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The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman

Alexia Leachman

Welcome to The Head Trash Show. My name is Alexia Leachman and I am the founder of Head Trash, home to the new and unique Head Trash Clearance Method that removes unwanted negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions quickly and effectively so that you can achieve clarity, confidence & contentment in your life. My goal with this podcast is to teach you how to create some head space by helping you to unpick what's blocking you and sharing some tips and how-to's for clearing it. Tune in every week as I share simple strategies to help you to achieve confidence and clarity in your life and business. To find out how to clear your head trash quickly and effectively using our unique Head Trash Clearance MethodTM, pop over to for more information and subscribe for our free head trash clearance tips and strategies.


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Being an introvert or extrovert - can we change?

The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman


03/03/20 • 22 min

This week on the podcast I'm exploring the idea of being an introvert or extrovert, and I'm asking the question "Is it fixed? Or can we change?"

I don't often hear extroverts wanting to change, but I do often come across introverts not enjoying being an introvert. Or at least, they make excuses for it and make changes to their life to allow for being an introvert. So they might not be openly be complaining about being an introvert, but it sounds like if they could change it they would.

What does being an introvert or extrovert mean?

This article in Fast magazine describes introverts and extroverts as follows;

Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds.

Extroverts, on the other hand, gain energy from other people. Extroverts actually find their energy is sapped when they spend too much time alone. They recharge by being social.

I would like to take a different perspective here, and it starts with this question;

Why do introverts lose energy by being around people?

I would like to suggest that it's because people and social situations are emotionally triggering for them. When we are emotionally triggered for long periods of time we're exhausted by that and we need recovery time. The reason they might be getting emotionally triggered is that they might have unresolved emotional conflicts or fears and anxieties around being in a social situation.

These fears and anxieties could be things like

  • What are people going to think of me?
  • What if they don't take me seriously?
  • People are going to judge me.
  • I never know what to say... what if I say something silly?

Being home alone simply means they avoid being emotionally triggered, and therefore they can better manage their energy levels.

During this episode I explore this idea and share some examples that I believe support the idea that being an introvert is something that we can change.

I think that our natural state is being an ambivert, and that being an introvert or extrovert is simply due to the presence of head trash. And this means something can be done about it.

I also talk about introvert speakers - of which there are many - and why they might be experiencing the double whammy of performing and being an introvert that means that they need a day to recover after a speaking gig.

Read the podcast transcript

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Would you like to change?

If you find that being an introvert is costing you things in your life and would like to become more ambivert, then get in touch about how we can map out your head trash clearance journey so that you can allow more possibilities into your life.


03/03/20 • 22 min

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Healing your mother wound

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02/25/20 • 40 min

The mother wound is a new term for me, but the minute I heard it, it made so much sense. I knew immediately that whatever it was, I had it! Well, let's face it, we all have it.

I was intrigued as to how the mother wound would show up in our day-to-day lives. I've done a lot of mother wound work on myself, so I had inklings on how my mother wound has been affecting me, but I'm sure I still have blind spots. And I sure as hell will not have anything of value to add when it comes to other people's mother wounds. So when I came across this guest I knew I needed to get her on the show.

Today's guest is Rev Chelle. Rev is a Metaphysical Minister, Family Constellation Facilitator & Clinical Hypnotist. In her work she guides daughters as they connect the dots from their mother wound to issues in their relationships, career, finances, fertility, health and parenting.

The Mother Wound, with Rev Chelle

During our chat we talk about;

  • What the mother wound is and how to recognise it
  • the role that inter-generational trauma plays on your mother wound
  • how the mother wound shows up in on your pregnancy and birth journey
  • the impact of not healing unfinished pregnancies on the family soul
  • how the mother wound might be the reason for imposter syndrome, your lack of abundance or your tricky relationships
  • how you can go about healing your mother wound

Rev Chelle works with people to help them to heal their mother wound. She does this through paradigm-shifting, evidence-based, trauma-informed healing experience that breaks generational and subconscious cycles of pain between daughters and their mothers.


