Adelle, Depression & other problems helped with Changing Limiting Beliefs – now known as The Thrive Programme™
Hey There Stevie,
Sorry for the delay, I’ve been very busy with my life and haven’t had a minute since my few sessions with you!!
From about the age of 14 I started having chest pain, panic attacks, unknown rashes, feeling down and not worth anything, not wanting to go out and socialise as much etc.
The doctors had me diagnosed with:
Sliding hiatus Hernia
Stomach Muscle Spasms
They started me on about 5 or 6 different courses of tablets and these tablets only worked for a while, probably because I thought the doctor had found the problem. I was also referred to the hospital for Ultrasound Scan, Chest Xray and OGD (camera down into the stomach) which all came back normal. Who was I to think the doctor was wrong or to question a doctor?
Eventually when I was 19 I had a panic attack when I was driving and the doctor finally woke up and suggested it might be depression or anxiety. I was started on Anti-Depressants. I started taking these and they worked for a while but then stopped working. I was on Mirtazepine, Venlafaxine and also Fluoxetine – but none of them seemed to work and I was getting more and more depressed. 11 months later I was referred to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as the doctor thought this was appropriate.
I finally thought, ‘good job, this might actually help me’!!! The first consultation I was very nervous but after seeing the nurse 3 or 4 times, once a month for an hour I realised there was no change at all. The nurse informed me that I could be going to CBT for years and the Depression will never go away for good. I got disheartened when, every month I went, we went over the same spiel and was given ‘homework’ to do but never went over it. I was doing things I didn’t understand and was never told why I was doing it. I actually started getting worse.
As a last resort we saw an advert in the local paper, we were very sceptical but thought we may as well give it a go because nothing else seemed to work.
I work in a medical practice and asked the doctor there if he thought I should go for it. I was advised very strongly not to go as no-one knew enough about it and he gave me a name and number for another private doctor who would do more CBT which wasn’t working for me anyway!! I see the same people day in and day out in the surgery and everything seems to be doom and gloom for them. A lot of them have depression, are on anti-depressants and go to CBT or the psychiatrist – But it’s still not helping them. When they go into the doctor they reminisce about there depression and always talk about it (this is only making them worse).
I went for my first consultation, Stevie was able to tell me the way I was feeling and I had never even met him before!! He said I could get rid of my depression within 5 or 6 sessions with him and it would be away for good unless I let it come back. I couldn’t believe it but was still a bit sceptical.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy wasn’t the right thing for me so instead we did a thing call CLB (Changing Limiting Beliefs). I found it very interesting because I was finding out about myself. CLB is similar to CBT but it is very different at the same time, you actually know what you are meant to do and everything is explained properly to you. It’s all to do with understanding the causes of depression and changing the way you think and feel.
Stevie was my trainer, it wasn’t him that changed me, he just helped me along the way. I helped myself change all the negative thoughts to positive thoughts and have a completely different outlook on life. I also learnt the DREAM technique. I haven’t had a panic attack or chest pain since completing the sessions or any bad thoughts!
Stevie was right – I would be ‘cured’ once and for all – now that I know how to overcome depression it would be impossible for me to go back into it, or get to the state I used to be.
If I had of listened to that doctor I would still be attending CBT, still be on anti-depressants and still be attending my own doctor and also still be stuck in my depression!! I am so glad I went. I feel 110% better and can’t believe how easy it was to get out and get my own life back! I would definitely recommend this service to EVERYONE.