Alastair Hill Helps
Hi, I'm Alastair Hill, my aim and purpose is to provide people with decent psychological help. Most people don't need hours and hours of counselling or psychotherapy, just a bit of help.
I have lots of experience helping individuals with anxiety, fears, self-doubt, anger and PTSD-symptoms. I work with a range of issues though. Get in touch if you'd like to find out if I can help with your situation.
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Like many people in my profession, I got into it because I was struggling and turned my life around.
I don't really know exactly when or how my issues really began. But one thing I can tell you for sure is that by my late teens and early twenties I was very troubled, incredibly socially anxious, paranoid and depressed.
I smoked a lot of cannabis from a very young age. I started at aged 12 to fit in with a group of friends and I likely developed symptoms of mild schizophrenia (undiagnosed, just my conclusion from reading I've done) by the time I was 17 when I stopped. Drugs sent my mind completely out of control and I was very paranoid and felt endlessly overwhelmed for a long time.
Stopping smoking was not the end of my distress. My situation got progressively worse over the next 5 years as struggled with anxiety, paranoia and social fears. I was suicidal at times though never made an attempt on my life.
The turning point came one day aged 23 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. Out of the blue a thought popped into my head that said ...
“Nothing is as bad as doing nothing”.
That thought changed my life.
From that day on I started pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
That's when my journey into the job I'm doing now began.
I tried anything that I thought sounded helpful. I started learning about hypnosis, NLP, positive psychology and other kinds of psychological therapies and approaches that might offer me something.
I pushed myself socially to meet people and learn new social skills. I started going to improvised acting classes to help me learn to think on my feet and eventually tried my hand at stand-up comedy.
I retrained to teach English as a foreign language and lived abroad for many years working as a teacher.
I trained as a hypnotherapist with the Quest Institute and attended many therapy and coaching courses. I also learned how to meditate and explore my own mind through focus and concentration and have spent thousands of hours practicing meditation techniques.
I practiced the coaching and therapy skills I had learns for hours and hours and with as many people as I could and started to create my own frameworks for how coaching, therapy and change happen.
I discovered I had a natural talent for helping people and absorbed myself in learning, developing a high level of skill in hypnosis, clean language, NLP and other areas. I experimented with different ways of applying them and ultimately I have created my own unique approach that is a blend of several modalities.
I love helping people and I strive to be the best at what I do. I have been fortunate enough to pick up several world-class mentors in this line of work and I never stop learning.
I find myself today transformed. I'm happily married and living in the UK, I see private clients at home and over video calls and I've gotten very experienced working with military veterans with a charity I work for called Rock2Recovery helping veterans with PTSD and other issues. Happy days!
In March 2018 I began working for the Community Interest Company Rock2Recovery (R2R). R2R provide coaching sessions for former and currently serving members of the British military and their families.
The aim of R2R is to teach people psychological skills that enable them to better handle and often eliminate psychological stresses from their lives. I have now worked with hundreds of military personnel through R2R, many of whom have picked up PTSD, generalised anxiety and depression diagnoses.
A great deal of my skill in helping individuals has been honed during my time with Rock2Recovery and I have a wealth of expertise in this area. If you have a link to the British military, then visit www.rock2recovery.co.uk to find out more information.
I am one of a team of coaches all with high-levels of expertise in helping people to lower their symptoms of stress and we have worked with many people who have had limited success with other approaches and helped them to find huge benefits in their lives.
I began learning about hypnosis, NLP and helping people change in 2008 and have attended many trainings 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
- Breath for Therapists with Ben Wolff and Anthony Jacquin
- Clean Language Training with Judy Rees
- 10-Month Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy with The Quest Institute
- 11-Month Healer's Clinic Training with Dr Bill Pettit and Dr Linda Pettit
- Systemic Trance with Stephen Gilligan
- Buteyko Breathing Training with Patrick McKeown
- 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, Nathaniel Dunn, Judy Rees and Michael Perez.