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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

 

Fear of Surgery & Confidence issues successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™

Hi Stephen,

I started the Thrive Programme with you a few months back and was telling my friends about it there and thought I must e-mail you to let you know how I’m getting on as I said I would! I must also send you a testimonial for your website at some point.

One of the big worries was an operation I was having for endometriosis (remember I went to have it before and had the anaphylactic reation?), well I had it last month and surprisingly a lot of the scar tissue had cleared up itself which is supposidly unheard of. I would put it down to me not being stressed and in general leading a much healthier lifestyle (practically stopped drinking, just don’t feel like I ‘need’ a drink) in the lead up to the operation. So it went really well and I recovered very quickly from it! I’m off all the big strong painkillers I was on that made me feel better at the time as I don’t need them, and realised the other day that I haven’t taken an anti-depressant in a month, so I’m off them aswell, drug free for the 1st time in years!

It has really had a profound effect on me, everyone is commenting how I’m like the old, confident me again. I had the problem of always wanting to be in control etc and worrying myself sick about dying and other things. I’ve just had confirmation that I’m getting a promotion at work and I know it’s because I’m good at my job and have worked hard rather than a ‘fluke’ as I would have thought before.
I’m standing up for myself with my husband, in fact I’ve turned into a right bitch, but in a good way. He used to threaten to leave all the time if I didn’t give into him, like give him money to pay his car / golf fees etc, now I’m just like ‘on you go love, you know where the door is.’ Funny he never actually goes and things are a lot better between us.

And lastly I’ve dyed my hair bright blonde from the standard brown colour I had it, just because for the 1st time in a long time I actually want to stand out my latest blog post.

Really can’t thank you enough for helping me with the programme, promised to send you a testimonial! I’ve told loads of people about it and really can’t praise it enough.

R

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.

Newton Emerson is the editor of the Portadown News, T.V. personality and writer for the Daily Mirror.

Extract from the article by Newton Emerson for the ‘Irish News’

“I don’t feel that anything ‘happened’ to me, but then I don’t think that’s how you are meant to feel. What I can tell you for a fact is that in the past two weeks that have since passed I’ve really, really, really wanted a cigarette – but I haven’t had one.

Like the eyelids I could have opened but somehow didn’t, somehow I haven’t smoked.

I don’t know how much of that is down to me and how much is down to hypnotherapy.

But if the whole thing is a scam and I’ve just convinced myself it works, then it has worked, hasn’t it?”

A client with O.C.D. treated with Hypnoanalysis

I simply feel much more confident now – in work and in my personal life. My self esteem has greatly increased – I feel like I matter, that I have a value. I walk taller. I no longer feel that I have no right to be here. I feel more physically attractive as a result and much more masculine. I feel powerful and in control.

I avoided relationships with the opposite sex to the point where I convinced myself that I was homosexual. Unbelievably, I now feel that it would be possible for me to have a relationship with a member of the opposite sex! For the first time in my life I feel sexually attractive.

I used to think and plan constantly. I would play out scenarios in my head, usually planning for when things went wrong – this led to the constant worry I experienced. This has virtually stopped. I feel a great deal lighter (of mind) and more spontaneous. I’m simply enjoying life more, now that I don’t have this constant conversation with myself. The O.C.D. has all but disappeared too. I can’t say that all of this has made me feel euphoric in any way, I just feel normal and content and that’s exactly what I wanted out of this. It has honestly been life changing.

Frank, Sexual Problem resolved using Hypnoanalysis

I would just like to say that when I went to Stephen I was a bit sceptical, as I had already been to hypnotist before for the same problem and hadn’t seen any improvement at all,

My ‘problem’ as I called it was premature Ejaculation and I had been suffering from it, well…forever basically. I was at my wits end as I thought I have tried everything I could but to no avail so was very near going to resign myself to the idea that this was just the way my life was going to be.

Then I read Stephen’s website and read about his Hypnoanalysis therapy and thought, what did I have to lose. So I rang, got an appointment and met up for my first appointment where I we met by the most welcoming person I think I have ever met. We quickly got down to work with Stephen explaining everything in a really easy to understand manner.

Once we got to the ‘root’ of my problem and all this bottled up emotion was released it we like a very large weight had been lifted off my shoulders………….

I am now very glad to say that not only has hypnoanalysis helped me get rid of my problem, it has also given me so much confidence and a whole new outlook on life in general for which I am very grateful.
I will never be able to thank you enough but…Thank you.