In her work her focus is breaking generational and subconscious cycles of pain between daughters and their mothers.

  • Getting to the emotional, energetic and generational root of your Mother Wound
  • Connecting the dots from the unhealthy patterns in your family system to your most pressing issues in relationships, fertility, parenting and career
  • Identifying the connection between your Mother Wound and your failed relationships
  • Why an unhealed Mother Wound may be affecting your fertility
  • The connection between your Mother Wound and Imposter Syndrome

You can find out more about her work at where you can also book a consultation.


02/25/20 • 40 min

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How to reduce sleep stress

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02/18/20 • 23 min

Have you got sleep stress? We often hear about how stress affects our sleep, but not always about how sleep affects our stress. As in, how sleep CREATES stress! You know, SLEEP STRESS!

Yes, you read that right; sleep is stressful. Which when you're already stressed and can't sleep, isn't exactly good news. The thing is as you lie in bed awake waiting for sleep to take over, your mind racing with stressful thoughts about your stressful life, it's not long before your thoughts turn to sleep;

  • why am I still awake?
  • why can't I fall asleep?
  • what if I don't fall asleep soon, then I won't get my 7 hours and then I'll never be able to function!
  • what time is it again?

This is what we call sleep stress. Like we needed another kind of stress in our lives!

What is sleep stress?

When I think of sleep stress I think of the emotional tangle we get ourselves into all over not being able to fall asleep. The thing is, once we get sucked into these thoughts it's a slippery slope.

If you've listened to the other podcasts I did recently on sleep, when I spoke to sleep experts Chel Hamilton and Keri Nola, there was one thing that they both mentioned and it was this

Do not judge what is happening to you, just accept and go with it.

Ha! Easier said than done right?

So on today's podcast, I want to dig a bit deeper into sleep stress so that we can better understand the emotional aspects, which in turn should help us to tackle it. Are you up for that?

Now, I've given this a lot of thought... nights of lying awake has given me plenty of time! And I've identified 4 key themes that I believe are the main culprits of sleep stress.

1. Not being able to fall asleep...

... and then getting more and more annoyed by not sleeping. This is a classic that affects us all from time to time (if not for some of us ALL THE TIME!). Now there might be a number of reasons it's happening to us - chemical imbalance, too hot/cold, too much iPad action, too much fear-based late night TV. Alot of these are discussed in my other podcasts so if you want to find out more about what you need to address in your life, listen to my chat with Chel while Keri's podcast is great to listen to if you want to create a more effective sleep ritual.

But, one thing is certain - you need to make peace with whatever is happening to you and just let go.

Now, for some there may be a very clear reason why they can't sleep and it's this: they don't feel safe enough to. Our body will only let us fall asleep if it thinks we're not in danger. So, if you've had a traumatic experience in your life, maybe this is impacting on your ability to fall asleep. If you can make peace with your trauma and restore your feelings of being safe, then this could unlock your ability to fall asleep with ease.

2. Getting stressed by noises that keep you awake

This is a bit like #1 except here there are actual noises that you're hooking onto when you hear them. As with thoughts, you need to just let them pass and not reach out, jump on them and travel around the room with them. If you can hear them and just not care, that would make things much easier to fall asleep - don't you think? The important difference here is how you feel about the noise.

3. Waking up in the middle of the night, or waking up too early...

...and then stressing how you're running out of time to get back to sleep. If this is happening to you, then it could be down to a blood sugar drop. Chel talks about this in the chat I had with her so look to address that bit first before tackling the emotional aspects.

Get your head in a tangle once you're awake though is not going to help. Especially if you're clock watching. Get rid of any easy ways of seeing the time from your bed. It really doesn't matter what time it is. As long as you have an alarm to wake you up, knowing the time can only mean trouble for you. Especially if you're stressing about the next one...

