(The following is something I wrote as a companion piece to my Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling research project on “Walk and Talk” therapy, documenting my personal journey, reflections on what I learned (and more importantly, didn’t learn), and conclusions drawn. I acknowledge that, since this was a Level…

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It’s been hours, days since your last cigarette. The nicotine has all but gone out of your system. So too has that initial wave of enthusiasm for your quit. All that’s left now is that uneasy feeling, lurking beneath the skin, scratching at your veins, making your chest heavy and…

This is a transcript of a video I posted on YouTube, minimally edited for clarity.

We all know about the physical changes that occur when we quit smoking. We breath better, we often look better, and we certainly smell better.

That said, the physical changes are only the tip of…

Yesterday, I got curious.

Was 2020 really pretty much over?

After seeing countless variations of the My Plans vs. 2020 meme over the last few days, it certainly felt that way. …

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A few weeks ago, I made a video about quitting smoking during the coronavirus pandemic and dealing with the stress of it all.

That video opened up all kinds of interesting discussions with people currently on their quit journey. The more I spoke to those people, the more it became…

My copy of Carl R. Rogers’ On Becoming a Person has taken a good battering over several years of training to become a qualified counsellor.

As a student of person-centred counselling, you don’t get very far before you have to pick up a copy of Carl Roger’s seminal book, On Becoming a Person: A Therapists View of Psychotherapy.

There’s a good reason for that:

Rogers’ work was game-changing.

Concepts such as the six necessary and…

The good thing about starting again is that we can do it as many times as we need to.

For years, I clung desperately to this statement. …

The good thing about starting again is that we can do it literally as many times as we need.

Even if that means we start again and reboot multiple times a day — doing that is better than making the conscious decision to prolong our misery which so many people…

The filthy black sky loomed large on that ice-cold Autumn morning.

Yanked violently from my slumber by a shrieking alarm, I paced around the house to the beat of my own optimism.

The world outside seemed dead, lifeless, but I felt more alive than I had in a long while.

Chris Skoyles

Clinical Hypnotherapist | Author of Quit Smoking & Be Happy (https://amzn.to/3fp9pgX) | Runner | Training in Person-Centered Counselling.

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