Every year, according to the mental health charity Mind, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. To put that into a local context, this magazine is delivered to 8,400 homes. So nearly 20,000 people have exposure to this article and that means nearly 5,000 people in our neighborhood are struggling or may struggle with their mental health.

In my experience one of the biggest patterns of behavior that prevents us from feeling fabulous is our inner critic or “monkey mind.”  The voice in our head that continually points out what we are doing wrong and why we won’t succeed. Why we are too fat or too thin, too this or too that. Whatever we are, it’s probably not what we should be, according to this inner narrative.

So how do we turn off this inner critic and become the very best version of ourselves and in doing so, start to feel fabulous?

For several years I volunteered for a crisis charity in the UK. This first-hand experience of exposure to the pain people go through in an extreme emotional crisis has shaped my own pursuit to understand, develop and apply techniques that can help people from experiencing such distress and upset.

Two such techniques are Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), commonly known as “tapping”.

NLP is used to interrupt patterns of behavior that don’t serve us and EFT works to collapse those negative experiences or beliefs that we form around our uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or troubling memories. We ‘tap’ on the correct pressure points while bringing the thoughts or emotions into consciousness. The aim is to find relief, relaxation, and promote healing around the emotional or physical issues that hold us back.

I use both tools to great success to improve the quality of people’s lives and overall wellbeing.

As a licensed NLP Master Practitioner and an integrative therapist, I’ve studied and been trained in EFT. I use these techniques and others that I’m licensed to deliver, to enable people to be the best version of themselves that they can be. And to help them feel fabulous.