4. Worrying about not getting your sleep allowance

This is the amount of sleep you believe you need to sleep well or get enough sleep. I'm sure we all have an idea as to how much sleep we think we need to feel rested and refreshed. And if we're not sure, then the media will always be too happy to help us figure it out. Only recently there was another piece of research out telling us how much sleep we need. The thing is this is an average figure and often it's not necessary that we need that amount EVERY night. But if we're stressing about how much we believe we need, and what happens if we DON'T get it, then sleep stress is going to win!

How to clear sleep stress

Well, it's simple... first, you have to ...


02/18/20 • 23 min

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Parent and baby mental health

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02/10/20 • 45 min

Parent and baby mental health are not discussed enough in my opinion. And yet they are incredibly important not just for the families involved, but for society.

One of the reasons why I’m so passionate about helping women to build their emotional resilience during pregnancy is that it’s powerful place to start if you want to support the mental health of the whole family. The ripple effects of a positive birth experience for the mother go far beyond the mother; they affect the baby, the partner and the whole family.

That’s not to say that a positive birth experience will guarantee that all will be well. Absolutely not. It simply stacks the odds in your favour.

So what else can we do to support parent and baby mental health?

This is something I wanted to find out. So this is why I’m speaking to today’s podcast guest, Selma Bacevac. Selma is a psychotherapist who specialises in working with infants and toddlers who have been hurt through trauma in their early childhood. Her work involves working with all members of the family to help to improve the mental health of the child. So she seems a great person to help us all better understand parent and baby mental health.

What is baby mental health?

Baby mental health, or infant mental health, as it's called in the professional world, is essentially ensuring that every single baby out there has the capacity to learn social and emotional skills in a safe, secure and well connected environment with a caregiver who is consistently present.

During our chat, Selma talks about

  • Some of the signs that something might be amiss with a baby’s mental health
  • The direct link between a mother’s mental health and that of her baby
  • The importance of pregnancy and the in-utero experience
  • Why women who are planning pregnancy or pregnant should seek mental health support
  • The important role of the partner in maternal and infant mental health
  • Improving baby mental health starts with the parents and them working on their own emotional health
  • How our parenting style will come from the way that we were parented
  • How being aware of our own head trash, and dealing with it, can be crucial part of the process
  • Why parenting books aren’t the answer to being a better parent.... And what is!

This is an important conversation that I urge you to listen to, especially if you’re not yet a parent. Preparing for parenthood starts much earlier than you think!

About Selma

Selma Bacevac, MA is an entrepreneur, mum, international consultant and promoter of baby mental health. She is an expert on how attachment related problems and developmental trauma affect infants and toddlers. She provides webinars, workshops and online training to parents and professionals who are wanting more information on this specific topic. Selma is also the host of Raising Baby, a podcast devoted to helping parents and professionals understand the world from the babies perspective. Selma is a mom, a wife and in her free time enjoys the beach, biking, and more recently kayaking.

IG: @selma_parentchildrelationships,

Selma's website: Selma's podcast: Raising Baby with Selma Bacevac Facebook

Podcast Transcript

For a full transcript of the podcast head over here.


02/10/20 • 45 min

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Why Head Trash Clearance is a Practice

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02/04/20 • 15 min

To feel and perform at your best, I believe that head trash clearance and mindset should be a practice. But I realise that not everyone sees things in that way.

Once you get your head around the idea of head trash and that it’s something that you can clear quite easily, it’s easy to get excited about it. Well, it was for me. Noticing such huge differences in how I feel in such a small period of time is something that taps into my need for efficiency and my hate of wasting time.

Since I’ve been clearing head trash professionally I’ve worked with lots and lots of people, some of whom I’m still in touch with.

One of these people - let’s call him Alfie - was recently sharing about the emotional struggles he was having. Immediately my Head Trash Radar went into full alert. So I tentatively suggested that this might be a head trash situation and that doing some clearance might help.

To which Alfie replied “Well, I’ve done some head trash clearance already. You remember? We did some a couple of years back”.

And immediately I realised that I had not explained things clearly enough to him back then. So here goes....

Head trash clearance is a lot like exercise

If you want to be get fit, then we all know that exercise and diet is a big part of that.

