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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

 

Social Phobia/Anxiety successfully helped with The Thrive Programme™

“When i first came to Stevie I felt pretty hopeless at getting rid of my social anxiety…I was also feeling semi-depressed and suffering stress related symptoms (unbeknownst to me at the time). Anyways I had just graduated from Uni…. and lived a pretty normal life but i relied on Alcohol waaay to much to socialize. Anytime i bumped into anyone randomly I would go bright red, stammer and feel really shit about it. It prevented me from doing what i wanted which was to play in my band, play sports, and basically live a normal life without being anxious.

I tried many things; two crap self-help books come to mind and was prescribed beta blockers….and prob anti-depressants if i waited any longer. but when i tried the books it just didn’t stick and felt like too much effort.  I tried willpower where i just willed myself not to guess what others thought of me, which worked, for like a day.

Anyways i never told anyone about this, including my family, they just thought i was semi-shy. I also could put on quite a brave front to the point where my mates probably believed i was indeed semi confident… but each time felt like a battle, I wasn’t learning to be confident. Last but not least i started having a couple of “black moods” and even had this weird thing where i kept waking up as soon as i drifted over to sleep (you know that feeling you get when you wake up cause u think you are falling, try having that every time you drift over!).

I’ll not lie i felt hopeless, alone, scared basically like shit!

Then i went to meet Stevie, stumbled upon his website as i thought hypnotherapy may be a last resort…. turns out he didn’t give me any hypnotherapy…. he put me on the THRIVE programme.
He presented me with a book and over 6 sessions we went over the book which teaches you how to manage your thinking, explains why you feel these things and how to get rid of them YOURSELF! In writing this probably sounds like any other self-help book but it’s really not.

I believe it gives you the tools to deal with any situation and do what you want. To top it off Stephen was a great guy, very dead on, easy going and put me at ease.

It took me a little longer to grasp it but when i did I felt fantastic. I can honestly say I haven’t felt depressed at all, with the exception of one time.. but i knew why and was able to get rid of it immediately! Socially I’m a lot better, i can talk to people, be confident, play music, play sports and live my life… I’m still learning but i know with time I will have lowered it significantly. I also feel like I’ve covered all bases, I couldn’t relapse into the way I was before because i would know why i did so.
The way i look at the programme is quite simple. It’s like keeping fit for your mind. Stevie was my personal trainer until I could do it all by myself!

I really think they should teach this shit in schools because I know there will be so many people out there unable to deal with things because they don’t know how….this gives you the tools on how to!
I’m a religious guy too and it did indeed challenge my faith (as you learn that you are in control and not anyone else) but i came out with an equally strong faith….but I’m still in control!
THRIVE!

….oh aye I’m getting a Tattoo! (Before I would have died of guilt)
Cheers Stevie lad, was a pleasure!”

Anon.

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

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 premarin 1.25. 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.

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.

Driving Test Nerves helped with Clinical Hypnosis/Suggestion Therapy

“Stephen, just wanted to let you know that I passed my driving test last Saturday description. The hypnotherapy really helped. I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical at the beginning but on the day I hardly had any nerves! I couldn’t have done it without your help!

Thanks S” (Belfast)