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Testimonials and Client Feedback for Stephen Chan

IAEBPverified_testimonialsHypnotherapist and licensed Thrive Programme™ consultant at Ulster Hypnotherapy: covering Belfast, Portadown, Ulster, Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Antrim, Lurgan, Dungannon and Dundalk, Northern Ireland

 

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

Eczema, Psoriasis

Stomach Muscle Spasms

Acid Reflux

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.

Thank you.

Social Phobia/Anxiety successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™

Hi Stephen things are going really well this week has been full of challenges and each one is getting easier each time 🙂

Here is my testimonial –

From being very sceptical that anyone or anything could actually help me and then to find that Stephen actually made it so simple , challenged my thinking and my words and showed me another way of thinking  that has not only helped the original problem I came for but also in all areas of life too!! And that is the difference I think between this and all other therapies is that they only address the issue were as with Stephen, your entire thinking and life outlook is changed or challenged .

Here is his Mum’s TESTIMONIAL:
I cannot recommend Stephen’s work highly enough. He has helped transform my son’s way of thinking to such an extent that this wonderful young man is now able to take charge of his own life and manage what previously were insurmountable obstacles ruled by his anxieties. Stephen became an inspiration and a friend, and we would recommend to anyone suffering anxieties of any kind to seek his expertise.
RMC

Seamus, problems resolved with Hypnoanalysis

I was in a terrible anxious distressed and depressed state for well over six years I had been suffering from severe and debilitating Panic Attacks daily. I found it impossible to travel on a bus or car as I felt totally out of control, I used to bite my finger nails down to the stumps. I had psoriasis on my arms legs and scalp. I had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Agoraphobia by my GP. i tried cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Valium anti depressants and many other medications, in fact, anything the NHS could come up with I tried all to no avail, this depressed me even more I felt suicidal and just a hopeless case.

After discovering Ulster Hypnotherapy, I decided to contact Stephen for a free initial consultation, for the first time in over six years someone actually understood how I was feeling and what I was going through. Stephen put me at ease immediately and explained how and why all these debilitating symptoms came about and more importantly how he was going to help me resolve them. So I decided to give Hypnoanalysis a go – in a short period of time my Psoriasis vanished, Panic Attacks completely ceased, the depression has gone, and my fingernails have grown back I’m now travelling all over the country easily and enjoy it.

My life has totally transformed, and I can honestly say I have never ever felt so good , I just can’t thank Stephen enough for what he has done for me. Life is absolutely fantastic now. If your reading this and suffering from anything emotional or psychological I would strongly encourage you to give Stephen a quick call I’m more than confident that he will resolve your difficulties.

C, Fear of sick, Emetophobia and other problems successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™

I can’t thank Stephen enough. When i came to see him i was at my wits end. I got diagnosed with post-natal depression and got put on anti-depressants after having my daughter, I was so low and very angry, i hated myself and was convinced i was the worst mummy ever! My biggest problem though was that i was very anxious and had the biggest fear of being sick! The thought of being sick or even feeling sick terrified me!

I spent 6wks completing the Thrive programme with Stephen and it was the best thing I’ve ever done! Stephen put me right at ease and explained why i was feeling the way i was feeling which was very reassuring! We worked together changing my thinking patterns and now i feel like a whole new person. I’m now making plans for me and my daughter’s future as a family as i now feel strong enough to take things on. I’m planning a career and looking at places for us to live.

The biggest change I’ve noticed is my fear of being sick has literally vanished. That was the main thing holding me back and if my daughter was sick or i even felt sick i freaked out, now I’m super mummy 🙂

I honestly can’t thank Stephen enough as he has changed my life and i am now looking forward to the future.

C.

Depression helped with Hypnoanalysis

“Ever sat in your doctors surgery hoping for some guidance or relief and all you get is anti-depressants? Well I did on and off for ten years, along time for tablets to take effect. But you see they suppress your mood at the time and don’t really deal with your problems. Hypnotherapy is a way to meet your problems face on and get them out of the way there and then, no ifs no buts. After that they are gone completely a huge weight lifted off urn shoulders or that horrible lump in your throat or feeling in your stomach gone, and I mean gone. I’m not a religious person but I guess you could describe it as being born again, and I’m definitely not narcissistic but I now love my life and me as a person and how I feel is deal with my everyday ups and downs. I wish I was prescribed these 10 years ago. So go ahead give it a try because not only will you find yourself but you’ll also find a good friend”.

Thanks for everything, the very grateful”, K.L. Uprichard.