Testimonials

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

Ruth, Cancer Help Programme

“Listen Ruthie, believe me right, you’re gonna be ok……” Stevie Chan April 2008

This is what I heard over the phone just a few days after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Now I’m sure that those of you reading this that have either been diagnosed with cancer or that have loved ones delivered the same terrifying news might be wondering what is extraordinary about the above quote. I’m guessing that you will have either received or delivered the same or similar well meaning sentiment and I did many times both before surgery and throughout the course of my subsequent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. But what Stevie said was totally different and had the most profound effect on me; whereas my dear friends and family desperately wanted it to be true, Stevie knew it to be true he knew that my mind could and would aid my return to full health – and guess what!!? ……..I am ok!! In fact I feel fitter and healthier now than I did before the diagnosis. The anaesthetist claimed that I was calmer and more relaxed than even he was, what’s more the speed of my post op recovery astounded the consultant and the whole nursing team let alone my friends and family! Chemotherapy and radiotherapy were a breeze – I’m NOT kidding! ….. during the course of these therapies I met some lovely people, I excercised more than I had done and enjoyed it too!, I paid more attention to my diet, I indulged myself whenever and with whatever took my fancy, I stopped worrying about things over which I had no contol and I feel so please and proud of what I’ve achieved. None of this was hard, not after I’d listened to Stevie.

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

Weight Control resolved with Hypnoanalysis

Hi Stephen, (testimonial as promised!!)

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the help you have given me over the course of my therapy. I have battled with my weight for years and was always looking for that “quick fix.” However having lost a lot of weight recently and getting to my dream size 12, only to start piling it on again, I realised there had to be underlying issues.

To finally understand why I felt the way I did about so many things truly does feel like a weight has been lifted: to describe it as a journey of self discovery is an understatement. I never considered myself as someone who had low self esteem but now I know I did and more importantly why……… and if it hadn’t been for your patience, understanding and good humour, I could never have got through it.

I have already lost some weight and look forward to when I can email you again and tell you that I’ve got where I want to be, but seriously I don’t feel nervous or underconfident about whether I will or not … I’m ready to take on the world!!

Ever grateful, J

RH, Fear of Driving and other problems resolved using Hypnoanalysis

You are probably reading this because something is troubling you (perhaps it has been for years), it’s getting worse and you don’t know how to deal with it even though you may have tried a number of conventional treatments. You are considering hypnosis but want to go to someone who is trustworthy and genuine and not a ‘rip off’ merchant. My advice is to call Stephen, he is totally genuine, this could be the best decision you will ever make.

As a man in my 50s with a responsible job I was struggling with a phobia that had slowly developed over the previous 4 or 5 years and was beginning to disrupt my life. I suspected it may be work-related as the problem had started following a promotion but I enjoyed my job so couldn’t understand why this would be.

At the initial meeting with Stephen I was neither sceptical nor optimistic but just hoping that the treatment would work.  Stephen was really ‘normal’ and easy to talk to and put me at ease right away. We talked about myself, my family and just briefly about my problem and sorted out some appointment times. I was surprised that Stephen did not want to hear too much about ‘the problem’ but as I found out later ‘the problem’ is merely a symptom, not the root cause, so in many ways is irrelevant.
The first session involved me sitting back on a recliner-type chair with my eyes closed and wearing headphones, Stephen then talked me into a relaxed state. I was fully aware of my surroundings and could have got up and walked away at any time, I was not asleep or ‘drowsy’ in any way. There is nothing weird or spooky about hypnosis but I understand that it is the perception that they will be out of control that puts people off – this is not how it is.

Once relaxed I talked and talked, laughed, and occasionally (to my surprise) cried. This pattern repeated over a number of sessions and after each I felt relaxed and that I had got something off my chest. However, I must point out that after 5 or 6 sessions I felt that I wasn’t making a great deal of progress as sometimes my phobia seemed to have improved but at other times it was still bothering me. I told Stephen of this and he advised me that this was a good indication that we were close to the root of the problem. It crossed my mind that this could be ‘rubbish’ and in fact the treatment wasn’t working but I’m glad to say that I stuck with it and Stephen was right in what he said.

In the end there was no ‘blinding flash’ of light in fact I wasn’t even in a treatment session when the cause of the problem revealed itself, I was on holiday in Spain. It was a ‘picture’ that just popped into my mind, just a memory of a single event that had occurred when I was a teenager. Initially I thought that this was something that I had always been aware of over the years and anyway the event was far too trivial to be the cause of my problem. However, the more I thought about it the more I realised that this was the root of the problem. It had been buried in my memory for almost 40 years. Suddenly I could see a connection between a number of things I had talked about during the sessions. l was on the text right away to Stephen to tell him the good news but we had one more session just to make sure that we had got to the bottom of the problem.

I cannot believe the difference in my life, my phobia has just about disappeared, I have the occasional ‘blip’ (when I remember how things used to be) but I am making steady progress. When I look back I realise that it was not just a specific phobia, I could be quite nervous in social situations and meetings for no apparent reason and I had a permanent ‘knot’ in my stomach which I only really overcame with the assistance of a few glasses of wine. Of course this only worked for an hour or two but now I have found a permanent solution that does not cause a hangover!
Strangely there was an added bonus – an old sports injury which had given me occasional neck and backache over the years has disappeared – I assume this must have been caused by tension rather than the original injury.

Given the dramatic change I can understand why people see hypnotism as ‘mystic’ but having been through the process I can see that it is merely being shown around your own mind by a friendly guide. You choose the direction to go in, you will go down a few blind alleys but eventually you get to where you need to be. Stephen helped me to help myself, it is completely logical and natural.

All I can say to anyone with a problem is to give Stephen a call, trust him, tell him absolutely everything and hang in there – it will be worth it.
RH

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.