Now let’s imagine that a couple of years ago, you decided that you wanted to get fit. And, for about a month you went to the gym three times a week and did some serious juicing. At the time, you noticed a difference and you were really pleased with yourself. But the juicing and the exercise did not remain a part of your lifestyle.

So today, you find yourself thinking “hmmm I could really do with losing a bit of weigh and becoming healthier. I should probably get back to exercise and eating better”. You probably wouldn’t think “well, I exercised for a bit two years back, I’m not quite sure what to do now.”.

You wouldn’t would you?

It’s fairly obvious that the reason you’re out of shape now is BECAUSE you didn’t maintain the healthy activities.

The same goes for the mind and our emotional wellbeing. You can’t expect to be in good emotional health if you don’t undertake a regular practice.

Head trash clearance is like cutting sugar and fat

Head trash clearance is like cutting the sugar and fat from your diet. It’s getting rid of the stuff you don’t need and that no longer serves you. This is the toxic emotional stuff that drags you down and makes you feel crap.

Now, as with exercise, this might need to start with a short period of intense activity. I call these Head Trash Clear-Outs and I LOVE doing them with people.

It’s a bit like hiring a personal trainer and a nutritionist for a month. You go all-in to make some epic in-roads. Then, like exercise, once you get to your ideal weight (or whatever the short term goal was), you take your foot off the pedal. But you don’t stop. You simply carry on at a more manageable pace that’s sustainable. When it fits around your life and feels effortless, it’s more likely to be maintained. The same goes for head trash clearance.

Why mindset should be a practice

Our mind and bodies are connected, so it makes sense that if we are striving to be healthy that we have a regular routine for our minds and our bodies. We wouldn't expect our body to be healthy without a consistent focus, and this is why a focus on mindset should be a practice too.

If you feel like you’re in a bit of a mess emotionally then you might want to start with a Head Trash Clear-Out. This will help you to get rid of those long-standing patterns that are triggering the the stress and anxiety in your life. With those out the way, you’ll feel calmer and you’ll probably notice that your confidence soars too.

Having a head trash clearance burst like that also means that clearing head trash will come second nature to you, so when you notice new stuff popping up, you can get it sorted. Not only will you be able to spot it before it causes you too much angst, but you’ll be able to get rid of it quickly. This means it’s less likely to have too much of an impact on your life.

What does a Head Trash Clearance practice look like?

This will depend on where you're at emotionally and what’s going on in your life. And of course, how serious you take this aspect of your life. Just like exercise, there are some who get up everyday at 5am to spend an hour in the gym, and there are others who go for a short run 3 times a week.

Where this differs to exercise is when there is stuff happening in your life that you’re struggling with. Things like a new job, a relationship breakdown or moving house can easily ramp up anxiety and stress or highlight aspects of yourself that you’d previously been unaware of.

When I moved countries with the family, I hit so many new levels of fear and uncertainty that I needed crank up my head trash clearance quite a bit f...


02/04/20 • 15 min

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Mindfulness, Meditation & Clearance

