes was asked to undergo a course of hypnotherapy for her fear of water.  She stated, like many clients, that she was a "bit skeptical" at first and thought of the therapist as someone who would wear a long black cloak, and would be wearing a top hat and be instantly hypnotising her on-sight by using energy coming from the pointed finger tips. 

As with most clients, her fear was said to be extreme and the session took 2 hours.  Afterwards, Dame Kelly Holmes actually went swimming because she “…felt she needed to try…” and successfully learnt how to front crawl and did a number of lengths. When asked to rate hypnotherapy she stated “… 10 out of 10, definitely!

Anxiety disorder and empathy

Iain Lightfoot on Thu 4 Dec

When my clients are in session with me, they sometimes ask "as a Hypnotherapist who specialism is in working with clients who have anxieties, do you actually know how I am feeling?"

This of course is a very relevant question - do I understand my clients condition and therefore their needs? Therefore, do I know how to treat them?  You may feel like you are on your own and no-one understands... anxiety is, unfortunately, as wide spread as it is self-limiting and I have worked with so many people that I can say that I do understand your condition enough to support your journey through treatment to it's conclusion.

I would like to share Kady Morrisons story (licensed under creative commons - thank you Kady) about anxiety and her journey thus far.

Rebecca's story

The charity "Mind" on Wed 19 Nov

The following story has been taken from the charity Mind.  It tells the story of one ladies journey through traumatic events which led to her anxiety.

Types of anxiety

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 8 Oct

It is easy to say that you have anxiety - but there are so many different ways of calling anxiety, anxiety...

Trouble sleeping? Do you use an iPad before sleep?

Iain Lightfoot on Wed 22 May

For those who enjoy reading from the Kindle App or watching TV in bed, it would seem that exposure to the screen light is disrupting our natural body clock or "circadian rhythm".

This is because the "blue light" used in television, computer and tablet screens can be disruptive to sleep patterns more so than the traditional incandescent lighting.

Experts claim that be limiting the body's exposure to blue light could help with insomnia and other sleep issues.   


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