Hi, I’m Alastair Hill, a State of Mind Trainer and Hypnotherapist and the developer of the Straight-Line Hypnosis method. I specialise in helping clients overcome fears, phobias, anxiety and PTSD-symptoms.
I was and still am my first successful client. Like many people in this profession I got into it because I was suffering and turned my life around.
Like many people, I don't really know exactly when or how my issues really began. Maybe it was because of the divorce of my parents and seeing them row as a child, maybe it was other factors in my upbringing or other unpleasant experiences I had growing up. Maybe it was because I was very sensitive, or because I was a talkative child who got rejected a lot because I went on too much ... who knows!
It doesn't actually matter very much. You don't need to know all the answers for your life to dramatically improve.
The plot really thickened though when I was 12 years old and began smoking cannabis to fit in with a group of friends. Drugs really disagreed with me and when I decided to stop at 17 I had spun my head out so much I was suffering from chronic anxiety, panic and paranoia.
Despite going weed-free my situation got progressively worse over the next 5 years. The damage done was much more severe than I'd realised. My anxiety and paranoia grew and I became more and more closed off from the world around me.
Have I ever been suicidal? Yes.
Did I ever think there was no hope? Yes.
Did I think I was broken and a special case of f**ked up? Yes.
Did it look like there was no end to my misery in sight? Often.
The turning point came one day sitting alone at home on a Saturday night for another evening feeling too anxious and paranoid to socialise, my mind too hectic to read or watch a film, when out of the blue I had a realisation ...
A new thought ...
It said ...
“Nothing is as bad as doing nothing”.
That thought changed my life.
I had been letting my life be controlled by fear and it thought jolted me into action and helped me get out of my comfort zone.
I want to be clear though, it wasn't like a magic wand had been waved and everything suddenly changed, it was more like a fire had been lit that pushed and pushed me.
I turned my life around over several years, endlessly learned about the mind, psychology, neuroscience, meditation and other areas. I applied what I had learned over and over and found that a genuinely new and much improved experience of life is possible.
I also discovered a passion for helping people with the skills and knowledge I'd learned.
Change is possible and it's not rocket science. It's simply about doing what works.
I didn't jump into my helping people though and I take what I do very seriously. I am forever exploring, learning and developing better ways of helping people. It takes many years to get good enough to get consistently good results with clients. On my journey of self-improvement my working life included 3 years as a Business Analyst at a renewable energy company and living abroad for 6 years working as a Secondary School English Teacher.
I find myself today transformed. I'm happily married and living in the UK, I see private clients for help with fear and anxiety issues, work for a charity called Rock2Recovery helping veterans with PTSD, run public workshops and teach communication and therapy skills to therapists and interested people, and am endlessly fascinated with my work.
As a State of Mind Trainer and Hypnotherapist, I get results with my clients by helping them discover how their minds are creating their issue, and updating the repetitive patterns that keep them stuck.
I prefer to use a "Psychological Illusion Model" to help people change. The model has it roots in meditation practices, rational behaviour therapies, NLP and hypnosis, and was originally created by the Norwegian Agent of Change Jorgen Rasmussen.
The typical session involves asking questions, giving practical explanations of how the mind works, thought experiments, and guiding people through experiences that help them to undo the patterns of thinking and feeling that create their issue.
Nothing I do requires a person to believe what I say or to 'think positively'. Everything is very pragmatic and aimed at creating results.
In addition to this approach I have many tools that I can use to tailor the sessions to an individuals needs. I have a wealth of experience in various approaches to personal change including hypnotherapy, IEMT, Clean Language, somatic reprocessing, and other tools.
I began learning about hypnosis, NLP and helping people change in 2008 and have attended many tranings since then. Here are some of the trainings that have influenced me the most:
- The Psychological Illusion Model to Changework with Jorgen Rasmussen
- Tripp-MacArthur Changework Skills Training with James Tripp and Andy MacArthur
- Clean Language Training with Judy Rees
- 10-Month Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy with The Quest Institute
- The Trilby Connection (Impromptu Hypnosis Training) with Anthony Jacquin
- Provocative Changeworks with Nick Kemp
- Ideodynamic Therapy with Norman Vaughton
- Clean Language with Norman Vaughton
As well the above I have also been coached and mentored by several world class coaches and hypnotherapists including Jorgen Rasmussen, James Tripp, Judy Rees and Michael Perez.