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01/28/20 • 38 min

On today’s show I’m chatting with Louise Hallam who is a mindfulness and meditation teacher. The reason I wanted to get Louise on the show is because Louise recently did some head trash clearance with me and I thought it would be useful to share her perspective on using meditation and head trash clearance, and how they can be best used side by side. Meditation and Head Trash Clearance We often hear how mindfulness and meditation is the answer to our problems if we want to reduce the stress and anxiety in our lives. And yes, they can help. But I think there are quicker ways of going about this. Personally, I wouldn't use mindfulness and meditation in that way. I think meditation is a powerful technique that is brilliant for giving you the space to connect to your intuition, to create space for mental and emotional processing, and for being guided in our lives. But, I believe that there are quicker ways to reduce stress and anxiety. And using the head trash clearance method is one such way. I talk about combining meditation and head trash clearance in my book, but I think it’s always worth getting a second opinion on these matters because I don't for one minute believe that I have the final word on this. This is why I wanted to dive into this with Louise. As a mindfulness and meditation teacher, who has now experienced an intense period of head trash clearance, I thought she would be the perfect person to challenge me and put me right (if indeed I needed to be put right!). Those of you who do mindfulness and meditation will be interested in Louise’s experience of doing both meditation and head trash clearance and how she uses them to help her to become a better version of herself. Building Confidence But this conversation isn’t only about that. We also talk about the how head trash clearance helped Louise to build up her confidence. By exploring those aspects of herself that were sapping her confidence we were able to clear them away which created the space for her confidence to step forward. Connecting to her authentic self Getting rid of the fears and doubts also created the space for Louise's authentic self to emerge. No longer trying to fit in with people's expectations of her, or from feeling hemmed in from her fears, Louise is now much more accepting of who she is and is happy to own that. A healed introvert? Louise, a self-confessed introvert used to find it hard to go out networking. It was exhausting for her. She would worry about not being taken seriously and saying something silly. This was holding her back in her business. During our chat, Louise shares how within weeks, she was organising her own networking event with over 100 people interested in attending and how now she has no problems going out meeting new people and putting herself out there. Her networking event is now a regular feature in her local business community. Podcast Transcript

To access the transcript for this podcast episode, head over here.

About Louise

Louise has a background in leadership learning and development and is able to provide a bridge between the corporate world and a holistic approach to employee wellbeing. Her employee wellbeing work has included Volvo and recently CTG, an aerospace company in Banbury and an automotive electronics company in Warwick. She also works with individuals, groups and charities and is passionate about making mindfulness and meditation accessible to everyone.

Louise has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years and started Still Calm after seeing that the benefits were not only relevant for her own circumstances, but a whole range of factors that people are facing in the modern world. We live in a time when we can be stimulated by information 24 hours a day and more is expected of us in the workplace. Mindfulness is becoming an essential, rather than an optional tool for running anyone who looks after their wellbeing and forward thinking company. With benefits including increased productivity, performance, innovation, building resilience, communication and managing stress, Louise is able to see the synergy between making mindfulness adaptable for employers as well as the wellbeing of employees.

Louise is committed to developing her own practice and continues to practise mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis and attend regular training and CPD events to update her teaching and knowledge.

Louise is also pleased to be a Meditation Teacher accredited with the British School of Meditation.

You can find Louise at her website StillCalm, on Twitter and on Faceb...


01/28/20 • 38 min

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The Head Trash Show is back!

The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman


01/21/20 • 17 min

I’m so excited to bring the Head Trash Show back. It’s been a long break, but one that has been worth it.

So in this opening episode this is what I want to share with you;

Where I’ve been

You might be wondering why I took a break and what I’ve been up to. If I said to you that I had a baby, you’d probably think “oh sure, you’ve been at home with the kids” But that’s not strictly true. The experience of having my second daughter took me on a different trajectory work-wise and head trash-wise.

As a result of my own experience in overcoming my fears of birth and pregnancy, I wrote a book Fearless Birthing and launched the Fear Free Childbirth podcast. Just this month I hit 525,000 downloads, which I find a little bit crazy. But such is the importance of fear when it comes to birth and pregnancy.

As a result of this detour into pregnancy and birth I’ve learned a lot about the nature of fear and anxiety and I’d like to bring that back now into how fear and anxiety affects us in day-to-day life.

The ‘Clear Your Head Trash’ book

Last year I brought out the book Clear Your Head Trash. In this book I share the Head Trash Clearance MethodTM which is the technique that I’ve refined and use to clear head trash.

The book is available from all online book sellers.

As you can see, the podcast has a new website too, so this is now your destination for all things head trash.

What would you like to hear on the show?

I’m really interested to know what you would like to hear on the Head Trash Show. What are you struggling with? What head trash are you wrestling with in your life?

I’ve created a tiny little 3-question survey for you use to let me know.


This will help me to come up with content that will be helpful to you.

Podcast Transcription

If you would like to access the transcription for this podcast episode, then head over here.


01/21/20 • 17 min

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My fear of vomit made my kids sick

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09/11/15 • 18 min

I'm not the first person to say this so it shouldn't be news to you, but if you want to change the world start with yourself. The "world" doesn't have to be some grandiose idea about changing humanity, it can be as simple as changing YOUR world. And this couldn't be truer when it comes to your stresses.

If you find yourself being stressed out by LIFE and the people in it, maybe it's time for you to take a look in the mirror, because maybe it's YOU that's creating the stress in the first place.

Hear me out!

When you're stressed, people will pick up on your stress... maybe not consciously, but it will be affecting them on some level. And this is even more so when it comes to your kids. If your kids are running riot and stressing you out, maybe they're simply responding to your stressy state; your stress is stresssing them out which is making them go a wee bit crazy.

Something happened to me on holiday this year which really brought this home to me. And it involved VOMIT! I want to share it with you because it really brings this idea to smelly light.

Our holiday this year involved quite a bit of driving... airports and planes with a 10 month old is NOT a holiday! But, my two girls are prone to being sick in the car and this is something that completely stresses me out. I think I was traumatised when my eldest was one and she was being sick in the back while I was doing a long drive on my own. We were in road works and I couldn’t stop the car... All I could hear was liquidy vomit gurgling in her throat and splatting everywhere, and I was panicking that she was choking on it. It was horrible! Not to mention the state of the car! And the smell! Ever since, long journeys get me stressed before we start because of my fear of vomit and either one of them being sick. Looking back, that was clearly the moment that my fear of vomit was instilled.

So I was just starting one such journey; a 4-hour drive to Wales. I was picking up my French Aunt at the airport on the way. Timing was everything and stresses were high. Once we picked her up I knew we’d have to stop the car soon... preventative measures and a possible nappy change... We were just over an hour into the journey.

We got back into the car and things seemed to go ok for a while. Then the the little one started whimpering. That was it! I was sure this was a cue to an imminent vomit fest, so you can imagine what state I was in. We stopped for some fresh air and a bit of a wander around some greenery. And then we stopped again. And again. There was no vomit, but as far as I was concerned this was because I was managing this situation beautifully... ha! #delusional

My aunt dared to suggest that the only reason she was crying was because she was picking up on my stress-vibes, and that I needed to do the work i.e. clear my head trash! Ha! Perceptive lady!

By the time we reached our destination, our 4-hour drive had turned into a day trip. Not good. So when the time came for the return journey I knew I had to do some head trash clearance before we started. I needed to shake my fear of vomit stress. The practical stuff was done as I had already covered the back seats in loads of blankets, so really I just needed to sort my head out.

So I worked on clearing my fear of kids vomiting in the car , and then just vomit and people vomitting (loving and hating vomit etc). It didn’t take me long and I only did the super quick emergency version. Once that was done, I was super chilled about the thought of vomit. In fact I didn’t care. They could be sick all over the place for all I could care. The car would be fine, they would be fine. IT’S OK!

So we set off on our 4-hour journey. It wasn’t long before they fell asleep. An hour into the journey and just before the motorway (we were in Wales remember!) I stopped for diesel and a pee. And then I could finally put my foot down. And I did! They were asleep so I wanted to get as many miles done before they woke up and felt sick.

And then that’s when it started getting weird. Weird as in NORMAL. The 10 month old woke up and started singing and playing with her toys. Then after a bit, she fell back asleep. The 4-year old who never sleeps for more than an hour in the car just kept sleeping.

My aunt and I were getting hungry and wanted to stop for a drink and a snack but as long as they were both asleep we thought we’d best carry on. Surely it would be better to just get back as soon as possible. Thank goodness I went for a pee back in Wales!

The miles were zipping by and my two kids were still sleeping. I was super chilled because I didn’t really care if they would be sick, I just wanted to get home. And the crazy thing is that they just kept sleeping. They finally woke up when I got off the motorway 20 minutes from home. THEY SLEPT for 3 1...


09/11/15 • 18 min

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Letting Go

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07/10/15 • 42 min

Do you find that you're holding on to patterns of thought, behaviours and bodily dis-ease that you'd just rather shake? Well, you're going to love today's podcast. Today I chat to Matt Sison, who is an author, speaker and a coach who shares his approach for letting go of what he calls the conditions and programs that hold you back from your authentic voice and action.

Matt Sison is the guy who other therapists go to when they have problems. I have seen him work with the most difficult cases imaginable, cases that other therapists have given up on, and he works magic. More importantly, he has done his own work, he’s faced his demons, and has come out on the other side as an embodiment of love, caring, sincerity, but most of all peace. I absolutely love his Reflective Transformations system, which is a synthesis of hypnosis, hypnotherapy regression, Emotional Freedom Techniques, affirmations, yoga, meditation, martial arts, and a whole lot more. Matt’s system is worth its weight in gold.”

Eric B. Robins, MD Urologist and Mind-Body Healing Expert Co-author, Your Hands Can Heal You, and The Power of Prana

Letting go

Three months ago, just before the scheduled launch of his book, Matt had a stroke. At 46 years old, it was unexpected to say the least. He lost all control of one half of his body and the doctors told him that it would take him months if not years to recover. But, being someone who firmly walks his talk, he went inward to try to understand the message that his body was screaming at him.

During our fasinating chat, he shares

  • how he creates the space for himself to be able to "hear" what his body is telling him ... clue: it's usually about letting go of something emotional
  • how we can detect when the body is trying to communicate with us
  • the steps he uses when working on letting go of whatever emotional baggage needs to be let go of
  • the power of opposites in doing this kind of work (< I love that bit!!)

Matt even does some clearance work on me using his simple framework, which will help you to try his approach for yourself. It's so simple, that you'd be silly not to give it a go!

Matt then finishes off our chat by talking about his book and what you can expect to gain from reading it. His book is available right now from Amazon on Kindle and in print.

You can find out more about Matt at his site and his book here


07/10/15 • 42 min

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The Psychology of pain with Gary Keil

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03/10/20 • 50 min

Pain is interesting. At least I find it interesting. And I guess that comes from my work in helping women prepare for birth. Pain comes up a lot! In fact it comes up too much in my opinion. More than it should do. And this is because a fear of pain is probably one of the most common fears I come across. Well, it's only to be expected, after all childbirth is the gold standard when it comes to pain. Everything is compared to childbirth.

And yet in some countries, childbirth is not considered or thought of as being painful. Now THAT is interesting!

This raises all sorts of questions for us around whether something is universally painful.

  • How subjective is pain?
  • Can we do anything to avoid it or reduce it in some way?
  • Do we all experience it differently?
  • Is it psychological or is it physical. Or both?

These are just some of the questions I'm going to be getting to the bottom of in this episode of the podcast.

Today I'm joined by my guest Dr Gary Keil. Dr. Keil was originally a pharmacist but has continued his hunger for knowledge in better understanding the human condition, why we behave the way we do and how we can improve.

"I am passionate about how the mind and body work together, and how both can be fully developed to create happier, healthier and more creative individuals. Neuroscience and neuroplasticity, philosophy/theosophy/positive psychology, and mind-body practices like yoga and meditation are my main passions but I'm a FIRM believer that what you put into your body is just as important as how the innards work."

During our chat Dr Keil talks about

  • the difference between pain and suffering
  • how pain has both emotional and physical components
  • what we can do to reduce our experience of pain, and what is likely to increase it
  • how our beliefs impact our experience of pain
  • the opposite of PTSD, PTGO
  • what we can to prevent our experience of trauma
  • the length of time it can take to train and change our minds

It's a fascinating conversation and one that I hope you enjoy.


03/10/20 • 50 min

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The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman currently has 100 episodes available.

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The podcast is about Calm, Health & Fitness, Success, Stress, Resilience, Alternative Health, Mental Health, Mindset, Podcasts, Clarity and Confidence.

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The episode title 'Being an introvert or extrovert - can we change?' is the most popular.

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The average episode length on The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman is 29 minutes.

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Episodes of The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman are typically released every 7 days.

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The first episode of The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman was released on Jul 8, 2013.

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